Confidence flowing through red-hot Rudy Gestede after derby double strike

Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede

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

HITMAN Rudy Gestede admits confidence is coursing through his veins after starting the season exactly where he left off.

Gestede made it 11 goals in his last 10 starts for Rovers with a clinically taken double strike in Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 win at Blackpool.

But the 6ft 4in targetman, who believes he is benefiting from the feared reputation that precedes his strike-partner Jordan Rhodes, is determined to keep his giant frame firmly on the ground.

“For the confidence it is good to score early on and keep your belief in yourself,” said Gestede, who finished last season in blistering form with a run of nine goals in his last eight starts.

“I am carrying confidence and it was another good day for me.

“But now it’s behind me and I have to look forward to the next game.”

That next game takes Rovers to relegated Norwich City tomorrow night where they will aim to extend their unbeaten start to the league campaign and their impressive unbeaten run in the Championship – which stretches back to March 12 – to 15 matches.

Former Ipswich Town striker Rhodes heads to Carrow Road still searching for his first goal of the season after drawing blanks in the victory over Blackpool and in the opening day draw at home to Cardiff City who, like Norwich, have come down from the Premier League.

But Gestede reckons Rhodes, who has scored an incredible 52 times in 91 league appearances for Rovers, will soon get off the mark and credits his prolific record in front of goal as a reason for his own hot streak.

“Defenders focus on Jordan because he’s an amazing goalscorer so maybe I have more space to do my thing,” said Gestede, who thanked winger Craig Conway for creating his second goal on Saturday, hailing his superb cross as a ‘gift’.

“He’s going to score 20 goals or more this season, like he always does.

“He’s a very good goalscorer and next game it’s going to be him to score.”

Having dominated the match against Cardiff, without creating enough clear-cut chances, Rovers were forced to show another side of their game in the full-blooded Lancashire derby with Blackpool.

“It was important to get the three points,” said Gestede, whose work on the training ground to improve his first touch was evident on Saturday.

“We played well against Cardiff and we wanted carry the confidence from the way we played.

“It was a bit different on Saturday, Blackpool were a strong team, and we had to fight to the end to get the three points.

“I know we have the team to do good things this season.

“Everybody is pushing the same way.”

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11:35am Mon 18 Aug 14

French Rover says...

Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side. French Rover
  • Score: 22

11:46am Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

can only see 1 point from those 2 games max....
can only see 1 point from those 2 games max.... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -16

11:49am Mon 18 Aug 14

Tatts says...

So long as they both stay fit, we are continually going to score from Conway crossing to Gestede.

A great crosser of the ball and a great header of the ball.

Throw in the usual 20 goals from Rhodes and it's not hard to see why we should finish in the play-offs at least.

Just need to shore things up at the back. The goal we conceded against Blackpool was calamitous from start to finish.
So long as they both stay fit, we are continually going to score from Conway crossing to Gestede. A great crosser of the ball and a great header of the ball. Throw in the usual 20 goals from Rhodes and it's not hard to see why we should finish in the play-offs at least. Just need to shore things up at the back. The goal we conceded against Blackpool was calamitous from start to finish. Tatts
  • Score: 14

12:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Tatts wrote:
So long as they both stay fit, we are continually going to score from Conway crossing to Gestede.

A great crosser of the ball and a great header of the ball.

Throw in the usual 20 goals from Rhodes and it's not hard to see why we should finish in the play-offs at least.

Just need to shore things up at the back. The goal we conceded against Blackpool was calamitous from start to finish.
come on why so pesimistic - surely after your start you will have the title sewn up by February....
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: So long as they both stay fit, we are continually going to score from Conway crossing to Gestede. A great crosser of the ball and a great header of the ball. Throw in the usual 20 goals from Rhodes and it's not hard to see why we should finish in the play-offs at least. Just need to shore things up at the back. The goal we conceded against Blackpool was calamitous from start to finish.[/p][/quote]come on why so pesimistic - surely after your start you will have the title sewn up by February.... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -5

12:03pm Mon 18 Aug 14

darwen1946 says...

Rhodes looks tired to me !!!! Well done Rudy Keep it up !
Rhodes looks tired to me !!!! Well done Rudy Keep it up ! darwen1946
  • Score: -1

12:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

darwen1946 wrote:
Rhodes looks tired to me !!!! Well done Rudy Keep it up !
its been a long hard season poor fella......
[quote][p][bold]darwen1946[/bold] wrote: Rhodes looks tired to me !!!! Well done Rudy Keep it up ![/p][/quote]its been a long hard season poor fella...... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -4

12:27pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Richard Oakley says...

The first two games have highlighted the defensive weakness that plagued Rovers last season. Fortunately, Rovers have a potent attack. It is however good to see Bowyer looking to strengthen the defence.

Hull were a team that enquired about Rhodes in the off season. They now have £20m to back up that interest. It is o be hoped Rhodes not scoring will keep premier league suitors at bay.

I reckoned the Blackpool game would be the easiest of the opening 10. Rovers look to have added some resilience in he team and not conceded a goal deep into injury time as happened too frequently last season. An average of 2 points a game will be enough to gain promotion. Rovers have started well and I look forward to that continuing,
The first two games have highlighted the defensive weakness that plagued Rovers last season. Fortunately, Rovers have a potent attack. It is however good to see Bowyer looking to strengthen the defence. Hull were a team that enquired about Rhodes in the off season. They now have £20m to back up that interest. It is o be hoped Rhodes not scoring will keep premier league suitors at bay. I reckoned the Blackpool game would be the easiest of the opening 10. Rovers look to have added some resilience in he team and not conceded a goal deep into injury time as happened too frequently last season. An average of 2 points a game will be enough to gain promotion. Rovers have started well and I look forward to that continuing, Richard Oakley
  • Score: 6

12:31pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Richard Oakley wrote:
The first two games have highlighted the defensive weakness that plagued Rovers last season. Fortunately, Rovers have a potent attack. It is however good to see Bowyer looking to strengthen the defence.

Hull were a team that enquired about Rhodes in the off season. They now have £20m to back up that interest. It is o be hoped Rhodes not scoring will keep premier league suitors at bay.

I reckoned the Blackpool game would be the easiest of the opening 10. Rovers look to have added some resilience in he team and not conceded a goal deep into injury time as happened too frequently last season. An average of 2 points a game will be enough to gain promotion. Rovers have started well and I look forward to that continuing,
we all look forward to maintaining a good start but know the reality is different....after the next loss the fans will be calling for Mogadons head again until they get another point and then all will look rosy in the back yard again...and so it will go on
[quote][p][bold]Richard Oakley[/bold] wrote: The first two games have highlighted the defensive weakness that plagued Rovers last season. Fortunately, Rovers have a potent attack. It is however good to see Bowyer looking to strengthen the defence. Hull were a team that enquired about Rhodes in the off season. They now have £20m to back up that interest. It is o be hoped Rhodes not scoring will keep premier league suitors at bay. I reckoned the Blackpool game would be the easiest of the opening 10. Rovers look to have added some resilience in he team and not conceded a goal deep into injury time as happened too frequently last season. An average of 2 points a game will be enough to gain promotion. Rovers have started well and I look forward to that continuing,[/p][/quote]we all look forward to maintaining a good start but know the reality is different....after the next loss the fans will be calling for Mogadons head again until they get another point and then all will look rosy in the back yard again...and so it will go on Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -7

12:31pm Mon 18 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe.

I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful.

Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it.

The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.
If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe. I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful. Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it. The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -16

12:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe.

I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful.

Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it.

The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.
we not fussy who beats the b....ds - anyone will do, even Lowly league 1 sides....
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe. I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful. Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it. The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.[/p][/quote]we not fussy who beats the b....ds - anyone will do, even Lowly league 1 sides.... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -7

12:52pm Mon 18 Aug 14

34 years says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe.

I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful.

Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it.

The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.
Please, just go away and stick to commenting on your own club!
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe. I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful. Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it. The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.[/p][/quote]Please, just go away and stick to commenting on your own club! 34 years
  • Score: 10

1:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

owd nick says...

French Rover wrote:
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times.

Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained.

Four points from the next two games will suit me fine.

My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times. Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained. Four points from the next two games will suit me fine. My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us. owd nick
  • Score: 4

1:28pm Mon 18 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Concerned over Rhodes form, they have said before that they are working on improving his all round. Maybe they are coaching his instinctive predators ability out of him.
Concerned over Rhodes form, they have said before that they are working on improving his all round. Maybe they are coaching his instinctive predators ability out of him. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: -2

1:39pm Mon 18 Aug 14

owd nick says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Concerned over Rhodes form, they have said before that they are working on improving his all round. Maybe they are coaching his instinctive predators ability out of him.
Don't think so, the chances just aren't falling for him at the moment and like Gestede says because of Rhodes reputation he is getting more room.

I did see a comment this morning somewhere in the LT where GB said that Rhodes was carrying a "bit of a knock" he got in training.
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: Concerned over Rhodes form, they have said before that they are working on improving his all round. Maybe they are coaching his instinctive predators ability out of him.[/p][/quote]Don't think so, the chances just aren't falling for him at the moment and like Gestede says because of Rhodes reputation he is getting more room. I did see a comment this morning somewhere in the LT where GB said that Rhodes was carrying a "bit of a knock" he got in training. owd nick
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Mon 18 Aug 14

SuperBlues says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe.

I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful.

Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it.

The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.
You won't be giving it big time come 10 o'clock tonight you six fingered fool!!!!
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: If only Bowyer had the sense to play him the cup game then maybe we wouldn't have had our ar5es handed to us by League One Scunthorpe. I don't know how we'll ever life that one down, shameful Bowyer, absolutely shameful. Norwich next and I suspect our long hard season of disappointment to commence. Should we fail to take anything from that game then the daunting task of facing former Claret Eddie Howe's rampant Bournemouth side could spell the beginning of the end for Bowyer, and not before time. God help us if we can't beat them, the Burnley fans will love it. The realisation that we are miles behind the top teams in the Championship will soon dawn on the deluded masses and perhaps then we might as a club have the decency to curb our expectations ahead of the FFP mauling in January that could put our future in jeopardy.[/p][/quote]You won't be giving it big time come 10 o'clock tonight you six fingered fool!!!! SuperBlues
  • Score: 6

1:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times.

Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained.

Four points from the next two games will suit me fine.

My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.
Fat boy never was sprightly or flexible - got worse since moving to deadwood, too much black pudding dipped in lard at half time.....
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times. Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained. Four points from the next two games will suit me fine. My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.[/p][/quote]Fat boy never was sprightly or flexible - got worse since moving to deadwood, too much black pudding dipped in lard at half time..... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -3

2:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

French Rover says...

owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times.

Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained.

Four points from the next two games will suit me fine.

My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.
Fair comments Nick, but I would imagine Bowyers very much aware that Robbo is not (and never really has been) a dominant keeper in the area at corners or on even on high balls. His shot-stopping ability was always pretty decent though . But not sure about that now!

BUT what he does have in abundance is top flight experience from playing with us and Spurs and England for a lot of his career and which is probably worth quite a bit for us now in the championship. He should be OK for us at least until we go up at the end of the season!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times. Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained. Four points from the next two games will suit me fine. My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.[/p][/quote]Fair comments Nick, but I would imagine Bowyers very much aware that Robbo is not (and never really has been) a dominant keeper in the area at corners or on even on high balls. His shot-stopping ability was always pretty decent though . But not sure about that now! BUT what he does have in abundance is top flight experience from playing with us and Spurs and England for a lot of his career and which is probably worth quite a bit for us now in the championship. He should be OK for us at least until we go up at the end of the season! French Rover
  • Score: 2

4:03pm Mon 18 Aug 14

owd nick says...

French Rover wrote:
owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times.

Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained.

Four points from the next two games will suit me fine.

My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.
Fair comments Nick, but I would imagine Bowyers very much aware that Robbo is not (and never really has been) a dominant keeper in the area at corners or on even on high balls. His shot-stopping ability was always pretty decent though . But not sure about that now!

BUT what he does have in abundance is top flight experience from playing with us and Spurs and England for a lot of his career and which is probably worth quite a bit for us now in the championship. He should be OK for us at least until we go up at the end of the season!
Agree, and that's probably why he still gets the nod over Kean or Eastwood, the last two are in a typical goalkeeping conundrum, they lack experience and they aren't going to get any from the bench.

I thought Kean was showing a lot of promise when he got his chance but suffered because of all the turmoil at the club at the time, and once a keeper looses his confidence it takes some getting back.

I don't know what the answer is, GB is obviously looking for someone and that should tell the three current incumbents that their days are numbered.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times. Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained. Four points from the next two games will suit me fine. My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.[/p][/quote]Fair comments Nick, but I would imagine Bowyers very much aware that Robbo is not (and never really has been) a dominant keeper in the area at corners or on even on high balls. His shot-stopping ability was always pretty decent though . But not sure about that now! BUT what he does have in abundance is top flight experience from playing with us and Spurs and England for a lot of his career and which is probably worth quite a bit for us now in the championship. He should be OK for us at least until we go up at the end of the season![/p][/quote]Agree, and that's probably why he still gets the nod over Kean or Eastwood, the last two are in a typical goalkeeping conundrum, they lack experience and they aren't going to get any from the bench. I thought Kean was showing a lot of promise when he got his chance but suffered because of all the turmoil at the club at the time, and once a keeper looses his confidence it takes some getting back. I don't know what the answer is, GB is obviously looking for someone and that should tell the three current incumbents that their days are numbered. owd nick
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4:51pm Mon 18 Aug 14

French Rover says...

owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
owd nick wrote:
French Rover wrote:
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times.

Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained.

Four points from the next two games will suit me fine.

My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.
Fair comments Nick, but I would imagine Bowyers very much aware that Robbo is not (and never really has been) a dominant keeper in the area at corners or on even on high balls. His shot-stopping ability was always pretty decent though . But not sure about that now!

BUT what he does have in abundance is top flight experience from playing with us and Spurs and England for a lot of his career and which is probably worth quite a bit for us now in the championship. He should be OK for us at least until we go up at the end of the season!
Agree, and that's probably why he still gets the nod over Kean or Eastwood, the last two are in a typical goalkeeping conundrum, they lack experience and they aren't going to get any from the bench.

I thought Kean was showing a lot of promise when he got his chance but suffered because of all the turmoil at the club at the time, and once a keeper looses his confidence it takes some getting back.

I don't know what the answer is, GB is obviously looking for someone and that should tell the three current incumbents that their days are numbered.
maybe the answer is to get one of our other two out on loan to get some much needed competitive experience, we do it with other players at Ewood....
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, comedy of errors for their goal but I was really impressed with how Blackpool played, especially in the second half, it they had been as bad as people were painting them before the game they would have collapsed completely after Rovers second goal, but they didn't and had us rocking (no pun intended) at times. Make no mistake this was a very good three points gained. Four points from the next two games will suit me fine. My only concern, as long as we don't run into injury problems with our threadbare defence is Robbo, I have said for a couple of seasons that he is slow getting down low to his right and he was caught out again on Saturday, he isn't as sprightly or as flexible as he used to be and that could cost us.[/p][/quote]Fair comments Nick, but I would imagine Bowyers very much aware that Robbo is not (and never really has been) a dominant keeper in the area at corners or on even on high balls. His shot-stopping ability was always pretty decent though . But not sure about that now! BUT what he does have in abundance is top flight experience from playing with us and Spurs and England for a lot of his career and which is probably worth quite a bit for us now in the championship. He should be OK for us at least until we go up at the end of the season![/p][/quote]Agree, and that's probably why he still gets the nod over Kean or Eastwood, the last two are in a typical goalkeeping conundrum, they lack experience and they aren't going to get any from the bench. I thought Kean was showing a lot of promise when he got his chance but suffered because of all the turmoil at the club at the time, and once a keeper looses his confidence it takes some getting back. I don't know what the answer is, GB is obviously looking for someone and that should tell the three current incumbents that their days are numbered.[/p][/quote]maybe the answer is to get one of our other two out on loan to get some much needed competitive experience, we do it with other players at Ewood.... French Rover
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7:53pm Mon 18 Aug 14

jimluftas says...

Robbo is well past it. Goal was his fault and he somehow got away with flapping at another shot. No excuse for being overweight when you train every day and get paid a fortune. The minimum we can expect is for him to be fit.
Robbo is well past it. Goal was his fault and he somehow got away with flapping at another shot. No excuse for being overweight when you train every day and get paid a fortune. The minimum we can expect is for him to be fit. jimluftas
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10:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Road Runner Road Runner says...

French Rover wrote:
Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.
No quibbles from I Mr. French !

Delightful win and great for confidence(mine that is !!)
Gestede = A proper player.

Arte et labore.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Sound battling performance from the Rovers team (especially Hanley, Lowe and Gestede) against a tough and very aggressive Blackpool side who put Rovers under a lot of pressure in the second half. Last season we would probably have crumbled (and certainly would not have got all three points) under that kind of sustained attack from the opposition. Yet we held firm and almost made in 3-1 on a couple of occasions near the end. Need another battling performance (and at least a point) against the Canaries to set-up yet another hard game on saturday at Ewood against a very good Bournemouth side.[/p][/quote]No quibbles from I Mr. French ! Delightful win and great for confidence(mine that is !!) Gestede = A proper player. Arte et labore. Road Runner Road Runner
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12:16am Tue 19 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

Confidence breeds success. we must be at our best against Norwich or we will fall prey to a decent team.It will be a good test because they are a much better side than Blackpool.
Confidence breeds success. we must be at our best against Norwich or we will fall prey to a decent team.It will be a good test because they are a much better side than Blackpool. noddy57
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