Manchester City experience will inspire Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Rovers players show their appreciation to the travelling fans at Manchester City on Wednesday Blackburn Rovers players show their appreciation to the travelling fans at Manchester City on Wednesday

BLACKBURN Rovers may have seen their unbeaten start to 2014 come to an unceremonious end.

But Gary Bowyer is adamant his young team’s play-off push will not be affected by their 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday.

Instead he believes the experience of taking on a City side, who have now scored an incredible 99 goals in all competitions this season, will leave them even more determined to win promotion back to the Premier League – starting at Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

Rovers boss Bowyer said: “All it will do is give us confidence and belief because for some stages of the game we did very well and created some good chances.

“We will go into Saturday’s game with confidence as what the City match has also done is motivate and inspire the lads even more.

“They enjoyed playing against City and playing in that arena – and that’s why it was always a positive game for us.”

Out of both domestic cup competitions Rovers’ sole focus now turns to the Championship.

They resume their league programme tomorrow at a Forest side who are on an eight-game unbeaten run.

Rovers, however, will head to the City Ground in even better form.

In the last six matches only table-topping Leicester City (16) and Wigan Athletic (14) – resurgent under new manager Uwe Rosler – have taken more points than Rovers (13), who are chasing three successive league wins in a single season for the first time in six years.

That said, Bowyer, accepts that a draw tomorrow at the club where he spent five years as a player and where his father Ian won two European Cups would be a good result.

“We go there with a clean sheet and if we come away with a clean sheet we’ll be delighted,” said Bowyer, who still counts himself a Forest fan.

“It’s a very difficult place to go with the resources they’ve got and what they’ve spent so far.

“But we go into the game full of confidence on the back of two away wins.”

Should eighth-placed Rovers build on their victories at Yeovil and Leeds they would move within one point of Forest, one of the favourites for automatic promotion.

Bowyer said: “They are in a similar sort of position to us in that they will feel they should be higher up the league than they are.

“The fans’ expectancy there is automatic promotion given the size of the club and the resources that they’ve got.”

Rovers will be roared on by more than 1,000 supporters tomorrow after taking 4,369 to City in midweek.

Of the fans, Bowyer added: “The amount that stayed behind to clap us off the pitch was magnificent and I thought it was important that we all went over there to show our appreciation.

“We’re going to need their backing again against Forest.”

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3:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

We need to make sure we don't lose this one. These are the teams we need to take points off if we have any aspirations of getting to the play offs. It's vital that we don't lose and fall further behind. Make sure they're up for it GB.
We need to make sure we don't lose this one. These are the teams we need to take points off if we have any aspirations of getting to the play offs. It's vital that we don't lose and fall further behind. Make sure they're up for it GB. Harwoodstblue

5:14pm Fri 17 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

GB - "ALL IT WILL DO IS GIVE US CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF"

Because getting hammered and embarrassed to the tune of 5-0 will do that won't it Gary?

Stick to the bibs and cones.
GB - "ALL IT WILL DO IS GIVE US CONFIDENCE AND BELIEF" Because getting hammered and embarrassed to the tune of 5-0 will do that won't it Gary? Stick to the bibs and cones. You're not mugging me off that easily

5:26pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

No one expected Rovers to win and most likely we would concede a few.

And so it came to pass....We move on.
No one expected Rovers to win and most likely we would concede a few. And so it came to pass....We move on. Harwoodstblue

10:33pm Fri 17 Jan 14

MxMave says...

Bowyer, accepts that a draw tomorrow at the club where he spent five years as a player and where his father Ian won two European Cups would be a good result.

“We go there with a clean sheet and if we come away with a clean sheet we’ll be delighted,” said Bowyer, who still counts himself a Forest fan.

Poor... If you setup to draw, we will loose. Setup to win and we might get a draw.
Bowyer, accepts that a draw tomorrow at the club where he spent five years as a player and where his father Ian won two European Cups would be a good result. “We go there with a clean sheet and if we come away with a clean sheet we’ll be delighted,” said Bowyer, who still counts himself a Forest fan. Poor... If you setup to draw, we will loose. Setup to win and we might get a draw. MxMave

9:23am Sat 18 Jan 14

tall in the saddle says...

5-0 defeat will inspire them? What a stupid comment.
5-0 defeat will inspire them? What a stupid comment. tall in the saddle

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