Late Eagles winner sinks Rovers

FORMER Burnley star Chris Eagles broke Blackburn Rovers' hearts last night with an injury-time strike to all-but end any lingering play-off hopes.

Leon Best made his long-awaited Blackburn Rovers debut last night but it was Bolton still dreaming of an instant Premier League return after a dramatic finale.

Best was introduced with 10 minutes remaining, having missed the whole season with a cruciate knee ligament injury, and will be in contention for Sunday's FA Cup quarter final at Millwall.

Grant Hanley hit the bar twice for Rovers in last night's defeat with Bolton as Appleton's men reacted reasonably well to Saturday's shambles.

There was little from either side going forward, until a frantic last 10 minutes, but Rovers looked solid throughout as they prepared for their FA Cup clash in determined style.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the last 10 minutes but the defeat leaves Rovers 11 points adrift of the play-off places.

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10:33pm Tue 5 Mar 13

ROVERBOY says...

Relegation battle possible again this season. Another debacle of a Venkys owned Rovers season
Relegation battle possible again this season. Another debacle of a Venkys owned Rovers season ROVERBOY

10:35pm Tue 5 Mar 13

MightyClaret says...

EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it? MightyClaret

10:41pm Tue 5 Mar 13

madari says...

Madari the snake charmer says:

The eagle(s) has landed..........feel like chicken tonite...hahahahaha!
!!
Madari the snake charmer says: The eagle(s) has landed..........feel like chicken tonite...hahahahaha! !! madari

10:47pm Tue 5 Mar 13

champs95 says...

MightyClaret wrote:
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.
[quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?[/p][/quote]Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy. champs95

10:48pm Tue 5 Mar 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Bolton made subs to change and win the game we didn't.
Bolton made subs to change and win the game we didn't. A Rover 45 years and over

10:53pm Tue 5 Mar 13

MightyClaret says...

champs95 wrote:
MightyClaret wrote:
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.
Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs
[quote][p][bold]champs95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?[/p][/quote]Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.[/p][/quote]Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs MightyClaret

10:59pm Tue 5 Mar 13

merlinrabbit says...

MightyClaret wrote:
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
.that's not your feeling writing about your own result. A real downer. We can see right through your facade you fraud
[quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?[/p][/quote].that's not your feeling writing about your own result. A real downer. We can see right through your facade you fraud merlinrabbit

11:07pm Tue 5 Mar 13

peely says...

This manager is a bore draw specialist, as well as being an unlucky manager . Err And he,s also got the dreaded bald head , how much more bad luck can we have ! Doomed I tell ya doomed !
This manager is a bore draw specialist, as well as being an unlucky manager . Err And he,s also got the dreaded bald head , how much more bad luck can we have ! Doomed I tell ya doomed ! peely

11:09pm Tue 5 Mar 13

100%ROVERS says...

THIS FANs VIEW (NO BULL****) MATCH REPORT :

KEAN - better performance tonight
HANLEY - immense again 5 games now
HENLEY - good to have him back
OLSSON - decent going forward tonight
RIKIK - dropped thank god !!!!
DANN - poor positioning at times again
ORR - Tweet this - See Ya Loser !!!! On his way hopefully!
PEDERSON - steady but poor set piece delivery
JONES - No pace but v good game tho
MURPHY - See Ya !!! Bye Bye son !!
LOWE - Good energy & tracked back !!
STEWART - Cameo appearance really
RHODES - Hard working again - good
DJ CAMPBELL - send him back asap !!

BEST - nice to see him return too - his goal at Fleetwood pre season suggests IF (big IF here) he can stay fit he has quality ...
THIS FANs VIEW (NO BULL****) MATCH REPORT : KEAN - better performance tonight HANLEY - immense again 5 games now HENLEY - good to have him back OLSSON - decent going forward tonight RIKIK - dropped thank god !!!! DANN - poor positioning at times again ORR - Tweet this - See Ya Loser !!!! On his way hopefully! PEDERSON - steady but poor set piece delivery JONES - No pace but v good game tho MURPHY - See Ya !!! Bye Bye son !! LOWE - Good energy & tracked back !! STEWART - Cameo appearance really RHODES - Hard working again - good DJ CAMPBELL - send him back asap !! BEST - nice to see him return too - his goal at Fleetwood pre season suggests IF (big IF here) he can stay fit he has quality ... 100%ROVERS

11:19pm Tue 5 Mar 13

burnleyglentoran says...

Very kind of an ex-claret to shaft the no-dads on behalf of his former employers!!!

CHRIS EAGLES - HELPING TO MAINTAIN BURNLEY'S POSITION AS EAST LANCS TOP DOGS
Very kind of an ex-claret to shaft the no-dads on behalf of his former employers!!! CHRIS EAGLES - HELPING TO MAINTAIN BURNLEY'S POSITION AS EAST LANCS TOP DOGS burnleyglentoran

11:20pm Tue 5 Mar 13

champs95 says...

MightyClaret wrote:
champs95 wrote:
MightyClaret wrote:
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.
Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs
How is that bitter? Top dogs? I'll say this about the clarets, you are always good value. I'm 38 and I can't remember you beating us.
[quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]champs95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?[/p][/quote]Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.[/p][/quote]Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs[/p][/quote]How is that bitter? Top dogs? I'll say this about the clarets, you are always good value. I'm 38 and I can't remember you beating us. champs95

11:22pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Dukes says...

leaves Rovers 11 points adrift of the play-off places gutted to say.

VENKYS AND APPLETON OUT
leaves Rovers 11 points adrift of the play-off places gutted to say. VENKYS AND APPLETON OUT Dukes

11:36pm Tue 5 Mar 13

BlueSkies says...

Certainly did not deserve to lose that one!

Ok, we're not ripping defences apart (yet lol!), but we played like a team wanting to win.

I can't remember the last time we put so many big tackles in. Lowe is a different player with Jones with him. It's amazing the difference Jones makes to the midfield, simply illustrating how poor Murphy is (in this league).

Disappointed? Only because of the lateness of the goal.

Despondant? No.

There were some good performances tonight and a lot of spirit shown. Thought it was a good game, well contested.....
Certainly did not deserve to lose that one! Ok, we're not ripping defences apart (yet lol!), but we played like a team wanting to win. I can't remember the last time we put so many big tackles in. Lowe is a different player with Jones with him. It's amazing the difference Jones makes to the midfield, simply illustrating how poor Murphy is (in this league). Disappointed? Only because of the lateness of the goal. Despondant? No. There were some good performances tonight and a lot of spirit shown. Thought it was a good game, well contested..... BlueSkies

11:41pm Tue 5 Mar 13

crammed as a wasp says...

champs95 wrote:
MightyClaret wrote:
champs95 wrote:
MightyClaret wrote:
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.
Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs
How is that bitter? Top dogs? I'll say this about the clarets, you are always good value. I'm 38 and I can't remember you beating us.
Don't worry fella not long to go now!
[quote][p][bold]champs95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]champs95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?[/p][/quote]Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.[/p][/quote]Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs[/p][/quote]How is that bitter? Top dogs? I'll say this about the clarets, you are always good value. I'm 38 and I can't remember you beating us.[/p][/quote]Don't worry fella not long to go now! crammed as a wasp

11:51pm Tue 5 Mar 13

champs95 says...

crammed as a wasp wrote:
champs95 wrote:
MightyClaret wrote:
champs95 wrote:
MightyClaret wrote:
EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?
Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.
Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs
How is that bitter? Top dogs? I'll say this about the clarets, you are always good value. I'm 38 and I can't remember you beating us.
Don't worry fella not long to go now!
We'll see ;-)
[quote][p][bold]crammed as a wasp[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]champs95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]champs95[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MightyClaret[/bold] wrote: EAGLES EAGLES, Always be a Claret.. Look up horse botherers, chumpionship isn't so easy is it?[/p][/quote]Look up? Is this an acknowledgement of Rovers being above you for the last 30 years including a Premier League title, a league cup, countless cup semi finals and countless top 10 finishes? Enjoy your 3 point lead, I'm sure you will die happy.[/p][/quote]Very Bitter indeed, don't suppose you where the one singing the mamba Chants tonight , love from East Lancashires top dogs[/p][/quote]How is that bitter? Top dogs? I'll say this about the clarets, you are always good value. I'm 38 and I can't remember you beating us.[/p][/quote]Don't worry fella not long to go now![/p][/quote]We'll see ;-) champs95

11:53pm Tue 5 Mar 13

noddy57 says...

now the pressure is on,,lets see what appleton is made of, its gary bowyer on standby at the minute,,
now the pressure is on,,lets see what appleton is made of, its gary bowyer on standby at the minute,, noddy57

12:04am Wed 6 Mar 13

Rodge of the Rovers says...

100%ROVERS wrote:
THIS FANs VIEW (NO BULL****) MATCH REPORT :

KEAN - better performance tonight
HANLEY - immense again 5 games now
HENLEY - good to have him back
OLSSON - decent going forward tonight
RIKIK - dropped thank god !!!!
DANN - poor positioning at times again
ORR - Tweet this - See Ya Loser !!!! On his way hopefully!
PEDERSON - steady but poor set piece delivery
JONES - No pace but v good game tho
MURPHY - See Ya !!! Bye Bye son !!
LOWE - Good energy & tracked back !!
STEWART - Cameo appearance really
RHODES - Hard working again - good
DJ CAMPBELL - send him back asap !!

BEST - nice to see him return too - his goal at Fleetwood pre season suggests IF (big IF here) he can stay fit he has quality ...
I think you've pretty well summed it up there.
Would have liked to see Best come on a bit earlier in the game.
[quote][p][bold]100%ROVERS[/bold] wrote: THIS FANs VIEW (NO BULL****) MATCH REPORT : KEAN - better performance tonight HANLEY - immense again 5 games now HENLEY - good to have him back OLSSON - decent going forward tonight RIKIK - dropped thank god !!!! DANN - poor positioning at times again ORR - Tweet this - See Ya Loser !!!! On his way hopefully! PEDERSON - steady but poor set piece delivery JONES - No pace but v good game tho MURPHY - See Ya !!! Bye Bye son !! LOWE - Good energy & tracked back !! STEWART - Cameo appearance really RHODES - Hard working again - good DJ CAMPBELL - send him back asap !! BEST - nice to see him return too - his goal at Fleetwood pre season suggests IF (big IF here) he can stay fit he has quality ...[/p][/quote]I think you've pretty well summed it up there. Would have liked to see Best come on a bit earlier in the game. Rodge of the Rovers

1:06am Wed 6 Mar 13

passingfootball says...

,the purpose of loans is that they make an immediate impact, otherwise, they should only be there as a last resort as cover or used sparingly to rest a first team player, they should not be used as if they are replacements at the expense of players that are already owned by the club, especially when they are far less experienced, no better than what they have at the club already, loan players are no guarantees may not make the grade or may have to return to their parent club and the process of developing players has to start all over again, so much time and efforts is wasted behind a players and someone else reaps the benefit, this is one of the reasons why you shouldnt be too dependent on loan players

one good thing about the new players is that have come in on loan only, early signs show they are they are not as good as we would have expected, or the style of play rovers are adopting is not suited to their strengths, its by force of circumstances that appleton was unable to spend money in january, if he had the opportunity it would have been certainly be wasted on inferior players, a sign of good manager is extracts the most ability out of the players club at his disposal does nt give up on them without at least even giving them a chance to lay a claim for a spot in the team, in the transfer market he only brings in someone if they are going to bring in something new, something we dont already have, which improves the overall level of quality of the squad.
,the purpose of loans is that they make an immediate impact, otherwise, they should only be there as a last resort as cover or used sparingly to rest a first team player, they should not be used as if they are replacements at the expense of players that are already owned by the club, especially when they are far less experienced, no better than what they have at the club already, loan players are no guarantees may not make the grade or may have to return to their parent club and the process of developing players has to start all over again, so much time and efforts is wasted behind a players and someone else reaps the benefit, this is one of the reasons why you shouldnt be too dependent on loan players one good thing about the new players is that have come in on loan only, early signs show they are they are not as good as we would have expected, or the style of play rovers are adopting is not suited to their strengths, its by force of circumstances that appleton was unable to spend money in january, if he had the opportunity it would have been certainly be wasted on inferior players, a sign of good manager is extracts the most ability out of the players club at his disposal does nt give up on them without at least even giving them a chance to lay a claim for a spot in the team, in the transfer market he only brings in someone if they are going to bring in something new, something we dont already have, which improves the overall level of quality of the squad. passingfootball

7:14am Wed 6 Mar 13

dansker says...

we have the players!! but the wrong manager!
we have the players!! but the wrong manager! dansker

7:19am Wed 6 Mar 13

1952 rover says...

wow we seem to have a lot of dingles out from their play pens tonight. whats wrong do your sisters not want to play house.
wow we seem to have a lot of dingles out from their play pens tonight. whats wrong do your sisters not want to play house. 1952 rover

9:12am Wed 6 Mar 13

yyy's1 says...

I knew Appleton had no idea when he came and began telling us that Bradley Orr was a good fullback. As for the players not performing it's because that is as good as they are you can't play better than you're capable of playing. I think it's time to change the club motto, how about CAECI CAECOS DUCENTES I think that means in Latin ''the blind leading the blind''

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I knew Appleton had no idea when he came and began telling us that Bradley Orr was a good fullback. As for the players not performing it's because that is as good as they are you can't play better than you're capable of playing. I think it's time to change the club motto, how about CAECI CAECOS DUCENTES I think that means in Latin ''the blind leading the blind'' . yyy's1

9:20am Wed 6 Mar 13

midas says...

1952 rover wrote:
wow we seem to have a lot of dingles out from their play pens tonight. whats wrong do your sisters not want to play house.
No its more fun laughing at you!
[quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: wow we seem to have a lot of dingles out from their play pens tonight. whats wrong do your sisters not want to play house.[/p][/quote]No its more fun laughing at you! midas

9:29am Wed 6 Mar 13

fanny.tickler. says...

Hahaha, let's all laugh at Blackburn. Same old Rovers, always losing.
Hahaha, let's all laugh at Blackburn. Same old Rovers, always losing. fanny.tickler.

9:43am Wed 6 Mar 13

Gammon Flap says...

And I bet the few hundred of you tree-swingers that went to Bolton were booing Eagles' every touch as well.

Well done Chris
And I bet the few hundred of you tree-swingers that went to Bolton were booing Eagles' every touch as well. Well done Chris Gammon Flap

10:48pm Wed 6 Mar 13

Kiwihead says...

Rubbish. Just rubbish.
Rubbish. Just rubbish. Kiwihead

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