Simon Garner column: Rested Rhodes can fire Rovers to home victory

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I THOUGHT Gary Bowyer was very clever in giving Jordan Rhodes a rest last weekend against Manchester City.

I thought it was a great idea – and it certainly worked out all right!

Jordan is so important to Blackburn – you can see that by the fact that he plays every league game for them.

But the FA Cup tie was the perfect time to give him a break.

It will have also given the rest of the players confidence, knowing that if Jordan is not in the team, they can still get a result against a side as good as City.

As a player if you’re struggling, there can be the danger of thinking, ‘let’s just get the ball to Jordan and he will get us a goal’, as his record is so good.

But he can’t do it every week, it’s impossible.

I’m sure he will be champing at the bit for tomorrow’s home match with Doncaster.

Blackburn need to go out there, get into them straight away and be ruthless.

An early goal would really knock the stuffing out of Doncaster as they’re not in good form.

Against teams like that an early goal really puts them under pressure and it is a test of how they handle it.

And Rovers should certainly be confident.

It was a great result against Manchester City – you only have to see what they did to West Ham on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup to see that.

Blackburn proved me completely wrong because, if I’m being honest, I never thought they would be able to get the draw that they did.

And I would imagine 99.9 per cent of the Rovers fans were feeling the same way.

It must be a great confidence boost for the players and, with Rovers just two points off the play-off places, they must be feeling good.

Take away the City game and the last couple of home games haven’t brought good results.

So Rovers have to take the form they shown against City into the game against Doncaster.

The bread and butter is your league form and if Blackburn get that right, they could yet be playing the likes of City week in and week out in the top flight.

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1:29am Sat 11 Jan 14

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

But how long is it going to be before he gets increasingly frustrated at the lack of interest from PL clubs because of his unrealistic 10-12 million price tag you've slapped on him?
But how long is it going to be before he gets increasingly frustrated at the lack of interest from PL clubs because of his unrealistic 10-12 million price tag you've slapped on him? You're not mugging me off that easily

1:46am Sat 11 Jan 14

claret813 says...

Make the most of him. Rumour has it that Everton are sniffing. Relegation beckons!!!!!!
Make the most of him. Rumour has it that Everton are sniffing. Relegation beckons!!!!!! claret813

7:50am Sat 11 Jan 14

chickenfarm says...

Gone in two weeks nothing clever in that.
Gone in two weeks nothing clever in that. chickenfarm

8:33am Sat 11 Jan 14

unclejacklegend says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
But how long is it going to be before he gets increasingly frustrated at the lack of interest from PL clubs because of his unrealistic 10-12 million price tag you've slapped on him?
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: But how long is it going to be before he gets increasingly frustrated at the lack of interest from PL clubs because of his unrealistic 10-12 million price tag you've slapped on him?[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzzzzzzz unclejacklegend

8:34am Sat 11 Jan 14

unclejacklegend says...

chickenfarm wrote:
Gone in two weeks nothing clever in that.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]chickenfarm[/bold] wrote: Gone in two weeks nothing clever in that.[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz unclejacklegend

8:36am Sat 11 Jan 14

unclejacklegend says...

chickenfarm wrote:
Gone in two weeks nothing clever in that.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]chickenfarm[/bold] wrote: Gone in two weeks nothing clever in that.[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz unclejacklegend

10:17am Sat 11 Jan 14

digitusjonfred says...

why are dingles always on here ??
why are dingles always on here ?? digitusjonfred

12:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

baz58 says...

digitusjonfred wrote:
why are dingles always on here ??
Because they love us really, we are a bigger better club and despite them being higher in the league....FOR NOW....they know they will never win what we have in recent years....I never go on the burnley site....WHY....becau
se I am not obsessed with them or give a s*it what they are up to. The dingles are getting a few kicks in now while they can....they know it cant last..
[quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: why are dingles always on here ??[/p][/quote]Because they love us really, we are a bigger better club and despite them being higher in the league....FOR NOW....they know they will never win what we have in recent years....I never go on the burnley site....WHY....becau se I am not obsessed with them or give a s*it what they are up to. The dingles are getting a few kicks in now while they can....they know it cant last.. baz58

12:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

baz58 says...

digitusjonfred wrote:
why are dingles always on here ??
Because they love us really, we are a bigger better club and despite them being higher in the league....FOR NOW....they know they will never win what we have in recent years....I never go on the burnley site....WHY....becau
se I am not obsessed with them or give a s*it what they are up to. The dingles are getting a few kicks in now while they can....they know it cant last..
[quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: why are dingles always on here ??[/p][/quote]Because they love us really, we are a bigger better club and despite them being higher in the league....FOR NOW....they know they will never win what we have in recent years....I never go on the burnley site....WHY....becau se I am not obsessed with them or give a s*it what they are up to. The dingles are getting a few kicks in now while they can....they know it cant last.. baz58

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