We have to keep believing, insists Blackburn Rovers boss

EWOOD Park manager Henning Berg has urged his struggling Blackburn side to “keep the belief” after insisting that Rovers can’t afford to play with any fear.

A run of just one win in nine Championship games under Berg’s control leaves Rovers seven points off the play-off places but he insists there have been signs for hope.

Ahead of this afternoon’s crucial visit of Brighton and Hove Albion, Berg has stressed the importance of his players retaining confidence in themselves.

He said: “In difficult times it is easier to be a bit more passive, to not go forward, instead of taking a step forward you drop off because you are not 100 per cent sure.

“When you are winning, everyone is buzzing, everyone is doing the right things without thinking too much. We just have to make sure we handle these set backs the right way and we find ways to look forward.

“Everyone gets affected with the results. We are all human beings and when you concede a goal, someone will start to doubt, that is human nature.

“At the same time I know what we did against Blackpool was good on many, many fronts in the first half, so we know that we have that potential, we know it is possible for us to play well and win games.

“That is why we should not listen only to the media. Of course your job is to look at the results, I can understand that, but as managers, coaches and players we have to look at the performances as well.

“We have to see what in the game we are doing well so we can take confidence from it and what we need to improve to make sure we get the right results.”

Berg accepts results have not been good enough since he took charge at the start of November but believes there have been enough signs in recent weeks to suggest fortunes can be reversed.

“Those things we need to improve, it is not impossible to change and those things we are doing well we expect to keep doing well,” he said.

“We have to look behind the results sometimes, even though it is difficult for those outside to do that.

“We are looking forward to every game we play. In the last few games we have played we have been within possibilities of winning.

“In terms of performances we have not been too far away but at the same we have not able to defend as well as we would have liked, expecially in the last two games.

“When we played Burnley away I thought we defended very well in our own box, not as good higher up the pitch. It has not been the same things every time.

“It is a learning process, we have to focus on the concentration, the focus.

“The Brighton game is a good game for us. They are a good team but we are playing at home and we are looking to impose ourselves on to them.”

Meanwhile, keeper Paul Robinson did not train yesterday and Jake Kean is set to keep his place in the side today.

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10:13am Sat 22 Dec 12

Matt-- says...

I actually have a good feeling about today's game. Maybe we are about to turn a corner (...awaits derision)
I actually have a good feeling about today's game. Maybe we are about to turn a corner (...awaits derision) Matt--

10:32am Sat 22 Dec 12

J.C - Rishton says...

I'm sorry Henning but you are sounding more like Kean every week.
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Yes we were quite good in first half last week but we were truely AWFUL and GUTLESS in the second half.

So far you have been "nicey nicey" with this rag-tag bunch of players - hopefully that'll pay-off for you today and they'll actually perform and give you the win than you and us fans deserve.

If they fail to deliver today though - I think you're gonna have to change your approach to this bunch of over paid, losers and give them the preverbial (and in some cases, the actual) "kick up the arse".

Can't saying I'm looking forward to it this afternoon cos the weathers cr@p, the quality of football is probably gonna be worse and I've got a banging headache to boot !!
I'm sorry Henning but you are sounding more like Kean every week. . Yes we were quite good in first half last week but we were truely AWFUL and GUTLESS in the second half. So far you have been "nicey nicey" with this rag-tag bunch of players - hopefully that'll pay-off for you today and they'll actually perform and give you the win than you and us fans deserve. If they fail to deliver today though - I think you're gonna have to change your approach to this bunch of over paid, losers and give them the preverbial (and in some cases, the actual) "kick up the arse". Can't saying I'm looking forward to it this afternoon cos the weathers cr@p, the quality of football is probably gonna be worse and I've got a banging headache to boot !! J.C - Rishton

10:32am Sat 22 Dec 12

French Rover says...

We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg
We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg French Rover

10:43am Sat 22 Dec 12

1952 rover says...

Well that will be a first.
Well that will be a first. 1952 rover

11:02am Sat 22 Dec 12

Road Runner Road Runner says...

French Rover wrote:
We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg
Morning Mr French...

What a dreary chuffing day in these parts - lashing down - again !

On such a day as this(lashing down, windy and freezing)) I would surmise is going to reveal just which players are up for the fight and the believe that Berg openly quotes above ?

Another 70/80 mile round trip and a performance followed by a result will warm the cockles of my B&W heart making this journey worthwhile !

Just looking at the Championship table and that gap from the top two is looking like a mountain to climb thus I would now surmise the play-offs is our only realistic option.

That said, I am of the mind now that cohesion and stability is the only aspects I'm looking for, and as you say - get Rovers moving in the right direction...back Berg for the future.

Wrap up folks the chill we all know of is beckoning down at Ewood !

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg[/p][/quote]Morning Mr French... What a dreary chuffing day in these parts - lashing down - again ! On such a day as this(lashing down, windy and freezing)) I would surmise is going to reveal just which players are up for the fight and the believe that Berg openly quotes above ? Another 70/80 mile round trip and a performance followed by a result will warm the cockles of my B&W heart making this journey worthwhile ! Just looking at the Championship table and that gap from the top two is looking like a mountain to climb thus I would now surmise the play-offs is our only realistic option. That said, I am of the mind now that cohesion and stability is the only aspects I'm looking for, and as you say - get Rovers moving in the right direction...back Berg for the future. Wrap up folks the chill we all know of is beckoning down at Ewood ! Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner

11:10am Sat 22 Dec 12

cruzy_cruz says...

"It's a learning process...."

Well some of our players must be remedial level because they have been playing the game for 20 years
"It's a learning process...." Well some of our players must be remedial level because they have been playing the game for 20 years cruzy_cruz

11:27am Sat 22 Dec 12

Is Eckersley playing? says...

The only quote missing from Mr. Berg since the last incumbent left us... "We can take the positives from that defeat".- otherwise its the same old, same two years old puke. ..
The only quote missing from Mr. Berg since the last incumbent left us... "We can take the positives from that defeat".- otherwise its the same old, same two years old puke. .. Is Eckersley playing?

11:39am Sat 22 Dec 12

Captain Dreckley says...

The best thing to give the team a lift today and restore some self belief. In Rhodes we have the most gifted goal taker in the championship by far so Berg needs to set up the team to play to his strengths. We know the defence is clueless and leaderless and central midfield is absent and just gets by passed by younger, fitter (and let's face it that isn't hard with Dunn, Murphy et al) but there is nothing we can do about that until the window opens. Some people on here are going on about our league position under Kean so it is time to look at why he had Rovers constantly in the top six and Berg hasn't. Under Kean we couldn't keep a clean sheet because of the same useless defence that we have now but we scored more than we conceded and picked up points. Keans mentality was if you score 2 we will score 3 straight from the Keegan school. Berg is a defender and is trying to sort Dann and co but they are beyond sorting. Berg needs to look at where we are and what we have and play to our strengths and set the team up to feed Rhodes.
The best thing to give the team a lift today and restore some self belief. In Rhodes we have the most gifted goal taker in the championship by far so Berg needs to set up the team to play to his strengths. We know the defence is clueless and leaderless and central midfield is absent and just gets by passed by younger, fitter (and let's face it that isn't hard with Dunn, Murphy et al) but there is nothing we can do about that until the window opens. Some people on here are going on about our league position under Kean so it is time to look at why he had Rovers constantly in the top six and Berg hasn't. Under Kean we couldn't keep a clean sheet because of the same useless defence that we have now but we scored more than we conceded and picked up points. Keans mentality was if you score 2 we will score 3 straight from the Keegan school. Berg is a defender and is trying to sort Dann and co but they are beyond sorting. Berg needs to look at where we are and what we have and play to our strengths and set the team up to feed Rhodes. Captain Dreckley

11:41am Sat 22 Dec 12

1952 rover says...

He would do better if he resigned.
He would do better if he resigned. 1952 rover

12:43pm Sat 22 Dec 12

peely says...

It,s a learning process" , absolute unbelievable comment from HB . This is supposed to be the best squad of players in the championship and they,re still in a "learning process" . Probably the highest wage bill in the league for players who are still learning! You couldn't,t make it up ! Why doesn't,t our highly paid PR director control what's coming out of the HB,s mouth.I thought Kean was bad, but HB is a serious contender for foot in the mouth comments
Just when you thought etc!
R.I.P. Rovers
It,s a learning process" , absolute unbelievable comment from HB . This is supposed to be the best squad of players in the championship and they,re still in a "learning process" . Probably the highest wage bill in the league for players who are still learning! You couldn't,t make it up ! Why doesn't,t our highly paid PR director control what's coming out of the HB,s mouth.I thought Kean was bad, but HB is a serious contender for foot in the mouth comments Just when you thought etc! R.I.P. Rovers peely

12:49pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Angry From Accrington says...

With the exception of defence, which is simply woeful, Berg inherited one of the strongest squads in the League but has been unable to select, motivate and inspire a team to fulfil its potential. Today should be his last chance to get it right. Anything less than a win and he should do the decent thing and admit that he simply is not good enough.

STOP PRESS: He will survive.............
.....Match postponed!
With the exception of defence, which is simply woeful, Berg inherited one of the strongest squads in the League but has been unable to select, motivate and inspire a team to fulfil its potential. Today should be his last chance to get it right. Anything less than a win and he should do the decent thing and admit that he simply is not good enough. STOP PRESS: He will survive............. .....Match postponed! Angry From Accrington

1:03pm Sat 22 Dec 12

moh says...

J.C - Rishton wrote:
I'm sorry Henning but you are sounding more like Kean every week.
.
Yes we were quite good in first half last week but we were truely AWFUL and GUTLESS in the second half.

So far you have been "nicey nicey" with this rag-tag bunch of players - hopefully that'll pay-off for you today and they'll actually perform and give you the win than you and us fans deserve.

If they fail to deliver today though - I think you're gonna have to change your approach to this bunch of over paid, losers and give them the preverbial (and in some cases, the actual) "kick up the arse".

Can't saying I'm looking forward to it this afternoon cos the weathers cr@p, the quality of football is probably gonna be worse and I've got a banging headache to boot !!
I agree with Berg as at the start of the season we played awful and somehow won. The games have been closer. recently except Cardiff Other teams are more organised and hard working and rovers need to do the same. Also in january transfer window Berg hopefully will have opportunity to change some things for better in long term.
[quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry Henning but you are sounding more like Kean every week. . Yes we were quite good in first half last week but we were truely AWFUL and GUTLESS in the second half. So far you have been "nicey nicey" with this rag-tag bunch of players - hopefully that'll pay-off for you today and they'll actually perform and give you the win than you and us fans deserve. If they fail to deliver today though - I think you're gonna have to change your approach to this bunch of over paid, losers and give them the preverbial (and in some cases, the actual) "kick up the arse". Can't saying I'm looking forward to it this afternoon cos the weathers cr@p, the quality of football is probably gonna be worse and I've got a banging headache to boot !![/p][/quote]I agree with Berg as at the start of the season we played awful and somehow won. The games have been closer. recently except Cardiff Other teams are more organised and hard working and rovers need to do the same. Also in january transfer window Berg hopefully will have opportunity to change some things for better in long term. moh

1:23pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Rayzerisaloser says...

berg out
berg out Rayzerisaloser

2:11pm Sat 22 Dec 12

French Rover says...

Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
French Rover wrote:
We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg
Morning Mr French...

What a dreary chuffing day in these parts - lashing down - again !

On such a day as this(lashing down, windy and freezing)) I would surmise is going to reveal just which players are up for the fight and the believe that Berg openly quotes above ?

Another 70/80 mile round trip and a performance followed by a result will warm the cockles of my B&W heart making this journey worthwhile !

Just looking at the Championship table and that gap from the top two is looking like a mountain to climb thus I would now surmise the play-offs is our only realistic option.

That said, I am of the mind now that cohesion and stability is the only aspects I'm looking for, and as you say - get Rovers moving in the right direction...back Berg for the future.

Wrap up folks the chill we all know of is beckoning down at Ewood !

Arte et labore
stay in Yorkshire Mr W and have a cuppa and a bit of crumpet this afternoon now that the game is off...crumpet of the edible kind of course!
[quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg[/p][/quote]Morning Mr French... What a dreary chuffing day in these parts - lashing down - again ! On such a day as this(lashing down, windy and freezing)) I would surmise is going to reveal just which players are up for the fight and the believe that Berg openly quotes above ? Another 70/80 mile round trip and a performance followed by a result will warm the cockles of my B&W heart making this journey worthwhile ! Just looking at the Championship table and that gap from the top two is looking like a mountain to climb thus I would now surmise the play-offs is our only realistic option. That said, I am of the mind now that cohesion and stability is the only aspects I'm looking for, and as you say - get Rovers moving in the right direction...back Berg for the future. Wrap up folks the chill we all know of is beckoning down at Ewood ! Arte et labore[/p][/quote]stay in Yorkshire Mr W and have a cuppa and a bit of crumpet this afternoon now that the game is off...crumpet of the edible kind of course! French Rover

5:06pm Sat 22 Dec 12

nil bye mouth says...

HO HO HO A good away point and the clarets are 1 points clear of the great unwashed from fleawood park. that turkey`s gonna taste even better xmas day as the clarets are above the chicken plucking venky boys for xmas .I bet they are suicidal down Blackbuuurn way ha ha ha as we always knew it was only a matter of time that we went above that clueless classless club from trampburn HA HA HA ...IN VENKYS WE TRUST.THE WHOLE FOOTBALL WORLD ARE LAUGHING AT YOU.
HO HO HO A good away point and the clarets are 1 points clear of the great unwashed from fleawood park. that turkey`s gonna taste even better xmas day as the clarets are above the chicken plucking venky boys for xmas .I bet they are suicidal down Blackbuuurn way ha ha ha as we always knew it was only a matter of time that we went above that clueless classless club from trampburn HA HA HA ...IN VENKYS WE TRUST.THE WHOLE FOOTBALL WORLD ARE LAUGHING AT YOU. nil bye mouth

5:07pm Sat 22 Dec 12

nil bye mouth says...

BRFC SECOND RATE AND SECOND BEST.
BRFC SECOND RATE AND SECOND BEST. nil bye mouth

8:40pm Sat 22 Dec 12

wolsty says...

nil bye mouth wrote:
BRFC SECOND RATE AND SECOND BEST.
bet you havent been on your dingle page as yet??? had to come to BRFC well enjoy,always best to see who finishes above who,myself got NO worries come MAY again we will be top boys AS USUAL, AS USUAL
[quote][p][bold]nil bye mouth[/bold] wrote: BRFC SECOND RATE AND SECOND BEST.[/p][/quote]bet you havent been on your dingle page as yet??? had to come to BRFC well enjoy,always best to see who finishes above who,myself got NO worries come MAY again we will be top boys AS USUAL, AS USUAL wolsty

10:28pm Sun 23 Dec 12

leitchy says...

French Rover wrote:
We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg
Well said...
Back Berg,
Back Venkys

Out with Shebby, Shaw and Agnew.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: We believe in our club Henning.....always have and always will and the current lot that own it will never change that - despite all their best/worst efforts over the last two years. get the three points today and get the Rovers moving forwards again...Back Berg[/p][/quote]Well said... Back Berg, Back Venkys Out with Shebby, Shaw and Agnew. leitchy

10:30pm Sun 23 Dec 12

leitchy says...

Rayzerisaloser wrote:
berg out
Berg in!
[quote][p][bold]Rayzerisaloser[/bold] wrote: berg out[/p][/quote]Berg in! leitchy

1:01am Mon 24 Dec 12

noddy57 says...

wake up you mugs,forget the premiership,league 1 beckons,,get rid of these owners and we can get back to being a football club, forget player power,it doesnt exist, forget club owners knowledge of the game, it doesnt exist, this club is on its own and the breakaway supporters branch need a new multi million pound invester to get us back on track,, thats the only remedy for our present plight ,,,
wake up you mugs,forget the premiership,league 1 beckons,,get rid of these owners and we can get back to being a football club, forget player power,it doesnt exist, forget club owners knowledge of the game, it doesnt exist, this club is on its own and the breakaway supporters branch need a new multi million pound invester to get us back on track,, thats the only remedy for our present plight ,,, noddy57

2:11pm Wed 26 Dec 12

handyamBRFC says...

Merry Xmas
I care about my club....BRFC.
Maybe we cant do what 'Our Jack' did but at least we should not give up hope and get together rather then be divided amongst ourselves.

Do you know what will hurt 'Our Jack' the most ...the fact that his own family sold the crown jewels....BRFC.
irrespective to who they sold to...!

the very fact they sold out....!!

Evrything 'Our Jack' did for the club to build it up into a premiership club.

only for them walker trustees to sell for the sake of some petty cash. this was just greed because 'Our jack had carefully planned everything for them all even for the walker family and they were not meant to sell the crown jewels.

Anyway, now I believe we fans should do everything possible especially in difficult times to bring the fans & BRFC together.
We need to be stronger, we need to show the world we can come together in times of need and this period is that occasion.
I believe in BRFC and Blackburn and would ask every fan and resident of the Lancashire area to get together and be positive. We shall not be allowed to be dragged to the bottom of everything.
We are a proud people of Lancashire a proud club and we should raise ourselves to where we belong to the upper echelons of English society and the the premiership again one day soon.

to the football......!!
I think we should raid clubs who are thinking of bringing in new players themselves.
e.g. QPR as it seems are a club waiting to make changes to their staff hence a good time to get some of their players.
I can think of some at QPR who could fit the bill.
what do you guys think..?
Givet is going in January.
Defenders needed and a midfielder.

Arte et Labore
Merry Xmas I care about my club....BRFC. Maybe we cant do what 'Our Jack' did but at least we should not give up hope and get together rather then be divided amongst ourselves. Do you know what will hurt 'Our Jack' the most ...the fact that his own family sold the crown jewels....BRFC. irrespective to who they sold to...! the very fact they sold out....!! Evrything 'Our Jack' did for the club to build it up into a premiership club. only for them walker trustees to sell for the sake of some petty cash. this was just greed because 'Our jack had carefully planned everything for them all even for the walker family and they were not meant to sell the crown jewels. Anyway, now I believe we fans should do everything possible especially in difficult times to bring the fans & BRFC together. We need to be stronger, we need to show the world we can come together in times of need and this period is that occasion. I believe in BRFC and Blackburn and would ask every fan and resident of the Lancashire area to get together and be positive. We shall not be allowed to be dragged to the bottom of everything. We are a proud people of Lancashire a proud club and we should raise ourselves to where we belong to the upper echelons of English society and the the premiership again one day soon. to the football......!! I think we should raid clubs who are thinking of bringing in new players themselves. e.g. QPR as it seems are a club waiting to make changes to their staff hence a good time to get some of their players. I can think of some at QPR who could fit the bill. what do you guys think..? Givet is going in January. Defenders needed and a midfielder. Arte et Labore handyamBRFC

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