Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer rues derby day mistakes

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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

‘HUGELY disappointed’ Gary Bowyer was left to rue the three key moments he believes led to Blackburn Rovers losing to bitter rivals Burnley for the first time in 35 years.

Top scorer Jordan Rhodes put Rovers ahead in yesterday’s enthralling East Lancashire derby at Ewood Park before missing a gilt-edged opportunity to double his and his team’s tally.

Bowyer admitted that was a huge turning point.

But the Rovers boss was also disappointed by the way his side allowed Jason Shackell a free run to equalise and also their defending for the Danny Ings goal which earned the Clarets an historic 2-1 victory.

Bowyer said: “I am hugely disappointed to have lost the game, I thought it was harsh on us.

“It’s been decided by fine margins. Jordan Rhodes went through when it was 1-0 and hit the post.

“But then we’re disappointed with the manner of the two goals that we’ve conceded.”

Rovers, who made five changes and handed a full debut to Michael Keane and a home debut to Luke Varney, were accused of lacking passion by their manager in the 4-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers eight days earlier.

But Bowyer could not level that accusation yesterday.

He said: “I was pleased with how our lads have reacted and how we kept going.

“We had three half-chances at the end and Tom Heaton saved them.”

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1:55pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

RONNIE CLAYTON, BRYAN DOUGLAS, JACK WALKER, COLIN HENDRY, SIMON GARNER, DAVID DUNN, GARY BOWYER....

CAN YOU HEAR ME GARY BOWYER? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING....

YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!!
RONNIE CLAYTON, BRYAN DOUGLAS, JACK WALKER, COLIN HENDRY, SIMON GARNER, DAVID DUNN, GARY BOWYER.... CAN YOU HEAR ME GARY BOWYER? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING.... YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!! Super_Clarets
  • Score: -7

2:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Final word says...

A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really.

I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in.

Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below:

'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.'

We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.
A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really. I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in. Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below: 'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.' We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient. Final word
  • Score: 16

2:07pm Mon 10 Mar 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
RONNIE CLAYTON, BRYAN DOUGLAS, JACK WALKER, COLIN HENDRY, SIMON GARNER, DAVID DUNN, GARY BOWYER....

CAN YOU HEAR ME GARY BOWYER? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING....

YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!!
wow this does really sum up how much it means to you, you might want to add Alan Shearer to that and what about Jack Straw, Barbara Castle....keep going lad.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: RONNIE CLAYTON, BRYAN DOUGLAS, JACK WALKER, COLIN HENDRY, SIMON GARNER, DAVID DUNN, GARY BOWYER.... CAN YOU HEAR ME GARY BOWYER? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING.... YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!![/p][/quote]wow this does really sum up how much it means to you, you might want to add Alan Shearer to that and what about Jack Straw, Barbara Castle....keep going lad. LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 4

2:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

leyton says...

3 years of hurt for the jiibs fans hahahahahha
3 years of hurt for the jiibs fans hahahahahha leyton
  • Score: 0

2:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

PatrickBateman2 says...

no mention of GBs mistakes though. Sigh. This article sums up the game well though, poor and disappointing.
no mention of GBs mistakes though. Sigh. This article sums up the game well though, poor and disappointing. PatrickBateman2
  • Score: 2

2:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Harry N.Cyprus says...

I took my Turkish Cypriot neighbour to watch the match .. His reaction was that the Rovers were the better team & didn't deserve to lose ..
It was left too late, Gestede should have come on earlier ..
My veiw is that Gestede should have started alongside Rhodes instead of Dunn .. Dunn brought on to do his usual later in the game ..
I took my Turkish Cypriot neighbour to watch the match .. His reaction was that the Rovers were the better team & didn't deserve to lose .. It was left too late, Gestede should have come on earlier .. My veiw is that Gestede should have started alongside Rhodes instead of Dunn .. Dunn brought on to do his usual later in the game .. Harry N.Cyprus
  • Score: -1

2:35pm Mon 10 Mar 14

McClaret says...

Yes, funny how he doesn't mention the substitution of Dunn, was he injured?
I was sat in the Riverside and he didn't appear to be struggling from where I was looking.
Average game and Dyche's subs made a difference, what did yours do GB?
The record always had to go one day and it has been very close to happening in previous matches.
For me if that is how Blackburn play then you are an average Championship side who play too much aerial football. Wouldn't say we were at our best yesterday but had the edge on any quality that was on show.
It was great to watch England beat Wales and then wigan turn over city as well - top day of sport!
Yes, funny how he doesn't mention the substitution of Dunn, was he injured? I was sat in the Riverside and he didn't appear to be struggling from where I was looking. Average game and Dyche's subs made a difference, what did yours do GB? The record always had to go one day and it has been very close to happening in previous matches. For me if that is how Blackburn play then you are an average Championship side who play too much aerial football. Wouldn't say we were at our best yesterday but had the edge on any quality that was on show. It was great to watch England beat Wales and then wigan turn over city as well - top day of sport! McClaret
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Mon 10 Mar 14

realisticrover says...

In fairness McClaret, the only real difference on the day was the performance of Ings up front for you...he was absolutely superb.
Apart from him, it was two decent Championship sides who both showed signs of nerves.
In your terminology, that makes it two "average championship sides", but you happened to have Ings firing on the day.
GB's substitutions...Dunn hasnt played for a month and Gestede was an excellent addition, winning every header and being a general 'distraction' - you're clutching at straws a bit if you think they were poor choices!
Just be happy that you've won and enjoy that, its the first time for 35 years, remember :)
In fairness McClaret, the only real difference on the day was the performance of Ings up front for you...he was absolutely superb. Apart from him, it was two decent Championship sides who both showed signs of nerves. In your terminology, that makes it two "average championship sides", but you happened to have Ings firing on the day. GB's substitutions...Dunn hasnt played for a month and Gestede was an excellent addition, winning every header and being a general 'distraction' - you're clutching at straws a bit if you think they were poor choices! Just be happy that you've won and enjoy that, its the first time for 35 years, remember :) realisticrover
  • Score: 2

2:59pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Just couldn't help but look back over an old article to confirm just how retarded some of the no-dads really are, the predictions from some of them are simply hilarious...


Comment from Wild Rover following the win against Reading:

"Our Carling moment may still happen yet! Two winnable derbys next, so as many as can to join me at Bolton and a full house at Ewood for the mumsyourdads to roar the Rovers on to victory and show the puppy dogs who REALLY are top dogs round here."

"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..."

Hahahaha another legendary prediction from Mystic Meg... here are the facts:

1. You had your backsides panned 4-0 off lowly Bolton.
2. You got beat AT HOME by the Clarets, who didn't even need to come out of second gear, and you are now 23 points behind us!

You have to laugh at these pathetic imbeciles, they know no better. It's a shame for them to be so utterly dominated by their most hated rivals this season.

Poor old no-dads.
Just couldn't help but look back over an old article to confirm just how retarded some of the no-dads really are, the predictions from some of them are simply hilarious... Comment from Wild Rover following the win against Reading: "Our Carling moment may still happen yet! Two winnable derbys next, so as many as can to join me at Bolton and a full house at Ewood for the mumsyourdads to roar the Rovers on to victory and show the puppy dogs who REALLY are top dogs round here." "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..." Hahahaha another legendary prediction from Mystic Meg... here are the facts: 1. You had your backsides panned 4-0 off lowly Bolton. 2. You got beat AT HOME by the Clarets, who didn't even need to come out of second gear, and you are now 23 points behind us! You have to laugh at these pathetic imbeciles, they know no better. It's a shame for them to be so utterly dominated by their most hated rivals this season. Poor old no-dads. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -1

3:02pm Mon 10 Mar 14

MxMave says...

For me, apart from the massive injury list and loanee's the game was lost on a tactical battle that started at 70 mins with Dyche's substitutions. Dyche was able to effectively change the outcome of the game (as he has done all season), with some shrewd tactical measures, vocal touchline presence and decent substitutions.

As great as Gary Bowyer has done in turning us from dross to mid-table dross, you can't say he has won us a single game tactically since he has been in charge. In fact I would go as far as to say he has lost us quite a few games due to his tactical ineptness. The worrying thing is, he doesn't seem to learn either. We changed our tactics against Leeds away into a more attacking formation, it worked but Bowyer hasn't played that formation ever since (probably due to the fact DJ Campbell was loaned days later).

I know most Rovers fans feel that Bowyers subs often come too late, if at all. The game was slipping away at 60 mins yesterday and yet Bowyer makes his typical defensive substitution, even though we are only 1-0 up at home. The game was crying out for Gestede to partner JR up front at that point. We seemed set on playing longball... so why not put a team out that supports that style of play, OR change your style of play to match your fit players.

Longball to JR DOESN'T WORK. He doesn't have the aerial ability to play that role. Yet we see it week in, week out. Every single fan in the stands can see it but Bowyer doesn't ever seem to learn.
For me, apart from the massive injury list and loanee's the game was lost on a tactical battle that started at 70 mins with Dyche's substitutions. Dyche was able to effectively change the outcome of the game (as he has done all season), with some shrewd tactical measures, vocal touchline presence and decent substitutions. As great as Gary Bowyer has done in turning us from dross to mid-table dross, you can't say he has won us a single game tactically since he has been in charge. In fact I would go as far as to say he has lost us quite a few games due to his tactical ineptness. The worrying thing is, he doesn't seem to learn either. We changed our tactics against Leeds away into a more attacking formation, it worked but Bowyer hasn't played that formation ever since (probably due to the fact DJ Campbell was loaned days later). I know most Rovers fans feel that Bowyers subs often come too late, if at all. The game was slipping away at 60 mins yesterday and yet Bowyer makes his typical defensive substitution, even though we are only 1-0 up at home. The game was crying out for Gestede to partner JR up front at that point. We seemed set on playing longball... so why not put a team out that supports that style of play, OR change your style of play to match your fit players. Longball to JR DOESN'T WORK. He doesn't have the aerial ability to play that role. Yet we see it week in, week out. Every single fan in the stands can see it but Bowyer doesn't ever seem to learn. MxMave
  • Score: 8

3:06pm Mon 10 Mar 14

eddyo says...

Final word wrote:
A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really.

I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in.

Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below:

'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.'

We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.
I don't ask for too much from my team.
*
That they can pass to one another. That they give some kind of impression that they know ball possession is a key part of any good football. That they practice shooting so that when the ball falls to them they can take their chance. Just things I would expect from any professional footballer. I barely see any of these things in this league, and that is because it is complete sh1t.
*
Foreigners take the mick out our food, weather and football. Why? Because most of it is crud. Any neutral watching 5 minutes of yesterdays match on tv would have switched channels. Who do I blame for this? Not GB because he is only the manager after all.
[quote][p][bold]Final word[/bold] wrote: A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really. I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in. Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below: 'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.' We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.[/p][/quote]I don't ask for too much from my team. * That they can pass to one another. That they give some kind of impression that they know ball possession is a key part of any good football. That they practice shooting so that when the ball falls to them they can take their chance. Just things I would expect from any professional footballer. I barely see any of these things in this league, and that is because it is complete sh1t. * Foreigners take the mick out our food, weather and football. Why? Because most of it is crud. Any neutral watching 5 minutes of yesterdays match on tv would have switched channels. Who do I blame for this? Not GB because he is only the manager after all. eddyo
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Mon 10 Mar 14

passingfootball says...

rovers players allowed barnes back into them too easily which led to the goals, if the referee was a bit more watchful, on a another day it would have been a free-kick for rovers, anyway if you are not prepared to deal with free-kicks properly - dont give them away in the first place, makes sense

its as if they thought ings and vokes would finish the game they werent prepared for a change in tactic, preparation wasnt thorough enough
rovers players allowed barnes back into them too easily which led to the goals, if the referee was a bit more watchful, on a another day it would have been a free-kick for rovers, anyway if you are not prepared to deal with free-kicks properly - dont give them away in the first place, makes sense its as if they thought ings and vokes would finish the game they werent prepared for a change in tactic, preparation wasnt thorough enough passingfootball
  • Score: 1

3:27pm Mon 10 Mar 14

wolsty says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
RONNIE CLAYTON, BRYAN DOUGLAS, JACK WALKER, COLIN HENDRY, SIMON GARNER, DAVID DUNN, GARY BOWYER....

CAN YOU HEAR ME GARY BOWYER? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING....

YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!!
Leeds 1 Bolton 5 now that's a beating don't you think not 2-1 idiot
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: RONNIE CLAYTON, BRYAN DOUGLAS, JACK WALKER, COLIN HENDRY, SIMON GARNER, DAVID DUNN, GARY BOWYER.... CAN YOU HEAR ME GARY BOWYER? YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING.... YOUR BOYS TOOK A HELL OF A BEATING!![/p][/quote]Leeds 1 Bolton 5 now that's a beating don't you think not 2-1 idiot wolsty
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Mon 10 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Final word wrote:
A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really. I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in. Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below: 'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.' We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.
Generally a sensible and level headed post, but GB will have to up his game with his tactics next year or we will be stuck in no mans land for ever. I can't understand why he left his target man out until the last 10 minutes, he did the same with Best early in the season and thats why he got frustrated Most opposing managers show better tactial awareness than him and it is a big worry and I can't seem him changing much.
[quote][p][bold]Final word[/bold] wrote: A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really. I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in. Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below: 'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.' We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.[/p][/quote]Generally a sensible and level headed post, but GB will have to up his game with his tactics next year or we will be stuck in no mans land for ever. I can't understand why he left his target man out until the last 10 minutes, he did the same with Best early in the season and thats why he got frustrated Most opposing managers show better tactial awareness than him and it is a big worry and I can't seem him changing much. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

4:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Tugay's Understudy says...

Bowyer's sit-back, negative tactics cost us yesterday, just as they have on a number of occasions this season. Were Burnley that good on the day? Nope. We had them rattled and should have capitalised or at least held on. Can't blame Rhodes for hitting the post as Burnley had their chance with Ings. What I can blame however is the fact that we stopped playing football in the second half, with the players clearly told to "hang on" or something. Burnley got their chances and took them. VERY poor goals to concede but what do you expect when you aren't doing anything to counter them? Dunny coming off I can understand, but to be replaced by a Millwall reject winger for his debut, meaning Conway moved central when he is a natural winger was a big mistake by Bowyer. Gestede looked hungry when he came on and he should have been the replacement for Dunny, perhaps earlier than the 70th minute. Hell, even Taylor would have been a better choice Feeney; at least he knows the players and can do a job in the centre, not forgetting he was Millwall's player of the year last season, certainly more up to it than Feeney. End of the day, Dyche got his second half tactics and subs right and Bowyer did not and he needs to be held accountable. If it wasn't for such amateur mistakes we'd be sitting here saying "35 years".
Bowyer's sit-back, negative tactics cost us yesterday, just as they have on a number of occasions this season. Were Burnley that good on the day? Nope. We had them rattled and should have capitalised or at least held on. Can't blame Rhodes for hitting the post as Burnley had their chance with Ings. What I can blame however is the fact that we stopped playing football in the second half, with the players clearly told to "hang on" or something. Burnley got their chances and took them. VERY poor goals to concede but what do you expect when you aren't doing anything to counter them? Dunny coming off I can understand, but to be replaced by a Millwall reject winger for his debut, meaning Conway moved central when he is a natural winger was a big mistake by Bowyer. Gestede looked hungry when he came on and he should have been the replacement for Dunny, perhaps earlier than the 70th minute. Hell, even Taylor would have been a better choice Feeney; at least he knows the players and can do a job in the centre, not forgetting he was Millwall's player of the year last season, certainly more up to it than Feeney. End of the day, Dyche got his second half tactics and subs right and Bowyer did not and he needs to be held accountable. If it wasn't for such amateur mistakes we'd be sitting here saying "35 years". Tugay's Understudy
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Final word says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
Final word wrote:
A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really. I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in. Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below: 'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.' We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.
Generally a sensible and level headed post, but GB will have to up his game with his tactics next year or we will be stuck in no mans land for ever. I can't understand why he left his target man out until the last 10 minutes, he did the same with Best early in the season and thats why he got frustrated Most opposing managers show better tactial awareness than him and it is a big worry and I can't seem him changing much.
Agreed with the tactics, but surely we need to give him longer?
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Final word[/bold] wrote: A lot of people are letting their hearts rule their head. Yes we lost but there wasn't much in the game. I agree with a lot of people that the Burnley fans weren't the loudest, before KO and when they scored is only when they really sang. They were really rattled in the first half, we needed to finish it off then. You could see Dyche giving 'calm down' signals a lot in the first half which to be fair was decent management as he knew if he could keep at 1-0 he could regroup at half time. He came out on top in the second half against GB's tactics but as I said not much in it really. I would give Bowyer one more season, we are still in transition. He saved us from relegation last season, he is consolidating this season and we should be looking for a promotion challenge next season. We have one of the youngest squads in the division so there should be plenty of room for improvement. A play-off spot would be nice but can't see it happening myself. Nice to see Evans back, he will be important for the run in and Keane did well on his debut. If we play with the same focus as yesterday we can make the play-offs but as yet we haven't had that focus and ambition for EVERY game whereas Burnley have (and no injuries). Will be interesting to see if Dyche is a good as people are saying, the next 2 years will tell with his signings etc as a lot of them are the lagacy of Howe. If we keep that support as well we will have a better chance for the run in. Also don't let the Burnley fans influence your decisions, yes they are going to gloat but we would do the same - just a bit of banter. A quote from someone commenting on a skysports article below: 'spurs fans need to realise you cant keep sacking managers when things look abit dull, as a Liverpool fan we didn't have the best of seasons in Rodgers first season but we stuck by him and now look.' We have to see the bigger picture and stay behind Gary and the team, a lot of changes is going to make consistency harder (that's whay Tottenhams results are up and down due to the turn around of players). As I said above we need to stick behind Gary for one more season, Burnley have benefitted from settled side and so can we if we are patient.[/p][/quote]Generally a sensible and level headed post, but GB will have to up his game with his tactics next year or we will be stuck in no mans land for ever. I can't understand why he left his target man out until the last 10 minutes, he did the same with Best early in the season and thats why he got frustrated Most opposing managers show better tactial awareness than him and it is a big worry and I can't seem him changing much.[/p][/quote]Agreed with the tactics, but surely we need to give him longer? Final word
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ashman says...

Harry N.Cyprus wrote:
I took my Turkish Cypriot neighbour to watch the match .. His reaction was that the Rovers were the better team & didn't deserve to lose .. It was left too late, Gestede should have come on earlier .. My veiw is that Gestede should have started alongside Rhodes instead of Dunn .. Dunn brought on to do his usual later in the game ..
I watched the match with my mate who is a PNE supporter, another mate who follows Liverpool.

Both said Rovers should have won, and both said why wa Gestede not brought on sooner???

Seem Boywer is the only one who can not see this.

RUES DERBY DAY MISTAKES......BIGGES
T MISTAKE IS YOU GARY AND WAS MADE BY YOU AS WELL.
[quote][p][bold]Harry N.Cyprus[/bold] wrote: I took my Turkish Cypriot neighbour to watch the match .. His reaction was that the Rovers were the better team & didn't deserve to lose .. It was left too late, Gestede should have come on earlier .. My veiw is that Gestede should have started alongside Rhodes instead of Dunn .. Dunn brought on to do his usual later in the game ..[/p][/quote]I watched the match with my mate who is a PNE supporter, another mate who follows Liverpool. Both said Rovers should have won, and both said why wa Gestede not brought on sooner??? Seem Boywer is the only one who can not see this. RUES DERBY DAY MISTAKES......BIGGES T MISTAKE IS YOU GARY AND WAS MADE BY YOU AS WELL. ashman
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ashman says...

leyton wrote:
3 years of hurt for the jiibs fans hahahahahha
Where are the muppets from Dingle Town getting 3 years from??
some are saying 5?

Can someone explain please??
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: 3 years of hurt for the jiibs fans hahahahahha[/p][/quote]Where are the muppets from Dingle Town getting 3 years from?? some are saying 5? Can someone explain please?? ashman
  • Score: -1

5:22pm Mon 10 Mar 14

tom2malta2 says...

Bowyer getting his tactics wrong again, second half hoofball ! When are you true Rovers fans going to realise BOWYER IS NOT THE MAN to manage Rovers !. As for Spurr, & Henley as full backs , what a joke, a crippled 70 year old could skip past these two.Rovers get in front then seem to panic. Sick of excuses from Bowyer, a manager was required who knows about the Championship, not a coach who thinks he is a manager. Shame on Venkys again for appointing him in the first place.. ! Sick of watching this tripe . !!!!
Bowyer getting his tactics wrong again, second half hoofball ! When are you true Rovers fans going to realise BOWYER IS NOT THE MAN to manage Rovers !. As for Spurr, & Henley as full backs , what a joke, a crippled 70 year old could skip past these two.Rovers get in front then seem to panic. Sick of excuses from Bowyer, a manager was required who knows about the Championship, not a coach who thinks he is a manager. Shame on Venkys again for appointing him in the first place.. ! Sick of watching this tripe . !!!! tom2malta2
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Mon 10 Mar 14

McClaret says...

realisticrover wrote:
In fairness McClaret, the only real difference on the day was the performance of Ings up front for you...he was absolutely superb.
Apart from him, it was two decent Championship sides who both showed signs of nerves.
In your terminology, that makes it two "average championship sides", but you happened to have Ings firing on the day.
GB's substitutions...Dunn hasnt played for a month and Gestede was an excellent addition, winning every header and being a general 'distraction' - you're clutching at straws a bit if you think they were poor choices!
Just be happy that you've won and enjoy that, its the first time for 35 years, remember :)
Gestede was an excellent addition for a long ball game. Rovers pressed the game from the off to avoid Burnley settling into their play which is what resulted in they type of match we saw.
Would have loved to have seen you try and out football us and to keep the ball on the ground instead of constantly trying to turn the game - that is why I refer to you as average. I watched the game back last night as it is always different and there was only 1 team looking to add quality to the game. Poor tactics from Bowyer that will never succeed at this level.
Obviously I am happy at the result and hopefully it is an inspiration to push on further. I think Dyche has it right when he said that it was one for the fans, as far as he is concerned it is 3 more points towards what he is looking to achieve.
Good luck to you, you will need it with those tactics.
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: In fairness McClaret, the only real difference on the day was the performance of Ings up front for you...he was absolutely superb. Apart from him, it was two decent Championship sides who both showed signs of nerves. In your terminology, that makes it two "average championship sides", but you happened to have Ings firing on the day. GB's substitutions...Dunn hasnt played for a month and Gestede was an excellent addition, winning every header and being a general 'distraction' - you're clutching at straws a bit if you think they were poor choices! Just be happy that you've won and enjoy that, its the first time for 35 years, remember :)[/p][/quote]Gestede was an excellent addition for a long ball game. Rovers pressed the game from the off to avoid Burnley settling into their play which is what resulted in they type of match we saw. Would have loved to have seen you try and out football us and to keep the ball on the ground instead of constantly trying to turn the game - that is why I refer to you as average. I watched the game back last night as it is always different and there was only 1 team looking to add quality to the game. Poor tactics from Bowyer that will never succeed at this level. Obviously I am happy at the result and hopefully it is an inspiration to push on further. I think Dyche has it right when he said that it was one for the fans, as far as he is concerned it is 3 more points towards what he is looking to achieve. Good luck to you, you will need it with those tactics. McClaret
  • Score: 5

5:38pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Harry N.Cyprus wrote:
I took my Turkish Cypriot neighbour to watch the match .. His reaction was that the Rovers were the better team & didn't deserve to lose ..
It was left too late, Gestede should have come on earlier ..
My veiw is that Gestede should have started alongside Rhodes instead of Dunn .. Dunn brought on to do his usual later in the game ..
Oh well it must be right if Stavros Theodopolous the kebab shop Owner says so. His knowledge of Championship football is clearly nearly as good as yours.
[quote][p][bold]Harry N.Cyprus[/bold] wrote: I took my Turkish Cypriot neighbour to watch the match .. His reaction was that the Rovers were the better team & didn't deserve to lose .. It was left too late, Gestede should have come on earlier .. My veiw is that Gestede should have started alongside Rhodes instead of Dunn .. Dunn brought on to do his usual later in the game ..[/p][/quote]Oh well it must be right if Stavros Theodopolous the kebab shop Owner says so. His knowledge of Championship football is clearly nearly as good as yours. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 3

5:42pm Mon 10 Mar 14

dangerous dave says...

more rubbish spouted by Bowyer - disappointed - its was as usual his tactical play and sub decision that cost us the three points - he sounds more like Kean did after every match with his comments/excuses - its simple GB you are not good enough. Yet again the Venkeys and Shaw have got what they deserve by appointing an inexperienced Manager sorry YOUTH TEAM COACH - a recipe for disaster which is proving to be the case!!
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
more rubbish spouted by Bowyer - disappointed - its was as usual his tactical play and sub decision that cost us the three points - he sounds more like Kean did after every match with his comments/excuses - its simple GB you are not good enough. Yet again the Venkeys and Shaw have got what they deserve by appointing an inexperienced Manager sorry YOUTH TEAM COACH - a recipe for disaster which is proving to be the case!! OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave
  • Score: 6

7:46pm Mon 10 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

A few weeks ago Bowyer said he was happy with his squad. A squad that hasn't got a decent goalkeeper, hasn't got a decent defensive full back and a squad that has no muscle in midfield.
We are lightweight, with a midfield dynamo who in ninety minutes had one decent shot at goal and a couple of good passes, the rest of the time he was sideways and backwards and didn't tackle.
The fact that Lowe is an automatic choice every week shows just how talentless the squad is.
A few weeks ago Bowyer said he was happy with his squad. A squad that hasn't got a decent goalkeeper, hasn't got a decent defensive full back and a squad that has no muscle in midfield. We are lightweight, with a midfield dynamo who in ninety minutes had one decent shot at goal and a couple of good passes, the rest of the time he was sideways and backwards and didn't tackle. The fact that Lowe is an automatic choice every week shows just how talentless the squad is. yyy's1
  • Score: 4

9:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Yeah_nice_one! says...

its just boring watching rovers play
its just boring watching rovers play Yeah_nice_one!
  • Score: 3

9:44pm Mon 10 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

we lost the game,,get over it,but 34 years will take some beating, and lets not forget jack Walker and that wonderful day in 95 when we won the league title,,we have much to be proud of and that,s a fact,,ARTE ET LABORE,
we lost the game,,get over it,but 34 years will take some beating, and lets not forget jack Walker and that wonderful day in 95 when we won the league title,,we have much to be proud of and that,s a fact,,ARTE ET LABORE, noddy57
  • Score: 0

9:16am Tue 11 Mar 14

peely says...

Bowyer will keep his job because he is the cheap option for the chicken farmers , and so Rovers are doomed to be at best mid table championship and at worse relegation material to division one. No doubt he,ll probably sign another ten or twenty no mark kids / freebies / reserves all under 21 of course cos he can't manage seasoned pros , he hasn,t got the confidence or know how / experience ! Sad fact but true , he might be a nice well meaning man but a winner he isn,t not ever will be !
We,re going nowhere with him at the helm , but nothing,s going to change !
What a disaster !
Bowyer will keep his job because he is the cheap option for the chicken farmers , and so Rovers are doomed to be at best mid table championship and at worse relegation material to division one. No doubt he,ll probably sign another ten or twenty no mark kids / freebies / reserves all under 21 of course cos he can't manage seasoned pros , he hasn,t got the confidence or know how / experience ! Sad fact but true , he might be a nice well meaning man but a winner he isn,t not ever will be ! We,re going nowhere with him at the helm , but nothing,s going to change ! What a disaster ! peely
  • Score: 2

9:20am Tue 11 Mar 14

j bee says...

noddy57 wrote:
we lost the game,,get over it,but 34 years will take some beating, and lets not forget jack Walker and that wonderful day in 95 when we won the league title,,we have much to be proud of and that,s a fact,,ARTE ET LABORE,
YES AND I WAS THERE IN 1960 WHEN MANCHESTER CITY LOST TO BURNLEY THE SMALLEST TOWN YET TO WIN IT WITH NO HELP FROM ANYBODY
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: we lost the game,,get over it,but 34 years will take some beating, and lets not forget jack Walker and that wonderful day in 95 when we won the league title,,we have much to be proud of and that,s a fact,,ARTE ET LABORE,[/p][/quote]YES AND I WAS THERE IN 1960 WHEN MANCHESTER CITY LOST TO BURNLEY THE SMALLEST TOWN YET TO WIN IT WITH NO HELP FROM ANYBODY j bee
  • Score: 1

9:57am Tue 11 Mar 14

reggie0008 says...

ashman wrote:
leyton wrote:
3 years of hurt for the jiibs fans hahahahahha
Where are the muppets from Dingle Town getting 3 years from??
some are saying 5?

Can someone explain please??
I think the point they are making is we last beat them 5 years ago, 3-2 at Ewood if my memory is correct, Every meeting since has been a draw, So they are saying 5 years and counting since we beat them in response to the 35 years.
[quote][p][bold]ashman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: 3 years of hurt for the jiibs fans hahahahahha[/p][/quote]Where are the muppets from Dingle Town getting 3 years from?? some are saying 5? Can someone explain please??[/p][/quote]I think the point they are making is we last beat them 5 years ago, 3-2 at Ewood if my memory is correct, Every meeting since has been a draw, So they are saying 5 years and counting since we beat them in response to the 35 years. reggie0008
  • Score: 1

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