Black content with Rovers draw

CARETAKER boss Eric Black admitted he was content despite Blackburn Rovers being forced to settle for a point away from home once more last night.

Rovers played out a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic in Black’s first match in temporary charge on Saturday, following the resignation of boss Steve Kean, and followed that up with a 0-0 draw at Nottingham Forest last night.

It was Rovers’ first goalless draw for 60 games, since they held Arsenal at the Emirates late in the 2010/11 season.

The result moved Rovers up two places to fifth in the Championship table, back into the play-off spots.

Black said: “It was a good point and we maintained our unbeaten away record.

“I’m not going to kid anyone on, we are disappointed we didn’t create more going forward but I thought the lads showed fantastic attitude and defended well.

“We know we have to be more offensive at home and I think we have to score more goals at home. We know that.

“But the lads committed to a new system and apart from a couple of chances here and there Nottingham Forest didn’t create too much themselves.

“And we should have had a penalty on Jordan Rhodes in the second half.

“Whether it was an accident or not is irrelevant. That was wthout question a penalty.”

Rovers have now drawn four of their first five away games in the Championship this season.

They also took a point at Ipswich and Leeds, before winning 5-3 at Bristol City.

They switched to a 3-5-2 formation for the game, with Scott Dann, Grant Hanley and Gael Givet all teaming up as centre backs.

And they were able to welcome back Colin Kazim-Richards from a knee injury as a second-half substitute.

The Turkish international had not featured for more than a month since a victory over Hull.

Black remains in temporary charge while Rovers search for a new boss, with the Scot among those under consideration for the role.

Rovers return to action at home to Wolves on Saturday.

“I’ve read I will still be here for the Wolves game,” he said.

“I’m comfortable with the position I’m in and so are the club.

“I’ll continue doing the job until I’m told otherwise.”

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9:52am Thu 4 Oct 12

kazz says...

Lets hope venky's dont make the same mistake again, please please go for a proper manager not eric black
Lets hope venky's dont make the same mistake again, please please go for a proper manager not eric black kazz

9:54am Thu 4 Oct 12

Chrissaces says...

Well you would be happy with a draw if you thought it would give you a chance at the job... Personally, I think it's a slight improvement on kean but up front he was as clueless as kean at the back... Why put Dunn on for Rhodes? Are you mad black??! Where was nunes? He would have got the balls in the box that it sounded like Rhodes/Gomes/kazim needed?!

In other news, the telegraph's take on Roy keanes appointment speculation, I think this article is bob on the nose of where we are as a club at present:

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/sport/footbal
l/teams/blackburn-ro
vers/9585438/We-shou
ld-not-be-too-surpri
sed-by-the-idea-of-a
-Venkys-Roy-Keane-do
uble-act-at-Blackbur
n.html
Well you would be happy with a draw if you thought it would give you a chance at the job... Personally, I think it's a slight improvement on kean but up front he was as clueless as kean at the back... Why put Dunn on for Rhodes? Are you mad black??! Where was nunes? He would have got the balls in the box that it sounded like Rhodes/Gomes/kazim needed?! In other news, the telegraph's take on Roy keanes appointment speculation, I think this article is bob on the nose of where we are as a club at present: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/sport/footbal l/teams/blackburn-ro vers/9585438/We-shou ld-not-be-too-surpri sed-by-the-idea-of-a -Venkys-Roy-Keane-do uble-act-at-Blackbur n.html Chrissaces

9:57am Thu 4 Oct 12

givet82 says...

I'm sorry Eric but we need to show more ambition that just settling with a draw, i fully understand you wanted a clean sheet, which is fine. If we just try and scrape a draw away we are going to have to win every home game to go up. We need to go out and win every game home and away, we have the players.
I'm sorry Eric but we need to show more ambition that just settling with a draw, i fully understand you wanted a clean sheet, which is fine. If we just try and scrape a draw away we are going to have to win every home game to go up. We need to go out and win every game home and away, we have the players. givet82

9:57am Thu 4 Oct 12

givet82 says...

I'm sorry Eric but we need to show more ambition that just settling with a draw, i fully understand you wanted a clean sheet, which is fine. If we just try and scrape a draw away we are going to have to win every home game to go up. We need to go out and win every game home and away, we have the players.
I'm sorry Eric but we need to show more ambition that just settling with a draw, i fully understand you wanted a clean sheet, which is fine. If we just try and scrape a draw away we are going to have to win every home game to go up. We need to go out and win every game home and away, we have the players. givet82

9:59am Thu 4 Oct 12

MxMave says...

Not good enough.

BLACK OUT, BLACK OUT, BLACK OUT!!!!
Not good enough. BLACK OUT, BLACK OUT, BLACK OUT!!!! MxMave

10:19am Thu 4 Oct 12

ronnie clayton says...

Happy with a draw 0-0
Charlton 1-1

Not another club in the championship with the attacking options Rovers have , and the comment from Black is "we are happy with a draw" .
Well you might be , we`re NOT .

OUT WITH BLACK AND KEANS DRINKING PARTNER HENDRY.
Happy with a draw 0-0 Charlton 1-1 Not another club in the championship with the attacking options Rovers have , and the comment from Black is "we are happy with a draw" . Well you might be , we`re NOT . OUT WITH BLACK AND KEANS DRINKING PARTNER HENDRY. ronnie clayton

10:21am Thu 4 Oct 12

handsj14 says...

People cant win.. we criticise Kean for having an awful defensive set up and an inability to keep clean sheets yet Black manages to make us defensively sound and we criticise him!!
In his interview above he openly admits that the team needed to create more- he is not pulling the wool over our eyes (I refer to Keans after match interview after the Spurs game last season - no shots!!)

Unfortunately, there are not too many sides around who will create tons of chances per game and be defensively strong...no matter who is in charge we will never be one of those teams.

Black has been put in temporary charge whilst we get the right man.. lets just give him a break!!
People cant win.. we criticise Kean for having an awful defensive set up and an inability to keep clean sheets yet Black manages to make us defensively sound and we criticise him!! In his interview above he openly admits that the team needed to create more- he is not pulling the wool over our eyes (I refer to Keans after match interview after the Spurs game last season - no shots!!) Unfortunately, there are not too many sides around who will create tons of chances per game and be defensively strong...no matter who is in charge we will never be one of those teams. Black has been put in temporary charge whilst we get the right man.. lets just give him a break!! handsj14

11:41am Thu 4 Oct 12

ewood1952 says...

Boring Boring. and lacking in ideas. We could still be playing and would never score with that formation.We need a new input asap.
Boring Boring. and lacking in ideas. We could still be playing and would never score with that formation.We need a new input asap. ewood1952

11:41am Thu 4 Oct 12

ewood1952 says...

Boring Boring. and lacking in ideas. We could still be playing and would never score with that formation.We need a new input asap.
Boring Boring. and lacking in ideas. We could still be playing and would never score with that formation.We need a new input asap. ewood1952

12:16pm Thu 4 Oct 12

dangerous dave says...

Sorry a point not good enough against the likes of a weakened Forrest team and as for the defence playing well dont agree - if Forrest had a decent chap up front they would have won by 2 clear goals. Orr, Murphy and Lowe very poor again according to match reports and whom ever comes in as Manager needs to get a decent back four together - to many defensive errors - so match for 'Hendry's' coaching skills - get shut of him as well.
OUT WITH HENDRY SINGH AGNEW VENKYS
Sorry a point not good enough against the likes of a weakened Forrest team and as for the defence playing well dont agree - if Forrest had a decent chap up front they would have won by 2 clear goals. Orr, Murphy and Lowe very poor again according to match reports and whom ever comes in as Manager needs to get a decent back four together - to many defensive errors - so match for 'Hendry's' coaching skills - get shut of him as well. OUT WITH HENDRY SINGH AGNEW VENKYS dangerous dave

12:53pm Thu 4 Oct 12

madrover says...

until we get a new manager we need to support black starting saturday . lets make ewood the place it used to be by getting behind the players including murphy . COME ON EWOOD MAKE SOME NOISE
until we get a new manager we need to support black starting saturday . lets make ewood the place it used to be by getting behind the players including murphy . COME ON EWOOD MAKE SOME NOISE madrover

1:45pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Nuttall Street says...

This guy Black is no good. He is the the bad lot that was Kean, but he is complacent and clueless. At Charlton things weren't working and the position was growing worse. Black had no idea what to do to change it. Apparently, it was the same against Forest. No point being content when you are lying 5th in the Championship.
This guy Black is no good. He is the the bad lot that was Kean, but he is complacent and clueless. At Charlton things weren't working and the position was growing worse. Black had no idea what to do to change it. Apparently, it was the same against Forest. No point being content when you are lying 5th in the Championship. Nuttall Street

1:49pm Thu 4 Oct 12

jogalot says...

ronnie clayton wrote:
Happy with a draw 0-0
Charlton 1-1

Not another club in the championship with the attacking options Rovers have , and the comment from Black is "we are happy with a draw" .
Well you might be , we`re NOT .

OUT WITH BLACK AND KEANS DRINKING PARTNER HENDRY.
Admitting his is content with a draw and also saying he and the club are comfortable with the position they are in, are I HOPE the words of a CARETAKER manager. If he is just caretaker (Shebby) then I will be happy for him to keep it tight as he can and keep getting draws. But that is obviously not enough for the long run and I HOPE Venkys see sense and get a top notch manager asap.

I am a little concerned because I remember having similar thoughts straight after Allardyce was sacked. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE BLACK THE FULL MANAGER!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ronnie clayton[/bold] wrote: Happy with a draw 0-0 Charlton 1-1 Not another club in the championship with the attacking options Rovers have , and the comment from Black is "we are happy with a draw" . Well you might be , we`re NOT . OUT WITH BLACK AND KEANS DRINKING PARTNER HENDRY.[/p][/quote]Admitting his is content with a draw and also saying he and the club are comfortable with the position they are in, are I HOPE the words of a CARETAKER manager. If he is just caretaker (Shebby) then I will be happy for him to keep it tight as he can and keep getting draws. But that is obviously not enough for the long run and I HOPE Venkys see sense and get a top notch manager asap. I am a little concerned because I remember having similar thoughts straight after Allardyce was sacked. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT MAKE BLACK THE FULL MANAGER!!!!! jogalot

1:50pm Thu 4 Oct 12

DanBlackburn says...

Went last night and after a promising first 15 minutes we were just awful.
Agree with what has been said in earlier posts re Black, yes let's get behind the team at the moment until we get a real manager. Its been 2 years since we had one after all.
But settling for a draw was not what it was about last night, Forest deserved to win, we were lucky, and that is without their 2 main strikers.
Venkys need to move quickly before we fall behind the pack.
Went last night and after a promising first 15 minutes we were just awful. Agree with what has been said in earlier posts re Black, yes let's get behind the team at the moment until we get a real manager. Its been 2 years since we had one after all. But settling for a draw was not what it was about last night, Forest deserved to win, we were lucky, and that is without their 2 main strikers. Venkys need to move quickly before we fall behind the pack. DanBlackburn

2:07pm Thu 4 Oct 12

lusorover says...

Congratulations on an away clean sheet; that is the platform to build on.

Let's not expect miracles after two years of nightmares.

We need to go for the throat on Saturday though, hopefully in front of the biggest crown for many months.
Congratulations on an away clean sheet; that is the platform to build on. Let's not expect miracles after two years of nightmares. We need to go for the throat on Saturday though, hopefully in front of the biggest crown for many months. lusorover

3:08pm Thu 4 Oct 12

CARover says...

If you look at it this way, maybe the talent on the field is not that great and the squad does not have a great deal of depth there, these are SKs signings that Black is dealng with and there have been many an opinion on that topic so possibly not a bad point last night considering, better than none but not as good a three

Whoever the new manager is will have to do some wheeling and dealing by getting the underperformers out and replacing them with players who can do the job
If you look at it this way, maybe the talent on the field is not that great and the squad does not have a great deal of depth there, these are SKs signings that Black is dealng with and there have been many an opinion on that topic so possibly not a bad point last night considering, better than none but not as good a three Whoever the new manager is will have to do some wheeling and dealing by getting the underperformers out and replacing them with players who can do the job CARover

3:13pm Thu 4 Oct 12

A Rover 45 years and over says...

If you draw away from home then you have to win at home if you want promotion. Nothing else will do. Lets see what Mr Blacks tactics will be for this as they must be a lot different from the away games. Cant help thinking we are wasting a lot of points playing the way we do ( generally too deep ) especially with some of the talented players we are supposed to have Why can't they learn to all get behind the ball when we haven't got it, and attack in force when we have it like a lot of the top teams do.
If you draw away from home then you have to win at home if you want promotion. Nothing else will do. Lets see what Mr Blacks tactics will be for this as they must be a lot different from the away games. Cant help thinking we are wasting a lot of points playing the way we do ( generally too deep ) especially with some of the talented players we are supposed to have Why can't they learn to all get behind the ball when we haven't got it, and attack in force when we have it like a lot of the top teams do. A Rover 45 years and over

3:55pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Sam-the-Man says...

I know 2 games are not enough to judge Black on but it goes beyond that. He’s been employed by BRFC since January and I think that was long enough to form an opinion of what was needed to make Rovers a better team. Most of us agree we should play two up front almost every home game, we all know our defence needed strengthening, plus we need at least one attacking midfielder and the substitutions...well
!
So after 9 months Black never felt strong enough to have a quiet word with Gollum (sorry I just refuse to use his name) or he agreed with everything that was happening.
So either way that’s a no, no from me. He may, one day, make a fantastic manager but his actions (or lack of) prove to me he is not the man we need right now.
Pay Redknapp £1M for the next 9 months add a £2M bonus if he gets us promoted. In the meantime we can look for someone who can take us further once this has been achieved.
Let’s face it Redknapp won't need to move home because he know the job is only till next summer and if he doesn’t get us promoted then we are in the brown stuff for a long time, so £3M is small price to pay.
I know 2 games are not enough to judge Black on but it goes beyond that. He’s been employed by BRFC since January and I think that was long enough to form an opinion of what was needed to make Rovers a better team. Most of us agree we should play two up front almost every home game, we all know our defence needed strengthening, plus we need at least one attacking midfielder and the substitutions...well ! So after 9 months Black never felt strong enough to have a quiet word with Gollum (sorry I just refuse to use his name) or he agreed with everything that was happening. So either way that’s a no, no from me. He may, one day, make a fantastic manager but his actions (or lack of) prove to me he is not the man we need right now. Pay Redknapp £1M for the next 9 months add a £2M bonus if he gets us promoted. In the meantime we can look for someone who can take us further once this has been achieved. Let’s face it Redknapp won't need to move home because he know the job is only till next summer and if he doesn’t get us promoted then we are in the brown stuff for a long time, so £3M is small price to pay. Sam-the-Man

5:59pm Thu 4 Oct 12

madrover says...

i think the new guy will overhaul the first team squad after he assesses what he has apart from rhodes nobody is safe . We should be looking at midfielders who can do a bit of everything. The first player out orr uttter s**t
i think the new guy will overhaul the first team squad after he assesses what he has apart from rhodes nobody is safe . We should be looking at midfielders who can do a bit of everything. The first player out orr uttter s**t madrover

6:49pm Thu 4 Oct 12

Harwoodstblue says...

DanBlackburn wrote:
Went last night and after a promising first 15 minutes we were just awful.
Agree with what has been said in earlier posts re Black, yes let's get behind the team at the moment until we get a real manager. Its been 2 years since we had one after all.
But settling for a draw was not what it was about last night, Forest deserved to win, we were lucky, and that is without their 2 main strikers.
Venkys need to move quickly before we fall behind the pack.
Problem is, Venkys don't know how to move quickly,
[quote][p][bold]DanBlackburn[/bold] wrote: Went last night and after a promising first 15 minutes we were just awful. Agree with what has been said in earlier posts re Black, yes let's get behind the team at the moment until we get a real manager. Its been 2 years since we had one after all. But settling for a draw was not what it was about last night, Forest deserved to win, we were lucky, and that is without their 2 main strikers. Venkys need to move quickly before we fall behind the pack.[/p][/quote]Problem is, Venkys don't know how to move quickly, Harwoodstblue

7:13pm Thu 4 Oct 12

ronnie clayton says...

lusorover wrote:
Congratulations on an away clean sheet; that is the platform to build on.

Let's not expect miracles after two years of nightmares.

We need to go for the throat on Saturday though, hopefully in front of the biggest crown for many months.
congratulations !!!!!

for what ,not going past the half way line

Not so hard getting a draw when you don`t try and wi.

unfortunately Black and Hendry both coaching/management failures ,except the latter is a more dishonourable person much worse than a football coach failure.
[quote][p][bold]lusorover[/bold] wrote: Congratulations on an away clean sheet; that is the platform to build on. Let's not expect miracles after two years of nightmares. We need to go for the throat on Saturday though, hopefully in front of the biggest crown for many months.[/p][/quote]congratulations !!!!! for what ,not going past the half way line Not so hard getting a draw when you don`t try and wi. unfortunately Black and Hendry both coaching/management failures ,except the latter is a more dishonourable person much worse than a football coach failure. ronnie clayton

7:54pm Thu 4 Oct 12

bring back the good old days says...

Chrissaces wrote:
Well you would be happy with a draw if you thought it would give you a chance at the job... Personally, I think it's a slight improvement on kean but up front he was as clueless as kean at the back... Why put Dunn on for Rhodes? Are you mad black??! Where was nunes? He would have got the balls in the box that it sounded like Rhodes/Gomes/kazim needed?!

In other news, the telegraph's take on Roy keanes appointment speculation, I think this article is bob on the nose of where we are as a club at present:

http://www.telegraph

.co.uk/sport/footbal

l/teams/blackburn-ro

vers/9585438/We-shou

ld-not-be-too-surpri

sed-by-the-idea-of-a

-Venkys-Roy-Keane-do

uble-act-at-Blackbur

n.html
I think the saying is: 'Be afraid, be very afraid' !

Yep, thats pretty much the top and bottom of it, anyone who thought that this would be a walk in the park, maybe went to the same school of positives as SK.
[quote][p][bold]Chrissaces[/bold] wrote: Well you would be happy with a draw if you thought it would give you a chance at the job... Personally, I think it's a slight improvement on kean but up front he was as clueless as kean at the back... Why put Dunn on for Rhodes? Are you mad black??! Where was nunes? He would have got the balls in the box that it sounded like Rhodes/Gomes/kazim needed?! In other news, the telegraph's take on Roy keanes appointment speculation, I think this article is bob on the nose of where we are as a club at present: http://www.telegraph .co.uk/sport/footbal l/teams/blackburn-ro vers/9585438/We-shou ld-not-be-too-surpri sed-by-the-idea-of-a -Venkys-Roy-Keane-do uble-act-at-Blackbur n.html[/p][/quote]I think the saying is: 'Be afraid, be very afraid' ! Yep, thats pretty much the top and bottom of it, anyone who thought that this would be a walk in the park, maybe went to the same school of positives as SK. bring back the good old days

12:47am Sat 6 Oct 12

andyproc says...

lusorover wrote:
Congratulations on an away clean sheet; that is the platform to build on.

Let's not expect miracles after two years of nightmares.

We need to go for the throat on Saturday though, hopefully in front of the biggest crown for many months.
A rare opinion of common sense reasom and no negatives!!!
[quote][p][bold]lusorover[/bold] wrote: Congratulations on an away clean sheet; that is the platform to build on. Let's not expect miracles after two years of nightmares. We need to go for the throat on Saturday though, hopefully in front of the biggest crown for many months.[/p][/quote]A rare opinion of common sense reasom and no negatives!!! andyproc

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