Rovers boss Bowyer in call for a wall of noise

This Is Lancashire: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

GARY Bowyer has urged Blackburn Rovers fans to rally around their side today when they attempt to end Birmingham City’s long unbeaten run and finish a turbulent year on a high.

Rovers go into their final game of 2013 on the back of a Boxing Day 0-0 home draw with struggling Sheffield Wednesday which left some supporters unimpressed.

Bowyer was surprised that a smattering of boos accompanied the final whistle although he could understand the frustration.

Now the Rovers boss hopes to banish that frustration with a vital victory from the visit of Birmingham.

But Bowyer believes his 11th-placed team, who have gone a season’s best four games without defeat, will need the full backing of the Ewood Park faithful to help overcome the Blues.

He said: “We understand the frustration everybody felt after Sheffield Wednesday so the best thing is to have a game quickly to try and get that out of the system.

“As I said after the game on Boxing Day you have to respect every point you pick up in this league and that’s what we have done with the Sheffield Wednesday point and we go into the Birmingham game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run.

“It’s very easy to be negative. You always have to be positive and try and take something out of it and that’s what we’ve done with the players.

“They were frustrated, and we understand that, and so were the fans, and we understand that too.

“But we’ve just got to keep plugging away and continue to try and pick up points – and it will be no different against Birmingham.

“They are unbeaten in eight so it will be a tough game.

“We’ve just got to make sure we prepare correctly for it and for everybody to get around us and support us and we will try and win the game.”

Should Rovers end Birmingham’s eight-match unbeaten run – which along with Derby County’s, is the longest in the Championship – they could move within one point of the play-offs.

“When you talk about statistics like that you certainly have to be pleased with the progress we’ve made,” said Bowyer, who as the club’s caretaker manager kept Rovers up last season before being handed the job on a full-time basis in May.

“You have to remember that but equally as I have said to the players, we’ve not achieved anything yet.

“We have to keep working hard and look to end the year on a high against Birmingham.”

Bowyer is hopeful David Dunn will be fit after he missed the Owls clash with a hamstring strain.

Fellow midfielder Chris Taylor was stretchered off in that game after landing heavily in a challenge for the ball.

The sore Taylor did not train yesterday. However there is a chance he could play tomorrow.

Rovers, meanwhile, remain in negotiations with Hull City over a fee for Tom Cairney.

Tomorrow’s match represents the midfielder’s penultimate game of his six-month loan from the Tigers.

Hull are willing to sell and Cairney, whose contract runs out in the summer, is keen to remain at Rovers.

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11:07am Sun 29 Dec 13

crankitup says...

Gary....give us something to shout about and we'll bring the roof down, it's difficult to get exited when we put in a performance that can't even take points off teams below us in the league.

you (GB and the lads) need to reinstate the feeling that we can win games....back to back or otherwise....do that and the fans will attend full of optimism knowing we can win games....at the moment some of us are thinking are we going to get beaten again...or may be scrape a draw.

to coin a phrase from a classic film....Built it, and they will come!
Gary....give us something to shout about and we'll bring the roof down, it's difficult to get exited when we put in a performance that can't even take points off teams below us in the league. you (GB and the lads) need to reinstate the feeling that we can win games....back to back or otherwise....do that and the fans will attend full of optimism knowing we can win games....at the moment some of us are thinking are we going to get beaten again...or may be scrape a draw. to coin a phrase from a classic film....Built it, and they will come! crankitup

11:12am Sun 29 Dec 13

BRFC75 says...

Build it and we will come , and we will be excited.
Build it and we will come , and we will be excited. BRFC75

11:14am Sun 29 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Yeah good luck with that one. I remember being in the Darwen End in September with my mate the Huddersfield fan and if it were not for the 3000 traveling support the atmosphere would have been flatter that Fake Villas t1ts !
No singing, no chanting not a peep from the home crowd. It was quite frankly embarrassing.
Yeah good luck with that one. I remember being in the Darwen End in September with my mate the Huddersfield fan and if it were not for the 3000 traveling support the atmosphere would have been flatter that Fake Villas t1ts ! No singing, no chanting not a peep from the home crowd. It was quite frankly embarrassing. You're not mugging me off that easily

11:29am Sun 29 Dec 13

crankitup says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Yeah good luck with that one. I remember being in the Darwen End in September with my mate the Huddersfield fan and if it were not for the 3000 traveling support the atmosphere would have been flatter that Fake Villas t1ts !
No singing, no chanting not a peep from the home crowd. It was quite frankly embarrassing.
as i said, give us something to shout about and we will....look at where we were in September....out of a possible 12 points we took 5...although September did have it's highs with an away win at AFCB and an away point at your place..
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: Yeah good luck with that one. I remember being in the Darwen End in September with my mate the Huddersfield fan and if it were not for the 3000 traveling support the atmosphere would have been flatter that Fake Villas t1ts ! No singing, no chanting not a peep from the home crowd. It was quite frankly embarrassing.[/p][/quote]as i said, give us something to shout about and we will....look at where we were in September....out of a possible 12 points we took 5...although September did have it's highs with an away win at AFCB and an away point at your place.. crankitup

11:32am Sun 29 Dec 13

dangerous dave says...

crankitup wrote:
Gary....give us something to shout about and we'll bring the roof down, it's difficult to get exited when we put in a performance that can't even take points off teams below us in the league.

you (GB and the lads) need to reinstate the feeling that we can win games....back to back or otherwise....do that and the fans will attend full of optimism knowing we can win games....at the moment some of us are thinking are we going to get beaten again...or may be scrape a draw.

to coin a phrase from a classic film....Built it, and they will come!
yeh but for the paying fans sake do the players 'your mates' understand that they have to give them something to shout about - get your stick out GB
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
[quote][p][bold]crankitup[/bold] wrote: Gary....give us something to shout about and we'll bring the roof down, it's difficult to get exited when we put in a performance that can't even take points off teams below us in the league. you (GB and the lads) need to reinstate the feeling that we can win games....back to back or otherwise....do that and the fans will attend full of optimism knowing we can win games....at the moment some of us are thinking are we going to get beaten again...or may be scrape a draw. to coin a phrase from a classic film....Built it, and they will come![/p][/quote]yeh but for the paying fans sake do the players 'your mates' understand that they have to give them something to shout about - get your stick out GB OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave

12:40pm Sun 29 Dec 13

roversammo says...

I'm sure Leeds fans use the excuse of the team not performing year in year out to create a poor atmosphere......... Oh wait a minute they are the noisiest in the league, win or lose! In my humble opinion, if your not willing to vocally support your team, you should bugger off to the main stand or not even bother coming. Those in the Blackburn end who are quiet are a disgrace, atmosphere pushes a team on but the Blackburn end this season has been woeful. Get behind the boys ffs.
I'm sure Leeds fans use the excuse of the team not performing year in year out to create a poor atmosphere......... Oh wait a minute they are the noisiest in the league, win or lose! In my humble opinion, if your not willing to vocally support your team, you should bugger off to the main stand or not even bother coming. Those in the Blackburn end who are quiet are a disgrace, atmosphere pushes a team on but the Blackburn end this season has been woeful. Get behind the boys ffs. roversammo

9:38pm Sun 29 Dec 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Even though I did my best to egg the boys on in the first half the crowd was flat because of the usual cautious non aggressive tip tap passing game being applied by us, whilst we where being stuffed at the other end. Even the players heads had dropped and had a defeated body language written all over them as though they did not know what to do. In the second half you brought on Gestede and had a go at them from the off and crowd was magnificent willing the boys on from the start. It's down to you Gary.
Even though I did my best to egg the boys on in the first half the crowd was flat because of the usual cautious non aggressive tip tap passing game being applied by us, whilst we where being stuffed at the other end. Even the players heads had dropped and had a defeated body language written all over them as though they did not know what to do. In the second half you brought on Gestede and had a go at them from the off and crowd was magnificent willing the boys on from the start. It's down to you Gary. A Rover 45 years and over

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