Rovers boss Bowyer sets Cairney goal challenge

Rovers boss Bowyer sets Cairney goal challenge

Rovers boss Bowyer sets Cairney goal challenge

First published in News

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer thinks Tom Cairney can reach double figures this season after the midfielder got off the mark in Friday’s opening game of the season against Cardiff City.

Cairney cancelled out Kenwyne Jones’ goal for the visitors in the 1-1 draw at Ewood Park when he fired home from outside the box.

The 23-year-old netted six times in his first season for Rovers, and Bowyer thinks he can improve on that tally this term.

“He’s got a chance of getting double figures if he keeps on believing in himself like he should do, because he’s a fantastic footballer,” the Rovers boss said.

“I’ve not set him that target, but we've certainly spoke about contributing with more goals.

“So why not, why can’t he get double figures?”

Cairney joined Rovers on loan from Hull City 12 months ago, before making the deal permanent in January.

He opened his Ewood Park account last season with a ferocious free kick in a 5-2 home win against Barnsley.

“I scored the first home goal of the season last season, and I’ve done it again,” Cairney said.

“On a personal level it was a great moment for me and another good goal.”

Cairney is perhaps best known as a central midfielder but started Friday’s match from the right flank, often cutting inside to look for shooting opportunities. It was a position he often took up last season too, with Rovers boss Bowyer going with Jason Lowe and Corry Evans in the centre of midfield against Cardiff.

“I try to get into goalscoring positions and to create chances for other people,” he said.

“I got six last season so I’d love to try and beat that.

“I’ve just got to keep trying to put in the same performances, I’ll play anywhere and try and do my best for the team.

“I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully it’ll all come together.”

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5:25pm Mon 11 Aug 14

garyintandem says...

Gaz, you need to find the system that uses our players to maximise their goal scoring potential whilst having a tight defensive operating unit.
That starts with every player not giving the ball way and when we do, battling to get it back in any area of the pitch.
Conway and Marshall on the wings need to be aware that when Tom goes forward as a number 10, which he should be encouraged to do, they might have to move inside to cover and win the ball back straight away.
We also need to get the ball to Rudy and Jordan in the box more often.

Two things on set plays... First, let's get creative. Spend 2 hours in the afternoon working on some innovative attacking plays eg Boro's free kick on Saturday...and second, please defend better than we did on Friday.

This season is going to be a battle and we MUST develop a consistent winning mentality which is different than having a "not losing" mentality.

Last thing...GET KEANE FROM UNDER CARDIFF's noses!
COYB
Gaz, you need to find the system that uses our players to maximise their goal scoring potential whilst having a tight defensive operating unit. That starts with every player not giving the ball way and when we do, battling to get it back in any area of the pitch. Conway and Marshall on the wings need to be aware that when Tom goes forward as a number 10, which he should be encouraged to do, they might have to move inside to cover and win the ball back straight away. We also need to get the ball to Rudy and Jordan in the box more often. Two things on set plays... First, let's get creative. Spend 2 hours in the afternoon working on some innovative attacking plays eg Boro's free kick on Saturday...and second, please defend better than we did on Friday. This season is going to be a battle and we MUST develop a consistent winning mentality which is different than having a "not losing" mentality. Last thing...GET KEANE FROM UNDER CARDIFF's noses! COYB garyintandem
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1:14am Tue 12 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

This young fella is now a major player for Blackburn and we seem to be relying solely on his creativity at the moment. Without him in the team we seem very average. This is one player we can not afford to be injured.
This young fella is now a major player for Blackburn and we seem to be relying solely on his creativity at the moment. Without him in the team we seem very average. This is one player we can not afford to be injured. A Rover 45 years and over
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9:02am Tue 12 Aug 14

realisticrover says...

come on guys, Bowyer has put this side together and its a strong one. He knows better than you lads. We're now definitely solid at the back as stats prove, plus we have the best goalscorer in the league, a gem in Gestede, who will surprise most teams and dominate them in the air, and really good options from the bench, particularly King and Dunny, who can change a game.
Cardiff were a good side and we dominated. With Gestede and Rhodes up front, if we dominate games to that level, we will score lots of goals amd get promoted. There is very little to criticise at this stage.
If I were Bowyer, I think I'd have risked King for the last ten mins, but at the same time, GB knows better than me what a good point Fridays will be, as the season progresses.
"Creativity"? The game isnt all about beating a defender with flare. The way that Evans, Lowe, Cairney, Conway pass and move, we will beat most teams through good football, rather than particularly having to 'unlock' defences with skills from such as Cairney, King or Dunny.
Bowyer is doing a great job, trust me...and trust him!!
come on guys, Bowyer has put this side together and its a strong one. He knows better than you lads. We're now definitely solid at the back as stats prove, plus we have the best goalscorer in the league, a gem in Gestede, who will surprise most teams and dominate them in the air, and really good options from the bench, particularly King and Dunny, who can change a game. Cardiff were a good side and we dominated. With Gestede and Rhodes up front, if we dominate games to that level, we will score lots of goals amd get promoted. There is very little to criticise at this stage. If I were Bowyer, I think I'd have risked King for the last ten mins, but at the same time, GB knows better than me what a good point Fridays will be, as the season progresses. "Creativity"? The game isnt all about beating a defender with flare. The way that Evans, Lowe, Cairney, Conway pass and move, we will beat most teams through good football, rather than particularly having to 'unlock' defences with skills from such as Cairney, King or Dunny. Bowyer is doing a great job, trust me...and trust him!! realisticrover
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9:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Should either Cairney or Rhodes, or god forbid both, suffer absence through injury then we my friends are quite simply f@#ked. We have nothing to replace them with. Varney and Williamson you say? LOL, we'd be better off playing with 9 men.

Trust me, one or two injuries and its game over. Why cant Bowyer see this? Why is he not acting to bring in quality backup? And more to the point where the f@#k has all our money gone???
Should either Cairney or Rhodes, or god forbid both, suffer absence through injury then we my friends are quite simply f@#ked. We have nothing to replace them with. Varney and Williamson you say? LOL, we'd be better off playing with 9 men. Trust me, one or two injuries and its game over. Why cant Bowyer see this? Why is he not acting to bring in quality backup? And more to the point where the f@#k has all our money gone??? TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -5

10:13am Tue 12 Aug 14

owd nick says...

In this mornings written LT, GB explains more as to why he likes to play Cairney out right, it makes interesting reading and shows why we shouldn't pigeonhole a player into one role but expect him to stretch himself and develop other skills.

Because that's what GB wants all his players to do.

Rover 45;

Not being critical because you are right, if Cairney gets injured, suspended or looses form, all three are always a possibility in sport, he will be a significant loss for the time he is out.

But we do have other players, Evans does a brilliant job in the middle, it's no coincidence that his return to the team late last season coincided with us putting a decent run together.

Marshall and Conway are excellent signings as is Gestede, Lowe is a much maligned player who can take on the Evans role if needed, and then there is Dunny in short bursts when required.

It's not all doom and gloom you know, just take each game as it comes and enjoy the ride.
In this mornings written LT, GB explains more as to why he likes to play Cairney out right, it makes interesting reading and shows why we shouldn't pigeonhole a player into one role but expect him to stretch himself and develop other skills. Because that's what GB wants all his players to do. Rover 45; Not being critical because you are right, if Cairney gets injured, suspended or looses form, all three are always a possibility in sport, he will be a significant loss for the time he is out. But we do have other players, Evans does a brilliant job in the middle, it's no coincidence that his return to the team late last season coincided with us putting a decent run together. Marshall and Conway are excellent signings as is Gestede, Lowe is a much maligned player who can take on the Evans role if needed, and then there is Dunny in short bursts when required. It's not all doom and gloom you know, just take each game as it comes and enjoy the ride. owd nick
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