Blackburn Rovers boss and skipper insist progress has been made from this time last year

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer and captain Grant Hanley insist the team's current mid-table standing should not detract from the progress they believe it has made this season.

Twelve months ago this weekend Rovers, with Bowyer then in caretaker charge, slipped into the bottom three after a 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Today they welcome Ipswich Town to Ewood Park looking for a win that would keep their faint play-off flame flickering.

After a run of just one victory in eight games Rovers find themselves seven points off the top six with seven matches left.

But Bowyer prefers to point to the fact that his side are unbeaten in five games – after a run of four consecutive draws and a win at Huddersfield Town – and that it was only a year ago that the club was in serious danger of suffering a second successive relegation.

He said: “You could say we’ve won one in eight but that’s a negative mindset and I can’t deal with people who have got a negative mindset.

“This time last year we were talking about staying in the division so the progress that has been made has been good.

“The people we’ve brought into the club have been good and they will just get better the more and more time they spend together as unit.

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“We’ve got seven big games, we’ll tick them off one by one and see where we are at the end of them.”

Skipper Hanley was part of the side which went down by the odd goal in five at Hillsborough a year ago, a result which left Rovers in the relegation places with six games of a turbulent campaign to play.

Hanley said: “We’ve come a long way in the last year if you look at the situation we found ourselves in a year ago.

“I think it’s important that we look at that and see how far we’ve come as a team, a group and a club, and as long as we stick together we can only go forward.

“The club is totally different to a year ago, it’s a much better place to be. I know we’d like to be higher up the league, and I think we’re probably unlucky not to be, but we’re still a young team who has only been put together this season.

“There’s still a lot of work to do but I’m sure we’ll get it right.”

Hanley and his team-mates attended a meeting on Thursday in which the coaching staff made it clear to them they must cut out the mistakes that has led to Rovers conceding 18 goals in their last eight matches.

Bowyer said: “The challenge now for the players is to show the levels of performances they’ve been producing and see if they can get the win those performances deserve.”

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11:23am Sat 5 Apr 14

dallydally says...

Yawn!
Yawn! dallydally
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6:19pm Sat 5 Apr 14

blue_n_white99 says...

If progress hadn't been made we would be relegated. Does this mean that these overpaid, underachieving muppets expect a round of applause for avoiding relegation.

The rest of the season has been disappointing in almost every way, never any real threat of challenging for at best a play off place, lost our unbeaten run against Burnley, have put in some dire performances.

On the positive side GB has cleared out a load of deadwood, but he has replaced them with different shades of poor, Feeney, Dabo, Judge, Marrow etc.

Whilst any improvement is good, our current situation is hardly reason to trumpet such miniscule successes.
If progress hadn't been made we would be relegated. Does this mean that these overpaid, underachieving muppets expect a round of applause for avoiding relegation. The rest of the season has been disappointing in almost every way, never any real threat of challenging for at best a play off place, lost our unbeaten run against Burnley, have put in some dire performances. On the positive side GB has cleared out a load of deadwood, but he has replaced them with different shades of poor, Feeney, Dabo, Judge, Marrow etc. Whilst any improvement is good, our current situation is hardly reason to trumpet such miniscule successes. blue_n_white99
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7:00pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Angry From Accrington says...

blue_n_white99 wrote:
If progress hadn't been made we would be relegated. Does this mean that these overpaid, underachieving muppets expect a round of applause for avoiding relegation.

The rest of the season has been disappointing in almost every way, never any real threat of challenging for at best a play off place, lost our unbeaten run against Burnley, have put in some dire performances.

On the positive side GB has cleared out a load of deadwood, but he has replaced them with different shades of poor, Feeney, Dabo, Judge, Marrow etc.

Whilst any improvement is good, our current situation is hardly reason to trumpet such miniscule successes.
I don't read of anybody trumpeting success. I see sensible people recognising progress and the only ones who don't are those that are either too tight or too poor to support the club and desperately seek other spurious reasons to justify staying away.
Real supporters are totally bored of your constant and futile whingeing about the Venky regime. Real supporters have acknowledged the damaged that has been done but are living in the present, not in the past.
Look at the league tables. Look at Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton,, Blackpool, Ipswich, Portsmouth etc. All former huge club's and now considerably worse off than we are. I am sure that they have also got their fair share of miserable, moaning, negative, bitter, twisted, ignorant, senile ex supporters but most fans realise that nobody has a God given right to Premiership status and real fans support their club irrespective of the owners or league status. That's what real fans do and that's the difference between real fans and ex fans.
[quote][p][bold]blue_n_white99[/bold] wrote: If progress hadn't been made we would be relegated. Does this mean that these overpaid, underachieving muppets expect a round of applause for avoiding relegation. The rest of the season has been disappointing in almost every way, never any real threat of challenging for at best a play off place, lost our unbeaten run against Burnley, have put in some dire performances. On the positive side GB has cleared out a load of deadwood, but he has replaced them with different shades of poor, Feeney, Dabo, Judge, Marrow etc. Whilst any improvement is good, our current situation is hardly reason to trumpet such miniscule successes.[/p][/quote]I don't read of anybody trumpeting success. I see sensible people recognising progress and the only ones who don't are those that are either too tight or too poor to support the club and desperately seek other spurious reasons to justify staying away. Real supporters are totally bored of your constant and futile whingeing about the Venky regime. Real supporters have acknowledged the damaged that has been done but are living in the present, not in the past. Look at the league tables. Look at Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton,, Blackpool, Ipswich, Portsmouth etc. All former huge club's and now considerably worse off than we are. I am sure that they have also got their fair share of miserable, moaning, negative, bitter, twisted, ignorant, senile ex supporters but most fans realise that nobody has a God given right to Premiership status and real fans support their club irrespective of the owners or league status. That's what real fans do and that's the difference between real fans and ex fans. Angry From Accrington
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