On Saturday, the good run that Bristol Rovers were on against mid-table side Doncaster Rovers came to an end as the home side came out on top 2-0 against Graham Coughlan’s side.
Tom Nichols had a chance from the spot midway through the first half, his penalty was held low down to his left by Seny Dieng.
Doncaster took the lead just before half-time when a cross from Jon Taylor took a deflection and was headed in to the corner by Kieran Sadlier.
Doncaster extended their lead in the second half when Niall Ennis’ shot was saved down low by Anssi Jaakola, but Taylor was on hand to slot in the rebound.
Here’s three things that we learned about Bristol Rovers from Saturday…
Need to turn their early dominance into goals
Bristol Rovers dominated the opening stages of the first half up at The Keepmoat Stadium, however the Gas failed to turn the dominance they had in goals with the chances that fell their way.
The turning point in the game came when Nichols had his penalty saved as up until the point for Rovers, they was fully in control of the game with Doncaster barely getting any time on the ball and not creating any chances or troubling Jaakola’s goal.
Tom Nichols is low on confidence
Nichols hasn’t had the best time at The Memorial Stadium so far, struggling to find the back of net in two and a half years.
With Jonson Clarke-Harris out injured for the next month, the Exeter City youth graduate has stepped up into the talisman’s shoes however a striker as low on confidence as Nichols seems, is always going to struggle in front of goal.
Should Nichols be starting for Bristol Rovers?
The forward’s penalty was weak and simple for Dieng to stop, with Nichols being left with his head in his hands as his goal drought continues to go on.
Midfield was far too open
The midfield three of Abu Ogogo, Ollie Clarke and Ed Upson was far too open on Saturday, passes were allowed to be threaded through the midfield as the trio seemed to be far too deep with no pressure being put on Doncaster’s midfield pivot, Ben Whiteman.
If Rovers are to harbour hopes of pushing for the Playoffs this campaign, then having three defensive midfielders in a three-man midfield is dangerous especially while away from home as it provides the opposition midfield with far too much time on the ball than they should be allowed.