Rovers reporter Rich Sharpe picks out three talking points from the Swansea City draw.


For the second successive year, Bradley Dack finished the season as Rovers’ top scorer with 18 goals.

Like the team he’s had ups and downs, but unquestionably Rovers are at their best when he’s on his game. Dack makes them tick, but most importantly, has carried forward his weight of his goals.

His close range finish here moved him to 15 in 40 Championship starts, with three more in the cup competitions.

Most impressive is Dack’s goals to shot ratio, rarely does he fail to at least test the ‘keeper and he would have had a second had his flick from an Adam Armstrong squeezed inside, rather come back off, the right-hand post.

There was an inevitability when Dack went through two minutes in to the second half, and his left foot goal was his eighth this season, the same as his right. A natural finisher with both feet.


Tony Mowbray had made clear the 20-year-old would be handed his debut against the Swans. But this was far from a token gesture and small cameo from the central midfielder.

Injury brought an end to Elliott Bennett’s afternoon, with Davenport sent on midway through the first half.

His arrival actually coincided with Swansea’s best spell of the match. But he grew in to the game, becoming more involved in possession, and more snap to his play without the ball.

And he would have marked it with a stunning 25-yard strike were not for a flying save as Rovers pushed for a winner.

Arrivals in the middle of the park are expected, and a big summer lies ahead for Davenport, but he heads in to it with the positivity of a debut at the end of what’s been a season to forget because of injury.


Danny Graham received his rousing reception before kick off as he was named player of the season.

A second came when replaced just after the hour by Craig Conway who, making his 200th Rovers appearances, was cheered onto the pitch.

Whether this was his farewell, remains to be seen, but he given a great hand by the club’s supporters, and deservedly so.

Then, at the final whistle, the Rovers players and staff emerged for a lap of appreciation. The supporters have stuck with the team through the ups and the downs, while the players deserve credit for their efforts throughout the campaign.
While a possible sense of frustration at the events of February and March, overall, 60 points, and a comfortable mid-table finish, provides a strong platform from which to build.

Rovers started the season with one defeat in their first six games, and the final six games also brought just one defeat. But it was actually their best points return from any six game period of the season, ending with four wins, a draw, and one defeat.