Kevin Gallacher column: Foxes test is a big chance for Rovers

Rovers celebrate at Huddersfield

Rovers celebrate at Huddersfield

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I USED to look forward to playing against the best, teams like Manchester United and Arsenal, as those teams gave me the chance to test myself and analyse my own game.

The Blackburn Rovers players also have the chance to do that on Saturday when they take on Leicester at Ewood.

As make no mistake, Leicester are the best side in the Championship so far this season.

They have been very consistent and for all the world they look like they are getting promoted, so it will be very, very difficult for us.

But the players should really look forward to the match and think, ‘if I can go out and perform against a side like Leicester, I can hold my own against anybody in this league’.

I’m sure they can but will it be enough to bring victory?

I’d like to say yes and be confident but, as I say, it is going to be very tough.

I think you would take a 0-0 or a 1-1 but Rovers do have it in them to beat Leicester – it just depends on which Rovers turns up.

With Huddersfield, Burnley and Bournemouth we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly over this past week.

It was important to return to winning ways against Huddersfield and the big difference for me was that we took our chances.

If you don’t take your chances, like we didn’t against Burnley, you don’t win games and ultimately you go backwards in terms of your consistency, which we have done lately.

But we certainly took our chances on Saturday and you could see why Jordan Rhodes said afterwards Craig Conway was key.

He’s only been at the club a short little while but Craig is already showing just how important he is.

He’s a typical Scottish winger, in that even if he’s not having the best game, he will always work hard.

He worked hard on Saturday as well as having an end product, both in terms of crossing the ball into the box as well as scoring.

If Craig and Jordan can play as well against Leicester as they did against Huddersfield, we’ll have a chance of springing a surprise against a side who look destined for promotion.

Meanwhile, I’m running my G8 Soccer School behind Salesbury Memorial Hall on April 7-11 and April 14-17, from 9.30am and 3.30pm each day for children aged 8-13.

For more information you can email g8soccerschool@hotmail.com.

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5:17pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

No disrespect Kevin but we here it all to often. Rovers will always be a mid table championship football team waiting in the wings for bigger clubs who have the premiership in there sight to come a long and give us a right good beating. Venkys need to have a good hard look at themselves and but the club up for sale. Then we can move on and who knows. Possible in the next 5 years we can challenge any club for top flight football until then nothing will change both on and off the pitch
No disrespect Kevin but we here it all to often. Rovers will always be a mid table championship football team waiting in the wings for bigger clubs who have the premiership in there sight to come a long and give us a right good beating. Venkys need to have a good hard look at themselves and but the club up for sale. Then we can move on and who knows. Possible in the next 5 years we can challenge any club for top flight football until then nothing will change both on and off the pitch mark anthony
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5:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

"make no mistake, Leicester are the best side in the Championship so far this season"

Perhaps they are, but take away the vast investment of the last few seasons and they would be nowhere in sight... Burnley on the other hand, now there's a team, only 3 defeats all season, compared to Leicester's 5.


"He’s a typical Scottish winger"

As opposed to a typical Scottish whinger like yourself.


"If Craig and Jordan can play as well against Leicester as they did against Huddersfield, we’ll have a chance of springing a surprise against a side who look destined for promotion."

Perhaps if Leicester play as poorly as Huddersfield did then maybe you will.


Just more bummed up nonsense from the same old subjects, we'll have that tapeworm Garner up next with a load more tosh about not being out of the play-off race yet... allow me to put your season into perspective if you will....

Last season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers had 45 points
This season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers have 49 points

You can't argue with progress! A whole FOUR POINTS better off.

(and you've also lost at home to Burnley)

It's now one year to the day since you dispensed with Appleton. Have a good long look at what you have achieved since.... are you dweebs ever going to wise up?


Regardless, I'm going for a surprise no-dad win and the start of Leicester's sticky patch that sees the title go to the Clarets. Cheers.
"make no mistake, Leicester are the best side in the Championship so far this season" Perhaps they are, but take away the vast investment of the last few seasons and they would be nowhere in sight... Burnley on the other hand, now there's a team, only 3 defeats all season, compared to Leicester's 5. "He’s a typical Scottish winger" As opposed to a typical Scottish whinger like yourself. "If Craig and Jordan can play as well against Leicester as they did against Huddersfield, we’ll have a chance of springing a surprise against a side who look destined for promotion." Perhaps if Leicester play as poorly as Huddersfield did then maybe you will. Just more bummed up nonsense from the same old subjects, we'll have that tapeworm Garner up next with a load more tosh about not being out of the play-off race yet... allow me to put your season into perspective if you will.... Last season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers had 45 points This season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers have 49 points You can't argue with progress! A whole FOUR POINTS better off. (and you've also lost at home to Burnley) It's now one year to the day since you dispensed with Appleton. Have a good long look at what you have achieved since.... are you dweebs ever going to wise up? Regardless, I'm going for a surprise no-dad win and the start of Leicester's sticky patch that sees the title go to the Clarets. Cheers. Super_Clarets
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9:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
"make no mistake, Leicester are the best side in the Championship so far this season"

Perhaps they are, but take away the vast investment of the last few seasons and they would be nowhere in sight... Burnley on the other hand, now there's a team, only 3 defeats all season, compared to Leicester's 5.


"He’s a typical Scottish winger"

As opposed to a typical Scottish whinger like yourself.


"If Craig and Jordan can play as well against Leicester as they did against Huddersfield, we’ll have a chance of springing a surprise against a side who look destined for promotion."

Perhaps if Leicester play as poorly as Huddersfield did then maybe you will.


Just more bummed up nonsense from the same old subjects, we'll have that tapeworm Garner up next with a load more tosh about not being out of the play-off race yet... allow me to put your season into perspective if you will....

Last season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers had 45 points
This season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers have 49 points

You can't argue with progress! A whole FOUR POINTS better off.

(and you've also lost at home to Burnley)

It's now one year to the day since you dispensed with Appleton. Have a good long look at what you have achieved since.... are you dweebs ever going to wise up?


Regardless, I'm going for a surprise no-dad win and the start of Leicester's sticky patch that sees the title go to the Clarets. Cheers.
Have you ever considered a career in fiction writing?....oh hang on a minute.
Now it's Leicester who are buying a title??
You really are a bitter twisted worm aren't you. Talk about grudges... jeez
Less of the anti Scots racism too please, we get upset easily ye ken?
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: "make no mistake, Leicester are the best side in the Championship so far this season" Perhaps they are, but take away the vast investment of the last few seasons and they would be nowhere in sight... Burnley on the other hand, now there's a team, only 3 defeats all season, compared to Leicester's 5. "He’s a typical Scottish winger" As opposed to a typical Scottish whinger like yourself. "If Craig and Jordan can play as well against Leicester as they did against Huddersfield, we’ll have a chance of springing a surprise against a side who look destined for promotion." Perhaps if Leicester play as poorly as Huddersfield did then maybe you will. Just more bummed up nonsense from the same old subjects, we'll have that tapeworm Garner up next with a load more tosh about not being out of the play-off race yet... allow me to put your season into perspective if you will.... Last season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers had 45 points This season after 35 games Blackburn Rovers have 49 points You can't argue with progress! A whole FOUR POINTS better off. (and you've also lost at home to Burnley) It's now one year to the day since you dispensed with Appleton. Have a good long look at what you have achieved since.... are you dweebs ever going to wise up? Regardless, I'm going for a surprise no-dad win and the start of Leicester's sticky patch that sees the title go to the Clarets. Cheers.[/p][/quote]Have you ever considered a career in fiction writing?....oh hang on a minute. Now it's Leicester who are buying a title?? You really are a bitter twisted worm aren't you. Talk about grudges... jeez Less of the anti Scots racism too please, we get upset easily ye ken? Wild Rover
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7:36am Thu 20 Mar 14

bburnrover says...

I cannot believe how much interest the Burnley fans have in our welfare they are even looking up how many points we had at this stage last season-how sad is that? I do not care about Burnley I hope they get their one season in the big league because like all town clubs its difficult to sustain a Premiership presence on a small turnover.I agree with Kevin Gallacher and hope we can show mettle against Leicester in fact its in Burnley's interest that we beat them so lets have some encouragement,my girlfriend is a Claret but she still wants us to do well so they aren't all bitter and twisted like the guys on here.
I cannot believe how much interest the Burnley fans have in our welfare they are even looking up how many points we had at this stage last season-how sad is that? I do not care about Burnley I hope they get their one season in the big league because like all town clubs its difficult to sustain a Premiership presence on a small turnover.I agree with Kevin Gallacher and hope we can show mettle against Leicester in fact its in Burnley's interest that we beat them so lets have some encouragement,my girlfriend is a Claret but she still wants us to do well so they aren't all bitter and twisted like the guys on here. bburnrover
  • Score: 7

7:40am Thu 20 Mar 14

bburnrover says...

I hope Kevin's G8 soccer school does well we cannot ask for a better coach than Kevin he was a top top Premiership player so get your kids down to Salesbury off Ribchester Road the stop after Wilpshire.
I hope Kevin's G8 soccer school does well we cannot ask for a better coach than Kevin he was a top top Premiership player so get your kids down to Salesbury off Ribchester Road the stop after Wilpshire. bburnrover
  • Score: 1

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