Return of injured players pleases Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

THE rapidly improving injury picture at Blackburn Rovers ensured it was a quiet loan transfer deadline day for Gary Bowyer.

Reports yesterday suggested that Bowyer had made an enquiry for experienced Cardiff City midfielder Don Cowie.

But the Rovers boss refused to be drawn on whether he wanted to raid the Bluebirds for the third time this season after already bringing in Craig Conway and Rudy Gestede from the Cardiff City Stadium.

It is believed Cowie, despite losing his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line-up, still features in Cardiff’s long-term plans.

Bowyer did, however, state that the reason why he did not make any last-minute additions was the fact that he has key players closing in on full fitness.

He said: “We’ve got people coming back so there’ll be no business from our end.”

Captain Grant Hanley was fit enough to take his place on the bench for Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Watford while midfielder Tom Cairney, who has missed the last six matches, will be back in the Rovers squad for tomorrow’s trip to Millwall providing he comes through training today.

Winger Josh King, who was absent against Watford, and midfielder Jason Lowe, who has sat out the last two games, could also return.

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Bowyer is relishing the prospect of having selection headaches of the pleasant variety – particularly at centre-back where he now has Hanley, Matt Kilgallon and Michael Keane to choose from.

“Competition is good for everybody,” said Bowyer.

“It’s good for the players and it’s certainly good for the staff even if it means it giving us a few more grey hairs about who to pick and who not to pick.

“Unfortunately through injuries we’ve not always been able to have the competition that we knew was here.

“Now we’re getting it right at the run-in – and that could be crucial.”

The sole piece of transfer business at Ewood Park yesterday saw young midfielder Josh Morris extend his loan stay at League Two promotion hopefuls Fleetwood Town until the end of the campaign.

Rovers have been involved in 31 loan deals this season.

They have brought seven players in – two of who, Rudy Gestede and Tom Cairney, became permanent additions – and let 24 temporarily leave.

Bowyer added: “I think the loan signings we’ve made have all played a part and made an impact. Probably the only one that hasn’t is Bryan Dabo.

“But he’s not too far away, it’s just the lads who play in his position have been playing well which hasn’t given him an opportunity to play.

“But he’s got better since he’s been here, he’s a great lad, he keeps working hard, and we’ve got nine games left and I’m sure at some point he will feature.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Millwall were active in the transfer market on the final day of the loan window yesterday signing Ipswich Town winger Carlos Edwards until the end of the season.

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8:31am Fri 28 Mar 14

unclejacklegend says...

Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck unclejacklegend
  • Score: 7

8:33am Fri 28 Mar 14

unclejacklegend says...

Reckons he's been the best player on the pitch in recent weeks. Looked very impressive on tv last night and scored a screamer aswell.
Reckons he's been the best player on the pitch in recent weeks. Looked very impressive on tv last night and scored a screamer aswell. unclejacklegend
  • Score: 4

9:00am Fri 28 Mar 14

jinkyjase says...

unclejacklegend wrote:
Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.
[quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck[/p][/quote]That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at. jinkyjase
  • Score: 1

9:11am Fri 28 Mar 14

blazerafe says...

unclejacklegend wrote:
Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
If i had to choose between Lowe and Williamson, i would rather have Lowe playing. Williamson is one of the worst players i have ever seen, ineffectual against Watford (and most teams to be honest) he needs a stiff wake up call that his performances are comparative to Danny Murphy's! Not to mention Both Evens and Williamson are out and out DM's where as at least Lowe in recent months has been utilized as a CM who is unafraid to go forward. If it was upto me though i would have both of them out and Cairney and Evens playing in CM when both fit, with Conway and then one of our many other wingers out on the left, King i guess. Nobody seems to really stand out for me at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck[/p][/quote]If i had to choose between Lowe and Williamson, i would rather have Lowe playing. Williamson is one of the worst players i have ever seen, ineffectual against Watford (and most teams to be honest) he needs a stiff wake up call that his performances are comparative to Danny Murphy's! Not to mention Both Evens and Williamson are out and out DM's where as at least Lowe in recent months has been utilized as a CM who is unafraid to go forward. If it was upto me though i would have both of them out and Cairney and Evens playing in CM when both fit, with Conway and then one of our many other wingers out on the left, King i guess. Nobody seems to really stand out for me at the moment. blazerafe
  • Score: 2

9:50am Fri 28 Mar 14

GAZHAY says...

jinkyjase wrote:
unclejacklegend wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.
I don't think it is harsh on Lowe.
What does he actuallly give to the side? When he has the ball he passes backwards 95% of the time and he doesn't tackle either.
I'm afraid Lowe is not and will never be a central midfield player. That said I do think Lowe is a decent fullback and as we need a right back this is where Lowe should be playng.
Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle.
[quote][p][bold]jinkyjase[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck[/p][/quote]That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.[/p][/quote]I don't think it is harsh on Lowe. What does he actuallly give to the side? When he has the ball he passes backwards 95% of the time and he doesn't tackle either. I'm afraid Lowe is not and will never be a central midfield player. That said I do think Lowe is a decent fullback and as we need a right back this is where Lowe should be playng. Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle. GAZHAY
  • Score: 7

10:47am Fri 28 Mar 14

jinkyjase says...

GAZHAY wrote:
jinkyjase wrote:
unclejacklegend wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.
I don't think it is harsh on Lowe.
What does he actuallly give to the side? When he has the ball he passes backwards 95% of the time and he doesn't tackle either.
I'm afraid Lowe is not and will never be a central midfield player. That said I do think Lowe is a decent fullback and as we need a right back this is where Lowe should be playng.
Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle.
What he brings to the side is work rate, chasing, harrying, pressurising the opposition. Anyone can see that.

His final position may well be full back, personally I don't think so but I may be wrong, I'm not a highly paid and skilled football coach.
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jinkyjase[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck[/p][/quote]That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.[/p][/quote]I don't think it is harsh on Lowe. What does he actuallly give to the side? When he has the ball he passes backwards 95% of the time and he doesn't tackle either. I'm afraid Lowe is not and will never be a central midfield player. That said I do think Lowe is a decent fullback and as we need a right back this is where Lowe should be playng. Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle.[/p][/quote]What he brings to the side is work rate, chasing, harrying, pressurising the opposition. Anyone can see that. His final position may well be full back, personally I don't think so but I may be wrong, I'm not a highly paid and skilled football coach. jinkyjase
  • Score: -3

11:00am Fri 28 Mar 14

owd nick says...

blazerafe wrote:
unclejacklegend wrote:
Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
If i had to choose between Lowe and Williamson, i would rather have Lowe playing. Williamson is one of the worst players i have ever seen, ineffectual against Watford (and most teams to be honest) he needs a stiff wake up call that his performances are comparative to Danny Murphy's! Not to mention Both Evens and Williamson are out and out DM's where as at least Lowe in recent months has been utilized as a CM who is unafraid to go forward. If it was upto me though i would have both of them out and Cairney and Evens playing in CM when both fit, with Conway and then one of our many other wingers out on the left, King i guess. Nobody seems to really stand out for me at the moment.
Not a great lover of Williamson, I think he is slightly out of his depth in this league, but comparing him to Murphy is really unfair.

Whenever he is selected or comes on as a sub Williamson will always put a shift in, as far as I can remember that's something Murphy failed to do in any game he played, and I actually thought that had Williamson not made a couple of glaring errors against Leicester he could have been in the running for man of the match.

As far as Lowe's detractors are concerned they too have very short memories, he was in the England U21 team as a central midfielder before being switched to right back and doing pretty well there (in the PL no less) what did the damage for him was being switched back to central midfield and having to do two jobs because he was either paired up with Etuhu of Murphy, or even worse, both.

As far as I can remember some Rovers fans have always picked on one player in the team who "Isn't good enough", Mark Atkins being the classic example, Lowe falls into that category, he scored a cracker earlier in the season and a couple of posters slagged him off, unbelievable.

Weird isn't it? That the managers these players play for very rarely see it that way.
[quote][p][bold]blazerafe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck[/p][/quote]If i had to choose between Lowe and Williamson, i would rather have Lowe playing. Williamson is one of the worst players i have ever seen, ineffectual against Watford (and most teams to be honest) he needs a stiff wake up call that his performances are comparative to Danny Murphy's! Not to mention Both Evens and Williamson are out and out DM's where as at least Lowe in recent months has been utilized as a CM who is unafraid to go forward. If it was upto me though i would have both of them out and Cairney and Evens playing in CM when both fit, with Conway and then one of our many other wingers out on the left, King i guess. Nobody seems to really stand out for me at the moment.[/p][/quote]Not a great lover of Williamson, I think he is slightly out of his depth in this league, but comparing him to Murphy is really unfair. Whenever he is selected or comes on as a sub Williamson will always put a shift in, as far as I can remember that's something Murphy failed to do in any game he played, and I actually thought that had Williamson not made a couple of glaring errors against Leicester he could have been in the running for man of the match. As far as Lowe's detractors are concerned they too have very short memories, he was in the England U21 team as a central midfielder before being switched to right back and doing pretty well there (in the PL no less) what did the damage for him was being switched back to central midfield and having to do two jobs because he was either paired up with Etuhu of Murphy, or even worse, both. As far as I can remember some Rovers fans have always picked on one player in the team who "Isn't good enough", Mark Atkins being the classic example, Lowe falls into that category, he scored a cracker earlier in the season and a couple of posters slagged him off, unbelievable. Weird isn't it? That the managers these players play for very rarely see it that way. owd nick
  • Score: 3

11:18am Fri 28 Mar 14

whittleblue says...

Super Atko was so bad he walked off with a premiership title winners medal. A section of the crowd have always had a player to call. Unfortunately last saturday Henley was in the firing line. Yes he had a poor game but the lad needs encouraging.
Super Atko was so bad he walked off with a premiership title winners medal. A section of the crowd have always had a player to call. Unfortunately last saturday Henley was in the firing line. Yes he had a poor game but the lad needs encouraging. whittleblue
  • Score: 3

11:39am Fri 28 Mar 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

GAZHAY wrote:
jinkyjase wrote:
unclejacklegend wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck
That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.
I don't think it is harsh on Lowe.
What does he actuallly give to the side? When he has the ball he passes backwards 95% of the time and he doesn't tackle either.
I'm afraid Lowe is not and will never be a central midfield player. That said I do think Lowe is a decent fullback and as we need a right back this is where Lowe should be playng.
Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle.
I'm 3rd'ing this comment... Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle! Lowe just cannot send a decent attacking pass up the field and we have enough fit players that should play before him
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jinkyjase[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]unclejacklegend[/bold] wrote: Keep Lowe out of the midfield. Don't reckon we'd have gotten any points from the last two games had he been playing. Cairney and Evans center and we'll win tomorrow. Off the subject but apparently john o'sullivan is turning heads at southport. Our local paper reck[/p][/quote]That's a bit harsh on Lowe, his qualities are to break up play and chase opposition down - a bit like Savage used to do. If GB played him with a creative player like Cairney for instance, he would be more effective. Because GB plays Cairney wide Lowe is asked to create from a central position, something he isn't great at.[/p][/quote]I don't think it is harsh on Lowe. What does he actuallly give to the side? When he has the ball he passes backwards 95% of the time and he doesn't tackle either. I'm afraid Lowe is not and will never be a central midfield player. That said I do think Lowe is a decent fullback and as we need a right back this is where Lowe should be playng. Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle.[/p][/quote]I'm 3rd'ing this comment... Has to be Evans and Cairney in the middle! Lowe just cannot send a decent attacking pass up the field and we have enough fit players that should play before him ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 7

12:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

thetop5 says...

I don't think we have ever seen Evans and Cairney play together.(but correct me if I am wrong). I seem to remember Evens was injured when Cairney arrived.

Could be interesting!
I don't think we have ever seen Evans and Cairney play together.(but correct me if I am wrong). I seem to remember Evens was injured when Cairney arrived. Could be interesting! thetop5
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jack01 says...

thetop5 wrote:
I don't think we have ever seen Evans and Cairney play together.(but correct me if I am wrong). I seem to remember Evens was injured when Cairney arrived.

Could be interesting!
They were in the side together quite a few times earlier this season, though it was always with Evans central and Cairney on the right, never been together in the middle.

For me Lowe has to play at right back tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]thetop5[/bold] wrote: I don't think we have ever seen Evans and Cairney play together.(but correct me if I am wrong). I seem to remember Evens was injured when Cairney arrived. Could be interesting![/p][/quote]They were in the side together quite a few times earlier this season, though it was always with Evans central and Cairney on the right, never been together in the middle. For me Lowe has to play at right back tomorrow. jack01
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

I think that it is unfair to give Willamson al this stick because if you watch him carefully he makes a lot of timely tackles and clever passes in tight area's and has more vision and experience than Lowe.Just don't think the two should play together as it is too negative.
I think that it is unfair to give Willamson al this stick because if you watch him carefully he makes a lot of timely tackles and clever passes in tight area's and has more vision and experience than Lowe.Just don't think the two should play together as it is too negative. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: -1

1:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

jack01 wrote:
thetop5 wrote:
I don't think we have ever seen Evans and Cairney play together.(but correct me if I am wrong). I seem to remember Evens was injured when Cairney arrived.

Could be interesting!
They were in the side together quite a few times earlier this season, though it was always with Evans central and Cairney on the right, never been together in the middle.

For me Lowe has to play at right back tomorrow.
I'd have no worries about playing Evans with Cairney, they both came from the Hull City squad the got promoted last season.
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetop5[/bold] wrote: I don't think we have ever seen Evans and Cairney play together.(but correct me if I am wrong). I seem to remember Evens was injured when Cairney arrived. Could be interesting![/p][/quote]They were in the side together quite a few times earlier this season, though it was always with Evans central and Cairney on the right, never been together in the middle. For me Lowe has to play at right back tomorrow.[/p][/quote]I'd have no worries about playing Evans with Cairney, they both came from the Hull City squad the got promoted last season. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

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