Match Report

500 Words After Birmingham

Sunday, 23 October 2022

Five home wins in a row, four wins in the last five games and another fine finish for Rovers' number nine. Adam Wharton acrobatics, Tyler Morton on fine form once again and another match-winning performance from Rovers' now 30-year-old number one. More minutes for Saturday‘s Championship debutant Jake Garrett and the local brothers started together again. The skipper walked back into the team and put in another assured performance. Joint top of the division and more wins than the rest of the league. 

Form has been a huge talking point for the Rovers faithful this season, but with five home wins in a row, in the words of Adam Wharton “Ewood is becoming a bit of a fortress.” As well as winning four of the last five fixtures home and away. Going two goals up before the break gave Rovers a difficult half with Birmingham throwing everything at Tomasson's young side in the second 45. A mixture of both solid defending and assured goalkeeping ensured three points stayed at Ewood. 

A sublime Rovers move was finished off by Sam Gallagher, scoring his third goal in a week. An exquisite cross-field ball from the more senior of the two Whartons to Diaz on the right hand flank, a quick pass to the on-loan Liverpool man Morton, who took the ball closer to the byline before fizzing in a low ball into the six yard box for the former Birmingham loanee to fire it home leaving the travelling fans speechless. 

Adam Wharton whipped out a Tyrhys Dolan-esque celebration after putting away his first senior goal. The ball broke to the youngster just outside the Birmingham box, and the English U19s international drove at the back line, seemingly looking for a pass, but with few options available, Wharton kept his composure and slotted home an accurate strike into the bottom right corner, catching the visiting veteran keeper off guard and doubling Rovers’ lead just before the interval. 

This season's Liverpool loanee is really finding his feet at Rovers. It seems every week he shows his ability and puts in an impressive display. His extensive passing range is arguably his best asset. But his composure and lack of fear to get stuck in are also extremely valuable commodities. An assist this weekend and another performance he can be proud of, showing several moments of class and composure as well as impressing when displaying his defensive side. 

There were more minutes for Tuesday's league debutant Jake Garrett who replaced Adam Wharton on the hour mark. He was later accompanied by fellow substitutes Ash Phillips, Jack Vale and super Tyrhys Dolan. Phillips entered the field for the injured Ryan Hedges who was deployed at right wing back. A mixture of the defensive reshuffle and the continuous visitors' pressure provided Scott Hogan with a chance to get the Blues back into the game. A chance he didn't let go begging, but Kaminski and the rest of the team soaked up the pressure for the final 10 minutes.

Joint top of the division at the end of play, and another hard-fought three points for JDT's side.

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