The first week of the season produced plenty of positives. The only downside has been the missed chances.
I think Bury edged the opening game but I thought Rovers definitely deserved the win against Leeds after the red card.
I was actually quite impressed with Leeds. In the first 20 minutes I wondered if we’d get the ball, but after the sending off Doncaster took hold of the game.
Harry Middleton has been excellent, a particular highlight of the first few games for me.
The Nathan Tyson injury is a big shame and an area for concern but I think Andy Williams is slotting in well. If anything he’s missing out on some support from a strike partner, which makes Tyson’s absence even more frustrating.
Will Paul Dickov look for a replacement? Well the Ipswich League Cup tie might help to generate a bit of revenue, and if he’s got a bit of money left in the budget perhaps there’ll be a loan signing.
I think it’s safe to say we’re playing in a more specific style now. James Coppinger seems to have more freedom playing centrally, and he was in control of the game against Leeds and Wigan.
We just need to start taking the chances when we get them.
I think Dickov would have been happy after two league games, even though he didn’t get the first three points of the season.
Thorsten Stuckmann has been impressive in goal. If he can keep his run of form going we should do well.
I’m not sure about Paul Keegan’s fitness as he’s been out lately but I would always play him and would like to see him alongside Middleton with Richie Wellens given the freedom.
Then you’ve got Coppinger and Harry Forrester supporting Williams, and Richard Chaplow to throw into the mix as well.
We’ve certainly gone for quality over quantity in the summer and I think it’s important to do that so you don’t end up buying average players.
There are options in the squad though, especially when you look at the back where we have the likes of Rob Jones, Andy Butler, Luke McCullough and Gary MacKenzie.
Predictions: Port Vale 1 Rovers 2; Rovers 2 Ipswich 2