Blackburn Rovers boss excited by derby debut

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer admits he feels like a fan as he prepares to lead his side into the East Lancashire derby tomorrow.

The Ewood chief will get his first taste of the contest from the dug-out when Rovers make the journey to Turf Moor.

But Bowyer is using the occasion to inspire him as he aims for three points which would see Rovers overhaul Burnley in the early season league table.

And the the Rovers boss would also earn the bragging rights with the Clarets management team of Sean Dyche, Tony Loughlan and Ian Woan – a trio he has known for more than 20 years.

A wry smile broke across Bowyer’s face when he was asked if he had been in contact with the Burnley management team ahead of the derby.

He eventually offered an unconvincing ‘no’, as surely it’s not the done thing for a Rovers manager to fraternise with the enemy on the eve of one of the most explosive showdowns in British football?

But given their history together, it is hard to imagine that Bowyer has not shared at least a text with his opposite number this week.

Bowyer and Dyche were team-mates as youngsters at Nottingham Forest trying to break into the first team.

Bowyer is full of admiration for the work that Burnley boss Dyche, his assistant Woan and coach Loughlan have done at Turf Moor.

And ahead of the 100th competitive meeting between the East Lancashire rivals, Bowyer admitted his Clarets counterpart has brought a stability which he is trying to replicate at Rovers.

“I know their staff well and I think they are showing signs of what stability brings to a football club,” he said.

“If you look at their squad they’ve not had a mass turnover of personal.

“Ian Woan and Tony Loughlan were at Forest with me. Dychey had just left for Chesterfield but he lived with Ian Woan so he was always around in the digs and what have you so I’m sure there’s going to be a bit of banter on Saturday.

“Sean’s done a good job since he’s gone there. I think they finished as high last season as they’ve done for a while but we’ve just got to go there and give a good account of ourselves.”

Dyche will be the first manager since Harry Potts to take charge of Burnley for a third East Lancashire derby.

But for Bowyer it will be his first experience of a clash of the Football League founders – and he can’t wait.

“There’s not a bigger game in a season for a Blackburn Rovers manager,” said Bowyer, who was appointed the club’s full-time boss in May.

“It’s the first fixture the supporters and the staff look forward to.

“I can’t wait. I’m really excited. I’m like a fan because you really look forward to these games.

“The players are looking forward to it and we can’t wait.”

Rovers go into the game on the back of 5-2 and 4-1 victories over Barnsley and Bolton before the international break.

Bowyer wants his side to continue in the same attacking vein tomorrow.

“Obviously we’ve got make sure the players are aware of what’s at stake and the passion required,” he said.

“But in terms of playing the game we’re going to play it as we have done the last two games – and that’s get on the front foot and look to stamp our authority on it straight away.”

Whatever happens tomorrow Dyche is promising Bowyer a warm welcome after the match.

Dyche said: “We were both at Forest as kids. He came through from Hereford after me.”

Dyche moved to Chesterfield before Bowyer’s arrival but their paths crossed as the current Burnley boss lived with his now assistant Woan in Nottingham, when Woan and Bowyer were Forest team-mates.

“I saw him (Bowyer) the other week over at the Manchester United-Liverpool Under-21s game so I caught up with him there.

“He’s in his first job and I’ve shared a couple of texts with him about it and stuff like that.

“It’s only rivalry between people like us when the whistle blows. Before and after it, it’s all lovey-dovey!

“But for those 90-odd minutes it’s about getting the result that you want for your club and your team.”

Bowyer will welcome fit-again duo Lee Williamson and Adam Henley back into a squad after they recovered from back and hamstring injuries respectively.

But Rovers will be minus midfielder David Dunn after the derby talisman injured his knee in training on Monday and underwent a minor operation with no timescale set for his return.

The game will come too soon for striker DJ Campbell as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

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4:33pm Fri 13 Sep 13

CorkyMac says...

Oh how I would savour 3 points against this lot. It might keep the Dingles off these pages for a while, they're like an Itch you can't scratch.
Oh how I would savour 3 points against this lot. It might keep the Dingles off these pages for a while, they're like an Itch you can't scratch. CorkyMac
  • Score: 12

4:51pm Fri 13 Sep 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

In team GB we trust. We need a strong ref for this encounter, so dyches Aussie rules can be dealt with, with a couple of sendings off early door.
Looking forward to the clampetts being irate again
In team GB we trust. We need a strong ref for this encounter, so dyches Aussie rules can be dealt with, with a couple of sendings off early door. Looking forward to the clampetts being irate again FakeVilla_MTCabinet
  • Score: 7

5:02pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Dukes says...

its a big game and will be hard game hopefully we get the win if not than a draw.
its a big game and will be hard game hopefully we get the win if not than a draw. Dukes
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Fri 13 Sep 13

Thirtyfour Years says...

I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!! Thirtyfour Years
  • Score: 6

6:30pm Fri 13 Sep 13

roverstid says...

One more sleep!

Oh it's so on!

RTID.
One more sleep! Oh it's so on! RTID. roverstid
  • Score: 5

8:47pm Fri 13 Sep 13

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions. says...

Can't wait for tomorrow, 3am start for me. My b0llox tingle every time i think about it.

I've put together an A4 sized poster commemorating 35 years; I know bragging rights should come after the game and not before so perhaps a good idea not to email it on until after the game.

Contact me through my website and i'll email it to you you.

http://ewoodpark.jim
do.com/
Can't wait for tomorrow, 3am start for me. My b0llox tingle every time i think about it. I've put together an A4 sized poster commemorating 35 years; I know bragging rights should come after the game and not before so perhaps a good idea not to email it on until after the game. Contact me through my website and i'll email it to you you. http://ewoodpark.jim do.com/ BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions.
  • Score: 1

9:10pm Fri 13 Sep 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Thirtyfour Years wrote:
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell.

Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.
[quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!![/p][/quote]"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell. Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: -5

9:16pm Fri 13 Sep 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp
ions.
wrote:
Can't wait for tomorrow, 3am start for me. My b0llox tingle every time i think about it.

I've put together an A4 sized poster commemorating 35 years; I know bragging rights should come after the game and not before so perhaps a good idea not to email it on until after the game.

Contact me through my website and i'll email it to you you.

http://ewoodpark.jim

do.com/
The reason your nuts are tingling is because of the peanut butter you've spread on them before shouting "dinner time Fido".
[quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions.[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for tomorrow, 3am start for me. My b0llox tingle every time i think about it. I've put together an A4 sized poster commemorating 35 years; I know bragging rights should come after the game and not before so perhaps a good idea not to email it on until after the game. Contact me through my website and i'll email it to you you. http://ewoodpark.jim do.com/[/p][/quote]The reason your nuts are tingling is because of the peanut butter you've spread on them before shouting "dinner time Fido". You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: -7

10:18pm Fri 13 Sep 13

baldie says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Thirtyfour Years wrote:
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell.

Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.
It's your voice,not you're.
It's excited,not exited.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!![/p][/quote]"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell. Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.[/p][/quote]It's your voice,not you're. It's excited,not exited. baldie
  • Score: 13

10:24pm Fri 13 Sep 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

baldie wrote:
You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Thirtyfour Years wrote:
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell.

Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.
It's your voice,not you're.
It's excited,not exited.
Thanks for marking my homework professor hawking. Smart phones n all that. I'll report to YOUR office for a spanking immediately.
[quote][p][bold]baldie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!![/p][/quote]"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell. Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.[/p][/quote]It's your voice,not you're. It's excited,not exited.[/p][/quote]Thanks for marking my homework professor hawking. Smart phones n all that. I'll report to YOUR office for a spanking immediately. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: -10

10:30pm Fri 13 Sep 13

icannotrace says...

baldie wrote:
You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Thirtyfour Years wrote:
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell.

Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.
It's your voice,not you're.
It's excited,not exited.
It's also "bowels" not "bowls". Those in glass houses etc.
[quote][p][bold]baldie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!![/p][/quote]"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell. Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.[/p][/quote]It's your voice,not you're. It's excited,not exited.[/p][/quote]It's also "bowels" not "bowls". Those in glass houses etc. icannotrace
  • Score: 12

11:20pm Fri 13 Sep 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp

ions.
wrote:
Can't wait for tomorrow, 3am start for me. My b0llox tingle every time i think about it.

I've put together an A4 sized poster commemorating 35 years; I know bragging rights should come after the game and not before so perhaps a good idea not to email it on until after the game.

Contact me through my website and i'll email it to you you.

http://ewoodpark.jim


do.com/
The reason your nuts are tingling is because of the peanut butter you've spread on them before shouting "dinner time Fido".
Typing from experience again me old MUG
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BRFC:ThePeoplesChamp ions.[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for tomorrow, 3am start for me. My b0llox tingle every time i think about it. I've put together an A4 sized poster commemorating 35 years; I know bragging rights should come after the game and not before so perhaps a good idea not to email it on until after the game. Contact me through my website and i'll email it to you you. http://ewoodpark.jim do.com/[/p][/quote]The reason your nuts are tingling is because of the peanut butter you've spread on them before shouting "dinner time Fido".[/p][/quote]Typing from experience again me old MUG FakeVilla_MTCabinet
  • Score: 7

11:24pm Fri 13 Sep 13

icannotrace says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
baldie wrote:
You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Thirtyfour Years wrote:
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell.

Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.
It's your voice,not you're.
It's excited,not exited.
Thanks for marking my homework professor hawking. Smart phones n all that. I'll report to YOUR office for a spanking immediately.
So what you're actually saying is that a smart phone is smarter than yourself? Generally that would be a worry but in your case perfectly understandable.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baldie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!![/p][/quote]"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell. Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.[/p][/quote]It's your voice,not you're. It's excited,not exited.[/p][/quote]Thanks for marking my homework professor hawking. Smart phones n all that. I'll report to YOUR office for a spanking immediately.[/p][/quote]So what you're actually saying is that a smart phone is smarter than yourself? Generally that would be a worry but in your case perfectly understandable. icannotrace
  • Score: 8

11:56pm Fri 13 Sep 13

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions. says...

icannotrace wrote:
You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
baldie wrote:
You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Thirtyfour Years wrote:
I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!!
"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell.

Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.
It's your voice,not you're.
It's excited,not exited.
Thanks for marking my homework professor hawking. Smart phones n all that. I'll report to YOUR office for a spanking immediately.
So what you're actually saying is that a smart phone is smarter than yourself? Generally that would be a worry but in your case perfectly understandable.
Dingles are not smart enough to use smart phones. I know, I've got one and to them, a smart phone is what fire was to Neanderthals. Imagine going back in time and giving a box of Swan Vestas to a caveman and you get the picture.

Up in just over 3 hrs to make the short journey from West Yorkshire to East Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary operate in some sort of parallel universe.

3am just to get the correct bus and rail connections for an un Godly 12:15 KO.
[quote][p][bold]icannotrace[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baldie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thirtyfour Years[/bold] wrote: I going to do my best to loose my voice tomorrow, shouting the boys to an almighty victory in the dump they call the 'dingle-dome'. Hope I get no splinters in my arse off those wooden seats!![/p][/quote]"Loose" you're voice? You may want to do your best to learn how to spell. Bless you, getting that exited you're forgetting to do basic things. Just make sure you don't LOSE control of your bowls as you get whipped up into a glue induced frenzy.[/p][/quote]It's your voice,not you're. It's excited,not exited.[/p][/quote]Thanks for marking my homework professor hawking. Smart phones n all that. I'll report to YOUR office for a spanking immediately.[/p][/quote]So what you're actually saying is that a smart phone is smarter than yourself? Generally that would be a worry but in your case perfectly understandable.[/p][/quote]Dingles are not smart enough to use smart phones. I know, I've got one and to them, a smart phone is what fire was to Neanderthals. Imagine going back in time and giving a box of Swan Vestas to a caveman and you get the picture. Up in just over 3 hrs to make the short journey from West Yorkshire to East Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary operate in some sort of parallel universe. 3am just to get the correct bus and rail connections for an un Godly 12:15 KO. BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions.
  • Score: 7

7:02am Sat 14 Sep 13

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions. says...

On the train from Leeds now, no Dingles yet.

Had a run in with one back in 2009 after he let his presence be known just as we were pulling into Dingleland.

**** still tingling.

ewoodpark.jimdo.com
On the train from Leeds now, no Dingles yet. Had a run in with one back in 2009 after he let his presence be known just as we were pulling into Dingleland. **** still tingling. ewoodpark.jimdo.com BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions.
  • Score: 3

8:43am Sat 14 Sep 13

srvp28 says...

Experiencing a mixture of emotions this morning. So excited that derby day is here - I believe it's called Cup Final day in Burnley - but I'm also a bit nervous about how we'll do today. (I assume it's the same feeling a Dingle gets when he takes his laptop into PC World for a repair.) In all fairness to Dyche, he has got his lads playing decent football, yet Bowyer seems to have found a winning formula himself having had a poor start to the season.

Home advantage, a more settled squad and a good start to the season means that Burnley are, quite rightly, the bookies favourites. Therefore, I'm a bit confused as to why Dyche believes the pressure is firmly on Blackburn today. Surely it's the other way around? After all, this is the first time in decades that Rovers haven't been favourites to win.

I'm looking forward to what should be a good game, and hopefully Rovers will put on a better performance than they did at Turf Moor last season. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is the choice of referee. Craig Pawson doesn't handle pressure particularly well so don't be surprised if there's a contentious decision or three given during the game. I'm praying for the win (obviously) but I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw. Rhodes has a cast on his hand and has been cleared to play, although whether he starts or not is a different story. My starting XI (4-2-3-1) would be:

Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Judge, King, Rhodes.

As an aside, I hope both sets of supporters behave themselves and everyone gets to go home safe after a great day out. If you see trouble brewing report it to a steward, it's what they're there for.

Come on Rovers!
Experiencing a mixture of emotions this morning. So excited that derby day is here - I believe it's called Cup Final day in Burnley - but I'm also a bit nervous about how we'll do today. (I assume it's the same feeling a Dingle gets when he takes his laptop into PC World for a repair.) In all fairness to Dyche, he has got his lads playing decent football, yet Bowyer seems to have found a winning formula himself having had a poor start to the season. Home advantage, a more settled squad and a good start to the season means that Burnley are, quite rightly, the bookies favourites. Therefore, I'm a bit confused as to why Dyche believes the pressure is firmly on Blackburn today. Surely it's the other way around? After all, this is the first time in decades that Rovers haven't been favourites to win. I'm looking forward to what should be a good game, and hopefully Rovers will put on a better performance than they did at Turf Moor last season. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is the choice of referee. Craig Pawson doesn't handle pressure particularly well so don't be surprised if there's a contentious decision or three given during the game. I'm praying for the win (obviously) but I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw. Rhodes has a cast on his hand and has been cleared to play, although whether he starts or not is a different story. My starting XI (4-2-3-1) would be: Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Judge, King, Rhodes. As an aside, I hope both sets of supporters behave themselves and everyone gets to go home safe after a great day out. If you see trouble brewing report it to a steward, it's what they're there for. Come on Rovers! srvp28
  • Score: 9

9:42am Sat 14 Sep 13

greenscreener says...

srvp28 wrote:
Experiencing a mixture of emotions this morning. So excited that derby day is here - I believe it's called Cup Final day in Burnley - but I'm also a bit nervous about how we'll do today. (I assume it's the same feeling a Dingle gets when he takes his laptop into PC World for a repair.) In all fairness to Dyche, he has got his lads playing decent football, yet Bowyer seems to have found a winning formula himself having had a poor start to the season.

Home advantage, a more settled squad and a good start to the season means that Burnley are, quite rightly, the bookies favourites. Therefore, I'm a bit confused as to why Dyche believes the pressure is firmly on Blackburn today. Surely it's the other way around? After all, this is the first time in decades that Rovers haven't been favourites to win.

I'm looking forward to what should be a good game, and hopefully Rovers will put on a better performance than they did at Turf Moor last season. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is the choice of referee. Craig Pawson doesn't handle pressure particularly well so don't be surprised if there's a contentious decision or three given during the game. I'm praying for the win (obviously) but I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw. Rhodes has a cast on his hand and has been cleared to play, although whether he starts or not is a different story. My starting XI (4-2-3-1) would be:

Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Judge, King, Rhodes.

As an aside, I hope both sets of supporters behave themselves and everyone gets to go home safe after a great day out. If you see trouble brewing report it to a steward, it's what they're there for.

Come on Rovers!
Can't argue with any of that SRVP, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Evans rather than Judge in your XI, I thought he looked very effective against Bolton.

COYB !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]srvp28[/bold] wrote: Experiencing a mixture of emotions this morning. So excited that derby day is here - I believe it's called Cup Final day in Burnley - but I'm also a bit nervous about how we'll do today. (I assume it's the same feeling a Dingle gets when he takes his laptop into PC World for a repair.) In all fairness to Dyche, he has got his lads playing decent football, yet Bowyer seems to have found a winning formula himself having had a poor start to the season. Home advantage, a more settled squad and a good start to the season means that Burnley are, quite rightly, the bookies favourites. Therefore, I'm a bit confused as to why Dyche believes the pressure is firmly on Blackburn today. Surely it's the other way around? After all, this is the first time in decades that Rovers haven't been favourites to win. I'm looking forward to what should be a good game, and hopefully Rovers will put on a better performance than they did at Turf Moor last season. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is the choice of referee. Craig Pawson doesn't handle pressure particularly well so don't be surprised if there's a contentious decision or three given during the game. I'm praying for the win (obviously) but I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw. Rhodes has a cast on his hand and has been cleared to play, although whether he starts or not is a different story. My starting XI (4-2-3-1) would be: Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Judge, King, Rhodes. As an aside, I hope both sets of supporters behave themselves and everyone gets to go home safe after a great day out. If you see trouble brewing report it to a steward, it's what they're there for. Come on Rovers![/p][/quote]Can't argue with any of that SRVP, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Evans rather than Judge in your XI, I thought he looked very effective against Bolton. COYB !!!!!! greenscreener
  • Score: 7

10:04am Sat 14 Sep 13

srvp28 says...

greenscreener wrote:
srvp28 wrote:
Experiencing a mixture of emotions this morning. So excited that derby day is here - I believe it's called Cup Final day in Burnley - but I'm also a bit nervous about how we'll do today. (I assume it's the same feeling a Dingle gets when he takes his laptop into PC World for a repair.) In all fairness to Dyche, he has got his lads playing decent football, yet Bowyer seems to have found a winning formula himself having had a poor start to the season.

Home advantage, a more settled squad and a good start to the season means that Burnley are, quite rightly, the bookies favourites. Therefore, I'm a bit confused as to why Dyche believes the pressure is firmly on Blackburn today. Surely it's the other way around? After all, this is the first time in decades that Rovers haven't been favourites to win.

I'm looking forward to what should be a good game, and hopefully Rovers will put on a better performance than they did at Turf Moor last season. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is the choice of referee. Craig Pawson doesn't handle pressure particularly well so don't be surprised if there's a contentious decision or three given during the game. I'm praying for the win (obviously) but I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw. Rhodes has a cast on his hand and has been cleared to play, although whether he starts or not is a different story. My starting XI (4-2-3-1) would be:

Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Judge, King, Rhodes.

As an aside, I hope both sets of supporters behave themselves and everyone gets to go home safe after a great day out. If you see trouble brewing report it to a steward, it's what they're there for.

Come on Rovers!
Can't argue with any of that SRVP, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Evans rather than Judge in your XI, I thought he looked very effective against Bolton.

COYB !!!!!!
I wanted to pick Evans but thought we'd need a more defensive midfielder, especially away from home. It was a toss up between Cairney and Evans but I opted for Cairney because of his set pieces. I wouldn't be disappointed to see either start, although I wish Williamson was match fit too as he's just the type of player we need today.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]srvp28[/bold] wrote: Experiencing a mixture of emotions this morning. So excited that derby day is here - I believe it's called Cup Final day in Burnley - but I'm also a bit nervous about how we'll do today. (I assume it's the same feeling a Dingle gets when he takes his laptop into PC World for a repair.) In all fairness to Dyche, he has got his lads playing decent football, yet Bowyer seems to have found a winning formula himself having had a poor start to the season. Home advantage, a more settled squad and a good start to the season means that Burnley are, quite rightly, the bookies favourites. Therefore, I'm a bit confused as to why Dyche believes the pressure is firmly on Blackburn today. Surely it's the other way around? After all, this is the first time in decades that Rovers haven't been favourites to win. I'm looking forward to what should be a good game, and hopefully Rovers will put on a better performance than they did at Turf Moor last season. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is the choice of referee. Craig Pawson doesn't handle pressure particularly well so don't be surprised if there's a contentious decision or three given during the game. I'm praying for the win (obviously) but I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw. Rhodes has a cast on his hand and has been cleared to play, although whether he starts or not is a different story. My starting XI (4-2-3-1) would be: Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Judge, King, Rhodes. As an aside, I hope both sets of supporters behave themselves and everyone gets to go home safe after a great day out. If you see trouble brewing report it to a steward, it's what they're there for. Come on Rovers![/p][/quote]Can't argue with any of that SRVP, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Evans rather than Judge in your XI, I thought he looked very effective against Bolton. COYB !!!!!![/p][/quote]I wanted to pick Evans but thought we'd need a more defensive midfielder, especially away from home. It was a toss up between Cairney and Evans but I opted for Cairney because of his set pieces. I wouldn't be disappointed to see either start, although I wish Williamson was match fit too as he's just the type of player we need today. srvp28
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All you smart people with smartphones, where are you sat? BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions.
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