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Kevin Gallacher column: Manchester City game like turning back clock for Blackburn Rovers

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THERE was a really good feeling about the club on Saturday.

I’m sure the people in the media who follow Manchester City would have had a pleasant surprise on their return to Ewood Park.

A lot of the talk in the media about Blackburn Rovers in recent years has been about a club in turmoil.

But that wasn’t the case on Saturday.

What they came back to was a pleasant atmosphere.

The fans were fantastic, the atmosphere was great and the football was fantastic.

It was like we had turned back the clock to when Blackburn were in the Premier League and playing the likes of Manchester City every week.

To get a draw was a great result and it should act as a great taster for the lads.

They will have seen what it’s about, playing top teams like Manchester City again, and it would be nice for them to build on their performance and get back into the Premier League.

But to do that they are going to have to play as consistently well in the league.

That’s the big challenge facing them now.

You can get up for a game against Manchester City – massive matches like that are not a problem.

But once they’re gone, they’re gone, and the next thing you know you’re back down at the basic level needing to pick yourself up for your next league match.

The standard the boys have set themselves is high.

And now everybody knows they have the capability of doing it, they must keep doing it on a consistent basis.

It was a very nice surprise to see how they played on Saturday – it was massively improved on their last home game.

I’ve got to be honest I personally didn’t see it coming.

I thought they would and do reasonably well but if Manchester City scored within the first half hour I thought they would be overrun. But that didn’t happen.

As an underdog you have to defend tight and defend deep in a bid to frustrate.

Blackburn did that but not only that.

Offensively they impressed me in the second half because they had a little go and didn’t sit back.

It was a good sign to see Gary Bowyer throwing on two forwards in the second half.

If they can add that attacking prowess to the way that they defended during the game, then it looks promising.

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1:24pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Play without fear GB and the team. I'm confident now that we seem to have got in our stride, that we need fear no-one in this division. Keep playing with confidence, give 100% and the rewards will come. This new team can only get better the more they play together.
Play without fear GB and the team. I'm confident now that we seem to have got in our stride, that we need fear no-one in this division. Keep playing with confidence, give 100% and the rewards will come. This new team can only get better the more they play together. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 11

1:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Who thinks Pelligrini has a face like a Dingle in the photo?
Who thinks Pelligrini has a face like a Dingle in the photo? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -2

1:37pm Wed 8 Jan 14

burnleyglentoran says...

'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's! burnleyglentoran
  • Score: -22

1:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Dukes says...

when venkys sell up we may look ahead.
when venkys sell up we may look ahead. Dukes
  • Score: -11

1:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
I see you're still as obsessed as ever. Have you commented on the Dingle articles yet.
BLACKBUUUURRRRN are on the up. Watch out as you pass us going the other way
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]I see you're still as obsessed as ever. Have you commented on the Dingle articles yet. BLACKBUUUURRRRN are on the up. Watch out as you pass us going the other way Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 13

2:02pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Dukes wrote:
when venkys sell up we may look ahead.
If Venkys sell up you will be looking at financial ruin.

Here's hoping.
[quote][p][bold]Dukes[/bold] wrote: when venkys sell up we may look ahead.[/p][/quote]If Venkys sell up you will be looking at financial ruin. Here's hoping. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: -8

2:54pm Wed 8 Jan 14

thresholdweller says...

Dukes wrote:
when venkys sell up we may look ahead.
And do you have any ideas about buyers?
[quote][p][bold]Dukes[/bold] wrote: when venkys sell up we may look ahead.[/p][/quote]And do you have any ideas about buyers? thresholdweller
  • Score: 2

2:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mill Hill Mob says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's!
The 1990's would be the future for you lot, the 90's haven't come to Burnley yet.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]The 1990's would be the future for you lot, the 90's haven't come to Burnley yet. Mill Hill Mob
  • Score: 20

3:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

john byrom says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
better than the 60's dingle
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]better than the 60's dingle john byrom
  • Score: 6

3:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
And the last time you lot won anything?

Answer in the back of stamp will do!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]And the last time you lot won anything? Answer in the back of stamp will do!!!!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 7

4:05pm Wed 8 Jan 14

earwego says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
And the last time you lot won anything?

Answer in the back of stamp will do!!!!!!
Didn't they win the league at xmas when they went top?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]And the last time you lot won anything? Answer in the back of stamp will do!!!!!![/p][/quote]Didn't they win the league at xmas when they went top? earwego
  • Score: 9

4:07pm Wed 8 Jan 14

RoversSwiss says...

Dukes wrote:
when venkys sell up we may look ahead.
sell up - to who? You need to join the real world. It's Venkys or Administration or both - Nobody will buy the club and no-one in Blackburn has anywhere near enough money to keep the club going. If you know someone with a spare couple of hundred million I expect that Venkys will be very glad to hear from them.
[quote][p][bold]Dukes[/bold] wrote: when venkys sell up we may look ahead.[/p][/quote]sell up - to who? You need to join the real world. It's Venkys or Administration or both - Nobody will buy the club and no-one in Blackburn has anywhere near enough money to keep the club going. If you know someone with a spare couple of hundred million I expect that Venkys will be very glad to hear from them. RoversSwiss
  • Score: 7

5:38pm Wed 8 Jan 14

SteppBladder says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
Same old bitter, Rovers-obsessed dingles. It must really hurt you reading all these positive articles and comments. Can I suggest you don't bother. We really don't mind.
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]Same old bitter, Rovers-obsessed dingles. It must really hurt you reading all these positive articles and comments. Can I suggest you don't bother. We really don't mind. SteppBladder
  • Score: 5

6:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

This new found pride may be a little bit too soon,don't forget we have another game to negotiate at City yet and feel we need to see how we go on with that before we can say the feel good factor and pride is back. Should we get a thumping of which I hope we don't, some of the pride will be removed again and we have lowly Doncaster to play on Saturday if we come away with a win on Saturday and do well against City again even though we may not win. Then we can well and truly say that we have turned a corner and got our pride back. One thing about the City game is that we did prove we can play at the highest level on the day of which have not shown for a long time. Well done GB and long may it continue.
This new found pride may be a little bit too soon,don't forget we have another game to negotiate at City yet and feel we need to see how we go on with that before we can say the feel good factor and pride is back. Should we get a thumping of which I hope we don't, some of the pride will be removed again and we have lowly Doncaster to play on Saturday if we come away with a win on Saturday and do well against City again even though we may not win. Then we can well and truly say that we have turned a corner and got our pride back. One thing about the City game is that we did prove we can play at the highest level on the day of which have not shown for a long time. Well done GB and long may it continue. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Wed 8 Jan 14

kazluvsrovers says...

We need 3 points on Saturday, don't believe Doncaster will be easy, they will play their hearts out so we definitely need to be at the top of our game and not take anything for granted.
It would be good if he played Rhodes and Gestede up front together, we need goals to give our lads a bit more confidence.
no doubt GB will will have a game plan.
Onwards and Upwards!!
We need 3 points on Saturday, don't believe Doncaster will be easy, they will play their hearts out so we definitely need to be at the top of our game and not take anything for granted. It would be good if he played Rhodes and Gestede up front together, we need goals to give our lads a bit more confidence. no doubt GB will will have a game plan. Onwards and Upwards!! kazluvsrovers
  • Score: 6

7:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

It's a real shame that the game is being televised live as this will undoubtedly reduce the number of fans we will be taking to the Etihad to get behind the team. They will need every bit of encouragement we can give them. My six tickets are on the way.
It's a real shame that the game is being televised live as this will undoubtedly reduce the number of fans we will be taking to the Etihad to get behind the team. They will need every bit of encouragement we can give them. My six tickets are on the way. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 4

7:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BlueSkies says...

Angry From Accrington wrote:
It's a real shame that the game is being televised live as this will undoubtedly reduce the number of fans we will be taking to the Etihad to get behind the team. They will need every bit of encouragement we can give them. My six tickets are on the way.
It'll be a decent turn-out, over half the tickets sold already. Should be a good night, expectations low, so can play with no fear lol! And another part of the learning curve for this young team.
[quote][p][bold]Angry From Accrington[/bold] wrote: It's a real shame that the game is being televised live as this will undoubtedly reduce the number of fans we will be taking to the Etihad to get behind the team. They will need every bit of encouragement we can give them. My six tickets are on the way.[/p][/quote]It'll be a decent turn-out, over half the tickets sold already. Should be a good night, expectations low, so can play with no fear lol! And another part of the learning curve for this young team. BlueSkies
  • Score: 2

9:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

burnleyglentoran wrote:
'like turning the clock back'

Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN

Living in the 1990's!
'like turning the clock back'

Same old Bonleh

Living on myths and lies from an era when most of em wern't even born
[quote][p][bold]burnleyglentoran[/bold] wrote: 'like turning the clock back' Same old BLACKBUUUURRRRRN Living in the 1990's![/p][/quote]'like turning the clock back' Same old Bonleh Living on myths and lies from an era when most of em wern't even born more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 5

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