Rovers boss: We can break sides down

This Is Lancashire: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

BLACKBURN Rovers manager Gary Bowyer insists his side have the creativity to break teams down even without their evergreen midfielder David Dunn.

Dunn, who turned 34 yesterday, missed the 0-0 Boxing Day home draw against Sheffield Wednesday with a hamstring strain.

But the former England international is hoping to be fit to face his former club Birmingham City at Ewood Park tomorrow.

Bowyer said: “Dunny has a chance of playing on Sunday.

“We’ll see how he is and hopefully we will have him back for the game against Birmingham as he has the quality to unlock defences.

“But I think we showed against Sheffield Wednesday that we could create chances without him and that we have the personnel to do that.”

In Dunn’s absence big summer signing Ben Marshall looked the player most likely to open up the Wednesday defence.

Marshall is in his best form since his £1m arrival from Leicester City.

Bowyer said: “Ben was excellent.

“He has got quality and we are now seeing what he can produce and why we have brought him to the football club.

“But he can’t rest on his laurels. He was man of the match against Sheffield Wednesday and he’s got to go and try and be man of the match against Birmingham too.”

Rovers supporters were calling for the arrival of Ruben Rochina against the Owls before the Spaniard’s arrival in the 81st minute.

Bowyer said: “It was difficult with how Sheffield Wednesday played to play with a number 10, so we tried to mix things up.

“It didn’t quite work for us but we’ve got a lot of games coming up so we’ve said all along it would be a squad game.”

Rovers captain Scott Dann, meanwhile, will be out to put one over of his old team tomorrow.

Dann, who like Dunn used to play for Birmingham, said: “It’s always nice to play against one of your old teams and as long as we can get the right result, I’ll be happy.”

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10:27am Sun 29 Dec 13

Pooloflife says...

Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points!
Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points! Pooloflife

10:42am Sun 29 Dec 13

thresholdweller says...

Two points. To break a team down we need to be quicker to react when an oppostion move breaks down. Our desire to keep the ball with the safe pass, whilst admirable, gives the opposition time to regroup. Also, when defending a set piece,can't we leave a couple of players in positions ready to break when we clear. But then, what do I know.
Two points. To break a team down we need to be quicker to react when an oppostion move breaks down. Our desire to keep the ball with the safe pass, whilst admirable, gives the opposition time to regroup. Also, when defending a set piece,can't we leave a couple of players in positions ready to break when we clear. But then, what do I know. thresholdweller

10:58am Sun 29 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Pooloflife wrote:
Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points!
On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.
[quote][p][bold]Pooloflife[/bold] wrote: Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points![/p][/quote]On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB. Lancs - pensioner

11:18am Sun 29 Dec 13

crankitup says...

if we have the creativity to break teams down then why are not doing it....on a regular basis...

i will be down today as i have all season thus far....but come on lads...give us something to cheer about and end this year on a high note.

like LP above i too have a score prediction...which i've based on the two teams past form....but i will not post it on here, some may not like it...

C'mon Rovers....lets start 2014 with our foot on the doorstep of the play-offs
if we have the creativity to break teams down then why are not doing it....on a regular basis... i will be down today as i have all season thus far....but come on lads...give us something to cheer about and end this year on a high note. like LP above i too have a score prediction...which i've based on the two teams past form....but i will not post it on here, some may not like it... C'mon Rovers....lets start 2014 with our foot on the doorstep of the play-offs crankitup

11:39am Sun 29 Dec 13

dangerous dave says...

here we go again GB 'we can break teams down' - maybe, maybe not - but not to many points/consistently good performances to show for your so called breaking down of teams - so come on put your money were your mouth is and give the paying fans something to shout for - they deserve it!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
'
here we go again GB 'we can break teams down' - maybe, maybe not - but not to many points/consistently good performances to show for your so called breaking down of teams - so come on put your money were your mouth is and give the paying fans something to shout for - they deserve it!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS ' dangerous dave

11:51am Sun 29 Dec 13

greenscreener says...

dangerous dave wrote:
here we go again GB 'we can break teams down' - maybe, maybe not - but not to many points/consistently good performances to show for your so called breaking down of teams - so come on put your money were your mouth is and give the paying fans something to shout for - they deserve it!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
'
.
Ironic criticism from the master of the repetitive mantra, the paying fans want nothing to do with armchair whiners like you.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: here we go again GB 'we can break teams down' - maybe, maybe not - but not to many points/consistently good performances to show for your so called breaking down of teams - so come on put your money were your mouth is and give the paying fans something to shout for - they deserve it!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS '[/p][/quote]. Ironic criticism from the master of the repetitive mantra, the paying fans want nothing to do with armchair whiners like you. greenscreener

11:52am Sun 29 Dec 13

MxMave says...

I think every team in the league has the ability to break a team down. The problem is we do it about 3 times a game.

You should be looking for at least a good opportunity every 10 mins. Not a lot to ask.
I think every team in the league has the ability to break a team down. The problem is we do it about 3 times a game. You should be looking for at least a good opportunity every 10 mins. Not a lot to ask. MxMave

1:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

French Rover says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Pooloflife wrote:
Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points!
On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.
wow LP that is my kind of prediction sir.....must be all the christmas booze maybe! But a win is on the cards and a clean sheet so 2-0 to the Rovers despite Brums unbeaten run.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pooloflife[/bold] wrote: Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points![/p][/quote]On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.[/p][/quote]wow LP that is my kind of prediction sir.....must be all the christmas booze maybe! But a win is on the cards and a clean sheet so 2-0 to the Rovers despite Brums unbeaten run. French Rover

1:08pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Angry From Accrington says...

greenscreener wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
here we go again GB 'we can break teams down' - maybe, maybe not - but not to many points/consistently good performances to show for your so called breaking down of teams - so come on put your money were your mouth is and give the paying fans something to shout for - they deserve it!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
'
.
Ironic criticism from the master of the repetitive mantra, the paying fans want nothing to do with armchair whiners like you.
Diddy David And Eckersley. The Waldorf and Statdler of Ewood Park! Bless em.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: here we go again GB 'we can break teams down' - maybe, maybe not - but not to many points/consistently good performances to show for your so called breaking down of teams - so come on put your money were your mouth is and give the paying fans something to shout for - they deserve it!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS '[/p][/quote]. Ironic criticism from the master of the repetitive mantra, the paying fans want nothing to do with armchair whiners like you.[/p][/quote]Diddy David And Eckersley. The Waldorf and Statdler of Ewood Park! Bless em. Angry From Accrington

3:45pm Sun 29 Dec 13

kfc yummy says...

French Rover wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Pooloflife wrote:
Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points!
On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.
wow LP that is my kind of prediction sir.....must be all the christmas booze maybe! But a win is on the cards and a clean sheet so 2-0 to the Rovers despite Brums unbeaten run.
ha ha ha ha ha.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pooloflife[/bold] wrote: Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points![/p][/quote]On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.[/p][/quote]wow LP that is my kind of prediction sir.....must be all the christmas booze maybe! But a win is on the cards and a clean sheet so 2-0 to the Rovers despite Brums unbeaten run.[/p][/quote]ha ha ha ha ha. kfc yummy

3:59pm Sun 29 Dec 13

J.C - Rishton says...

French Rover wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Pooloflife wrote:
Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points!
On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.
wow LP that is my kind of prediction sir.....must be all the christmas booze maybe! But a win is on the cards and a clean sheet so 2-0 to the Rovers despite Brums unbeaten run.
I just hope you two don't bet on your predicitions !
No wonder you never meet a poor bookie.

PS - FR, please start tippin the opposition to win then we might see Rovers string together a winning run !!!!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pooloflife[/bold] wrote: Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points![/p][/quote]On my way in an hour or so, 3-1 today, COYB.[/p][/quote]wow LP that is my kind of prediction sir.....must be all the christmas booze maybe! But a win is on the cards and a clean sheet so 2-0 to the Rovers despite Brums unbeaten run.[/p][/quote]I just hope you two don't bet on your predicitions ! No wonder you never meet a poor bookie. PS - FR, please start tippin the opposition to win then we might see Rovers string together a winning run !!!! J.C - Rishton

6:12pm Sun 29 Dec 13

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

Pooloflife wrote:
Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points!
And the Blues did come away with 3 points !!!
[quote][p][bold]Pooloflife[/bold] wrote: Nice day no rain due, lets get down and cheer the blues to 3 points![/p][/quote]And the Blues did come away with 3 points !!! You're not mugging me off that easily

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