We’ll go for broke says Rovers ace Spurr

Tommy Spurr

Tommy Spurr

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EVER-present defender Tommy Spurr has urged Blackburn Rovers to take a gung-ho approach for the rest of the season as he believes they now have nothing to lose.

Rovers have scored eight goals and conceded six in their last three unbeaten matches after a damaging run of three straight defeats in which they scored just once.

But despite their upturn in form Gary Bowyer’s men remain outsiders to snatch a play-off spot.

Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Watford leaves Rovers eight points behind sixth-placed Reading, albeit with a game in hand, going into Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

And Spurr says the only way they are going to claw back that deficit is by taking the game to their opposition.

“We’ve got nothing to lose,” said the left-back, who is the only Rovers player to start all 37 league matches this season.

“That’s the stage I think we’ve got to now. Obviously we’ve got to have some sort of caution but if we just go out there and play I know we can match any team in this league.

“We showed that against Leicester on Saturday and we showed that against Watford on Tuesday.

“In the first half we could have been three or four goals up and we could have put it to bed.

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“But it wasn’t to be, we got a point, we’ll take that and we’ll go to Millwall on Saturday looking for three.

“I just think we’ve got to go into every game looking to win and we can do that as I believe we’ve got better players than other teams.

“I think it has been shown that when we do play well we are more than a match for anyone.”

Rovers would have been within six points of the top six had they managed to hold on to the lead David Dunn and Craig Conway had given them against Watford on Tuesday.

And Spurr feels they would have done so had referee Darren Sheldrake not penalised Todd Kane for what appeared to be an unintentional handball in the box.

The Hornets converted the resulting penalty before forging ahead with two minutes of normal time to play only to be pegged back in injury time by Rudy Gestede’s last-gasp equaliser.

“I think we should have wrapped up the three points earlier on,” said Spurr, whose long throw-ins caused Watford problems all night.

“At 2-1 I thought we were really comfortable and I didn’t feel like they were going to score and get in.

“So I thought it was a poor decision to award the penalty and harsh on Todd.

“There’s supposed to be a new rule come in that says referees are not going to give those penalties.

“But we reacted well to going down 3-2, it’s just that the game should have been out of sight by then.”

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12:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

thetop5 says...

It is interesting to note that all the home matches are with teams presently above rovers and all the away matches are teams below. That should give rovers an advantage, other than they appear to play better against stronger teams away from home! Nevertheless I think GB has done a great job.
It is interesting to note that all the home matches are with teams presently above rovers and all the away matches are teams below. That should give rovers an advantage, other than they appear to play better against stronger teams away from home! Nevertheless I think GB has done a great job. thetop5
  • Score: 16

1:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 7

1:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

waggyonthewing says...

If we do go all out and get into a play off play off position will the manager then bottle it and start being cautious again.
If we do go all out and get into a play off play off position will the manager then bottle it and start being cautious again. waggyonthewing
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
It's been a learning curve for Bowyer this season and his cautious approach I think was to ensure we stayed in this division. Now that it has been achieved I think we'll see a more adventurous approach as his confidence grows. We've shown recently what we are capable of and I hope this continues into next season when we should see a different Gary Bowyer.
I must say I've not been impressed with the quality in this division and with a more settled side we could have ended the season much higher. Bodes well for next season....
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]It's been a learning curve for Bowyer this season and his cautious approach I think was to ensure we stayed in this division. Now that it has been achieved I think we'll see a more adventurous approach as his confidence grows. We've shown recently what we are capable of and I hope this continues into next season when we should see a different Gary Bowyer. I must say I've not been impressed with the quality in this division and with a more settled side we could have ended the season much higher. Bodes well for next season.... Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 7

1:30pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
How is taking 5 points from a possible 18 considered "having a go"?
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]How is taking 5 points from a possible 18 considered "having a go"? Super_Clarets
  • Score: -6

1:32pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

We all have plenty to be optimistic about, so going for it has to be the way... I don't think if we lost every game from now till the end of the season that we would get relegated, so definitely go for it! But it was a penalty, his arms were all over the place and nowhere near his side...
We all have plenty to be optimistic about, so going for it has to be the way... I don't think if we lost every game from now till the end of the season that we would get relegated, so definitely go for it! But it was a penalty, his arms were all over the place and nowhere near his side... ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 4

1:32pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games". Super_Clarets
  • Score: -12

1:34pm Thu 27 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

I thought you were already `broke` ?
I thought you were already `broke` ? FCBurnley
  • Score: -5

1:44pm Thu 27 Mar 14

owd nick says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard. owd nick
  • Score: -1

2:17pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
But we've been up there all season?

So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck?

Poor effort.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.[/p][/quote]But we've been up there all season? So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck? Poor effort. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -3

2:41pm Thu 27 Mar 14

adcr says...

Really impressed with Gestede's goal against Watford. When the ball was punted hopefully forward there looked to be no real danger and then bang it's in.

I thing we need to be injecting some more pace and trickiery in the team next season, but what a weapon to have in games where we can't break the opposition down. Just lump it forward, because almost nobody can get up as high as Rudy. Just as long as we don't resort to this tactic all the time. Lol
Really impressed with Gestede's goal against Watford. When the ball was punted hopefully forward there looked to be no real danger and then bang it's in. I thing we need to be injecting some more pace and trickiery in the team next season, but what a weapon to have in games where we can't break the opposition down. Just lump it forward, because almost nobody can get up as high as Rudy. Just as long as we don't resort to this tactic all the time. Lol adcr
  • Score: 3

3:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

keanoutofrovers says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
But we've been up there all season?

So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck?

Poor effort.
WE'VE been up there all season?

You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.[/p][/quote]But we've been up there all season? So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck? Poor effort.[/p][/quote]WE'VE been up there all season? You have to go to the games to call the team "WE." keanoutofrovers
  • Score: 8

3:40pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

keanoutofrovers wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
But we've been up there all season?

So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck?

Poor effort.
WE'VE been up there all season?

You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."
I'm there every home game Mungo, unlike yourself, you protesting, boycotting, wet f@rt. Try supporting your team instead of b!tching and moaning that the world hates Blackburn Rovers.
[quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.[/p][/quote]But we've been up there all season? So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck? Poor effort.[/p][/quote]WE'VE been up there all season? You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."[/p][/quote]I'm there every home game Mungo, unlike yourself, you protesting, boycotting, wet f@rt. Try supporting your team instead of b!tching and moaning that the world hates Blackburn Rovers. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -2

3:46pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

keanoutofrovers wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
But we've been up there all season?

So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck?

Poor effort.
WE'VE been up there all season?

You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."
Exactly, what a laugh..... "We".
Posting on here when the dingles are playing at home says it all doesn't it.
Mind you it's a long way I suppose from deepest darkest Yorkshire to Turf Moor for someone without a job !!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.[/p][/quote]But we've been up there all season? So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck? Poor effort.[/p][/quote]WE'VE been up there all season? You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."[/p][/quote]Exactly, what a laugh..... "We". Posting on here when the dingles are playing at home says it all doesn't it. Mind you it's a long way I suppose from deepest darkest Yorkshire to Turf Moor for someone without a job !!!!!!!!! Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Thu 27 Mar 14

dangerous dave says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
go for broke - we are already broke in more ways than one with this set of idiots in charge of the club!!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]go for broke - we are already broke in more ways than one with this set of idiots in charge of the club!!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave
  • Score: -2

9:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

owd nick says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
But we've been up there all season?

So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck?

Poor effort.
Like shooting fish in a barrel.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.[/p][/quote]But we've been up there all season? So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck? Poor effort.[/p][/quote]Like shooting fish in a barrel. owd nick
  • Score: 0

7:35am Fri 28 Mar 14

jimluftas says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
keanoutofrovers wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.
16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go...

For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".
Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.
But we've been up there all season?

So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck?

Poor effort.
WE'VE been up there all season?

You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."
I'm there every home game Mungo, unlike yourself, you protesting, boycotting, wet f@rt. Try supporting your team instead of b!tching and moaning that the world hates Blackburn Rovers.
You could be champions of Europe and the likes of you would still be on here obsessing about rovers. What's wrong with you?! Just make the most of the best season you'll see in your lifetime.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: We should have gone for broke sooner than this. Now that the chance has practiclly gone we have decided to have a go.[/p][/quote]16 points from a possible 18, now that's called having a go... For further information look up "Burnley FC last 6 games".[/p][/quote]Ah but when your luck is in you don't have to try that hard.[/p][/quote]But we've been up there all season? So would you say achieving 79 points from 38 games is down to luck? Poor effort.[/p][/quote]WE'VE been up there all season? You have to go to the games to call the team "WE."[/p][/quote]I'm there every home game Mungo, unlike yourself, you protesting, boycotting, wet f@rt. Try supporting your team instead of b!tching and moaning that the world hates Blackburn Rovers.[/p][/quote]You could be champions of Europe and the likes of you would still be on here obsessing about rovers. What's wrong with you?! Just make the most of the best season you'll see in your lifetime. jimluftas
  • Score: 0

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