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3 things we learned from Bristol Rovers’ draw with Tranmere

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Bristol Rovers travelled to Tranmere Rovers last night in search of their first three points under manager Ben Garner, but were left disappointed with a 0-0 stalemate.

Ed Upson went the closest to scoring when his free-kick was nodded off the line in the first half before his sweet strike hit the inside of the post during the second.

Andy Cook and James Vaughan both went close for Tranmere before Jonson Clarke-Harris fired wide with a glorious opportunity in the dying seconds of the game.

As Bristol Rovers now extend their winless run to 14 games, here are three things that we learnt about them in the Tranmere stalemate…

Upson needs to shoot more

The central midfielder is mainly seen as the more defensive midfielder in the Bristol Rovers side but he proved that he is capable of doing more last night.

His curling free-kick almost caught Tranmere out and his swerving strike from 25 yards ricocheted off the post proving to be a threat from range against the hosts.

The experienced Football League player has already shown glimpses that he can score from long range but he needs to be allowed the freedom to shoot from long distances more instead of trying to find a team-mate.

Clarke-Harris needs his confidence back

Striker Clarke-Harris has been one of the more prolific League One forwards since he signed for Rovers in January 2019.

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He has scored goals for fun but recently seems to be lacking confidence in his ability to find the net having missed a couple of chances while away to Tranmere.

He opted to pass instead of shoot when on the edge of the box with just a defender in between him and the goalkeeper before missing a golden chance in the dying seconds of the game as he dragged a one-on-one wide.

Even with no confidence right now, he still looks the most likely to be in a goalscoring situation and he could do with a goal or two to settle himself down when presented with a chance.

Rovers need to take more risks

Garner has been attempting to build a team that is capable of providing entertaining, free-flowing football for the supporters since his appointment and he is getting closer to his team playing with his philosophy.

However, the side need to take more risks if they are going to get anywhere.

Sometimes their football feels as if it is too contained and their flair players aren’t expressing themselves in the way that they can be.


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