Olsson: Hard work paying off for Blackburn Rovers

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

MARTIN Olsson believes Michael Appleton is turning Blackburn Rovers into a “90-minute team” after admitting their work-load has increased since his appointment.

For much of the season so far, Rovers have been plagued by conceding late goals but Olsson insists work is being done to remedy that fault.

The Swede has been part of a defence that has kept three straight clean sheets as Rovers climbed to eighth in the Championship and just four points off the play-offs.

And, ahead of this evening’s trip to fellow promotion hopefuls Brighton, Olsson admits new boss Appleton is having a positive effect.

He said: “Things have changed a lot. It is good now here. We have been working hard in training.

“The gaffer has been working us very hard in training, with lots of running and I think it is showing in games.

“We don’t get tired after 60/70 minutes, we just keep going and that is obviously showing in the way we are playing.”

Tonight’s trip to Brighton is the start of a daunting looking run of fixtures, which include three trips to promotion chasing rivals in the next four league games.

Add to that an FA Cup fifth round tie at Arsenal and Rovers will know things won’t get any easier in the next few weeks.

Olsson said: “In this league there are no easy games. We are all experienced enough and professional enough to know that. It does not matter who we play we have to focus on our jobs.

“We have to think about the way we play and not other teams. Every team we play now is going to be tough, it doesn’t matter where they are in the league.

“Of course it could be good if we are playing teams above us because those are the points we need to pick up to catch up.

“Every game we play between now and the end of the season we have to think about winning. That has to be our task.

“The first half wasn’t the best on Saturday but we just stayed focused and we finished the task and got three points.

“We look much harder to beat now, as a team we are more compact and working well together.

“We have always had it in the back of our minds that we could do it but it was a tough time, we lost a few games.

“Right now we are going forward and winning games and we have to keep keeping going forward. The mood now is very good.”

Olsson also had words of praise for striker Jordan Rhodes, who scored his in seventh consecutive league game on Saturday to equal a club record.

And, as Rhodes looks to set the record in his own right this evening, Olsson admits the striker’s efforts have raised the stakes around Ewood.

He said: “It looked like he is claiming it, I didn’t see it. He has been very good for us, when it is hard he helps us out by getting a goal or two.

“His goals put the pressure on us as defenders and midfielders because when he scores it makes us even more determined not to let the team down by conceding.

“He is always in the right place at the right time. I don’t know if it is luck but he is always there. He has proven he can score any goal.”

Meanwhile, when asked about West Ham’s recent efforts to sign him in the transfer window, Olsson said: “I am, here right now so I’m not thinking about that at all.

“There was a lot of speculation but I am rovers players and just focusing on getting up to the Premier League.”

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1:23pm Tue 12 Feb 13

b12simon says...

Fitness improves, results improve. Football's a simple game.

Good stuff Appy. Keep it up!
Fitness improves, results improve. Football's a simple game. Good stuff Appy. Keep it up! b12simon
  • Score: 13

1:25pm Tue 12 Feb 13

RoverTheHill says...

If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands
If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands
If you're Appy and you know an you really wanna show it
If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands

Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands
Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands
Jordan Rhodes scorin goals coz it's all he really knows
Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands
If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands If you're Appy and you know an you really wanna show it If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands Jordan Rhodes scorin goals coz it's all he really knows Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands RoverTheHill
  • Score: 9

1:28pm Tue 12 Feb 13

R0BB0 says...

WTF ^^^^
WTF ^^^^ R0BB0
  • Score: -2

1:29pm Tue 12 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

“We don’t get tired after 60/70 minutes, we just keep going and that is obviously showing in the way we are playing.”

HOW MUCH OF AN APPALLING INDICTMENT OF THE PREVIOUS REGIME IS THAT QUOTE?

Any Rovers fan with a microbe of football common sense could see that under Fester the team:
1) not organised nor played as a team
2) no tactics
3) UNFIT

the number of times we ran out of steam under kean was, quite frankly, embarrassing. some supporters just interpreted it as just sitting back and doing the "what we have we hold" nonsense - don't get me wrong there was an element of that - but you could also clearly see that the players had nothing left. any manager, coach watching rovers prior to their fixture would have been able to see it without any fancy pro-zone match/player stats and would have told their team to step it up in the last third of the game cos "they will be on their knees"

whilst it players can not be made instantly better passers, scorers, defenders, tacklers etc -- the tow things that the manager can influence immediately are 1) Organisation and 2) Fitness. It is instantly obvious that Appleton has worked on this from the minute he walked through the door and we look much the better for it - LONG MAY IT CONTINUE
“We don’t get tired after 60/70 minutes, we just keep going and that is obviously showing in the way we are playing.” HOW MUCH OF AN APPALLING INDICTMENT OF THE PREVIOUS REGIME IS THAT QUOTE? Any Rovers fan with a microbe of football common sense could see that under Fester the team: 1) not organised nor played as a team 2) no tactics 3) UNFIT the number of times we ran out of steam under kean was, quite frankly, embarrassing. some supporters just interpreted it as just sitting back and doing the "what we have we hold" nonsense - don't get me wrong there was an element of that - but you could also clearly see that the players had nothing left. any manager, coach watching rovers prior to their fixture would have been able to see it without any fancy pro-zone match/player stats and would have told their team to step it up in the last third of the game cos "they will be on their knees" whilst it players can not be made instantly better passers, scorers, defenders, tacklers etc -- the tow things that the manager can influence immediately are 1) Organisation and 2) Fitness. It is instantly obvious that Appleton has worked on this from the minute he walked through the door and we look much the better for it - LONG MAY IT CONTINUE hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 21

1:31pm Tue 12 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

RoverTheHill wrote:
If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands
If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands
If you're Appy and you know an you really wanna show it
If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands

Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands
Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands
Jordan Rhodes scorin goals coz it's all he really knows
Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands
Are you a 'Appy Clapper?
[quote][p][bold]RoverTheHill[/bold] wrote: If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands If you're Appy and you know an you really wanna show it If you're Appy and you know it clap ya hands Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands Jordan Rhodes scorin goals coz it's all he really knows Jordan Rhodes scorin goals clap ya hands[/p][/quote]Are you a 'Appy Clapper? hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MatthewCA says...

Just Win it...........

Best Wishes....Good Luck
Just Win it........... Best Wishes....Good Luck MatthewCA
  • Score: 2

1:37pm Tue 12 Feb 13

vicn1956 says...

Hasslem- 100%!
Hasslem- 100%! vicn1956
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tmonty says...

Didnt Olsson come out with something similar when Berg was appointed. Tonight is a big game. Lets hope 'boro's poor run continues tonight as well.
Didnt Olsson come out with something similar when Berg was appointed. Tonight is a big game. Lets hope 'boro's poor run continues tonight as well. tmonty
  • Score: -1

3:02pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MxMave says...

Hopefully MA will realise that the longball we were playing in the first half of the last game wasn't working and stick with our second half strategy from the off this time around. We looked a country mile better when we wern't playing longball around CKR. When DJ Campbell came on the pitch, although he did absolutely nothing, the whole dynamic of the squad shifted and we became a passing team once again.

Gotta say Scott Dann & Grant Hanley are immense. Hanley really deserved MOTM on Saturday and they look better and better as each game passes. I doubt we'll make the playoffs this time around though, these next fixtures will be the first test for MA and how he reacts will decide a lot.
Hopefully MA will realise that the longball we were playing in the first half of the last game wasn't working and stick with our second half strategy from the off this time around. We looked a country mile better when we wern't playing longball around CKR. When DJ Campbell came on the pitch, although he did absolutely nothing, the whole dynamic of the squad shifted and we became a passing team once again. Gotta say Scott Dann & Grant Hanley are immense. Hanley really deserved MOTM on Saturday and they look better and better as each game passes. I doubt we'll make the playoffs this time around though, these next fixtures will be the first test for MA and how he reacts will decide a lot. MxMave
  • Score: 1

3:17pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Nuttall Street says...

"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.
"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article. Nuttall Street
  • Score: -1

3:29pm Tue 12 Feb 13

French Rover says...

Nuttall Street wrote:
"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.
surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always.

The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most.

But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.
[quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: "The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.[/p][/quote]surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always. The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most. But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans. French Rover
  • Score: 3

3:33pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Nuttall Street says...

French Rover wrote:
Nuttall Street wrote:
"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.
surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always.

The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most.

But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.
Hi Frenchie, I am just rushing out so only time for a quick observation that we now know the reason for Dunny's and Robbo's thickening waistlines!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: "The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.[/p][/quote]surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always. The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most. But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.[/p][/quote]Hi Frenchie, I am just rushing out so only time for a quick observation that we now know the reason for Dunny's and Robbo's thickening waistlines! Nuttall Street
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Tue 12 Feb 13

fitz808 says...

Nuttall Street wrote:
"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.
as the french one has already pointed out, i think the use of 'apologists' to describe those that continued to attend the matches is needlessly derogatory, and misses the mark somewhat. it was entirely possible to both disapprove of some of the decisions made by venkys whilst also turning up to support the team (presumably with a season ticket that was already bought).
whilst it seems hard for us to believe that the fitness levels of the squad became so apparently poor, i just feel it is simply another of those things we can move on from. no point in an inquiry about it all. venkys don't seem to want to move, singh seems to be out of the loop, shaw/agnew seem to be looking to implement a more traditional approach, and appleton is bringing some pragmatic common sense to management. all is not solved, but where there is improvement, we can simply enjoy things for a while.
[quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: "The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.[/p][/quote]as the french one has already pointed out, i think the use of 'apologists' to describe those that continued to attend the matches is needlessly derogatory, and misses the mark somewhat. it was entirely possible to both disapprove of some of the decisions made by venkys whilst also turning up to support the team (presumably with a season ticket that was already bought). whilst it seems hard for us to believe that the fitness levels of the squad became so apparently poor, i just feel it is simply another of those things we can move on from. no point in an inquiry about it all. venkys don't seem to want to move, singh seems to be out of the loop, shaw/agnew seem to be looking to implement a more traditional approach, and appleton is bringing some pragmatic common sense to management. all is not solved, but where there is improvement, we can simply enjoy things for a while. fitz808
  • Score: 2

4:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

kenbro says...

The players also share a large part of the blame. Regardless of the Manager, these guys are professional athletes who are paid thousands a week to perform in their chosen sport. They know when they are unfit, and they know what it takes to get fit. Nothing was stopping them doing a lot of running on their own time.
Amatuer runners spend hours in their spare time doing the miles necessary for them to compete. Professional footballers cannot do this unless some trainer forces them ?
There should be no such thing as an overweight, unfit, pro footballer. If they cannot take the personal responsibility to keep in top shape they can not call themselves professionals. Being fit is of paramount importance in their profession.
The players also share a large part of the blame. Regardless of the Manager, these guys are professional athletes who are paid thousands a week to perform in their chosen sport. They know when they are unfit, and they know what it takes to get fit. Nothing was stopping them doing a lot of running on their own time. Amatuer runners spend hours in their spare time doing the miles necessary for them to compete. Professional footballers cannot do this unless some trainer forces them ? There should be no such thing as an overweight, unfit, pro footballer. If they cannot take the personal responsibility to keep in top shape they can not call themselves professionals. Being fit is of paramount importance in their profession. kenbro
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Tue 12 Feb 13

garyintandem says...

French Rover wrote:
Nuttall Street wrote:
"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.
surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always.

The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most.

But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.
Worst period in our history...I thought it was the 70s when we went to Halifax on a freezing night and the lights went out! But thinking about it, the Kean era will go down as the biggest period of self destruction, mis management, and humiliation the club has ever seen. We all now need to support Appy in his efforts to take us up. We are now more stable and organised than for 2 years so let's all get behind the team with no whinging. COYB
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: "The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.[/p][/quote]surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always. The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most. But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.[/p][/quote]Worst period in our history...I thought it was the 70s when we went to Halifax on a freezing night and the lights went out! But thinking about it, the Kean era will go down as the biggest period of self destruction, mis management, and humiliation the club has ever seen. We all now need to support Appy in his efforts to take us up. We are now more stable and organised than for 2 years so let's all get behind the team with no whinging. COYB garyintandem
  • Score: 6

4:58pm Tue 12 Feb 13

mwoods1 says...

Appleton has done a good job! It just shows that results can change even with an extra 10 to 20% extra fitness.

New song for DJ Campbell if he scores:
From the Usher feat Pitbull theme.

"Oh Baby tonight the DJ's got us scoring the goals again"
Appleton has done a good job! It just shows that results can change even with an extra 10 to 20% extra fitness. New song for DJ Campbell if he scores: From the Usher feat Pitbull theme. "Oh Baby tonight the DJ's got us scoring the goals again" mwoods1
  • Score: 0

5:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

French Rover says...

Nuttall Street wrote:
French Rover wrote:
Nuttall Street wrote:
"The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.
surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always.

The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most.

But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.
Hi Frenchie, I am just rushing out so only time for a quick observation that we now know the reason for Dunny's and Robbo's thickening waistlines!
Absolutely monsieur nuttall street! The Pies the limit for those lads...

Better not hold you up though - or you will miss hearing about the Rovers first goal down at the seaside in Brighton tonight.
[quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nuttall Street[/bold] wrote: "The Gaffer has been working us very hard in training with lots of running"! I find that revelation simply staggering! I always knew it was very easy to succeed as a football manager, but I had not realised how easy. What an indictment of the previous management including, particularly those still with us, Colin Hendry and The Global Adviser. It does not say a great deal about the players either. If they felt unfit, as was being continually pointed out in this forum, they might have made the little extra effort to lay on some extra running on their own initiative. They didn't, lazy b@st@rds! Happily, I stopped going to Ewood Park during Kean's misrule and so I don't feel as cheated as the apologists for the Venky's no doubt will when reading this article.[/p][/quote]surely nobody can feel more cheated now than they did when Kean was here, it is impossible. Everyone knew that the football organisation including training, fitness and team spirit was zero under him, but still a lot of fans chose the painful option of still going down to Ewood and supporting the famous blue and white shirts just as fans have done through thick and thin and good and bad always. The fans that chose to stay-away (and it is never 9k more like 2-3k at most) were entitled to choose to do that - but they will always have that 'blemish' on their footballing character that they failed to support the Rovers shirts when the club was in trouble and needed them most. But looks like we survived the worst ever period in the clubs history and though we have a while to go before we can prosper again, the corner is being turned now, despite any missing fans.[/p][/quote]Hi Frenchie, I am just rushing out so only time for a quick observation that we now know the reason for Dunny's and Robbo's thickening waistlines![/p][/quote]Absolutely monsieur nuttall street! The Pies the limit for those lads... Better not hold you up though - or you will miss hearing about the Rovers first goal down at the seaside in Brighton tonight. French Rover
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Tue 12 Feb 13

owd nick says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
“We don’t get tired after 60/70 minutes, we just keep going and that is obviously showing in the way we are playing.”

HOW MUCH OF AN APPALLING INDICTMENT OF THE PREVIOUS REGIME IS THAT QUOTE?

Any Rovers fan with a microbe of football common sense could see that under Fester the team:
1) not organised nor played as a team
2) no tactics
3) UNFIT

the number of times we ran out of steam under kean was, quite frankly, embarrassing. some supporters just interpreted it as just sitting back and doing the "what we have we hold" nonsense - don't get me wrong there was an element of that - but you could also clearly see that the players had nothing left. any manager, coach watching rovers prior to their fixture would have been able to see it without any fancy pro-zone match/player stats and would have told their team to step it up in the last third of the game cos "they will be on their knees"

whilst it players can not be made instantly better passers, scorers, defenders, tacklers etc -- the tow things that the manager can influence immediately are 1) Organisation and 2) Fitness. It is instantly obvious that Appleton has worked on this from the minute he walked through the door and we look much the better for it - LONG MAY IT CONTINUE
Can't argue.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: “We don’t get tired after 60/70 minutes, we just keep going and that is obviously showing in the way we are playing.” HOW MUCH OF AN APPALLING INDICTMENT OF THE PREVIOUS REGIME IS THAT QUOTE? Any Rovers fan with a microbe of football common sense could see that under Fester the team: 1) not organised nor played as a team 2) no tactics 3) UNFIT the number of times we ran out of steam under kean was, quite frankly, embarrassing. some supporters just interpreted it as just sitting back and doing the "what we have we hold" nonsense - don't get me wrong there was an element of that - but you could also clearly see that the players had nothing left. any manager, coach watching rovers prior to their fixture would have been able to see it without any fancy pro-zone match/player stats and would have told their team to step it up in the last third of the game cos "they will be on their knees" whilst it players can not be made instantly better passers, scorers, defenders, tacklers etc -- the tow things that the manager can influence immediately are 1) Organisation and 2) Fitness. It is instantly obvious that Appleton has worked on this from the minute he walked through the door and we look much the better for it - LONG MAY IT CONTINUE[/p][/quote]Can't argue. owd nick
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

greenscreener says...

Good look to the Blues tonight,

I think Brighton will be a different proposition on their own turf. Midfield and full backs will have to put a serious shift in because these boys like to pass the ball around at speed. (Don't think Murphy will see 90 minutes out if he does the job right, so I'd expect some rotation in the centre).

Overriding memory of the home game is their seriously argentinian tactics, falling and rolling over at the slightest touch, grappling and shirt pulling at every set piece, it will be a surprise if that changes when the crowd get behind them, so I hope some of players can avoid getting wound up and sent off (CKR?)

COYB
Good look to the Blues tonight, I think Brighton will be a different proposition on their own turf. Midfield and full backs will have to put a serious shift in because these boys like to pass the ball around at speed. (Don't think Murphy will see 90 minutes out if he does the job right, so I'd expect some rotation in the centre). Overriding memory of the home game is their seriously argentinian tactics, falling and rolling over at the slightest touch, grappling and shirt pulling at every set piece, it will be a surprise if that changes when the crowd get behind them, so I hope some of players can avoid getting wound up and sent off (CKR?) COYB greenscreener
  • Score: 0

5:51pm Tue 12 Feb 13

JPainter90 says...

Just go out there tonight and play your best, that's all anyone can ask. It's vital that we don't lose tonight. A lose could make our play off hopes seem a very distant ambition. Win and we are definitely in with a shout.

I think Leeds will beat Middlesbrough tonight. If that happens and we manage to pick up 3 points then we are only a point adrift. The main thing tonight is not to lose and to stay in the race. A win would be superb.

Good luck lads.
Just go out there tonight and play your best, that's all anyone can ask. It's vital that we don't lose tonight. A lose could make our play off hopes seem a very distant ambition. Win and we are definitely in with a shout. I think Leeds will beat Middlesbrough tonight. If that happens and we manage to pick up 3 points then we are only a point adrift. The main thing tonight is not to lose and to stay in the race. A win would be superb. Good luck lads. JPainter90
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Dublin rover says...

Jesus a win tonight will do nicely tonight I just hope the run keeps going
Jesus a win tonight will do nicely tonight I just hope the run keeps going Dublin rover
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Tue 12 Feb 13

srvp28 says...

Really looking forward to tonight, it's going to be a tough game but I'm sure there'll be a fantastic atmosphere at the AMEX Stadium. We've got a tough couple of weeks ahead of us but I'm hopeful that we'll still pick up a few points on our travels. I'm only expecting one change, if any, to the starting XI tonight - Campbell for Pedersen or Lowe with Kazim-Richards playing wide right. Rhodes cost us £8m, let's hope 'eight' is his lucky number tonight.
Really looking forward to tonight, it's going to be a tough game but I'm sure there'll be a fantastic atmosphere at the AMEX Stadium. We've got a tough couple of weeks ahead of us but I'm hopeful that we'll still pick up a few points on our travels. I'm only expecting one change, if any, to the starting XI tonight - Campbell for Pedersen or Lowe with Kazim-Richards playing wide right. Rhodes cost us £8m, let's hope 'eight' is his lucky number tonight. srvp28
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Tue 12 Feb 13

modan says...

My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season.
I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson.
I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ?
BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC.
The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back.
The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL.
Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India.
BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton.
Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong.

www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA
My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season. I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson. I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ? BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC. The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back. The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL. Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India. BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton. Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong. www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA modan
  • Score: -4

7:40pm Tue 12 Feb 13

kazluvsrovers says...

modan wrote:
My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season.
I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson.
I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ?
BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC.
The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back.
The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL.
Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India.
BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton.
Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong.

www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA
We are owned by a billionaire family and I wouldn't count my blessings about that and as for your fortune teller he is about as numb as you are!!!
Keep taking the medication, it will be ok!!
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season. I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson. I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ? BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC. The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back. The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL. Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India. BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton. Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong. www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA[/p][/quote]We are owned by a billionaire family and I wouldn't count my blessings about that and as for your fortune teller he is about as numb as you are!!! Keep taking the medication, it will be ok!! kazluvsrovers
  • Score: 1

10:10pm Tue 12 Feb 13

modan says...

kazluvsrovers wrote:
modan wrote:
My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season.
I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson.
I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ?
BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC.
The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back.
The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL.
Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India.
BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton.
Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong.

www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA
We are owned by a billionaire family and I wouldn't count my blessings about that and as for your fortune teller he is about as numb as you are!!!
Keep taking the medication, it will be ok!!
The fortune teller says you need a Valium ?
You need help ?
You are suffering from a anxiety disorder.
[quote][p][bold]kazluvsrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season. I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson. I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ? BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC. The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back. The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL. Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India. BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton. Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong. www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA[/p][/quote]We are owned by a billionaire family and I wouldn't count my blessings about that and as for your fortune teller he is about as numb as you are!!! Keep taking the medication, it will be ok!![/p][/quote]The fortune teller says you need a Valium ? You need help ? You are suffering from a anxiety disorder. modan
  • Score: 1

11:02pm Tue 12 Feb 13

kazluvsrovers says...

modan wrote:
kazluvsrovers wrote:
modan wrote:
My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season.
I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson.
I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ?
BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC.
The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back.
The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL.
Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India.
BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton.
Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong.

www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA
We are owned by a billionaire family and I wouldn't count my blessings about that and as for your fortune teller he is about as numb as you are!!!
Keep taking the medication, it will be ok!!
The fortune teller says you need a Valium ?
You need help ?
You are suffering from a anxiety disorder.
I'm not surprised reading your blogs,
I would rather watch railings rust.....
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kazluvsrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: My fortune teller told me that Rovers will be back PL next season. I asked how do you rate the current BRFC squad ? They are now better under MA he was a ex Man Utd player and he learnt a lot of Ferguson. I asked the fortune teller what about the Venkys ? BRFC are a small club and you should count your blessing that this Billionaire family is backing a small club in Lancashire.To Rovers supporters they have been a bad investors but they have spent millions into BRFC. The Boardroom guys are happy with Venkys and Mr Appleton and the players are happy too.When Rovers push up the table with a few wins and the fans will be back. The fortune teller told me BRFC have been in Premier League for over 11 years and have very talented squad and very experience players been playing in top league for a long time so Rovers will be back in PL. Venkys will spend and want to win fans back.The fans will return but fans should remember the Walker family sold this club to Venkys of India. BRFC is a good club with history and the fans must be patient BRFC will have a good future going back in PL with a young players and a good manager MR Appleton. Let's hope the fortune teller is right and BRFC back in PL where it's belong. www India Skyscrappercity.com India has emerged OBAMA President of USA[/p][/quote]We are owned by a billionaire family and I wouldn't count my blessings about that and as for your fortune teller he is about as numb as you are!!! Keep taking the medication, it will be ok!![/p][/quote]The fortune teller says you need a Valium ? You need help ? You are suffering from a anxiety disorder.[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised reading your blogs, I would rather watch railings rust..... kazluvsrovers
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