Appleton full of praise for his defensive duo

MICHAEL Appleton hailed his central defensive pairing of Scott Dann and Grant Hanley, as they kept a first clean sheet under his stewardship.

Dann also found the target as Rovers secured a first win under Appleton with a 3-0 success at Derby County in the FA Cup on Saturday.

And Appleton was left pleased with the pair’s performance.

He said: “It is not just their aerial ability in terms of defending balls in the box but the amount of times they got in front of their strikers and nipped in front and picked the right time to win the ball.

“They look very solid, they have a good understanding of each other and it is important we keep them fit. As a unit we look reasonably solid and that is pleasing.

“I think all the players are enjoying themselves. There is nothing not to enjoy.

“Obviously there are certain issues that need to be sorted off the field but I am sure they will be done sufficiently.

“As players and as managers just get on with it.

“I don’t know if I am making an imprint, you tell me. I would like to think we are hard to beat and look organised and hopefully we will continue to do that.

“I said to the boys for me my first win came on Tuesday night.

“From a psychological point of view, the way we played and the way we set up, I felt we already had it.

“But the record books say this was the first one and obviously it tastes sweet.”

Meanwhile, Appleton hailed a focused Colin Kazim-Richards as ‘almost unplayable’ after the Turkish international, who is understood to be the subject of interest from Bursaspor, got Rovers off the mark at Pride Park.

Appleton described the forward’s recent performances as a ‘pleasure to watch’.

“It was a good time to score just before half time and it is a good habit to have because we did it on Tuesday,” said Appleton.

“I thought it was a fantastic goal. It gave us a platform for the second half.

“He (Kazim-Richards) has led from the front. When he is like that he is almost unplayable because he looks as though he is in the right frame of mind.

“When you have a player like Kaz it is just important they are in the right frame of mind and he is at the minute and hopefully he is enjoying his football. I certainly enjoy watching him.”

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10:03am Tue 29 Jan 13

Whittle Wilky says...

MA seriously needs to work on strengthening both the first line of defence that should be our mid field, and the second line of so called backs and centre halfs etc.. Kean sold off an excellent defence and replaced them with second raters such as Orr, Dann, Hanly.

It is no good lauding Dann in this article. He is an inconsistent liability. Who is the root cause of many of our defensive woes.
MA seriously needs to work on strengthening both the first line of defence that should be our mid field, and the second line of so called backs and centre halfs etc.. Kean sold off an excellent defence and replaced them with second raters such as Orr, Dann, Hanly. It is no good lauding Dann in this article. He is an inconsistent liability. Who is the root cause of many of our defensive woes. Whittle Wilky

10:35am Tue 29 Jan 13

Private I says...

Whittle Wilky wrote:
MA seriously needs to work on strengthening both the first line of defence that should be our mid field, and the second line of so called backs and centre halfs etc.. Kean sold off an excellent defence and replaced them with second raters such as Orr, Dann, Hanly.

It is no good lauding Dann in this article. He is an inconsistent liability. Who is the root cause of many of our defensive woes.
What complete rubbish the defense is solid. Its the midfield that has let the team down
[quote][p][bold]Whittle Wilky[/bold] wrote: MA seriously needs to work on strengthening both the first line of defence that should be our mid field, and the second line of so called backs and centre halfs etc.. Kean sold off an excellent defence and replaced them with second raters such as Orr, Dann, Hanly. It is no good lauding Dann in this article. He is an inconsistent liability. Who is the root cause of many of our defensive woes.[/p][/quote]What complete rubbish the defense is solid. Its the midfield that has let the team down Private I

11:23am Tue 29 Jan 13

londonrover says...

Defence exposed far too often by poor midfield.
Defence exposed far too often by poor midfield. londonrover

3:10pm Tue 29 Jan 13

madrover says...

londonrover wrote:
Defence exposed far too often by poor midfield.
here here midfield are the culprits and that is why we are not challenging for promotion need a midfield general with a bit of everything
[quote][p][bold]londonrover[/bold] wrote: Defence exposed far too often by poor midfield.[/p][/quote]here here midfield are the culprits and that is why we are not challenging for promotion need a midfield general with a bit of everything madrover

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