Kevin Gallacher column: Midfield decisions key for Blackburn Rovers

Kevin Gallacher

Kevin Gallacher

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THE backbone of any side is your goalkeeper, your two central defenders, at least one midfielder and your main striker.

Looking at Rovers’ backbone you would say we are close to getting there.

Paul Robinson is a good, experienced number one and Grant Hanley and Matt Kilgallon have come on leaps and bounds as a partnership while up front we have Jordan Rhodes.

But the one area we still have to develop is in central midfield.

It’s not that we don’t have the players, it’s just that last season we didn’t have a proper partnership in there.

We are still waiting for one to develop and it’s important one does because it could take us to the next level.

Looking at the players we have got, it would be a toss of coin between Corry Evans and Jason Lowe to play alongside Tom Cairney.

Then we have to work out what system it’s going to be, whether it’s two holding or one attacking and one defending.

It’s important we get it right because your midfield is your engine room and if it’s stuttering then you won’t get the results.

So for me that’s the area we need to develop while all the time looking to add one or two more faces to the squad.

It’s always good to give your squad a little bit of a shake-up over the summer.

We didn’t do that enough after we won the Premiership in 1995 and it backfired on us.

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4:30pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Kappy says...

We have choices in midfield, but for me Lowe is not one of them. Play him at fullback, or let him come in as a defensive midfielder once the team, is sitting on a lead. Go with Evans, Cairney, King and Marshall for starters.
We have choices in midfield, but for me Lowe is not one of them. Play him at fullback, or let him come in as a defensive midfielder once the team, is sitting on a lead. Go with Evans, Cairney, King and Marshall for starters. Kappy
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4:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

unclejacklegend says...

How is Lowe and Evans a toss of a coin? Evans is far superior
How is Lowe and Evans a toss of a coin? Evans is far superior unclejacklegend
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5:40pm Wed 23 Jul 14

jack went up says...

Would like to see only one holding midfielder this year, 4-1-3-2 with cairney right in the middle.
Would like to see only one holding midfielder this year, 4-1-3-2 with cairney right in the middle. jack went up
  • Score: 5

5:57pm Wed 23 Jul 14

owd nick says...

jack went up wrote:
Would like to see only one holding midfielder this year, 4-1-3-2 with cairney right in the middle.
I think that would be my chosen formation as well but I suspect that a lot of teams will come to Ewood and load the midfield to stop us playing, happened a few times last season, Yeovil, Sheff Weds for instance.

Good sides start with a plan then flex to match the flow of the game, I am hoping we have the players to be able to do that now.

If they do load the midfield then 3 - 5 - 1 - 1 becomes an option.
[quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: Would like to see only one holding midfielder this year, 4-1-3-2 with cairney right in the middle.[/p][/quote]I think that would be my chosen formation as well but I suspect that a lot of teams will come to Ewood and load the midfield to stop us playing, happened a few times last season, Yeovil, Sheff Weds for instance. Good sides start with a plan then flex to match the flow of the game, I am hoping we have the players to be able to do that now. If they do load the midfield then 3 - 5 - 1 - 1 becomes an option. owd nick
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

jack went up says...

owd nick wrote:
jack went up wrote:
Would like to see only one holding midfielder this year, 4-1-3-2 with cairney right in the middle.
I think that would be my chosen formation as well but I suspect that a lot of teams will come to Ewood and load the midfield to stop us playing, happened a few times last season, Yeovil, Sheff Weds for instance.

Good sides start with a plan then flex to match the flow of the game, I am hoping we have the players to be able to do that now.

If they do load the midfield then 3 - 5 - 1 - 1 becomes an option.
That's another reason to keep cairney in the middle he shows a natural creativity to unlock stubborn teams. We should try and develop our game a bit more this season and hopefully worry less about the opposition
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jack went up[/bold] wrote: Would like to see only one holding midfielder this year, 4-1-3-2 with cairney right in the middle.[/p][/quote]I think that would be my chosen formation as well but I suspect that a lot of teams will come to Ewood and load the midfield to stop us playing, happened a few times last season, Yeovil, Sheff Weds for instance. Good sides start with a plan then flex to match the flow of the game, I am hoping we have the players to be able to do that now. If they do load the midfield then 3 - 5 - 1 - 1 becomes an option.[/p][/quote]That's another reason to keep cairney in the middle he shows a natural creativity to unlock stubborn teams. We should try and develop our game a bit more this season and hopefully worry less about the opposition jack went up
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