TEAM NEWS: Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City

Matt Kilgallon has overcome a back injury

Matt Kilgallon has overcome a back injury

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

BLACKBURN Rovers welcome back Alex Baptiste, Matt Kilgallon and Chris Taylor for this afternoon’s final pre-season friendly at home to Mark Hughes’ Premier League outfit Stoke City.

Defenders Kilgallon and Baptiste go straight back into Gary Bowyer’s starting line-up while midfielder Taylor, who also missed the midweek 1-1 draw at Bury, is included among the substitutes.

But Rovers boss Bowyer is still without winger Ben Marshall (ill) and strikers Rudy Gestede (ill) and Chris Brown (knee) as well as midfielder Lee Williamson, who serves a one-match ban following his sending off against Bury.

Stoke are managed by former Rovers player and boss Hughes.

And Hughes’ starting line-up includes three players who were previously on the books at Ewood Park – midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and strikers Mame Biram Diouf and Jonathan Walters.

Rovers: Robinson, Baptiste, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, King, Lowe, Evans, Conway, Cairney, Rhodes. Subs: Kean, Taylor, Henley, Olsson, Dunn, Varney, Songo'o, O'Connell.

Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Huth, Muniesa, Arnautovic, N’Zonzi, Adam, Walters, Diouf, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Pieters, Whelan, Ireland, Wilson, Bojan, Ward.

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3:36pm Sun 3 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

This stomach bug is dragging on for Gestede?
This stomach bug is dragging on for Gestede? dinglecrusher
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Sun 3 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

Although its a friendly l,m sure Jordan Rhodes,s goal will give him the confidence to hit the ground running when the season begins proper on Friday. C O Y B.
Although its a friendly l,m sure Jordan Rhodes,s goal will give him the confidence to hit the ground running when the season begins proper on Friday. C O Y B. noddy57
  • Score: 4

4:05pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Mr Ted Maul says...

One nil at half-time.

Good stuff.
One nil at half-time. Good stuff. Mr Ted Maul
  • Score: 1

4:37pm Sun 3 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Still can't keep clean sheets!
Still can't keep clean sheets! A Darener
  • Score: 4

4:47pm Sun 3 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Good result and workout. PL here we come!
Good result and workout. PL here we come! A Darener
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Sun 3 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

A decent run around at 70% for both sides, nothing to get too excited about either way.

Hanley toiled a little in the first Half but there won't be many as difficult to play against as Crouch this season. Kilgallon looked solid and got in some important blocks. There were few chances first half but King, who had a decent game, went close with a back post header and Rhodes took his chance with a good glancing header when it came.
Cairney was the class act for Rovers but 'Baps' didn't look as comfortable as Lowe at right back. When he moved to centre back for a while in the second half he looked quite assured.
A messy second half saw a lot of subs, but taught us little, clearly Varney is not going to feature much and Dunny can still drop his shoulder and make things happen for 20 minutes.
An excellent save from Robbo but he was unable to stop the equaliser, a low hard drive into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Put Gestede into this starting eleven with Lowe at right back and you have a decent side for Friday Night ( sorry Bazzer, just my opinion).
A decent run around at 70% for both sides, nothing to get too excited about either way. Hanley toiled a little in the first Half but there won't be many as difficult to play against as Crouch this season. Kilgallon looked solid and got in some important blocks. There were few chances first half but King, who had a decent game, went close with a back post header and Rhodes took his chance with a good glancing header when it came. Cairney was the class act for Rovers but 'Baps' didn't look as comfortable as Lowe at right back. When he moved to centre back for a while in the second half he looked quite assured. A messy second half saw a lot of subs, but taught us little, clearly Varney is not going to feature much and Dunny can still drop his shoulder and make things happen for 20 minutes. An excellent save from Robbo but he was unable to stop the equaliser, a low hard drive into the bottom corner from outside the box. Put Gestede into this starting eleven with Lowe at right back and you have a decent side for Friday Night ( sorry Bazzer, just my opinion). greenscreener
  • Score: 9

10:06pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Rovercast says...

greenscreener wrote:
A decent run around at 70% for both sides, nothing to get too excited about either way.

Hanley toiled a little in the first Half but there won't be many as difficult to play against as Crouch this season. Kilgallon looked solid and got in some important blocks. There were few chances first half but King, who had a decent game, went close with a back post header and Rhodes took his chance with a good glancing header when it came.
Cairney was the class act for Rovers but 'Baps' didn't look as comfortable as Lowe at right back. When he moved to centre back for a while in the second half he looked quite assured.
A messy second half saw a lot of subs, but taught us little, clearly Varney is not going to feature much and Dunny can still drop his shoulder and make things happen for 20 minutes.
An excellent save from Robbo but he was unable to stop the equaliser, a low hard drive into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Put Gestede into this starting eleven with Lowe at right back and you have a decent side for Friday Night ( sorry Bazzer, just my opinion).
Thanks greenscreener - good report.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: A decent run around at 70% for both sides, nothing to get too excited about either way. Hanley toiled a little in the first Half but there won't be many as difficult to play against as Crouch this season. Kilgallon looked solid and got in some important blocks. There were few chances first half but King, who had a decent game, went close with a back post header and Rhodes took his chance with a good glancing header when it came. Cairney was the class act for Rovers but 'Baps' didn't look as comfortable as Lowe at right back. When he moved to centre back for a while in the second half he looked quite assured. A messy second half saw a lot of subs, but taught us little, clearly Varney is not going to feature much and Dunny can still drop his shoulder and make things happen for 20 minutes. An excellent save from Robbo but he was unable to stop the equaliser, a low hard drive into the bottom corner from outside the box. Put Gestede into this starting eleven with Lowe at right back and you have a decent side for Friday Night ( sorry Bazzer, just my opinion).[/p][/quote]Thanks greenscreener - good report. Rovercast
  • Score: 2

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