Bristol Rovers picked up their first win under Ben Garner on Saturday as they came from behind to beat Blackpool 2-1 at The Memorial Stadium.
Gary Madine fired the visitors in front just two minutes into the tie as Jamal Blackman was left with no chance in between the sticks when the experienced forward drove in from inside the area.
Alfie Kilgour leveled the scores in the second half when he fired into the top corner from outside the area before Josh Ginnelly deflected in Jonson Clarke-Harris’ effort to win the game.
Here, we take a look at three things we learned about Bristol Rovers after their weekend win…
Full-backs need to get tighter
During the game, Blackpool were able to get men forward down the wings as Bristol Rovers looked to be struggling when it came to defending crosses.
Luke Leahy and Mark Little were the ones deployed in the full-back areas and at times, they were found playing catch-up as the visitors looked to get the ball out wide quickly and put a ball in.
If Leahy had been able to get tighter to Connor Rohan for the Blackpool goal, then it may have been preventable and full-backs closing crosses down quicker is something that manager Ben Garner will be looking at over the next week.
Rovers play the conditions well
The new brand of football that Garner has introduced since being appointed in December certainly paid off on Saturday.
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The Pirates kept the ball on the floor and refused to go long when losing because of the strong winds.
They also found themselves shooting when they caught a sight of goal because of the wind possibly causing a disadvantage for the keepers.
The gamble of shooting on sight ultimately paid off because of an excellent strike from Kilgour and a deflected long-range effort from Clarke-Harris striking Ginnelly and rolling in.
The midfield can control a game
The favoured midfield three of Ollie Clarke, Abu Ogogo and Ed Upson can often be viewed as a defensive midfield however they showed that they can control the middle of the park on Saturday.
The three kept things simple as they linked the defence to the attack well while also being quick to snuff out any danger in the middle third of the pitch.
Upson did his job as the defensive midfielder while Clarke and Ogogo looked to find the more creative players when they was on the ball.
The midfield showed how vital they are to Garner’s plans and his own style at The Memorial Stadium.