Stand view is fine for Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer on the touchline Gary Bowyer on the touchline

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is ready to watch more matches from the stands after admitting his self-imposed stint away from the dugout has given him a fresh perspective.

For the first time in his senior managerial career Bowyer – whose side continue their play-off push at Middlesbrough tomorrow – did not venture toward the touchline in last weekend’s home win over Blackpool.

The 42-year-old took the decision after he felt he let himself down with his conduct toward the officials following the frustrating draw at Barnsley four days earlier.

A furious Bowyer questioned referee Sebastian Stockbridge’s decision to award the penalty from which the struggling Tykes scored their equaliser to earn a point.

Replays proved Stockbridge got it wrong but Bowyer, on reflection, concedes emotion got the better of him.

“I wasn’t happy with myself,” said Bowyer.

“I got myself in a little bit of trouble with the referee after the Barnsley game so I decided to go and watch the Blackpool match from the stands.

“It happens a lot in rugby – both in league and in union – and I thought it was a good opportunity to try it.

“It definitely does give you a different viewpoint and it’s something I potentially might continue with.

“When you are on the line you can easily get caught up in the emotion of the game and there are times when you have to remove yourself from that situation to make the correct calls.

“That was proved right on Saturday against Blackpool as from where I was sat I was able to do that.”

So given Rovers won, will Bowyer be able to return to the sidelines at Middlesbrough tomorrow?

He joked: “No, my OCD won’t let me!”

What is certain is that Bowyer is expecting a closely fought match. Rovers’ shut-out against the Seasiders made it 10 league clean sheets for the campaign, equalling the same amount they achieved last season.

While since Aitor Karanka – Jose Mourinho’s former assistant manager at Real Madrid – arrived at the Riverside in November, Middlesbrough have kept eight clean sheets in 14 league games.

Bowyer said: “I don’t want to put the mockers on it but both teams have done well in maintaining clean sheets.

“Their manager is going to come with a lot of experience, having worked with Mr Mourinho, and we knew it was going to be a tough place to go anyway.”

Rovers are, however, in good goalscoring form.

Since top scorer Jordan Rhodes broke the deadlock in the New Year’s Day win at Leeds United, six different players – Rudy Gestede, now departed skipper Scott Dann, Ben Marshall, Tom Cairney, David Dunn and new captain Grant Hanley – have found the net.

Bowyer is delighted that the goals are beginning to be shared around.

However he is tipping 16-goal Rhodes to end his six-match drought.

Bowyer said: “Jordan is due a goal that’s for sure and we hope that it arrives on Saturday.

“But while he may not have scored his work rate off the ball and his link-up play has got better.”

Middlesbrough – who are four points and four places below Rovers in 12th – have not scored in more than five-and-a-half-hours of football.

But head coach Karanka has strengthened his forward line with the loan capture of Danny Graham from Sunderland as well as bolstering his backline with the loan signings of young Chelsea duo Kenneth Omeruo and Nathaniel Chalobah.

Bowyer said: “They’ve brought some top Premiership players in so it’s going to be a difficult game for us.”

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2:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The Epicurian says...

Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...
Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping... The Epicurian

2:47pm Fri 7 Feb 14

cboyer says...

The Epicurian wrote:
Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...
he comes in all the time anyway!! its not like he stays out wide is it? im looking forward to seeing how that conway does as he looked good when he came on
[quote][p][bold]The Epicurian[/bold] wrote: Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...[/p][/quote]he comes in all the time anyway!! its not like he stays out wide is it? im looking forward to seeing how that conway does as he looked good when he came on cboyer

2:50pm Fri 7 Feb 14

jack01 says...

The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense.

He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in.

It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest.

He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby.

Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?
The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense. He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in. It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest. He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby. Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games? jack01

2:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

MxMave says...

LOL - Self Imposed ban... Your a decent coach Gary but you'll never be a top manager. Sometimes shouting in the ref's ear is your job, it worked for Fergie.
LOL - Self Imposed ban... Your a decent coach Gary but you'll never be a top manager. Sometimes shouting in the ref's ear is your job, it worked for Fergie. MxMave

2:58pm Fri 7 Feb 14

garyintandem says...

The Epicurian wrote:
Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...
I thought Tom had his worst game in a Rovers shirt on Saturday. He had lots of chances to shoot from the edge of the box on a slippery surface but kept giving the ball away. He needs to step up his game...and I'm a big fan of his.
COYB
[quote][p][bold]The Epicurian[/bold] wrote: Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...[/p][/quote]I thought Tom had his worst game in a Rovers shirt on Saturday. He had lots of chances to shoot from the edge of the box on a slippery surface but kept giving the ball away. He needs to step up his game...and I'm a big fan of his. COYB garyintandem

3:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BassMonroe says...

cboyer wrote:
The Epicurian wrote:
Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...
he comes in all the time anyway!! its not like he stays out wide is it? im looking forward to seeing how that conway does as he looked good when he came on
He did, its not bad to be brought on as a sub with 5 min to go and setting up a goal, Plus he had only trained with the team for a couple of hours before the match.
[quote][p][bold]cboyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Epicurian[/bold] wrote: Maybe he'll notice that Cairney is better deployed in centre midfield. Here's hoping...[/p][/quote]he comes in all the time anyway!! its not like he stays out wide is it? im looking forward to seeing how that conway does as he looked good when he came on[/p][/quote]He did, its not bad to be brought on as a sub with 5 min to go and setting up a goal, Plus he had only trained with the team for a couple of hours before the match. BassMonroe

6:12pm Fri 7 Feb 14

realisticrover says...

Looking at these posts, I've got the solution!!
The Epicurian can be our Manager and MxMave can sit in the stands and tell him were to stand.
There it is, a younger version of Fergie, who is Blue and White through and through!!
Champions League, here we come!!
Looking at these posts, I've got the solution!! The Epicurian can be our Manager and MxMave can sit in the stands and tell him were to stand. There it is, a younger version of Fergie, who is Blue and White through and through!! Champions League, here we come!! realisticrover

6:29pm Fri 7 Feb 14

unclejacklegend says...

Sounds like a plan, everyone in the stands could see Lowe and Williamson wasn't working.
Sounds like a plan, everyone in the stands could see Lowe and Williamson wasn't working. unclejacklegend

6:30pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Angry From Accrington says...

jack01 wrote:
The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense.

He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in.

It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest.

He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby.

Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?
I'm afraid that the LET are simply telling it as it is. Rhodes has been off form for the past month and his poor performances have cost us a place in the playoff positions. Perhaps he was distracted by transfer rumours or disappointed that a move didn't happen but until he pulls his finger out, he's going nowhere. And yes, I know he does a lot of running but he needs to do a lot more shooting as well.
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense. He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in. It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest. He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby. Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?[/p][/quote]I'm afraid that the LET are simply telling it as it is. Rhodes has been off form for the past month and his poor performances have cost us a place in the playoff positions. Perhaps he was distracted by transfer rumours or disappointed that a move didn't happen but until he pulls his finger out, he's going nowhere. And yes, I know he does a lot of running but he needs to do a lot more shooting as well. Angry From Accrington

9:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Wild Rover says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
jack01 wrote:
The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense.

He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in.

It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest.

He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby.

Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?
I'm afraid that the LET are simply telling it as it is. Rhodes has been off form for the past month and his poor performances have cost us a place in the playoff positions. Perhaps he was distracted by transfer rumours or disappointed that a move didn't happen but until he pulls his finger out, he's going nowhere. And yes, I know he does a lot of running but he needs to do a lot more shooting as well.
Or AS Jacko said, he has not been fully fit, and his all round game is improving. Two assists for Rudy
No Angry, you are being unfair. I think Jordan will prove you wrong in the next few weeks
And the last 3 home games have been played in dreadful conditions, not conducive to bringing the best out of any player
Just a thought or two
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense. He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in. It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest. He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby. Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?[/p][/quote]I'm afraid that the LET are simply telling it as it is. Rhodes has been off form for the past month and his poor performances have cost us a place in the playoff positions. Perhaps he was distracted by transfer rumours or disappointed that a move didn't happen but until he pulls his finger out, he's going nowhere. And yes, I know he does a lot of running but he needs to do a lot more shooting as well.[/p][/quote]Or AS Jacko said, he has not been fully fit, and his all round game is improving. Two assists for Rudy No Angry, you are being unfair. I think Jordan will prove you wrong in the next few weeks And the last 3 home games have been played in dreadful conditions, not conducive to bringing the best out of any player Just a thought or two Wild Rover

9:11pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Wild Rover wrote:
Angry From Accrington wrote:
jack01 wrote:
The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense.

He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in.

It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest.

He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby.

Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?
I'm afraid that the LET are simply telling it as it is. Rhodes has been off form for the past month and his poor performances have cost us a place in the playoff positions. Perhaps he was distracted by transfer rumours or disappointed that a move didn't happen but until he pulls his finger out, he's going nowhere. And yes, I know he does a lot of running but he needs to do a lot more shooting as well.
Or AS Jacko said, he has not been fully fit, and his all round game is improving. Two assists for Rudy
No Angry, you are being unfair. I think Jordan will prove you wrong in the next few weeks
And the last 3 home games have been played in dreadful conditions, not conducive to bringing the best out of any player
Just a thought or two
I hope your right. I'm not suggesting he's a bad player, just temporarily off form.
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: The Lancashire Telegraph consider Rhodes to in the midst of a goal drought. Clearly the numpties at Telegraph Towers are still gutted Rhodes is still a Rovers player after another window of rumour spreading and nonsense. He last scored on New Years Day. Since then he has played in FIVE league games. One of which was Nottingham Forest away where he didn't get on the pitch until about 70 odd minutes in. It was well documented before/after the Man City cup games that he was struggling with injury and that was why he didn't start at Forest. He also provided assists for the goals in the games against Doncaster and Derby. Once again the Telegraph are taking the negative approach. I wonder if Danny Ings will be in a 'drought' if he fails to score in the next four league games?[/p][/quote]I'm afraid that the LET are simply telling it as it is. Rhodes has been off form for the past month and his poor performances have cost us a place in the playoff positions. Perhaps he was distracted by transfer rumours or disappointed that a move didn't happen but until he pulls his finger out, he's going nowhere. And yes, I know he does a lot of running but he needs to do a lot more shooting as well.[/p][/quote]Or AS Jacko said, he has not been fully fit, and his all round game is improving. Two assists for Rudy No Angry, you are being unfair. I think Jordan will prove you wrong in the next few weeks And the last 3 home games have been played in dreadful conditions, not conducive to bringing the best out of any player Just a thought or two[/p][/quote]I hope your right. I'm not suggesting he's a bad player, just temporarily off form. Angry From Accrington

10:23pm Fri 7 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

there is a renewed optimism at Ewood lately and the Rovers are starting to look more like a team,,but we have to improve our away form if we are to make the play off,s and then we have to step up another level to finish the job,
there is a renewed optimism at Ewood lately and the Rovers are starting to look more like a team,,but we have to improve our away form if we are to make the play off,s and then we have to step up another level to finish the job, noddy57

12:04am Sat 8 Feb 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Doing a bit of both might be the best of all worlds
Doing a bit of both might be the best of all worlds A Rover 45 years and over

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