Rovers reporter Rich Sharpe picks out three talking points from the 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park.


If there was ever a tackle of the season award then Darragh Lenihan may have that sewn up with his challenge on Nick Powell in the lead up to the opening Rovers goal.

Lenihan and Powell were involved in a physical battle throughout, with the Irishman getting the better of that particular encounter.

Whether it was thunderous tackle or towering headers, Lenihan was a rock in the heart of the Rovers defence, as he has been since seamlessly slotting in alongside Charlie Mulgrew after long-term injury.

While there is still a nervousness at times about Rovers’ defending from set plays, from open play they certainly looked a lot more secure with the 23-year-old back from long-term injury.


The disappointment at being pegged back was that the two goals Rovers scored weren’t to be rewarded with three points.

And both owed much to the quality of Bradley Dack who continues to be the heartbeat of this team.

Few £750,000 transfers can have had the impact that Dack has had in his debut season at Ewood Park.

The first assist for Armstrong was a perfectly weighted pass, slotting in the Newcastle United loanee with a precise ball in behind the Wigan backline.

The second was terrifically disguised, a reverse pass finding Elliott Bennett who found the bottom corner with a neat finish.

Dack’s 14 goals and countless assists a key reason behind their attacking success. Sadly Rovers couldn’t get him on the ball enough to trouble Wigan in the second half.

But the quality of some of Rovers' goals of late leave plenty to be excited about.


This was a terrific encounter between two clubs who were expected to be near the top of the League One table come the business end of the season.

It lived up as a meeting of the promotion favourites and that was how it played out.

After the two meetings at both Ewood Park and the DW Stadium they could not be separated and there is likely to be little between them when the league standings are decided in May.

Rovers missed a good opportunity to put daylight between themselves and promotion rivals Wigan Athletic, something they looked well set to do at half-time. But plenty of twists and turns lay in store.

The chasing pack of Shrewsbury and Wigan may have games in hand but there is plenty of football to be played before then, and with the situation changing game by game, the landscape could look much different when they do.

While Rovers have points on the board, the Shrews and Latics face a hectic schedule to get all of their games in.