Let's take cup form into league, says Blackburn Rovers defender Henley

This Is Lancashire: Adam Henley Adam Henley

ADAM Henley has urged his ‘buzzing’ Blackburn Rovers team-mates to reproduce their FA Cup heroics in the Championship.

The young right-back was part of the Rovers side which produced a magnificent display to hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

Having proved the equals of one of Europe’s best teams Henley says confidence is soaring among Gary Bowyer’s squad ahead of their return to league action this weekend.

Now the 19-year-old wants to take that confidence into Saturday’s visit of out-of-form Doncaster to Ewood Park.

Henley said: “It was a fantastic performance from the lads and it just shows what we are starting to put together now.

“Hopefully if we can take a performance like that into the league games we can produce something special.

“Everyone is buzzing.

“The team has really come together over the last few months, we’ve got a good squad and a good group of lads who are willing to put themselves on the line. It’s going to be interesting times.”

The clash with third-bottom Doncaster, who have lost six and drawn two of their last eight matches in all competitions, is likely to be Henley’s first league appearance of 2014.

The Wales Under-21s international was rested for the New Year’s Day win at Leeds United – a win which moved Rovers within two points of the play-offs – as a precaution.

Going into the game Henley had played five matches in the space of three weeks after nine months out with serious hamstring problems.

Henley said: “With the back-to-back hamstring injuries that I had last year I think it is important that I don’t reproduce that really.

“I’ve got to be careful and the manager is looking after me and knew I needed a rest. It was just precautionary, the last games I’ve played I’ve felt good and hopefully I can put that behind me now.”

Henley has made the right-back role his own since making an outstanding comeback in the 0-0 draw at QPR last month.

But with Todd Kane set to return from a thigh injury in 10 days time, and winger Ben Marshall proving a highly capable deputy at Leeds, Henley refuses to accept he has the position nailed down.

He said: “I’m just enjoying playing every game as it comes.

“If I can nail it down then good, but it is just on to Doncaster next and see how that goes.”

Midfielder Alan Judge, meanwhile, was believed to be travelling down to London yesterday to complete his loan move to League One leaders Brentford.

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10:37am Wed 8 Jan 14

French Rover says...

Heley is spot-on with comments about the team coming toogether over the last couple of months - and the facts bear him out well:

Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read.

http://www.squawka.c

om/news/2014/01/07/j

ordan-rhodes-central

-to-blackburns-promo

tion-charge/20140107

51222?

But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers:

GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season.
All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area.

BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units.
However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play.

GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond.
The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes.

Elsewhere in the team,
GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession.

GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success.

GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign.

A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently.

Also shows the full season (including current) team performances for all clubs and as you woould expect Leicester are top, but Rovers are 3rd in this table whilst Burnley are 17th!

I know these current performance positions/performanc
es are not reflected (yet) in the league table - but given Burnleys great start to the season when they must have topped this chart - then you can easily see how quickly their performances are falling away now and how that will start to be reflectted in the league table soon, and you can also just how quickly the Rovers are improving week by week and putting together a decent challenge to the teams above us.
Heley is spot-on with comments about the team coming toogether over the last couple of months - and the facts bear him out well: Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read. http://www.squawka.c om/news/2014/01/07/j ordan-rhodes-central -to-blackburns-promo tion-charge/20140107 51222? But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers: GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season. All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area. BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units. However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play. GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond. The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes. Elsewhere in the team, GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession. GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success. GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign. A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently. Also shows the full season (including current) team performances for all clubs and as you woould expect Leicester are top, but Rovers are 3rd in this table whilst Burnley are 17th! I know these current performance positions/performanc es are not reflected (yet) in the league table - but given Burnleys great start to the season when they must have topped this chart - then you can easily see how quickly their performances are falling away now and how that will start to be reflectted in the league table soon, and you can also just how quickly the Rovers are improving week by week and putting together a decent challenge to the teams above us. French Rover

11:08am Wed 8 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

French Rover wrote:
Heley is spot-on with comments about the team coming toogether over the last couple of months - and the facts bear him out well:

Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read.

http://www.squawka.c


om/news/2014/01/07/j


ordan-rhodes-central


-to-blackburns-promo


tion-charge/20140107


51222?

But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers:

GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season.
All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area.

BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units.
However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play.

GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond.
The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes.

Elsewhere in the team,
GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession.

GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success.

GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign.

A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently.

Also shows the full season (including current) team performances for all clubs and as you woould expect Leicester are top, but Rovers are 3rd in this table whilst Burnley are 17th!

I know these current performance positions/performanc

es are not reflected (yet) in the league table - but given Burnleys great start to the season when they must have topped this chart - then you can easily see how quickly their performances are falling away now and how that will start to be reflectted in the league table soon, and you can also just how quickly the Rovers are improving week by week and putting together a decent challenge to the teams above us.
It may be worth a mention GBs tactics have changed recently, the Birmingham game showed a more attacking formation and he has kept that going, I believe if we can keep this squad together after the 1st of Feb we will definitely be in the play offs (or even higher).
COYB.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Heley is spot-on with comments about the team coming toogether over the last couple of months - and the facts bear him out well: Interesting Rovers players statistics from Squawka today, lots of player possesssion and performance percentages talked about and well worth a read. http://www.squawka.c om/news/2014/01/07/j ordan-rhodes-central -to-blackburns-promo tion-charge/20140107 51222? But for those without time here are the main bits on the Rovers: GOOD - Rhodes has been imperious form for Rovers in the Championship for the last 4 games, netting 4 goals in the process, which is enough to make him joint top scorer in the league, in that period. With an average shot accuracy of 82% and an impressive conversion rate of 36.4% Rhodes is building on his reputation as one of the best finishers outside of the top-flight this season. All four of his goals have come from inside the box with just 2 shots off target from 11 demonstrating his lethal eye for goal once he receives the ball in the penalty area. BAD - Rhodes other aspects of his game have not been as scintillating with a disappointing 67% of aerial duels lost which is surprising given the fact the Scot’s 6 ft 1 in frame makes him more than capable of handling the physical nature of the majority of The Championship’s defensive units. However, an over reliance on Rhodes’ nack of putting the ball in the back of the net could be Rovers downfall. However, the Scot is arguably no longer the only player capable of sprinkling a piece of Premier League class into Blackburn’s play. GOOD - Tom Cairney enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell from Hull City which has now been made permanent. The 22 year-old has flourished as Bowyer’s creative driving force and has had an excellent Christmas period creating a vast number of opportunities, 21 in total. He has also claimed a league high Performance Score of 222 and Rovers can now boast the league’s in form midfielder.Seven Squawka awards including four for Best Possession is reflected in a Possession Score of 99 that helps puts him well ahead of Birmingham’s Dan Burn in second place for total Performance Score. Two assists for Jordan Rhodes suggest a partnership is blossoming between the pair and could be Rovers ticket into the play-offs or beyond. The youngster is also not shy of pulling the trigger with 8 shots and 38% shot accuracy. An average passing accuracy of 87%, 58.4% of which are forward, and a delicious 100% success rate in regards to take-ons shows his attacking intent, leading to 19 key passes. Elsewhere in the team, GOOD - Thomas Spurr has fired himself into the top 5 tacklers in the league while 65.5% of his passes have been forward as he brings the ball out of defence to feed into the midfield. A tiny 3 of his 155 passes have been long balls as Blackburn have looked to keep the ball on the deck rather than waste possession. GOOD - Simon Eastwood has also proved he is more than adequate back-up for former England keeper Paul Robinson. The 24 year-old has kept two clean sheets and made his presence felt with 100% claim and punch success. GOOD - Though Blackburn are sitting in 10th place, they are just 2 points outside the play-off places and the stats of their key performers tell a different story and if Rhodes and Cairney stay with Rovers and continue their form respectively they should be pushing up the league in the second half of the campaign. A renewed confidence should be buoyed by the positive result against Manchester City and victories against Doncaster and Nottingham Forest in their next two fixtures will leave Rovers fans looking at the league table very differently. Also shows the full season (including current) team performances for all clubs and as you woould expect Leicester are top, but Rovers are 3rd in this table whilst Burnley are 17th! I know these current performance positions/performanc es are not reflected (yet) in the league table - but given Burnleys great start to the season when they must have topped this chart - then you can easily see how quickly their performances are falling away now and how that will start to be reflectted in the league table soon, and you can also just how quickly the Rovers are improving week by week and putting together a decent challenge to the teams above us.[/p][/quote]It may be worth a mention GBs tactics have changed recently, the Birmingham game showed a more attacking formation and he has kept that going, I believe if we can keep this squad together after the 1st of Feb we will definitely be in the play offs (or even higher). COYB. Lancs - pensioner

11:24am Wed 8 Jan 14

Trev Manchester says...

it wont happen, they'll be looking forward to the replay too much, pointless obv's!
it wont happen, they'll be looking forward to the replay too much, pointless obv's! Trev Manchester

11:34am Wed 8 Jan 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Gestede is going to be a key factor along with Garys tactics for continued progression of the team. It;s no coincidence that Rhodes scored two goals with the introduction on Gestede for the second half with Birmingham and long may it continue. Gary must have a go at Doncaster from the off with at least two forwards if not 3 like at Leeds and make sure we press home the opportunity to get closer to the play offs. Nothing but a victory will be acceptable on this occasion, otherwise all the other previous good results will be wasted and we will all feel flat again. Come on Gary go for it as you now have the players at your disposal to push on and now is the time to do it.
Gestede is going to be a key factor along with Garys tactics for continued progression of the team. It;s no coincidence that Rhodes scored two goals with the introduction on Gestede for the second half with Birmingham and long may it continue. Gary must have a go at Doncaster from the off with at least two forwards if not 3 like at Leeds and make sure we press home the opportunity to get closer to the play offs. Nothing but a victory will be acceptable on this occasion, otherwise all the other previous good results will be wasted and we will all feel flat again. Come on Gary go for it as you now have the players at your disposal to push on and now is the time to do it. A Rover 45 years and over

12:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

steralc says...

But you ain't won a cup game this season
You're doomed
Doomed I tell you
Doomed
So were is the cup run fiddlers
But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers steralc

12:53pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Wild Rover says...

steralc wrote:
But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers
Desperate comment! Sad too
Is that all you got you backward claret Baboon, I mean, really?
We are so not doomed, you said we were doomed from day 1, relegated by Christmas etc etc ....
January is here and so are we, just 2 points off the play offs
Beware the Ides of March, because you will be getting a good 'iding at Ewood
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers[/p][/quote]Desperate comment! Sad too Is that all you got you backward claret Baboon, I mean, really? We are so not doomed, you said we were doomed from day 1, relegated by Christmas etc etc .... January is here and so are we, just 2 points off the play offs Beware the Ides of March, because you will be getting a good 'iding at Ewood Wild Rover

1:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

steralc wrote:
But you ain't won a cup game this season
You're doomed
Doomed I tell you
Doomed
So were is the cup run fiddlers
tawt a tahw
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers[/p][/quote]tawt a tahw more bans than ray - brfc lxxv

2:36pm Wed 8 Jan 14

garyintandem says...

steralc wrote:
But you ain't won a cup game this season
You're doomed
Doomed I tell you
Doomed
So were is the cup run fiddlers
Assuming you meant "where" is the cup run, we're on it you dingle. Watford or Bristol next at home and we're in the fifth round. March is going to be a marvelous memorable month for us but it will be Miserable March for you lot.
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers[/p][/quote]Assuming you meant "where" is the cup run, we're on it you dingle. Watford or Bristol next at home and we're in the fifth round. March is going to be a marvelous memorable month for us but it will be Miserable March for you lot. garyintandem

4:49pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jim 2012 says...

steralc wrote:
But you ain't won a cup game this season
You're doomed
Doomed I tell you
Doomed
So were is the cup run fiddlers
be careful what you wish for you sad little dingle
here's a song for danny ings I pod London calling by the clash
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers[/p][/quote]be careful what you wish for you sad little dingle here's a song for danny ings I pod London calling by the clash jim 2012

8:38am Thu 9 Jan 14

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

steralc wrote:
But you ain't won a cup game this season
You're doomed
Doomed I tell you
Doomed
So were is the cup run fiddlers
How can they refer to one game one draw as form ? My god they're thick.
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: But you ain't won a cup game this season You're doomed Doomed I tell you Doomed So were is the cup run fiddlers[/p][/quote]How can they refer to one game one draw as form ? My god they're thick. You're not mugging me off that easily

9:00am Thu 9 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

I don't think we should get too carried away until we are more consistent in our results.We have done well recently except the two blips against lower sides Sheffield and Birmingham sides we should be beating if we expect to get into the play offs. The table does not lie as there are loads of clubs only a few points off the play offs which is due to a lot of teams being at the same level lets hope Rovers can improve and move up a gear to start challenging the Leicester's and QPR 's of this world.The impetus of a good new signing and Rochina approaching full fitness with Robinson back in goal might just be the catalyst we need.
I don't think we should get too carried away until we are more consistent in our results.We have done well recently except the two blips against lower sides Sheffield and Birmingham sides we should be beating if we expect to get into the play offs. The table does not lie as there are loads of clubs only a few points off the play offs which is due to a lot of teams being at the same level lets hope Rovers can improve and move up a gear to start challenging the Leicester's and QPR 's of this world.The impetus of a good new signing and Rochina approaching full fitness with Robinson back in goal might just be the catalyst we need. bburnrover

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