Reading win has put us in the hunt, says Blackburn Rovers ace Tommy Spurr

This Is Lancashire: Rovers celebrate Craig Conway's winning goal Rovers celebrate Craig Conway's winning goal

DEFENDER Tommy Spurr believes Blackburn Rovers are now very much in the race for the play-offs after their ‘massive’ victory at top-six rivals Reading on Saturday.

The hugely impressive 1-0 win moved Gary Bowyer’s in-form side up to ninth and within four points of the sixth-placed Royals who have played a game more.

Despite Rovers boss Bowyer’s attempts to play down the significance of the crucial clash Spurr revealed he and his team-mates accepted that it was a match they could not afford to lose if they wanted to remain in the promotion picture.

The excellent left-back said: “It was a massive, massive result as if we would have got beat they would have been 10 points in front of us.

“We would still have had the game in hand but it would have been a lot for us to do so to get the three points and close the gap was great.

“There are 15 games left and they will all mean something but with Reading occupying sixth spot, we knew there was massive significance on this one. Everyone was aware of that.

“We spoke about it among the lads although the manager probably didn’t want us to say that.

“But we knew it between ourselves so I think given the context, it’s our best win of the season.

“I saw it myself as a must-win game so it’s a massive positive to come here and get the result and close the gap on sixth.”

Spurr was particularly pleased that Rovers were able to snuff out a free-scoring Reading side who had netted 18 times in their previous six matches.

The clean sheet was robust Rovers’ third on the run and their 12th of the season, a figure that is bettered only by QPR and Brighton & Hove Albion with 14 each.

Spurr said: “I thought we showed great resilience and character when the times they had pressure.

“But although they had pressure they never really looked like scoring and carving us open.

“That’s a massive positive and I think it’s credit to everyone in the team.

“Everyone played their part in defending, not just the defenders.”

The only negative for Rovers, who are now unbeaten in five games, was the ankle injury sustained by Tom Cairney.

Although the midfielder attempted to play on after picking up the knock he was forced off and left the Madejski Stadium with a protective cast on his ankle.

Cairney will have a scan today to discover if he has a chance of being fit to face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Rovers boss Bowyer said: “Hopefully it won’t be too bad.”

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12:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course.
Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.
Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course. Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 29

1:42pm Mon 24 Feb 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Got to get some thing out of the Bolton and Burnley games if we mean business with the play offs. Bolton are getting harder to beat and Burnley will be a difficult match but both are winnable if the boys are really determined enough and this is the chance to prove it.
Got to get some thing out of the Bolton and Burnley games if we mean business with the play offs. Bolton are getting harder to beat and Burnley will be a difficult match but both are winnable if the boys are really determined enough and this is the chance to prove it. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 23

2:09pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Tatts says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course.
Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.
Yes, if Cairney is injured then that's surely a perfect cue for Dunny to play in the Derby double header.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course. Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.[/p][/quote]Yes, if Cairney is injured then that's surely a perfect cue for Dunny to play in the Derby double header. Tatts
  • Score: 16

2:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

Tatts wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course.
Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.
Yes, if Cairney is injured then that's surely a perfect cue for Dunny to play in the Derby double header.
Except he'll sh!t out of the big one against us, again.
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course. Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.[/p][/quote]Yes, if Cairney is injured then that's surely a perfect cue for Dunny to play in the Derby double header.[/p][/quote]Except he'll sh!t out of the big one against us, again. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -20

2:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Tatts wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course.
Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.
Yes, if Cairney is injured then that's surely a perfect cue for Dunny to play in the Derby double header.
Yes, I hope Dunny gets on at some point and I think he will. He knows what the derby is all about and can be a leader by example.

Bring it on.
[quote][p][bold]Tatts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Cairney's injury won't be too bad. The fact that he was able to play on for a while suggests not. Either way we have good options now in midfield with Evans on his way back and Dunny of course. Keep up the good work Tommy Spurr and the team and keep that determination going at Bolton, another must win game if we're going to continue climbing the league. That will just set us up nicely for the 9th of March.[/p][/quote]Yes, if Cairney is injured then that's surely a perfect cue for Dunny to play in the Derby double header.[/p][/quote]Yes, I hope Dunny gets on at some point and I think he will. He knows what the derby is all about and can be a leader by example. Bring it on. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 7

2:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Truerover85 says...

The defending in the Reading game was outstanding! at one point I saw 3 Blackburn defenders Challenging each other to head the ball out without a Reading player in sight. But the passion was superb.
The defending in the Reading game was outstanding! at one point I saw 3 Blackburn defenders Challenging each other to head the ball out without a Reading player in sight. But the passion was superb. Truerover85
  • Score: 14

2:52pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Yup, if the dingles lose against Derby it's squeaky bum time for them, just as we're are on the up and conceding nothing. They have to win....we don't.
Yup, if the dingles lose against Derby it's squeaky bum time for them, just as we're are on the up and conceding nothing. They have to win....we don't. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 7

3:04pm Mon 24 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Yup, if the dingles lose against Derby it's squeaky bum time for them, just as we're are on the up and conceding nothing. They have to win....we don't.
Squeaky bum time? We're 14 point above 7th! You couldn't make the nonsense up that comes from the no-dads. You clowns are 4 points off adrift of the play-off's, its squeaky bum time for you lot given how quickly you are running out of games.

But as for needing to win, you are correct, we will be coming to Ewood and going all out for the win which will mean your defence (the weakest Blackburn defence in decades) will be under pressure throughout. Danny Ings had an off day by his standards on Saturday and yet we still scored 3 against a team that's far better than you.

So you've given up on the play-offs then? I thought you lot were claiming you were still in with a shout? It's nice of you to be realistic about your chances now your season is all but over.

Burnley are clear in second place after thumping Nottingham Forest, a team that whupped you 4-1. We are flying at the moment and scoring goals for fun with a 42 goal partnership and the second best defence in the Championship.

We will take 3 points off you then watch as you take points off our promotion rivals. I can see it now, Blackburn Rovers miss out on the play-offs but their wins against Leicester and QPR ensure Burnley go up automatically. How good would that be!
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: Yup, if the dingles lose against Derby it's squeaky bum time for them, just as we're are on the up and conceding nothing. They have to win....we don't.[/p][/quote]Squeaky bum time? We're 14 point above 7th! You couldn't make the nonsense up that comes from the no-dads. You clowns are 4 points off adrift of the play-off's, its squeaky bum time for you lot given how quickly you are running out of games. But as for needing to win, you are correct, we will be coming to Ewood and going all out for the win which will mean your defence (the weakest Blackburn defence in decades) will be under pressure throughout. Danny Ings had an off day by his standards on Saturday and yet we still scored 3 against a team that's far better than you. So you've given up on the play-offs then? I thought you lot were claiming you were still in with a shout? It's nice of you to be realistic about your chances now your season is all but over. Burnley are clear in second place after thumping Nottingham Forest, a team that whupped you 4-1. We are flying at the moment and scoring goals for fun with a 42 goal partnership and the second best defence in the Championship. We will take 3 points off you then watch as you take points off our promotion rivals. I can see it now, Blackburn Rovers miss out on the play-offs but their wins against Leicester and QPR ensure Burnley go up automatically. How good would that be! look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -9

3:08pm Mon 24 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

Truerover85 wrote:
The defending in the Reading game was outstanding! at one point I saw 3 Blackburn defenders Challenging each other to head the ball out without a Reading player in sight. But the passion was superb.
That says more about the headless chickens in your defence than anything else, how can three players attack the same ball without a Reading player in sight? Do they not teach your players about positioning?

Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are going to rip your tissue paper defence to shreds.
[quote][p][bold]Truerover85[/bold] wrote: The defending in the Reading game was outstanding! at one point I saw 3 Blackburn defenders Challenging each other to head the ball out without a Reading player in sight. But the passion was superb.[/p][/quote]That says more about the headless chickens in your defence than anything else, how can three players attack the same ball without a Reading player in sight? Do they not teach your players about positioning? Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are going to rip your tissue paper defence to shreds. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -10

3:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!!
Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

3:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!!
That because I've silenced them.

You have nothing left old man, and on March the 9th it will be even quieter on here when you're all sobbing in your Shadsworth council houses after the defeat you all knew was coming.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!![/p][/quote]That because I've silenced them. You have nothing left old man, and on March the 9th it will be even quieter on here when you're all sobbing in your Shadsworth council houses after the defeat you all knew was coming. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -8

5:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

champs95 says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!!
She's 52! I thought it was an immature teenager trying to show off.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!![/p][/quote]She's 52! I thought it was an immature teenager trying to show off. champs95
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Mon 24 Feb 14

roversok says...

15 games to go 45 points still to play for
Dingles have yet to start loosing
Once they get battered at Ewood their fans will turn on them, they will drop their heads& loose every game after thanks to the six finger fans.
Must be an issue all the Burnley team are having eye tests done by a Chorley optician(fact)
15 games to go 45 points still to play for Dingles have yet to start loosing Once they get battered at Ewood their fans will turn on them, they will drop their heads& loose every game after thanks to the six finger fans. Must be an issue all the Burnley team are having eye tests done by a Chorley optician(fact) roversok
  • Score: 4

7:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

mersey-blues says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!!
Seconded. Especially after its sick postings on the previous article. A poisonous gutter rat hiding behind its computer screen.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Nice to see no one is answering the Troll!![/p][/quote]Seconded. Especially after its sick postings on the previous article. A poisonous gutter rat hiding behind its computer screen. mersey-blues
  • Score: 7

7:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Dorset Blue says...

Just on the Rovers/Burnley saga. As I'm not bitter or twisted burnley hater I would like to compliment on their achievments this season, although still a long way to go yet. Living on the south coast enabled me to go and watch the Bournemouth v Burnley game (as a football fan....albeit a little biased to AFBC) and thruthfully Bournemouth shaded the game but Vokes and Ings looked ever capable. Having just watched Rovers at Reading on Saturday I'm really looking forward to my trip up for the match on the 9th. Hope both sets of fans enjoy all the banter but to mention Uncle Jack in the way as previous has no place in life.....never mind football. Was never a fan of Bob Lord but respect what he did for his local club. Looking forward to a good game.
Just on the Rovers/Burnley saga. As I'm not bitter or twisted burnley hater I would like to compliment on their achievments this season, although still a long way to go yet. Living on the south coast enabled me to go and watch the Bournemouth v Burnley game (as a football fan....albeit a little biased to AFBC) and thruthfully Bournemouth shaded the game but Vokes and Ings looked ever capable. Having just watched Rovers at Reading on Saturday I'm really looking forward to my trip up for the match on the 9th. Hope both sets of fans enjoy all the banter but to mention Uncle Jack in the way as previous has no place in life.....never mind football. Was never a fan of Bob Lord but respect what he did for his local club. Looking forward to a good game. Dorset Blue
  • Score: 7

7:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

modan says...

It will go the wire if Rovers get to play off Rovers should play Burnley ( Dingles) and may the best team get to the PL.
If Rovers get promoted we will have the last laughs and GB will be our Hero and Venkys now are listening GB .
Venkys have learnt their lessons on football matters leaving the Rover's manager in charge of day to day running of the club.
The Rover's board should allow all the football matters with GB.
It is best Venkys stay away for a while until Rover's get promoted to PL.

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It will go the wire if Rovers get to play off Rovers should play Burnley ( Dingles) and may the best team get to the PL. If Rovers get promoted we will have the last laughs and GB will be our Hero and Venkys now are listening GB . Venkys have learnt their lessons on football matters leaving the Rover's manager in charge of day to day running of the club. The Rover's board should allow all the football matters with GB. It is best Venkys stay away for a while until Rover's get promoted to PL. " The rise of India as an global economic power is one of the most powerful stories of the 21st century" US Vice President Joe Biden www india skyscrapercity.com modan
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

digitusjonfred says...

Dorset Blue wrote:
Just on the Rovers/Burnley saga. As I'm not bitter or twisted burnley hater I would like to compliment on their achievments this season, although still a long way to go yet. Living on the south coast enabled me to go and watch the Bournemouth v Burnley game (as a football fan....albeit a little biased to AFBC) and thruthfully Bournemouth shaded the game but Vokes and Ings looked ever capable. Having just watched Rovers at Reading on Saturday I'm really looking forward to my trip up for the match on the 9th. Hope both sets of fans enjoy all the banter but to mention Uncle Jack in the way as previous has no place in life.....never mind football. Was never a fan of Bob Lord but respect what he did for his local club. Looking forward to a good game.
good post my friend
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Blue[/bold] wrote: Just on the Rovers/Burnley saga. As I'm not bitter or twisted burnley hater I would like to compliment on their achievments this season, although still a long way to go yet. Living on the south coast enabled me to go and watch the Bournemouth v Burnley game (as a football fan....albeit a little biased to AFBC) and thruthfully Bournemouth shaded the game but Vokes and Ings looked ever capable. Having just watched Rovers at Reading on Saturday I'm really looking forward to my trip up for the match on the 9th. Hope both sets of fans enjoy all the banter but to mention Uncle Jack in the way as previous has no place in life.....never mind football. Was never a fan of Bob Lord but respect what he did for his local club. Looking forward to a good game.[/p][/quote]good post my friend digitusjonfred
  • Score: 4

8:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Harwoodstblue says...

modan wrote:
It will go the wire if Rovers get to play off Rovers should play Burnley ( Dingles) and may the best team get to the PL.
If Rovers get promoted we will have the last laughs and GB will be our Hero and Venkys now are listening GB .
Venkys have learnt their lessons on football matters leaving the Rover's manager in charge of day to day running of the club.
The Rover's board should allow all the football matters with GB.
It is best Venkys stay away for a while until Rover's get promoted to PL.

" The rise of India as an global economic power is one of the most powerful stories of the 21st century" US Vice President Joe Biden

www india skyscrapercity.com
On yer bike.....WLUV
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: It will go the wire if Rovers get to play off Rovers should play Burnley ( Dingles) and may the best team get to the PL. If Rovers get promoted we will have the last laughs and GB will be our Hero and Venkys now are listening GB . Venkys have learnt their lessons on football matters leaving the Rover's manager in charge of day to day running of the club. The Rover's board should allow all the football matters with GB. It is best Venkys stay away for a while until Rover's get promoted to PL. " The rise of India as an global economic power is one of the most powerful stories of the 21st century" US Vice President Joe Biden www india skyscrapercity.com[/p][/quote]On yer bike.....WLUV Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Mon 24 Feb 14

jimluftas says...

modan wrote:
It will go the wire if Rovers get to play off Rovers should play Burnley ( Dingles) and may the best team get to the PL.
If Rovers get promoted we will have the last laughs and GB will be our Hero and Venkys now are listening GB .
Venkys have learnt their lessons on football matters leaving the Rover's manager in charge of day to day running of the club.
The Rover's board should allow all the football matters with GB.
It is best Venkys stay away for a while until Rover's get promoted to PL.

" The rise of India as an global economic power is one of the most powerful stories of the 21st century" US Vice President Joe Biden

www india skyscrapercity.com
Shut up you moron.
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: It will go the wire if Rovers get to play off Rovers should play Burnley ( Dingles) and may the best team get to the PL. If Rovers get promoted we will have the last laughs and GB will be our Hero and Venkys now are listening GB . Venkys have learnt their lessons on football matters leaving the Rover's manager in charge of day to day running of the club. The Rover's board should allow all the football matters with GB. It is best Venkys stay away for a while until Rover's get promoted to PL. " The rise of India as an global economic power is one of the most powerful stories of the 21st century" US Vice President Joe Biden www india skyscrapercity.com[/p][/quote]Shut up you moron. jimluftas
  • Score: 1

10:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Wild Rover says...

Two massive games coming up, the Trotters then the Mumsyerdads, beat em both and we are on for a cracking end to the season
We will do it
Oh yes...
Two massive games coming up, the Trotters then the Mumsyerdads, beat em both and we are on for a cracking end to the season We will do it Oh yes... Wild Rover
  • Score: 5

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