Rovers just have to keep winning, says boss Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

First published in Football

AS the last strains of ‘Gary Bowyer’s blue and white army’ echoed around Ewood Park on Tuesday night there was the realisation that, keep up this form, and Blackburn Rovers could yet march all the way into the play-offs.

One month ago it seemed highly improbable, a home loss to Bournemouth leading the majority of Rovers supporters to write off their side’s chances of making the top six.

But since then Rovers have not tasted defeat, with the rousing midweek win over QPR stretching their unbeaten run to seven matches.

That is their longest unbeaten run of the season, the club’s longest since February 2009, and, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday, the current longest unbeaten run in the Championship.

Not that Rovers boss Bowyer is getting carried away. Just as he refused to panic after the dispiriting defeat to Bournemouth, he will not be going overboard now his increasingly confident side have moved within four points of sixth-placed Reading with five games left.

“We remember where we were this time last year so we won’t be getting carried away or anything like that,” said Bowyer, who was handed the Rovers manager’s job on a permanent basis in May after he led the club to survival last season.

“We’ve just got to concentrate game by game and we’ve got a difficult game coming up against Sheffield Wednesday.

“You can’t predict other teams’ results – that is the craziness of the Championship.

“We’ve got five more games left and I’m sure it will spin out different permutations.

“We’ve just got to keep going, keep plugging away and keep playing our football.”

Since Rovers went down with a whimper to Bournemouth they have scored an impressive 17 goals in seven matches, more than any club in the Championship over the same period of time.

Two of the key reasons for their sudden splurge – Rovers netted just six goals in their previous seven matches and eight goals in the seven games before that – has been the continued fine form of January deadline day signing of Craig Conway and the return to fitness of Tom Cairney.

Winger Conway created his sixth goal in 12 matches when he set-up Tommy Spurr to score in Tuesday’s 2-0 home victory over QPR, but only after midfielder Cairney, who continues to be operated out wide by Bowyer, also made it six assists for the season by playing in Rudy Gestede for the opener.

“We knew Craig was a good player otherwise we wouldn’t have brought him in,” said Bowyer of his bargain £100,000 buy from Cardiff City.

“But we didn’t realise what a top pro he was.

“The level of his performances for us have been outstanding.

“But he’s not alone in the creativity that we’ve got now.

“You look at Tom Cairney.

“The role he is playing allows him to drift infield and you saw that with the first goal.

“He finds himself in positions that people can’t pick him up in – and that’s why we play him there.”

The win over QPR moved Rovers up to 59 points, one more than they achieved for the whole of last season when they finished just four points above the relegation places.

Bowyer will hope to continue the momentum tomorrow.

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1:35pm Fri 11 Apr 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Why does the LT keep showing this picture of Bowyer reminds me of a sealion doing a show

onk onk. now wheres my fish.
Why does the LT keep showing this picture of Bowyer reminds me of a sealion doing a show onk onk. now wheres my fish. .Lancs _ Pensioner
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2:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

French Rover says...

Bowyer sems to be saying - `Yah Boo Burnley - 36 years and counting since you cheeky clarets last beat the Rovers at Turf Moor...!`
Bowyer sems to be saying - `Yah Boo Burnley - 36 years and counting since you cheeky clarets last beat the Rovers at Turf Moor...!` French Rover
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2:45pm Fri 11 Apr 14

dangerous dave says...

LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave
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2:55pm Fri 11 Apr 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

I'm with DD on this one It's a disgrace employing Hendry and they probably have looked into playing DJ.But there hands are tied and if my memory serves me right when the storey broke out about these match fixing allegations did Oldham not release there player that was involved.

Out with the lot of them.
I'm with DD on this one It's a disgrace employing Hendry and they probably have looked into playing DJ.But there hands are tied and if my memory serves me right when the storey broke out about these match fixing allegations did Oldham not release there player that was involved. Out with the lot of them. .Lancs _ Pensioner
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4:22pm Fri 11 Apr 14

owd nick says...

dangerous dave wrote:
LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave.

- No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him.
- Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty.
- If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal.

Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules.

He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly. owd nick
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5:25pm Fri 11 Apr 14

dangerous dave says...

owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave.

- No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him.
- Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty.
- If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal.

Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules.

He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.
you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!!
out with the cowboys and indians
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!! out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
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5:34pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
I'm with DD on this one It's a disgrace employing Hendry and they probably have looked into playing DJ.But there hands are tied and if my memory serves me right when the storey broke out about these match fixing allegations did Oldham not release there player that was involved.

Out with the lot of them.
You would agree with DD, two plonkers together, not fans just plonkers who love to moan moan moan.

The Real LP.
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: I'm with DD on this one It's a disgrace employing Hendry and they probably have looked into playing DJ.But there hands are tied and if my memory serves me right when the storey broke out about these match fixing allegations did Oldham not release there player that was involved. Out with the lot of them.[/p][/quote]You would agree with DD, two plonkers together, not fans just plonkers who love to moan moan moan. The Real LP. Lancs - pensioner
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6:48pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Captain Dreckley says...

Hendry and DJ aside what is apparent is what a difference the arrival of Conway has made in respect of creating and scoring goals. Let's hope we carry on the good form and get 3 points tomorrow and actually enjoy the football we are producing. This time last season we were looking at players who should never wear a Rovers shirt again as they couldn't be bothered to put a shift in and earn their corn. This time nobody can criticise commitment, ok we have been weak in certain positions on ability but not commitment. Last season relegation was a real worry but this time we are nearer the playoffs than the drop. Let's enjoy the difference a season can make because for the first time it's a better season than the last one. Unfortunately for some people on here for every silver lining there will be a thousand black clouds so they focus on Hendry and DJ rather than the real thing that matters that's happening on the pitch.
Hendry and DJ aside what is apparent is what a difference the arrival of Conway has made in respect of creating and scoring goals. Let's hope we carry on the good form and get 3 points tomorrow and actually enjoy the football we are producing. This time last season we were looking at players who should never wear a Rovers shirt again as they couldn't be bothered to put a shift in and earn their corn. This time nobody can criticise commitment, ok we have been weak in certain positions on ability but not commitment. Last season relegation was a real worry but this time we are nearer the playoffs than the drop. Let's enjoy the difference a season can make because for the first time it's a better season than the last one. Unfortunately for some people on here for every silver lining there will be a thousand black clouds so they focus on Hendry and DJ rather than the real thing that matters that's happening on the pitch. Captain Dreckley
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6:52pm Fri 11 Apr 14

owd nick says...

dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave.

- No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him.
- Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty.
- If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal.

Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules.

He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.
you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!!
out with the cowboys and indians
Of course they could suspend him, on full pay for the duration.

They don't have to.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!! out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Of course they could suspend him, on full pay for the duration. They don't have to. owd nick
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7:08pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bazzer says...

owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.
you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!! out with the cowboys and indians
Of course they could suspend him, on full pay for the duration. They don't have to.
And would be foolish to. I rather think the last few months have seen the results of perhaps hasty and bandwagon prosecutions in all areas of the criminal law.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!! out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Of course they could suspend him, on full pay for the duration. They don't have to.[/p][/quote]And would be foolish to. I rather think the last few months have seen the results of perhaps hasty and bandwagon prosecutions in all areas of the criminal law. Bazzer
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8:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Angry From Accrington says...

It's very ironic that Deluded David accuses Rovers of having no principals when he spends half his life demanding that the principals be removed.
Perhaps he means PRINCIPLES.

Out with bad spelling and grammar!!!!!
It's very ironic that Deluded David accuses Rovers of having no principals when he spends half his life demanding that the principals be removed. Perhaps he means PRINCIPLES. Out with bad spelling and grammar!!!!! Angry From Accrington
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7:16am Sat 12 Apr 14

jimluftas says...

dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave.

- No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him.
- Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty.
- If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal.

Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules.

He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.
you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!!
out with the cowboys and indians
Gobshite.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!! out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Gobshite. jimluftas
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8:02am Sat 12 Apr 14

owd nick says...

jimluftas wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave.

- No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him.
- Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty.
- If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal.

Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules.

He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.
you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!!
out with the cowboys and indians
Gobshite.
LOL.
[quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: LT not allowing comment on CJ but its obvious that employing the likes of Hendry with his background the Rovers would not hesitate as they have done before in playing Campbell if they could - irrespective of police involvement in respect of match fixing - no principals!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Innocent until proved guilty in a court of law Dave. - No-one is going to buy him with this hanging over him. - Rovers cannot discipline him before he has been found guilty as this could be interpreted as Rovers thinking he is guilty. - If Rovers did discipline him and he was found not guilty they could end up in court on numerous counts, including unfair dismissal. Nothing to do with principles, as an ex manager who faced a similar situation with one of my employees several years ago, it was nearly 18 months before the person involved could be disciplined under gross misconduct rules. He cannot play for Rovers again this season anyway so I don't know why you a chucking yet another wobbly.[/p][/quote]you obviously dont understand employment law - suspend pending the outcome of police enquiries and this is what any law abiding business would do rather than the Rovers did with playing him before they off loaded hIm to Millwall - the fact that Rovers cant play him means nothing its the 'principal'!!! So go and do one!!! out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Gobshite.[/p][/quote]LOL. owd nick
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