Blackburn Rovers boss wants cup boost

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

MICHAEL Appleton has stressed the benefits of ‘staying in the hat’ after insisting the ‘magic of the cup’ can help bring a club to life.

Rovers travel to Derby County for an FA Cup fourth round tie this afternoon and, while rescuing their flagging play-off hopes remain a priority, Appleton is adamant the tie is not seen as an inconvenience.

As well as looking for a confidence-boosting first win as Rovers manager, Appleton believes the potential of a ‘big’ fifth round clash could help lift the spirits in East Lancashire.

He said: “If we were lucky enough to be in the hat on Sunday and pulled out Manchester United at Ewood Park, you are not going to tell me the place is not going to be jam packed to the rafters.

“That type of game and atmosphere would give everyone a massive lift and a feel good factor. The excitement of being in the hat gives everyone a lift.

“We will be going there to win the game but if we come away with the draw and another go at it then so be it. I have told the players to make sure they are still in the hat.

“If the players got that chance of a big cup tie you say to the players ‘this is what it could be like every week if we get it right’.

“We need a bit of help of course we do, but there won’t be anyone shirking their opportunities to make it happen.”

Appleton is unlikely to make too many changes for the trip to Pride Park as he bids to build on the improved display in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.

Chelsea loanee Todd Kane is ineligible for the tie, leaving Jason Lowe likely to fill in at right back, but Appleton isn’t about to ring the changes.

He said: “I have had a chance to see some of the fringe players in training and in behind closed doors games.

“We are in a position as a club where there has to be consistency on and off the pitch, we have to keep a level playing ground.

“The more I can keep the same group together, I think we will see a lot more improvement on the field.

“I have told the lads I just want another good performance, like they gave on Tuesday night.

“Another good performance is 10 times more important than the result because league positions are not at stake .

“But we believe if we can produce that type of performance we will be giving ourselves a good chance.”

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10:47am Sat 26 Jan 13

He Looks So Good In Training says...

Packed to the rafters? Steady on Michael...
Packed to the rafters? Steady on Michael... He Looks So Good In Training
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10:50am Sat 26 Jan 13

Steven Kean says...

Please can I have my job back
Please can I have my job back Steven Kean
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10:56am Sat 26 Jan 13

Steven Kean says...

It really is that bad is it.. ooooh agent appleton turned and waved to to the crowd he's building excellent community links haha sooner you lot are relegated to oblivion the better
It really is that bad is it.. ooooh agent appleton turned and waved to to the crowd he's building excellent community links haha sooner you lot are relegated to oblivion the better Steven Kean
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11:04am Sat 26 Jan 13

Steven Kean says...

Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC
Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC Steven Kean
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11:05am Sat 26 Jan 13

MatthewCA says...

Good Luck.

My Team for 2day.

Kean, Lowe,Dann,Hanley,Oll
son
Pedersen,Murphy,Dunn
,Ollson
Kazim,Rhodes.

Sub: Usai,Givit,Vukcuvic,
Rosado,Nunes,Gomes,G
oodwillie
Good Luck. My Team for 2day. Kean, Lowe,Dann,Hanley,Oll son Pedersen,Murphy,Dunn ,Ollson Kazim,Rhodes. Sub: Usai,Givit,Vukcuvic, Rosado,Nunes,Gomes,G oodwillie MatthewCA
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11:05am Sat 26 Jan 13

Steven Kean says...

Bye
Bye Steven Kean
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11:11am Sat 26 Jan 13

buckoff says...

Steven Kean wrote:
Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC
I love Blackburn Rovers first thing that came in your head when you woke up. After sneaking out your sisters bed. You dingles are obsessed with rovers.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Kean[/bold] wrote: Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC[/p][/quote]I love Blackburn Rovers first thing that came in your head when you woke up. After sneaking out your sisters bed. You dingles are obsessed with rovers. buckoff
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11:11am Sat 26 Jan 13

dangerous dave says...

Yes packed to the rafters with United fans - the Venkys would heard the Rovers fans into one corner of the ground and maybe open up all of the snack bars (selling Henekin instead of Thwaites) instead of the odd one here and there!!!!!
However good luck to the Rovers this afternoon but
OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW SINGH HENDRY VENKYS COAR
Yes packed to the rafters with United fans - the Venkys would heard the Rovers fans into one corner of the ground and maybe open up all of the snack bars (selling Henekin instead of Thwaites) instead of the odd one here and there!!!!! However good luck to the Rovers this afternoon but OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW SINGH HENDRY VENKYS COAR dangerous dave
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11:32am Sat 26 Jan 13

1952 rover says...

Steven Kean wrote:
Oooooh look at all the B@stard monkeys coming in their pants because agent appleton has said something positive. d.icks.
What is it with these Dingles. Is your club not worth commenting on . So you have to come on to talk about the Rovers. SAD SAD SAD.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Kean[/bold] wrote: Oooooh look at all the B@stard monkeys coming in their pants because agent appleton has said something positive. d.icks.[/p][/quote]What is it with these Dingles. Is your club not worth commenting on . So you have to come on to talk about the Rovers. SAD SAD SAD. 1952 rover
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11:34am Sat 26 Jan 13

dangerous dave says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Yes packed to the rafters with United fans - the Venkys would heard the Rovers fans into one corner of the ground and maybe open up all of the snack bars (selling Henekin instead of Thwaites) instead of the odd one here and there!!!!!
However good luck to the Rovers this afternoon but
OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW SINGH HENDRY VENKYS COAR
whoops 'herd' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes packed to the rafters with United fans - the Venkys would heard the Rovers fans into one corner of the ground and maybe open up all of the snack bars (selling Henekin instead of Thwaites) instead of the odd one here and there!!!!! However good luck to the Rovers this afternoon but OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW SINGH HENDRY VENKYS COAR[/p][/quote]whoops 'herd' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dangerous dave
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11:39am Sat 26 Jan 13

bburnrover says...

Ths guy is sad if he had any guts he would come out of his pit in Burney and stand on a soap box in blackburn centre and say his piece . But no he is a little chicken and realises he will end up with his neck wrung and just another venkey's victim..
Ths guy is sad if he had any guts he would come out of his pit in Burney and stand on a soap box in blackburn centre and say his piece . But no he is a little chicken and realises he will end up with his neck wrung and just another venkey's victim.. bburnrover
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1:04pm Sat 26 Jan 13

eddio says...

Steven Kean wrote:
Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC
UTC? don't know about that pal? It's OCD you need to be researching!
Get a life and stop OBSESSING ABOUT BLACKBURN ROVERS..!
You really do make a monkey of yourself keep posting on another team's website....really, really sad!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Kean[/bold] wrote: Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC[/p][/quote]UTC? don't know about that pal? It's OCD you need to be researching! Get a life and stop OBSESSING ABOUT BLACKBURN ROVERS..! You really do make a monkey of yourself keep posting on another team's website....really, really sad! eddio
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1:44pm Sat 26 Jan 13

RoversMCMLXXV says...

Steven Kean wrote:
Please can I have my job back
A day in the life of a dingle:

What can I do today with my pointless and dull existence apart from fisting myself and rummaging through bins for old fag ends? I know, I'm going to create an account and call myself Steve Kean just to get one over on those b*stard Rovers fans.That'll show em what a force and massive club Bonleh are!

You sad obsessed mouth foaming slack jawed clog wearing shiny faced umpa lumpa.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Kean[/bold] wrote: Please can I have my job back[/p][/quote]A day in the life of a dingle: What can I do today with my pointless and dull existence apart from fisting myself and rummaging through bins for old fag ends? I know, I'm going to create an account and call myself Steve Kean just to get one over on those b*stard Rovers fans.That'll show em what a force and massive club Bonleh are! You sad obsessed mouth foaming slack jawed clog wearing shiny faced umpa lumpa. RoversMCMLXXV
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6:59pm Sat 26 Jan 13

steve18gls says...

Steven Kean wrote:
Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC
Dont you have any washing up to do or something??. nobody is listening your dingle moron. Crawl back under your stone. Best wishes. BRFC.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Kean[/bold] wrote: Oh and agent appleton the last choice for all the championship clubs looking for managers. Says it all really. B@stard rovers really do change with the times. BFC confirmed match is on so it's off to watch the clarets today in the JM stand. keep moving up the league today 3 wins on the spin no goals conceded all with out our goal machine the famous claret and blue goal machine. he has more goals than rhodes and hasn't played since boxing day. UTC[/p][/quote]Dont you have any washing up to do or something??. nobody is listening your dingle moron. Crawl back under your stone. Best wishes. BRFC. steve18gls
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10:53pm Sat 26 Jan 13

noddy57 says...

we have seen this before,,remember peterbrough ?, when the rovers beat a top 3 team in the championship and keep a clean sheet then and only then will l say appleton could make a manager in the championship,
we have seen this before,,remember peterbrough ?, when the rovers beat a top 3 team in the championship and keep a clean sheet then and only then will l say appleton could make a manager in the championship, noddy57
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