Lucas Neill plays as Rovers battle back to draw with Spurs in U21s Premier League

Lancashire Telegraph: Lucas Neill plays as Rovers battle back to draw with Spurs in U21s Premier League Lucas Neill plays as Rovers battle back to draw with Spurs in U21s Premier League

A BLACKBURN Rovers side featuring Lucas Neill, Corry Evans and Bryan Dabo twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur in tonight’s U21s Premier League clash at Leigh Sports Village.

Spurs took the lead in the 39th minute when a free kick into the box was only partially cleared and Ruben Lameiras sent a sweetly stuck left-footed shot in off the post from 20 yards.

That was the way it stayed until nine minutes from time when Dean Rittenberg combined with fellow substitute Will Beesley to equalise.

Beesley did brilliantly to thread a pass through to Rittenberg and the England U18s new boy did the rest, sliding a cool left-footed finish under the advancing Jordan Archer to register his first goal at U21s level.

But three minutes later Spurs went back in front as Shaquile Coulthirst turned in a Laste Dombaxe free kick in at the near post.

Three minutes after that, however, parity was restored.

A free kick from Connor Mahoney caused chaos in the box and Aaron Tumwa was credited with getting the goal that ended Rovers’ four-match losing run in all competitions.

Fit-again Evans lasted just over an hour in his first game back following nearly four months on the sidelines with ankle-ligament damage.

But fellow midfielder Dabo and defender Neill played the full 90 minutes.

Dabo operated just off the main striker and showed some flashes off promise while Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain.

The Australia captain has been training with Rovers – the club he served between 2001 and 2007 – since December.

And the match gave watching first-team boss Gary Bowyer the chance to see free agent Neill, 35, in competitive action.

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11:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

BRFC75 says...

Lucas. Give it up , even if you GB takes you on , your gonna get skint, if you cannot get a game in the A league in Australia which is about. Conference level how you gonna cope with the championship .
And this is all about playing in the world cup at 37 Years of age, against Spain , Fabregas, Iniesta , then Holland Van Persie, Robben, Chile Sanchez
FFS Neill give it up , give GB. a break , he's trying to be decent with you , but do not embarrass yourself anymore.
Lucas. Give it up , even if you GB takes you on , your gonna get skint, if you cannot get a game in the A league in Australia which is about. Conference level how you gonna cope with the championship . And this is all about playing in the world cup at 37 Years of age, against Spain , Fabregas, Iniesta , then Holland Van Persie, Robben, Chile Sanchez FFS Neill give it up , give GB. a break , he's trying to be decent with you , but do not embarrass yourself anymore. BRFC75

11:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

azza234 says...

Not saying that we should sign lucas but what's wrong with him wanting to play in the world cup for his country if he still feels he can? if GB sign's him on a short deal there's nothing you can do about it.
Not saying that we should sign lucas but what's wrong with him wanting to play in the world cup for his country if he still feels he can? if GB sign's him on a short deal there's nothing you can do about it. azza234

12:02am Tue 11 Feb 14

Dukes says...

remember we are cost cutting club ,so he may return sadly love it or hate it.
remember we are cost cutting club ,so he may return sadly love it or hate it. Dukes

12:26am Tue 11 Feb 14

blazerafe says...

Neill has a vast amount of PL experience and players can learn from him, he knows what it means to win games and he played out of his skin at times for us years ago.Sign him up, even if just until the end of the season, he cant be any worse than not having anyone.
Neill has a vast amount of PL experience and players can learn from him, he knows what it means to win games and he played out of his skin at times for us years ago.Sign him up, even if just until the end of the season, he cant be any worse than not having anyone. blazerafe

12:40am Tue 11 Feb 14

kenbro says...

Good to see Evans back. Hope we can bring him back to the first team nice and slowly. As for Neill. He has loads of experience and was always a gutsy defender. He may still be able to help us for the rest of this season as a back up central defender providing he does not want silly money. As for being too old. Remember Salgado ?
After a long career at a high level he should be fairly well off. If this is the case, and he wants to play to help him get into the Aussie team, he may sign up a short term deal for little money.
He knows the financial situation at Ewood and is not in a strong position to dictate salary terms. Rather the opposite. GB is in the driver's seat on this deal.
Good to see Evans back. Hope we can bring him back to the first team nice and slowly. As for Neill. He has loads of experience and was always a gutsy defender. He may still be able to help us for the rest of this season as a back up central defender providing he does not want silly money. As for being too old. Remember Salgado ? After a long career at a high level he should be fairly well off. If this is the case, and he wants to play to help him get into the Aussie team, he may sign up a short term deal for little money. He knows the financial situation at Ewood and is not in a strong position to dictate salary terms. Rather the opposite. GB is in the driver's seat on this deal. kenbro

7:49am Tue 11 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

blazerafe wrote:
Neill has a vast amount of PL experience and players can learn from him, he knows what it means to win games and he played out of his skin at times for us years ago.Sign him up, even if just until the end of the season, he cant be any worse than not having anyone.
You won't need any PL experience where you're going.
[quote][p][bold]blazerafe[/bold] wrote: Neill has a vast amount of PL experience and players can learn from him, he knows what it means to win games and he played out of his skin at times for us years ago.Sign him up, even if just until the end of the season, he cant be any worse than not having anyone.[/p][/quote]You won't need any PL experience where you're going. Steven Seagull

8:15am Tue 11 Feb 14

TurfMoorTom says...

I wish we had the past to draw on and premier league experienced players that wanted to come back for the love of playing. Best I can expect is Robbie Blake. And he was sh!te then.
I wish we had the past to draw on and premier league experienced players that wanted to come back for the love of playing. Best I can expect is Robbie Blake. And he was sh!te then. TurfMoorTom

8:23am Tue 11 Feb 14

globetrot says...

If Lucas Neil is good enough to play in the Championship and better than the options we have then GB should sign him. I didn't agree with how he orchestrated a move from Ewood, but he always gave 100%
If Lucas Neil is good enough to play in the Championship and better than the options we have then GB should sign him. I didn't agree with how he orchestrated a move from Ewood, but he always gave 100% globetrot

8:29am Tue 11 Feb 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.
Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that. TurfMoorTom

8:45am Tue 11 Feb 14

greenscreener says...

kenbro wrote:
Good to see Evans back. Hope we can bring him back to the first team nice and slowly. As for Neill. He has loads of experience and was always a gutsy defender. He may still be able to help us for the rest of this season as a back up central defender providing he does not want silly money. As for being too old. Remember Salgado ?
After a long career at a high level he should be fairly well off. If this is the case, and he wants to play to help him get into the Aussie team, he may sign up a short term deal for little money.
He knows the financial situation at Ewood and is not in a strong position to dictate salary terms. Rather the opposite. GB is in the driver's seat on this deal.
With respect, Salgado joined us from the greatest team in Europe where he was still a squad player after a legendary career, Neill has been bouncing around nothing clubs in two-bob foreign leagues. There is no comparison.

I have serious doubts about this but if GB has a good look and thinks Neill can provide something on a short term basis then I trust the manager.
[quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Good to see Evans back. Hope we can bring him back to the first team nice and slowly. As for Neill. He has loads of experience and was always a gutsy defender. He may still be able to help us for the rest of this season as a back up central defender providing he does not want silly money. As for being too old. Remember Salgado ? After a long career at a high level he should be fairly well off. If this is the case, and he wants to play to help him get into the Aussie team, he may sign up a short term deal for little money. He knows the financial situation at Ewood and is not in a strong position to dictate salary terms. Rather the opposite. GB is in the driver's seat on this deal.[/p][/quote]With respect, Salgado joined us from the greatest team in Europe where he was still a squad player after a legendary career, Neill has been bouncing around nothing clubs in two-bob foreign leagues. There is no comparison. I have serious doubts about this but if GB has a good look and thinks Neill can provide something on a short term basis then I trust the manager. greenscreener

8:47am Tue 11 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
blazerafe wrote:
Neill has a vast amount of PL experience and players can learn from him, he knows what it means to win games and he played out of his skin at times for us years ago.Sign him up, even if just until the end of the season, he cant be any worse than not having anyone.
You won't need any PL experience where you're going.
Skrill Premier League perhaps.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blazerafe[/bold] wrote: Neill has a vast amount of PL experience and players can learn from him, he knows what it means to win games and he played out of his skin at times for us years ago.Sign him up, even if just until the end of the season, he cant be any worse than not having anyone.[/p][/quote]You won't need any PL experience where you're going.[/p][/quote]Skrill Premier League perhaps. look.up.blackburn

8:47am Tue 11 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
I wish we had the past to draw on and premier league experienced players that wanted to come back for the love of playing. Best I can expect is Robbie Blake. And he was sh!te then.
no-dad.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: I wish we had the past to draw on and premier league experienced players that wanted to come back for the love of playing. Best I can expect is Robbie Blake. And he was sh!te then.[/p][/quote]no-dad. look.up.blackburn

8:59am Tue 11 Feb 14

GAZHAY says...

BRFC75 wrote:
Lucas. Give it up , even if you GB takes you on , your gonna get skint, if you cannot get a game in the A league in Australia which is about. Conference level how you gonna cope with the championship . And this is all about playing in the world cup at 37 Years of age, against Spain , Fabregas, Iniesta , then Holland Van Persie, Robben, Chile Sanchez FFS Neill give it up , give GB. a break , he's trying to be decent with you , but do not embarrass yourself anymore.
Lucas is 35 and as the world cup is this year not sure how he would all of a sudden jump to 37????
Anyway, good signing or not we need cover in defence and if Bowyer thinks he can do a job then we will have to go with that.
Also great to see Evans back and fingers crossed he is available for the next game as this will hugely improve our starting 11, not sure who Bowyer would have the balls to drop though.
[quote][p][bold]BRFC75[/bold] wrote: Lucas. Give it up , even if you GB takes you on , your gonna get skint, if you cannot get a game in the A league in Australia which is about. Conference level how you gonna cope with the championship . And this is all about playing in the world cup at 37 Years of age, against Spain , Fabregas, Iniesta , then Holland Van Persie, Robben, Chile Sanchez FFS Neill give it up , give GB. a break , he's trying to be decent with you , but do not embarrass yourself anymore.[/p][/quote]Lucas is 35 and as the world cup is this year not sure how he would all of a sudden jump to 37???? Anyway, good signing or not we need cover in defence and if Bowyer thinks he can do a job then we will have to go with that. Also great to see Evans back and fingers crossed he is available for the next game as this will hugely improve our starting 11, not sure who Bowyer would have the balls to drop though. GAZHAY

9:06am Tue 11 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

Another day another greedy no-mark looking to ride the Ewood cash cow one last time. You couldn't make it up!

Get him signed up in time for the derby, please!!
Another day another greedy no-mark looking to ride the Ewood cash cow one last time. You couldn't make it up! Get him signed up in time for the derby, please!! look.up.blackburn

10:00am Tue 11 Feb 14

kfc yummy says...

Morning monkey bum ,what's it now turf moor tom?your a fake (villa).
Morning monkey bum ,what's it now turf moor tom?your a fake (villa). kfc yummy

10:01am Tue 11 Feb 14

owd nick says...

globetrot wrote:
If Lucas Neil is good enough to play in the Championship and better than the options we have then GB should sign him. I didn't agree with how he orchestrated a move from Ewood, but he always gave 100%
Totally agree, we don't know what was going on behind the scenes at the time and he wasn't the only player to engineer his way out of Rovers or any other club for that matter.

He's been training with the club for a couple of months now so he's obviously kept his fitness levels up and you can't beat experience over the short term, which is all this will be.

And one thing for certain, if he does put on the shirt again we will never get less than 100% from him.
[quote][p][bold]globetrot[/bold] wrote: If Lucas Neil is good enough to play in the Championship and better than the options we have then GB should sign him. I didn't agree with how he orchestrated a move from Ewood, but he always gave 100%[/p][/quote]Totally agree, we don't know what was going on behind the scenes at the time and he wasn't the only player to engineer his way out of Rovers or any other club for that matter. He's been training with the club for a couple of months now so he's obviously kept his fitness levels up and you can't beat experience over the short term, which is all this will be. And one thing for certain, if he does put on the shirt again we will never get less than 100% from him. owd nick

10:04am Tue 11 Feb 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.
Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate.

Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.[/p][/quote]Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers. Champagne plus charlie

10:47am Tue 11 Feb 14

azza234 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.
Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.
Just a thought maybe you should take your own advice and shut up yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.[/p][/quote]Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.[/p][/quote]Just a thought maybe you should take your own advice and shut up yourself. azza234

11:28am Tue 11 Feb 14

MxMave says...

"Dabo operated just off the main striker and showed some flashes off promise while Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain."

Are English grammar skills "nice-to-have but not essential" for a reporter nowadays?
"Dabo operated just off the main striker and showed some flashes off promise while Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain." Are English grammar skills "nice-to-have but not essential" for a reporter nowadays? MxMave

1:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

fitz808 says...

azza234 wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.
Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.
Just a thought maybe you should take your own advice and shut up yourself.
i think that well and truly ends that debate. well done azza!
[quote][p][bold]azza234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.[/p][/quote]Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.[/p][/quote]Just a thought maybe you should take your own advice and shut up yourself.[/p][/quote]i think that well and truly ends that debate. well done azza! fitz808

1:33pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Wild Rover says...

fitz808 wrote:
azza234 wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.
Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.
Just a thought maybe you should take your own advice and shut up yourself.
i think that well and truly ends that debate. well done azza!
Hardly a debate is it Fitz, how do you have a debate with this Burnley (in) bred Chimp? He is to busy screaming and shoving his rrss through the bars of cage to listen to anyone
[quote][p][bold]fitz808[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]azza234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Actually that's a bit unfair, I guess there's also Chris Eagles though he seems happier at Bolton. So the rumours go you don't want to be picking the soap up in the shower though maybe he developed his incliniations while with us and that's how we have such good team spirit at t'Turf. Each to their own and all that.[/p][/quote]Shut up FakeVilla you embarrassingly boring Darwen degenerate. Honestly your banter is as poor as Blackburn Rovers.[/p][/quote]Just a thought maybe you should take your own advice and shut up yourself.[/p][/quote]i think that well and truly ends that debate. well done azza![/p][/quote]Hardly a debate is it Fitz, how do you have a debate with this Burnley (in) bred Chimp? He is to busy screaming and shoving his rrss through the bars of cage to listen to anyone Wild Rover

1:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

MxMave wrote:
"Dabo operated just off the main striker and showed some flashes off promise while Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain."

Are English grammar skills "nice-to-have but not essential" for a reporter nowadays?
even better:

'Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain.'

Is that like a magic trick?
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: "Dabo operated just off the main striker and showed some flashes off promise while Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain." Are English grammar skills "nice-to-have but not essential" for a reporter nowadays?[/p][/quote]even better: 'Neill partnered Ryan Edwards in the centre of the defence and produced an accomplished captain.' Is that like a magic trick? LittleRonnieHildersley

5:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

dangerous dave says...

owd nick wrote:
globetrot wrote:
If Lucas Neil is good enough to play in the Championship and better than the options we have then GB should sign him. I didn't agree with how he orchestrated a move from Ewood, but he always gave 100%
Totally agree, we don't know what was going on behind the scenes at the time and he wasn't the only player to engineer his way out of Rovers or any other club for that matter.

He's been training with the club for a couple of months now so he's obviously kept his fitness levels up and you can't beat experience over the short term, which is all this will be.

And one thing for certain, if he does put on the shirt again we will never get less than 100% from him.
yes and its obvious no one else wants to sign him - Rovers just a soft touch for cash in his back pocket and he needs a club to be able to compete for a position in Australia's cup campaign - like some of the other signings just a bench warmer!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]globetrot[/bold] wrote: If Lucas Neil is good enough to play in the Championship and better than the options we have then GB should sign him. I didn't agree with how he orchestrated a move from Ewood, but he always gave 100%[/p][/quote]Totally agree, we don't know what was going on behind the scenes at the time and he wasn't the only player to engineer his way out of Rovers or any other club for that matter. He's been training with the club for a couple of months now so he's obviously kept his fitness levels up and you can't beat experience over the short term, which is all this will be. And one thing for certain, if he does put on the shirt again we will never get less than 100% from him.[/p][/quote]yes and its obvious no one else wants to sign him - Rovers just a soft touch for cash in his back pocket and he needs a club to be able to compete for a position in Australia's cup campaign - like some of the other signings just a bench warmer!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave

8:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

digitusjonfred says...

We will not need to drop anyone, he will cover for INJURIES as we are lightweight at the back. Sing him Gaz.
We will not need to drop anyone, he will cover for INJURIES as we are lightweight at the back. Sing him Gaz. digitusjonfred

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