Blackburn Rovers pay price for slow starts

Lancashire Telegraph: Jordan Rhodes Jordan Rhodes

SOFT goals at the start of each half and a shocking late error from goalkeeper Jake Kean condemned Rovers to their fifth away defeat of the season last night.

Top scorer Jordan Rhodes – on his first return to his former club – brought Gary Bowyer’s side level in the 30th minute after they had allowed Luke Hyam to put Ipswich ahead early on.

But they shot themselves in the foot for the second time three minutes after the restart as Carlos Edwards restored the Tractor Boys’ advantage.

Worse was to follow, however, when Kean got in a mix up with Scott Dann and so gifting Frank Nouble the easiest goal he will score in his career.

The result ended Rovers’ nine-game unbeaten league run against Ipswich and meant they missed a fantastic opportunity to close the gap on the play-off places.

Bowyer was forced into making two changes to the team that started Saturday’s rousing 1-0 home win over Leeds United. Chris Taylor had to pull out because of personal reasons while David Dunn was deemed not fit enough to play two matches in four days.

Their places were taken by Lee Williamson and DJ Campbell. Campbell – like Rhodes an ex-Tractor Boys forward – was making his first start since March. And with less than 90 seconds on the clock he went close to marking it with his first goal for Rovers.

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Campbell – who netted 10 times in a highly successful loan spell at Portman Road last season – brought a deflected shot from Williamson under his control and fired in a left-footed effort that Dean Gerken did well to keep out.

It proved a crucial save as two minutes later Ipswich were in front. Tommy Smith’s long ball into the box was headed clear by Tommy Spurr but only as far as Hyam. Given time and space the midfielder took a touch before sending a low 20-yard drive past Kean and into the bottom corner.

It was the worst possible start for Rovers, who have now conceded at least one goal in every one of their last 28 Championship games away from home.

But they cannot say they were not warned as it was the third match in succession that Mick McCarthy’s men had opened the scoring in the first five minutes. Their lead should have been wiped out in the 14th minute by Josh King.

But the flying winger, having raced on to a fine pass over the top by Rhodes, lost control of the ball when he was bearing down on goal and Smith got back to clear.

King’s blushes were spared, however, by Rhodes on the half-hour mark. There seemed little danger when Dann aimed a hopeful ball over the top. But Rhodes sensed an opportunity and after beating the offside trap he slipped past Gerken before rolling the ball right footed into the empty net to take his tally for the term up to 11.

Rovers enjoyed 60 per cent possession in an open first half and deserved to be level going into half-time. But they fell behind in the 48th minute.

Jason Lowe prevented Tractor Boys full debutant Stephen Hunt from finishing off a jinking run into the area. But with Lowe's fellow defenders at sixes and sevens the ball broke for Edwards to slam home from close range.

Rovers’ hopes of a second equaliser rested with Rhodes. And the Scotland international – who has scored 126 goals in 214 matches since being controversially sold by then Ipswich boss Roy Keane in July 2009 – nearly got when he charged down an attempted Gerken clearance and saw the ball drift just wide.

Rovers boss Bowyer – who lost Hanley to injury and saw Todd Kane picked up a fifth yellow card of the campaign, ruling him out of Saturday’s trip to QPR – threw on Rudy Gestede for his debut.

But it proved in vain as with four minutes to play Kean made a complete hash of a long clearance over the top. The keeper allowed the ball to bounce between his legs and Nouble had the simple task of tapping into an empty net. 

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4:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

ghost of sceptic says...

Its one thing to coach players and a different ball game to manage a team. I am at a loss to understand why we played a striker for 70+ minutes who never ouched the ball. Feel for Cairney, and spur who give 100% but as for Kean the sooner Robinsons fit the better.
Its one thing to coach players and a different ball game to manage a team. I am at a loss to understand why we played a striker for 70+ minutes who never ouched the ball. Feel for Cairney, and spur who give 100% but as for Kean the sooner Robinsons fit the better. ghost of sceptic

5:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Captain Dreckley says...

Tactics totally wrong. GB is a nice guy but is a coach not a proven manager. Get Holloway now before he is snapped up.
Tactics totally wrong. GB is a nice guy but is a coach not a proven manager. Get Holloway now before he is snapped up. Captain Dreckley

5:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

oneroveeer says...

Once again the negatives fans have arrived, we can take a lot of positives from the game we passed well and i dont think we deserved to lose. On the hand we need just a bit more consistency and improve our away form. Thought kane and kean were terrible. Sign cairney, get a PROVEN goalscorer in this divison that doesent just score penalties and improve our away form and i think we can challenge a play off spot. Gb give simon eastwood a chance... kean was horrific. Give boywer a chance, let the season finish he has brougt back stability, i surely do not want a repeat of last year, good luck at qpr wont be able to make it! #COYB
Once again the negatives fans have arrived, we can take a lot of positives from the game we passed well and i dont think we deserved to lose. On the hand we need just a bit more consistency and improve our away form. Thought kane and kean were terrible. Sign cairney, get a PROVEN goalscorer in this divison that doesent just score penalties and improve our away form and i think we can challenge a play off spot. Gb give simon eastwood a chance... kean was horrific. Give boywer a chance, let the season finish he has brougt back stability, i surely do not want a repeat of last year, good luck at qpr wont be able to make it! #COYB oneroveeer

5:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

juanbbien says...

What a bloody mess we are in owners who know bugger all about football but. Conduct their business thousands of miles away,I squad of journey men players you would be hard pushed to choose one for free, two forwards on big money who are totally useless,a player who lasts sixty minutes per game when fit ,a manager who seems a nice bloke but isn't street wise enough,but then who else in their right mind would work for this lot it all adds up to trouble ahead
What a bloody mess we are in owners who know bugger all about football but. Conduct their business thousands of miles away,I squad of journey men players you would be hard pushed to choose one for free, two forwards on big money who are totally useless,a player who lasts sixty minutes per game when fit ,a manager who seems a nice bloke but isn't street wise enough,but then who else in their right mind would work for this lot it all adds up to trouble ahead juanbbien

6:09pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Bill Carson says...

Josh King's pace is a fantastic asset but his decision making and finishing are awful. If Dunny can only manage 1hr/1game a week then it's time to pack it in, it's just disrupting the team. Kane is being targeted as the weakest link by every opposing manager, it's so obvious. Partnering DJ with Rhodes is simply wrong when you have a 6ft+ striker available? Kean will be prone to mistakes as we have so few players that are comfortable on the ball in their own half. And we continue to gift possession by punting hopeful balls to the diddymen upfront. Frankly, with injuries and suspensions, the squad is both weak and poor in the cold light of day!
Josh King's pace is a fantastic asset but his decision making and finishing are awful. If Dunny can only manage 1hr/1game a week then it's time to pack it in, it's just disrupting the team. Kane is being targeted as the weakest link by every opposing manager, it's so obvious. Partnering DJ with Rhodes is simply wrong when you have a 6ft+ striker available? Kean will be prone to mistakes as we have so few players that are comfortable on the ball in their own half. And we continue to gift possession by punting hopeful balls to the diddymen upfront. Frankly, with injuries and suspensions, the squad is both weak and poor in the cold light of day! Bill Carson

6:57pm Wed 4 Dec 13

crankitup says...

oneroveeer wrote:
Once again the negatives fans have arrived, we can take a lot of positives from the game we passed well and i dont think we deserved to lose. On the hand we need just a bit more consistency and improve our away form. Thought kane and kean were terrible. Sign cairney, get a PROVEN goalscorer in this divison that doesent just score penalties and improve our away form and i think we can challenge a play off spot. Gb give simon eastwood a chance... kean was horrific. Give boywer a chance, let the season finish he has brougt back stability, i surely do not want a repeat of last year, good luck at qpr wont be able to make it! #COYB
agree, i can see the positive in going down three goals to one....OMG, some people would see the positives in being relegated again.

it's just not good enough simples....GB is not nor will he ever be good enough to take us up....i do think however he's good enough to keep us in this league.....mid table.
[quote][p][bold]oneroveeer[/bold] wrote: Once again the negatives fans have arrived, we can take a lot of positives from the game we passed well and i dont think we deserved to lose. On the hand we need just a bit more consistency and improve our away form. Thought kane and kean were terrible. Sign cairney, get a PROVEN goalscorer in this divison that doesent just score penalties and improve our away form and i think we can challenge a play off spot. Gb give simon eastwood a chance... kean was horrific. Give boywer a chance, let the season finish he has brougt back stability, i surely do not want a repeat of last year, good luck at qpr wont be able to make it! #COYB[/p][/quote]agree, i can see the positive in going down three goals to one....OMG, some people would see the positives in being relegated again. it's just not good enough simples....GB is not nor will he ever be good enough to take us up....i do think however he's good enough to keep us in this league.....mid table. crankitup

7:00pm Wed 4 Dec 13

crankitup says...

LT, what happened to the other story about Christmas being the time to pick up points?.....anyone know?
LT, what happened to the other story about Christmas being the time to pick up points?.....anyone know? crankitup

7:21pm Wed 4 Dec 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

The sooner we forget last nights game the better as it was another case of poor team selection and tactics. Time Gary got tough with players who make mistakes and let someone else have a go as some of them are becoming complacent especially away from home. For Gary to keep relying on Dunn to contribute to progressing the Club is a big mistake and should stop treating him or others as mates as they will, and are letting him down for sure. He needs to treat the players with respect but be single minded and ruthless in order to achieve his goal of success. It can be very painful watching Gary learn his trade at times. But I think he deserves our full support for now to see if he is capable of learning from his mistakes quickly. I will only call for his head if we are flirting with relegation near the end of the season. Don't know what the goal keeping coach is doing with Kean. He is a young boy and the coach should be helping to improve his game and use his big frame to dominate the penalty and goal areas. at the moment he flaps and looks nervous in a crowded situation. Bring back Bobby Mimms as coach as Kean did quite well under him.
The sooner we forget last nights game the better as it was another case of poor team selection and tactics. Time Gary got tough with players who make mistakes and let someone else have a go as some of them are becoming complacent especially away from home. For Gary to keep relying on Dunn to contribute to progressing the Club is a big mistake and should stop treating him or others as mates as they will, and are letting him down for sure. He needs to treat the players with respect but be single minded and ruthless in order to achieve his goal of success. It can be very painful watching Gary learn his trade at times. But I think he deserves our full support for now to see if he is capable of learning from his mistakes quickly. I will only call for his head if we are flirting with relegation near the end of the season. Don't know what the goal keeping coach is doing with Kean. He is a young boy and the coach should be helping to improve his game and use his big frame to dominate the penalty and goal areas. at the moment he flaps and looks nervous in a crowded situation. Bring back Bobby Mimms as coach as Kean did quite well under him. A Rover 45 years and over

7:35pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Rod of the Rovers says...

I just hope someone leaves a copy of the league table on Gary Bowyer's desk
I just hope someone leaves a copy of the league table on Gary Bowyer's desk Rod of the Rovers

9:43pm Wed 4 Dec 13

tom2malta2 says...

BRFC, and i'm a supporter, owned by INDIANS, run by COWBOYS, wise up and get rid of GB fast.
BRFC, and i'm a supporter, owned by INDIANS, run by COWBOYS, wise up and get rid of GB fast. tom2malta2

10:04pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

tom2malta2 wrote:
BRFC, and i'm a supporter, owned by INDIANS, run by COWBOYS, wise up and get rid of GB fast.
It's the vermin in India we need rid of.
[quote][p][bold]tom2malta2[/bold] wrote: BRFC, and i'm a supporter, owned by INDIANS, run by COWBOYS, wise up and get rid of GB fast.[/p][/quote]It's the vermin in India we need rid of. Stone Island:

10:34pm Wed 4 Dec 13

j bee says...

most of the lads are not good enough
most of the lads are not good enough j bee

10:40pm Wed 4 Dec 13

j bee says...

those who own city , untied liverpool chelsea know nowt about football .its the english men who run rovers who cant do the job ,get em out
those who own city , untied liverpool chelsea know nowt about football .its the english men who run rovers who cant do the job ,get em out j bee

10:40pm Wed 4 Dec 13

j bee says...

those who own city , untied liverpool chelsea know nowt about football .its the english men who run rovers who cant do the job ,get em out
those who own city , untied liverpool chelsea know nowt about football .its the english men who run rovers who cant do the job ,get em out j bee

11:24pm Wed 4 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

l got this result the wrong way round, l thought we had overcome our slack defending but its back with a vengeance, this was ipswich,s first win at home since september and trust us to be their first victims,,simply shambolic defending and if we repeat that at Q P R at the week end we could be a laughing stock,,the jury is out on gary,s competence,,winning at home is all well and good but good teams also win away from home and we dont seem to be able to do it,,
l got this result the wrong way round, l thought we had overcome our slack defending but its back with a vengeance, this was ipswich,s first win at home since september and trust us to be their first victims,,simply shambolic defending and if we repeat that at Q P R at the week end we could be a laughing stock,,the jury is out on gary,s competence,,winning at home is all well and good but good teams also win away from home and we dont seem to be able to do it,, noddy57

11:44pm Wed 4 Dec 13

peely says...

Never mind all the call me Gaz lovers can still say " well we have stability ".
We,ll probably stll have " stability " when we,re in the relegation mire at the end of the season and heading for liquidation ! These players are taking the mick out of our so called manager and the sooner he realises it the better !
Never mind all the call me Gaz lovers can still say " well we have stability ". We,ll probably stll have " stability " when we,re in the relegation mire at the end of the season and heading for liquidation ! These players are taking the mick out of our so called manager and the sooner he realises it the better ! peely

11:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

unclejacklegend says...

j bee wrote:
those who own city , untied liverpool chelsea know nowt about football .its the english men who run rovers who cant do the job ,get em out
Half the people on this forum know nowt about football. They want us to go from relegation candidates in May to promotion candidates in December, without spending any money, whilst £50+million in debt, whilst desperately trying fall into line with the impending financial fair play and with a club hierarchy who are a bunch of nobodies in the world of football and who couldn't attract players or managers of any quality because of the way they've treated people in the past.
[quote][p][bold]j bee[/bold] wrote: those who own city , untied liverpool chelsea know nowt about football .its the english men who run rovers who cant do the job ,get em out[/p][/quote]Half the people on this forum know nowt about football. They want us to go from relegation candidates in May to promotion candidates in December, without spending any money, whilst £50+million in debt, whilst desperately trying fall into line with the impending financial fair play and with a club hierarchy who are a bunch of nobodies in the world of football and who couldn't attract players or managers of any quality because of the way they've treated people in the past. unclejacklegend

1:51am Thu 5 Dec 13

Ralph Jones says...

Hope there is a goalkeeping change soon, it"s not the first time he has let the team down, just not good enough period.
Hope there is a goalkeeping change soon, it"s not the first time he has let the team down, just not good enough period. Ralph Jones

5:42am Thu 5 Dec 13

Norman T Wangler says...

kean - shocking. no confidence. no command of area. weak keeper. championship reserve quality (at best)
spurr - a trier. wholehearted
kane - not bad. is suppose, but not great. no threat going forward.
dann- decent championship defender -suspect distribution at best
hanley - decent defender - possibly borderline premier league?
williamson - tries. no flair
cairney - a good player but played out of possession
lowe - getting better thankfully
dunn - good for 45 mins. class. rarely gives ball away
king - born with premier league pace and ryman league skills
rhodes - can finish IF we can can get the ball to him. but we dont. not much esle to his game. looks fed up. dont blame him.
evans - a big miss. looked quality.
dj campbell - has he done anything yet? can he do anything? im beginning to doubt
best? - worst.
gestede - a month to impress before we sell rhodes and buy him?
rochina - needs game time. hopefully hes learnt the concept of 'passing' and 'team mates'
kean - shocking. no confidence. no command of area. weak keeper. championship reserve quality (at best) spurr - a trier. wholehearted kane - not bad. is suppose, but not great. no threat going forward. dann- decent championship defender -suspect distribution at best hanley - decent defender - possibly borderline premier league? williamson - tries. no flair cairney - a good player but played out of possession lowe - getting better thankfully dunn - good for 45 mins. class. rarely gives ball away king - born with premier league pace and ryman league skills rhodes - can finish IF we can can get the ball to him. but we dont. not much esle to his game. looks fed up. dont blame him. evans - a big miss. looked quality. dj campbell - has he done anything yet? can he do anything? im beginning to doubt best? - worst. gestede - a month to impress before we sell rhodes and buy him? rochina - needs game time. hopefully hes learnt the concept of 'passing' and 'team mates' Norman T Wangler

8:09am Thu 5 Dec 13

bburnrover says...

The strength of a team is in the spine of it a great goalie, great centre half and a great striker trouble is we need two out of the three and which club will sell a "great player"?
The strength of a team is in the spine of it a great goalie, great centre half and a great striker trouble is we need two out of the three and which club will sell a "great player"? bburnrover

8:26am Thu 5 Dec 13

Angry From Accrington says...

Stone Island: wrote:
tom2malta2 wrote:
BRFC, and i'm a supporter, owned by INDIANS, run by COWBOYS, wise up and get rid of GB fast.
It's the vermin in India we need rid of.
Do you despise all vermin equally or are black mice more abhorrent than white rats?
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tom2malta2[/bold] wrote: BRFC, and i'm a supporter, owned by INDIANS, run by COWBOYS, wise up and get rid of GB fast.[/p][/quote]It's the vermin in India we need rid of.[/p][/quote]Do you despise all vermin equally or are black mice more abhorrent than white rats? Angry From Accrington

10:57am Thu 5 Dec 13

razwoods78 says...

Norman T Wangler wrote:
kean - shocking. no confidence. no command of area. weak keeper. championship reserve quality (at best) spurr - a trier. wholehearted kane - not bad. is suppose, but not great. no threat going forward. dann- decent championship defender -suspect distribution at best hanley - decent defender - possibly borderline premier league? williamson - tries. no flair cairney - a good player but played out of possession lowe - getting better thankfully dunn - good for 45 mins. class. rarely gives ball away king - born with premier league pace and ryman league skills rhodes - can finish IF we can can get the ball to him. but we dont. not much esle to his game. looks fed up. dont blame him. evans - a big miss. looked quality. dj campbell - has he done anything yet? can he do anything? im beginning to doubt best? - worst. gestede - a month to impress before we sell rhodes and buy him? rochina - needs game time. hopefully hes learnt the concept of 'passing' and 'team mates'
Fantastic assessment mate. Agree entirely. DJ Campbell is dire, always has been in my opinion. But then I look around at other strikers who I would put in his 'class' such as Nugent and Fuller and they are getting goals. Our problem is we create absolutely nothing. In three games we are lucky to have 15 goal attempts. Leicester had that in the first half vs us this season. We wait until conceeding before we wake up
[quote][p][bold]Norman T Wangler[/bold] wrote: kean - shocking. no confidence. no command of area. weak keeper. championship reserve quality (at best) spurr - a trier. wholehearted kane - not bad. is suppose, but not great. no threat going forward. dann- decent championship defender -suspect distribution at best hanley - decent defender - possibly borderline premier league? williamson - tries. no flair cairney - a good player but played out of possession lowe - getting better thankfully dunn - good for 45 mins. class. rarely gives ball away king - born with premier league pace and ryman league skills rhodes - can finish IF we can can get the ball to him. but we dont. not much esle to his game. looks fed up. dont blame him. evans - a big miss. looked quality. dj campbell - has he done anything yet? can he do anything? im beginning to doubt best? - worst. gestede - a month to impress before we sell rhodes and buy him? rochina - needs game time. hopefully hes learnt the concept of 'passing' and 'team mates'[/p][/quote]Fantastic assessment mate. Agree entirely. DJ Campbell is dire, always has been in my opinion. But then I look around at other strikers who I would put in his 'class' such as Nugent and Fuller and they are getting goals. Our problem is we create absolutely nothing. In three games we are lucky to have 15 goal attempts. Leicester had that in the first half vs us this season. We wait until conceeding before we wake up razwoods78

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