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Bowyer returns but Blackburn Rovers youngsters beaten

NEW Blackburn boss Michael Appleton had his first look at some of his squad as he watched Rovers’ Under 21 side slip to a 3-0 defeat to Everton at Leigh Sports Village.

And while he would have been impressed at the tenacious way in which the young Blackburn side stuck to their task against Everton – of the starting 11 only Paulo Jorge and Jordan Slew had any senior experience – it was in the end a comprehensive victory for the Toffees.

With Gary Bowyer once again directing operations from the touchline, Rovers started well with Osayamen Osawe lifting a shot over the bar after good work from Jorge.

But while Rovers looked tidy on the ball in midfield, Everton carried the greater threat and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 25 minutes when Conor McAleny fired across Matthew Urwin into the far corner.

Rovers seemed content to find their opportunities on the break and their best chance of the half came when Ryan Edwards drove a free kick just wide.

It took just three minutes after the break, however, for Everton to reassert their authority when Francisco Junior calmly swept home.

It got worse for Bowyer’s side just five minutes later when they were undone by a goal of true Premier League quality.

Tyias Browning darted down the right hand flank and cut an inviting low cross back to the onrushing John Lundstram, who smashed the ball first time into the roof of the net.

Rovers were finding it tough going, with only a snapshot from substitute Jamie Maclaren on 66 minutes causing the Everton defence any concern, but they did fashion one clear-cut chance with five minutes to go.

Substitute Edinho Junior was felled in the box and picked himself up to take the penalty but his low effort was well saved by Jan Mucha as battling Rovers suffered defeat.

ROVERS: Urwin, Wylie, Beesley, Paulo Jorge, Edwards, O’Connell, O’Sullivan, (Hands 71) Payne, Slew (Maclaren 49), Evans, Osawe (Edinho 80). Subs not used: Dilo, Lenihan.

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11:59am Wed 16 Jan 13

French Rover says...

Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...
Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match... French Rover
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12:52pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Dan11 says...

Slew was a curious signing, not good enough for the first team and no idea why he was signed in the first place.
Slew was a curious signing, not good enough for the first team and no idea why he was signed in the first place. Dan11
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1:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

juanbbien says...

Dan11 wrote:
Slew was a curious signing, not good enough for the first team and no idea why he was signed in the first place.
Jordan Slew I'd completely forgotten about him blimey what was the point of his reported million pound signing,who the hell sanctions these things
[quote][p][bold]Dan11[/bold] wrote: Slew was a curious signing, not good enough for the first team and no idea why he was signed in the first place.[/p][/quote]Jordan Slew I'd completely forgotten about him blimey what was the point of his reported million pound signing,who the hell sanctions these things juanbbien
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1:33pm Wed 16 Jan 13

blueblooded says...

Have to be careful with the headlines LT. I thought you meant GB had beaten the kids!
Have to be careful with the headlines LT. I thought you meant GB had beaten the kids! blueblooded
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1:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

blueblooded says...

"Please Mr Bowyer, can I have some more?"
"Please Mr Bowyer, can I have some more?" blueblooded
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4:10pm Wed 16 Jan 13

8 Ball Deluxe says...

French Rover wrote:
Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...
Funny though, aren't they under 21 as well as Rovers?
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...[/p][/quote]Funny though, aren't they under 21 as well as Rovers? 8 Ball Deluxe
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4:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Bazzer says...

8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
French Rover wrote: Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...
Funny though, aren't they under 21 as well as Rovers?
I should be careful, you two, about your awful attacks on Big Sam. (In the light of the Steve Kean payment.)
[quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...[/p][/quote]Funny though, aren't they under 21 as well as Rovers?[/p][/quote]I should be careful, you two, about your awful attacks on Big Sam. (In the light of the Steve Kean payment.) Bazzer
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5:04pm Wed 16 Jan 13

greenscreener says...

Bazzer wrote:
8 Ball Deluxe wrote:
French Rover wrote: Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...
Funny though, aren't they under 21 as well as Rovers?
I should be careful, you two, about your awful attacks on Big Sam. (In the light of the Steve Kean payment.)
Attacks on Sam ?, has something been deleted here ?
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]8 Ball Deluxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Noted that Everton had put one of their strongest permitted U21 line-ups out for this match...[/p][/quote]Funny though, aren't they under 21 as well as Rovers?[/p][/quote]I should be careful, you two, about your awful attacks on Big Sam. (In the light of the Steve Kean payment.)[/p][/quote]Attacks on Sam ?, has something been deleted here ? greenscreener
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7:14pm Wed 16 Jan 13

spike t says...

Bowyer's good luck obviously superseded by Appleton's bad luck! Agent Appy!
Bowyer's good luck obviously superseded by Appleton's bad luck! Agent Appy! spike t
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7:40pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Abbot says...

Bowyer out !!!!!
Bowyer out !!!!! Abbot
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11:53pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Rishtonian says...

Abbot wrote:
Bowyer out !!!!!
Abbot you are a dick head
[quote][p][bold]Abbot[/bold] wrote: Bowyer out !!!!![/p][/quote]Abbot you are a dick head Rishtonian
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