Rovers v Ipswich...How they rated

Rovers v Ipswich...How they rated

Rovers v Ipswich...How they rated

First published in Sport

Rovers reporter Paul Wheelock rates Gary Bowyer's men out of 10 in the win over Ipswich...

PAUL ROBINSON 7 Made two saves – one brilliant – when the game was goalless to ensure he claimed his fifth clean sheet of the season.

MICHAEL KEANE 8 Playing out of position at right-back but from the performance he delivered you would never have guessed it.

GRANT HANLEY 7 Played his part in the opening goal as his ball up to Rudy Gestede was than laid off to Jordan Rhodes to score.

MATT KILGALLON 7 Made a superb block to prevent Aaron Cresswell from turning in a Frank Nouble cross when the score was 0-0.

TOMMY SPURR 7 Won his individual battle with Anthony Wordsworth and helped Rovers keep their 13th clean sheet of the campaign.

TOM CAIRNEY 7 Brought a save out of Dean Gerken in the first half and was denied a goal at the end of the second by a goal-line clearance.

CORRY EVANS 7 Tried to get beyond the ball, especially in the first half, before going off with a groin injury which will require a scan.

LEE WILLIAMSON 7 In his best form of the season, he got about the pitch, breaking up play and getting forward when he could.

CRAIG CONWAY 7 Made it five assists in 12 matches when another of his expert dead-ball deliveries was headed in by Rudy Gestede.

RUDY GESTEDE 9 Twice went close in the first half before going on to set-up the opener and get the goal his display richly deserved.

JORDAN RHODES 7 He made his 23rd goal of the season and 50th in the league for Rovers look easy when it was anything but.

Substitutions LUKE VARNEY for Evans, DAVID DUNN for Gestede, DICKSON ETUHU for Williamson

Subs not used
Simon Eastwood, Josh King, Chris Taylor, Liam Feeney.

Ipswich line-up
Dean Gerken, Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Tommy Smith, Luke Chambers, Anthony Wordsworth (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 73), Luke Hyam (Paul Green 90), Cole Skuse, Frank Nouble, Jonny Williams (Stephen Hunt 86), Daryl Murphy. Subs not used: Scott Loach, Tyrone Mings, Jay Tabb, Frazer Richardson.

Man of the match
RUDY GESTEDE
Pushed close by Michael Keane but how can it not be the man who set-up Rovers’ first goal and scored their second?

Villain
JONNY WILLIAMS
Ipswich’s on-loan Crystal Palace playmaker is a class act and he was a real thorn in Rovers’ side until Jordan Rhodes’ opener.

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9:16am Mon 7 Apr 14

owd nick says...

Don't agree with the comments about Kean, although I would still give him an 8, he looked like a fish out of water at times because he kept drifting back to his natural centre half position.

Another point, if you are going to ask people to vote on their man of the match then you need to give them the option of all the players who appeared on the pitch, no matter how brief the appearance.
Don't agree with the comments about Kean, although I would still give him an 8, he looked like a fish out of water at times because he kept drifting back to his natural centre half position. Another point, if you are going to ask people to vote on their man of the match then you need to give them the option of all the players who appeared on the pitch, no matter how brief the appearance. owd nick
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10:03am Mon 7 Apr 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Another point, if you are going to ask people to vote on their man of the match then you need to give them the option of all the players who appeared on the pitch, no matter how brief the appearance.

It's abit like giving your opinion on a game while you're sat at home drinking frosty jacks you tothless Mill Hil gimp.
Another point, if you are going to ask people to vote on their man of the match then you need to give them the option of all the players who appeared on the pitch, no matter how brief the appearance. It's abit like giving your opinion on a game while you're sat at home drinking frosty jacks you tothless Mill Hil gimp. .Lancs _ Pensioner
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2:51pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

VENKYS IN TOWN TO MEET THE QUEEN
Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s (Rao family pic above), are planning to make a rare trip to the town in the hope of meeting the queen.
The Indian based family are arranging a flying visit next week when her majesty is due to hand out Maundy money at Blackburn Cathedral. As owners of the town’s football club they are on the guest list.
Owner Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brothers, Ventkatesh and Balaji Rao would love to meet the royals – although there presence in the town has not exactly been welcome among Rovers fans on previous trips.
The Venky’s visit is being kept hush hush in case of a backlash. They want to make the long haul to see the Queen without any fuss.
Pity they could not take the time to visit and help the club over the past two troubled years.
Pity they cannot take the time to address the Rovers fans and explain their plans for the future.
Pity they cannot take the time to explain past mistakes and there are plenty.
Pity they cannot take the time to apologise for the sacking of Sam Allardyce in December 2010 and the disastrous appointment of advisor / agent Jerome Anderson who ran the club for a ruinous 2 years.
Pity they cannot take the time to apologise for the continued appointment of the useless Steve Kean, despite fans requests and fans demonstration’s to have him removed. Kean thanked Anuradha Desai’s loyalty by sueing her for 1.3 million for constructive dismissal. What a RAT – but she was warned.
Pity they cannot apologise for giving Kean, against all advice, the Premier League parachute payments to recruit new players in 2012. Totally wasted a part from the signing of Jordan Rhodes.
Pity they cannot explain why 12,000 paying fans have deserted the club.
No it’s a pity they have not the time to fly from India to address all of these things. Probably they just don’t care.
But meet the Queen – well that is a different matter !
Reg.

Footnote:
Do not forget, try to attend Ewood this Tuesday for the vital clash with QPR.
We can make a difference.
www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk
VENKYS IN TOWN TO MEET THE QUEEN Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s (Rao family pic above), are planning to make a rare trip to the town in the hope of meeting the queen. The Indian based family are arranging a flying visit next week when her majesty is due to hand out Maundy money at Blackburn Cathedral. As owners of the town’s football club they are on the guest list. Owner Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brothers, Ventkatesh and Balaji Rao would love to meet the royals – although there presence in the town has not exactly been welcome among Rovers fans on previous trips. The Venky’s visit is being kept hush hush in case of a backlash. They want to make the long haul to see the Queen without any fuss. Pity they could not take the time to visit and help the club over the past two troubled years. Pity they cannot take the time to address the Rovers fans and explain their plans for the future. Pity they cannot take the time to explain past mistakes and there are plenty. Pity they cannot take the time to apologise for the sacking of Sam Allardyce in December 2010 and the disastrous appointment of advisor / agent Jerome Anderson who ran the club for a ruinous 2 years. Pity they cannot take the time to apologise for the continued appointment of the useless Steve Kean, despite fans requests and fans demonstration’s to have him removed. Kean thanked Anuradha Desai’s loyalty by sueing her for 1.3 million for constructive dismissal. What a RAT – but she was warned. Pity they cannot apologise for giving Kean, against all advice, the Premier League parachute payments to recruit new players in 2012. Totally wasted a part from the signing of Jordan Rhodes. Pity they cannot explain why 12,000 paying fans have deserted the club. No it’s a pity they have not the time to fly from India to address all of these things. Probably they just don’t care. But meet the Queen – well that is a different matter ! Reg. Footnote: Do not forget, try to attend Ewood this Tuesday for the vital clash with QPR. We can make a difference. www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
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2:57pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

STABILITY IS ESSENTIAL
Photo of g bowyer
Nobody has campaigned for Blackburn Rovers to appoint an experienced manager more than me.
Ever since the awful Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean was appointed.
The club has chugged along since the 13th December 2010 (the fateful day Big Sam was sacked) without anyone of any repute in the most important position at a football club.
However I cannot help but be impressed with Gary Bower (pic above) and his coaching staff of Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder.
Bowyer has built a side that can compete in the Championship, because we did not have one. We looked like slipping through the leagues. I fully expected to be playing Accrington Stanley on level terms in a couple of years, such was the mess Kean left us in. Bowyer has taken away those fears.
We have not got a team good enough to win promotion, far from it, but the seeds have been sewn.
Bowyer faces a mammoth task. He still needs to off load a lot of overpaid and over rated players accumulated by Kean and agent Jerome (the man ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson. None more so than Leon Best and Bradley Orr, who are on massive money that Rovers cannot afford. Reputed to be £40,000 each per week – Premier league wages.
Or in particular is a damning case and illustrates the skulduggery that went on during the disastrous Kean / Anderson reign.
The seeds were sewn for Orr’s massive contract on that fateful Monday evening when Wigan visited Ewood Park in April 2012. Wigan won 1/0 and finally sent Rovers down to the Championship with 31 points. The lowest points total ever accumulated by Blackburn Rovers.
Sky TV needed a Rovers representative to face the TV cameras in the aftermath of the match. Orr was delegated by Kean to be that man in a pre-arranged agreement anticipating the outcome of the evening.
Bradley Orr live on national TV gave Kean a glowing testimonial. Rovers demise was not “Kean’s fault stated Orr, it was all down to the players.” Orr continued “Steve Kean is the best manager / coach I have ever worked with and did not deserve the abuse and criticism from the fans”. Orr continued that Kean was the way forward and would return the Rovers back to the Premiership. The Rovers team in the dressing room could not believe what they were hearing and this interview caused a rift between Orr and rest of the team.
Mrs Anuradha (I like to be entertained) Desai and her useless brothers however fell for it ‘hook line and sinker’.
Kean kept his job, 12,500 fans deserted the club and Orr received a lucrative contract courtesy of Kean and Anderson.
You could not make it up!
This is an example of just some of the problems Bowyer has inherited. Bowyer must stay, he knows the club inside out and what has taken place over the last two years.
Steve Kean and Jerome Anderson ruined Blackburn Rovers. DO NOT FORGET THAT. Only Gary Bowyer can give us the stability needed for the future.
Reg.

Footnote:
Rovers entertain QPR at Ewood park on Tuesday evening. There is a slight chance of making the play-offs. Gary Bowyer deserves our full support. Please try to attend on Tuesday evening, we have to play our part.
www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk
STABILITY IS ESSENTIAL Photo of g bowyer Nobody has campaigned for Blackburn Rovers to appoint an experienced manager more than me. Ever since the awful Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean was appointed. The club has chugged along since the 13th December 2010 (the fateful day Big Sam was sacked) without anyone of any repute in the most important position at a football club. However I cannot help but be impressed with Gary Bower (pic above) and his coaching staff of Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. Bowyer has built a side that can compete in the Championship, because we did not have one. We looked like slipping through the leagues. I fully expected to be playing Accrington Stanley on level terms in a couple of years, such was the mess Kean left us in. Bowyer has taken away those fears. We have not got a team good enough to win promotion, far from it, but the seeds have been sewn. Bowyer faces a mammoth task. He still needs to off load a lot of overpaid and over rated players accumulated by Kean and agent Jerome (the man ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson. None more so than Leon Best and Bradley Orr, who are on massive money that Rovers cannot afford. Reputed to be £40,000 each per week – Premier league wages. Or in particular is a damning case and illustrates the skulduggery that went on during the disastrous Kean / Anderson reign. The seeds were sewn for Orr’s massive contract on that fateful Monday evening when Wigan visited Ewood Park in April 2012. Wigan won 1/0 and finally sent Rovers down to the Championship with 31 points. The lowest points total ever accumulated by Blackburn Rovers. Sky TV needed a Rovers representative to face the TV cameras in the aftermath of the match. Orr was delegated by Kean to be that man in a pre-arranged agreement anticipating the outcome of the evening. Bradley Orr live on national TV gave Kean a glowing testimonial. Rovers demise was not “Kean’s fault stated Orr, it was all down to the players.” Orr continued “Steve Kean is the best manager / coach I have ever worked with and did not deserve the abuse and criticism from the fans”. Orr continued that Kean was the way forward and would return the Rovers back to the Premiership. The Rovers team in the dressing room could not believe what they were hearing and this interview caused a rift between Orr and rest of the team. Mrs Anuradha (I like to be entertained) Desai and her useless brothers however fell for it ‘hook line and sinker’. Kean kept his job, 12,500 fans deserted the club and Orr received a lucrative contract courtesy of Kean and Anderson. You could not make it up! This is an example of just some of the problems Bowyer has inherited. Bowyer must stay, he knows the club inside out and what has taken place over the last two years. Steve Kean and Jerome Anderson ruined Blackburn Rovers. DO NOT FORGET THAT. Only Gary Bowyer can give us the stability needed for the future. Reg. Footnote: Rovers entertain QPR at Ewood park on Tuesday evening. There is a slight chance of making the play-offs. Gary Bowyer deserves our full support. Please try to attend on Tuesday evening, we have to play our part. www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
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