FULL-TIME: Accrington Stanley 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

NIK IN Nikola Kalinic slides in to beat Stanley keeper Sean Murdock

NIK IN Nikola Kalinic slides in to beat Stanley keeper Sean Murdock

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

NIKOLA Kalinic showed he hasn’t lost any of his predatory instincts as his Blackburn Rovers career enters the last chance saloon.

Whether or not it is even already too late for the £6million Croatian to make his mark at Ewood remains to be seen but one thing that is for sure is he has that uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time.

Kalinic took advantage of a horrendous mix up in the Accrington Stanley defence to ensure Rovers opened their pre-season campaign with victory, after Kurtis Guthrie had cancelled out Keith Andrews opener before the break.

Kalinic could not miss, stabbing home from yards out, but it was just another sign of his ability to be where the chances are.

This pre-season will be crucial to his hopes of carving out a career at Rovers, with Kean freezing him out of the end of the last campaign, but he has started well.

He even had a hand in Andrews’ 15th minute opener, playing a neat one two with the Irishman who then emphatically drilled the ball past Stanley goalkeeper Sean Murdock.

Andrews himself had a difficult time of things last time round, with a section of Rovers fans not warming to him and at time subjecting him to unwarranted abuse.

The midfielder has never moaned though and showed on Saturday what a valuable squad player he is, with a man of the match performance.

Andrews ran the midfield, passed accurately and helped the youngsters through the game as he showed why he should still have a future at Rovers.

A healthy travelling Rovers army got their first glimpse of trialist Bruno Ribeiro, a Brazilian right-back, and he produced a solid enough display without ever being really tested.

Seeing Junior Hoilett limp off with a hamstring injury after just half an hour would have been a concern for Kean and Rovers lost a lot of their threat as a result.

Neither side really deserved the victory in a lacklustre 90 minutes but winning is a habit and Kean would have been delighted to see his side start with a win.

ROVERS: Paul Robinson, Bruno Ribeiro, Martin Olsson, Grant Hanley, Gael Givet, Amine Linganzi, James Knowles, Keith Andrews, Nikola Kalinic, Junior Hoilett, Morten Gamst Pedersen Subs: Micah Evans for Hoilett (36), Jake Kean for Robinson (65), Robbie Cotton for Linganzi (76), Adam Henley for Knowles (86).

STANLEY: Sean Murdock, Danny Coid, Kevin McIntyre, Kern Miller, Sean Hessey, Peter Murphy, Charlie Barnett, Alistair Taylor, Kurtis Guthrie, Ian Craney, A Trialist.

Subs: Jon Routledge for McIntyre (46), Luke Joyce for Hessey (46), Leam Darville for Murphy (46), Dean Winnard for A Trialist (46), Leam Richardson for Taylor (62),

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3:48pm Sat 16 Jul 11

nontetleydrinker says...

So the chicken pluckers manage to beat accy stanley reserves by the odd goal and expect to finish in the top four. Dream on chicken farmers, Keep up the good work venkys...
So the chicken pluckers manage to beat accy stanley reserves by the odd goal and expect to finish in the top four. Dream on chicken farmers, Keep up the good work venkys... nontetleydrinker
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4:24pm Sat 16 Jul 11

sonny says...

nontetleydrinker wrote:
So the chicken pluckers manage to beat accy stanley reserves by the odd goal and expect to finish in the top four. Dream on chicken farmers, Keep up the good work venkys...
Why do i get the feeling "chicken farmers" isnt what you actually want to say, scum like you we could do without round these parts(you sound like a dingle, why u go support them).
[quote][p][bold]nontetleydrinker[/bold] wrote: So the chicken pluckers manage to beat accy stanley reserves by the odd goal and expect to finish in the top four. Dream on chicken farmers, Keep up the good work venkys...[/p][/quote]Why do i get the feeling "chicken farmers" isnt what you actually want to say, scum like you we could do without round these parts(you sound like a dingle, why u go support them). sonny
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4:27pm Sat 16 Jul 11

sonny says...

realised you probaly are a dingl, sadly trolling around blackburn reports, says it all really dont it.


P.S. kalinic seems too have scored another one of his flukes!, fair play i say largest part of being a striker is naturally finding yourself in the right position at the right time and finishing clinically.
realised you probaly are a dingl, sadly trolling around blackburn reports, says it all really dont it. P.S. kalinic seems too have scored another one of his flukes!, fair play i say largest part of being a striker is naturally finding yourself in the right position at the right time and finishing clinically. sonny
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4:32pm Sat 16 Jul 11

nontetleydrinker says...

Accy stanley fan, I was at the game and the chicken molesters were terrible. Your going down, Get used to it loser...
Accy stanley fan, I was at the game and the chicken molesters were terrible. Your going down, Get used to it loser... nontetleydrinker
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4:52pm Sat 16 Jul 11

sonny says...

okay then!


strange oddball weirdo.

we could possibly go down, but well never go bankrupt and go around literally begging for cash like stanley.
okay then! strange oddball weirdo. we could possibly go down, but well never go bankrupt and go around literally begging for cash like stanley. sonny
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4:59pm Sat 16 Jul 11

RK says...

nontetleydrinker wrote:
Accy stanley fan, I was at the game and the chicken molesters were terrible. Your going down, Get used to it loser...
Actually you're not a Stanley fan, it's well known that you're a Dingle!
[quote][p][bold]nontetleydrinker[/bold] wrote: Accy stanley fan, I was at the game and the chicken molesters were terrible. Your going down, Get used to it loser...[/p][/quote]Actually you're not a Stanley fan, it's well known that you're a Dingle! RK
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4:59pm Sat 16 Jul 11

Kaicho says...

A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry.

@Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non!
A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry. @Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non! Kaicho
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5:04pm Sat 16 Jul 11

bluenwhite says...

RK wrote:
nontetleydrinker wrote:
Accy stanley fan, I was at the game and the chicken molesters were terrible. Your going down, Get used to it loser...
Actually you're not a Stanley fan, it's well known that you're a Dingle!
not to mention a pri@k
[quote][p][bold]RK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nontetleydrinker[/bold] wrote: Accy stanley fan, I was at the game and the chicken molesters were terrible. Your going down, Get used to it loser...[/p][/quote]Actually you're not a Stanley fan, it's well known that you're a Dingle![/p][/quote]not to mention a pri@k bluenwhite
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5:33pm Sat 16 Jul 11

Woody Riversider says...

Kaicho wrote:
A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry.

@Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non!
I'm with you both on that over Kalinic. Give him the chance & a proper run in the team, he will score for BRFC

Here is hoping.

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]Kaicho[/bold] wrote: A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry. @Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non![/p][/quote]I'm with you both on that over Kalinic. Give him the chance & a proper run in the team, he will score for BRFC Here is hoping. Arte et labore Woody Riversider
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5:41pm Sat 16 Jul 11

sonny says...

Woody Riversider wrote:
Kaicho wrote:
A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry.

@Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non!
I'm with you both on that over Kalinic. Give him the chance & a proper run in the team, he will score for BRFC

Here is hoping.

Arte et labore
hopfully the stories around kalinic are being twisted&exagerated(m
ost of them are started by that hack journo knob nixon from the mirror(and part time brfc.com posterboy!),

if he carries on impressing in preseason i cant see the point in selling him, wont recoup what we paid for him for a start, hes better than the rest of are current strikers inc. pavone if he signs.
[quote][p][bold]Woody Riversider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kaicho[/bold] wrote: A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry. @Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non![/p][/quote]I'm with you both on that over Kalinic. Give him the chance & a proper run in the team, he will score for BRFC Here is hoping. Arte et labore[/p][/quote]hopfully the stories around kalinic are being twisted&exagerated(m ost of them are started by that hack journo knob nixon from the mirror(and part time brfc.com posterboy!), if he carries on impressing in preseason i cant see the point in selling him, wont recoup what we paid for him for a start, hes better than the rest of are current strikers inc. pavone if he signs. sonny
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6:01pm Sat 16 Jul 11

petemcglinn says...

To ashamed to admit he's a bin dipping rat eating 6 fingered family loving dingle, who's club can't afford to pay jack cork £20,000 a week cos kilbys pocketing parachute payments from when they failed In the big boys league. Stanley fans are honourable and proud of there club not like you , ars@ wipe Coyb
To ashamed to admit he's a bin dipping rat eating 6 fingered family loving dingle, who's club can't afford to pay jack cork £20,000 a week cos kilbys pocketing parachute payments from when they failed In the big boys league. Stanley fans are honourable and proud of there club not like you , ars@ wipe Coyb petemcglinn
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6:12pm Sat 16 Jul 11

Woody Riversider says...

sonny wrote:
Woody Riversider wrote:
Kaicho wrote:
A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry.

@Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non!
I'm with you both on that over Kalinic. Give him the chance & a proper run in the team, he will score for BRFC

Here is hoping.

Arte et labore
hopfully the stories around kalinic are being twisted&exagerat
ed(m
ost of them are started by that hack journo knob nixon from the mirror(and part time brfc.com posterboy!),

if he carries on impressing in preseason i cant see the point in selling him, wont recoup what we paid for him for a start, hes better than the rest of are current strikers inc. pavone if he signs.
I would like to think Kalinic is being coached correctly either through a kick up the arse by dropping him as was the case & an arm around him at the same time saying you do have the potential so go out & show us what you can do through this pre season because as they say the slate is wiped clean & we go again for the new season ? He as the talent from my point of view. I watched his debut(I think it was ?) at Forest. He most certainly impressed on that evening with his movement but, was lightweight & bundled off the ball easily. Sadly it didn't happen for him in front off goal thereafter but not due to effort. I'm not privy to the circumstances surrounding him, as non of us are, as to why he as not fired? Although speculation is rife as to why ! I hope he proves his worth this term, so long as he isn't sold, which in my opinion would be good management in getting the touted potential when he arrived.

I never read any national papers who have an unstinted view over BRFC & write anything they so wish. Giving the arsehole who you point out any credibility for the crap they write ! The truth will out soon enough about Kalinic & the two goals he took at WBA prove to me that given the right service he can & will score goals by the bucket full.

Here is hoping.

Funny isn't it that season last under SA, if I recall the pre season games we lost more than we won but, looking at the results over the last days under SK we have been knocking the goals in ! Are the players hungry for action come the new season ? They have grown some balls under SK & I for one like that.

Here is to Kalinic staying and giving BRFC the return we all know he is capable of ?

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]sonny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody Riversider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kaicho[/bold] wrote: A sore loser in our midst. Oh, coochy-cooch-coo... there, there, everything will be all right. You just go off on your own and have a little cry. @Sonny: Yeah, I agree. And it's those 'flukes' that bring confidence to score the amazing. If only Kalinic hadn't been held back throughout his stay at Blackburn by bad systems and forced absense... Here's hoping the lad is encouraged from now on quickly followed by a sack full of goals, both flukes and non![/p][/quote]I'm with you both on that over Kalinic. Give him the chance & a proper run in the team, he will score for BRFC Here is hoping. Arte et labore[/p][/quote]hopfully the stories around kalinic are being twisted&exagerat ed(m ost of them are started by that hack journo knob nixon from the mirror(and part time brfc.com posterboy!), if he carries on impressing in preseason i cant see the point in selling him, wont recoup what we paid for him for a start, hes better than the rest of are current strikers inc. pavone if he signs.[/p][/quote]I would like to think Kalinic is being coached correctly either through a kick up the arse by dropping him as was the case & an arm around him at the same time saying you do have the potential so go out & show us what you can do through this pre season because as they say the slate is wiped clean & we go again for the new season ? He as the talent from my point of view. I watched his debut(I think it was ?) at Forest. He most certainly impressed on that evening with his movement but, was lightweight & bundled off the ball easily. Sadly it didn't happen for him in front off goal thereafter but not due to effort. I'm not privy to the circumstances surrounding him, as non of us are, as to why he as not fired? Although speculation is rife as to why ! I hope he proves his worth this term, so long as he isn't sold, which in my opinion would be good management in getting the touted potential when he arrived. I never read any national papers who have an unstinted view over BRFC & write anything they so wish. Giving the arsehole who you point out any credibility for the crap they write ! The truth will out soon enough about Kalinic & the two goals he took at WBA prove to me that given the right service he can & will score goals by the bucket full. Here is hoping. Funny isn't it that season last under SA, if I recall the pre season games we lost more than we won but, looking at the results over the last days under SK we have been knocking the goals in ! Are the players hungry for action come the new season ? They have grown some balls under SK & I for one like that. Here is to Kalinic staying and giving BRFC the return we all know he is capable of ? Arte et labore Woody Riversider
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7:49pm Sat 16 Jul 11

Kaspervic says...

COME ON NIKO! FOX IN THE BOX!
COME ON NIKO! FOX IN THE BOX! Kaspervic
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9:24pm Sat 16 Jul 11

SolsburyHill says...

As it stands today(and yes we know there is 6 wks to go)with the transfer activity, Kean needs Kalinic more than Kalinic needs Kean.
Come on you Rovers
As it stands today(and yes we know there is 6 wks to go)with the transfer activity, Kean needs Kalinic more than Kalinic needs Kean. Come on you Rovers SolsburyHill
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11:50pm Sat 16 Jul 11

ROVERSPAL1 says...

SolsburyHill wrote:
As it stands today(and yes we know there is 6 wks to go)with the transfer activity, Kean needs Kalinic more than Kalinic needs Kean.
Come on you Rovers
AT this moment KEAN needs ANYBODY more than they need him..
I genuinely feel sorry for the guy, he expected to utilise some money but hasn't got a dime to spend..
[quote][p][bold]SolsburyHill[/bold] wrote: As it stands today(and yes we know there is 6 wks to go)with the transfer activity, Kean needs Kalinic more than Kalinic needs Kean. Come on you Rovers[/p][/quote]AT this moment KEAN needs ANYBODY more than they need him.. I genuinely feel sorry for the guy, he expected to utilise some money but hasn't got a dime to spend.. ROVERSPAL1
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2:24am Sun 17 Jul 11

GetRealUIdiot says...

I'm just pleased to see 2-1
I'm just pleased to see 2-1 GetRealUIdiot
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5:50pm Sun 17 Jul 11

Rover1 says...

Keane looked very uncomfortable at morecambe before the second game. signing autographs looking extremely sheepish. I asked him to just sign somebody with "all that money" we have at our disposal, and got a reluctant grin. weve been out right lied to by venkys, they sold us all that bulls**t during the season to shut us up, and they will do the same once we have started the new season with an even weaker squad than last year. its as simple as this, sign a proven goalscorer in the prem, or go down.
Keane looked very uncomfortable at morecambe before the second game. signing autographs looking extremely sheepish. I asked him to just sign somebody with "all that money" we have at our disposal, and got a reluctant grin. weve been out right lied to by venkys, they sold us all that bulls**t during the season to shut us up, and they will do the same once we have started the new season with an even weaker squad than last year. its as simple as this, sign a proven goalscorer in the prem, or go down. Rover1
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9:43am Thu 21 Jul 11

Burnley59/60 says...

Stanley will go up this season Colly is a grand manager Guthrie Looks to be a real find how does he do it season after season? The highest finish last season since the dark days of 1962,Oh what deep joy to see the Reds once again a real league team after almost 50 years a Fairy Tale
Stanley will go up this season Colly is a grand manager Guthrie Looks to be a real find how does he do it season after season? The highest finish last season since the dark days of 1962,Oh what deep joy to see the Reds once again a real league team after almost 50 years a Fairy Tale Burnley59/60
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