Three could be the magic number for Blackburn Rovers boss

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has hinted he could switch to a three-man defence for today’s trip to QPR in a bid to make his side harder to break down away from home.

While Rovers have conceded just five goals in nine games at Ewood Park – the third best record in the Championship behind QPR (2) and Burnley (4) – they have let in 17 in as many matches on the road.

It is a conundrum that Bowyer has so far been unable to solve.

And it has led him to considering a change of formation as well as a change of personnel for the clash with Harry Redknapp’s second-placed team.

On-loan Chelsea right-back Todd Kane will definitely miss out with suspension after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at Ipswich Town.

But when asked whether the fit-again Adam Henley, who has not played since March, would be a like-for-like replacement for the banned Kane, Bowyer said: “Adam can obviously play there but there are others who can play there too and it might not necessarily be a back four.”

Bowyer had given consideration to playing three centre-backs earlier in the campaign but the defeat to Ipswich may be the impetus to make the tactical switch.

Bowyer said: “We’ve got experienced people on the staff and if you look at the manner in which we’ve been shipping goals away from home it’s something you have to be open minded about.

“You cannot ignore the possibility of changing personnel but also changing the system.”

All three goals against Ipswich were the result of individual mistakes. The Tractor Boys’ killer third goal came after Jake Kean allowed a ball over the top to bounce through his legs.

It is not the first time this season that the young Rovers goalkeeper has made a mistake that has cost his side.

Bowyer said: “He’s young, he’s got to learn from it and toughen up. Everyone cares about him, wants to support him and wants him to improve.

“He was down but it’s up to us to pick him up.”

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6:13pm Fri 6 Dec 13

eddyo says...

A great idea. Stick another bod in centre-mid.
A great idea. Stick another bod in centre-mid. eddyo

6:14pm Fri 6 Dec 13

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

3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.
3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring. You're not mugging me off that easily

6:21pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Harwoodstblue says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.
And three is the position you will be enjoying only until tomorrow Mr Mug. The annual slide is well under way, the pack is closing and the league is taking shape as expected with the fancied clubs hitting form at the right time.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: 3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.[/p][/quote]And three is the position you will be enjoying only until tomorrow Mr Mug. The annual slide is well under way, the pack is closing and the league is taking shape as expected with the fancied clubs hitting form at the right time. Harwoodstblue

6:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

FCBurnley says...

I understand it will be a 1-10 formation !
I understand it will be a 1-10 formation ! FCBurnley

6:41pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Bill Carson says...

Why not just give Harry a ring and tell him the team set-up or is this part of tomorrow nights excuse? Oh silly me, previous GB article states an away win, sorry... ?!!
Why not just give Harry a ring and tell him the team set-up or is this part of tomorrow nights excuse? Oh silly me, previous GB article states an away win, sorry... ?!! Bill Carson

7:42pm Fri 6 Dec 13

PatrickBateman2 says...

3 at the back SK tried that at white hart lane led to the most diabolical display ive seen in recent times. not a shot at goal all game. put cairney in the middle give gestede or rochina a go upfront we probably wont win but at least we could create some chances that way.
3 at the back SK tried that at white hart lane led to the most diabolical display ive seen in recent times. not a shot at goal all game. put cairney in the middle give gestede or rochina a go upfront we probably wont win but at least we could create some chances that way. PatrickBateman2

7:54pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Bazzer says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.
If wishes were horses beggars would ride.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: 3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.[/p][/quote]If wishes were horses beggars would ride. Bazzer

9:00pm Fri 6 Dec 13

passingfootball says...

The last away clean sheet in the league did in fact happen with the 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest,
The last away clean sheet in the league did in fact happen with the 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest, passingfootball

11:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

eddyo wrote:
A great idea. Stick another bod in centre-mid.
fortune favours the brave,,,,say no more,
[quote][p][bold]eddyo[/bold] wrote: A great idea. Stick another bod in centre-mid.[/p][/quote]fortune favours the brave,,,,say no more, noddy57

11:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

QPR I Blackburn 4,,put that in your pipe and exhale it,
QPR I Blackburn 4,,put that in your pipe and exhale it, noddy57

8:40am Sat 7 Dec 13

French Rover says...

passingfootball wrote:
The last away clean sheet in the league did in fact happen with the 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest,
well said PF....personally I dont care if we play an upside down triangular 2-2-2-2-3 christmas tree formation as long as we get a point! Which I think we will. At least!
[quote][p][bold]passingfootball[/bold] wrote: The last away clean sheet in the league did in fact happen with the 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest,[/p][/quote]well said PF....personally I dont care if we play an upside down triangular 2-2-2-2-3 christmas tree formation as long as we get a point! Which I think we will. At least! French Rover

9:14am Sat 7 Dec 13

greenscreener says...

French Rover wrote:
passingfootball wrote:
The last away clean sheet in the league did in fact happen with the 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest,
well said PF....personally I dont care if we play an upside down triangular 2-2-2-2-3 christmas tree formation as long as we get a point! Which I think we will. At least!
Toughest game of the season so far, Anything we take from today will be a bonus FR, just don't need stupid sendings off or injuries with four more likely winnable games to follow. Your draw would be a great result.

Actually think the real pressure is on Burnley today, no win in 5, at home against the bottom team who are responding to a new manager, with Leicester and Blackpool to follow,..... Anything but 3 points would probably have them wrecking their town again.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]passingfootball[/bold] wrote: The last away clean sheet in the league did in fact happen with the 3-5-2 formation against Nottingham Forest,[/p][/quote]well said PF....personally I dont care if we play an upside down triangular 2-2-2-2-3 christmas tree formation as long as we get a point! Which I think we will. At least![/p][/quote]Toughest game of the season so far, Anything we take from today will be a bonus FR, just don't need stupid sendings off or injuries with four more likely winnable games to follow. Your draw would be a great result. Actually think the real pressure is on Burnley today, no win in 5, at home against the bottom team who are responding to a new manager, with Leicester and Blackpool to follow,..... Anything but 3 points would probably have them wrecking their town again. greenscreener

9:46am Sat 7 Dec 13

bburnrover says...

Has anyone any confidence in Bowyer nice bloke but not a manager? We need to start seriously looking for someone with a track record come on Desai bring Glen Hoddle in.
Has anyone any confidence in Bowyer nice bloke but not a manager? We need to start seriously looking for someone with a track record come on Desai bring Glen Hoddle in. bburnrover

12:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

It is true they must care about Kean leaving him in to keep making mistakes and making his confidence worse and at the same time costing us points. Don't be so soft Gary put Eastham in for a couple of games.
It is true they must care about Kean leaving him in to keep making mistakes and making his confidence worse and at the same time costing us points. Don't be so soft Gary put Eastham in for a couple of games. A Rover 45 years and over

1:27pm Sat 7 Dec 13

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

Bazzer wrote:
You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.
If wishes were horses beggars would ride.
Pervert!
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: 3 is also the number of points you WONT be picking up and the number of goals Charlie WILL be scoring.[/p][/quote]If wishes were horses beggars would ride.[/p][/quote]Pervert! You're not mugging me off that easily

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