Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer tells King to keep on starring

Josh King

Josh King

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has challenged Josh King to replicate the complete performance he produced to tear the Birmingham City defence to shreds.

The recalled winger wreaked havoc at St Andrew’s on Monday as Rovers romped to a 4-2 victory which stretched their unbeaten Championship run to 10 games.

King’s searing pace sent Blues’ backline into a panic every time he got the ball out of his feet.

But it was his end product which most impressed his manager and the travelling supporters alike.

The Norwegian flyer set up Rudy Gestede for the first of the three headers the big striker scored before the break while he also had a hand in Todd Kane’s killer third goal.

And King, who was making his first start since the 3-2 home win over Millwall on December, also showed composure to play the ball across goal for a chance that hat-trick hero Gestede will still be scratching his head as to how he missed.

Bowyer said: “Kingy has waited his turn and he’s got an opportunity now.

“His pace has always been a threat and he had an end product as well.

“That’s what he’s got to keep striving to have.”

King was one of four enforced changes, along with Kane, Markus Olsson and Corry Evans, after Michael Keane, Lee Williamson and Tom Cairney failed late fitness tests and after Tommy Spurr had been ruled out before Rovers made the trip to the Midlands.

Bowyer said: “We left it as late as we possibly could to give them every opportunity but all three of them failed fitness tests and then we lost David Dunn as well.

“It was not great news but the response of the ones who came in was great.

“Todd and Josh were terrific, they went about their business excellently, as did Markus Olsson and Corry Evans.”

But Bowyer was not happy with the way his side, who threw away a two-goal lead away in drawing 3-3 at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month, allowed Birmingham to add a touch of respectability to the final scoreline after the break.

He said: “I have to say I was disappointed with the manner of the two goals we conceded.

“But I think I did say the other week that we have to score four to win away.”

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12:03pm Wed 23 Apr 14

GAZHAY says...

If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield.
That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.
If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield. That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson. GAZHAY
  • Score: 26

12:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

jinkyjase says...

GAZHAY wrote:
If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield.
That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.
Hear hear
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield. That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.[/p][/quote]Hear hear jinkyjase
  • Score: 11

12:27pm Wed 23 Apr 14

John Bumhead says...

GAZHAY wrote:
If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield.
That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.
I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield. That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.[/p][/quote]I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season. John Bumhead
  • Score: 12

1:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -15

1:19pm Wed 23 Apr 14

GAZHAY says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
Yawn!!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.[/p][/quote]Yawn!! GAZHAY
  • Score: 9

1:20pm Wed 23 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
Burnley FC, Premier league manager, Pub league Fans.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.[/p][/quote]Burnley FC, Premier league manager, Pub league Fans. greenscreener
  • Score: 28

3:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.
Head of Knobs!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Josh King. Premier League pace, Ryman League skills.[/p][/quote]Head of Knobs! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 9

4:02pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Incest Each Sunday says...

John Bumhead wrote:
GAZHAY wrote:
If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield.
That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.
I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.
To be fair to Bowyer, King and Evans didn't start against Yeovil as they were both on their way back from serious injuries. Evans only came on early as part of a tactical shake-up once Spurr was injured. Also, despite having Lowe and Williamson in the team, we still had plenty of chances to win the game but the forwards couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It was frustrating to watch but we can't blame our holding midfielders for that.

I think Lowe has had a lot of unnecessary criticism this season, there's obviously still a few fans expecting Tugay-like performances from him when he's not that type of player. If we play Cairney and Evans in the centre we risk leaving the defence exposed so Lowe would definitely be preferable to Evans for that reason. The 'problem' Bowyer has now is selecting four midfielders from Lowe, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Dunn, Conway, King, Taylor and Feeney.

If we played 4231 the team would pick itself, but we can't drop either Gestede or Rhodes so it means Bowyer has to decide whether to play Cairney wide-right, ahead of King, or in the centre ahead of Evans. It's a headache but one I'm sure Bowyer is happy to have, especially when Marshall returns.
[quote][p][bold]John Bumhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield. That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.[/p][/quote]I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.[/p][/quote]To be fair to Bowyer, King and Evans didn't start against Yeovil as they were both on their way back from serious injuries. Evans only came on early as part of a tactical shake-up once Spurr was injured. Also, despite having Lowe and Williamson in the team, we still had plenty of chances to win the game but the forwards couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It was frustrating to watch but we can't blame our holding midfielders for that. I think Lowe has had a lot of unnecessary criticism this season, there's obviously still a few fans expecting Tugay-like performances from him when he's not that type of player. If we play Cairney and Evans in the centre we risk leaving the defence exposed so Lowe would definitely be preferable to Evans for that reason. The 'problem' Bowyer has now is selecting four midfielders from Lowe, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Dunn, Conway, King, Taylor and Feeney. If we played 4231 the team would pick itself, but we can't drop either Gestede or Rhodes so it means Bowyer has to decide whether to play Cairney wide-right, ahead of King, or in the centre ahead of Evans. It's a headache but one I'm sure Bowyer is happy to have, especially when Marshall returns. Incest Each Sunday
  • Score: 15

12:21am Thu 24 Apr 14

keanoutofrovers says...

Incest Each Sunday wrote:
John Bumhead wrote:
GAZHAY wrote:
If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield.
That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.
I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.
To be fair to Bowyer, King and Evans didn't start against Yeovil as they were both on their way back from serious injuries. Evans only came on early as part of a tactical shake-up once Spurr was injured. Also, despite having Lowe and Williamson in the team, we still had plenty of chances to win the game but the forwards couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It was frustrating to watch but we can't blame our holding midfielders for that.

I think Lowe has had a lot of unnecessary criticism this season, there's obviously still a few fans expecting Tugay-like performances from him when he's not that type of player. If we play Cairney and Evans in the centre we risk leaving the defence exposed so Lowe would definitely be preferable to Evans for that reason. The 'problem' Bowyer has now is selecting four midfielders from Lowe, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Dunn, Conway, King, Taylor and Feeney.

If we played 4231 the team would pick itself, but we can't drop either Gestede or Rhodes so it means Bowyer has to decide whether to play Cairney wide-right, ahead of King, or in the centre ahead of Evans. It's a headache but one I'm sure Bowyer is happy to have, especially when Marshall returns.
I think Evans has the potential to play in front of the back four if Cairney plays inside with him. When Evans plays with Lowe or Williamson he is allowed to surge forward but if played with Cairney he would have to be more careful.

If this could be made to work he offers far more as Lowe does not actually win the ball in the tackle he simply slows play down by getting in the way. If we have to use someone in that role Williamson actually offers more as he is technically the better player (can't believe I've just said that but it's true). If Lowe is to be used it should be at full back as with Kane back at Chelsea he is a better option than Henley.
[quote][p][bold]Incest Each Sunday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bumhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield. That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.[/p][/quote]I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.[/p][/quote]To be fair to Bowyer, King and Evans didn't start against Yeovil as they were both on their way back from serious injuries. Evans only came on early as part of a tactical shake-up once Spurr was injured. Also, despite having Lowe and Williamson in the team, we still had plenty of chances to win the game but the forwards couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It was frustrating to watch but we can't blame our holding midfielders for that. I think Lowe has had a lot of unnecessary criticism this season, there's obviously still a few fans expecting Tugay-like performances from him when he's not that type of player. If we play Cairney and Evans in the centre we risk leaving the defence exposed so Lowe would definitely be preferable to Evans for that reason. The 'problem' Bowyer has now is selecting four midfielders from Lowe, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Dunn, Conway, King, Taylor and Feeney. If we played 4231 the team would pick itself, but we can't drop either Gestede or Rhodes so it means Bowyer has to decide whether to play Cairney wide-right, ahead of King, or in the centre ahead of Evans. It's a headache but one I'm sure Bowyer is happy to have, especially when Marshall returns.[/p][/quote]I think Evans has the potential to play in front of the back four if Cairney plays inside with him. When Evans plays with Lowe or Williamson he is allowed to surge forward but if played with Cairney he would have to be more careful. If this could be made to work he offers far more as Lowe does not actually win the ball in the tackle he simply slows play down by getting in the way. If we have to use someone in that role Williamson actually offers more as he is technically the better player (can't believe I've just said that but it's true). If Lowe is to be used it should be at full back as with Kane back at Chelsea he is a better option than Henley. keanoutofrovers
  • Score: -2

9:48am Thu 24 Apr 14

Incest Each Sunday says...

keanoutofrovers wrote:
Incest Each Sunday wrote:
John Bumhead wrote:
GAZHAY wrote:
If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield.
That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.
I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.
To be fair to Bowyer, King and Evans didn't start against Yeovil as they were both on their way back from serious injuries. Evans only came on early as part of a tactical shake-up once Spurr was injured. Also, despite having Lowe and Williamson in the team, we still had plenty of chances to win the game but the forwards couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It was frustrating to watch but we can't blame our holding midfielders for that.

I think Lowe has had a lot of unnecessary criticism this season, there's obviously still a few fans expecting Tugay-like performances from him when he's not that type of player. If we play Cairney and Evans in the centre we risk leaving the defence exposed so Lowe would definitely be preferable to Evans for that reason. The 'problem' Bowyer has now is selecting four midfielders from Lowe, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Dunn, Conway, King, Taylor and Feeney.

If we played 4231 the team would pick itself, but we can't drop either Gestede or Rhodes so it means Bowyer has to decide whether to play Cairney wide-right, ahead of King, or in the centre ahead of Evans. It's a headache but one I'm sure Bowyer is happy to have, especially when Marshall returns.
I think Evans has the potential to play in front of the back four if Cairney plays inside with him. When Evans plays with Lowe or Williamson he is allowed to surge forward but if played with Cairney he would have to be more careful.

If this could be made to work he offers far more as Lowe does not actually win the ball in the tackle he simply slows play down by getting in the way. If we have to use someone in that role Williamson actually offers more as he is technically the better player (can't believe I've just said that but it's true). If Lowe is to be used it should be at full back as with Kane back at Chelsea he is a better option than Henley.
I don't know why you're so surprised that you've said Williamson is technically the better player as it's true. However, just like Lowe, Williamson has come in for a lot of unnecessary criticism because he's not another Tugay (or Robbie Savage) either. I really don't understand why both of these players get as much stick as they do, as they do their jobs - sitting deep in midfield and breaking up play - pretty well. There seems to be a section of fans down at Ewood Park who believe that every midfield player has to be a creative mastermind or they shouldn't be in the team. (Keith Andrews was another 'victim' of this unnecessary abuse.) If we had a midfield consisting of players like Cairney or Conway, our goalkeeper would have a very busy afternoon.

For the most part, this season, Lowe and Williamson have been played together as part of a 4231 formation or, once Bowyer started playing two strikers, because injuries to other players had left him no option. It'll be interesting to see who starts in the centre once all the midfielders are fit, although you're probably right when you say Evans and Cairney are the better pairing, provided Evans doesn't go walkabout.

One thing I don't get though is why some fans keep saying Lowe should play at right-back. (You've even said yourself that he can't tackle.) An 'argument' I've heard a couple of times is, ''he played there in the Premier League, and kept Salgado out of the team.'' Seriously, that's his glowing reference, he replaced a man who was only dropped for contractual reasons, and was part of the back four of a team who were relegated. Right-back is clearly our weakest position at the moment but Lowe is definitely not the answer, I'd sooner Bowyer played Williamson there.
[quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Incest Each Sunday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bumhead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: If you like him that much and have the balls to do so play Conway, Evans, Cairney and King in midfield. That would be a great attacking midfield and if you had started with a side like that against a team like Yeovil who knows where we would be, instead you insist on being negative with Lowe and Williamson.[/p][/quote]I'd be tempted by Lowe instead of Evans as he offers a bit more defensively to cover the more attacking midfielders - but totally agree that with a strong midfield like that, and Rhodes & Gestede up front, we would be ripping teams apart next season.[/p][/quote]To be fair to Bowyer, King and Evans didn't start against Yeovil as they were both on their way back from serious injuries. Evans only came on early as part of a tactical shake-up once Spurr was injured. Also, despite having Lowe and Williamson in the team, we still had plenty of chances to win the game but the forwards couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. It was frustrating to watch but we can't blame our holding midfielders for that. I think Lowe has had a lot of unnecessary criticism this season, there's obviously still a few fans expecting Tugay-like performances from him when he's not that type of player. If we play Cairney and Evans in the centre we risk leaving the defence exposed so Lowe would definitely be preferable to Evans for that reason. The 'problem' Bowyer has now is selecting four midfielders from Lowe, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Dunn, Conway, King, Taylor and Feeney. If we played 4231 the team would pick itself, but we can't drop either Gestede or Rhodes so it means Bowyer has to decide whether to play Cairney wide-right, ahead of King, or in the centre ahead of Evans. It's a headache but one I'm sure Bowyer is happy to have, especially when Marshall returns.[/p][/quote]I think Evans has the potential to play in front of the back four if Cairney plays inside with him. When Evans plays with Lowe or Williamson he is allowed to surge forward but if played with Cairney he would have to be more careful. If this could be made to work he offers far more as Lowe does not actually win the ball in the tackle he simply slows play down by getting in the way. If we have to use someone in that role Williamson actually offers more as he is technically the better player (can't believe I've just said that but it's true). If Lowe is to be used it should be at full back as with Kane back at Chelsea he is a better option than Henley.[/p][/quote]I don't know why you're so surprised that you've said Williamson is technically the better player as it's true. However, just like Lowe, Williamson has come in for a lot of unnecessary criticism because he's not another Tugay (or Robbie Savage) either. I really don't understand why both of these players get as much stick as they do, as they do their jobs - sitting deep in midfield and breaking up play - pretty well. There seems to be a section of fans down at Ewood Park who believe that every midfield player has to be a creative mastermind or they shouldn't be in the team. (Keith Andrews was another 'victim' of this unnecessary abuse.) If we had a midfield consisting of players like Cairney or Conway, our goalkeeper would have a very busy afternoon. For the most part, this season, Lowe and Williamson have been played together as part of a 4231 formation or, once Bowyer started playing two strikers, because injuries to other players had left him no option. It'll be interesting to see who starts in the centre once all the midfielders are fit, although you're probably right when you say Evans and Cairney are the better pairing, provided Evans doesn't go walkabout. One thing I don't get though is why some fans keep saying Lowe should play at right-back. (You've even said yourself that he can't tackle.) An 'argument' I've heard a couple of times is, ''he played there in the Premier League, and kept Salgado out of the team.'' Seriously, that's his glowing reference, he replaced a man who was only dropped for contractual reasons, and was part of the back four of a team who were relegated. Right-back is clearly our weakest position at the moment but Lowe is definitely not the answer, I'd sooner Bowyer played Williamson there. Incest Each Sunday
  • Score: 8

1:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Can't agree with this at all. Have watched virtually every game these two have played at Ewood and Lowe is far more effective in midfield than Williamson. Williamson lacks mobility and his tackling technique is very poor, too often resorting to grappling the opposition. Lowe is criticised for his negative passing/possession oriented play, and I'm not saying he's a star, but he covers the ground and breaks up the opposition play. When he has played at right back he has been very effective, and is quick enough to get up and down the line and cover the centre halves. The fact is that as we go forward he is also likely to improve, Williamson ? I don't think so. Without his last gasp efforts at Turf Moor most Rovers fans would have written him off long ago.
Can't agree with this at all. Have watched virtually every game these two have played at Ewood and Lowe is far more effective in midfield than Williamson. Williamson lacks mobility and his tackling technique is very poor, too often resorting to grappling the opposition. Lowe is criticised for his negative passing/possession oriented play, and I'm not saying he's a star, but he covers the ground and breaks up the opposition play. When he has played at right back he has been very effective, and is quick enough to get up and down the line and cover the centre halves. The fact is that as we go forward he is also likely to improve, Williamson ? I don't think so. Without his last gasp efforts at Turf Moor most Rovers fans would have written him off long ago. greenscreener
  • Score: 0

7:21pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Incest Each Sunday says...

greenscreener wrote:
Can't agree with this at all. Have watched virtually every game these two have played at Ewood and Lowe is far more effective in midfield than Williamson. Williamson lacks mobility and his tackling technique is very poor, too often resorting to grappling the opposition. Lowe is criticised for his negative passing/possession oriented play, and I'm not saying he's a star, but he covers the ground and breaks up the opposition play. When he has played at right back he has been very effective, and is quick enough to get up and down the line and cover the centre halves. The fact is that as we go forward he is also likely to improve, Williamson ? I don't think so. Without his last gasp efforts at Turf Moor most Rovers fans would have written him off long ago.
We're all entitled to our opinion, Greeny, but having watched every game, home and away, this season, I've hardly seen Lowe make a tackle. When he does it usually results in a foul. I'm not saying he's a bad player (in fact I've said the opposite) but when it comes to tackling, technically speaking, Williamson is better. Yes, he gives away fouls, but so does every player who actually bothers tackling, it's inevitable. Also, Lowe has been caught out of position far more times than Williamson this season as he tries to get involved with the attack but gets dispossessed. Oh, and Williamson also has the better first-touch.

As far as your assessment of Lowe as a right-back goes, we'll definitely have to agree to disagree on that as I suspect we've been watching a completely different player in that position! With any luck we'll get a right-sided 'Tommy Spurr' in the transfer window. Obviously Lowe will improve more than Williamson as the latter is nearly a decade older, there's no room for growth.

Either way, they both get far too much stick when they make even the smallest mistake, and little or no praise at all when they play well. Williamson would've been Man of the Match against Millwall if it wasn't for a Conway, yet he never got any recognition for his performance. I dare say he'll only be a bit-part player next year though.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Can't agree with this at all. Have watched virtually every game these two have played at Ewood and Lowe is far more effective in midfield than Williamson. Williamson lacks mobility and his tackling technique is very poor, too often resorting to grappling the opposition. Lowe is criticised for his negative passing/possession oriented play, and I'm not saying he's a star, but he covers the ground and breaks up the opposition play. When he has played at right back he has been very effective, and is quick enough to get up and down the line and cover the centre halves. The fact is that as we go forward he is also likely to improve, Williamson ? I don't think so. Without his last gasp efforts at Turf Moor most Rovers fans would have written him off long ago.[/p][/quote]We're all entitled to our opinion, Greeny, but having watched every game, home and away, this season, I've hardly seen Lowe make a tackle. When he does it usually results in a foul. I'm not saying he's a bad player (in fact I've said the opposite) but when it comes to tackling, technically speaking, Williamson is better. Yes, he gives away fouls, but so does every player who actually bothers tackling, it's inevitable. Also, Lowe has been caught out of position far more times than Williamson this season as he tries to get involved with the attack but gets dispossessed. Oh, and Williamson also has the better first-touch. As far as your assessment of Lowe as a right-back goes, we'll definitely have to agree to disagree on that as I suspect we've been watching a completely different player in that position! With any luck we'll get a right-sided 'Tommy Spurr' in the transfer window. Obviously Lowe will improve more than Williamson as the latter is nearly a decade older, there's no room for growth. Either way, they both get far too much stick when they make even the smallest mistake, and little or no praise at all when they play well. Williamson would've been Man of the Match against Millwall if it wasn't for a Conway, yet he never got any recognition for his performance. I dare say he'll only be a bit-part player next year though. Incest Each Sunday
  • Score: 2

9:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Some of us, well me at least, have been saying all season they King is capable of testing defences but even when fit he has rarely been selected. We can only wonder how many extra points we might have picked up had he played more frequently. But then if my granny had balls she might have been Dingerlous Dave.
Some of us, well me at least, have been saying all season they King is capable of testing defences but even when fit he has rarely been selected. We can only wonder how many extra points we might have picked up had he played more frequently. But then if my granny had balls she might have been Dingerlous Dave. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: -1

11:02pm Thu 24 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Incest Each Sunday wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Can't agree with this at all. Have watched virtually every game these two have played at Ewood and Lowe is far more effective in midfield than Williamson. Williamson lacks mobility and his tackling technique is very poor, too often resorting to grappling the opposition. Lowe is criticised for his negative passing/possession oriented play, and I'm not saying he's a star, but he covers the ground and breaks up the opposition play. When he has played at right back he has been very effective, and is quick enough to get up and down the line and cover the centre halves. The fact is that as we go forward he is also likely to improve, Williamson ? I don't think so. Without his last gasp efforts at Turf Moor most Rovers fans would have written him off long ago.
We're all entitled to our opinion, Greeny, but having watched every game, home and away, this season, I've hardly seen Lowe make a tackle. When he does it usually results in a foul. I'm not saying he's a bad player (in fact I've said the opposite) but when it comes to tackling, technically speaking, Williamson is better. Yes, he gives away fouls, but so does every player who actually bothers tackling, it's inevitable. Also, Lowe has been caught out of position far more times than Williamson this season as he tries to get involved with the attack but gets dispossessed. Oh, and Williamson also has the better first-touch.

As far as your assessment of Lowe as a right-back goes, we'll definitely have to agree to disagree on that as I suspect we've been watching a completely different player in that position! With any luck we'll get a right-sided 'Tommy Spurr' in the transfer window. Obviously Lowe will improve more than Williamson as the latter is nearly a decade older, there's no room for growth.

Either way, they both get far too much stick when they make even the smallest mistake, and little or no praise at all when they play well. Williamson would've been Man of the Match against Millwall if it wasn't for a Conway, yet he never got any recognition for his performance. I dare say he'll only be a bit-part player next year though.
Fair debate, but we will certainly have to agree to disagree on this one, respect you've seen all the away matches, so maybe LW does something more than rugby tackling when he puts on the Red shirt ?!

Always enjoy sharing opinions with the real Rovers fans on here.
[quote][p][bold]Incest Each Sunday[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Can't agree with this at all. Have watched virtually every game these two have played at Ewood and Lowe is far more effective in midfield than Williamson. Williamson lacks mobility and his tackling technique is very poor, too often resorting to grappling the opposition. Lowe is criticised for his negative passing/possession oriented play, and I'm not saying he's a star, but he covers the ground and breaks up the opposition play. When he has played at right back he has been very effective, and is quick enough to get up and down the line and cover the centre halves. The fact is that as we go forward he is also likely to improve, Williamson ? I don't think so. Without his last gasp efforts at Turf Moor most Rovers fans would have written him off long ago.[/p][/quote]We're all entitled to our opinion, Greeny, but having watched every game, home and away, this season, I've hardly seen Lowe make a tackle. When he does it usually results in a foul. I'm not saying he's a bad player (in fact I've said the opposite) but when it comes to tackling, technically speaking, Williamson is better. Yes, he gives away fouls, but so does every player who actually bothers tackling, it's inevitable. Also, Lowe has been caught out of position far more times than Williamson this season as he tries to get involved with the attack but gets dispossessed. Oh, and Williamson also has the better first-touch. As far as your assessment of Lowe as a right-back goes, we'll definitely have to agree to disagree on that as I suspect we've been watching a completely different player in that position! With any luck we'll get a right-sided 'Tommy Spurr' in the transfer window. Obviously Lowe will improve more than Williamson as the latter is nearly a decade older, there's no room for growth. Either way, they both get far too much stick when they make even the smallest mistake, and little or no praise at all when they play well. Williamson would've been Man of the Match against Millwall if it wasn't for a Conway, yet he never got any recognition for his performance. I dare say he'll only be a bit-part player next year though.[/p][/quote]Fair debate, but we will certainly have to agree to disagree on this one, respect you've seen all the away matches, so maybe LW does something more than rugby tackling when he puts on the Red shirt ?! Always enjoy sharing opinions with the real Rovers fans on here. greenscreener
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