Dan Clough column: Blackburn Rovers' confidence must not be shaken by Forest loss

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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IT was unfortunate that the fixture list dictated our doomed trip to Eastlands would be followed by a visit to free-scoring Nottingham Forest.

And Rovers take no shame from the heavy defeat at the City Ground on Saturday against one of the best sides in the league who have been scoring for fun of late.

We were on a hiding to nothing at the City of Manchester Stadium just three days previously, but hopefully shipping eight goals in three halves of football won’t affect confidence.

It shouldn’t, as we didn’t do anything wrong in Manchester, they just had the footballing equivalent of the Midas touch and couldn’t kick a ball without it finding the net.

And we were unlucky on Saturday as the first penalty was very harsh against Grant Hanley and, had it not been given, the story of the game could have been much different.

Despite conceding four in the match, Simon Eastwood, deputising once more for the fit-again-injured-again Paul Robinson, played well and made some decent saves.

He got close to the first penalty and had no chance with any of Forest’s other three goals.

Everyone has off days and, let’s face it, before the game we would have been pleasantly surprised to come away with anything more than zero points.

Now we need to dust ourselves off and prepare for a massive game against Derby at Ewood this weekend where we can potentially keep our play-off dreams alive.

Burnley have put together a very impressive title charge this season and it has been built around turning Turf Moor into a fortress.

Sean Dyche’s squad, if you ask me, is no better on paper than ours so there is no reason why we cannot emulate our friends down the road and make it Fortress Ewood, like the good old days.

Meanwhile, reports have suggested Leon Best could follow the likes of DJ Campbell and Bradley Orr out of Ewood this month.

Gary Bowyer has successfully trimmed some of the unnecessary fat off this squad since his appointment and this would be further good business.

Best and Orr in particular are an unnecessary drain on resources that, come the introduction of the new financial fair play rules, we could really do without.

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3:06pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

The team will lose confidence if GB keeps picking a negative team, this is my only pop at him, apart from this he is doing ok, two defensive midfielders at home has to stop, I would sooner play the team we had at Leeds than watch the poor games since, come on GB give it a go.
The team will lose confidence if GB keeps picking a negative team, this is my only pop at him, apart from this he is doing ok, two defensive midfielders at home has to stop, I would sooner play the team we had at Leeds than watch the poor games since, come on GB give it a go. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Tue 21 Jan 14

chicken.pluckers says...

The absolutely shambolic displays of late have your defence looking like headless chickens. Derby will be going all out to rattle you from the off on Saturday, another spanking and surely Bowyer has to walk.
The absolutely shambolic displays of late have your defence looking like headless chickens. Derby will be going all out to rattle you from the off on Saturday, another spanking and surely Bowyer has to walk. chicken.pluckers
  • Score: 0

10:13am Wed 22 Jan 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
The team will lose confidence if GB keeps picking a negative team, this is my only pop at him, apart from this he is doing ok, two defensive midfielders at home has to stop, I would sooner play the team we had at Leeds than watch the poor games since, come on GB give it a go.
I agree, I don't normally have a go at GB either as he's done well to turn things round in the short time he's been in charge. My feeling though is that we should be doing better, at home at least, in this division. Why we can't play with two strikers and attacking midfielders at home is beyond me. By all means be a little more cautious away from home where we would expect to be put under more pressure.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: The team will lose confidence if GB keeps picking a negative team, this is my only pop at him, apart from this he is doing ok, two defensive midfielders at home has to stop, I would sooner play the team we had at Leeds than watch the poor games since, come on GB give it a go.[/p][/quote]I agree, I don't normally have a go at GB either as he's done well to turn things round in the short time he's been in charge. My feeling though is that we should be doing better, at home at least, in this division. Why we can't play with two strikers and attacking midfielders at home is beyond me. By all means be a little more cautious away from home where we would expect to be put under more pressure. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 2

10:44am Wed 22 Jan 14

J.C - Rishton says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
The team will lose confidence if GB keeps picking a negative team, this is my only pop at him, apart from this he is doing ok, two defensive midfielders at home has to stop, I would sooner play the team we had at Leeds than watch the poor games since, come on GB give it a go.
I agree, I don't normally have a go at GB either as he's done well to turn things round in the short time he's been in charge. My feeling though is that we should be doing better, at home at least, in this division. Why we can't play with two strikers and attacking midfielders at home is beyond me. By all means be a little more cautious away from home where we would expect to be put under more pressure.
Yes you're both right about GB, doing a great job and still learning but now he has to start being more attack minded, especially in home games, which we have to win most of now to have any chance of getting in the playoffs.

I will also take issue Dans "let’s face it, before the game we would have been pleasantly surprised to come away with anything more than zero points" - sorry but thats just a cop out - before the start of the game we were only 3 or 4 points behind Forest, surely if we want to be & think we should be in the top 6 then we should be able to go to these better sides and get SOMETHING from them. If we were in the playoffs against Forest would we still say a 4-1 thrashing away was to be expected - of course not! it would be a disasterous result.

In sport, if you want to be the best then you have to beat the best - we wanna be in the top six then we can't do it be just beating Barnsleys and Boltons we have to beat top six sides as well - someting I think we have failed to do all season. Lets hope we can change that on Saturday!
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: The team will lose confidence if GB keeps picking a negative team, this is my only pop at him, apart from this he is doing ok, two defensive midfielders at home has to stop, I would sooner play the team we had at Leeds than watch the poor games since, come on GB give it a go.[/p][/quote]I agree, I don't normally have a go at GB either as he's done well to turn things round in the short time he's been in charge. My feeling though is that we should be doing better, at home at least, in this division. Why we can't play with two strikers and attacking midfielders at home is beyond me. By all means be a little more cautious away from home where we would expect to be put under more pressure.[/p][/quote]Yes you're both right about GB, doing a great job and still learning but now he has to start being more attack minded, especially in home games, which we have to win most of now to have any chance of getting in the playoffs. I will also take issue Dans "let’s face it, before the game we would have been pleasantly surprised to come away with anything more than zero points" - sorry but thats just a cop out - before the start of the game we were only 3 or 4 points behind Forest, surely if we want to be & think we should be in the top 6 then we should be able to go to these better sides and get SOMETHING from them. If we were in the playoffs against Forest would we still say a 4-1 thrashing away was to be expected - of course not! it would be a disasterous result. In sport, if you want to be the best then you have to beat the best - we wanna be in the top six then we can't do it be just beating Barnsleys and Boltons we have to beat top six sides as well - someting I think we have failed to do all season. Lets hope we can change that on Saturday! J.C - Rishton
  • Score: 2

11:16am Wed 22 Jan 14

Rovers 1495 says...

chicken.pluckers wrote:
The absolutely shambolic displays of late have your defence looking like headless chickens. Derby will be going all out to rattle you from the off on Saturday, another spanking and surely Bowyer has to walk.
Come on, the game's up, we know you are close to c*mming as you write this. Careful, don't want to get any on your replica BRFC shirt.
[quote][p][bold]chicken.pluckers[/bold] wrote: The absolutely shambolic displays of late have your defence looking like headless chickens. Derby will be going all out to rattle you from the off on Saturday, another spanking and surely Bowyer has to walk.[/p][/quote]Come on, the game's up, we know you are close to c*mming as you write this. Careful, don't want to get any on your replica BRFC shirt. Rovers 1495
  • Score: 0

4:59pm Wed 22 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

l,m afraid its a tad worse than that we have been blown out of the water, if anyone thinks we are serious contenders for a play off place then all l have to say is get real and take a good look at your self,
l,m afraid its a tad worse than that we have been blown out of the water, if anyone thinks we are serious contenders for a play off place then all l have to say is get real and take a good look at your self, noddy57
  • Score: 1

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