Rovers too reliant on Rhodes

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IT’S great to see Jordan Rhodes bringing 50 league goals up for Blackburn but, for me, we are still too reliant on him.

You need your central midfielders chipping in with at least half a dozen goals each – which we don’t have – and your wide midfielders doing the same.

It’s massively important you have goals coming from different areas. It doesn’t matter what division you are in, if you don’t have that variety you will never be truly successful.

I know it’s a different generation and a different team but we had Alan Shearer getting 30 goals a season, the second striker – whether that was Chris Sutton, Mike Newell or myself – getting double figures, Tim Sherwood chipping in with five or six goals and our wide players Jason Wilcox and Stuart Ripley getting half a dozen each as well.

When you do have goals coming from different areas it provides a real threat to the opposition.

I still feel that if the opposition think they can stop Jordan, they will go a long way to stopping Rovers.

Ipswich could not do that on Saturday. Before Jordan’s goal I was saying to my mate that we needed to move their back four about because they hadn’t moved all game.

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The first time we did that, Rudy Gestede split them and Jordan got in between them and scored.

It’s just a shame that it took us that long to work it out.

Yes it was more direct but Ipswich couldn’t handle it. Rudy got the second and on the back of that got man of the match.

While it wasn’t the most watchable of games, at the end of the day it was the three points and that’s all that matters.

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1:06pm Wed 9 Apr 14

MattNewcastle says...

It was three points and thats all that matters

At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed.

Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back
It was three points and thats all that matters At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed. Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back MattNewcastle
  • Score: 9

1:19pm Wed 9 Apr 14

French Rover says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
It was three points and thats all that matters

At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed.

Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back
In Bowyer we trust!

Well most of us do!
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: It was three points and thats all that matters At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed. Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back[/p][/quote]In Bowyer we trust! Well most of us do! French Rover
  • Score: 13

1:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Bazzer says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
It was three points and thats all that matters At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed. Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back
Three points is all that ever matters!
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: It was three points and thats all that matters At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed. Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back[/p][/quote]Three points is all that ever matters! Bazzer
  • Score: 3

2:18pm Wed 9 Apr 14

roverstid says...

I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes.

I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely??

I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.
I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes. I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely?? I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally. roverstid
  • Score: 11

2:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

SteppBladder says...

roverstid wrote:
I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes.

I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely??

I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.
Totally agree RTID. For most of the season we have been building the team. Still more to do, and obviously it hasn't been right all the time but its coming together now and goals and chances are coming from others as well as Rhodes.
[quote][p][bold]roverstid[/bold] wrote: I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes. I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely?? I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.[/p][/quote]Totally agree RTID. For most of the season we have been building the team. Still more to do, and obviously it hasn't been right all the time but its coming together now and goals and chances are coming from others as well as Rhodes. SteppBladder
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Wed 9 Apr 14

rover4life says...

I enjoyed watching Kevin and the rest of the lads in our glory days but get a bit hacked off when I read him in the papers or hear him on the radio as he is always having a moan.
Can we have a Rovers pundit who actually dishes out a bit of encouragement and a feelgood factor as confidence is a massive part of what a fairly young side needs if they are to reach their potential in this division, We won 2-0 for gods sake I am not saying tell them we will be playing champions league football within 4 years - we have heard that before somewhere but give them some credit and note the improvement.
Or is it just me.
I enjoyed watching Kevin and the rest of the lads in our glory days but get a bit hacked off when I read him in the papers or hear him on the radio as he is always having a moan. Can we have a Rovers pundit who actually dishes out a bit of encouragement and a feelgood factor as confidence is a massive part of what a fairly young side needs if they are to reach their potential in this division, We won 2-0 for gods sake I am not saying tell them we will be playing champions league football within 4 years - we have heard that before somewhere but give them some credit and note the improvement. Or is it just me. rover4life
  • Score: 13

3:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

French Rover wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote:
It was three points and thats all that matters

At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed.

Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back
In Bowyer we trust!

Well most of us do!
Going up this year would be a real bonus, more importantly I personally am looking forward to next year, GB has learnt a lot this year about his team, he is still learning with regards to tactics but hey who knows everything apart from moaning Dangerous Boring Dave.
No as long as the Venkys keep putting there money in there pockets they can stay in India for all I care, it's time to help the team, with out the fans getting behind any team they would not succeed, we the fans are the 12th man, let's finish the season on a high and go out all guns blazing.

COYB.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: It was three points and thats all that matters At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed. Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back[/p][/quote]In Bowyer we trust! Well most of us do![/p][/quote]Going up this year would be a real bonus, more importantly I personally am looking forward to next year, GB has learnt a lot this year about his team, he is still learning with regards to tactics but hey who knows everything apart from moaning Dangerous Boring Dave. No as long as the Venkys keep putting there money in there pockets they can stay in India for all I care, it's time to help the team, with out the fans getting behind any team they would not succeed, we the fans are the 12th man, let's finish the season on a high and go out all guns blazing. COYB. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 5

3:58pm Wed 9 Apr 14

alf-abett says...

As far as I am concerned if we are reliant on Rhodes as Galacher states then that's fine by me, we have had very little else to be reliant on over the past three seasons.
rover4life is bang on with his comments on Gallacher:s moaning, it's seldom he has anything positive / uplifting in his column on the rovers.
As far as I am concerned if we are reliant on Rhodes as Galacher states then that's fine by me, we have had very little else to be reliant on over the past three seasons. rover4life is bang on with his comments on Gallacher:s moaning, it's seldom he has anything positive / uplifting in his column on the rovers. alf-abett
  • Score: 5

4:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

stick to football says...

Strange timing - recently we have seen goals coming more from other players than has been the case for previous 18 months

We can always improve our goals conversion rate but what we are now seeing is Rovers creating more chances since Christmas when Gestede and Conway were signed.

Forget the difficulties with Venkys - they are here like it or not and I dont see a rush of suitors waiting to buy Rovers - so lets all get behind the Team and who knows.

We will never always agree with the Manager whoever he is but we are on the up !
Strange timing - recently we have seen goals coming more from other players than has been the case for previous 18 months We can always improve our goals conversion rate but what we are now seeing is Rovers creating more chances since Christmas when Gestede and Conway were signed. Forget the difficulties with Venkys - they are here like it or not and I dont see a rush of suitors waiting to buy Rovers - so lets all get behind the Team and who knows. We will never always agree with the Manager whoever he is but we are on the up ! stick to football
  • Score: 4

4:14pm Wed 9 Apr 14

A Darener says...

Even if JR is not scoring, whilst he is on the pitch he is tying up at least two defenders who are wary of his potential to score at any moment. That is why playing with at least two forwards for most of the time is essential. Quick one twos can instantly split a defence apart giving other players a chance to add to the goal scorers list. And as others say the more goal scorers in a team the better.
Even if JR is not scoring, whilst he is on the pitch he is tying up at least two defenders who are wary of his potential to score at any moment. That is why playing with at least two forwards for most of the time is essential. Quick one twos can instantly split a defence apart giving other players a chance to add to the goal scorers list. And as others say the more goal scorers in a team the better. A Darener
  • Score: 4

5:10pm Wed 9 Apr 14

unclejacklegend says...

If they can keep free of injury, I can easily see the likes of Conway, Marshall, Dunn and cairney bagging 6 goals a piece in a season. Keane is good for a couple as is the rest of the back 4, Don't see what he's moaning about. Lowe and Williamson obviously don't offer a lot going forward, but that's something that's always needed addressing anyway.
If they can keep free of injury, I can easily see the likes of Conway, Marshall, Dunn and cairney bagging 6 goals a piece in a season. Keane is good for a couple as is the rest of the back 4, Don't see what he's moaning about. Lowe and Williamson obviously don't offer a lot going forward, but that's something that's always needed addressing anyway. unclejacklegend
  • Score: 5

5:15pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

rover4life wrote:
I enjoyed watching Kevin and the rest of the lads in our glory days but get a bit hacked off when I read him in the papers or hear him on the radio as he is always having a moan.
Can we have a Rovers pundit who actually dishes out a bit of encouragement and a feelgood factor as confidence is a massive part of what a fairly young side needs if they are to reach their potential in this division, We won 2-0 for gods sake I am not saying tell them we will be playing champions league football within 4 years - we have heard that before somewhere but give them some credit and note the improvement.
Or is it just me.
Dont agree at all.I think Kevin was always very gaurded with his comments on Rovers when playing badly. Only in recent times for me has he begun to speak his mind.
[quote][p][bold]rover4life[/bold] wrote: I enjoyed watching Kevin and the rest of the lads in our glory days but get a bit hacked off when I read him in the papers or hear him on the radio as he is always having a moan. Can we have a Rovers pundit who actually dishes out a bit of encouragement and a feelgood factor as confidence is a massive part of what a fairly young side needs if they are to reach their potential in this division, We won 2-0 for gods sake I am not saying tell them we will be playing champions league football within 4 years - we have heard that before somewhere but give them some credit and note the improvement. Or is it just me.[/p][/quote]Dont agree at all.I think Kevin was always very gaurded with his comments on Rovers when playing badly. Only in recent times for me has he begun to speak his mind. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

eddyo says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
rover4life wrote:
I enjoyed watching Kevin and the rest of the lads in our glory days but get a bit hacked off when I read him in the papers or hear him on the radio as he is always having a moan.
Can we have a Rovers pundit who actually dishes out a bit of encouragement and a feelgood factor as confidence is a massive part of what a fairly young side needs if they are to reach their potential in this division, We won 2-0 for gods sake I am not saying tell them we will be playing champions league football within 4 years - we have heard that before somewhere but give them some credit and note the improvement.
Or is it just me.
Dont agree at all.I think Kevin was always very gaurded with his comments on Rovers when playing badly. Only in recent times for me has he begun to speak his mind.
Yeah, you are being a bit hard on Kevin, rover4life. He only wants the best for Rovers and his frustration is borne from the fact that none of us are happy being in this lousy division. (No offence to all the non-event, sh1t teams in this league).
*
One-way of improving our goal tally is to learn from Leicester and look for penalties. How many have they had this season?. Get Cairney or Conway to take them and they will be in double-figures come next May.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover4life[/bold] wrote: I enjoyed watching Kevin and the rest of the lads in our glory days but get a bit hacked off when I read him in the papers or hear him on the radio as he is always having a moan. Can we have a Rovers pundit who actually dishes out a bit of encouragement and a feelgood factor as confidence is a massive part of what a fairly young side needs if they are to reach their potential in this division, We won 2-0 for gods sake I am not saying tell them we will be playing champions league football within 4 years - we have heard that before somewhere but give them some credit and note the improvement. Or is it just me.[/p][/quote]Dont agree at all.I think Kevin was always very gaurded with his comments on Rovers when playing badly. Only in recent times for me has he begun to speak his mind.[/p][/quote]Yeah, you are being a bit hard on Kevin, rover4life. He only wants the best for Rovers and his frustration is borne from the fact that none of us are happy being in this lousy division. (No offence to all the non-event, sh1t teams in this league). * One-way of improving our goal tally is to learn from Leicester and look for penalties. How many have they had this season?. Get Cairney or Conway to take them and they will be in double-figures come next May. eddyo
  • Score: -2

6:04pm Wed 9 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Actually think that piece was written before last nights game, it concludes with analysis of the Ipswich match.

Anybody who watched us against QPR would hardly jump up and say we are dependent on Rhodes, he was simply there for their centre halves to kick in frustration because Rudy was beating them in the air and they couldn't catch Conway.

On a similar note the Simpson foul on Conway was a shocker, later in the game that would probably have been a Red card. I was relieved and surprised to see Conway recover from that.
Actually think that piece was written before last nights game, it concludes with analysis of the Ipswich match. Anybody who watched us against QPR would hardly jump up and say we are dependent on Rhodes, he was simply there for their centre halves to kick in frustration because Rudy was beating them in the air and they couldn't catch Conway. On a similar note the Simpson foul on Conway was a shocker, later in the game that would probably have been a Red card. I was relieved and surprised to see Conway recover from that. greenscreener
  • Score: 4

7:28pm Wed 9 Apr 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Things have improved somewhat regarding having to rely on Rhodes since the introduction of Gestede and Conway and don't think it is as bad as Gally suggests at the moment.
Things have improved somewhat regarding having to rely on Rhodes since the introduction of Gestede and Conway and don't think it is as bad as Gally suggests at the moment. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Wed 9 Apr 14

stick to football says...

I agree with Greenscreener;
That tackle by Simpson on Conway was a disgrace and should have been a straight Red he had no intention of playing the ball you could see it in his face. I too was surprised but relieved Conway wasnt seriously hurt maybe he has gotr used to riding tackles over the years.

What amazes me is the Referees Assistant was within 5 yards the Ref within 10 yards and they didnt seem to recognise the challenge other than thinking it was late.
I agree with Greenscreener; That tackle by Simpson on Conway was a disgrace and should have been a straight Red he had no intention of playing the ball you could see it in his face. I too was surprised but relieved Conway wasnt seriously hurt maybe he has gotr used to riding tackles over the years. What amazes me is the Referees Assistant was within 5 yards the Ref within 10 yards and they didnt seem to recognise the challenge other than thinking it was late. stick to football
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Wild Rover says...

French Rover wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote:
It was three points and thats all that matters

At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed.

Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back
In Bowyer we trust!

Well most of us do!
Except Matt " Footbal Manager " Newcastle. No comment on the match report thread I see Matt. Humble pie not your style? If you cant criticise you might have the cojones to hold your hand up when we play well.....NO?
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: It was three points and thats all that matters At this stage of the season and the playoffs a possibilty I agree however I looking to next season regardless of what happens in the closing stages of this season obvious frailties do need to be addressed. Rhodes and Gestede are forming a good partnership however movement up front is one such issue as is box to box midfielder and decuring a right back if Keane goes back[/p][/quote]In Bowyer we trust! Well most of us do![/p][/quote]Except Matt " Footbal Manager " Newcastle. No comment on the match report thread I see Matt. Humble pie not your style? If you cant criticise you might have the cojones to hold your hand up when we play well.....NO? Wild Rover
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

RobH2O says...

Do a Charlie Austin. Sell him, bank the money. Don't spend it. Work with what you have and go up directly next season through stunning management and world-beating fiscal control like the Mighty Clarets. That'll ween you of the "Venkeys are billionaires" put money in and then more money.. Kick the habit. Live in the real world. Go cold Turkey.
Do a Charlie Austin. Sell him, bank the money. Don't spend it. Work with what you have and go up directly next season through stunning management and world-beating fiscal control like the Mighty Clarets. That'll ween you of the "Venkeys are billionaires" put money in and then more money.. Kick the habit. Live in the real world. Go cold Turkey. RobH2O
  • Score: 0

11:56pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Garylla says...

Gally maybe you could become the goal coach and teach the midfielders a thing or two.mTom Cairney should be a tenner a season man from next season. COYB
Gally maybe you could become the goal coach and teach the midfielders a thing or two.mTom Cairney should be a tenner a season man from next season. COYB Garylla
  • Score: 0

12:35am Thu 10 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

roverstid wrote:
I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes.

I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely??

I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.
He won't be anywhere near Dumpwood park next season.

And well you know it. Stop deluding yourself.
[quote][p][bold]roverstid[/bold] wrote: I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes. I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely?? I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.[/p][/quote]He won't be anywhere near Dumpwood park next season. And well you know it. Stop deluding yourself. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -2

7:31am Thu 10 Apr 14

hasslem hasslem says...

i would rather be reliant on jordan rhodes than steve kean

bit of a nothing article
i would rather be reliant on jordan rhodes than steve kean bit of a nothing article hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 0

9:07am Thu 10 Apr 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

I think my thoughts when reading the title were probably the same as most people posting above? A correct comment to be made around 6 months ago or earlier, but inappropriate at this point? It's only been lately that the range of goal scorers has been one of my talking points between my football supporting friends, how well the team are playing and contributing as a team... Scoring as a team! I know Kev means well with his article, but just can't understand why he would write it now? It's about as bad timed as one of Lowe's tackles!!
I think my thoughts when reading the title were probably the same as most people posting above? A correct comment to be made around 6 months ago or earlier, but inappropriate at this point? It's only been lately that the range of goal scorers has been one of my talking points between my football supporting friends, how well the team are playing and contributing as a team... Scoring as a team! I know Kev means well with his article, but just can't understand why he would write it now? It's about as bad timed as one of Lowe's tackles!! ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 2

9:40am Thu 10 Apr 14

owd nick says...

roverstid wrote:
I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes.

I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely??

I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.
I agree, a team or even a squad isn't about an individual player, although Rhodes is exceptional at this level, but he's our main striker, that's his job.

The team is taking shape at last, others are now starting to weigh in with goals now which should take the pressure off him.

This article is probably about getting the speculation regarding the "Will he leave or not at the end of the season" arguments going early.
[quote][p][bold]roverstid[/bold] wrote: I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes. I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely?? I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.[/p][/quote]I agree, a team or even a squad isn't about an individual player, although Rhodes is exceptional at this level, but he's our main striker, that's his job. The team is taking shape at last, others are now starting to weigh in with goals now which should take the pressure off him. This article is probably about getting the speculation regarding the "Will he leave or not at the end of the season" arguments going early. owd nick
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12:36pm Thu 10 Apr 14

roverstid says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
roverstid wrote:
I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes.

I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely??

I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.
He won't be anywhere near Dumpwood park next season.

And well you know it. Stop deluding yourself.
He's not Charlie Austin you know.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roverstid[/bold] wrote: I think the emphasis on our dependance on Rhodes is slightly exaggerated anyway. You only need to look at yesterdays game to see that Yes, with a proven goal scorer like Rhodes in your squad its obvious you are going to try and land the ball at his feet but we have scored many goals thus season from set pieces especially, which haven't come from Rhodes. I also believe we wouldn't fall apart without Rhodes, although our goal diffeeences may suffer. I think rather than being "too reliant on Rhodes" for our goals, we are seeing more of his recruits having a go at knocking them in. True, as Kevin says, we need some of them to be in double figures to compete at the top, but we ARE a young squad having gone through a massive transition and that is to be expected surely?? I'm sure next season the Gestedes and Conways will providing plenty of goals to support Mr Rhodes enviable tally.[/p][/quote]He won't be anywhere near Dumpwood park next season. And well you know it. Stop deluding yourself.[/p][/quote]He's not Charlie Austin you know. roverstid
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