Boss cautious despite Rovers’ promising start to 2014

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has warned supporters not to get carried away with his side’s flying start to 2014.

Rovers followed up an excellent Championship win at Leeds United on New Year’s Day by holding FA Cup favourites Manchester City to a third-round draw on Saturday.

But ahead of this weekend’s visit of Doncaster Rovers to Ewood Park, Bowyer is urging caution.

He said: “The biggest thing now is to guard against the expectancy level – we can’t get carried away.

“The Championship is a very difficult league and now we’ve got a tough game Doncaster coming up.

“So the message to the supporters would be – let’s not get carried away. Enjoy it by all means but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

It was a message Bowyer has also been drumming into his players in the lead up to the clash with out-of-form Doncaster.

Confidence within the Rovers camp is high and victory on Saturday could move them into the top six for the first time this season providing other results also go their way.

Bowyer said: “There is an air of excitement among the players.

“They’re developing nicely but we’ve just got to make sure that we pull them back down to earth after the City game and start improving again.”

Bowyer is working hard to reduce the club’s wage bill after spending a combined £800,000 on Tom Cairney and Rudy Gestede – and yesterday Alan Judge completed his loan move to Brentford.

The 25-year-old, who will remain with the League One leaders until the end of the campaign, re-signed for Rovers in the summer.

But after starting the first three games of the season Judge has found his opportunities limited.

But Bowyer insists the Irishman remains part of his long-term plans.

Bowyer said: “Judge is a great lad and credit to him he is desperate to play.

“It isn’t about the money for him, he loves playing football, but at the moment with what we have got he hasn’t been able to force his way in.

“It is a move that suits all parties, it will allow him to get some games under his belt for a good team.

“We’ll monitor his progress and hope that he does well for them.”

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9:10am Thu 9 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

I agree one swallow even if it was only a draw against one of Europes best sides does not make a summer. We need to forget about the cup as in my opinion the team and GBs tatics are still not 100% spot on or we would not be losing points at home.
We require a similar set up and effort in every game to what we saw against City to get into the play offs and we must stop conceding silly goals to inferior sides. The fact is we know we can beat anyone in our league we just need the players to realise this and GB to motivate them before every game to be winners.
I agree one swallow even if it was only a draw against one of Europes best sides does not make a summer. We need to forget about the cup as in my opinion the team and GBs tatics are still not 100% spot on or we would not be losing points at home. We require a similar set up and effort in every game to what we saw against City to get into the play offs and we must stop conceding silly goals to inferior sides. The fact is we know we can beat anyone in our league we just need the players to realise this and GB to motivate them before every game to be winners. bburnrover

9:33am Thu 9 Jan 14

MatthewCA says...

Alan will shine in that level with our tag.........Let him play as rovers boy and we support his effort.

Where is Collin Kazim >>?
Alan will shine in that level with our tag.........Let him play as rovers boy and we support his effort. Where is Collin Kazim >>? MatthewCA

9:34am Thu 9 Jan 14

Bazzer says...

bburnrover wrote:
I agree one swallow even if it was only a draw against one of Europes best sides does not make a summer. We need to forget about the cup as in my opinion the team and GBs tatics are still not 100% spot on or we would not be losing points at home.
We require a similar set up and effort in every game to what we saw against City to get into the play offs and we must stop conceding silly goals to inferior sides. The fact is we know we can beat anyone in our league we just need the players to realise this and GB to motivate them before every game to be winners.
Your use of the phrase "inferior sides" is sometimes one of the most demotivating factors a manager can put to his team.
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I agree one swallow even if it was only a draw against one of Europes best sides does not make a summer. We need to forget about the cup as in my opinion the team and GBs tatics are still not 100% spot on or we would not be losing points at home. We require a similar set up and effort in every game to what we saw against City to get into the play offs and we must stop conceding silly goals to inferior sides. The fact is we know we can beat anyone in our league we just need the players to realise this and GB to motivate them before every game to be winners.[/p][/quote]Your use of the phrase "inferior sides" is sometimes one of the most demotivating factors a manager can put to his team. Bazzer

9:39am Thu 9 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

Promising? Promising what?
Promising? Promising what? RobH2O

9:42am Thu 9 Jan 14

inflightmagazine says...

Personally the only real expectation have is to put a 100 % effort into trying to win every game, I don't expect that we will and there will be games were you do not get what you deserved, but I would rather come away from a game losing 2-1 having hit the post, forced 5 great saves from their keeper and played some good football, than have drawn 0-0. Why ? because in this league with the players we have we may lose the odd game but we will win a hell of a lot more, Hull city lost 15 games last season that's a third of their games ( nearly) and drew 7 got promotion, Brighton lost 9 but drew 18 and ended up in the play offs. Fortune favours the brave in this league.
Personally the only real expectation have is to put a 100 % effort into trying to win every game, I don't expect that we will and there will be games were you do not get what you deserved, but I would rather come away from a game losing 2-1 having hit the post, forced 5 great saves from their keeper and played some good football, than have drawn 0-0. Why ? because in this league with the players we have we may lose the odd game but we will win a hell of a lot more, Hull city lost 15 games last season that's a third of their games ( nearly) and drew 7 got promotion, Brighton lost 9 but drew 18 and ended up in the play offs. Fortune favours the brave in this league. inflightmagazine

10:35am Thu 9 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

That's right GB, keep their feet on the ground and don't let it go to their heads.
On the other hand give them the confidence to go out and play without fear and give 100%..We can't ask any more.
That's right GB, keep their feet on the ground and don't let it go to their heads. On the other hand give them the confidence to go out and play without fear and give 100%..We can't ask any more. Harwoodstblue

10:53am Thu 9 Jan 14

GAZHAY says...

MatthewCA wrote:
Alan will shine in that level with our tag.........Let him play as rovers boy and we support his effort. Where is Collin Kazim >>?
He's been shipped out with the rest of the muppets Kean and Co had involvement with.
[quote][p][bold]MatthewCA[/bold] wrote: Alan will shine in that level with our tag.........Let him play as rovers boy and we support his effort. Where is Collin Kazim >>?[/p][/quote]He's been shipped out with the rest of the muppets Kean and Co had involvement with. GAZHAY

11:04am Thu 9 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

I don't think that for the fans to hope and maybe expect for a win against Doncaster will be a case of expectancy levels being too high. After all we are meant to be chasing a play off place at least. What does Gary want the fans to expect :- Nothing ? You are the man Gary who should be expecting as you are leading and controlling the campaign for promotion. It is your tactics and your players that need to raise the bar on a regular basis and until that happens I don't think the fans will expect too much just yet.
I don't think that for the fans to hope and maybe expect for a win against Doncaster will be a case of expectancy levels being too high. After all we are meant to be chasing a play off place at least. What does Gary want the fans to expect :- Nothing ? You are the man Gary who should be expecting as you are leading and controlling the campaign for promotion. It is your tactics and your players that need to raise the bar on a regular basis and until that happens I don't think the fans will expect too much just yet. A Rover 45 years and over

11:08am Thu 9 Jan 14

roverstid says...

inflightmagazine wrote:
Personally the only real expectation have is to put a 100 % effort into trying to win every game, I don't expect that we will and there will be games were you do not get what you deserved, but I would rather come away from a game losing 2-1 having hit the post, forced 5 great saves from their keeper and played some good football, than have drawn 0-0. Why ? because in this league with the players we have we may lose the odd game but we will win a hell of a lot more, Hull city lost 15 games last season that's a third of their games ( nearly) and drew 7 got promotion, Brighton lost 9 but drew 18 and ended up in the play offs. Fortune favours the brave in this league.
Definitely agree that believing we can do it will make all the difference. I can see where GB is coming from seeing BFS get hammered as they did yesterday, if the same happened to being on a high right now we might lose momentum in the league.

I would tell the team to play fearlessly get up field and get shots on goal and rattle the Citys defence and silence the crowd as much as we can. City are likely to throw their first team on and try and avoid extra time and penalty scenarios putting more stress on his players so expect constant pressure if we allow them to play to their style - something I though we thwarted beautfully at Ewood.

I'm off the same thinking that just like even after a draw we were on a high because of the teams belief and commitment, even if we lose but gave City a real run for their money, we can take that confidence into our league games and with only two points seperating us from the Play off spots a decent result at Doncaster this weekend and a good go at tge cup should be enough to get that belief going.

That said you can only concentrate on your next game as a footballer and seeibg whats coming next week, I really want Rovers to go out there with fire in their bellies as they did against City and not make the mistake of under-estimating Doncaster and paying for it with lack lustre draw or worse losing - which seems to have happened a few times this season.
[quote][p][bold]inflightmagazine[/bold] wrote: Personally the only real expectation have is to put a 100 % effort into trying to win every game, I don't expect that we will and there will be games were you do not get what you deserved, but I would rather come away from a game losing 2-1 having hit the post, forced 5 great saves from their keeper and played some good football, than have drawn 0-0. Why ? because in this league with the players we have we may lose the odd game but we will win a hell of a lot more, Hull city lost 15 games last season that's a third of their games ( nearly) and drew 7 got promotion, Brighton lost 9 but drew 18 and ended up in the play offs. Fortune favours the brave in this league.[/p][/quote]Definitely agree that believing we can do it will make all the difference. I can see where GB is coming from seeing BFS get hammered as they did yesterday, if the same happened to being on a high right now we might lose momentum in the league. I would tell the team to play fearlessly get up field and get shots on goal and rattle the Citys defence and silence the crowd as much as we can. City are likely to throw their first team on and try and avoid extra time and penalty scenarios putting more stress on his players so expect constant pressure if we allow them to play to their style - something I though we thwarted beautfully at Ewood. I'm off the same thinking that just like even after a draw we were on a high because of the teams belief and commitment, even if we lose but gave City a real run for their money, we can take that confidence into our league games and with only two points seperating us from the Play off spots a decent result at Doncaster this weekend and a good go at tge cup should be enough to get that belief going. That said you can only concentrate on your next game as a footballer and seeibg whats coming next week, I really want Rovers to go out there with fire in their bellies as they did against City and not make the mistake of under-estimating Doncaster and paying for it with lack lustre draw or worse losing - which seems to have happened a few times this season. roverstid

11:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
Cup result, a lot more promising than your result.

Hahahahahahahahhahah
ahahahahahauauhahaha ha
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]Cup result, a lot more promising than your result. Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha ha Lancs - pensioner

11:26am Thu 9 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

inflightmagazine wrote:
Personally the only real expectation have is to put a 100 % effort into trying to win every game, I don't expect that we will and there will be games were you do not get what you deserved, but I would rather come away from a game losing 2-1 having hit the post, forced 5 great saves from their keeper and played some good football, than have drawn 0-0. Why ? because in this league with the players we have we may lose the odd game but we will win a hell of a lot more, Hull city lost 15 games last season that's a third of their games ( nearly) and drew 7 got promotion, Brighton lost 9 but drew 18 and ended up in the play offs. Fortune favours the brave in this league.
Couldn't have put it better myself, let them play without fear GB.
[quote][p][bold]inflightmagazine[/bold] wrote: Personally the only real expectation have is to put a 100 % effort into trying to win every game, I don't expect that we will and there will be games were you do not get what you deserved, but I would rather come away from a game losing 2-1 having hit the post, forced 5 great saves from their keeper and played some good football, than have drawn 0-0. Why ? because in this league with the players we have we may lose the odd game but we will win a hell of a lot more, Hull city lost 15 games last season that's a third of their games ( nearly) and drew 7 got promotion, Brighton lost 9 but drew 18 and ended up in the play offs. Fortune favours the brave in this league.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have put it better myself, let them play without fear GB. Lancs - pensioner

11:43am Thu 9 Jan 14

owd nick says...

Bazzer wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
I agree one swallow even if it was only a draw against one of Europes best sides does not make a summer. We need to forget about the cup as in my opinion the team and GBs tatics are still not 100% spot on or we would not be losing points at home.
We require a similar set up and effort in every game to what we saw against City to get into the play offs and we must stop conceding silly goals to inferior sides. The fact is we know we can beat anyone in our league we just need the players to realise this and GB to motivate them before every game to be winners.
Your use of the phrase "inferior sides" is sometimes one of the most demotivating factors a manager can put to his team.
Agreed, the main problem with this league is that there are no foregone conclusions, after what I have seen the last two season I won't be taking any of our opponents for granted whatever their league position.

And that's the way it should be for a professional team in any sport, look at Man City last night Dzeko wasn't sure how many goals they had scored at the end, he thought it was 5.

They did their job and that's the attitude GB has to instil in Rovers from whistle to whistle.
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: I agree one swallow even if it was only a draw against one of Europes best sides does not make a summer. We need to forget about the cup as in my opinion the team and GBs tatics are still not 100% spot on or we would not be losing points at home. We require a similar set up and effort in every game to what we saw against City to get into the play offs and we must stop conceding silly goals to inferior sides. The fact is we know we can beat anyone in our league we just need the players to realise this and GB to motivate them before every game to be winners.[/p][/quote]Your use of the phrase "inferior sides" is sometimes one of the most demotivating factors a manager can put to his team.[/p][/quote]Agreed, the main problem with this league is that there are no foregone conclusions, after what I have seen the last two season I won't be taking any of our opponents for granted whatever their league position. And that's the way it should be for a professional team in any sport, look at Man City last night Dzeko wasn't sure how many goals they had scored at the end, he thought it was 5. They did their job and that's the attitude GB has to instil in Rovers from whistle to whistle. owd nick

12:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

jackmetickler says...

As always common sense from GB...... he not asking you not to go without expectancy; he just asking for a bit of patience should games go against us... for those of us who remember pre uncle jack days.... that not a problem is it.

Onwards and Upwards and now looking forward to March 9th.
As always common sense from GB...... he not asking you not to go without expectancy; he just asking for a bit of patience should games go against us... for those of us who remember pre uncle jack days.... that not a problem is it. Onwards and Upwards and now looking forward to March 9th. jackmetickler

12:21pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Bangkok Rover says...

Manage expectations for sure, but don't be overly cautious in approach GB. Ian Holloway has shown how an attacking approach can work in this league.
Manage expectations for sure, but don't be overly cautious in approach GB. Ian Holloway has shown how an attacking approach can work in this league. Bangkok Rover

12:45pm Thu 9 Jan 14

we.love.u.venkys. says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
Cup result, a lot more promising than your result.

Hahahahahahahahhahah

ahahahahahauauhahaha ha
13 points.

Hahaha.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]Cup result, a lot more promising than your result. Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha ha[/p][/quote]13 points. Hahaha. we.love.u.venkys.

12:46pm Thu 9 Jan 14

we.love.u.venkys. says...

The names Bond, John Bond wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
I think he is promising that Blackburn are better than us, on current form I have to agree, we have lots of shaved chimps following us but our support is pathetic compared with Blackburn. I bow to there vastly superior status in football.
How many points?

13 (THIRTEEN) points.
[quote][p][bold]The names Bond, John Bond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]I think he is promising that Blackburn are better than us, on current form I have to agree, we have lots of shaved chimps following us but our support is pathetic compared with Blackburn. I bow to there vastly superior status in football.[/p][/quote]How many points? 13 (THIRTEEN) points. we.love.u.venkys.

12:56pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Wild Rover says...

I think some ( not all ) of you need to read the article again
GB is not saying be cautious or negative, just lets not get carried away and be sensible about it.
He is asking for continuing improvment from his team, a great goal to aim for in any management strategy
Cant see anything to find fault with there?
I think some ( not all ) of you need to read the article again GB is not saying be cautious or negative, just lets not get carried away and be sensible about it. He is asking for continuing improvment from his team, a great goal to aim for in any management strategy Cant see anything to find fault with there? Wild Rover

12:58pm Thu 9 Jan 14

baz58 says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
I don't think that for the fans to hope and maybe expect for a win against Doncaster will be a case of expectancy levels being too high. After all we are meant to be chasing a play off place at least. What does Gary want the fans to expect :- Nothing ? You are the man Gary who should be expecting as you are leading and controlling the campaign for promotion. It is your tactics and your players that need to raise the bar on a regular basis and until that happens I don't think the fans will expect too much just yet.
We must also remember that Gary Bowyer is also learning this job, this is his first full season in charge, compared with last season it hasn't been to bad?
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: I don't think that for the fans to hope and maybe expect for a win against Doncaster will be a case of expectancy levels being too high. After all we are meant to be chasing a play off place at least. What does Gary want the fans to expect :- Nothing ? You are the man Gary who should be expecting as you are leading and controlling the campaign for promotion. It is your tactics and your players that need to raise the bar on a regular basis and until that happens I don't think the fans will expect too much just yet.[/p][/quote]We must also remember that Gary Bowyer is also learning this job, this is his first full season in charge, compared with last season it hasn't been to bad? baz58

1:07pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Wild Rover says...

Bangkok Rover wrote:
Manage expectations for sure, but don't be overly cautious in approach GB. Ian Holloway has shown how an attacking approach can work in this league.
Well everybody has an opinion ...
Mine is that Holloway is a flake and a no bed
Like Coyle, he got lucky once and has failed.consistently since
The leagues are full of one season wonders!
[quote][p][bold]Bangkok Rover[/bold] wrote: Manage expectations for sure, but don't be overly cautious in approach GB. Ian Holloway has shown how an attacking approach can work in this league.[/p][/quote]Well everybody has an opinion ... Mine is that Holloway is a flake and a no bed Like Coyle, he got lucky once and has failed.consistently since The leagues are full of one season wonders! Wild Rover

1:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

baz58 wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
I don't think that for the fans to hope and maybe expect for a win against Doncaster will be a case of expectancy levels being too high. After all we are meant to be chasing a play off place at least. What does Gary want the fans to expect :- Nothing ? You are the man Gary who should be expecting as you are leading and controlling the campaign for promotion. It is your tactics and your players that need to raise the bar on a regular basis and until that happens I don't think the fans will expect too much just yet.
We must also remember that Gary Bowyer is also learning this job, this is his first full season in charge, compared with last season it hasn't been to bad?
" It hasn't been too bad " at all. Personally I never expected being only two points from the play offs by Christmas.
Up to now GB has exceeded all expectations in his first year.
Keep it up GB.
[quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: I don't think that for the fans to hope and maybe expect for a win against Doncaster will be a case of expectancy levels being too high. After all we are meant to be chasing a play off place at least. What does Gary want the fans to expect :- Nothing ? You are the man Gary who should be expecting as you are leading and controlling the campaign for promotion. It is your tactics and your players that need to raise the bar on a regular basis and until that happens I don't think the fans will expect too much just yet.[/p][/quote]We must also remember that Gary Bowyer is also learning this job, this is his first full season in charge, compared with last season it hasn't been to bad?[/p][/quote]" It hasn't been too bad " at all. Personally I never expected being only two points from the play offs by Christmas. Up to now GB has exceeded all expectations in his first year. Keep it up GB. Harwoodstblue

1:20pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Wild Rover says...

we.love.u.venkys. wrote:
The names Bond, John Bond wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
I think he is promising that Blackburn are better than us, on current form I have to agree, we have lots of shaved chimps following us but our support is pathetic compared with Blackburn. I bow to there vastly superior status in football.
How many points?

13 (THIRTEEN) points.
What is today's date?
Do you have a calendar? Can you read it if so?
Or do you just look at the sun and grunt?
Sorry, just asking....
[quote][p][bold]we.love.u.venkys.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The names Bond, John Bond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]I think he is promising that Blackburn are better than us, on current form I have to agree, we have lots of shaved chimps following us but our support is pathetic compared with Blackburn. I bow to there vastly superior status in football.[/p][/quote]How many points? 13 (THIRTEEN) points.[/p][/quote]What is today's date? Do you have a calendar? Can you read it if so? Or do you just look at the sun and grunt? Sorry, just asking.... Wild Rover

1:30pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

we.love.u.venkys. wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
Cup result, a lot more promising than your result.

Hahahahahahahahhahah


ahahahahahauauhahaha ha
13 points.

Hahaha.
35 years

Hahahahahahahahhahah
ahahahahahauauhahaha
[quote][p][bold]we.love.u.venkys.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]Cup result, a lot more promising than your result. Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha ha[/p][/quote]13 points. Hahaha.[/p][/quote]35 years Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha Lancs - pensioner

1:35pm Thu 9 Jan 14

roverstid says...

we.love.u.venkys. wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
RobH2O wrote: Promising? Promising what?
Cup result, a lot more promising than your result. Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha ha
13 points. Hahaha.
Theres no doubt Bonleh have done well this season but theres a long road ahead and thirteen points from a team at its peak means diddle to a team that is improving week in week out and growing in confidence.

if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant. Although you are in the best place you've been for a while not to do so, you've also been extremely lucky to avoid injuries to key players and long may that continue - but statistically we both know theres much more likelihood than not that ginger boy is going to have to face some tough choices at some point should anyone go in this window or get injured in the near future. Just ask Big Sam

I'd save the "East Lancashire Top Dogs Celebration" to nearer the end of season when it'll be a lot more obvious who looks good to go up and whose going to be settling for another Championship season.

Personally even with JR looking unlikely to go this window, this squad with the likes of Cairney is looking like the team we need to push out of here. Young, hungry and plenty of option headaches for GB to work what formation we need to put out against which teams.

I'm that confident I will be putting money on that Sir Lee won't have to intervene to save an embarassing draw and rather help put the three points in the bag for us.
[quote][p][bold]we.love.u.venkys.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]Cup result, a lot more promising than your result. Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha ha[/p][/quote]13 points. Hahaha.[/p][/quote]Theres no doubt Bonleh have done well this season but theres a long road ahead and thirteen points from a team at its peak means diddle to a team that is improving week in week out and growing in confidence. if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant. Although you are in the best place you've been for a while not to do so, you've also been extremely lucky to avoid injuries to key players and long may that continue - but statistically we both know theres much more likelihood than not that ginger boy is going to have to face some tough choices at some point should anyone go in this window or get injured in the near future. Just ask Big Sam I'd save the "East Lancashire Top Dogs Celebration" to nearer the end of season when it'll be a lot more obvious who looks good to go up and whose going to be settling for another Championship season. Personally even with JR looking unlikely to go this window, this squad with the likes of Cairney is looking like the team we need to push out of here. Young, hungry and plenty of option headaches for GB to work what formation we need to put out against which teams. I'm that confident I will be putting money on that Sir Lee won't have to intervene to save an embarassing draw and rather help put the three points in the bag for us. roverstid

2:53pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

January 31st begins the Chinese year of the horse.

Just be careful of the Tesco special edition burger.
January 31st begins the Chinese year of the horse. Just be careful of the Tesco special edition burger. makaveli96

3:15pm Thu 9 Jan 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

we.love.u.venkys. wrote:
The names Bond, John Bond wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
I think he is promising that Blackburn are better than us, on current form I have to agree, we have lots of shaved chimps following us but our support is pathetic compared with Blackburn. I bow to there vastly superior status in football.
How many points?

13 (THIRTEEN) points.
wow, 13 whole points. doesnt take much to give u a wide on does it train spotter
[quote][p][bold]we.love.u.venkys.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The names Bond, John Bond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]I think he is promising that Blackburn are better than us, on current form I have to agree, we have lots of shaved chimps following us but our support is pathetic compared with Blackburn. I bow to there vastly superior status in football.[/p][/quote]How many points? 13 (THIRTEEN) points.[/p][/quote]wow, 13 whole points. doesnt take much to give u a wide on does it train spotter more bans than ray - brfc lxxv

3:25pm Thu 9 Jan 14

we.love.u.venkys. says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
we.love.u.venkys. wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
RobH2O wrote:
Promising? Promising what?
Cup result, a lot more promising than your result.

Hahahahahahahahhahah



ahahahahahauauhahaha ha
13 points.

Hahaha.
35 years

Hahahahahahahahhahah

ahahahahahauauhahaha
Since you got your end away.

Hahahaha.

Stop living in the past old man, its 2014 and your lot are being shown up as the tin pot outfit we always knew you were. 13 points.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]we.love.u.venkys.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Promising? Promising what?[/p][/quote]Cup result, a lot more promising than your result. Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha ha[/p][/quote]13 points. Hahaha.[/p][/quote]35 years Hahahahahahahahhahah ahahahahahauauhahaha[/p][/quote]Since you got your end away. Hahahaha. Stop living in the past old man, its 2014 and your lot are being shown up as the tin pot outfit we always knew you were. 13 points. we.love.u.venkys.

3:47pm Thu 9 Jan 14

McClaret says...

Hi, Roverstid.
Took this from your post above.

if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant.

I remember finishing 13 points behind Plymouth and Stockport and then beating them in the play offs. Equate that to games and it is one ninth of a season. I recognise the system but it does make a bit of a farce of it. We were ill equipped and came straight back down, as any club without farcically deep pockets would when they finish so far behind the more competitive teams in a division, especially if going to the prem.

If you were to be fortunate in such a scenario as could happen then do you think the Venky's will finance you to the tune that future relegation is a near impossibility? You simply couldn't afford to go up and make big signings on huge wages again and then be relegated as that would probably finish you. They would have to spend big or take the money without investing and try to survive in the prem as best they could.

Personally I think there are teams around you that will challenge for a play off spot but as always in the Championship it will remain competitive and go to the wire. You will need to improve recent home form to stand any chance.
Hi, Roverstid. Took this from your post above. if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant. I remember finishing 13 points behind Plymouth and Stockport and then beating them in the play offs. Equate that to games and it is one ninth of a season. I recognise the system but it does make a bit of a farce of it. We were ill equipped and came straight back down, as any club without farcically deep pockets would when they finish so far behind the more competitive teams in a division, especially if going to the prem. If you were to be fortunate in such a scenario as could happen then do you think the Venky's will finance you to the tune that future relegation is a near impossibility? You simply couldn't afford to go up and make big signings on huge wages again and then be relegated as that would probably finish you. They would have to spend big or take the money without investing and try to survive in the prem as best they could. Personally I think there are teams around you that will challenge for a play off spot but as always in the Championship it will remain competitive and go to the wire. You will need to improve recent home form to stand any chance. McClaret

5:03pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

McClaret wrote:
Hi, Roverstid.
Took this from your post above.

if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant.

I remember finishing 13 points behind Plymouth and Stockport and then beating them in the play offs. Equate that to games and it is one ninth of a season. I recognise the system but it does make a bit of a farce of it. We were ill equipped and came straight back down, as any club without farcically deep pockets would when they finish so far behind the more competitive teams in a division, especially if going to the prem.

If you were to be fortunate in such a scenario as could happen then do you think the Venky's will finance you to the tune that future relegation is a near impossibility? You simply couldn't afford to go up and make big signings on huge wages again and then be relegated as that would probably finish you. They would have to spend big or take the money without investing and try to survive in the prem as best they could.

Personally I think there are teams around you that will challenge for a play off spot but as always in the Championship it will remain competitive and go to the wire. You will need to improve recent home form to stand any chance.
Sensible post Mc Claret,but our optimism stems from the fact that after struggling to find our feet with a new manager and new team, we're at last beginning to show signs of improvement at the right time. You're right our home form hasn't been good, we've been inconsistent and lacking in confidence but I'm quietly optimistic that things will change for the better in the second half of the season as the team continues to pull together and grow in confidence.
As for what Venkys will do if we ever get back to the Prem, no-one knows as they tell nobody their business. Even we don't know what their intentions are, irritating as that is.
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Hi, Roverstid. Took this from your post above. if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant. I remember finishing 13 points behind Plymouth and Stockport and then beating them in the play offs. Equate that to games and it is one ninth of a season. I recognise the system but it does make a bit of a farce of it. We were ill equipped and came straight back down, as any club without farcically deep pockets would when they finish so far behind the more competitive teams in a division, especially if going to the prem. If you were to be fortunate in such a scenario as could happen then do you think the Venky's will finance you to the tune that future relegation is a near impossibility? You simply couldn't afford to go up and make big signings on huge wages again and then be relegated as that would probably finish you. They would have to spend big or take the money without investing and try to survive in the prem as best they could. Personally I think there are teams around you that will challenge for a play off spot but as always in the Championship it will remain competitive and go to the wire. You will need to improve recent home form to stand any chance.[/p][/quote]Sensible post Mc Claret,but our optimism stems from the fact that after struggling to find our feet with a new manager and new team, we're at last beginning to show signs of improvement at the right time. You're right our home form hasn't been good, we've been inconsistent and lacking in confidence but I'm quietly optimistic that things will change for the better in the second half of the season as the team continues to pull together and grow in confidence. As for what Venkys will do if we ever get back to the Prem, no-one knows as they tell nobody their business. Even we don't know what their intentions are, irritating as that is. Harwoodstblue

8:17pm Thu 9 Jan 14

tall in the saddle says...

I think someone should tell him it’s only the 8th of January.
Snow forecast for the weekend. Bring on the Venky’s for their annual peppering with Snowballs. After that unsavoury episode last year, reminiscent of Luddite behaviour, I wouldn’t mind betting they are planning an unsavoury end to their tragedy of an investment.
I think someone should tell him it’s only the 8th of January. Snow forecast for the weekend. Bring on the Venky’s for their annual peppering with Snowballs. After that unsavoury episode last year, reminiscent of Luddite behaviour, I wouldn’t mind betting they are planning an unsavoury end to their tragedy of an investment. tall in the saddle

8:26pm Thu 9 Jan 14

tall in the saddle says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
McClaret wrote:
Hi, Roverstid.
Took this from your post above.

if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant.

I remember finishing 13 points behind Plymouth and Stockport and then beating them in the play offs. Equate that to games and it is one ninth of a season. I recognise the system but it does make a bit of a farce of it. We were ill equipped and came straight back down, as any club without farcically deep pockets would when they finish so far behind the more competitive teams in a division, especially if going to the prem.

If you were to be fortunate in such a scenario as could happen then do you think the Venky's will finance you to the tune that future relegation is a near impossibility? You simply couldn't afford to go up and make big signings on huge wages again and then be relegated as that would probably finish you. They would have to spend big or take the money without investing and try to survive in the prem as best they could.

Personally I think there are teams around you that will challenge for a play off spot but as always in the Championship it will remain competitive and go to the wire. You will need to improve recent home form to stand any chance.
Sensible post Mc Claret,but our optimism stems from the fact that after struggling to find our feet with a new manager and new team, we're at last beginning to show signs of improvement at the right time. You're right our home form hasn't been good, we've been inconsistent and lacking in confidence but I'm quietly optimistic that things will change for the better in the second half of the season as the team continues to pull together and grow in confidence.
As for what Venkys will do if we ever get back to the Prem, no-one knows as they tell nobody their business. Even we don't know what their intentions are, irritating as that is.
Oh I think the Venky’s intentions are quite obvious. They want Rovers to go up and win the Premier League and the Cup and get into Europe. Of course none of that will happen. Then they will cut their losses as best they can. I think that the win at Leeds was a stay of execution.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Hi, Roverstid. Took this from your post above. if at the end of the season you are commendably still that far ahead but have to face a play off those points will be irrelevant. I remember finishing 13 points behind Plymouth and Stockport and then beating them in the play offs. Equate that to games and it is one ninth of a season. I recognise the system but it does make a bit of a farce of it. We were ill equipped and came straight back down, as any club without farcically deep pockets would when they finish so far behind the more competitive teams in a division, especially if going to the prem. If you were to be fortunate in such a scenario as could happen then do you think the Venky's will finance you to the tune that future relegation is a near impossibility? You simply couldn't afford to go up and make big signings on huge wages again and then be relegated as that would probably finish you. They would have to spend big or take the money without investing and try to survive in the prem as best they could. Personally I think there are teams around you that will challenge for a play off spot but as always in the Championship it will remain competitive and go to the wire. You will need to improve recent home form to stand any chance.[/p][/quote]Sensible post Mc Claret,but our optimism stems from the fact that after struggling to find our feet with a new manager and new team, we're at last beginning to show signs of improvement at the right time. You're right our home form hasn't been good, we've been inconsistent and lacking in confidence but I'm quietly optimistic that things will change for the better in the second half of the season as the team continues to pull together and grow in confidence. As for what Venkys will do if we ever get back to the Prem, no-one knows as they tell nobody their business. Even we don't know what their intentions are, irritating as that is.[/p][/quote]Oh I think the Venky’s intentions are quite obvious. They want Rovers to go up and win the Premier League and the Cup and get into Europe. Of course none of that will happen. Then they will cut their losses as best they can. I think that the win at Leeds was a stay of execution. tall in the saddle

8:13am Fri 10 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

tall in the saddle wrote:
I think someone should tell him it’s only the 8th of January.
Snow forecast for the weekend. Bring on the Venky’s for their annual peppering with Snowballs. After that unsavoury episode last year, reminiscent of Luddite behaviour, I wouldn’t mind betting they are planning an unsavoury end to their tragedy of an investment.
Managers wife - chip shop - hair.
[quote][p][bold]tall in the saddle[/bold] wrote: I think someone should tell him it’s only the 8th of January. Snow forecast for the weekend. Bring on the Venky’s for their annual peppering with Snowballs. After that unsavoury episode last year, reminiscent of Luddite behaviour, I wouldn’t mind betting they are planning an unsavoury end to their tragedy of an investment.[/p][/quote]Managers wife - chip shop - hair. Harwoodstblue

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