Boss Appleton dedicates Cup win to Rovers’ travelling army

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MICHAEL Appleton insists Blackburn Rovers’ memorable FA Cup triumph at Arsenal was “for the fans” as they moved into the FA Cup quarter finals.

The Rovers boss masterminded a famous Emirates Stadium triumph on Saturday and immediately dedicated the win to the blue and white army.

Colin Kazim-Richards was the match-winner, with a second half strike, as 1,400 travelling fans celebrated a moment to remember.

Appleton said: “All credit to the fans.

“Days like this are about the fans, they will go back to Blackburn absolutely buzzing and rightly so because they played their part in what was a manful performance from everyone.

“We are in the next round and will look forward to Tuesday.”

Arsenal dominated possession for much of the fifth round tie but, with Rovers defending solidly throughout, the Gunners struggled to break Appleton’s men down.

Rovers have now not conceded a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark.

He said: “The place is booming in the dressing room.

“I thought we got what we deserved, I thought we soaked up a lot of pressure, we had to respect the opposition.

“We defended manfully and got a little bit of luck when we needed it. I openly admitted we work really hard on defending in training, we work on our shape a lot as it is important to make sure you are hard to beat before you start going a little gun-ho.

“I think we are getting to a point where the players understand what I want from them out of possession. If we can add to that with a little bit of quality and a little bit of composure then we will be a match for most teams.”

Lee Williamson was handed his Rovers debut in the centre of midfield, with Danny Murphy rested, while loan signing David Bentley was handed a second half cameo.

“It might have raised a few eyebrows signing Lee with some but he is a top, top player, can play many positions and I thought he was excellent,” said Appleton.

“David has fantastic quality and good feet and we will get him up to scratch and match fitness.

“He has not played for a while, “I had a feeling. I said to the staff on Friday night, I think they will all back me up, I had a really good feeling about the game.

“Kaz was trying to make sure that he got over the ball for the goal.

“He got his little bit of luck, it wasn’t his greatest finish but I’m sure one of the most crucial.

“It gives us lots of confidence but I don’t think there has been any problems in terms of belief.

“We just have to make sure we are able to switch our minds to the league now,.

“We had a few players who weren’t able to play, there is a nice mix and we have some big games coming up.”

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8:00am Mon 18 Feb 13

A Darener says...

Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark.

Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday!
Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark. Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday! A Darener
  • Score: 6

8:39am Mon 18 Feb 13

French Blue&White says...

Great day Saturday, god knows what they thought was going on in our Barcelona Hotel room while we watched the game.

COME ON YOU BLUES!!!
Great day Saturday, god knows what they thought was going on in our Barcelona Hotel room while we watched the game. COME ON YOU BLUES!!! French Blue&White
  • Score: 5

8:40am Mon 18 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

appleton - says the right thing, does the right thing.....already said many times before - - - but how refreshing it is to have a manager that knows what he is doing and treats the fans and the club with a bit of respect.

a long way to go yet - but appleton has shone a light in the darkness. long may it continue.

onwards and upwards!
appleton - says the right thing, does the right thing.....already said many times before - - - but how refreshing it is to have a manager that knows what he is doing and treats the fans and the club with a bit of respect. a long way to go yet - but appleton has shone a light in the darkness. long may it continue. onwards and upwards! hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 13

8:52am Mon 18 Feb 13

drunken donut says...

A Darener wrote:
Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark.

Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday!
Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark. Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday![/p][/quote]Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN. drunken donut
  • Score: 6

8:55am Mon 18 Feb 13

jackmetickler says...

great day - still suffering from the hangover but cant stop smiling...
spent the after match in the Arsenal pub down the road .... fair play to them they didnt winge too much about Rovers defending for most of the game .... but their was a distinct Wengers time coming to an end... mad.

mind you if I never hear that
oh RVP song again it will be too soon..

couldnt bring myself to sing that one....
cmon hes a manc now !!

Well done MA and the boys...
things starting to look up now and we starting to get that buzz back...

looking forward to playing the Dingles now as I wasnt a few weeks ago.

CMON you blues.
great day - still suffering from the hangover but cant stop smiling... spent the after match in the Arsenal pub down the road .... fair play to them they didnt winge too much about Rovers defending for most of the game .... but their was a distinct Wengers time coming to an end... mad. mind you if I never hear that oh RVP song again it will be too soon.. couldnt bring myself to sing that one.... cmon hes a manc now !! Well done MA and the boys... things starting to look up now and we starting to get that buzz back... looking forward to playing the Dingles now as I wasnt a few weeks ago. CMON you blues. jackmetickler
  • Score: 3

8:56am Mon 18 Feb 13

jackmetickler says...

drunken donut wrote:
A Darener wrote: Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark. Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday!
Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.
they re-edited mate!
It originally said that!
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark. Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday![/p][/quote]Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.[/p][/quote]they re-edited mate! It originally said that! jackmetickler
  • Score: 1

8:59am Mon 18 Feb 13

Road Runner Road Runner says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
appleton - says the right thing, does the right thing.....already said many times before - - - but how refreshing it is to have a manager that knows what he is doing and treats the fans and the club with a bit of respect.

a long way to go yet - but appleton has shone a light in the darkness. long may it continue.

onwards and upwards!
Spot on Hass.

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: appleton - says the right thing, does the right thing.....already said many times before - - - but how refreshing it is to have a manager that knows what he is doing and treats the fans and the club with a bit of respect. a long way to go yet - but appleton has shone a light in the darkness. long may it continue. onwards and upwards![/p][/quote]Spot on Hass. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 2

9:43am Mon 18 Feb 13

leitchy says...

Let push this form in to the league, starting tomorrow hope were up for it or we will get beat. After a great win it's quite easy to take your foot off the gas, but we can't afford that !!!

COYB !!
Let push this form in to the league, starting tomorrow hope were up for it or we will get beat. After a great win it's quite easy to take your foot off the gas, but we can't afford that !!! COYB !! leitchy
  • Score: 5

9:57am Mon 18 Feb 13

A Darener says...

drunken donut wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark.

Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday!
Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.
My eyes were open it has been corrected.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark. Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday![/p][/quote]Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.[/p][/quote]My eyes were open it has been corrected. A Darener
  • Score: 1

10:12am Mon 18 Feb 13

Riverside 7 says...

A great win at Arsenal.

If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.
A great win at Arsenal. If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday. Riverside 7
  • Score: 8

10:33am Mon 18 Feb 13

Tamworth rover says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
A great win at Arsenal.

If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.
Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us.

All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: A great win at Arsenal. If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us. All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs. Tamworth rover
  • Score: -4

10:54am Mon 18 Feb 13

A Darener says...

Tamworth rover wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
A great win at Arsenal.

If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.
Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us.

All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.
They may be back, but NOT with their tail between their legs. Like it or not the stay aways had a major influence in the change of tack at the club. I believe that and so do many more fans. The Venky's finally seemed to get the message and thankfully acted upon GOOD advice for a change. We have seen the seeds of hope sown. If we get a good result tomorrow it will confirm the growing belief that the good times can return to the club. The feel good factor can only get better. Long may it continue.
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: A great win at Arsenal. If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us. All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.[/p][/quote]They may be back, but NOT with their tail between their legs. Like it or not the stay aways had a major influence in the change of tack at the club. I believe that and so do many more fans. The Venky's finally seemed to get the message and thankfully acted upon GOOD advice for a change. We have seen the seeds of hope sown. If we get a good result tomorrow it will confirm the growing belief that the good times can return to the club. The feel good factor can only get better. Long may it continue. A Darener
  • Score: 10

11:01am Mon 18 Feb 13

sean_brfc says...

A Darener wrote:
drunken donut wrote:
A Darener wrote:
Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark.

Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday!
Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.
My eyes were open it has been corrected.
Who cares what it says?

We beat Arsenal at the Emirates!
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: Rovers have now not created a goal from open play in more than nine hours of football, as Appleton continues to make his mark. Sloppy journalism...I think he means "conceded" not "created". They obviously "created" a goal on Saturday![/p][/quote]Suggest you read it again, this time with your eyes OPEN.[/p][/quote]My eyes were open it has been corrected.[/p][/quote]Who cares what it says? We beat Arsenal at the Emirates! sean_brfc
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Mon 18 Feb 13

AndyW says...

Tamworth rover wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
A great win at Arsenal.

If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.
Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us.

All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.
Between where legs?
Doesn't make sense.
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: A great win at Arsenal. If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us. All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.[/p][/quote]Between where legs? Doesn't make sense. AndyW
  • Score: 0

4:33pm Mon 18 Feb 13

bluerob says...

Tamworth rover wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
A great win at Arsenal.

If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.
Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us.

All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.
They will all be welcome back, you cant argue with anyone who decided to stay away, I know from many friends they all had their individual reasons.

It's time to forget all the divisions now and support the team and the manager, let's just hope we can dig ourselves out of the terrible black hole we have been in since the Venkys took over.
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: A great win at Arsenal. If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us. All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.[/p][/quote]They will all be welcome back, you cant argue with anyone who decided to stay away, I know from many friends they all had their individual reasons. It's time to forget all the divisions now and support the team and the manager, let's just hope we can dig ourselves out of the terrible black hole we have been in since the Venkys took over. bluerob
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Mon 18 Feb 13

A Darener says...

Down to the Dell? What on earth are you on? And please no more rubbish about India it's doing our heads in!
Down to the Dell? What on earth are you on? And please no more rubbish about India it's doing our heads in! A Darener
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Mon 18 Feb 13

icannotrace says...

modan wrote:
Great win against Arsenal and we go down to the Dell and should beat the hell out of them.

"India is the second fastest growing economy in the world and will have the third largest economy by 2025" .India is the second largest investor in UK and invested over £24 Billion in 2012.
Cameron in India today in Mumbai and Delhi tomorrow.

www india skyscrapercity.com "india has emerged" Obama president of USA
Why are you going on about India where the rich are filthy rich and the majority live in squalor?
.
Why don't you go back there if it's that good?
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: Great win against Arsenal and we go down to the Dell and should beat the hell out of them. "India is the second fastest growing economy in the world and will have the third largest economy by 2025" .India is the second largest investor in UK and invested over £24 Billion in 2012. Cameron in India today in Mumbai and Delhi tomorrow. www india skyscrapercity.com "india has emerged" Obama president of USA[/p][/quote]Why are you going on about India where the rich are filthy rich and the majority live in squalor? . Why don't you go back there if it's that good? icannotrace
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Mon 18 Feb 13

jogalot says...

Well, it's all fantastic, unbelievable! Appy's doing a great job and seems to be bringing the best out of the players. Last time I saw Bentley play was for England when he was man of the match and looked like he'd make right wing his own. But he didn't play again. I suppose it went to his head or something and he said something. Whatever. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could get that form back again under a good manager.

Cryer: Some words you might use instead of 'insists'.

asserts, contends, holds, maintains, swears, urges, alleges, believes, challenges, declares, postulates, professes, pronounces, affirms, claims, dictates, says, advocates, argues, proclaims, propounds, states, stresses.

A thesaurus will also give alternatives for 'is adamant'.
Well, it's all fantastic, unbelievable! Appy's doing a great job and seems to be bringing the best out of the players. Last time I saw Bentley play was for England when he was man of the match and looked like he'd make right wing his own. But he didn't play again. I suppose it went to his head or something and he said something. Whatever. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could get that form back again under a good manager. Cryer: Some words you might use instead of 'insists'. asserts, contends, holds, maintains, swears, urges, alleges, believes, challenges, declares, postulates, professes, pronounces, affirms, claims, dictates, says, advocates, argues, proclaims, propounds, states, stresses. A thesaurus will also give alternatives for 'is adamant'. jogalot
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Mon 18 Feb 13

French Rover says...

Tamworth rover wrote:
Riverside 7 wrote:
A great win at Arsenal.

If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.
Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us.

All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.
nowt wrong with a bit of tail mon brave...
[quote][p][bold]Tamworth rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: A great win at Arsenal. If we can get something at Hull tomorrow night then there could be 20,000 at Ewood for the Leeds game on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Lets hope so, Could be a very exciting few months for us. All the stay aways and haters will soon be back too with there tails between there legs.[/p][/quote]nowt wrong with a bit of tail mon brave... French Rover
  • Score: 2

8:17pm Mon 18 Feb 13

hasslem hasslem says...

jogalot wrote:
Well, it's all fantastic, unbelievable! Appy's doing a great job and seems to be bringing the best out of the players. Last time I saw Bentley play was for England when he was man of the match and looked like he'd make right wing his own. But he didn't play again. I suppose it went to his head or something and he said something. Whatever. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could get that form back again under a good manager.

Cryer: Some words you might use instead of 'insists'.

asserts, contends, holds, maintains, swears, urges, alleges, believes, challenges, declares, postulates, professes, pronounces, affirms, claims, dictates, says, advocates, argues, proclaims, propounds, states, stresses.

A thesaurus will also give alternatives for 'is adamant'.
what's another word for thesaurus?
[quote][p][bold]jogalot[/bold] wrote: Well, it's all fantastic, unbelievable! Appy's doing a great job and seems to be bringing the best out of the players. Last time I saw Bentley play was for England when he was man of the match and looked like he'd make right wing his own. But he didn't play again. I suppose it went to his head or something and he said something. Whatever. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could get that form back again under a good manager. Cryer: Some words you might use instead of 'insists'. asserts, contends, holds, maintains, swears, urges, alleges, believes, challenges, declares, postulates, professes, pronounces, affirms, claims, dictates, says, advocates, argues, proclaims, propounds, states, stresses. A thesaurus will also give alternatives for 'is adamant'.[/p][/quote]what's another word for thesaurus? hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 0

6:15am Tue 19 Feb 13

MatthewCA says...

Truly who ever see the live match at emirates stadium, this win should stay in their mind for life time.
After a long time we got a chance to show case our players caliber to win matches. It is truly the courage and commitment of our Stopper Kean and defenders. So those 5 men in the ground are getting good grip and belief “ they are the best”.
I feel this momentum should continue with championship games and keep the position strong in the table.

Good Luck for Hull match.
Truly who ever see the live match at emirates stadium, this win should stay in their mind for life time. After a long time we got a chance to show case our players caliber to win matches. It is truly the courage and commitment of our Stopper Kean and defenders. So those 5 men in the ground are getting good grip and belief “ they are the best”. I feel this momentum should continue with championship games and keep the position strong in the table. Good Luck for Hull match. MatthewCA
  • Score: 0

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