Content Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer enjoying his 'R&R'

Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede

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BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has been impressed by the burgeoning strike partnership between Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede – even if he could break it up for tonight’s FA Cup third round replay at Manchester City.

The front two combined on Saturday when top scorer Rhodes sent over an inch-perfect cross for new boy Gestede to score the only goal of the game against Doncaster.

Yet Bowyer may adopt a 4-5-1 formation for tonight’s trip to Manchester.

Saturday was only the third match that the strikers have started together since Gestede signed – initially on loan – from Cardiff City.

But in those three games they have managed to score three times between them.

However it is not only their prowess in front of goal that has pleased their manager.

Bowyer said: “They’re looking very good. In the first half on Saturday they were a handful.

“Their movement was good and the way they linked up with each other was good.

“The goal itself was a fantastic cross from Jordan – and the desire and determination to get on the end of it by the big man was magnificent.

“The pair of them worked their socks off.

“It’s not just the defenders and midfielders that do the defending.

“Those two really worked very hard from the front and they start everything off in terms of the defending for us.

“They chased lost causes and the goal was an example of what can happen when you do that.”

Bowyer, whose side head to City’s Etihad Stadium tonight for the third-round replay, said of Gestede: “He’s going to get better and better, the big man.

“He’s settled in very well, very quickly and had a massive effect in the last three games that’s for sure.

“But he’s going to get better as he gets fitter and stronger and be a real handful.”

Bowyer was also delighted with the impact made by midfielders Ben Marshall and Tom Cairney and believes both will continue to improve with the pair set to feature at City tonight.

The Rovers boss added: “I thought Ben was outstanding in the first half on Saturday.

“He was a real threat and he’s just got better and better as the games have gone on – long may that continue.

“He’s just desperate for a goal now, he’s getting closer and closer to getting it, as is Tom Cairney.”

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2:34pm Wed 15 Jan 14

French Rover says...

just for those who have not got their tv schedules sorted for tonight yet:

Where to watch the match: Live Streams, Live Scores, Start Times, TV Channels:

Watch Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers live on Wednesday, January 15, 2014:

In Canada at 15:10 ET on Sportsnet World

In the UK at 20:10 BST on ITV 1, ITV HD, BBC Radio 5 Live, UTV

In the USA at 15:10 ET on SiriusXM FC, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Deportes

In Italy, viewers can tune into Fox Sports HD to watch the match.
just for those who have not got their tv schedules sorted for tonight yet: Where to watch the match: Live Streams, Live Scores, Start Times, TV Channels: Watch Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers live on Wednesday, January 15, 2014: In Canada at 15:10 ET on Sportsnet World In the UK at 20:10 BST on ITV 1, ITV HD, BBC Radio 5 Live, UTV In the USA at 15:10 ET on SiriusXM FC, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Deportes In Italy, viewers can tune into Fox Sports HD to watch the match. French Rover
  • Score: 8

2:53pm Wed 15 Jan 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Enjoy it on TV if you can't make it to the Etihad.......no TV company has been interested in showing any of our games. Strange really as it was a real comedy last time we played City.
Enjoy it on TV if you can't make it to the Etihad.......no TV company has been interested in showing any of our games. Strange really as it was a real comedy last time we played City. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 13

3:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

McClaret says...

O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season?
Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done
O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season? Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done McClaret
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

McClaret says...

Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me.
Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.
Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me. Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside. McClaret
  • Score: 4

3:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

McClaret wrote:
O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season?
Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done
Oh Mc, so disappointing from you. You can't hide it can you.
I, and many other Rovers fans have spent years visiting the grounds of the "big clubs". Tonight will be no different.
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season? Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done[/p][/quote]Oh Mc, so disappointing from you. You can't hide it can you. I, and many other Rovers fans have spent years visiting the grounds of the "big clubs". Tonight will be no different. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

McClaret wrote:
Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me.
Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.
" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me."

In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me. Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.[/p][/quote]" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me." In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 4

3:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

earwego says...

" it's always a privilege for fans of a small club to visit a big club" That's just what the Dingles must feel coming to Ewood, leaving a grotty little football ground to visit a football stadium. Just for the record look how privilege is spelt.
" it's always a privilege for fans of a small club to visit a big club" That's just what the Dingles must feel coming to Ewood, leaving a grotty little football ground to visit a football stadium. Just for the record look how privilege is spelt. earwego
  • Score: 5

3:36pm Wed 15 Jan 14

john byrom says...

Keep up the good work GB And good luck for tonight.
Keep up the good work GB And good luck for tonight. john byrom
  • Score: 6

3:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

If Gestede does not play tonight they might as well not bother turning up for the match as we will not have enough power and strenght up front to concern Citys back four. If Gestede is in the line up we could give them a game..
If Gestede does not play tonight they might as well not bother turning up for the match as we will not have enough power and strenght up front to concern Citys back four. If Gestede is in the line up we could give them a game.. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

3:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

john byrom says...

McClaret wrote:
O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season?
Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done
Why are Dingles on our pages. What sad people they are.
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season? Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done[/p][/quote]Why are Dingles on our pages. What sad people they are. john byrom
  • Score: 3

3:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
McClaret wrote:
Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me.
Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.
" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me."

In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.
To be fair, all these plaudits could have been going to Leon Best rather than Rudy. We waited a long time for him to get fit but I believe he has let us all down.

Obviously it would have required a Prima Donna to get his head out of his own ar5e, buckle down to some serious work and play for the team. Clearly this was too much of a stretch for a player who obviously thinks he is Premiership class but has been unable to convince anybody at BRFC yet.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me. Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.[/p][/quote]" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me." In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.[/p][/quote]To be fair, all these plaudits could have been going to Leon Best rather than Rudy. We waited a long time for him to get fit but I believe he has let us all down. Obviously it would have required a Prima Donna to get his head out of his own ar5e, buckle down to some serious work and play for the team. Clearly this was too much of a stretch for a player who obviously thinks he is Premiership class but has been unable to convince anybody at BRFC yet. greenscreener
  • Score: 9

3:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

greenscreener says...

French Rover wrote:
just for those who have not got their tv schedules sorted for tonight yet:

Where to watch the match: Live Streams, Live Scores, Start Times, TV Channels:

Watch Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers live on Wednesday, January 15, 2014:

In Canada at 15:10 ET on Sportsnet World

In the UK at 20:10 BST on ITV 1, ITV HD, BBC Radio 5 Live, UTV

In the USA at 15:10 ET on SiriusXM FC, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Deportes

In Italy, viewers can tune into Fox Sports HD to watch the match.
Don't forget Radio Lancashire for Dave and Knackersley.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: just for those who have not got their tv schedules sorted for tonight yet: Where to watch the match: Live Streams, Live Scores, Start Times, TV Channels: Watch Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers live on Wednesday, January 15, 2014: In Canada at 15:10 ET on Sportsnet World In the UK at 20:10 BST on ITV 1, ITV HD, BBC Radio 5 Live, UTV In the USA at 15:10 ET on SiriusXM FC, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Deportes In Italy, viewers can tune into Fox Sports HD to watch the match.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Radio Lancashire for Dave and Knackersley. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

3:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

greenscreener wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
McClaret wrote:
Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me.
Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.
" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me."

In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.
To be fair, all these plaudits could have been going to Leon Best rather than Rudy. We waited a long time for him to get fit but I believe he has let us all down.

Obviously it would have required a Prima Donna to get his head out of his own ar5e, buckle down to some serious work and play for the team. Clearly this was too much of a stretch for a player who obviously thinks he is Premiership class but has been unable to convince anybody at BRFC yet.
I agree, I thought Best could have fitted the bill and was willing to give him a chance at a run of games, unlike others.. He fluffed it by his attitude and it looks like he has now burned his bridges. Rhodes has cut a lonely figure most of the season till now but I hope the partnership with Gestede will flourish.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me. Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.[/p][/quote]" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me." In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.[/p][/quote]To be fair, all these plaudits could have been going to Leon Best rather than Rudy. We waited a long time for him to get fit but I believe he has let us all down. Obviously it would have required a Prima Donna to get his head out of his own ar5e, buckle down to some serious work and play for the team. Clearly this was too much of a stretch for a player who obviously thinks he is Premiership class but has been unable to convince anybody at BRFC yet.[/p][/quote]I agree, I thought Best could have fitted the bill and was willing to give him a chance at a run of games, unlike others.. He fluffed it by his attitude and it looks like he has now burned his bridges. Rhodes has cut a lonely figure most of the season till now but I hope the partnership with Gestede will flourish. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 8

5:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
French Rover wrote:
just for those who have not got their tv schedules sorted for tonight yet:

Where to watch the match: Live Streams, Live Scores, Start Times, TV Channels:

Watch Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers live on Wednesday, January 15, 2014:

In Canada at 15:10 ET on Sportsnet World

In the UK at 20:10 BST on ITV 1, ITV HD, BBC Radio 5 Live, UTV

In the USA at 15:10 ET on SiriusXM FC, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Deportes

In Italy, viewers can tune into Fox Sports HD to watch the match.
Don't forget Radio Lancashire for Dave and Knackersley.
Ah, but will they be watching on ITV?

They probably can't get it on their wind up TV's and radios. :-)
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: just for those who have not got their tv schedules sorted for tonight yet: Where to watch the match: Live Streams, Live Scores, Start Times, TV Channels: Watch Manchester City vs. Blackburn Rovers live on Wednesday, January 15, 2014: In Canada at 15:10 ET on Sportsnet World In the UK at 20:10 BST on ITV 1, ITV HD, BBC Radio 5 Live, UTV In the USA at 15:10 ET on SiriusXM FC, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 2 USA, Fox Deportes In Italy, viewers can tune into Fox Sports HD to watch the match.[/p][/quote]Don't forget Radio Lancashire for Dave and Knackersley.[/p][/quote]Ah, but will they be watching on ITV? They probably can't get it on their wind up TV's and radios. :-) owd nick
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

McClaret says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
McClaret wrote:
O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season?
Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done
Oh Mc, so disappointing from you. You can't hide it can you.
I, and many other Rovers fans have spent years visiting the grounds of the "big clubs". Tonight will be no different.
Even Fulham and Wigan can claim that one. Enjoy your day out
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: O TMT you are so funny. Yes we got beat 6-1 at home under Brian Laws who was simply not up to it. I recall drawing 3-3 the same season at the emptyhead stadium and just how many points did city miss out on CL football by that season? Good luck tonight, it's always a privilidge for fans of a small club to visit a big club and that is why you have managed to sell 4000 tickets. Well done[/p][/quote]Oh Mc, so disappointing from you. You can't hide it can you. I, and many other Rovers fans have spent years visiting the grounds of the "big clubs". Tonight will be no different.[/p][/quote]Even Fulham and Wigan can claim that one. Enjoy your day out McClaret
  • Score: 0

5:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

owd nick says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
McClaret wrote:
Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me.
Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.
" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me."

In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.
To be fair, all these plaudits could have been going to Leon Best rather than Rudy. We waited a long time for him to get fit but I believe he has let us all down.

Obviously it would have required a Prima Donna to get his head out of his own ar5e, buckle down to some serious work and play for the team. Clearly this was too much of a stretch for a player who obviously thinks he is Premiership class but has been unable to convince anybody at BRFC yet.
I agree, I thought Best could have fitted the bill and was willing to give him a chance at a run of games, unlike others.. He fluffed it by his attitude and it looks like he has now burned his bridges. Rhodes has cut a lonely figure most of the season till now but I hope the partnership with Gestede will flourish.
I am the same, I really thought that his signing was potentially one of the best the club had made in recent years, really disappointed it hasn't worked out.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Referring to the article though - yes partnerships up front are crucial to success and this has been proved time and again. Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me. Look at QPR, it is only their defense as to why they are at the top. Austin doing a great job for them, imagine what they could achieve with someone alongside.[/p][/quote]" Why it has taken so long to have someone alongside Rhodes astounds me." In a word....Venkys. It shouldn't astound you.[/p][/quote]To be fair, all these plaudits could have been going to Leon Best rather than Rudy. We waited a long time for him to get fit but I believe he has let us all down. Obviously it would have required a Prima Donna to get his head out of his own ar5e, buckle down to some serious work and play for the team. Clearly this was too much of a stretch for a player who obviously thinks he is Premiership class but has been unable to convince anybody at BRFC yet.[/p][/quote]I agree, I thought Best could have fitted the bill and was willing to give him a chance at a run of games, unlike others.. He fluffed it by his attitude and it looks like he has now burned his bridges. Rhodes has cut a lonely figure most of the season till now but I hope the partnership with Gestede will flourish.[/p][/quote]I am the same, I really thought that his signing was potentially one of the best the club had made in recent years, really disappointed it hasn't worked out. owd nick
  • Score: -1

5:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ghost of sceptic says...

As the late great Joe Strummer once sung. ( Rudi Cant Fail)
As the late great Joe Strummer once sung. ( Rudi Cant Fail) ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

A Darener says...

earwego wrote:
" it's always a privilege for fans of a small club to visit a big club" That's just what the Dingles must feel coming to Ewood, leaving a grotty little football ground to visit a football stadium. Just for the record look how privilege is spelt.
Surely that applies to any club the Dingles visit!
[quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: " it's always a privilege for fans of a small club to visit a big club" That's just what the Dingles must feel coming to Ewood, leaving a grotty little football ground to visit a football stadium. Just for the record look how privilege is spelt.[/p][/quote]Surely that applies to any club the Dingles visit! A Darener
  • Score: 0

7:34pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Thirtyfour Years says...

No Rhodes, Dann or Rudy. WTF??????????
No Rhodes, Dann or Rudy. WTF?????????? Thirtyfour Years
  • Score: 3

7:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

keanoutofrovers says...

Thirtyfour Years wrote:
No Rhodes, Dann or Rudy. WTF??????????
WTF exactly. I'm sorry but they aren't injured. Either the club has received an offer or is protecting them in case an offer is made. The biggest shock is Gestede, Dunn, Rochina or King not starting. How exactly are we planning on getting anywhere tonight.............
.............or are we not bothered (me thinks).
[quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: No Rhodes, Dann or Rudy. WTF??????????[/p][/quote]WTF exactly. I'm sorry but they aren't injured. Either the club has received an offer or is protecting them in case an offer is made. The biggest shock is Gestede, Dunn, Rochina or King not starting. How exactly are we planning on getting anywhere tonight............. .............or are we not bothered (me thinks). keanoutofrovers
  • Score: 2

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