Draws not on the agenda for Rovers midfielder Lee Williamson

Lee Williamson

Lee Williamson

First published in Sport

MIDFIELDER Lee Williamson says Blackburn Rovers must be ready to pounce once the teams above them in the Championship table slip up.

Williamson is certain the sides who are in the thick of the play-off race will drop points between now and the end of the season.

And that is why he is refusing to rule out Rovers, who are nine points behind sixth place going into tonight’s trip to his former club Watford, from claiming a top-six spot.

The 31-year-old knows the only way they are going to do that is by winning the majority of their remaining 10 games.

But he reckons Rovers will have a chance if they continue the attack-minded approach that has brought them a 1-1 home draw with Leicester City and 4-2 win at Huddersfield Town in their last two outings.

“We’ve had two good performances and now we need to carry that on,” said Williamson, who made 78 appearances and scored five goals for Watford between January 2007 and June 2009.

“We’re going into every game now looking for the three points.

“We’re not going to sit back and play for draws, we know we need to get three points to get ourselves up the table and give ourselves a chance of getting in the play-offs.

“I can’t see every team at the top of the table winning every game or not losing every game.

“There’s going to be twists and turns and we’ve just got to give ourselves the best opportunity.

“We don’t want to slip up so when other teams lose we don’t take advantage of it.”

Rovers remain rank outsiders to finish in the play-off places after a damaging run of three straight defeats preceded the badly needed victory at Huddersfield.

The fact that Gary Bowyer’s side have so far failed to win more than two matches in succession this season also goes against them.

Williamson said: “It was disappointing the three back-to-back defeats we had and we owed it to ourselves, along with the club and the fans, to get back on track.

“Like anyone in this league consistency goes a long way and if you can put a run together you can move up the table so fast.

“Wigan have done it, Sheffield Wednesday have won a few games and they’ve gone up, Derby didn’t start the season particularly well but then they changed their manager and won seven in a row and they’ve stayed at the top of the league, so it’s something we have to take note of and learn from.”

Rovers have struggled for consistency all season but proved on Saturday they can match the best the division has to offer by taking points off Leicester.

Of the performance Williamson said: “That’s got to be the benchmark for us now.”

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers have been allocated an initial 1,500 tickets for their Championship clash at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, April 12.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders tomorrow with any remaining tickets going on general sale on Monday.

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4:01pm Tue 25 Mar 14

owd nick says...

I will get in first;

"Well, he gave up doing the pools years ago"
I will get in first; "Well, he gave up doing the pools years ago" owd nick
  • Score: 1

4:24pm Tue 25 Mar 14

capri1 says...

Hello, is there anybody there!! we're finishing mid table end of,prepare for next season,try some experimental tactics/team/player positions etc we need to be ready and raring to go for the first game,all guns blazing and all that.

COYB
Hello, is there anybody there!! we're finishing mid table end of,prepare for next season,try some experimental tactics/team/player positions etc we need to be ready and raring to go for the first game,all guns blazing and all that. COYB capri1
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Tue 25 Mar 14

KingGouldy says...

If only we'd had this mentality all season we might actually be up there fighting for promotion, instead of hoping for others to slip up. As much as I think bowyer has done a good job, it's been tarnished by the negativity we have experienced throughout the majority of the season. Several games have been drawn or lost through sitting too deep allowing teams to come at us, rather than going for the kill.

This can all change, and as long as bowyer realises the error of his ways and adapts I think we could be a force in this league next season, but we've left it too late for this season.
If only we'd had this mentality all season we might actually be up there fighting for promotion, instead of hoping for others to slip up. As much as I think bowyer has done a good job, it's been tarnished by the negativity we have experienced throughout the majority of the season. Several games have been drawn or lost through sitting too deep allowing teams to come at us, rather than going for the kill. This can all change, and as long as bowyer realises the error of his ways and adapts I think we could be a force in this league next season, but we've left it too late for this season. KingGouldy
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Tue 25 Mar 14

kenbro says...

Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up.
Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight.
Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.
Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up. Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight. Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship. kenbro
  • Score: -1

6:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

owd nick says...

kenbro wrote:
Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up.
Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight.
Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.
The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.
[quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up. Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight. Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.[/p][/quote]The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many. owd nick
  • Score: -1

7:38pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

owd nick wrote:
kenbro wrote:
Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up.
Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight.
Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.
The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.
Conveniently forgetting the team that has lost only 3 times this season, the team in second place, the team that's been in the top 3 for SEVEN MONTHS, the team that has spent a total of £500k on one player all season, the team that beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team that now sits an incredible, record breaking, 26 (TWENTY-SIX) points ahead of you in the league?..... how could you.

So the Championship PLAYER OF THE YEAR, is by your reckoning not Premier League quality? How about our other 20 goal striker? How about the best full back in the Championship? Is he not good enough for the Premier League either?

Are you sure you're not just a tad bitter and jealous that we're so far ahead of you?
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up. Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight. Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.[/p][/quote]The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.[/p][/quote]Conveniently forgetting the team that has lost only 3 times this season, the team in second place, the team that's been in the top 3 for SEVEN MONTHS, the team that has spent a total of £500k on one player all season, the team that beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team that now sits an incredible, record breaking, 26 (TWENTY-SIX) points ahead of you in the league?..... how could you. So the Championship PLAYER OF THE YEAR, is by your reckoning not Premier League quality? How about our other 20 goal striker? How about the best full back in the Championship? Is he not good enough for the Premier League either? Are you sure you're not just a tad bitter and jealous that we're so far ahead of you? Super_Clarets
  • Score: -1

8:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

kenbro says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
kenbro wrote: Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up. Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight. Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.
The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.
Conveniently forgetting the team that has lost only 3 times this season, the team in second place, the team that's been in the top 3 for SEVEN MONTHS, the team that has spent a total of £500k on one player all season, the team that beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team that now sits an incredible, record breaking, 26 (TWENTY-SIX) points ahead of you in the league?..... how could you. So the Championship PLAYER OF THE YEAR, is by your reckoning not Premier League quality? How about our other 20 goal striker? How about the best full back in the Championship? Is he not good enough for the Premier League either? Are you sure you're not just a tad bitter and jealous that we're so far ahead of you?
Just like a few seasons ago Super Bragger, you will go up and then realise that your squad is just not good enough. You have had a very good season in a very poor quality Championship.
See you back with us the season after next. All those points this year won't help you with the big boys next year.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up. Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight. Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.[/p][/quote]The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.[/p][/quote]Conveniently forgetting the team that has lost only 3 times this season, the team in second place, the team that's been in the top 3 for SEVEN MONTHS, the team that has spent a total of £500k on one player all season, the team that beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team that now sits an incredible, record breaking, 26 (TWENTY-SIX) points ahead of you in the league?..... how could you. So the Championship PLAYER OF THE YEAR, is by your reckoning not Premier League quality? How about our other 20 goal striker? How about the best full back in the Championship? Is he not good enough for the Premier League either? Are you sure you're not just a tad bitter and jealous that we're so far ahead of you?[/p][/quote]Just like a few seasons ago Super Bragger, you will go up and then realise that your squad is just not good enough. You have had a very good season in a very poor quality Championship. See you back with us the season after next. All those points this year won't help you with the big boys next year. kenbro
  • Score: -3

10:36pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
kenbro wrote:
Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up.
Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight.
Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.
The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.
Conveniently forgetting the team that has lost only 3 times this season, the team in second place, the team that's been in the top 3 for SEVEN MONTHS, the team that has spent a total of £500k on one player all season, the team that beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team that now sits an incredible, record breaking, 26 (TWENTY-SIX) points ahead of you in the league?..... how could you.

So the Championship PLAYER OF THE YEAR, is by your reckoning not Premier League quality? How about our other 20 goal striker? How about the best full back in the Championship? Is he not good enough for the Premier League either?

Are you sure you're not just a tad bitter and jealous that we're so far ahead of you?
Winker!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: Realistically, how many of our squad are of Premiership quality or have the potential to get there ? Half a dozen ? We are a long way off being ready to form a squad that will get promotion and stay up. Having said that, we are miles ahead of where we were a year ago and if the progress continues we may get there in a few more seasons. Leicester didn't get there overnight. Whether Gary is the manager to lead us there is still an open question. Only time will tell on that, but he has done a good job of steadying the ship.[/p][/quote]The only team I have seen so far this season who have any players of PL quality are Leicester, there are several players of promise, who might make it but not many.[/p][/quote]Conveniently forgetting the team that has lost only 3 times this season, the team in second place, the team that's been in the top 3 for SEVEN MONTHS, the team that has spent a total of £500k on one player all season, the team that beat Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, the team that now sits an incredible, record breaking, 26 (TWENTY-SIX) points ahead of you in the league?..... how could you. So the Championship PLAYER OF THE YEAR, is by your reckoning not Premier League quality? How about our other 20 goal striker? How about the best full back in the Championship? Is he not good enough for the Premier League either? Are you sure you're not just a tad bitter and jealous that we're so far ahead of you?[/p][/quote]Winker! Wild Rover
  • Score: -1

10:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Actually Baldric, you are correct. None of them are Premiership quality.
Nor any of ours but we know that...
Unlike you , who loves to think of Burncelona dominating world football
Sorry , not happening.
Are you actually bi-polar? Just asking !
Actually Baldric, you are correct. None of them are Premiership quality. Nor any of ours but we know that... Unlike you , who loves to think of Burncelona dominating world football Sorry , not happening. Are you actually bi-polar? Just asking ! Wild Rover
  • Score: -2

11:13pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Wild Rover wrote:
Actually Baldric, you are correct. None of them are Premiership quality.
Nor any of ours but we know that...
Unlike you , who loves to think of Burncelona dominating world football
Sorry , not happening.
Are you actually bi-polar? Just asking !
28 (TWENTY-EIGHT) points
34 (THIRTY-FOUR) goals
5 (FIVE) years.
Burnley going up.
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: Actually Baldric, you are correct. None of them are Premiership quality. Nor any of ours but we know that... Unlike you , who loves to think of Burncelona dominating world football Sorry , not happening. Are you actually bi-polar? Just asking ![/p][/quote]28 (TWENTY-EIGHT) points 34 (THIRTY-FOUR) goals 5 (FIVE) years. Burnley going up. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 2

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