Paul Wheelock column: Bolton defeat can galvanise Rovers

Rovers need to get over the pain of Sunday

Rovers need to get over the pain of Sunday

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Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

GETTING a beating by Bolton could well be the best thing that could have happened to Rovers going into Sunday’s crucial East Lancashire derby.

As surely it must have refocused minds and served as a timely reminder that if you let your standards slip in the Championship, no matter the opposition, you will get punished.

The display at the Reebok Stadium certainly smacked of a team that had been bitten by the complacency bug. The players knew just how important winning at Reading the week before was and, having achieved their objective, they took their eye off the ball.

How else can you explain a performance that was just so out of character?

But one bad performance should not overshadow the good that came before it and the praise this column showered on Rovers last week still stands – this is a spirited side prepared to fight for the blue and white halved shirt.

It was just on Saturday, inexcusably, they did not show it.

Now if they fail to show it against the Clarets, too, then they can kiss goodbye to the club’s proud unbeaten record against their rivals.

But something tells me that will not be the case and come 2.30pm on Sunday the record will still be intact.

Logic suggests that this is Burnley’s best chance to put one over Rovers for the first time since 1979.

Even the most biased Rovers supporter would have to admit that Sean Dyche’s side, five points clear of third-placed Derby and unbeaten in the league this year, are having a superb season.

But on Sunday they will be encountering a wounded team desperate to show their supporters that what happened at Bolton was a one off.

Throw in the fact the psychological edge Rovers undoubtedly possess – 35 years without a win in a derby weighs heavily – and all of a sudden that same logic that suggests the Clarets will end the hoodoo and continue their relentless march toward promotion does not look so sane.

Beating Burnley may not stop them from finishing in the top two.

But what it would definitely do is put Rovers’ play-off push back on track and banish the memories of a chastising afternoon at the Reebok.

Roll on Sunday.

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3:26pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SteppBladder says...

I'm an optimist Paul but I can't see that getting tubbed by Bolton was the best thing! I'd rather be going into the game off a winning run (which we haven't had for a long time). Otherwise I agree with all your points, especially "come 2.30pm on Sunday the record will still be intact".
I'm an optimist Paul but I can't see that getting tubbed by Bolton was the best thing! I'd rather be going into the game off a winning run (which we haven't had for a long time). Otherwise I agree with all your points, especially "come 2.30pm on Sunday the record will still be intact". SteppBladder
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3:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

bburnrover says...

Sorry I totally disagree with that statement you would have never heard that coming from someone like Bill Shankley as he knew that winning bred confidence and resultant success.

Losing to Bolton showed us just how badly managed we are with no decent midfield players due to Carney's absence and no defenders due to selling Dann,letting our Australian friend join Watford and getting an injury to our CB.
Sorry I totally disagree with that statement you would have never heard that coming from someone like Bill Shankley as he knew that winning bred confidence and resultant success. Losing to Bolton showed us just how badly managed we are with no decent midfield players due to Carney's absence and no defenders due to selling Dann,letting our Australian friend join Watford and getting an injury to our CB. bburnrover
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3:34pm Thu 6 Mar 14

dallydally says...

It will be tough on Sunday but we have nothing to fear from the Dingles. We took a point off them at Turf - few have done that since - and they will be mindful of 35 years of pain. If we have Cairney and Hanley back and the rest of Rovers "turn up" I can see us taking the points. Roll on Sunday!
It will be tough on Sunday but we have nothing to fear from the Dingles. We took a point off them at Turf - few have done that since - and they will be mindful of 35 years of pain. If we have Cairney and Hanley back and the rest of Rovers "turn up" I can see us taking the points. Roll on Sunday! dallydally
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3:43pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mooksters says...

Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.
Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out. Mooksters
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3:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Brears says...

Keane has signed. Hanley hoping to be fit. Killgallon out for 5 weeks minimum, cant train for next 4 weeks
Keane has signed. Hanley hoping to be fit. Killgallon out for 5 weeks minimum, cant train for next 4 weeks Brears
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3:56pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Rishton Chris says...

I am a Bolton fan but I come in peace.I was at the game last Saturday & I think that the local press (and Rovers fans) have been over critical of your team.Yes Bolton deserved to win, but I happen to think that we played very well, NOT that Rovers were poor.Get a grip, beat yon lot, & all will be well with your World.
I am a Bolton fan but I come in peace.I was at the game last Saturday & I think that the local press (and Rovers fans) have been over critical of your team.Yes Bolton deserved to win, but I happen to think that we played very well, NOT that Rovers were poor.Get a grip, beat yon lot, & all will be well with your World. Rishton Chris
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4:02pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mooksters says...

Brears wrote:
Keane has signed. Hanley hoping to be fit. Killgallon out for 5 weeks minimum, cant train for next 4 weeks
Nice one Lee ;-) get back to work!!
[quote][p][bold]Brears[/bold] wrote: Keane has signed. Hanley hoping to be fit. Killgallon out for 5 weeks minimum, cant train for next 4 weeks[/p][/quote]Nice one Lee ;-) get back to work!! Mooksters
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4:25pm Thu 6 Mar 14

dangerous dave says...

More crap from wheelock how can a tubbing by the likes of bolton galvanise a team heard all this before but to no avail!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
More crap from wheelock how can a tubbing by the likes of bolton galvanise a team heard all this before but to no avail!! Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
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4:50pm Thu 6 Mar 14

McClaret says...

Mooksters wrote:
Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.
Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season?
Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.
[quote][p][bold]Mooksters[/bold] wrote: Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.[/p][/quote]Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season? Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one. McClaret
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5:14pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mooksters says...

McClaret wrote:
Mooksters wrote:
Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.
Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season?
Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.
Nope it was early on in the season - http://www.dcfc.co.u
k/fixtures-results/m
atch-report/index.as
px?matchid=3630757
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mooksters[/bold] wrote: Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.[/p][/quote]Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season? Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.[/p][/quote]Nope it was early on in the season - http://www.dcfc.co.u k/fixtures-results/m atch-report/index.as px?matchid=3630757 Mooksters
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5:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mooksters says...

McClaret wrote:
Mooksters wrote:
Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.
Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season?
Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.
Nope it was early on in the season - http://www.dcfc.co.u
k/fixtures-results/m
atch-report/index.as
px?matchid=3630757
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mooksters[/bold] wrote: Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.[/p][/quote]Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season? Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.[/p][/quote]Nope it was early on in the season - http://www.dcfc.co.u k/fixtures-results/m atch-report/index.as px?matchid=3630757 Mooksters
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5:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

danskeblaa says...

I think the line of argument is total nonesense.

Set in the context of the last wo years Burnley have made steady progress and despite selling Austin have under Dyche evolved in to very effective team playing some decent stuff along the way. Dyche has espoused a relentless philisophy that has galvanised his team into a very professional and effective team performing consistently.

Meantime we flitt from one formation to another. We have no real structured plan evolving and the midfield is currently the worst I have seen since we were last in the third division.

If by fluke Bowyer pulls a one off hat out the bag I will be delighted but in the grand scheme of things Burnley are progressing and Bowyer appears only to be able to win by a one goal margin hanging on for grim death.

His entry into the Bolton game without a recognised centre half was a calamitous mistake meaning we enter this game not far off totally demoralised

So please don't be daft the 35 years wait will be over for the Clarets.
I think the line of argument is total nonesense. Set in the context of the last wo years Burnley have made steady progress and despite selling Austin have under Dyche evolved in to very effective team playing some decent stuff along the way. Dyche has espoused a relentless philisophy that has galvanised his team into a very professional and effective team performing consistently. Meantime we flitt from one formation to another. We have no real structured plan evolving and the midfield is currently the worst I have seen since we were last in the third division. If by fluke Bowyer pulls a one off hat out the bag I will be delighted but in the grand scheme of things Burnley are progressing and Bowyer appears only to be able to win by a one goal margin hanging on for grim death. His entry into the Bolton game without a recognised centre half was a calamitous mistake meaning we enter this game not far off totally demoralised So please don't be daft the 35 years wait will be over for the Clarets. danskeblaa
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7:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

McClaret says...

Mooksters wrote:
McClaret wrote:
Mooksters wrote:
Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.
Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season?
Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.
Nope it was early on in the season - http://www.dcfc.co.u

k/fixtures-results/m

atch-report/index.as

px?matchid=3630757
And a massive 898 in the away end, looks like we have gained momentum in many ways
[quote][p][bold]Mooksters[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mooksters[/bold] wrote: Just had it on good authority that Michael Keane has signed for rovers and will be in the team for Sunday trying to find out if that means Hanley/Killgallon or both are out.[/p][/quote]Was he part of the Derby team that lost 0-3 to Burnley earlier in the season? Re the article - 3 points last weekend would have been the tonic, agree with you all on that one.[/p][/quote]Nope it was early on in the season - http://www.dcfc.co.u k/fixtures-results/m atch-report/index.as px?matchid=3630757[/p][/quote]And a massive 898 in the away end, looks like we have gained momentum in many ways McClaret
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10:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Sorry but you have obviously not watched the same games as me

That result was coming

Blackburn goal has led a charmed life especially recently and had it not been for some outstanding Robinson saves we would have been on the end of some beatings

In addition apart from a handful of sides there are not a boatload of great strikers in our league
Sorry but you have obviously not watched the same games as me That result was coming Blackburn goal has led a charmed life especially recently and had it not been for some outstanding Robinson saves we would have been on the end of some beatings In addition apart from a handful of sides there are not a boatload of great strikers in our league MattNewcastle
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11:41pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Angry From Accrington says...

What an absolutely stupid comment from a supposed professional reporter. The tubbing at Bolton will have completely sapped whatever confidence the team might have had and they will go into the game on Sunday fearing making mistakes.
It's not about psychological edge or sequences it's about team selection, tactics and motivation. GB needs to prove to us that we can trust him to deliver on all three counts. The pressure is on him, the team and the proper supporters as the visitors have nothing to fear.
What an absolutely stupid comment from a supposed professional reporter. The tubbing at Bolton will have completely sapped whatever confidence the team might have had and they will go into the game on Sunday fearing making mistakes. It's not about psychological edge or sequences it's about team selection, tactics and motivation. GB needs to prove to us that we can trust him to deliver on all three counts. The pressure is on him, the team and the proper supporters as the visitors have nothing to fear. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Yeah_nice_one! says...

What a load of dog sh*te. Stop writing non stories and getting the hopes up of rovers fans. I hope I'm wrong I really do but c'maaan that is a frickin Keane statement.
What a load of dog sh*te. Stop writing non stories and getting the hopes up of rovers fans. I hope I'm wrong I really do but c'maaan that is a frickin Keane statement. Yeah_nice_one!
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