GARY Bowyer insists Blackburn Rovers can bounce back from the disappointment of defeat for a fourth time this season by beating Huddersfield on Saturday.

Rovers boss Bowyer plans to sit down with his side in an attempt to iron out the inconsistency that is threatening to blight their chances of improving on last season’s eighth place finish.

The Ewood Park outfit will go into the Terriers clash on the back of Tuesday’s 2-0 reverse at Rotherham United.


It was wildly inconsistent Rovers’ fourth loss of the Championship campaign.

After each of their previous three setbacks – to Norwich City, Wolves and Derby County – Rovers responded by winning their next match.

Bowyer has backed Rovers to do the same this weekend.

But he concedes the Jekyll and Hyde performances they are producing – not just game by game but over the course of a 90 minutes – needs to be addressed and fast.

“We have to bounce back – that’s the most important message,” said Bowyer, who could be without up to nine players against Huddersfield.

“I have confidence and belief in the ability of these lads and they have shown throughout this season already they can bounce back.

“But we’re going to have to have a little chat. We have to change that (inconsistency within games), very much so.

“We’ve got to address that and sort that out because when we do put it together, like you saw in the second half on Saturday, we have the potential to be better than what we are producing.”

Rovers came from two goals down at half-time to draw 2-2 at home to Watford last Saturday.

But there was no way back on Tuesday after more disastrous defending allowed Rotherham to open up a commanding first-half advantage they never surrendered.

When asked why there was such a discrepancy between how Rovers finished against the Hornets and how they started against the Millers, Bowyer said: “We spoke straight after the game on Saturday about the need to start properly and do the basics properly – that was the message.

“You can’t give any teams in this league a start and unfortunately that’s what we did.”

Rudy Gestede came off as a precaution on Tuesday after feeling his hamstring.

Rovers' top-scorer is confident the injury is not serious.

But Bowyer said of Gestede’s chances of taking on the Terriers: “If there is any slight doubt we’d obviously have to err on the side of caution because we’ve got the international break.”

Tom Cairney pulled out on the morning of the Rotherham match with a knock.

But the key midfielder is hopeful he will be fit to face Huddersfield.

Right back Alex Baptiste, however, is set to miss out again with a calf injury.

Rovers will definitely be without Paul Robinson, Tommy Spurr, Jason Lowe, Chris Brown and Corry Evans while David Dunn remains a doubt.

Midfielder Evans has been hit with a one-game ban after he received his fifth yellow card of the season on Tuesday.