Returning Robinson sets sights on keeping his Rovers place

Lancashire Telegraph: Paul Robinson Paul Robinson

FIT-again Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson hopes he has done enough to keep his place between the posts for this Saturday’s Championship home clash with Doncaster.

The former England number one made an emotional return to the Rovers goal in Saturday’s superb 1-1 FA Cup draw with Manchester City after 13 months on the sidelines.

And Robinson showed he is fully recovered from the blood clot on his lung that threatened his life with an excellent late stop from Jesus Navas which ensured Gary Bowyer’s side will head to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday week for a replay.

But before that match there is the visit of Doncaster to Ewood Park.

Robinson must now wait to see if he gets the nod over Simon Eastwood who has taken over from Jake Kean between the posts.

“We’ve got two very good goalkeepers here but I don’t think I’ve done myself any harm for selection for the weekend,” said Robinson.

“I’d like to think I’m in the manager’s thoughts now and I can build on the performance against Manchester City, continue playing and help get this club up the league.”

Robinson returned to full training last month after putting the most harrowing ordeal of his life behind him.

He played in behind-closed-doors friendlies at Brockhall and as an overage player for the club’s under-21s team before discovering he would be granted a first-team return by Bowyer.

“The manager told me in midweek and asked me if I was ready to play – I could have snapped his hand off,” said Robinson, whose previous appearance for Rovers was a 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff City on December 7, 2012.

“It’s been a long, long road for me. The last 12-14 months have been difficult but this makes it all the worthwhile.”

Robinson discovered he had a blood clot on his lung last Easter after he started coughing up blood following back surgery.

But never once did he feel like giving up on a stellar career which has seen him play 41 times for England.

“I certainly never wanted to finish my career like that,” said Robinson.

“At 34 as a goalkeeper I feel as I though I have a good four years at least left in me. So I owed it to myself to get back fit and get back playing again and Saturday was a very happy day for me.”

Robinson, who is determined to help Rovers get back to the Premier League, was mightily impressed by the display against City.

“It was a great team performance as no-one gave us a chance,” said Robinson. “To come off the pitch a little bit disappointed that we’ve not knocked one of the best teams in the world out shows how far this team and club has come.”

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12:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

TurfMoorTom says...

If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.
If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot. TurfMoorTom

12:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

bigste says...

Amazing, not all clarets are numb nuts. I also have no ill feelings towards the clarets but on here from your neck of the woods are insane. I do think you will be fortunate to stay in a play off place with such a small squad but good luck anyway.
Amazing, not all clarets are numb nuts. I also have no ill feelings towards the clarets but on here from your neck of the woods are insane. I do think you will be fortunate to stay in a play off place with such a small squad but good luck anyway. bigste

12:25pm Mon 6 Jan 14

razwoods78 says...

A no brainer that Robinson keeps his place for me. Despite the one slightly dodgy save that was palmed straight to Negredo (who should have scored) he is head and shoulders above Kean and Eastwood in my opinion. He commands the area much better and talks to the entire defence. When crosses come into our box or back passes played, I am always nervous with either Kean or Eastwood in goal, however Robbo instills that little more confidence in me.

May need to shift a few pounds before the Donny game though!!!

Welcome back Robbo!
A no brainer that Robinson keeps his place for me. Despite the one slightly dodgy save that was palmed straight to Negredo (who should have scored) he is head and shoulders above Kean and Eastwood in my opinion. He commands the area much better and talks to the entire defence. When crosses come into our box or back passes played, I am always nervous with either Kean or Eastwood in goal, however Robbo instills that little more confidence in me. May need to shift a few pounds before the Donny game though!!! Welcome back Robbo! razwoods78

12:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

A Darener says...

Being stout never stopped goalkeepers of old. Most were built like barn doors.
Being stout never stopped goalkeepers of old. Most were built like barn doors. A Darener

12:41pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Neville Southall springs to mind...not a bad keeper either.
Neville Southall springs to mind...not a bad keeper either. Harwoodstblue

12:49pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Arron1212 says...

Rovers number 1
Rovers number 1 Arron1212

12:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

All keepers drop the occasional clanger but Idon't think it's any coincidence that the defence has been all over the place at times whilst Robinson was out. I would go with Robinson at this point (2 points from playoffs) as his experience could prove invaluable in the run in. (if only for marshalling the defence) The younger keepers have plenty of time to develope and oust Robinson when they're good enough.
All keepers drop the occasional clanger but Idon't think it's any coincidence that the defence has been all over the place at times whilst Robinson was out. I would go with Robinson at this point (2 points from playoffs) as his experience could prove invaluable in the run in. (if only for marshalling the defence) The younger keepers have plenty of time to develope and oust Robinson when they're good enough. Harwoodstblue

12:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

It was good to see Robinson back and will probably keep his place for now, the whole defence looks calmer with his presence. I must say that I thought Eastwood did ok and made some outstanding saves and prefered him to Kean. He did flap a couple of times when his team mates put him in impossible postions a few times and gave a couple of goals away, but overall I think he did quite well. But glad Paul is back and earning his wages.
It was good to see Robinson back and will probably keep his place for now, the whole defence looks calmer with his presence. I must say that I thought Eastwood did ok and made some outstanding saves and prefered him to Kean. He did flap a couple of times when his team mates put him in impossible postions a few times and gave a couple of goals away, but overall I think he did quite well. But glad Paul is back and earning his wages. A Rover 45 years and over

1:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

I don't mind robbo coming back at all, so long as he's banned from taking free kicks up to the half way line like kean had him doing and lard arse as well. Better to play it out than lump it straight back to the opposition
I don't mind robbo coming back at all, so long as he's banned from taking free kicks up to the half way line like kean had him doing and lard arse as well. Better to play it out than lump it straight back to the opposition FakeVilla_MTCabinet

1:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.
This guy is a proper football supporter always makes balanced observations and is a true sportsman in every sense of the word. It's good to see someone who is not full of the hate factor like some of the idiots that come on here. It doesn't bother me that Burnley are doing well at the moment because they fully deserve it. SD has done brilliant and if you can't appreciate that because it isn't your own team it is time to give up football
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.[/p][/quote]This guy is a proper football supporter always makes balanced observations and is a true sportsman in every sense of the word. It's good to see someone who is not full of the hate factor like some of the idiots that come on here. It doesn't bother me that Burnley are doing well at the moment because they fully deserve it. SD has done brilliant and if you can't appreciate that because it isn't your own team it is time to give up football A Rover 45 years and over

1:19pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Wild Rover says...

I dont know but suspect that some of Robbos perceived weight might be down to medication during his illness, so maybe we should make allowance for that??
Great to see him back though, whatever his size!
One more piece in the jigsaw!
I dont know but suspect that some of Robbos perceived weight might be down to medication during his illness, so maybe we should make allowance for that?? Great to see him back though, whatever his size! One more piece in the jigsaw! Wild Rover

1:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

SteppBladder says...

Agree with those who think Robbo should keep his place. I was surprised to see him back but the defence looked a lot steadier with him there organising things. I’m glad our current manager has respect for the FA cup.

Which reminds me - I see the Rovers' online allocation of Forest tickets has sold out. They are getting another lot in so should be a good atmosphere there.
Agree with those who think Robbo should keep his place. I was surprised to see him back but the defence looked a lot steadier with him there organising things. I’m glad our current manager has respect for the FA cup. Which reminds me - I see the Rovers' online allocation of Forest tickets has sold out. They are getting another lot in so should be a good atmosphere there. SteppBladder

1:41pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Rovers 1495 says...

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Tie him to a deal, Gary
http://www.insidefut bol.com/2014/01/06/s chalke-will-allow-ex -blackburn-man-jerma ine-jones-summer-exi t/118485/ Tie him to a deal, Gary Rovers 1495

1:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

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Tie him to a deal, Gary
Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.
[quote][p][bold]Rovers 1495[/bold] wrote: http://www.insidefut bol.com/2014/01/06/s chalke-will-allow-ex -blackburn-man-jerma ine-jones-summer-exi t/118485/ Tie him to a deal, Gary[/p][/quote]Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep. greenscreener

1:58pm Mon 6 Jan 14

grimupnorth says...

At least we know who ate all the pies. He looks like Fatty" Foulke
At least we know who ate all the pies. He looks like Fatty" Foulke grimupnorth

2:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Hovis1945 says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Neville Southall springs to mind...not a bad keeper either.
I am old enough to remember Harry Leyland affectionately known as 'Fat Harry' LOL
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Neville Southall springs to mind...not a bad keeper either.[/p][/quote]I am old enough to remember Harry Leyland affectionately known as 'Fat Harry' LOL Hovis1945

2:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Hovis1945 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Neville Southall springs to mind...not a bad keeper either.
I am old enough to remember Harry Leyland affectionately known as 'Fat Harry' LOL
Yes I remember Harry Leyland too. Can't help feeling though that the goalies / players are fitter these days, hence their slimmer appearance.
Enjoyed those days in the 60s though.
[quote][p][bold]Hovis1945[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Neville Southall springs to mind...not a bad keeper either.[/p][/quote]I am old enough to remember Harry Leyland affectionately known as 'Fat Harry' LOL[/p][/quote]Yes I remember Harry Leyland too. Can't help feeling though that the goalies / players are fitter these days, hence their slimmer appearance. Enjoyed those days in the 60s though. Harwoodstblue

2:16pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

grimupnorth wrote:
At least we know who ate all the pies. He looks like Fatty" Foulke
Dunny, the Dingle Slayer likes his pies too. Doesn't stop him breaking the Dingles hearts every time he comes up against them though.
[quote][p][bold]grimupnorth[/bold] wrote: At least we know who ate all the pies. He looks like Fatty" Foulke[/p][/quote]Dunny, the Dingle Slayer likes his pies too. Doesn't stop him breaking the Dingles hearts every time he comes up against them though. Harwoodstblue

2:23pm Mon 6 Jan 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

greenscreener wrote:
Rovers 1495 wrote:
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Tie him to a deal, Gary
Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.
To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really!

In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions.

In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr.

The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc...

As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level...

Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back!
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rovers 1495[/bold] wrote: http://www.insidefut bol.com/2014/01/06/s chalke-will-allow-ex -blackburn-man-jerma ine-jones-summer-exi t/118485/ Tie him to a deal, Gary[/p][/quote]Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.[/p][/quote]To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really! In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions. In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr. The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc... As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level... Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back! ChrisDeBerg

3:02pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Cumbrian Blue says...

Robinson was issuing instruction to the defence all afternoon and we could hear him from the JW Upper Tier. Much needed experience in a team with plenty of potential. The thing that impressed me the most on Sat. was the neat passing in midfield. Can't help thinking that City were allowing that to happen a little more than a Championship side would.

A great performance all round from all the team. Thought Taylor had a great game in particular. I was also watching Lowe closely as he seems to be a highly debated player. He gave the ball away poorly twice in the second half with poor decision making but fully understand (awaiting the backlash) why Bowyer perseveres with him.

Weakest player for me was Henley. Not sure he's up to it in the long-run.

Well done Rovers. A thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Robinson was issuing instruction to the defence all afternoon and we could hear him from the JW Upper Tier. Much needed experience in a team with plenty of potential. The thing that impressed me the most on Sat. was the neat passing in midfield. Can't help thinking that City were allowing that to happen a little more than a Championship side would. A great performance all round from all the team. Thought Taylor had a great game in particular. I was also watching Lowe closely as he seems to be a highly debated player. He gave the ball away poorly twice in the second half with poor decision making but fully understand (awaiting the backlash) why Bowyer perseveres with him. Weakest player for me was Henley. Not sure he's up to it in the long-run. Well done Rovers. A thoroughly enjoyable day out. Cumbrian Blue

4:13pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.
Cricky Tom your assessment is a good one, for your lot two good uns up front and in the middle, good full back in Trippeir, not sure about your Goalie,I think you already know this but your squad is not big enough, youve have had a great first half season, I've got you down for a certainty for the play offs, not sure you can sustain a top two spot, hope we meet you there, like you state our jigsaw seems to be coming together and we did play our best match against City although I so signs of it funnily enough in the defeat against Birmingham.
Hopefully see you at Wembley!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.[/p][/quote]Cricky Tom your assessment is a good one, for your lot two good uns up front and in the middle, good full back in Trippeir, not sure about your Goalie,I think you already know this but your squad is not big enough, youve have had a great first half season, I've got you down for a certainty for the play offs, not sure you can sustain a top two spot, hope we meet you there, like you state our jigsaw seems to be coming together and we did play our best match against City although I so signs of it funnily enough in the defeat against Birmingham. Hopefully see you at Wembley!!!!! Lancs - pensioner

6:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.
Cricky Tom your assessment is a good one, for your lot two good uns up front and in the middle, good full back in Trippeir, not sure about your Goalie,I think you already know this but your squad is not big enough, youve have had a great first half season, I've got you down for a certainty for the play offs, not sure you can sustain a top two spot, hope we meet you there, like you state our jigsaw seems to be coming together and we did play our best match against City although I so signs of it funnily enough in the defeat against Birmingham.
Hopefully see you at Wembley!!!!!
Good posting. Heaton's awesome by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: If Robinson's experience can be used while Eastwood and Kean cut their teeth then with Evans coming back the jigsaw seems to be coming together for you lot.[/p][/quote]Cricky Tom your assessment is a good one, for your lot two good uns up front and in the middle, good full back in Trippeir, not sure about your Goalie,I think you already know this but your squad is not big enough, youve have had a great first half season, I've got you down for a certainty for the play offs, not sure you can sustain a top two spot, hope we meet you there, like you state our jigsaw seems to be coming together and we did play our best match against City although I so signs of it funnily enough in the defeat against Birmingham. Hopefully see you at Wembley!!!!![/p][/quote]Good posting. Heaton's awesome by the way. RobH2O

7:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

capri1 says...

Don't want to under mind our performance against City in the cup, but I think all the crisp precise passing we all saw was down to city standing off us giving us plenty of time on the ball, I don't expect to see this every week against championship sides they will close us down much quicker, but great result fantastic to watch go into the replay fearless
Don't want to under mind our performance against City in the cup, but I think all the crisp precise passing we all saw was down to city standing off us giving us plenty of time on the ball, I don't expect to see this every week against championship sides they will close us down much quicker, but great result fantastic to watch go into the replay fearless capri1

7:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

digitusjonfred says...

Wild Rover wrote:
I dont know but suspect that some of Robbos perceived weight might be down to medication during his illness, so maybe we should make allowance for that??
Great to see him back though, whatever his size!
One more piece in the jigsaw!
Defence now complete
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: I dont know but suspect that some of Robbos perceived weight might be down to medication during his illness, so maybe we should make allowance for that?? Great to see him back though, whatever his size! One more piece in the jigsaw![/p][/quote]Defence now complete digitusjonfred

7:52pm Mon 6 Jan 14

digitusjonfred says...

Rovers number one ,Welcome back Robbo
Rovers number one ,Welcome back Robbo digitusjonfred

8:37pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Bazzer says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
I don't mind robbo coming back at all, so long as he's banned from taking free kicks up to the half way line like kean had him doing and lard arse as well. Better to play it out than lump it straight back to the opposition
Bit like Tommy Spurr's awful long throws........?
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: I don't mind robbo coming back at all, so long as he's banned from taking free kicks up to the half way line like kean had him doing and lard arse as well. Better to play it out than lump it straight back to the opposition[/p][/quote]Bit like Tommy Spurr's awful long throws........? Bazzer

11:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Rovers 1495 wrote:
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Tie him to a deal, Gary
Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.
To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really!

In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions.

In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr.

The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc...

As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level...

Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back!
That's an interesting analysis Chris, my point was centre midfield is the area we already have most options, because I don't think those other areas could really stand losing 2 players at the same time.

Full backs we have covered but I don't think 3 recognised centre halves is enough, just one lengthy injury and we really could be exposed. Jason Lowe can fill in for half a game maybe but not on a more regular basis. We do have Cory Evans who has played centre half but he's yet to prove his fitness.

Similarly our attacking options are improving but still thin, Rhodes and Gestede yes, but if they were both unavailable for whatever reason, Rochina is a no. 10, not a centre forward, King is a winger, Campbell hasn't convinced me he's worth a shirt and Best seems to be trying hard to make himself unpickable.

I accept we are so much better balanced than we were all last season but this squad is not complete and I don't think we have sufficient cover in all areas. Now I would be as happy as you if we could unload Etuhu for a Centre Half and replace Campbell and Best with one more decent striker.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rovers 1495[/bold] wrote: http://www.insidefut bol.com/2014/01/06/s chalke-will-allow-ex -blackburn-man-jerma ine-jones-summer-exi t/118485/ Tie him to a deal, Gary[/p][/quote]Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.[/p][/quote]To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really! In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions. In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr. The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc... As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level... Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back![/p][/quote]That's an interesting analysis Chris, my point was centre midfield is the area we already have most options, because I don't think those other areas could really stand losing 2 players at the same time. Full backs we have covered but I don't think 3 recognised centre halves is enough, just one lengthy injury and we really could be exposed. Jason Lowe can fill in for half a game maybe but not on a more regular basis. We do have Cory Evans who has played centre half but he's yet to prove his fitness. Similarly our attacking options are improving but still thin, Rhodes and Gestede yes, but if they were both unavailable for whatever reason, Rochina is a no. 10, not a centre forward, King is a winger, Campbell hasn't convinced me he's worth a shirt and Best seems to be trying hard to make himself unpickable. I accept we are so much better balanced than we were all last season but this squad is not complete and I don't think we have sufficient cover in all areas. Now I would be as happy as you if we could unload Etuhu for a Centre Half and replace Campbell and Best with one more decent striker. greenscreener

9:10am Tue 7 Jan 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

greenscreener wrote:
ChrisDeBerg wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Rovers 1495 wrote:
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Tie him to a deal, Gary
Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.
To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really!

In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions.

In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr.

The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc...

As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level...

Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back!
That's an interesting analysis Chris, my point was centre midfield is the area we already have most options, because I don't think those other areas could really stand losing 2 players at the same time.

Full backs we have covered but I don't think 3 recognised centre halves is enough, just one lengthy injury and we really could be exposed. Jason Lowe can fill in for half a game maybe but not on a more regular basis. We do have Cory Evans who has played centre half but he's yet to prove his fitness.

Similarly our attacking options are improving but still thin, Rhodes and Gestede yes, but if they were both unavailable for whatever reason, Rochina is a no. 10, not a centre forward, King is a winger, Campbell hasn't convinced me he's worth a shirt and Best seems to be trying hard to make himself unpickable.

I accept we are so much better balanced than we were all last season but this squad is not complete and I don't think we have sufficient cover in all areas. Now I would be as happy as you if we could unload Etuhu for a Centre Half and replace Campbell and Best with one more decent striker.
I agree with you, we could probably do with maybe one extra for cover at the back and Etuhu is certainly a good man to get rid of to free up a nice chunk of wages, any idea how long his contract is before we can get rid? If we could get shut of Best and Campbell then we would have another big chunk of wages to be able to pick a nice young hungry striker.. Also, this would pretty much be the shambles of recent seasons actually then pretty much gone from our team!!

Even without any changes to our current squad, I am fully confident that a playoff place is achievable this season... More than most of us would ever have hoped of before the season started eh?!
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rovers 1495[/bold] wrote: http://www.insidefut bol.com/2014/01/06/s chalke-will-allow-ex -blackburn-man-jerma ine-jones-summer-exi t/118485/ Tie him to a deal, Gary[/p][/quote]Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.[/p][/quote]To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really! In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions. In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr. The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc... As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level... Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back![/p][/quote]That's an interesting analysis Chris, my point was centre midfield is the area we already have most options, because I don't think those other areas could really stand losing 2 players at the same time. Full backs we have covered but I don't think 3 recognised centre halves is enough, just one lengthy injury and we really could be exposed. Jason Lowe can fill in for half a game maybe but not on a more regular basis. We do have Cory Evans who has played centre half but he's yet to prove his fitness. Similarly our attacking options are improving but still thin, Rhodes and Gestede yes, but if they were both unavailable for whatever reason, Rochina is a no. 10, not a centre forward, King is a winger, Campbell hasn't convinced me he's worth a shirt and Best seems to be trying hard to make himself unpickable. I accept we are so much better balanced than we were all last season but this squad is not complete and I don't think we have sufficient cover in all areas. Now I would be as happy as you if we could unload Etuhu for a Centre Half and replace Campbell and Best with one more decent striker.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, we could probably do with maybe one extra for cover at the back and Etuhu is certainly a good man to get rid of to free up a nice chunk of wages, any idea how long his contract is before we can get rid? If we could get shut of Best and Campbell then we would have another big chunk of wages to be able to pick a nice young hungry striker.. Also, this would pretty much be the shambles of recent seasons actually then pretty much gone from our team!! Even without any changes to our current squad, I am fully confident that a playoff place is achievable this season... More than most of us would ever have hoped of before the season started eh?! ChrisDeBerg

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Tie him to a deal, Gary
Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.
To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really!

In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions.

In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr.

The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc...

As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level...

Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back!
That's an interesting analysis Chris, my point was centre midfield is the area we already have most options, because I don't think those other areas could really stand losing 2 players at the same time.

Full backs we have covered but I don't think 3 recognised centre halves is enough, just one lengthy injury and we really could be exposed. Jason Lowe can fill in for half a game maybe but not on a more regular basis. We do have Cory Evans who has played centre half but he's yet to prove his fitness.

Similarly our attacking options are improving but still thin, Rhodes and Gestede yes, but if they were both unavailable for whatever reason, Rochina is a no. 10, not a centre forward, King is a winger, Campbell hasn't convinced me he's worth a shirt and Best seems to be trying hard to make himself unpickable.

I accept we are so much better balanced than we were all last season but this squad is not complete and I don't think we have sufficient cover in all areas. Now I would be as happy as you if we could unload Etuhu for a Centre Half and replace Campbell and Best with one more decent striker.
I agree with you, we could probably do with maybe one extra for cover at the back and Etuhu is certainly a good man to get rid of to free up a nice chunk of wages, any idea how long his contract is before we can get rid? If we could get shut of Best and Campbell then we would have another big chunk of wages to be able to pick a nice young hungry striker.. Also, this would pretty much be the shambles of recent seasons actually then pretty much gone from our team!!

Even without any changes to our current squad, I am fully confident that a playoff place is achievable this season... More than most of us would ever have hoped of before the season started eh?!
Kean gave Etuhu a 4 year contract, we are stuck with him until the summer of 2016 !

I actually thought he could be a useful player but after the events of the last 18 months and the fat contract he's sat on I wonder what his motivation is now ?

The stench of Kean and his friends will linger on at Ewood Park for a while yet.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rovers 1495[/bold] wrote: http://www.insidefut bol.com/2014/01/06/s chalke-will-allow-ex -blackburn-man-jerma ine-jones-summer-exi t/118485/ Tie him to a deal, Gary[/p][/quote]Given we have limited resources I don't think another Central Midfield player is a necessity, I would rather see a centre half or a striker, where our cover isn't so deep.[/p][/quote]To be fair, up front we now have King, Campbell, Rhodes, Rochina and Gestede... I've left Best out because I've heard he's been having even more rants on Twitter, plays abysmal and generally seems like a knob, that I hope we can get rid of ASAP... So we have a strong striking force really! In midfield we have Lowe, Dunn, Marshall, Williamson, Taylor, Judge, Evans (very soon) and Cairney all fighting for positions. In defence we have two good right backs in Henley and Kane.. Dann and Hanley playing ace in the centre, with Kilgallon providing cover/competition for them both and Spurr. The above team looks complete to me, for the Championship it's a really good side, so I'm not right fussed if we buy anyone this transfer window. I think the current lot we have here is the perfect size squad to have close competition but yet provide good cover for injuries/red cards etc... As for Robbo, I've been a critic in the past, but he must be our 1st choice keeper every week for the rest of the season in my opinion... As said above, it just looked so much more in order at the back with him commanding it... Last couple of games we have leaked goals where the balls should have been cleared but the keeper has not communicated with the defense and the balls been snatched just to be put in the back of our net... These are the schoolboy errors that should never be happening at this level... Robbo back in for me!!!! Welcome back![/p][/quote]That's an interesting analysis Chris, my point was centre midfield is the area we already have most options, because I don't think those other areas could really stand losing 2 players at the same time. Full backs we have covered but I don't think 3 recognised centre halves is enough, just one lengthy injury and we really could be exposed. Jason Lowe can fill in for half a game maybe but not on a more regular basis. We do have Cory Evans who has played centre half but he's yet to prove his fitness. Similarly our attacking options are improving but still thin, Rhodes and Gestede yes, but if they were both unavailable for whatever reason, Rochina is a no. 10, not a centre forward, King is a winger, Campbell hasn't convinced me he's worth a shirt and Best seems to be trying hard to make himself unpickable. I accept we are so much better balanced than we were all last season but this squad is not complete and I don't think we have sufficient cover in all areas. Now I would be as happy as you if we could unload Etuhu for a Centre Half and replace Campbell and Best with one more decent striker.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, we could probably do with maybe one extra for cover at the back and Etuhu is certainly a good man to get rid of to free up a nice chunk of wages, any idea how long his contract is before we can get rid? If we could get shut of Best and Campbell then we would have another big chunk of wages to be able to pick a nice young hungry striker.. Also, this would pretty much be the shambles of recent seasons actually then pretty much gone from our team!! Even without any changes to our current squad, I am fully confident that a playoff place is achievable this season... More than most of us would ever have hoped of before the season started eh?![/p][/quote]Kean gave Etuhu a 4 year contract, we are stuck with him until the summer of 2016 ! I actually thought he could be a useful player but after the events of the last 18 months and the fat contract he's sat on I wonder what his motivation is now ? The stench of Kean and his friends will linger on at Ewood Park for a while yet. greenscreener

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