The poor performance against Bournemouth has raised an interesting question ahead of Rovers’ trip to Huddersfield this weekend, writes Liam Hoden.
How will Paul Dickov respond?
He was prepared to abandon the 4-2-3-1 formation he started the season with when his side failed to create enough chances.
Will the high energy 4-4-2 be out of favour after Rovers appeared to run out of steam?
Dickov’s decision will certainly be influenced by what he has seen in the last two weeks. But the way the opposition line up could be a major factor, probably for the first time this campaign.
Huddersfield boss Mark Robins has so far opted for the wing back system of 3-5-2 with Adam Hammill and Jake Carroll in the two wide roles.
Rovers’ success in the 4-4-2 formation has come from pressing but this will be very difficult to maintain against Huddersfield.
The five man midfield – particularly with the marauding wide men – creates plenty of space for Town to operate, meaning a side hoping to press can be chasing shadows.
Huddersfield came up against another side playing 3-5-2 in their last game against Barnsley.
On that day, Hammill and Carroll were both kept relatively quiet and Town struggled to make much of an impression.
Nulifying the threat of the wide men will be important for Rovers at the Galpharm.