Appleton wants quick reaction to Blackburn Rovers' defeat at Hull

Lancashire Telegraph: Michael Appleton Michael Appleton

MICHAEL Appleton has called for a big reaction from his Blackburn Rovers side on Saturday after admitting he will learn more about his squad in the next few days.

Rovers’ six-match unbeaten streak was brought to an abrupt halt in Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Hull City, leaving them losing ground in their late chase for a Championship play-off spot.

Leeds United are the visitors to Ewood Park on Saturday, followed by a tough trip to Leicester, as Appleton assesses how his players react to disappointment.

He said: “It is easy when you are winning and everything is going your way. You learn more about yourself, the players, the staff and even your fans when you have a defeat and things don’t go right.

“Ultimately we were second best against Hull and that is why we lost the game. The onus is on us to go against Leeds on Saturday and go right at them. It is important we bounce back from that disappointment and I'm sure the players will be trying to do that.

“It is a good game to bounce back in against a Leeds side who are always well travelled in terms of support, so I’m sure the atmosphere will be good. Hopefully we can be on the right end of a result.

“These midweek games you do get strange results and I think that will continue. You have to be at your highest concentration to stop that happening.

“Hull over the period of the season from a consistency point of view have been very, very good. They have won a lot of tight games and that is why they are where they are.”

Eyebrows were raised at Appleton playing Manchester City loanee Karim Rekik out of position on the left wing, but the Rovers boss insists he felt the Dutchman did well.

He said: “We knew they would get a lot of crosses into the box and that is why we shaped up as we did with Williamson one said and Karim the other.

“Karim played a little higher up the pitch than he is normally used to. I thought for the first half he did it ever so well, he stopped the supply to Elmohamady. Circumstances were why we brought him off.

“We nullified that as best as we possibly could for the first 45 minutes but the first goal changed the game.

“We did not deal with the disappointment of conceding the first goal. We should have stuck in there, made the game harder than it was after that.

“You can nit pick and we will but ultimately if you allow balls into your box as we did for the last half an hour, then you are going to concede at some point.

“We got done at the far stick and that is really disappointing because we spent an hour on Monday dealing with balls going to the far stick because we knew that was what their strength was.

“There are a lot of games, there will be a few ups and downs between now and the end of the season.”

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10:55am Thu 21 Feb 13

phillmac says...

well at least he is honest and doesn't talk tosh
well at least he is honest and doesn't talk tosh phillmac

11:02am Thu 21 Feb 13

stick to football says...

Spot on Phillmac - MA tells it as it is - open and truthful even if the truth hurts. He rightly makes the comment about the fans as well - dont dwell on the negatives get behind the team on Saturday and roar us on

You may not agree with his logic but at least there is reason behind it
Spot on Phillmac - MA tells it as it is - open and truthful even if the truth hurts. He rightly makes the comment about the fans as well - dont dwell on the negatives get behind the team on Saturday and roar us on You may not agree with his logic but at least there is reason behind it stick to football

11:28am Thu 21 Feb 13

GAZHAY says...

Appleton does talk a good game and at least we hear it as it is rather than the other garbage we have been used to.
However on Saturday changes are needed to give us more pace on the wings, give Nunes a run, from what we have seen so far not every cross has been great but he does have pace and will run at the man something we have lost in letting Rochina go.
Desperately need 3 points on Saturday so lets go a bit more attacking and gain a much needed win.
Appleton does talk a good game and at least we hear it as it is rather than the other garbage we have been used to. However on Saturday changes are needed to give us more pace on the wings, give Nunes a run, from what we have seen so far not every cross has been great but he does have pace and will run at the man something we have lost in letting Rochina go. Desperately need 3 points on Saturday so lets go a bit more attacking and gain a much needed win. GAZHAY

11:30am Thu 21 Feb 13

moh says...

I hope he does'nt pick a very defensive team as in last few games. we need to mix it and attack as well. Pity Ruben Rochina was allowed to go on loan as he showed some flair and could have been very useful is some stages of a game. He has been missed in last few games.
I hope he does'nt pick a very defensive team as in last few games. we need to mix it and attack as well. Pity Ruben Rochina was allowed to go on loan as he showed some flair and could have been very useful is some stages of a game. He has been missed in last few games. moh

11:39am Thu 21 Feb 13

harrydb5 says...

Ultimately to get to the play-offs we are going to need to beat the teams above us. As MA rightly pointed out, the teams above us are there for a reason, Consistancy! I think Rovers can be put into that category too.We are not gonna win every game but we are becoming harder to beat. Unforrtunately Hull were stronger than us.

The main thing is the team are heading in the right direction, MA doesnt try to feed us any nonesense and we havnt heard any negative about the team in the national press for what feels like a lifetime.

On a different note, did anyone see MA's interview on Football Focus. I loved the cheeky smile he had when the reporter asked him about Crazy Uncle Shebby. You could see him holding back the laughter and just said that he hadnt met him and Shebby has his number if he wishes to call. Thank God that nutter has stayed away.
Ultimately to get to the play-offs we are going to need to beat the teams above us. As MA rightly pointed out, the teams above us are there for a reason, Consistancy! I think Rovers can be put into that category too.We are not gonna win every game but we are becoming harder to beat. Unforrtunately Hull were stronger than us. The main thing is the team are heading in the right direction, MA doesnt try to feed us any nonesense and we havnt heard any negative about the team in the national press for what feels like a lifetime. On a different note, did anyone see MA's interview on Football Focus. I loved the cheeky smile he had when the reporter asked him about Crazy Uncle Shebby. You could see him holding back the laughter and just said that he hadnt met him and Shebby has his number if he wishes to call. Thank God that nutter has stayed away. harrydb5

12:00pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Dan11 says...

I honestly do not think this team is good enough to progress against the likes of Hull, Palace or even Watford over a 2 leg semi final play off game. It is good to see improvement from the level we were at earlier in the season, but lets not kid ourselves that this team is good enough. That is let alone, go on a stonking run of consequentive wins that wil be required to make the play offs in the first place and finish above both Boro and the Pinkies.
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So long as we create some consistency between now and the end of the season, strengthen over the summer and hit next season on the ground running that is the priority now
I honestly do not think this team is good enough to progress against the likes of Hull, Palace or even Watford over a 2 leg semi final play off game. It is good to see improvement from the level we were at earlier in the season, but lets not kid ourselves that this team is good enough. That is let alone, go on a stonking run of consequentive wins that wil be required to make the play offs in the first place and finish above both Boro and the Pinkies. - So long as we create some consistency between now and the end of the season, strengthen over the summer and hit next season on the ground running that is the priority now Dan11

12:57pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Crow27 says...

In order to make this quick turnaround we need to attack a inconsistent Leeds team. We were appalling on Tuesday and seemed leagues away a consistenrt Hull team. Everyone didn't play that well but Murphy I thought wasn't up to that pace of game. My team for Saturday would be;
Kean
Orr Hanley Dann Olsson
Richards Pedersen Lowe Olsson
Campbell Rhodes
In order to make this quick turnaround we need to attack a inconsistent Leeds team. We were appalling on Tuesday and seemed leagues away a consistenrt Hull team. Everyone didn't play that well but Murphy I thought wasn't up to that pace of game. My team for Saturday would be; Kean Orr Hanley Dann Olsson Richards Pedersen Lowe Olsson Campbell Rhodes Crow27

1:00pm Thu 21 Feb 13

RoversMCMLXXV says...

Another season under MA in this league is what we really need in my opinion. Of course I'd love us to go up but the truth is if by some miracle we went up after the turmoil we've had this season we'd get smashed all over in the Prem.
Another season under MA in this league is what we really need in my opinion. Of course I'd love us to go up but the truth is if by some miracle we went up after the turmoil we've had this season we'd get smashed all over in the Prem. RoversMCMLXXV

1:15pm Thu 21 Feb 13

RoverTheHill says...

Can't ask for more than that, gone are the days of "well we were good and we'll work on things and yeah we should have won even though we didn't have a shot on goal all game (Tottenham)"... We lost, we were poor, Hull were better than us end of, learn and move on!

If ya Appy and you know it clap ya hands!
Can't ask for more than that, gone are the days of "well we were good and we'll work on things and yeah we should have won even though we didn't have a shot on goal all game (Tottenham)"... We lost, we were poor, Hull were better than us end of, learn and move on! If ya Appy and you know it clap ya hands! RoverTheHill

1:22pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Wild Rover says...

@MOH
CBA with the quote button
Are you obsessed with Rochina?
Do you have his picture next to your bed?
Do you actually go to Ewood and watch?
Do you actually know anything about football?
Are you just a Dingle WUM?
Answers on a postcard please ?o
@MOH CBA with the quote button Are you obsessed with Rochina? Do you have his picture next to your bed? Do you actually go to Ewood and watch? Do you actually know anything about football? Are you just a Dingle WUM? Answers on a postcard please ?o Wild Rover

1:23pm Thu 21 Feb 13

madrover says...

wish people would stop going on about rochina who wanted to go a nd at best average. I agree murphy looks past it and needs replacing . Would like to see bentley play centre midfield like he did in the past
wish people would stop going on about rochina who wanted to go a nd at best average. I agree murphy looks past it and needs replacing . Would like to see bentley play centre midfield like he did in the past madrover

1:42pm Thu 21 Feb 13

benal13 says...

Wild Rover wrote:
@MOH
CBA with the quote button
Are you obsessed with Rochina?
Do you have his picture next to your bed?
Do you actually go to Ewood and watch?
Do you actually know anything about football?
Are you just a Dingle WUM?
Answers on a postcard please ?o
you missed are you related!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: @MOH CBA with the quote button Are you obsessed with Rochina? Do you have his picture next to your bed? Do you actually go to Ewood and watch? Do you actually know anything about football? Are you just a Dingle WUM? Answers on a postcard please ?o[/p][/quote]you missed are you related!!!!!!!!!!!! benal13

1:59pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Come the Revolution says...

Wild Rover. You, along with your friends Oakdale Blue, Lusorover and a few others are forever imprinted in my mind as being "Steve Kean luvvies". In previous posts you were continually "bigging up" Kean, and slagging off anti Kean supporters. That is your prerogative if that is what you think, but it does shed a lot of light on your personal knowledge and appreciation of football.
Wild Rover. You, along with your friends Oakdale Blue, Lusorover and a few others are forever imprinted in my mind as being "Steve Kean luvvies". In previous posts you were continually "bigging up" Kean, and slagging off anti Kean supporters. That is your prerogative if that is what you think, but it does shed a lot of light on your personal knowledge and appreciation of football. Come the Revolution

3:06pm Thu 21 Feb 13

forever blue and white says...

I see Modan is quiet today after yet more bad headlines for India. Perhaps he has realised that despite the problems this country has it is still a far better place and a more safe place to live. 3 young children killed and raped and bombings. My thoughts for all concerned. Also with regards to MA he seems to be trying to get everyone to calm down. We are not going to win every game between now and the end of the season. Once Leicester is out the way we have a run of very winnable games. Should we win them we will be in the play off positions.
I see Modan is quiet today after yet more bad headlines for India. Perhaps he has realised that despite the problems this country has it is still a far better place and a more safe place to live. 3 young children killed and raped and bombings. My thoughts for all concerned. Also with regards to MA he seems to be trying to get everyone to calm down. We are not going to win every game between now and the end of the season. Once Leicester is out the way we have a run of very winnable games. Should we win them we will be in the play off positions. forever blue and white

3:23pm Thu 21 Feb 13

MxMave says...

Well, to all those who said it was no problem selling Rochina, Formica & Vucevic. Look at the squad from that game, no recognised wingers starting. If you going to sell, you have to replace. You cant do a Steve Kean and play players out of position and then remark "its a strange midweek result" when you loose.
Well, to all those who said it was no problem selling Rochina, Formica & Vucevic. Look at the squad from that game, no recognised wingers starting. If you going to sell, you have to replace. You cant do a Steve Kean and play players out of position and then remark "its a strange midweek result" when you loose. MxMave

3:56pm Thu 21 Feb 13

GAZHAY says...

Crow27 wrote:
In order to make this quick turnaround we need to attack a inconsistent Leeds team. We were appalling on Tuesday and seemed leagues away a consistenrt Hull team. Everyone didn't play that well but Murphy I thought wasn't up to that pace of game. My team for Saturday would be; Kean Orr Hanley Dann Olsson Richards Pedersen Lowe Olsson Campbell Rhodes
Are you playing Lowe in midfield because we have nobody else? Unfortunately in my view Lowe is not a midfielder, never has been and never will be, 90% of the time he gets the ball he turns back to goal. Lowes best position is right back, so much more solid there and unfortunately Appleton hasn't been able to see this yet.
[quote][p][bold]Crow27[/bold] wrote: In order to make this quick turnaround we need to attack a inconsistent Leeds team. We were appalling on Tuesday and seemed leagues away a consistenrt Hull team. Everyone didn't play that well but Murphy I thought wasn't up to that pace of game. My team for Saturday would be; Kean Orr Hanley Dann Olsson Richards Pedersen Lowe Olsson Campbell Rhodes[/p][/quote]Are you playing Lowe in midfield because we have nobody else? Unfortunately in my view Lowe is not a midfielder, never has been and never will be, 90% of the time he gets the ball he turns back to goal. Lowes best position is right back, so much more solid there and unfortunately Appleton hasn't been able to see this yet. GAZHAY

5:01pm Thu 21 Feb 13

JPainter90 says...

At least allow Appleton a full transfer window to turn the team around before getting on his and the players' back. We all know how unbalanced and out of proportion our squad is. Is it really reasonable to expect play offs this season? Even if we somehow get promoted this season, we will be plummeting straight back down.

We need time to build a squad that can stand the test of this league before thinking about the premiership. If Venky's can back Appleton this summer and let him build a stronger and more balanced squad, it will serve us better in the future. We can't go marching into the premiership with the squad we have now, plus a few summer signings. A successful squad takes at least a few seasons to form. Give him time.
At least allow Appleton a full transfer window to turn the team around before getting on his and the players' back. We all know how unbalanced and out of proportion our squad is. Is it really reasonable to expect play offs this season? Even if we somehow get promoted this season, we will be plummeting straight back down. We need time to build a squad that can stand the test of this league before thinking about the premiership. If Venky's can back Appleton this summer and let him build a stronger and more balanced squad, it will serve us better in the future. We can't go marching into the premiership with the squad we have now, plus a few summer signings. A successful squad takes at least a few seasons to form. Give him time. JPainter90

5:24pm Thu 21 Feb 13

eddyo says...

GAZHAY wrote:
Crow27 wrote:
In order to make this quick turnaround we need to attack a inconsistent Leeds team. We were appalling on Tuesday and seemed leagues away a consistenrt Hull team. Everyone didn't play that well but Murphy I thought wasn't up to that pace of game. My team for Saturday would be; Kean Orr Hanley Dann Olsson Richards Pedersen Lowe Olsson Campbell Rhodes
Are you playing Lowe in midfield because we have nobody else? Unfortunately in my view Lowe is not a midfielder, never has been and never will be, 90% of the time he gets the ball he turns back to goal. Lowes best position is right back, so much more solid there and unfortunately Appleton hasn't been able to see this yet.
Lowe is a crap right back. He only has one type of tackle - a slide that loses possession. His ability in the air is woeful - as bad as AWOL Martin Olsson's. Lowe holds the opponents shoulder rather than try going for the ball...clueless.
*
But the worst 'player' on the pitch - worse even than Murphy - is Marcus Olsson. A nowt of a player. You can squish him without breaking sweat. And yet some fans rate him! Once every 6 weeks he might shoot or flash a cross into the box.
*
Anyone who names Marcus Olsson in the team is clueless in my book. And then you wonder why Rhodes is feeding off scraps.
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crow27[/bold] wrote: In order to make this quick turnaround we need to attack a inconsistent Leeds team. We were appalling on Tuesday and seemed leagues away a consistenrt Hull team. Everyone didn't play that well but Murphy I thought wasn't up to that pace of game. My team for Saturday would be; Kean Orr Hanley Dann Olsson Richards Pedersen Lowe Olsson Campbell Rhodes[/p][/quote]Are you playing Lowe in midfield because we have nobody else? Unfortunately in my view Lowe is not a midfielder, never has been and never will be, 90% of the time he gets the ball he turns back to goal. Lowes best position is right back, so much more solid there and unfortunately Appleton hasn't been able to see this yet.[/p][/quote]Lowe is a crap right back. He only has one type of tackle - a slide that loses possession. His ability in the air is woeful - as bad as AWOL Martin Olsson's. Lowe holds the opponents shoulder rather than try going for the ball...clueless. * But the worst 'player' on the pitch - worse even than Murphy - is Marcus Olsson. A nowt of a player. You can squish him without breaking sweat. And yet some fans rate him! Once every 6 weeks he might shoot or flash a cross into the box. * Anyone who names Marcus Olsson in the team is clueless in my book. And then you wonder why Rhodes is feeding off scraps. eddyo

6:10pm Thu 21 Feb 13

blueblooded says...

Lay off him WR.

Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me.

Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.
Lay off him WR. Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me. Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs. blueblooded

6:25pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Harwoodstblue says...

RoversMCMLXXV wrote:
Another season under MA in this league is what we really need in my opinion. Of course I'd love us to go up but the truth is if by some miracle we went up after the turmoil we've had this season we'd get smashed all over in the Prem.
True.
[quote][p][bold]RoversMCMLXXV[/bold] wrote: Another season under MA in this league is what we really need in my opinion. Of course I'd love us to go up but the truth is if by some miracle we went up after the turmoil we've had this season we'd get smashed all over in the Prem.[/p][/quote]True. Harwoodstblue

7:14pm Thu 21 Feb 13

To.guy says...

RoversMCMLXXV wrote:
Another season under MA in this league is what we really need in my opinion. Of course I'd love us to go up but the truth is if by some miracle we went up after the turmoil we've had this season we'd get smashed all over in the Prem.
What sort of squad do you expect if we are in this league next season? We know the longer you are in it, the harder to get out and the players know too. Do you expect to keep the players we have or lose some? I agree with somebody above who said that even if we slipped into the play offs, we are not match for the other teams we would likely be drawn against. Things seem more stable now and there's non of the ill feeling hanging around but I don't think we have a promotion winning squad.
[quote][p][bold]RoversMCMLXXV[/bold] wrote: Another season under MA in this league is what we really need in my opinion. Of course I'd love us to go up but the truth is if by some miracle we went up after the turmoil we've had this season we'd get smashed all over in the Prem.[/p][/quote]What sort of squad do you expect if we are in this league next season? We know the longer you are in it, the harder to get out and the players know too. Do you expect to keep the players we have or lose some? I agree with somebody above who said that even if we slipped into the play offs, we are not match for the other teams we would likely be drawn against. Things seem more stable now and there's non of the ill feeling hanging around but I don't think we have a promotion winning squad. To.guy

7:21pm Thu 21 Feb 13

To.guy says...

blueblooded wrote:
Lay off him WR.

Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me.

Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.
MGP for me too. Yes he's lost form but we've had a lot of years from him. Never complained or courted media attention or brought the club under negative attention. Just got on with it. It's hard to say a player is loyal but Peders has shown as much loyalty as you can expect from a professional footballer in this era. Previous to him it was Tugay and before that Lucas. I loved seeing how attackers running down the line never managed to beat him.
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: Lay off him WR. Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me. Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.[/p][/quote]MGP for me too. Yes he's lost form but we've had a lot of years from him. Never complained or courted media attention or brought the club under negative attention. Just got on with it. It's hard to say a player is loyal but Peders has shown as much loyalty as you can expect from a professional footballer in this era. Previous to him it was Tugay and before that Lucas. I loved seeing how attackers running down the line never managed to beat him. To.guy

7:37pm Thu 21 Feb 13

passingfootball says...

Rovers first goal against hull was another goal conceded needlessly, even though we have two chances to clear it , rovers defenders should start with clearing balls out properly, with a purpose and aim,

if you cant give to your own player, toe it into touch or corner, or pass into space where there are no attackers , where a defender can get it, or get it far out as the half way line so the defence can push out.

watch,esp after 53sec, an example of what they shouldnt do
www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=Yx4EB5LvtmA

in another game
www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=Yx4EB5LvtmA

in both cases they could have easily cleared the danger twice but somehow still mess up
Rovers first goal against hull was another goal conceded needlessly, even though we have two chances to clear it , rovers defenders should start with clearing balls out properly, with a purpose and aim, if you cant give to your own player, toe it into touch or corner, or pass into space where there are no attackers , where a defender can get it, or get it far out as the half way line so the defence can push out. watch,esp after 53sec, an example of what they shouldnt do www.youtube.com/watc h?v=Yx4EB5LvtmA in another game www.youtube.com/watc h?v=Yx4EB5LvtmA in both cases they could have easily cleared the danger twice but somehow still mess up passingfootball

7:41pm Thu 21 Feb 13

passingfootball says...

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=HCFUGTENy
g0
http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=HCFUGTENy g0 passingfootball

8:03pm Thu 21 Feb 13

passingfootball says...

still have to go for play-off no matter what, there is no guarantee that they can do it next year, may have to fight for the play-offs again, an experience in the play-off may enable them to push that slightly harder to get into the automatic postions the year after,

last time rovers had to stay in this division for the second year, they tried to buy the best players of this division and players wanted to prove themselves, they had to invest heavily

this year rhodes is the only investment that has worked out, what should they do, buy the better players of this division or look to players that are established with premiership experience, or bring young players that are in the premier league and are hungry looking for a chance to shine
still have to go for play-off no matter what, there is no guarantee that they can do it next year, may have to fight for the play-offs again, an experience in the play-off may enable them to push that slightly harder to get into the automatic postions the year after, last time rovers had to stay in this division for the second year, they tried to buy the best players of this division and players wanted to prove themselves, they had to invest heavily this year rhodes is the only investment that has worked out, what should they do, buy the better players of this division or look to players that are established with premiership experience, or bring young players that are in the premier league and are hungry looking for a chance to shine passingfootball

8:13pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Irish knowledge says...

We will not get promoted with Lowe playing center midfield simple as. Sure he gets a tackle in but his passing awful and too slow at releasing. Bring on nunes for sat, bently on wing and pederson and murphy in the center. Kaz and Rhodes up top
We will not get promoted with Lowe playing center midfield simple as. Sure he gets a tackle in but his passing awful and too slow at releasing. Bring on nunes for sat, bently on wing and pederson and murphy in the center. Kaz and Rhodes up top Irish knowledge

9:14pm Thu 21 Feb 13

passingfootball says...

Cant believe appleton doesnt use nuno gomes, palace have picked up their results with bringing on a player nearing his fourties, kevin phillips add so much to their team with his quality, even as a substitute or start him so rhodes can take a break and sometime start second half, he has the touches, vision and can spot a pass, take a look at his link up play.

http://vimeo.com/487
86653
Cant believe appleton doesnt use nuno gomes, palace have picked up their results with bringing on a player nearing his fourties, kevin phillips add so much to their team with his quality, even as a substitute or start him so rhodes can take a break and sometime start second half, he has the touches, vision and can spot a pass, take a look at his link up play. http://vimeo.com/487 86653 passingfootball

10:25pm Thu 21 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

more creativity is needed in midfield, get rid of Murphyand stick gomes in there,its simple,,,why be so negative,,we need results,,lets start against leeds,,
more creativity is needed in midfield, get rid of Murphyand stick gomes in there,its simple,,,why be so negative,,we need results,,lets start against leeds,, noddy57

10:43pm Thu 21 Feb 13

kazluvsrovers says...

To.guy wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Lay off him WR.

Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me.

Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.
MGP for me too. Yes he's lost form but we've had a lot of years from him. Never complained or courted media attention or brought the club under negative attention. Just got on with it. It's hard to say a player is loyal but Peders has shown as much loyalty as you can expect from a professional footballer in this era. Previous to him it was Tugay and before that Lucas. I loved seeing how attackers running down the line never managed to beat him.
Peds for me as well, sometimes he has off days but at least he
trys to feed Rhodes when he is playing.
He still has that magic touch when taking free kicks and I will
always love him for what he has done and put up with during his
time with our beloved club..
He is also helping some of the young players who are with the club.
Good for him, Rovers legend!!!
COYB
[quote][p][bold]To.guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: Lay off him WR. Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me. Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.[/p][/quote]MGP for me too. Yes he's lost form but we've had a lot of years from him. Never complained or courted media attention or brought the club under negative attention. Just got on with it. It's hard to say a player is loyal but Peders has shown as much loyalty as you can expect from a professional footballer in this era. Previous to him it was Tugay and before that Lucas. I loved seeing how attackers running down the line never managed to beat him.[/p][/quote]Peds for me as well, sometimes he has off days but at least he trys to feed Rhodes when he is playing. He still has that magic touch when taking free kicks and I will always love him for what he has done and put up with during his time with our beloved club.. He is also helping some of the young players who are with the club. Good for him, Rovers legend!!! COYB kazluvsrovers

11:12pm Thu 21 Feb 13

moh says...

passingfootball wrote:
Cant believe appleton doesnt use nuno gomes, palace have picked up their results with bringing on a player nearing his fourties, kevin phillips add so much to their team with his quality, even as a substitute or start him so rhodes can take a break and sometime start second half, he has the touches, vision and can spot a pass, take a look at his link up play.

http://vimeo.com/487

86653
Appleton seem to like players who are strong, can wrestle and stop the other team scoring, at least you get a draw. He needs to mix it and play some passing football. Rochina would have been good in certain games at certain times. Also agree Gomez can deliver a killer pass but Appletons view of how to play football is different.
[quote][p][bold]passingfootball[/bold] wrote: Cant believe appleton doesnt use nuno gomes, palace have picked up their results with bringing on a player nearing his fourties, kevin phillips add so much to their team with his quality, even as a substitute or start him so rhodes can take a break and sometime start second half, he has the touches, vision and can spot a pass, take a look at his link up play. http://vimeo.com/487 86653[/p][/quote]Appleton seem to like players who are strong, can wrestle and stop the other team scoring, at least you get a draw. He needs to mix it and play some passing football. Rochina would have been good in certain games at certain times. Also agree Gomez can deliver a killer pass but Appletons view of how to play football is different. moh

12:32am Fri 22 Feb 13

fireonthemountain says...

A question if I may -

What is a "far stick" ?


“We got done at the far stick and that is really disappointing because we spent an hour on Monday dealing with balls going to the far stick because we knew that was what their strength was "
A question if I may - What is a "far stick" ? “We got done at the far stick and that is really disappointing because we spent an hour on Monday dealing with balls going to the far stick because we knew that was what their strength was " fireonthemountain

1:47am Fri 22 Feb 13

garyintandem says...

Let's all get down to Ewood on Saturday and give the players a great atmosphere...weve got some big games over the next 3 weeks and the supporters have to play our part by giving 100% backing. Coyb
Let's all get down to Ewood on Saturday and give the players a great atmosphere...weve got some big games over the next 3 weeks and the supporters have to play our part by giving 100% backing. Coyb garyintandem

11:15am Fri 22 Feb 13

whappen says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
A question if I may - What is a "far stick" ? “We got done at the far stick and that is really disappointing because we spent an hour on Monday dealing with balls going to the far stick because we knew that was what their strength was "
I'd like to think you are joking when you ask what is the "far stick" but, if not, FYI the "far stick" is one of the "position(s) of maximum opportunity", or POMO, as it was known many years ago (probably still is in the coaching fraternity).

A potted history…….

An FA coaching guru called Charles Hughes, author of the Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching, first coined the phrase POMO. From his collation of statistics Mr Hughes concluded most goals were scored from less than three passes. So it was important to get the ball forward as soon as possible. He emphasized the importance of particular areas of the field from where goals were most often scored (or POMOs), the “far stick” being one such area (the main one, in fact), concluding players would score if the ball was played into these areas enough times. He stressed the importance of set plays and crosses into the box (that’s the penalty area, by the way).

Many British coaches became so obsessed with launching the ball in the general direction of the opponents goal, they disregarded where the player doing the launching was on the pitch at the time.

Sound familiar?

Hughes’ philosophy has been derided for encouraging a generation of players with neither basic technical skills nor tactical nowse - more commonly known as English players.

It could therefore be considered the objective of what is often described as the long ball game - i.e. hoofing it up field whenever possible (in case you thought "long ball game" is another name for rugby).

Essentially then, "stick" means post (as in the goalframe, not letters, parcels etc.). A ball, or pass, to the "far stick" is therefore a cross in the general direction of the post furthest away from the point of contact when making said cross; as opposed to a cross to the "front stick" which is one to the nearer of the two posts.

Watch a game of football; you'll soon get the hang of it.
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: A question if I may - What is a "far stick" ? “We got done at the far stick and that is really disappointing because we spent an hour on Monday dealing with balls going to the far stick because we knew that was what their strength was "[/p][/quote]I'd like to think you are joking when you ask what is the "far stick" but, if not, FYI the "far stick" is one of the "position(s) of maximum opportunity", or POMO, as it was known many years ago (probably still is in the coaching fraternity). A potted history……. An FA coaching guru called Charles Hughes, author of the Official FA Guide to Basic Team Coaching, first coined the phrase POMO. From his collation of statistics Mr Hughes concluded most goals were scored from less than three passes. So it was important to get the ball forward as soon as possible. He emphasized the importance of particular areas of the field from where goals were most often scored (or POMOs), the “far stick” being one such area (the main one, in fact), concluding players would score if the ball was played into these areas enough times. He stressed the importance of set plays and crosses into the box (that’s the penalty area, by the way). Many British coaches became so obsessed with launching the ball in the general direction of the opponents goal, they disregarded where the player doing the launching was on the pitch at the time. Sound familiar? Hughes’ philosophy has been derided for encouraging a generation of players with neither basic technical skills nor tactical nowse - more commonly known as English players. It could therefore be considered the objective of what is often described as the long ball game - i.e. hoofing it up field whenever possible (in case you thought "long ball game" is another name for rugby). Essentially then, "stick" means post (as in the goalframe, not letters, parcels etc.). A ball, or pass, to the "far stick" is therefore a cross in the general direction of the post furthest away from the point of contact when making said cross; as opposed to a cross to the "front stick" which is one to the nearer of the two posts. Watch a game of football; you'll soon get the hang of it. whappen

12:15pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Rover78 says...

Not sure whether we will get in the play offs but we still have a chance!! Get behind the boys and MA and roar them on as the 12th man!

Kean

Orr Dann Hanley Olsson

CKR Lowe Murphy Olsson

Rhodes Campbell

I know youre all gonna say Murphy is pants but he is all that we have got except for maybe Bentley or Peds in center mid instead of on the right!???
Not sure whether we will get in the play offs but we still have a chance!! Get behind the boys and MA and roar them on as the 12th man! Kean Orr Dann Hanley Olsson CKR Lowe Murphy Olsson Rhodes Campbell I know youre all gonna say Murphy is pants but he is all that we have got except for maybe Bentley or Peds in center mid instead of on the right!??? Rover78

1:05pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Wild Rover says...

blueblooded wrote:
Lay off him WR.

Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me.

Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.
Hi BB, not laying in to him. I agree with you re Pedersen, met him a couple of times too and he is a top lad.
I just dont like people ( mainly one with dozens of bogus accounts) coming on here to generate negative vibes at any excuse which is how I see MOH . Remember all the posts about Kalanic...this greatest player we ever let gag is wearing thin. If a player is good enough it usually shows, Duffer, Mattie J, Roque etc. There plenty like RR and Junior that showboat but essentially weaken the team.
The next phase for the Naysayer accounts will be OK we are winning but the football under Appy is not entertaining enough...Sound familiar?
Trust me, I have been on this site a long time and I have seen it all before.
On another note for " Come the Revolution" you have just won Silly Post of the Month, Steve Kean Luvvie my a***e. Dont whether to laugh or cry at your bogus accounts but this one made me do both, laughed so hard I cryed and a bit of wee came out too
You CTR are a Goon ..
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: Lay off him WR. Everyone has a favourite player. Mine is and always will be in this team our own Peders Blue and White to the blood. Sad to see his form slipping in his later years but one cannot forget that he is one of Rovers greats, but that doesn't mean everyone will agree with me. And that is a-ok with me. Rochina has pace, skill and flair but he is far from a team player which is his biggest let down. He was desperate to get on the score sheet , so much so that he put himself before the team and made costly gaffs.[/p][/quote]Hi BB, not laying in to him. I agree with you re Pedersen, met him a couple of times too and he is a top lad. I just dont like people ( mainly one with dozens of bogus accounts) coming on here to generate negative vibes at any excuse which is how I see MOH . Remember all the posts about Kalanic...this greatest player we ever let gag is wearing thin. If a player is good enough it usually shows, Duffer, Mattie J, Roque etc. There plenty like RR and Junior that showboat but essentially weaken the team. The next phase for the Naysayer accounts will be OK we are winning but the football under Appy is not entertaining enough...Sound familiar? Trust me, I have been on this site a long time and I have seen it all before. On another note for " Come the Revolution" you have just won Silly Post of the Month, Steve Kean Luvvie my a***e. Dont whether to laugh or cry at your bogus accounts but this one made me do both, laughed so hard I cryed and a bit of wee came out too You CTR are a Goon .. Wild Rover

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