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DERBY ANALYSIS: Blackburn Rovers player ratings

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BLACKBURN Rovers reporter Paul Wheelock gives his player ratings for the 2-1 home loss to Burnley.

Paul Robinson 6: Made a superb save from Danny Ings but could not stop Jason Shackell from bringing Burnley level.

Adam Henley 5: Targeted by the Clarets, the young right-back struggled to get to grips with winger Scott Arfield.

Grant Hanley 7: After recovering from a calf strain, the captain produced a courageous display in the heart of his defence.

Michael Keane 7: The on loan centre-back, watched by Manchester United manager David Moyes, made an assured debut.

Tommy Spurr 5: The left-back could not prevent Scott Wallace from crossing for Danny Ings to score Burnley’s winner.

Corry Evans 6: Making his first start in more than five months, the fit-again midfielder was a welcome addition.

Jason Lowe 7: Set up Jordan Rhodes’ goal and had an effort cleared off the line and saw another superbly saved.

David Dunn 7: Rovers were lifted by their talisman’s presence and it was no coincidence that they lost the game after he went off.

Craig Conway 6: Apart from a horror back pass which Ings did not punish, the winger had a good derby debut.

Luke Varney 6: Home debutant worked tirelessly up against highly-rated Clarets right-back Kieran Trippier.

Jordan Rhodes 8: Back to his best and on the scoresheet, he should have capped an impressive performance with a second goal.

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1:46pm Mon 10 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

Amazingly that is a pretty fair analysis Paul. Well done
Amazingly that is a pretty fair analysis Paul. Well done FCBurnley
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Mon 10 Mar 14

chickenfarm says...

At least the silly talk a couple of weeks ago "Robinson for England" is put to bed.
At least the silly talk a couple of weeks ago "Robinson for England" is put to bed. chickenfarm
  • Score: 5

2:03pm Mon 10 Mar 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

thought Spurr was ok - Henley was pretty poor in the first half and Evans not match fit. Otherwise I think the fact the team is unsettled was the main difference - plenty of times when two rovers players going for the same ball. Two players making debuts, Conway not been here long, Cariney, Marshall Kilgallon all missing. On the other hand Burnley look a well drilled and organised side - no stand out players, thought Ings movement was good. It's remarkable how they've managed to stay injury free - but maybe that comes with consistent form and a good team ethic. The only player who looked like they had any quality about them was Dunny in the first half.

Lets hope next season brings us a settled starting 11
thought Spurr was ok - Henley was pretty poor in the first half and Evans not match fit. Otherwise I think the fact the team is unsettled was the main difference - plenty of times when two rovers players going for the same ball. Two players making debuts, Conway not been here long, Cariney, Marshall Kilgallon all missing. On the other hand Burnley look a well drilled and organised side - no stand out players, thought Ings movement was good. It's remarkable how they've managed to stay injury free - but maybe that comes with consistent form and a good team ethic. The only player who looked like they had any quality about them was Dunny in the first half. Lets hope next season brings us a settled starting 11 LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 11

2:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Every time I see Henley play I wince. I'm not surprised they targeted him
Every time I see Henley play I wince. I'm not surprised they targeted him vicn1956
  • Score: 9

2:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Who's Scott Wallace?
Who's Scott Wallace? Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

dallydally says...

Agreed re Henley. Two or three matches now he has looked out of his depth. Hanley was man of the match for me. He led with great passion and enthusiasm; unfortunately its those who score the goals who get the accolades
Agreed re Henley. Two or three matches now he has looked out of his depth. Hanley was man of the match for me. He led with great passion and enthusiasm; unfortunately its those who score the goals who get the accolades dallydally
  • Score: 12

2:25pm Mon 10 Mar 14

PatrickBateman2 says...

I'd agree with these ratings but for Fat Robbo whose excess weight left him grounded and flapping at anything in the air 4. Liam Feeney gets a 10 for successfully duping "knowledgeable" footballing people of his value to Blackburn Rovers..
I'd agree with these ratings but for Fat Robbo whose excess weight left him grounded and flapping at anything in the air 4. Liam Feeney gets a 10 for successfully duping "knowledgeable" footballing people of his value to Blackburn Rovers.. PatrickBateman2
  • Score: 9

2:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

MxMave says...

For me - Evans only woke up in the second half after conceding possession time and time again in the first half. Henley was by far our worst player, as he was 8 days prior at Bolton. I can't understand why Bowyer didn't pull him off after 20 mins. For me Todd Kane has his flaws but is twice the player Henley is.

I can't help but wonder what the score would have been had Rovers A team been playing. Bear in mind yesterdays squad was:

Missing Cairney, Marshall, Killgallon, King
Playing an unfit Evans and Henley
We had two loan players in our ranks who had probably done just a single training session (if any).
We had a striker (Varney) playing down a wing.
Henley was playing...

All factors considered, if you applied the same problems to the Burnley squad, they probably wouldn't have been able to field a team.

In the reverse fixture it was a guy we don't even really hail as a main player (Josh King) who time and time again ripped apart the Burnley defence.
For me - Evans only woke up in the second half after conceding possession time and time again in the first half. Henley was by far our worst player, as he was 8 days prior at Bolton. I can't understand why Bowyer didn't pull him off after 20 mins. For me Todd Kane has his flaws but is twice the player Henley is. I can't help but wonder what the score would have been had Rovers A team been playing. Bear in mind yesterdays squad was: Missing Cairney, Marshall, Killgallon, King Playing an unfit Evans and Henley We had two loan players in our ranks who had probably done just a single training session (if any). We had a striker (Varney) playing down a wing. Henley was playing... All factors considered, if you applied the same problems to the Burnley squad, they probably wouldn't have been able to field a team. In the reverse fixture it was a guy we don't even really hail as a main player (Josh King) who time and time again ripped apart the Burnley defence. MxMave
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Mon 10 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

MxMave wrote:
For me - Evans only woke up in the second half after conceding possession time and time again in the first half. Henley was by far our worst player, as he was 8 days prior at Bolton. I can't understand why Bowyer didn't pull him off after 20 mins. For me Todd Kane has his flaws but is twice the player Henley is.

I can't help but wonder what the score would have been had Rovers A team been playing. Bear in mind yesterdays squad was:

Missing Cairney, Marshall, Killgallon, King
Playing an unfit Evans and Henley
We had two loan players in our ranks who had probably done just a single training session (if any).
We had a striker (Varney) playing down a wing.
Henley was playing...

All factors considered, if you applied the same problems to the Burnley squad, they probably wouldn't have been able to field a team.

In the reverse fixture it was a guy we don't even really hail as a main player (Josh King) who time and time again ripped apart the Burnley defence.
For me Kane and Henley have the same issues, positioning and strength. Compare them to Spurr on the other side and you can see their weaknesses. For me Jason Lowe made a great right back with his strength, pace and height but we need someone who can replace him in midfield. Taylor could make a good RB perhaps but I would like to see Cairney and Evans in midfield with Lowey at RB. Like the look of Keane. Hanley was immense, Dunn was always going to fade. Rhodes is a great goal scorer but his link up play needs work as he is better when being fed rather than being a target. When Gestede plays he has been fed by Rhodes rather than the other way round, perhaps Varney can play up there with Rhodes and feed him as he seems strong, competitive and has a good leap.
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: For me - Evans only woke up in the second half after conceding possession time and time again in the first half. Henley was by far our worst player, as he was 8 days prior at Bolton. I can't understand why Bowyer didn't pull him off after 20 mins. For me Todd Kane has his flaws but is twice the player Henley is. I can't help but wonder what the score would have been had Rovers A team been playing. Bear in mind yesterdays squad was: Missing Cairney, Marshall, Killgallon, King Playing an unfit Evans and Henley We had two loan players in our ranks who had probably done just a single training session (if any). We had a striker (Varney) playing down a wing. Henley was playing... All factors considered, if you applied the same problems to the Burnley squad, they probably wouldn't have been able to field a team. In the reverse fixture it was a guy we don't even really hail as a main player (Josh King) who time and time again ripped apart the Burnley defence.[/p][/quote]For me Kane and Henley have the same issues, positioning and strength. Compare them to Spurr on the other side and you can see their weaknesses. For me Jason Lowe made a great right back with his strength, pace and height but we need someone who can replace him in midfield. Taylor could make a good RB perhaps but I would like to see Cairney and Evans in midfield with Lowey at RB. Like the look of Keane. Hanley was immense, Dunn was always going to fade. Rhodes is a great goal scorer but his link up play needs work as he is better when being fed rather than being a target. When Gestede plays he has been fed by Rhodes rather than the other way round, perhaps Varney can play up there with Rhodes and feed him as he seems strong, competitive and has a good leap. PlutoRover
  • Score: 5

3:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Tugay's Understudy says...

LittleRonnieHildersl
ey
wrote:
thought Spurr was ok - Henley was pretty poor in the first half and Evans not match fit. Otherwise I think the fact the team is unsettled was the main difference - plenty of times when two rovers players going for the same ball. Two players making debuts, Conway not been here long, Cariney, Marshall Kilgallon all missing. On the other hand Burnley look a well drilled and organised side - no stand out players, thought Ings movement was good. It's remarkable how they've managed to stay injury free - but maybe that comes with consistent form and a good team ethic. The only player who looked like they had any quality about them was Dunny in the first half.

Lets hope next season brings us a settled starting 11
That starting 11 won't be playing Burnley next season, that's for sure. We all-but-gifted them promotion. The usual sit-back, negative tactics from Bowyer cost us in the second half. Did Burnley do enough to win the game? Nope, but we gave them the chances and they took them. Bowyer has to be held accountable.
[quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: thought Spurr was ok - Henley was pretty poor in the first half and Evans not match fit. Otherwise I think the fact the team is unsettled was the main difference - plenty of times when two rovers players going for the same ball. Two players making debuts, Conway not been here long, Cariney, Marshall Kilgallon all missing. On the other hand Burnley look a well drilled and organised side - no stand out players, thought Ings movement was good. It's remarkable how they've managed to stay injury free - but maybe that comes with consistent form and a good team ethic. The only player who looked like they had any quality about them was Dunny in the first half. Lets hope next season brings us a settled starting 11[/p][/quote]That starting 11 won't be playing Burnley next season, that's for sure. We all-but-gifted them promotion. The usual sit-back, negative tactics from Bowyer cost us in the second half. Did Burnley do enough to win the game? Nope, but we gave them the chances and they took them. Bowyer has to be held accountable. Tugay's Understudy
  • Score: 9

6:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Give_Kean_A_Chance says...

If, if, if. If only.... Just accept your a poor team. A poor poor team
If, if, if. If only.... Just accept your a poor team. A poor poor team Give_Kean_A_Chance
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

owd nick says...

More or less agree with the analysis but for me Lowe was our man of the match, let's face it Rhodes missed a far easier chance in the second half than the cracker he scored in the first, so that knocks a point off from me.

Would have been over had he scored that one, that's how tight it was.

Hanley was excellent and I thought that Keane had a pretty good game to say he barely knew the players around him.
More or less agree with the analysis but for me Lowe was our man of the match, let's face it Rhodes missed a far easier chance in the second half than the cracker he scored in the first, so that knocks a point off from me. Would have been over had he scored that one, that's how tight it was. Hanley was excellent and I thought that Keane had a pretty good game to say he barely knew the players around him. owd nick
  • Score: 3

6:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Never heard of a Scott Wallace before? Did he score?
Never heard of a Scott Wallace before? Did he score? Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 1

8:36pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Blueandwhitewolf says...

Give_Kean_A_Chance wrote:
If, if, if. If only.... Just accept your a poor team. A poor poor team
We know we're not good enough but to be fair, if you do go up I saw very little in your team to suggest you could survive in the prem for more than one season. That's not sour grapes talking, just an honest assessment. You would need to spend big. Once Dunn went off, even at 1-0, I felt that you would nick it.
[quote][p][bold]Give_Kean_A_Chance[/bold] wrote: If, if, if. If only.... Just accept your a poor team. A poor poor team[/p][/quote]We know we're not good enough but to be fair, if you do go up I saw very little in your team to suggest you could survive in the prem for more than one season. That's not sour grapes talking, just an honest assessment. You would need to spend big. Once Dunn went off, even at 1-0, I felt that you would nick it. Blueandwhitewolf
  • Score: 1

10:30am Tue 11 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Blueandwhitewolf wrote:
Give_Kean_A_Chance wrote:
If, if, if. If only.... Just accept your a poor team. A poor poor team
We know we're not good enough but to be fair, if you do go up I saw very little in your team to suggest you could survive in the prem for more than one season. That's not sour grapes talking, just an honest assessment. You would need to spend big. Once Dunn went off, even at 1-0, I felt that you would nick it.
Without a doubt Burnley had a rare bad day, possibly the occasion and the expectation was weighing on the players in the first half and we struggled to get into our normal, fast-paced passing game. The Blackburn players on the other hand were playing out of their skin such was the need to give their fans something to cheer about after such a miserable season.

We have played far better particularly in the wins against better opposition such as QPR, Nottingham Forest and Derby (twice).

The worry for Blackburn is that an under-par Burnley beat you on your own patch, what does that tell you of Gary Bowyers motivational skills?

Derby games tend to be a leveller in many ways however had Burnley hit their usual form early on in the game then we would have spanked you, there is no doubt about that. I thought you offered very little going forward and the long balls from Robinson time after time were just awful. You almost dragged us down to your level by pumping the ball into the air as often as you could but as ever you can't keep a good team down and we got the win we deserved.

Come the summer when Rhodes, Hanley and Cairney are sold and you cannot replace them with the equivalent quality of player then I suspect you will struggle to maintain your place in the Championship next season. The reminder of your squad looks very very poor, and should Bowyer make the likes of Varney, Keane, and Feeney permanent replacements for the departing three then you are in a whole lot of trouble.
[quote][p][bold]Blueandwhitewolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Give_Kean_A_Chance[/bold] wrote: If, if, if. If only.... Just accept your a poor team. A poor poor team[/p][/quote]We know we're not good enough but to be fair, if you do go up I saw very little in your team to suggest you could survive in the prem for more than one season. That's not sour grapes talking, just an honest assessment. You would need to spend big. Once Dunn went off, even at 1-0, I felt that you would nick it.[/p][/quote]Without a doubt Burnley had a rare bad day, possibly the occasion and the expectation was weighing on the players in the first half and we struggled to get into our normal, fast-paced passing game. The Blackburn players on the other hand were playing out of their skin such was the need to give their fans something to cheer about after such a miserable season. We have played far better particularly in the wins against better opposition such as QPR, Nottingham Forest and Derby (twice). The worry for Blackburn is that an under-par Burnley beat you on your own patch, what does that tell you of Gary Bowyers motivational skills? Derby games tend to be a leveller in many ways however had Burnley hit their usual form early on in the game then we would have spanked you, there is no doubt about that. I thought you offered very little going forward and the long balls from Robinson time after time were just awful. You almost dragged us down to your level by pumping the ball into the air as often as you could but as ever you can't keep a good team down and we got the win we deserved. Come the summer when Rhodes, Hanley and Cairney are sold and you cannot replace them with the equivalent quality of player then I suspect you will struggle to maintain your place in the Championship next season. The reminder of your squad looks very very poor, and should Bowyer make the likes of Varney, Keane, and Feeney permanent replacements for the departing three then you are in a whole lot of trouble. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Tue 11 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Our right back targeted again

Need we say more

If Bowyer cannot see this (had to replace Kane against Middlesbrough at half time) and has failed to address it he does not deserve to be our manager next season.

As simple as that
Our right back targeted again Need we say more If Bowyer cannot see this (had to replace Kane against Middlesbrough at half time) and has failed to address it he does not deserve to be our manager next season. As simple as that MattNewcastle
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Tue 11 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Tugay's Understudy wrote:
LittleRonnieHildersl ey wrote: thought Spurr was ok - Henley was pretty poor in the first half and Evans not match fit. Otherwise I think the fact the team is unsettled was the main difference - plenty of times when two rovers players going for the same ball. Two players making debuts, Conway not been here long, Cariney, Marshall Kilgallon all missing. On the other hand Burnley look a well drilled and organised side - no stand out players, thought Ings movement was good. It's remarkable how they've managed to stay injury free - but maybe that comes with consistent form and a good team ethic. The only player who looked like they had any quality about them was Dunny in the first half. Lets hope next season brings us a settled starting 11
That starting 11 won't be playing Burnley next season, that's for sure. We all-but-gifted them promotion. The usual sit-back, negative tactics from Bowyer cost us in the second half. Did Burnley do enough to win the game? Nope, but we gave them the chances and they took them. Bowyer has to be held accountable.
The fact that Bowyer has not solved our Right Back position says it all.

Every team we have plated has exposed this weakness in the first 5 10 minutes of every game

Against Middlesbrough away he had replace Kane at half time he was so out of his depth.

Neither Henley nor Kane can actually defend. Going forward against bottom three does not cut it for me if they cannot do their basic defensive job.

If Bowyer has not noticed this flaw he does not deserve to be our manager next season

let's see if he solves it in the next 13 games otherwise he needs to go

simple solution is to put Lowe at RB he is proven there
[quote][p][bold]Tugay's Understudy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: thought Spurr was ok - Henley was pretty poor in the first half and Evans not match fit. Otherwise I think the fact the team is unsettled was the main difference - plenty of times when two rovers players going for the same ball. Two players making debuts, Conway not been here long, Cariney, Marshall Kilgallon all missing. On the other hand Burnley look a well drilled and organised side - no stand out players, thought Ings movement was good. It's remarkable how they've managed to stay injury free - but maybe that comes with consistent form and a good team ethic. The only player who looked like they had any quality about them was Dunny in the first half. Lets hope next season brings us a settled starting 11[/p][/quote]That starting 11 won't be playing Burnley next season, that's for sure. We all-but-gifted them promotion. The usual sit-back, negative tactics from Bowyer cost us in the second half. Did Burnley do enough to win the game? Nope, but we gave them the chances and they took them. Bowyer has to be held accountable.[/p][/quote]The fact that Bowyer has not solved our Right Back position says it all. Every team we have plated has exposed this weakness in the first 5 10 minutes of every game Against Middlesbrough away he had replace Kane at half time he was so out of his depth. Neither Henley nor Kane can actually defend. Going forward against bottom three does not cut it for me if they cannot do their basic defensive job. If Bowyer has not noticed this flaw he does not deserve to be our manager next season let's see if he solves it in the next 13 games otherwise he needs to go simple solution is to put Lowe at RB he is proven there MattNewcastle
  • Score: 0

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