Confident Berg shows no fear

ROVERS boss Henning Berg believes his side shouldn’t fear anyone in the Championship as they prepare to host in-form Millwall this afternoon.

The Lions are on an impressive 10 game unbeaten run to top the Championship form book, but Rovers boss Berg insists he has seen nothing to worry him in his opening month at the club.

Berg picked up his first win as Blackburn boss in last week’s encouraging 4-1 win over Peterborough, and, is confident the squad has the quality to compete for a Premier League return.

“I don’t think we should fear anyone,” said Berg.

“At the same time we have to give everyone respect because it is a competitive league and if you don’t treat your opponents right you will be in trouble.

“We will make sure we have the right focus, that we are hard-working and that we play together as a team and if we do that then we will have a good chance.”

Rovers head in to today’s game in sixth spot and just six points off the top two, and Berg believes the competitive nature of the Championship makes the need for consistency even more crucial.

“This is an even league,” said the Norwegian. “There are not that many points in between many teams. You can look at league positions but I think most managers will look at the points and see how far away they are or how close they are. It’s more relevant then the position in the league.

“There are so many teams at more or less the same level you can make a big, big difference if you get a run one way or the other.

“We have a little momentum going after we lost to Palace where we didn’t play as we should have done. Then we picked ourselves up and we did really well against Huddersfield. We only managed a draw but performance wise we should normally win that game, the same thing against Birmingham and then we beat Peterborough.

“I do think that we are moving along in the right direction. We are looking to get a good run but it is a long season.

“You can go on a long run of winning games and a long run of not winning games. You can win one, lose one, it is just that open. There is not much between the teams. The teams that can improve and make sure they have that little bit of quality will have a good chance.”

And Berg believes he has added a little bit of quality with the addition of Manchester United striker Josh King on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

The 20-year-old could make his debut against Millwall today.

“The loan window was closing and we are very happy to bring Joshua in,” said Berg. “He will add pace strength and more attacking options to the team.

“He has been at United for five years, He has been on loan at other places and now he is here with us we are delighted with that. I think it’s good for Joshua to play more first team football and continue to develop as a player.

“He’s got pace, he’s got strength, he’s aggressive but having said that he has good skills. He will complement the rest of the team quite well and gives us more options.

He can play in different positions and we will play many games so that is why we are happy for him to come.”

If all goes well with King’s start at Ewood Park, Berg admits he wants to bring the Norwegian international to the club on a permanent basis.

“We have to see,” said the Rovers boss. “We like the player in terms of his qualities. We think those qualities will fit in nicely with the team we have and the players we have. It’s a loan deal until January and if everything goes well we will look to do that (make the move permanent).”

Meanwhile, Berg refused to be drawn on Rovers’ move for former goalkeeper and current Spurs stopper Brad Friedel.

“When the loan window closes there is always going to be speculation and rumours. Brad is a Tottenham player and we have good goalkeepers here so that is it.”

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7:17am Sat 24 Nov 12

hasslem hasslem says...

the next four fixtures should give us an understanding of how the rest of the season will evolve under the new regime and will present good tests in each game:

millwall - in form team, coming up here with nothing to lose.

bolton - last season it was two bald men fighting over a comb vs trotters. midweek we can see if we have improved against them (or not).

dingles - opportunity to evaluate the passion that the current crop of players have for the club and the supporters - let's see if they "get it".

cardiff - see how the new look team cope with a side that is likely to be challenging at the end of the season.

ain't it refreshing after two years of inane garbage to hear a manager talking sense about having nothing to fear whilst respecting the opponents. how different is that from the stupid drivel from the idiotic pronouncements about "this is a squad that will strike fear into the opposition".

onwards and upwards!
the next four fixtures should give us an understanding of how the rest of the season will evolve under the new regime and will present good tests in each game: millwall - in form team, coming up here with nothing to lose. bolton - last season it was two bald men fighting over a comb vs trotters. midweek we can see if we have improved against them (or not). dingles - opportunity to evaluate the passion that the current crop of players have for the club and the supporters - let's see if they "get it". cardiff - see how the new look team cope with a side that is likely to be challenging at the end of the season. ain't it refreshing after two years of inane garbage to hear a manager talking sense about having nothing to fear whilst respecting the opponents. how different is that from the stupid drivel from the idiotic pronouncements about "this is a squad that will strike fear into the opposition". onwards and upwards! hasslem hasslem

7:38am Sat 24 Nov 12

greenscreener says...

Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.
Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return. greenscreener

8:35am Sat 24 Nov 12

Captain Dreckley says...

A fair, balanced approach by Berg. Much rather he focus on the football and his tactics rather than how to take positives from defeat and excuse on excuse like we had not too long ago
A fair, balanced approach by Berg. Much rather he focus on the football and his tactics rather than how to take positives from defeat and excuse on excuse like we had not too long ago Captain Dreckley

8:37am Sat 24 Nov 12

A Darener says...

greenscreener wrote:
Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.
As long as at least one point is from you know who!
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.[/p][/quote]As long as at least one point is from you know who! A Darener

8:47am Sat 24 Nov 12

greenscreener says...

A Darener wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.
As long as at least one point is from you know who!
I was thinking 2 wins and 2 draws.

Would I take an extra point if it also meant defeat at Tumbleweed Moor ?

Well my head says i should but my heart won't let me.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.[/p][/quote]As long as at least one point is from you know who![/p][/quote]I was thinking 2 wins and 2 draws. Would I take an extra point if it also meant defeat at Tumbleweed Moor ? Well my head says i should but my heart won't let me. greenscreener

9:44am Sat 24 Nov 12

French Rover says...

no one likes us and we don't care....well last season that could have been our motto and not Millwall's....but now everyone likes us again....funny old world!

BTW Greenscreen I would rather we stayed down for another season than lose one single point to the bazzards across the M65...

330 years and counting...
no one likes us and we don't care....well last season that could have been our motto and not Millwall's....but now everyone likes us again....funny old world! BTW Greenscreen I would rather we stayed down for another season than lose one single point to the bazzards across the M65... 330 years and counting... French Rover

9:45am Sat 24 Nov 12

ChrisDeBerg says...

greenscreener wrote:
A Darener wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.
As long as at least one point is from you know who!
I was thinking 2 wins and 2 draws.

Would I take an extra point if it also meant defeat at Tumbleweed Moor ?

Well my head says i should but my heart won't let me.
I'm going to invite criticism and say 12 points :) bring on the doubters!!!! Haha!

But you heard it here first....

RTID
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.[/p][/quote]As long as at least one point is from you know who![/p][/quote]I was thinking 2 wins and 2 draws. Would I take an extra point if it also meant defeat at Tumbleweed Moor ? Well my head says i should but my heart won't let me.[/p][/quote]I'm going to invite criticism and say 12 points :) bring on the doubters!!!! Haha! But you heard it here first.... RTID ChrisDeBerg

9:52am Sat 24 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
A Darener wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.
As long as at least one point is from you know who!
I was thinking 2 wins and 2 draws.

Would I take an extra point if it also meant defeat at Tumbleweed Moor ?

Well my head says i should but my heart won't let me.
I'm going to invite criticism and say 12 points :) bring on the doubters!!!! Haha!

But you heard it here first....

RTID
Spoken like a true blue and white. GS. :-)

Onwards and upwards is right, my throats still not recovered from last week but I'm ready to be heard.. Bring it on!

I love game days.. COYB!!
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Very fair analysis there HH, If we can get through these four with 8 points that would be a fantastic return.[/p][/quote]As long as at least one point is from you know who![/p][/quote]I was thinking 2 wins and 2 draws. Would I take an extra point if it also meant defeat at Tumbleweed Moor ? Well my head says i should but my heart won't let me.[/p][/quote]I'm going to invite criticism and say 12 points :) bring on the doubters!!!! Haha! But you heard it here first.... RTID[/p][/quote]Spoken like a true blue and white. GS. :-) Onwards and upwards is right, my throats still not recovered from last week but I'm ready to be heard.. Bring it on! I love game days.. COYB!! blueblooded

11:18am Sat 24 Nov 12

Bazzer says...

French Rover wrote:
no one likes us and we don't care....well last season that could have been our motto and not Millwall's....but now everyone likes us again....funny old world! BTW Greenscreen I would rather we stayed down for another season than lose one single point to the bazzards across the M65... 330 years and counting...
Careful, you will have Vinjay returning and accusing you of being "parochial"!!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: no one likes us and we don't care....well last season that could have been our motto and not Millwall's....but now everyone likes us again....funny old world! BTW Greenscreen I would rather we stayed down for another season than lose one single point to the bazzards across the M65... 330 years and counting...[/p][/quote]Careful, you will have Vinjay returning and accusing you of being "parochial"!! Bazzer

11:30am Sat 24 Nov 12

MatthewCA says...

All looks good, we as a team back in track, fans are happy , players are happy. All FIT to get another 3 points.

My Team : Robbo
Adam Hanley,Dann,Givet,Mr
.Ollson
Joush King,Murphy,Euthu,M.
Ollson
Rochina,Rhodes.
Sub:Kean,Grand Hanley,Ribero,Peders
en,Formica,Gomes,Kaz
im

All the best.
All looks good, we as a team back in track, fans are happy , players are happy. All FIT to get another 3 points. My Team : Robbo Adam Hanley,Dann,Givet,Mr .Ollson Joush King,Murphy,Euthu,M. Ollson Rochina,Rhodes. Sub:Kean,Grand Hanley,Ribero,Peders en,Formica,Gomes,Kaz im All the best. MatthewCA

12:53pm Sat 24 Nov 12

handyamBRFC says...

Latest from ......me
Josh King to start on the bench.
will get his chance today....!!!
just watch this boy fly.
Fast and direct.....
hes gonna be a right spark
and a winner.
A win today for certs......!!!!
best of luck
p.s. 4 tough games coming up, will be happy with 8 pts but hoping for 10...!!
Latest from ......me Josh King to start on the bench. will get his chance today....!!! just watch this boy fly. Fast and direct..... hes gonna be a right spark and a winner. A win today for certs......!!!! best of luck p.s. 4 tough games coming up, will be happy with 8 pts but hoping for 10...!! handyamBRFC

12:57pm Sat 24 Nov 12

merlinrabbit says...

One of Steve Kean's deficiencies (and yes he had many), was his lack of understanding that a team approach includes the fans. He thought he could forge forward as a seperate entity to the fans. He saw it as a battle between the two and thought he could win and never devoted any energy or effort to improving the relationship instead went out of his way to demonise us. We were accused of hindering survival not getting behind the team but his failure to get with the fans was never highlighted. Under Berg, this is being rectified thank goodness
One of Steve Kean's deficiencies (and yes he had many), was his lack of understanding that a team approach includes the fans. He thought he could forge forward as a seperate entity to the fans. He saw it as a battle between the two and thought he could win and never devoted any energy or effort to improving the relationship instead went out of his way to demonise us. We were accused of hindering survival not getting behind the team but his failure to get with the fans was never highlighted. Under Berg, this is being rectified thank goodness merlinrabbit

1:07pm Sat 24 Nov 12

londonrover says...

10 points from next 4 games - COYB!
10 points from next 4 games - COYB! londonrover

4:48am Sun 25 Nov 12

diamonds2india says...

londonrover wrote:
10 points from next 4 games - COYB!
...is that you Jerome?? Care to re-think that total??
[quote][p][bold]londonrover[/bold] wrote: 10 points from next 4 games - COYB![/p][/quote]...is that you Jerome?? Care to re-think that total?? diamonds2india

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