Gestede determined to carry on scoring for Rovers

Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring for Rovers - and he wants to add even more before the end of the season

Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring for Rovers - and he wants to add even more before the end of the season

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RED-hot Rudy Gestede is greedy for more goals after Blackburn Rovers’ towering targetman rose to boss Gary Bowyer’s challenge to reach double figures before the end of the campaign.

The 6ft 4in striker made it six goals in his last six starts and 10 for the term when he scored the first hat-trick of his career in Rovers’ season-saving 4-2 win at Birmingham City on Monday.

But Gestede, a £300,000 bargain buy from Cardiff City in January, has no intention of easing up – not now Bowyer’s side are back in with a sniff of the play-offs.

“The manager asked me to get to double figures and now I have done this with two games to go, hopefully I can score more goals for the team,” said the Benin international.

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“I am very happy to have 10 goals, it is my best return since I started playing football, and from January it isn’t bad.

“We’ve got two games to play, we’ve got a chance to get into the play-offs, and we have to take it.

“We don’t need to think about the other results, we’ve just got to try to win both games and we’ll see where we are at.”

Eight of the 10 goals Gestede has netted in 26 matches for Rovers have come with his head.

After his hat-trick of headers against Birmingham the 25-year-old even joked his best foot was his head.

But Bowyer insists there is a lot more to the popular striker’s game.

“He’s such a threat in the air but I don’t want people just saying that about him because he’s much more than that,” said Bowyer, who has guided Rovers on a 10-match unbeaten league run, the club’s best since 2001.

“We said that when we brought him in and we’ve got to keep giving him the confidence to believe that he’s not just a targetman. He can link it up and he can run the channels.

“He can get better in his all-round game but we’re just delighted we brought him to the club.”

Gestede was quick to praise Craig Conway for the role the wing wonder played in his St Andrew’s treble.

Conway set-up two of the big forward’s three goals on Monday with pinpoint set-pieces deliveries.

That meant the Scotland international took his tally of assists up to eight in 16 games since following Gestede from Cardiff in January for a knockdown £100,000.

“Craig keeps putting the balls in the right position and I’m very happy to play with him,” said Gestede, who came off against Birmingham in the 59th minute as a precaution with a tight groin.

“But he can do more as he can score goals. He gives us power on the pitch.”

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9:48am Wed 23 Apr 14

digitusjonfred says...

THIS is the determination we want to see in a ROVERS shirt.. go for it RUDY.
THIS is the determination we want to see in a ROVERS shirt.. go for it RUDY. digitusjonfred
  • Score: 23

10:08am Wed 23 Apr 14

French Rover says...

Rudy is almost as good with his head as Jimmy Fryatt was! Bullet-bonce (as we affectionately called him) could head a ball harder than some could kick it! Plenty of goals to come from Rudy and our other striker (whats he called?) next season.
Rudy is almost as good with his head as Jimmy Fryatt was! Bullet-bonce (as we affectionately called him) could head a ball harder than some could kick it! Plenty of goals to come from Rudy and our other striker (whats he called?) next season. French Rover
  • Score: 20

10:18am Wed 23 Apr 14

Dukes says...

He been a excellent signing.
He been a excellent signing. Dukes
  • Score: 21

11:28am Wed 23 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Looking good for next season, clear a bit more deadwood out and add one or two more 100% players and we should get to the play offs as a minimum.

COYB in GB we trust for saving our club.
Looking good for next season, clear a bit more deadwood out and add one or two more 100% players and we should get to the play offs as a minimum. COYB in GB we trust for saving our club. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 14

11:30am Wed 23 Apr 14

Incest Each Sunday says...

As well as chipping in with goals, Gestede has been a brilliant foil for the other players around him. However, huge credit has to go to Conway who has been amazing since he arrived in January. He's currently got 7 assists and 4 goals from 16 appearances, not to mention the number of chances he's created for his teammates. If he keeps up this level of performance next season he could easily top the assists table, as well as getting into double-figures himself.
As well as chipping in with goals, Gestede has been a brilliant foil for the other players around him. However, huge credit has to go to Conway who has been amazing since he arrived in January. He's currently got 7 assists and 4 goals from 16 appearances, not to mention the number of chances he's created for his teammates. If he keeps up this level of performance next season he could easily top the assists table, as well as getting into double-figures himself. Incest Each Sunday
  • Score: 12

12:28pm Wed 23 Apr 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

This guy could well be one of the top strikers in the division next season, he has a good all round game and contributes to the team all over the pitch. Fabulous find GB, Pity we didn't have him at the beginning of the season.
This guy could well be one of the top strikers in the division next season, he has a good all round game and contributes to the team all over the pitch. Fabulous find GB, Pity we didn't have him at the beginning of the season. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones.

What a load of codsh!t.

You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club?

Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town.

You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments.

This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season.

Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.
My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones. What a load of codsh!t. You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club? Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town. You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments. This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season. Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -14

1:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

wolsty says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones.

What a load of codsh!t.

You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club?

Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town.

You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments.

This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season.

Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.
With all the s++t that you say on the Rovers pages,be warned we may even get as low as you are on the Burnley pages,but to be honest don't think that will happen,we meaning Rovers supporters(proper) ones will never go as low,just enjoy what your team done this season and stop being an arse,better still get a job writing on Sky seems you know more that's happening to Rovers more than we do..
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones. What a load of codsh!t. You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club? Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town. You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments. This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season. Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]With all the s++t that you say on the Rovers pages,be warned we may even get as low as you are on the Burnley pages,but to be honest don't think that will happen,we meaning Rovers supporters(proper) ones will never go as low,just enjoy what your team done this season and stop being an arse,better still get a job writing on Sky seems you know more that's happening to Rovers more than we do.. wolsty
  • Score: 13

4:28pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

RUDY appears to have settled in quite nicely although Rhodes does is not scoring and wonder if they can really play together. It makes me think that Rhodes may well be sold in the summer if we get a decent offer which could then leave a few bob for GB to invest. If so we need to comb the lower leagues for younger players with a good sell on value as we try to balance the books.
Next season could be an exciting journey and who knows we could we could be meeting our neighbours again.
Good luck to them and do hope they stay. Enjoy!
RUDY appears to have settled in quite nicely although Rhodes does is not scoring and wonder if they can really play together. It makes me think that Rhodes may well be sold in the summer if we get a decent offer which could then leave a few bob for GB to invest. If so we need to comb the lower leagues for younger players with a good sell on value as we try to balance the books. Next season could be an exciting journey and who knows we could we could be meeting our neighbours again. Good luck to them and do hope they stay. Enjoy! Ronaldpetercooper
  • Score: -1

6:29pm Wed 23 Apr 14

kfc yummy says...

wolsty wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote: My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones. What a load of codsh!t. You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club? Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town. You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments. This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season. Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.
With all the s++t that you say on the Rovers pages,be warned we may even get as low as you are on the Burnley pages,but to be honest don't think that will happen,we meaning Rovers supporters(proper) ones will never go as low,just enjoy what your team done this season and stop being an arse,better still get a job writing on Sky seems you know more that's happening to Rovers more than we do..
What a clever boy.
[quote][p][bold]wolsty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones. What a load of codsh!t. You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club? Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town. You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments. This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season. Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]With all the s++t that you say on the Rovers pages,be warned we may even get as low as you are on the Burnley pages,but to be honest don't think that will happen,we meaning Rovers supporters(proper) ones will never go as low,just enjoy what your team done this season and stop being an arse,better still get a job writing on Sky seems you know more that's happening to Rovers more than we do..[/p][/quote]What a clever boy. kfc yummy
  • Score: 0

8:18pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Bazzer says...

French Rover wrote:
Rudy is almost as good with his head as Jimmy Fryatt was! Bullet-bonce (as we affectionately called him) could head a ball harder than some could kick it! Plenty of goals to come from Rudy and our other striker (whats he called?) next season.
Not a one trick pony! I have vague memories of him scoring with a delightful volley at Birmingham City. Billy Wilson got sent off after a bust up with John Vincent during the same match. Vincent walked as well. Always thought the Ripping Yarns Barnstoneworth forward was based on Jimmy Fryatt.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Rudy is almost as good with his head as Jimmy Fryatt was! Bullet-bonce (as we affectionately called him) could head a ball harder than some could kick it! Plenty of goals to come from Rudy and our other striker (whats he called?) next season.[/p][/quote]Not a one trick pony! I have vague memories of him scoring with a delightful volley at Birmingham City. Billy Wilson got sent off after a bust up with John Vincent during the same match. Vincent walked as well. Always thought the Ripping Yarns Barnstoneworth forward was based on Jimmy Fryatt. Bazzer
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

STOP PRESS: Striker Wants To Score Goals Revelation
STOP PRESS: Striker Wants To Score Goals Revelation OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 0

10:45pm Wed 23 Apr 14

digitusjonfred says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones.

What a load of codsh!t.

You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club?

Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town.

You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments.

This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season.

Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.
It will be interesting to read your comments from AUG 2014 to MAY 2015, if you dare to post when Burnley are struggling to stay up, keep me posted ya tosser
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: My my. More unfounded blind optimism from the deluded ones. What a load of codsh!t. You are only a handful of points better off than you were last season and you seem to believe that "Team GB" (?) have saved your club? Gary "The only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer is a clueless chancer who gets it wrong far more than he gets it right. His team selections and tactics are woeful and the points you have dropped this season are down to his poor grasp of the game at this level. As seen from the booing home support following your recent non-performance against League One Yeovil Town. You have not once competed at the top end of this division all season, and unfortunately for you next season will be even more competitive in the Championship due to the quality of the sides coming down and the wealth at their disposal in the form of the enhanced parachute payments. This combined with the likes of those who miss out via the play-offs which could include QPR, Derby, Wigan, Reading, Brighton, and Nottingham Forest will make the job even harder. Then there is your transfer embargo and the need to cut costs even further as you enter your third season in the Championship. Not to mention those teams who are likely to get their acts together such as Watford, Bolton and Leeds, and also those teams coming up such as Wolves who will want to have a say in the play-offs next season. Sadly I think your optimism is just that. There is nothing at all that suggests Blackburn Rovers will compete with the top sides in the Championship, you have neither the money, the infrastructure, the manager, the team, nor the support to mount any kind of challenge, and as I've said on many occasions I believe you will struggle next season to stay up. League One awaits. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]It will be interesting to read your comments from AUG 2014 to MAY 2015, if you dare to post when Burnley are struggling to stay up, keep me posted ya tosser digitusjonfred
  • Score: 6

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