Mowbray under the cosh as Leeds march on

Tony Mowbray . (Credit - Новикова Юлия)

Pressure on Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is growing week by week as his side slumped to another defeat against promotion hopefuls Leeds United.

Rovers have picked up just five points from a possible 24 with growing discontent among the Ewood Park faithful after the 2-1 defeat.

The Blues came into this game knowing it would be a difficult test at a sold out Elland Road.

After John Buckley’s 91st minute winner at Ewood Park against Sheffield Wednesday last week, Rovers were filled with confidence after their first win since September.

The away side stayed firm against an in-form Leeds side but their hard work counted for nothing when a controversial penalty was given after a trip on Luke Ayling gave Leeds a chance to go one up.

Patrick Bamford calmly slotted the ball to the right of keeper Chris Walton.

The Whites doubled their advantage just five minutes later, Bamford involved again setting up teammate Jack Harrison to put the Yorkshire side on course to make it two wins from two.

Leeds on course for the Premier League?

After last year’s play-off disappointment Bielsa’s man have started where they left off, he’s got his team playing like a side who are undoubtedly going to be challenging for the top.

Whether they can maintain their persistent good form is the question, we’ve seen them fall at the last hurdle before but fans are confident this is their year.

Leeds did concede to set up a nervy second half as Rovers defender Derrick Williams headed home his third goal of the season from a Stewart Downing corner to give the underdogs a lifeline just before half time.

The home side saw more of the ball in the second half but that didn’t stop Rovers pushing forward trying to snatch that all important equaliser.

Mowbray’s tactics under scrutiny again?

Mowbray’s side were getting forward but struggled to create any clear cut chances, a substitution from the manager which saw two holding midfielders come on for two attackers whilst his team were behind again raised questions about whether he has the tactical nouse to get back into games when losing.

Fans still don’t feel he knows what his strongest 11 is.

The home side managed to see out the game to take all three points which sees them close the gap on front runners West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End, while Rovers slip to 18th.

Results needs to start improving for the Lancashire side, or another managerial departure in the Championship may be upon us.

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