Craig Conway vows to fire Blackburn Rovers

Craig Conway in action for Scotland

Craig Conway in action for Scotland

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

NEW winger Craig Conway has vowed to supply the bullets for Rudy Gestede to fire Blackburn Rovers toward the play-off places.

Conway did not get many chances to play with in-form Gestede during their time together at Cardiff City.

But the pair will get plenty of opportunities now that Conway has joined Gestede at Rovers.

The Scotland international, who yesterday completed his move from the Bluebirds, said: “It was strange, I was with Rudy for a couple of years but I think I can count on one hand the amount of games I’ve played with him in.

“It’s weird as he suits my game. He’s a big target man and my strength is crossing so hopefully I can get him more goals.

“I’m really delighted for him. He’s scored four in five games and on his day he’s unplayable, especially in the air.”

At this stage last season Conway and Gestede were part of the Cardiff team that were 10 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Rovers, in contrast, go into tomorrow’s Lancashire derby at home to Blackpool (3pm) five points off the top six owing to inconsistent form.

Gary Bowyer’s side have won have back-to-back league matches on four occasions this season but have never been able to make it three.

Conway, who went on to win the title with the Bluebirds, knows that has to change – and he is confident it will.

“It’s definitely not too late,” said the 28-year-old, who admits he felt ‘old’ when he first walked into the youthful Rovers changing room.

“There’s no other league like this. It’s so competitive and anybody can beat anybody on their day.

“Hopefully we can pick up three points against Blackpool and get on a run. I think that’s one of the most important things, if you look at the teams who go up they go on five or six-game winning runs.

“It’s rare that teams do it but when they do they really lift themselves up the table.

“In my first season at Cardiff we were similar – we won two or three games on the run at most. Last season we won 10 games in a row, it did us the power of good and shot us right up the table.

“If you do that you expect to be challenging whereas to get in the play-offs I think you need three or four wins in a row.

“But as we said at Cardiff last season, it’s about taking it one game at a time.”

The fact that Conway knew Gestede from his Bluebirds days and Jordan Rhodes and Grant Hanley from their time together in Scotland squads was a factor in his decision to turn down a host of clubs – including Brighton & Hove Albion, with who he spent a spell on loan earlier this season – to join Rovers.

But Conway admitted his dealings with Bowyer helped seal the deal.

“I spoke to Grant and Jordan a few times and asked them about the club and the manager and they had nothing but good things to say,” said the former Dundee United man.

“My agent spoke to Blackburn a few months ago and he had nothing but good things to say about the manager and liked his style.

“When I met Gary I found him to be a really nice guy and I got on really well with him – I just liked what he had to stay.

“Blackburn are a massive club, I’ve played at the stadium a few times, it is a great stadium with good support.

“So when I came here and saw the facilities it just sealed it.”

Conway – whose goal at Rovers’ bitter rivals Burnley in April sealed the title for Cardiff – will go straight into Bowyer’s squad for tomorrow’s Blackpool clash if his international clearances come through in time.

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3:43pm Sun 2 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

welcome to east Lancashire,s most famous football club,,l love those positive comments of yours and you are right we are a massive club who are on a mission to regain our pride,,stick with us and you wont regret it l,m sure,,are you listening Burnley ?
welcome to east Lancashire,s most famous football club,,l love those positive comments of yours and you are right we are a massive club who are on a mission to regain our pride,,stick with us and you wont regret it l,m sure,,are you listening Burnley ? noddy57
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