It was another frustrating afternoon for Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park.
As has often been the case recently, Tony Mowbray’s side largely dominated possession and territory, but struggled to make a breakthrough, with only a stunning solo goal from Joe Rothwell to show for their efforts.
However, things could have been much worse for Rovers had it not been for Rothwell, with the hosts having found themselves behind against the run of play shortly before half time, thanks to a calamitous defensive mixup.
Attempting to head a long ball forward back to goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski, on loan Leeds left-back Barry Douglas instead saw his pass bounce off the back of teammate Daniel Ayala, and into the path of Adam Reach, who produced a stunning effort from long range to find the top corner and put the Owls ahead at that point in the game.
That error was yet another difficult moment in what has been a somewhat challenging time for Douglas since his move to Ewood Park, something which has not gone unnoticed by a number of the club’s fans, with a number far from impressed with the Scot as they took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the game.
Here, we take a look at what some of those Blackburn supporters had to say about the 31-year-old.
A little note on the left back situation. I was so happy for #Rovers to get douglas, a player with such a good reputation. But I have to admit after the games we’ve seen, I just don’t think he is up to the job. He doesn’t offer enough going forward to make up for his defending.
— Ryan Higgins (@Ryan1151) December 26, 2020
Fed up of seeing Douglas at left back already. Been nowhere near good enough since we signed him. Surely we’ve got to have a left back in the academy who deserves a chance. #Rovers
— Rovers 🥀 (@_onerovers) December 26, 2020
Why does Mowbray insist on playing Douglas, he’s very very poor. #Rovers
— Ell (@Elliottkinsella) December 26, 2020
Barry Douglas should not be starting again. Frustrated to see him slowing down the game left side on regular basis. #rovers
— MangoMan (@indianwizkid) December 26, 2020
To be fair is one of better performances I’ve seen (damning with faint praise) but Barry Douglas is not a player. #rovers
— anonymously anon (@BornPernickety) December 26, 2020
— Kit Russell (@iamkitrussell) December 26, 2020
Barry Douglas needs to improve by about 200%. #rovers
— Jimmy Murphy (@JimmyMurphy1) December 26, 2020
Imagine if Bell was making the mistakes Douglas is making #Rovers
— Matthew Robb (@mattrobb11) December 26, 2020