Blackpool win was a big test of our character, says Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer

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GARY Bowyer believes Blackburn Rovers passed an early examination of their character in winning 2-1 at Blackpool yesterday to stretch their unbeaten run in the Championship to 14 matches.

Rovers, whose last league defeat was on March 12, were cruising to their first victory of the new season after Rudy Gestede scored his second goal of the game two minutes after the restart.

But they were made to hold on in a frantic, end-to-end second half after a combination of poor defending and goalkeeping allowed Tomasz Cywka to halve the deficit in the 53rd minute.

And Rovers boss Bowyer said: “It was 100 per cent a test of our character.

“It was a key defining moment for the shape of our season and the players stood up, like we knew they would, to the challenge.”

Bowyer had warned beforehand that Pool, despite a shambolic pre-season, would be no pushovers.

And he was proved correct.

“We weren’t going to be kidded about the off-the-field activities that have been going on at Blackpool,” said Bowyer, whose decision to bring midfielder Lee Williamson on for striker Jordan Rhodes in the 74th minute proved crucial in snuffling out the fired-up home side’s hopes of an equaliser.

“We knew there’d be a hell of an atmosphere and we knew there manager would have done a great job getting the players together and organised so quickly and we knew we would be presented with a difficult challenge – and it was that.

“Overall I was delighted with our performance.

“The back four were outstanding and Jason Lowe in particular was magnificent.”

Bowyer also paid particular tribute to match-winner Gestede, centre backs Grant Hanley and Alex Baptiste – labelling captain Hanley, who was making his 100th league start for the club, a ‘warrior’ after he played on after picking up a knock – as well as Rovers’ inspirational 2,227-strong travelling support.

Bowyer said: “The fans were outstanding, particularly in the last 10 minutes when we needed them.

“They never shut up, they were brilliant.”

Pool boss Jose Riga, for whom it was his first competitive home match in charge, said: “If we’d scored a second I don’t think people could have complained.

“Physically we are not ready yet and we don’t have enough players still but the fans and the mentality of the players is good.

“Some players arrived only a couple of days ago and it’s a difficult situation. This is our third game of the season and we’ve only had one friendly against a team who aren’t at this level.

“We showed our players certain phases of play that we expected but we couldn’t always adapt to that because they just haven’t played with one another enough.

“But that will come, I believe it will.

“I need more players but I need quality and that is important.”

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12:43pm Sun 17 Aug 14

crankitup says...

Gary, we all knew Blackpool would be no push over, we can take nowt for granted in this league which is why we should have pushed for another and kept JR on or at least an a more attacking mid-fielder, but I feel that your actions proved that you were protecting your own a*se in defending a two one lead...

if we are to put our mark on this season and make other teams nervous of playing us we must start going for the kill and not letting up for the 90+ minutes of a game.....when you decided to play more defensive and took Jordan off it gave Blackpool the impudence and confidence to push us.....I feel we must be more ruthless in our endeavours to take all three points and leaving no survivors......make other teams defend in their half and push, push, push.

but as I have said previously.....3 points is three points, but I feel with your defensive mentality some teams will punish us.
Gary, we all knew Blackpool would be no push over, we can take nowt for granted in this league which is why we should have pushed for another and kept JR on or at least an a more attacking mid-fielder, but I feel that your actions proved that you were protecting your own a*se in defending a two one lead... if we are to put our mark on this season and make other teams nervous of playing us we must start going for the kill and not letting up for the 90+ minutes of a game.....when you decided to play more defensive and took Jordan off it gave Blackpool the impudence and confidence to push us.....I feel we must be more ruthless in our endeavours to take all three points and leaving no survivors......make other teams defend in their half and push, push, push. but as I have said previously.....3 points is three points, but I feel with your defensive mentality some teams will punish us. crankitup
  • Score: 19

1:17pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

And better teams than League 1 Scunthorpe
And better teams than League 1 Scunthorpe Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -20

1:24pm Sun 17 Aug 14

kosmic karma says...

Very rare I post... I like to follow (most) of the comments and banter on LT. I am a Claret, but like to see all of our Lancashire clubs doing well. For what it's worth, I think we have the best Two top flights of football globally. Also, we should applaud Fleetwood, Morecambe , Rochdale and Tranmere as well. Come on all Lancashire (Pre 1974 demarcation) teams.
Very rare I post... I like to follow (most) of the comments and banter on LT. I am a Claret, but like to see all of our Lancashire clubs doing well. For what it's worth, I think we have the best Two top flights of football globally. Also, we should applaud Fleetwood, Morecambe , Rochdale and Tranmere as well. Come on all Lancashire (Pre 1974 demarcation) teams. kosmic karma
  • Score: 53

1:49pm Sun 17 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

Yawn.
Yawn. mark anthony
  • Score: -25

1:51pm Sun 17 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails.

Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen.

I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.
Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails. Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen. I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -36

1:54pm Sun 17 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.
Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 22

3:03pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Pembina says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails.

Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen.

I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.
Poor soul you must have been disorientated posting this garbage - does your mother know about it?
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails. Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen. I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.[/p][/quote]Poor soul you must have been disorientated posting this garbage - does your mother know about it? Pembina
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Sun 17 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Some test beating a side just thrown together! Wot also happened to the guy who the rovers fans sing"he scores when he wants"? Not in the mood now he has had a big pay rise ya think?
Some test beating a side just thrown together! Wot also happened to the guy who the rovers fans sing"he scores when he wants"? Not in the mood now he has had a big pay rise ya think? DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -9

3:51pm Sun 17 Aug 14

cboyer says...

DoggydogNo1 wrote:
Some test beating a side just thrown together! Wot also happened to the guy who the rovers fans sing"he scores when he wants"? Not in the mood now he has had a big pay rise ya think?
hes still working hard just like that tackle that won the ball for cairneys wonder goal last week theres no i in team and we are now playing as a team we have a few lads scoring now not just 1
[quote][p][bold]DoggydogNo1[/bold] wrote: Some test beating a side just thrown together! Wot also happened to the guy who the rovers fans sing"he scores when he wants"? Not in the mood now he has had a big pay rise ya think?[/p][/quote]hes still working hard just like that tackle that won the ball for cairneys wonder goal last week theres no i in team and we are now playing as a team we have a few lads scoring now not just 1 cboyer
  • Score: 21

5:01pm Sun 17 Aug 14

BlueSkies says...

Interesting game yesterday, anyone who thought it'd be easy needs reminding there are two teams on the pitch.
* just watched a similar disfunctional team, Southampton, lose unluckily to Liverpool.
Blackpool, if they can perform like that after being 'thrown together' will do ok. Their midfield did well in the 2nd half which resulted in subbing JR with Williamson to tighten up midfield.
The team performed reasonably well but there is plenty of room for improvement.
Many people had King Evans Cairney and Conway as the dream midfield. IMO it didn't quite meet expectation but it's early days and it's only one game. It'll take a few more games before we can reasonably assess our potential.
More positives than negatives to take from this game.

The fans were brilliant.
I love good away days lol
Rudy Rudy Rudy
Interesting game yesterday, anyone who thought it'd be easy needs reminding there are two teams on the pitch. * just watched a similar disfunctional team, Southampton, lose unluckily to Liverpool. Blackpool, if they can perform like that after being 'thrown together' will do ok. Their midfield did well in the 2nd half which resulted in subbing JR with Williamson to tighten up midfield. The team performed reasonably well but there is plenty of room for improvement. Many people had King Evans Cairney and Conway as the dream midfield. IMO it didn't quite meet expectation but it's early days and it's only one game. It'll take a few more games before we can reasonably assess our potential. More positives than negatives to take from this game. The fans were brilliant. I love good away days lol Rudy Rudy Rudy BlueSkies
  • Score: 32

5:28pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Captain Dreckley says...

Defence looks so ugh better with Hanley and Baptiste. Robbo fluffed a couple yesterday so lets hope he has got those out of his system and he can show some consistency. Interesting United have a new defender coming in so let's hope they let a couple go out on loan, especially after the Swansea result. Well 3 points is 3 points and getting them on the board is all that matters as our friends down the M65 are going to find out.
Defence looks so ugh better with Hanley and Baptiste. Robbo fluffed a couple yesterday so lets hope he has got those out of his system and he can show some consistency. Interesting United have a new defender coming in so let's hope they let a couple go out on loan, especially after the Swansea result. Well 3 points is 3 points and getting them on the board is all that matters as our friends down the M65 are going to find out. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 19

6:50pm Sun 17 Aug 14

owd nick says...

BlueSkies wrote:
Interesting game yesterday, anyone who thought it'd be easy needs reminding there are two teams on the pitch.
* just watched a similar disfunctional team, Southampton, lose unluckily to Liverpool.
Blackpool, if they can perform like that after being 'thrown together' will do ok. Their midfield did well in the 2nd half which resulted in subbing JR with Williamson to tighten up midfield.
The team performed reasonably well but there is plenty of room for improvement.
Many people had King Evans Cairney and Conway as the dream midfield. IMO it didn't quite meet expectation but it's early days and it's only one game. It'll take a few more games before we can reasonably assess our potential.
More positives than negatives to take from this game.

The fans were brilliant.
I love good away days lol
Rudy Rudy Rudy
Thank you, I was about to reply to Cranky with a very similar comment.

I fail to see how taking Rhodes off was a defensive move when our midfield was being overrun and pushed back on our defence, I felt that Blackpool packed the midfield in the second half and GB made the right decision.

Of course we would all love to see Rover bomb forward and win every game 6-0 but sometimes, especially in this league, you have to be pragmatic.

GB got it right this time, the result proves it.

I really enjoyed the game, looking forward to getting to as many away games as we can because of that.
[quote][p][bold]BlueSkies[/bold] wrote: Interesting game yesterday, anyone who thought it'd be easy needs reminding there are two teams on the pitch. * just watched a similar disfunctional team, Southampton, lose unluckily to Liverpool. Blackpool, if they can perform like that after being 'thrown together' will do ok. Their midfield did well in the 2nd half which resulted in subbing JR with Williamson to tighten up midfield. The team performed reasonably well but there is plenty of room for improvement. Many people had King Evans Cairney and Conway as the dream midfield. IMO it didn't quite meet expectation but it's early days and it's only one game. It'll take a few more games before we can reasonably assess our potential. More positives than negatives to take from this game. The fans were brilliant. I love good away days lol Rudy Rudy Rudy[/p][/quote]Thank you, I was about to reply to Cranky with a very similar comment. I fail to see how taking Rhodes off was a defensive move when our midfield was being overrun and pushed back on our defence, I felt that Blackpool packed the midfield in the second half and GB made the right decision. Of course we would all love to see Rover bomb forward and win every game 6-0 but sometimes, especially in this league, you have to be pragmatic. GB got it right this time, the result proves it. I really enjoyed the game, looking forward to getting to as many away games as we can because of that. owd nick
  • Score: 17

7:10pm Sun 17 Aug 14

owd nick says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.
Why?

As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem?

I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday.

I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem.

The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked.

The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never.

I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics.

I suspect Cranky adored him.

Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.[/p][/quote]Why? As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem? I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday. I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem. The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked. The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never. I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics. I suspect Cranky adored him. Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them. owd nick
  • Score: 9

7:40pm Sun 17 Aug 14

azza234 says...

owd nick wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.
Why?

As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem?

I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday.

I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem.

The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked.

The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never.

I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics.

I suspect Cranky adored him.

Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.
Isn't every fan entitled to there views and can express them apart from the select few that think only there opinions matter and as for the game we won it so whats the problem people on here are waiting for the team to lose so they can have a dig. While any sane fan would be happy with a 14 unbeaten run and a decent start to the season.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.[/p][/quote]Why? As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem? I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday. I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem. The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked. The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never. I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics. I suspect Cranky adored him. Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.[/p][/quote]Isn't every fan entitled to there views and can express them apart from the select few that think only there opinions matter and as for the game we won it so whats the problem people on here are waiting for the team to lose so they can have a dig. While any sane fan would be happy with a 14 unbeaten run and a decent start to the season. azza234
  • Score: 7

7:45pm Sun 17 Aug 14

azza234 says...

And to turf moor tom you really are a grade a pillock.
And to turf moor tom you really are a grade a pillock. azza234
  • Score: 14

8:31pm Sun 17 Aug 14

BlueSkies says...

azza234 wrote:
owd nick wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.
Why?

As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem?

I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday.

I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem.

The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked.

The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never.

I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics.

I suspect Cranky adored him.

Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.
Isn't every fan entitled to there views and can express them apart from the select few that think only there opinions matter and as for the game we won it so whats the problem people on here are waiting for the team to lose so they can have a dig. While any sane fan would be happy with a 14 unbeaten run and a decent start to the season.
continuing the theme

I believe GB does an effective job in difficult circumstances. Any proposition to remove him is ludicrous, his substitutions yesterday were excellent. JR was totally ineffective in the 2nd half, due to a total lack of service, so change had to be made. He was the fall guy. 3 points secured.
Job well done all round.

On the matter of Big Sam, I will remain in support of his footballing attributes. With Sam, what you get is what you see.
No club ever approaches him and says "here's £200m" and get me a title. Not happening. They "Sam, keep us in the Premier League, don't get us relegated, keep us on the gravy train".
Tried and tested. Sam delivers. He takes the money!

Many advocated a preference for The Championship to Sam's ideology, I totally appreciated people's then and I still do now.....

I will never fall out with those individuals, ever.

I am blue and white

RTID.
[quote][p][bold]azza234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.[/p][/quote]Why? As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem? I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday. I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem. The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked. The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never. I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics. I suspect Cranky adored him. Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.[/p][/quote]Isn't every fan entitled to there views and can express them apart from the select few that think only there opinions matter and as for the game we won it so whats the problem people on here are waiting for the team to lose so they can have a dig. While any sane fan would be happy with a 14 unbeaten run and a decent start to the season.[/p][/quote]continuing the theme I believe GB does an effective job in difficult circumstances. Any proposition to remove him is ludicrous, his substitutions yesterday were excellent. JR was totally ineffective in the 2nd half, due to a total lack of service, so change had to be made. He was the fall guy. 3 points secured. Job well done all round. On the matter of Big Sam, I will remain in support of his footballing attributes. With Sam, what you get is what you see. No club ever approaches him and says "here's £200m" and get me a title. Not happening. They "Sam, keep us in the Premier League, don't get us relegated, keep us on the gravy train". Tried and tested. Sam delivers. He takes the money! Many advocated a preference for The Championship to Sam's ideology, I totally appreciated people's then and I still do now..... I will never fall out with those individuals, ever. I am blue and white RTID. BlueSkies
  • Score: 10

9:09pm Sun 17 Aug 14

edmy says...

kosmic karma wrote:
Very rare I post... I like to follow (most) of the comments and banter on LT. I am a Claret, but like to see all of our Lancashire clubs doing well. For what it's worth, I think we have the best Two top flights of football globally. Also, we should applaud Fleetwood, Morecambe , Rochdale and Tranmere as well. Come on all Lancashire (Pre 1974 demarcation) teams.
A true and genuine football fan as opposed to lets bash and slag anyone other than our own team. Well said
[quote][p][bold]kosmic karma[/bold] wrote: Very rare I post... I like to follow (most) of the comments and banter on LT. I am a Claret, but like to see all of our Lancashire clubs doing well. For what it's worth, I think we have the best Two top flights of football globally. Also, we should applaud Fleetwood, Morecambe , Rochdale and Tranmere as well. Come on all Lancashire (Pre 1974 demarcation) teams.[/p][/quote]A true and genuine football fan as opposed to lets bash and slag anyone other than our own team. Well said edmy
  • Score: 12

10:07pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Still a Wild Rover says...

crankitup wrote:
Gary, we all knew Blackpool would be no push over, we can take nowt for granted in this league which is why we should have pushed for another and kept JR on or at least an a more attacking mid-fielder, but I feel that your actions proved that you were protecting your own a*se in defending a two one lead...

if we are to put our mark on this season and make other teams nervous of playing us we must start going for the kill and not letting up for the 90+ minutes of a game.....when you decided to play more defensive and took Jordan off it gave Blackpool the impudence and confidence to push us.....I feel we must be more ruthless in our endeavours to take all three points and leaving no survivors......make other teams defend in their half and push, push, push.

but as I have said previously.....3 points is three points, but I feel with your defensive mentality some teams will punish us.
And if GB had gone gung ho for another goal and gifted Pool the equaliser or even a winner you would have been the first on here to slag him off, errr a bit like today??
Cleansheets, not conceding are just as important as scoring, and if you are in the lead you dont need to score.....
Now I think he is doing a fine job, so why not give him a break eh..
[quote][p][bold]crankitup[/bold] wrote: Gary, we all knew Blackpool would be no push over, we can take nowt for granted in this league which is why we should have pushed for another and kept JR on or at least an a more attacking mid-fielder, but I feel that your actions proved that you were protecting your own a*se in defending a two one lead... if we are to put our mark on this season and make other teams nervous of playing us we must start going for the kill and not letting up for the 90+ minutes of a game.....when you decided to play more defensive and took Jordan off it gave Blackpool the impudence and confidence to push us.....I feel we must be more ruthless in our endeavours to take all three points and leaving no survivors......make other teams defend in their half and push, push, push. but as I have said previously.....3 points is three points, but I feel with your defensive mentality some teams will punish us.[/p][/quote]And if GB had gone gung ho for another goal and gifted Pool the equaliser or even a winner you would have been the first on here to slag him off, errr a bit like today?? Cleansheets, not conceding are just as important as scoring, and if you are in the lead you dont need to score..... Now I think he is doing a fine job, so why not give him a break eh.. Still a Wild Rover
  • Score: 8

10:29pm Sun 17 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

3 points is all what matters.
3 points is all what matters. digitusjonfred
  • Score: 7

10:50pm Sun 17 Aug 14

jimluftas says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails.

Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen.

I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.
Full strength? Half the defence missing? Stop showing yourself up you fool.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails. Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen. I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.[/p][/quote]Full strength? Half the defence missing? Stop showing yourself up you fool. jimluftas
  • Score: 9

10:55pm Sun 17 Aug 14

MxMave says...

We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots.

Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.
We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots. Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny. MxMave
  • Score: 5

11:18pm Sun 17 Aug 14

owd nick says...

azza234 wrote:
owd nick wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.
Why?

As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem?

I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday.

I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem.

The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked.

The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never.

I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics.

I suspect Cranky adored him.

Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.
Isn't every fan entitled to there views and can express them apart from the select few that think only there opinions matter and as for the game we won it so whats the problem people on here are waiting for the team to lose so they can have a dig. While any sane fan would be happy with a 14 unbeaten run and a decent start to the season.
I think I sort of said that but so far I have -3 :-)
[quote][p][bold]azza234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Let's see what happens over the next few games before we heap praise or criticise the manager.[/p][/quote]Why? As long as opinions are honest and based on the game itself what's the problem? I was extremely unhappy with what I saw at the Scunthorpe game and said so, but I was more than happy with what I saw yesterday. I will always try to give an honest, objective opinion, some will like what I have to say others won't, that isn't my problem. The problem comes when fans have preconceived concerns and allow them to colour their views, the main one voiced on here being the GB isn't an experienced manager so he should be sacked. The question I would ask is when does inexperience become experience,? 10 games, 40, two seasons, I suspect that for people like Cranky that in GB's case that will be never. I was (and still am) the same with Allardyce, the very thought of seeing him anywhere near Ewood again makes me feel physically sick, I can't stand the man, his "feck you, I know better attitude" and his appalling tactics. I suspect Cranky adored him. Thing is Cranky and I are two different people with different views but we do have one thing in common, we are die hard fans and as such entitled to those views and entitled to express them.[/p][/quote]Isn't every fan entitled to there views and can express them apart from the select few that think only there opinions matter and as for the game we won it so whats the problem people on here are waiting for the team to lose so they can have a dig. While any sane fan would be happy with a 14 unbeaten run and a decent start to the season.[/p][/quote]I think I sort of said that but so far I have -3 :-) owd nick
  • Score: 2

11:36pm Sun 17 Aug 14

owd nick says...

MxMave wrote:
We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots.

Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.
We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all.

Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with?

We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge?

Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?
[quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots. Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.[/p][/quote]We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all. Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with? We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge? Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is? owd nick
  • Score: 8

7:31am Mon 18 Aug 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Important win on saturday - norwich major test particularly away - be great to get a point - be fab to get a win
Important win on saturday - norwich major test particularly away - be great to get a point - be fab to get a win hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 0

8:44am Mon 18 Aug 14

34 years says...

jimluftas wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails.

Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen.

I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.
Full strength? Half the defence missing? Stop showing yourself up you fool.
He's clearly a dingle trying to wind us up - ignore him
[quote][p][bold]jimluftas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Bowyer is clinging on by his fingernails. Our embarrassing and humbling cup exit at the hands of lowly Scunthorpe was a sign of what will happen should we suffer injury this season. To only just beat a very poor Blackpool side when we're at full strength is simply papering over the cracks. We need to invest in this squad ASAP to have any chance of competing. Sadly with FFP on the horizon that's just not going to happen. I fear that we will soon be exposed and on the wrong end of a whupping.[/p][/quote]Full strength? Half the defence missing? Stop showing yourself up you fool.[/p][/quote]He's clearly a dingle trying to wind us up - ignore him 34 years
  • Score: 5

8:57am Mon 18 Aug 14

WheresYourFamousSuicide? says...

owd nick wrote:
MxMave wrote:
We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots.

Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.
We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all.

Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with?

We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge?

Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?
Looks like Gestede is continuing the form he had at the back end of last season - which a lot of us were worrying about.
Having two '20 goal a season' strikers bodes well for us, hate to say it, but look at Burnley last season with Ings and Vokes.
If we can sure up the defence (which tactically Bowyer did on Saturday) while scoring for fun we will all be happy by May! Big if, but I believe!
As for the negative comments, they will always be on here, everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter how stupid it is!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots. Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.[/p][/quote]We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all. Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with? We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge? Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?[/p][/quote]Looks like Gestede is continuing the form he had at the back end of last season - which a lot of us were worrying about. Having two '20 goal a season' strikers bodes well for us, hate to say it, but look at Burnley last season with Ings and Vokes. If we can sure up the defence (which tactically Bowyer did on Saturday) while scoring for fun we will all be happy by May! Big if, but I believe! As for the negative comments, they will always be on here, everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter how stupid it is! WheresYourFamousSuicide?
  • Score: 11

10:43am Mon 18 Aug 14

jack01 says...

Many Rovers supporters have spent months calling for a Cairney-Evans midfield partnership and have criticised Bowyer for not going with them together every week.

On Saturday I think we saw exactly why Bowyer is often reluctant to play them together in the centre of midfield. In the second half in particular we were completely overrun, and it wasn't until the introduction of Williamson that we settled down and saw the game out in the last 15 minutes reasonably comfortably. Bringing Williamson on when we did was the right thing to do and Rhodes was the only viable option to make way with Gestede on a hatrick.

So perhaps in future when Bowyer doesn't start a game with Cairney and Evans together in the middle he won't be branded as clueless and people will remember the Blackpool game.

I'm not saying that they can't do a good job together in midfield, just that it isn't the obvious answer to all our problems that some people seem to think it is, and the manager knows this having worked with these players day in day out.
Many Rovers supporters have spent months calling for a Cairney-Evans midfield partnership and have criticised Bowyer for not going with them together every week. On Saturday I think we saw exactly why Bowyer is often reluctant to play them together in the centre of midfield. In the second half in particular we were completely overrun, and it wasn't until the introduction of Williamson that we settled down and saw the game out in the last 15 minutes reasonably comfortably. Bringing Williamson on when we did was the right thing to do and Rhodes was the only viable option to make way with Gestede on a hatrick. So perhaps in future when Bowyer doesn't start a game with Cairney and Evans together in the middle he won't be branded as clueless and people will remember the Blackpool game. I'm not saying that they can't do a good job together in midfield, just that it isn't the obvious answer to all our problems that some people seem to think it is, and the manager knows this having worked with these players day in day out. jack01
  • Score: 0

10:45am Mon 18 Aug 14

French Rover says...

owd nick wrote:
MxMave wrote:
We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots.

Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.
We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all.

Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with?

We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge?

Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?
Hi Nick - I think you were a bit hard on MxMave, as from what I saw on saturdays showing most of his points are pretty spot-on based on this game anyway.

Rhodes never got even half a chance to show what he can do, as everything in the first half was pumped high up to Rudi - so he could presumably knock it on/down to Rhodes - but it just never came off as the Blackpool defence won 90% of all the aerial duels with Gestede.
(I know the long ball up to the front lads is the obvious tactic to play when you have these two big uns in the side, but it was a bit like going back to Bazzers glory days under BFS at times).

Fair play to Gestede though, despite some robust defending and some hard knocks he battled away all the match and he took both his chances brilliantly. But having Rhodes in the side and not playing to him is a waste of his time and talent.

Cairney and Evans in midfield are both skillful players and we saw against Cardiff how well they can run things when allowed, but they never really got going against an energetic Blackpool on Saturday.
They both looked far too lightweight and got closed down far too quickly against a quick tackling, battling Pool midfield, which meant that they never got many balls out wide to Conway and King, which is another reason why Rhodes never got any decent service all match.

I thought that we missed the hard tackling and good harrying off the ball that Jason Lowe gives us in midfield, though he had a very decent game at RB which surely must be his position from now on.

Grant Hanley and Baptiste coped really well under some tremendous pressure in the second half - but Olsson always looked vulnerable and I am still not sure about Robbo, he should have saved their goal and though he made a couple of good saves, and he just doesn`t seem to inspire confidence in our defence.
Baptiste at LB and Kilgallon back at CH and we will be much sounder at the back. BTW - Marshall looked good when he came on...

Overall a great three points in a tough local derby, against a new and much improvised but quite impressive (very aggressive) Blackpool side.

We probably wouldnt have been able to withstand the onslaught and would not have taken the three points from this game last season, so I hope this is an indicator things to come.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots. Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.[/p][/quote]We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all. Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with? We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge? Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?[/p][/quote]Hi Nick - I think you were a bit hard on MxMave, as from what I saw on saturdays showing most of his points are pretty spot-on based on this game anyway. Rhodes never got even half a chance to show what he can do, as everything in the first half was pumped high up to Rudi - so he could presumably knock it on/down to Rhodes - but it just never came off as the Blackpool defence won 90% of all the aerial duels with Gestede. (I know the long ball up to the front lads is the obvious tactic to play when you have these two big uns in the side, but it was a bit like going back to Bazzers glory days under BFS at times). Fair play to Gestede though, despite some robust defending and some hard knocks he battled away all the match and he took both his chances brilliantly. But having Rhodes in the side and not playing to him is a waste of his time and talent. Cairney and Evans in midfield are both skillful players and we saw against Cardiff how well they can run things when allowed, but they never really got going against an energetic Blackpool on Saturday. They both looked far too lightweight and got closed down far too quickly against a quick tackling, battling Pool midfield, which meant that they never got many balls out wide to Conway and King, which is another reason why Rhodes never got any decent service all match. I thought that we missed the hard tackling and good harrying off the ball that Jason Lowe gives us in midfield, though he had a very decent game at RB which surely must be his position from now on. Grant Hanley and Baptiste coped really well under some tremendous pressure in the second half - but Olsson always looked vulnerable and I am still not sure about Robbo, he should have saved their goal and though he made a couple of good saves, and he just doesn`t seem to inspire confidence in our defence. Baptiste at LB and Kilgallon back at CH and we will be much sounder at the back. BTW - Marshall looked good when he came on... Overall a great three points in a tough local derby, against a new and much improvised but quite impressive (very aggressive) Blackpool side. We probably wouldnt have been able to withstand the onslaught and would not have taken the three points from this game last season, so I hope this is an indicator things to come. French Rover
  • Score: 3

11:05am Mon 18 Aug 14

owd nick says...

French Rover wrote:
owd nick wrote:
MxMave wrote:
We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots.

Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.
We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all.

Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with?

We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge?

Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?
Hi Nick - I think you were a bit hard on MxMave, as from what I saw on saturdays showing most of his points are pretty spot-on based on this game anyway.

Rhodes never got even half a chance to show what he can do, as everything in the first half was pumped high up to Rudi - so he could presumably knock it on/down to Rhodes - but it just never came off as the Blackpool defence won 90% of all the aerial duels with Gestede.
(I know the long ball up to the front lads is the obvious tactic to play when you have these two big uns in the side, but it was a bit like going back to Bazzers glory days under BFS at times).

Fair play to Gestede though, despite some robust defending and some hard knocks he battled away all the match and he took both his chances brilliantly. But having Rhodes in the side and not playing to him is a waste of his time and talent.

Cairney and Evans in midfield are both skillful players and we saw against Cardiff how well they can run things when allowed, but they never really got going against an energetic Blackpool on Saturday.
They both looked far too lightweight and got closed down far too quickly against a quick tackling, battling Pool midfield, which meant that they never got many balls out wide to Conway and King, which is another reason why Rhodes never got any decent service all match.

I thought that we missed the hard tackling and good harrying off the ball that Jason Lowe gives us in midfield, though he had a very decent game at RB which surely must be his position from now on.

Grant Hanley and Baptiste coped really well under some tremendous pressure in the second half - but Olsson always looked vulnerable and I am still not sure about Robbo, he should have saved their goal and though he made a couple of good saves, and he just doesn`t seem to inspire confidence in our defence.
Baptiste at LB and Kilgallon back at CH and we will be much sounder at the back. BTW - Marshall looked good when he came on...

Overall a great three points in a tough local derby, against a new and much improvised but quite impressive (very aggressive) Blackpool side.

We probably wouldnt have been able to withstand the onslaught and would not have taken the three points from this game last season, so I hope this is an indicator things to come.
Fair comments but both of our goals came from crosses, one from a corner and the second a beautifully flighted pin point one from Conway.

The point I was making to MxMave was "It isn't all about the long ball" which is what he was implying, both Conway and King, supported quite well by Olson and Lowe ( who I thought was excellent again) made every effort to get down the line, King in particular ran himself into the ground as his last effort before he was taken off proved, how many did it take to stop him? 4 or 5 I think.

I'm not saying we don't use the long ball, with a player like Gestede up front we would be idiots not to, but I get a tad fed up by the implication we are still a Lardarse type long ball team.

BTW, in this mornings LT, GB says that Rhodes was playing with a bit of a knock, which might explain his slightly lackluster performance.

Got the bug now, seriously considering going to Norwich tomorrow if I can persuade wife type person we can afford it, think I am pushing it though. :-)
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots. Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.[/p][/quote]We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all. Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with? We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge? Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?[/p][/quote]Hi Nick - I think you were a bit hard on MxMave, as from what I saw on saturdays showing most of his points are pretty spot-on based on this game anyway. Rhodes never got even half a chance to show what he can do, as everything in the first half was pumped high up to Rudi - so he could presumably knock it on/down to Rhodes - but it just never came off as the Blackpool defence won 90% of all the aerial duels with Gestede. (I know the long ball up to the front lads is the obvious tactic to play when you have these two big uns in the side, but it was a bit like going back to Bazzers glory days under BFS at times). Fair play to Gestede though, despite some robust defending and some hard knocks he battled away all the match and he took both his chances brilliantly. But having Rhodes in the side and not playing to him is a waste of his time and talent. Cairney and Evans in midfield are both skillful players and we saw against Cardiff how well they can run things when allowed, but they never really got going against an energetic Blackpool on Saturday. They both looked far too lightweight and got closed down far too quickly against a quick tackling, battling Pool midfield, which meant that they never got many balls out wide to Conway and King, which is another reason why Rhodes never got any decent service all match. I thought that we missed the hard tackling and good harrying off the ball that Jason Lowe gives us in midfield, though he had a very decent game at RB which surely must be his position from now on. Grant Hanley and Baptiste coped really well under some tremendous pressure in the second half - but Olsson always looked vulnerable and I am still not sure about Robbo, he should have saved their goal and though he made a couple of good saves, and he just doesn`t seem to inspire confidence in our defence. Baptiste at LB and Kilgallon back at CH and we will be much sounder at the back. BTW - Marshall looked good when he came on... Overall a great three points in a tough local derby, against a new and much improvised but quite impressive (very aggressive) Blackpool side. We probably wouldnt have been able to withstand the onslaught and would not have taken the three points from this game last season, so I hope this is an indicator things to come.[/p][/quote]Fair comments but both of our goals came from crosses, one from a corner and the second a beautifully flighted pin point one from Conway. The point I was making to MxMave was "It isn't all about the long ball" which is what he was implying, both Conway and King, supported quite well by Olson and Lowe ( who I thought was excellent again) made every effort to get down the line, King in particular ran himself into the ground as his last effort before he was taken off proved, how many did it take to stop him? 4 or 5 I think. I'm not saying we don't use the long ball, with a player like Gestede up front we would be idiots not to, but I get a tad fed up by the implication we are still a Lardarse type long ball team. BTW, in this mornings LT, GB says that Rhodes was playing with a bit of a knock, which might explain his slightly lackluster performance. Got the bug now, seriously considering going to Norwich tomorrow if I can persuade wife type person we can afford it, think I am pushing it though. :-) owd nick
  • Score: 3

11:40am Mon 18 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
owd nick wrote:
MxMave wrote:
We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots.

Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.
We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all.

Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with?

We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge?

Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?
Hi Nick - I think you were a bit hard on MxMave, as from what I saw on saturdays showing most of his points are pretty spot-on based on this game anyway.

Rhodes never got even half a chance to show what he can do, as everything in the first half was pumped high up to Rudi - so he could presumably knock it on/down to Rhodes - but it just never came off as the Blackpool defence won 90% of all the aerial duels with Gestede.
(I know the long ball up to the front lads is the obvious tactic to play when you have these two big uns in the side, but it was a bit like going back to Bazzers glory days under BFS at times).

Fair play to Gestede though, despite some robust defending and some hard knocks he battled away all the match and he took both his chances brilliantly. But having Rhodes in the side and not playing to him is a waste of his time and talent.

Cairney and Evans in midfield are both skillful players and we saw against Cardiff how well they can run things when allowed, but they never really got going against an energetic Blackpool on Saturday.
They both looked far too lightweight and got closed down far too quickly against a quick tackling, battling Pool midfield, which meant that they never got many balls out wide to Conway and King, which is another reason why Rhodes never got any decent service all match.

I thought that we missed the hard tackling and good harrying off the ball that Jason Lowe gives us in midfield, though he had a very decent game at RB which surely must be his position from now on.

Grant Hanley and Baptiste coped really well under some tremendous pressure in the second half - but Olsson always looked vulnerable and I am still not sure about Robbo, he should have saved their goal and though he made a couple of good saves, and he just doesn`t seem to inspire confidence in our defence.
Baptiste at LB and Kilgallon back at CH and we will be much sounder at the back. BTW - Marshall looked good when he came on...

Overall a great three points in a tough local derby, against a new and much improvised but quite impressive (very aggressive) Blackpool side.

We probably wouldnt have been able to withstand the onslaught and would not have taken the three points from this game last season, so I hope this is an indicator things to come.
Fair comments but both of our goals came from crosses, one from a corner and the second a beautifully flighted pin point one from Conway.

The point I was making to MxMave was "It isn't all about the long ball" which is what he was implying, both Conway and King, supported quite well by Olson and Lowe ( who I thought was excellent again) made every effort to get down the line, King in particular ran himself into the ground as his last effort before he was taken off proved, how many did it take to stop him? 4 or 5 I think.

I'm not saying we don't use the long ball, with a player like Gestede up front we would be idiots not to, but I get a tad fed up by the implication we are still a Lardarse type long ball team.

BTW, in this mornings LT, GB says that Rhodes was playing with a bit of a knock, which might explain his slightly lackluster performance.

Got the bug now, seriously considering going to Norwich tomorrow if I can persuade wife type person we can afford it, think I am pushing it though. :-)
Quality debate lads, I've had an enforced absence for a few days but enjoying your comments in catch-up mode.

happy with Lowe and Baptiste at the back although we are still light in numbers, Michael Kean return may be more likely if United are going for Ron Vlaar as rumoured.

Wish I could justify a trip to Norwich, it's a good set up they have down there, but it's at least 5 hours which just doesn't fit with work.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MxMave[/bold] wrote: We still quite clearly need a center-back, goalkeeper, right-back and central attacking midfielder if we want to get into the automatic promotion spots. Rhodes is wasted in the current setup. Long-ball and direct play are Rudy's style of game. We would be better with another strong front-man instead of Rhodes or have an option B and buy someone who can play in the hole behind Rhodes other than Dunny.[/p][/quote]We actually mix up play quite effectively under GB, it's isn't all about the long ball at all. Central attacking midfielder? So who are you going to replace Cairney with? We have found an absolute gem in Gestede, so you want to get rid of him and go back to Rhodes with three gorillas on his back every game? so you can have your weekly whinge? Have you actually ever watched them live, apart from on the TV that is?[/p][/quote]Hi Nick - I think you were a bit hard on MxMave, as from what I saw on saturdays showing most of his points are pretty spot-on based on this game anyway. Rhodes never got even half a chance to show what he can do, as everything in the first half was pumped high up to Rudi - so he could presumably knock it on/down to Rhodes - but it just never came off as the Blackpool defence won 90% of all the aerial duels with Gestede. (I know the long ball up to the front lads is the obvious tactic to play when you have these two big uns in the side, but it was a bit like going back to Bazzers glory days under BFS at times). Fair play to Gestede though, despite some robust defending and some hard knocks he battled away all the match and he took both his chances brilliantly. But having Rhodes in the side and not playing to him is a waste of his time and talent. Cairney and Evans in midfield are both skillful players and we saw against Cardiff how well they can run things when allowed, but they never really got going against an energetic Blackpool on Saturday. They both looked far too lightweight and got closed down far too quickly against a quick tackling, battling Pool midfield, which meant that they never got many balls out wide to Conway and King, which is another reason why Rhodes never got any decent service all match. I thought that we missed the hard tackling and good harrying off the ball that Jason Lowe gives us in midfield, though he had a very decent game at RB which surely must be his position from now on. Grant Hanley and Baptiste coped really well under some tremendous pressure in the second half - but Olsson always looked vulnerable and I am still not sure about Robbo, he should have saved their goal and though he made a couple of good saves, and he just doesn`t seem to inspire confidence in our defence. Baptiste at LB and Kilgallon back at CH and we will be much sounder at the back. BTW - Marshall looked good when he came on... Overall a great three points in a tough local derby, against a new and much improvised but quite impressive (very aggressive) Blackpool side. We probably wouldnt have been able to withstand the onslaught and would not have taken the three points from this game last season, so I hope this is an indicator things to come.[/p][/quote]Fair comments but both of our goals came from crosses, one from a corner and the second a beautifully flighted pin point one from Conway. The point I was making to MxMave was "It isn't all about the long ball" which is what he was implying, both Conway and King, supported quite well by Olson and Lowe ( who I thought was excellent again) made every effort to get down the line, King in particular ran himself into the ground as his last effort before he was taken off proved, how many did it take to stop him? 4 or 5 I think. I'm not saying we don't use the long ball, with a player like Gestede up front we would be idiots not to, but I get a tad fed up by the implication we are still a Lardarse type long ball team. BTW, in this mornings LT, GB says that Rhodes was playing with a bit of a knock, which might explain his slightly lackluster performance. Got the bug now, seriously considering going to Norwich tomorrow if I can persuade wife type person we can afford it, think I am pushing it though. :-)[/p][/quote]Quality debate lads, I've had an enforced absence for a few days but enjoying your comments in catch-up mode. happy with Lowe and Baptiste at the back although we are still light in numbers, Michael Kean return may be more likely if United are going for Ron Vlaar as rumoured. Wish I could justify a trip to Norwich, it's a good set up they have down there, but it's at least 5 hours which just doesn't fit with work. greenscreener
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1:03pm Mon 18 Aug 14

dangerous dave says...

Gb you do come out with some crap. Big test of who could be the also rans of the championship. Lets just see where we go grom here. 3 points but should be expected anyway!!!!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
Gb you do come out with some crap. Big test of who could be the also rans of the championship. Lets just see where we go grom here. 3 points but should be expected anyway!!!!! Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
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3:32pm Mon 18 Aug 14

WheresYourFamousSuicide? says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Gb you do come out with some crap. Big test of who could be the also rans of the championship. Lets just see where we go grom here. 3 points but should be expected anyway!!!!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
Out with the Dingles and Dave...
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Gb you do come out with some crap. Big test of who could be the also rans of the championship. Lets just see where we go grom here. 3 points but should be expected anyway!!!!! Out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Out with the Dingles and Dave... WheresYourFamousSuicide?
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8:00pm Mon 18 Aug 14

jimluftas says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Gb you do come out with some crap. Big test of who could be the also rans of the championship. Lets just see where we go grom here. 3 points but should be expected anyway!!!!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
If you'd been there you would have seen that Blackpool actually looked a half decent side. Even if they do go down, we struggled against all the bottom 3 last year so it's an improvement.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Gb you do come out with some crap. Big test of who could be the also rans of the championship. Lets just see where we go grom here. 3 points but should be expected anyway!!!!! Out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]If you'd been there you would have seen that Blackpool actually looked a half decent side. Even if they do go down, we struggled against all the bottom 3 last year so it's an improvement. jimluftas
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