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Kevin Gallacher column: Blackburn Rovers must find right balance

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher Kevin Gallacher

WE are seeing both sides of the coin with Blackburn at the moment.

Now we must hope that Gary Bowyer can get a happy medium with his players, and they can understand the art of attacking and the art of defending, and put them together.

It should not just be about one game sitting back, defending and trying to catch the opposition on the counter, and another game going forward and keeping on attacking.

It’s about getting the balance right and if we can get the balance right, like we did in the first half at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday when we were 3-1 up, we look a good side.

We’ve not quite got the balance right yet but we must give the team a chance to get it.

We were comfortable at 3-1 on Saturday.

We didn’t need to change anything, we just had to keep the ball and keep playing the way we were playing.

But they got their second goal and made a double change before we missed a great chance to go 4-2 up.

That changed the game completely and we just went backwards.

I would put that down to nerves and inexperience.

There were numerous occasions when two defenders were going for the one ball.

Now you would rather have that than no-one going for it but it still happened too much. We were nervous in clearing our lines and when you’re like that you will pay the price and inevitability we did.

And we would have paid a bigger price had it not been for a top-drawer save from Robbo at the end.

The equaliser made it feel like a defeat but had we actually lost, I think it would have been very difficult to pick the boys up.

But we didn’t lose and I still think there are a lot of positives to take out of the game, positives which the players need to feed off as I do think we could get maximum points out of our next three games.

The only disappointing thing is we are not going into them on the back of a third straight victory.

If we had won on Saturday we would have been two points off the play-offs going into these next three games against Yeovil, Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic which, as I say, are massively winnable.

But it’s now very much out of our hands.

The teams above us have got the points on the board so we’ve just got to win these next three games, hope the teams above us drop points, and hopefully come Wigan at home on the last day of the season, there will be a place in the play-offs to play for.

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4:54pm Wed 16 Apr 14

CJB official says...

We have not won three games on the spin all season! If there is ever a time to break that duck it's now !
We have not won three games on the spin all season! If there is ever a time to break that duck it's now ! CJB official
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7:27pm Wed 16 Apr 14

dangerous dave says...

We also need to find a well balanced manager gb could have collected 3 points sat last if he had used his head and subbed one or two in the final stages!! He s no idea when it comes to tacticd
Out with the cowboys and indians
We also need to find a well balanced manager gb could have collected 3 points sat last if he had used his head and subbed one or two in the final stages!! He s no idea when it comes to tacticd Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
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9:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Do you get paid for telling us what we already Kevin.
Do you get paid for telling us what we already Kevin. A Rover 45 years and over
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12:21pm Thu 17 Apr 14

flagstone says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Do you get paid for telling us what we already Kevin.
That's why has at Darwen and not a professional club
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Do you get paid for telling us what we already Kevin.[/p][/quote]That's why has at Darwen and not a professional club flagstone
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2:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

AT LAST A PRESS OFFICER
Blackburn Rovers have a new Director of Communications, Press Officer to you and me. The first since the dismissal of Paul Agnew some two years ago.
Alan Myers (pic above) has been in the job since March. Formerly with Everton, Alan says “it is his job to communicate to the fans. Its about engaging with the fans and its about engaging inside the club as well, because communications are both external and internal. My main priority will be to try and get the Rovers fans talking to us and talking to them”.
Asked how aware were he of the events that have gone on at Ewood for the last couple of years, Alan replied” I worked for Sky Sports before I moved to Everton last summer and I did have a quite a close association with the club because I was Sky Sports North West Bureau Chief and Blackburn was one of the clubs I monitored for Sky Sports News. I obviously saw what happened and saw how things changed at Ewood and it was really quite sad to be honest, because I always felt that Blackburn was a proper football club, with great tradition, great history, great fans and great people around the place. And I always loved coming here. My job here is not to look into the past and what went wrong, although it will be disrespectful of me to tell the fans to forget what’s happened, but I believe in looking forward.
This club should not be where it is and I think the will of everyone here – the owners, the manager, the players, the staff and the supporters – is to get this club back into the Premier League”.
Fine sentiments from our new press officer but if he wants to realy know what has gone on since that dark day when Allardyce was sacked on 13-12-2010. Log on to www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk and scroll back the last four years.
Although I know it is not his brief to resurrect the past, apologies are still needed from Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brothers for their mismanagement and ruination of a fine football club.
Questions need answering before we can move forward.
• Why was Allardyce sacked?
• Why were two of the game’s best administrators, John Williams and Tom Finn allowed to go? Was their departure instigated by agent/advisor Jerome Anderson?
• Who appointed the disastrous Steve Kean?
• Why unprecedented protest by fans wanting Kean sacked totally ignored?
• Why are banners and drums still banned from Ewood Park?
• Did Jerome Anderson run Blackburn Rovers and make day to day decisions for over two years as indicated by RT. Hon Jack Straw MP, the club’s Honorary Vice President.
• Why was Kean and Anderson allowed to sign so many below average players on high salaries and long contract’s. Who authorised this?

I could go on and on and I know that my persistence in these matters annoy some people. But history tells us you ignore the past at your peril because if you do, it will all happen again.
Only the owners can explain these issues and some ‘Humble Pie’ from Mrs Anuradha Desai is long overdue.
On a lighter note it would not go a miss if our new Director Communications (Press Officer) could attempt to get the Rovers more coverage in the National Press. Daily Mail in particular.
Good luck in your new job Alan, working for the Venky’s you will need it. Just ask Paul Agnew.
Reg.
www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk
AT LAST A PRESS OFFICER Blackburn Rovers have a new Director of Communications, Press Officer to you and me. The first since the dismissal of Paul Agnew some two years ago. Alan Myers (pic above) has been in the job since March. Formerly with Everton, Alan says “it is his job to communicate to the fans. Its about engaging with the fans and its about engaging inside the club as well, because communications are both external and internal. My main priority will be to try and get the Rovers fans talking to us and talking to them”. Asked how aware were he of the events that have gone on at Ewood for the last couple of years, Alan replied” I worked for Sky Sports before I moved to Everton last summer and I did have a quite a close association with the club because I was Sky Sports North West Bureau Chief and Blackburn was one of the clubs I monitored for Sky Sports News. I obviously saw what happened and saw how things changed at Ewood and it was really quite sad to be honest, because I always felt that Blackburn was a proper football club, with great tradition, great history, great fans and great people around the place. And I always loved coming here. My job here is not to look into the past and what went wrong, although it will be disrespectful of me to tell the fans to forget what’s happened, but I believe in looking forward. This club should not be where it is and I think the will of everyone here – the owners, the manager, the players, the staff and the supporters – is to get this club back into the Premier League”. Fine sentiments from our new press officer but if he wants to realy know what has gone on since that dark day when Allardyce was sacked on 13-12-2010. Log on to www.regoftherovers.c o.uk and scroll back the last four years. Although I know it is not his brief to resurrect the past, apologies are still needed from Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brothers for their mismanagement and ruination of a fine football club. Questions need answering before we can move forward. • Why was Allardyce sacked? • Why were two of the game’s best administrators, John Williams and Tom Finn allowed to go? Was their departure instigated by agent/advisor Jerome Anderson? • Who appointed the disastrous Steve Kean? • Why unprecedented protest by fans wanting Kean sacked totally ignored? • Why are banners and drums still banned from Ewood Park? • Did Jerome Anderson run Blackburn Rovers and make day to day decisions for over two years as indicated by RT. Hon Jack Straw MP, the club’s Honorary Vice President. • Why was Kean and Anderson allowed to sign so many below average players on high salaries and long contract’s. Who authorised this? I could go on and on and I know that my persistence in these matters annoy some people. But history tells us you ignore the past at your peril because if you do, it will all happen again. Only the owners can explain these issues and some ‘Humble Pie’ from Mrs Anuradha Desai is long overdue. On a lighter note it would not go a miss if our new Director Communications (Press Officer) could attempt to get the Rovers more coverage in the National Press. Daily Mail in particular. Good luck in your new job Alan, working for the Venky’s you will need it. Just ask Paul Agnew. Reg. www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
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