Dan Clough column: Manchester City draw restored pride to Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

ALL the hard work Gary Bowyer has done since being permanently appointed as Rovers manager had been leading up to that superb display on Saturday.

For the first time in three years, the nation’s eyes were on events at Ewood Park, but for once instead of being ridiculed we were being lauded.

Every person involved in the match against potential champions of England and Europe, Manchester City deserved the standing ovation at full time.

And to a man, every single Blackburn Rovers player had every reason to be proud.

Football is all about pride, particularly for the fans.

But Rovers fans have had little to feel proud about over the last couple of seasons, but it is thanks to Bowyer and the team that everyone with blue and white in their veins was exuding pride this weekend.

As well as pride, the performance also gave us hope that things could finally be clicking into place.

No matter what happens off the field come the end of this season, perhaps on the field we have finally turned the corner.

The players showed guile, determination and sublime organisation, especially in defence, to thwart Manchester City’s world-class strike force.

But they also showed skill and flair, putting the millionaires under the cosh on more than one occasion.

They could have been rightly aggrieved that they did not go on and win the game, especially when Dedryck Boyata was sent off after being booked for two daft challenges.

So concerned was Bowyer’s opposite number, Manuel Pellegrini, that the Chilean threw on one of his best players Yaya Toure and, in the closing stages as Rovers went for the kill with two attacking substitutions, swapped David Silva for defender Pablo Zabaletta, showing just how concerned he was becoming.

There were notable performances from Tom Cairney, an absolute bargain, who was superb in midfield, and Scott Dann, who was typically solid while being in the right place at the right time for the equaliser.

Unfortunately it could well be one of his last games for Rovers as the temptation to sell him to a Premier League suitor and reduce the wage bill may be too great.

The return of Paul Robinson was great to see as well.

It is shocking to think the 34-year-old almost died, but what a way to return.

Defensively, Tommy Spurr and Adam Henley ruled the flanks well, while Grant Hanley was as solid as ever against a strike force that cost City more than £40million.

Chris Taylor was a constant thorn in the side of the City defence, while the ongoing resurgence of Ben Marshall was evident.

And Rudy Gestede seems a real bargain. Despite being on his own he was a constant threat and fired in a superb header that was spilled by Pantillimon and led to the goal.

Speaking of the City keeper, surely his high-footed challenge on Josh King should have been a Rovers penalty?

Fingers crossed Rovers can keep up this level of performance in the bread and butter of the league, starting with Doncaster on Saturday.

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5:08pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Doncaster is the biggest game of Rovers season, why, because it's the next one, not City away but lowly Doncaster at home, should they do a City and think they can just turn up everything is back to square one.
COYB, concentrate on Saturday and remember that boring saying, one game at a time.
Doncaster is the biggest game of Rovers season, why, because it's the next one, not City away but lowly Doncaster at home, should they do a City and think they can just turn up everything is back to square one. COYB, concentrate on Saturday and remember that boring saying, one game at a time. Lancs - pensioner

5:17pm Tue 7 Jan 14

onsidecobra says...

Well said Lancs-Pensioner, one game at a time and make every game count. Dig in and good luck Blackburn Rovers.
Well said Lancs-Pensioner, one game at a time and make every game count. Dig in and good luck Blackburn Rovers. onsidecobra

6:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

SuperBlues says...

Good article gotta agree with everything said, We need to be postive for the start against donny just like we where against leeds and we should outclass and outplay them 3 points on Saturday and then look forward to the replay.
Good article gotta agree with everything said, We need to be postive for the start against donny just like we where against leeds and we should outclass and outplay them 3 points on Saturday and then look forward to the replay. SuperBlues

6:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

The Blues should be bursting with enthusiasm and confidence to absolutely rip into Doncaster from the first minute.

I would love to see a high tempo first half with Rhodes and Gestede up top and Marshall, Cairney, Rochina and Taylor as a diamond behind them. Usual back four, with Robbo telling them loud and clear exactly what he wants them to do.

I will be seriously unhappy if we bring Williamson and Lowe in to play patient and cautious for this game.

COYB.
The Blues should be bursting with enthusiasm and confidence to absolutely rip into Doncaster from the first minute. I would love to see a high tempo first half with Rhodes and Gestede up top and Marshall, Cairney, Rochina and Taylor as a diamond behind them. Usual back four, with Robbo telling them loud and clear exactly what he wants them to do. I will be seriously unhappy if we bring Williamson and Lowe in to play patient and cautious for this game. COYB. greenscreener

7:03pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Manuel Hung says...

'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers! Manuel Hung

7:42pm Tue 7 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core.

I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them.

Tiny things please tiny minds!
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core. I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them. Tiny things please tiny minds! You're not mugging me off that easily

8:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core.

I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them.

Tiny things please tiny minds!
Well lowly Southampton put 4 past you.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core. I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them. Tiny things please tiny minds![/p][/quote]Well lowly Southampton put 4 past you. Harwoodstblue

9:05pm Tue 7 Jan 14

realisticrover says...

come on LET, get us a new picture of GB!!
Superb game on Saturday and spot on in the piece above - even if many regular posters on here dont see it, there is some great progress going on under Bowyer. Not all prefect, and there will be more disappointing results along the way, but our great club has got some stability and a talented young squad who are enjoying their football and working hard for each other!!
come on LET, get us a new picture of GB!! Superb game on Saturday and spot on in the piece above - even if many regular posters on here dont see it, there is some great progress going on under Bowyer. Not all prefect, and there will be more disappointing results along the way, but our great club has got some stability and a talented young squad who are enjoying their football and working hard for each other!! realisticrover

11:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

unclejacklegend says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are. unclejacklegend

11:48pm Tue 7 Jan 14

owd nick says...

unclejacklegend wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.
Nothing more than "handbags" probably because between them they gave away a soft goal and were pretty frustrated at the time, nothing "dirty", just shows they care.

Thats what you get when a team starts to grow a heart.

And the more observant who where actually there will have noticed that they came out together after half time, obviously not very newsworthy, Rovers players with their arms over each others shoulders.

Isn't it interesting that the knobheads from Yorkshire spend so much time on here grunting on about things they can't understand, while their reports and threads are at best extremely sparsely populated.

Why is that?

No real interest in their own club perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.[/p][/quote]Nothing more than "handbags" probably because between them they gave away a soft goal and were pretty frustrated at the time, nothing "dirty", just shows they care. Thats what you get when a team starts to grow a heart. And the more observant who where actually there will have noticed that they came out together after half time, obviously not very newsworthy, Rovers players with their arms over each others shoulders. Isn't it interesting that the knobheads from Yorkshire spend so much time on here grunting on about things they can't understand, while their reports and threads are at best extremely sparsely populated. Why is that? No real interest in their own club perhaps? owd nick

12:15am Wed 8 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

owd nick wrote:
unclejacklegend wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.
Nothing more than "handbags" probably because between them they gave away a soft goal and were pretty frustrated at the time, nothing "dirty", just shows they care.

Thats what you get when a team starts to grow a heart.

And the more observant who where actually there will have noticed that they came out together after half time, obviously not very newsworthy, Rovers players with their arms over each others shoulders.

Isn't it interesting that the knobheads from Yorkshire spend so much time on here grunting on about things they can't understand, while their reports and threads are at best extremely sparsely populated.

Why is that?

No real interest in their own club perhaps?
Your right Nick, the top four story's on the Dingle site have a grand total of six posts, yes six posts, the Dingles on here don't go to the Turf there all on the dole and have never done a days work in there lives hence them being on here all day, they can't talk about Burnlee because they just don't go.
Remember there second in the league with a few thousand supporters, no money, no fans, no chance of going up but they just can't except that!!
We will see them in the play offs and stuff them.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.[/p][/quote]Nothing more than "handbags" probably because between them they gave away a soft goal and were pretty frustrated at the time, nothing "dirty", just shows they care. Thats what you get when a team starts to grow a heart. And the more observant who where actually there will have noticed that they came out together after half time, obviously not very newsworthy, Rovers players with their arms over each others shoulders. Isn't it interesting that the knobheads from Yorkshire spend so much time on here grunting on about things they can't understand, while their reports and threads are at best extremely sparsely populated. Why is that? No real interest in their own club perhaps?[/p][/quote]Your right Nick, the top four story's on the Dingle site have a grand total of six posts, yes six posts, the Dingles on here don't go to the Turf there all on the dole and have never done a days work in there lives hence them being on here all day, they can't talk about Burnlee because they just don't go. Remember there second in the league with a few thousand supporters, no money, no fans, no chance of going up but they just can't except that!! We will see them in the play offs and stuff them. Lancs - pensioner

8:13am Wed 8 Jan 14

Rovers 1495 says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core.

I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them.

Tiny things please tiny minds!
In the word 'amuse', you put an 'm' instead of a 'b' ... check your spelling before you post
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core. I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them. Tiny things please tiny minds![/p][/quote]In the word 'amuse', you put an 'm' instead of a 'b' ... check your spelling before you post Rovers 1495

8:50am Wed 8 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

Cairney and Gestede are definitely the type of players we require they work hard and have lots of skill and best of all they are young and will improve. Dann may go but there has to be someone out there just as good as the two lads we brought in so here's hoping we can reduce overheads and improve our quality.
Cairney and Gestede are definitely the type of players we require they work hard and have lots of skill and best of all they are young and will improve. Dann may go but there has to be someone out there just as good as the two lads we brought in so here's hoping we can reduce overheads and improve our quality. bburnrover

9:23am Wed 8 Jan 14

cowabunga says...

Pride and Blackburn in the same sentence ! Your having a laugh CLUELESS CLASSLESS LAUGHING STOCK OF A CLUB .
Pride and Blackburn in the same sentence ! Your having a laugh CLUELESS CLASSLESS LAUGHING STOCK OF A CLUB . cowabunga

9:30am Wed 8 Jan 14

Mooksters says...

owd nick wrote:
unclejacklegend wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud'

Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch.

Really proud eh?

Dirty rovers!
You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.
Nothing more than "handbags" probably because between them they gave away a soft goal and were pretty frustrated at the time, nothing "dirty", just shows they care.

Thats what you get when a team starts to grow a heart.

And the more observant who where actually there will have noticed that they came out together after half time, obviously not very newsworthy, Rovers players with their arms over each others shoulders.

Isn't it interesting that the knobheads from Yorkshire spend so much time on here grunting on about things they can't understand, while their reports and threads are at best extremely sparsely populated.

Why is that?

No real interest in their own club perhaps?
What was even better was when Dann scored they had another fight (in jest!) I agree you can take this one way or the other - in the past it would have been because the team was self-destructing this time it is because they are showing passion and that they really do want to win!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]You call that a fight? What a wet the bed you are.[/p][/quote]Nothing more than "handbags" probably because between them they gave away a soft goal and were pretty frustrated at the time, nothing "dirty", just shows they care. Thats what you get when a team starts to grow a heart. And the more observant who where actually there will have noticed that they came out together after half time, obviously not very newsworthy, Rovers players with their arms over each others shoulders. Isn't it interesting that the knobheads from Yorkshire spend so much time on here grunting on about things they can't understand, while their reports and threads are at best extremely sparsely populated. Why is that? No real interest in their own club perhaps?[/p][/quote]What was even better was when Dann scored they had another fight (in jest!) I agree you can take this one way or the other - in the past it would have been because the team was self-destructing this time it is because they are showing passion and that they really do want to win! Mooksters

9:32am Wed 8 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress? Champagne plus charlie

9:58am Wed 8 Jan 14

razwoods78 says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers!
Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core. I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them. Tiny things please tiny minds!
"Tiny things please tiny minds"..... say that to your sister/mum/aunty do we?
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: 'And to a man every player had every reason to be proud' Apart from that bit where they were fighting with each other on the pitch. Really proud eh? Dirty rovers![/p][/quote]Spot on Manuel, dirty to the core. I can't help but amuse myself at the communal semi on these no dads are getting because they scabbed a draw against City reserves who on another day would have buried their chances and put 5 past them. Tiny things please tiny minds![/p][/quote]"Tiny things please tiny minds"..... say that to your sister/mum/aunty do we? razwoods78

10:00am Wed 8 Jan 14

French Rover says...

Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read.

http://www.squawka.c
om/news/2014/01/07/j
ordan-rhodes-central
-to-blackburns-promo
tion-charge/20140107
51222?

But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers:

GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season.
All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area.

BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units.
However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play.

GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond.
The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes.

Elsewhere in the team,
GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession.

GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success.

GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign.

A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently.
Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read. http://www.squawka.c om/news/2014/01/07/j ordan-rhodes-central -to-blackburns-promo tion-charge/20140107 51222? But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers: GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season. All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area. BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units. However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play. GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond. The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes. Elsewhere in the team, GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession. GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success. GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign. A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently. French Rover

10:08am Wed 8 Jan 14

French Rover says...

French Rover wrote:
Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read.

http://www.squawka.c

om/news/2014/01/07/j

ordan-rhodes-central

-to-blackburns-promo

tion-charge/20140107

51222?

But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers:

GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season.
All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area.

BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units.
However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play.

GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond.
The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes.

Elsewhere in the team,
GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession.

GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success.

GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign.

A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently.
Also on this excellent site you can check all kinds of stats for your team and Rovers show well in lots of areas. Look at the Team Peformance scores for all of this season so far and we are in 3rd place behind Leicester and Huddersfield and Burnley are in 17th!

Of course that doesnt reflect the league table just now - but does show season and more importantly current performancce levels - and our neighbours performances are definitely falling away quickly now - whilst ours are ever improving.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read. http://www.squawka.c om/news/2014/01/07/j ordan-rhodes-central -to-blackburns-promo tion-charge/20140107 51222? But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers: GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season. All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area. BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units. However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play. GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond. The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes. Elsewhere in the team, GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession. GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success. GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign. A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently.[/p][/quote]Also on this excellent site you can check all kinds of stats for your team and Rovers show well in lots of areas. Look at the Team Peformance scores for all of this season so far and we are in 3rd place behind Leicester and Huddersfield and Burnley are in 17th! Of course that doesnt reflect the league table just now - but does show season and more importantly current performancce levels - and our neighbours performances are definitely falling away quickly now - whilst ours are ever improving. French Rover

10:08am Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........ Harwoodstblue

11:39am Wed 8 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
Leeds - just lost to Rochdale, Millwall & Yeovil - crap League One fodder, QPR & City, ground out negative draws against vastly superior teams.

Oh yeah, you are on a crest of a wave lol.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]Leeds - just lost to Rochdale, Millwall & Yeovil - crap League One fodder, QPR & City, ground out negative draws against vastly superior teams. Oh yeah, you are on a crest of a wave lol. Champagne plus charlie

11:47am Wed 8 Jan 14

French Rover says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
Leeds - just lost to Rochdale, Millwall & Yeovil - crap League One fodder, QPR & City, ground out negative draws against vastly superior teams.

Oh yeah, you are on a crest of a wave lol.
yes we are, hw observant you are! Whist you lot are diving deep annd about to join one of those 20,000 Leagues under the Sea sunshine!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]Leeds - just lost to Rochdale, Millwall & Yeovil - crap League One fodder, QPR & City, ground out negative draws against vastly superior teams. Oh yeah, you are on a crest of a wave lol.[/p][/quote]yes we are, hw observant you are! Whist you lot are diving deep annd about to join one of those 20,000 Leagues under the Sea sunshine! French Rover

12:02pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

French Rover wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
Leeds - just lost to Rochdale, Millwall & Yeovil - crap League One fodder, QPR & City, ground out negative draws against vastly superior teams.

Oh yeah, you are on a crest of a wave lol.
yes we are, hw observant you are! Whist you lot are diving deep annd about to join one of those 20,000 Leagues under the Sea sunshine!
Oops, someone has evidently upped their 'medication' this morning and is now rambling incoherently about Jules Verne books.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]Leeds - just lost to Rochdale, Millwall & Yeovil - crap League One fodder, QPR & City, ground out negative draws against vastly superior teams. Oh yeah, you are on a crest of a wave lol.[/p][/quote]yes we are, hw observant you are! Whist you lot are diving deep annd about to join one of those 20,000 Leagues under the Sea sunshine![/p][/quote]Oops, someone has evidently upped their 'medication' this morning and is now rambling incoherently about Jules Verne books. Champagne plus charlie

12:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

fitz808 says...

Thanks for the stats summary FR!!
there has been a definite shift in recent times, but i have been relatively happy with things since bowyer's appointment anyway. all teams have bad performances and results, but the general direction has been one of improvement from a very low base. bowyer should take a huge amount of praise for four things in my opinion:
the players he's brought in, given the financial constraints. overall, i don't think we could really have bought better with the cash available. ok, marrow may not be great, but the reality is we have to do what we can.
the second thing is the style of play. we now have an identity on the pitch and there is more organisation about how we play. sometimes its short and controlled, and other times more direct.
thirdly, he has brought about improvement in so many of the players - king is a better payer, as is cairney, as is spurr, as is lowe, marshall...etc... the list goes on. i can't think of many that have taken a backward step.
and finally, the attitude of the players is dramatically different now. even against brum, at 3-0 down (amazingly), we saw a great effort that was appreciated by the crowd at the end of the game.

there will be bad games, for sure, but the direction of travel is spot on.
Thanks for the stats summary FR!! there has been a definite shift in recent times, but i have been relatively happy with things since bowyer's appointment anyway. all teams have bad performances and results, but the general direction has been one of improvement from a very low base. bowyer should take a huge amount of praise for four things in my opinion: the players he's brought in, given the financial constraints. overall, i don't think we could really have bought better with the cash available. ok, marrow may not be great, but the reality is we have to do what we can. the second thing is the style of play. we now have an identity on the pitch and there is more organisation about how we play. sometimes its short and controlled, and other times more direct. thirdly, he has brought about improvement in so many of the players - king is a better payer, as is cairney, as is spurr, as is lowe, marshall...etc... the list goes on. i can't think of many that have taken a backward step. and finally, the attitude of the players is dramatically different now. even against brum, at 3-0 down (amazingly), we saw a great effort that was appreciated by the crowd at the end of the game. there will be bad games, for sure, but the direction of travel is spot on. fitz808

1:08pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

fitz808 wrote:
Thanks for the stats summary FR!!
there has been a definite shift in recent times, but i have been relatively happy with things since bowyer's appointment anyway. all teams have bad performances and results, but the general direction has been one of improvement from a very low base. bowyer should take a huge amount of praise for four things in my opinion:
the players he's brought in, given the financial constraints. overall, i don't think we could really have bought better with the cash available. ok, marrow may not be great, but the reality is we have to do what we can.
the second thing is the style of play. we now have an identity on the pitch and there is more organisation about how we play. sometimes its short and controlled, and other times more direct.
thirdly, he has brought about improvement in so many of the players - king is a better payer, as is cairney, as is spurr, as is lowe, marshall...etc... the list goes on. i can't think of many that have taken a backward step.
and finally, the attitude of the players is dramatically different now. even against brum, at 3-0 down (amazingly), we saw a great effort that was appreciated by the crowd at the end of the game.

there will be bad games, for sure, but the direction of travel is spot on.
Good observations and may I say 'spot on'
There will be ups and downs for sure but I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season now that Bowyer's really got them playing.
[quote][p][bold]fitz808[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the stats summary FR!! there has been a definite shift in recent times, but i have been relatively happy with things since bowyer's appointment anyway. all teams have bad performances and results, but the general direction has been one of improvement from a very low base. bowyer should take a huge amount of praise for four things in my opinion: the players he's brought in, given the financial constraints. overall, i don't think we could really have bought better with the cash available. ok, marrow may not be great, but the reality is we have to do what we can. the second thing is the style of play. we now have an identity on the pitch and there is more organisation about how we play. sometimes its short and controlled, and other times more direct. thirdly, he has brought about improvement in so many of the players - king is a better payer, as is cairney, as is spurr, as is lowe, marshall...etc... the list goes on. i can't think of many that have taken a backward step. and finally, the attitude of the players is dramatically different now. even against brum, at 3-0 down (amazingly), we saw a great effort that was appreciated by the crowd at the end of the game. there will be bad games, for sure, but the direction of travel is spot on.[/p][/quote]Good observations and may I say 'spot on' There will be ups and downs for sure but I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season now that Bowyer's really got them playing. Harwoodstblue

1:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

baz58 says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Doncaster is the biggest game of Rovers season, why, because it's the next one, not City away but lowly Doncaster at home, should they do a City and think they can just turn up everything is back to square one.
COYB, concentrate on Saturday and remember that boring saying, one game at a time.
I could not agree more!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Doncaster is the biggest game of Rovers season, why, because it's the next one, not City away but lowly Doncaster at home, should they do a City and think they can just turn up everything is back to square one. COYB, concentrate on Saturday and remember that boring saying, one game at a time.[/p][/quote]I could not agree more! baz58

1:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

baz58 says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad. baz58

1:39pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

baz58 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.
Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas:

I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers

Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league

Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley

Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo.

Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play.

We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours.

Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.
[quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.[/p][/quote]Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas: I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo. Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play. We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours. Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us. Champagne plus charlie

2:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
baz58 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.
Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas:

I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers

Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league

Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley

Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo.

Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play.

We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours.

Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.
Strange as half of you lot have already got him sold to a Prem side.
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.[/p][/quote]Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas: I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo. Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play. We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours. Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.[/p][/quote]Strange as half of you lot have already got him sold to a Prem side. Harwoodstblue

2:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
baz58 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.
Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas:

I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers

Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league

Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley

Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo.

Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play.

We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours.

Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.
After your good start to the season the results of your last 12 games aren't as fantastic as the squad you think you have.
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.[/p][/quote]Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas: I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo. Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play. We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours. Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.[/p][/quote]After your good start to the season the results of your last 12 games aren't as fantastic as the squad you think you have. Harwoodstblue

3:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

baz58 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
baz58 wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?
Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go.
That's progress.

You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........
I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.
Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas:

I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers

Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league

Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley

Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo.

Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play.

We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours.

Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.
Some good points there, after all your not near the top of the league for nothing!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: When you lost at home to lowly Birmingham and gained a lucky point at home to Sheffield Wednesday less than a fortnight ago, was that also a sign of good progress?[/p][/quote]Yep knobbed.......Young team, young manager, inconsistent and still learning and guess what ? ....only two points from the playoffs with 20 games to go. That's progress. You mention S. Wed and B/mingham but forget to mention Leeds away, City, Yeovil away, Millwall home and QPR away........[/p][/quote]I,d rather have Rovers form of the last few matches than Burnleys, if they hadn't had such a good start they would have been looking at the bottom three instead of the top places. They have had a good season so far and have surprised a lot of people, but I think Blackburn have the all round better squad.[/p][/quote]Not sure why you think you have the 'better squad' but the reason that Burnley are where we are in the table is that we work hard as a TEAM and we have quality in the right areas: I wouldn't swap Tom Heaton for any of your three keepers Keiran Trippier is THE best right back in the league Shackell & Duff I would 100% prefer over Dann and Hanley Ben Mee is a quality left back and a better bet than Todd Kane imo. Dave Jones and Dean Marney have been a revelation in CM and provide a platform for our attacking play. We have Scott Arfield with five goals from the wing and a choice between Michael Kightly/Keith Treacy and Junior Stanislas and the injured Ross Wallace to pick from for the other positions, so again I think our wide men are better than yours. Rhodes, granted is quality, but given the form of our front two of Ings & Vokes with their 31 goals between them this season, I could honestly see him only being on the bench for us.[/p][/quote]Some good points there, after all your not near the top of the league for nothing! baz58

5:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Truerover85 says...

Gary Bowyer is a man with his eyes on the prize!
Gary Bowyer is a man with his eyes on the prize! Truerover85

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