We must improve, urges Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer

This Is Lancashire: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer admits he and his players have been forced to take a long, hard look at themselves in the lead up to today’s trip to Huddersfield Town.

Bowyer held two meetings with his coaching staff after Wednesday’s woeful 1-0 home loss to Bournemouth before staging a separate briefing with his players.

And having cleared the air the 42-year-old expects Rovers to come out fighting and show an immediate improvement against the Terriers.

“After the game we all looked at ourselves and at the ways we can get better and improve,” said Bowyer.

“We’ve done a lot of good work and we can’t let it be undone by a few results.

“Everybody has got to step up and give that little bit more – that’s myself, the staff and the players.

“The chips are down and we have to come out fighting.

“We’re looking for people to roll up their sleeves and have a right good go.

“We are not going to duck anything.”

Bowyer has been encouraged by the response he has seen in training.

But he admits his team’s confidence will only be fully restored once they end their three-match losing run.

Bowyer said: “We’ve still got belief and confidence in the ability of the players.

“We went to Reading the other week and won 1-0 and, if you look at the results they’ve come out with since then, it shows that we’ve got a good group of players.

“But it’s now time for us to stand up and be counted and show it again.

“It’s only human nature that when you lose a few games it dents you. “The only way out of that is to keep working.

“But we know to get our confidence back we have to win a football match.”

Rovers now find nine points behind the play-off places.

But Bowyer is adamant the season remains very much alive.

He said: “We’ve got a tough game at Huddersfield and then we’ve got a tough game at home to Leicester before we play six games in two or three weeks.

“The picture changes so quickly in the Championship – you can be right back in there.”

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10:21am Sat 15 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

He said: “We’ve got a tough game at Huddersfield and then we’ve got a tough game at home to Leicester before we play six games in two or three weeks

He can't pick the correct tactics and now he does'nt know the fixture list six games in two or three weeks.

Bla Bla Bla

One of stve keans comments

out with bowyer and venkys.
He said: “We’ve got a tough game at Huddersfield and then we’ve got a tough game at home to Leicester before we play six games in two or three weeks He can't pick the correct tactics and now he does'nt know the fixture list six games in two or three weeks. Bla Bla Bla One of stve keans comments out with bowyer and venkys. .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: -7

10:42am Sat 15 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

Two meetings with your coaching staff G.B. apart from the fact that the majority of the players just are not good enough for the championship the coaching staff could be a big part of the problem.
Apart from a short spell as player coach at Accrington, yes Accrington, McPhilliips and co. only seem to have been involved with youth team players.
You want to get rid of your mates and bring some experienced coaches in.
Oh and by the way this lot on Wednesday night didn't look like they had ever been coached.
Perhaps you could let the fans know, through the Telegraph, who watched the likes of Spurr, Feeney and Varney and suggested to you that you sign them.
Two meetings with your coaching staff G.B. apart from the fact that the majority of the players just are not good enough for the championship the coaching staff could be a big part of the problem. Apart from a short spell as player coach at Accrington, yes Accrington, McPhilliips and co. only seem to have been involved with youth team players. You want to get rid of your mates and bring some experienced coaches in. Oh and by the way this lot on Wednesday night didn't look like they had ever been coached. Perhaps you could let the fans know, through the Telegraph, who watched the likes of Spurr, Feeney and Varney and suggested to you that you sign them. yyy's1
  • Score: 3

11:03am Sat 15 Mar 14

blueyou1 says...

Forget this season prepare for next season blood some of the young players with potential and have a further clear out of the players who have not preformed this season. Before starting new next season.
Forget this season prepare for next season blood some of the young players with potential and have a further clear out of the players who have not preformed this season. Before starting new next season. blueyou1
  • Score: 9

11:22am Sat 15 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

I was going to write "the only way is up" . But hell, you've got 46pts. You need 54 to be safe from the drop. Finding 8pts between now and seasons-end is tough. Im a Burnley fan and we know about stuff like that!! Lose today and it starts to get problematic. Good luck and go for it.
I was going to write "the only way is up" . But hell, you've got 46pts. You need 54 to be safe from the drop. Finding 8pts between now and seasons-end is tough. Im a Burnley fan and we know about stuff like that!! Lose today and it starts to get problematic. Good luck and go for it. RobH2O
  • Score: 1

11:32am Sat 15 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

I would be astounded if we finish in the top half with this shower of sh!te
I would be astounded if we finish in the top half with this shower of sh!te Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 0

11:34am Sat 15 Mar 14

Is Eckersley playing? says...

blueyou1 wrote:
Forget this season prepare for next season blood some of the young players with potential and have a further clear out of the players who have not preformed this season. Before starting new next season.
That has been said at the end of the last three seasons....and will be repeated for the next three unless new owners are found.
[quote][p][bold]blueyou1[/bold] wrote: Forget this season prepare for next season blood some of the young players with potential and have a further clear out of the players who have not preformed this season. Before starting new next season.[/p][/quote]That has been said at the end of the last three seasons....and will be repeated for the next three unless new owners are found. Is Eckersley playing?
  • Score: 4

11:35am Sat 15 Mar 14

digitusjonfred says...

RobH20.. fantastic mate from an Aussie Rover
RobH20.. fantastic mate from an Aussie Rover digitusjonfred
  • Score: 2

12:54pm Sat 15 Mar 14

danskeblaa says...

Sorry Gary but is YOU who must improve.

12 months on and some obsessional ideas and players that clearly do not make a difference have tested the patince too much.

The current side does not even compare to the team that got us promoted from the third division last time.
Sorry Gary but is YOU who must improve. 12 months on and some obsessional ideas and players that clearly do not make a difference have tested the patince too much. The current side does not even compare to the team that got us promoted from the third division last time. danskeblaa
  • Score: 7

1:18pm Sat 15 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

The players generally give there all and should be good enough to mount a promotion challenge but GB's approach of staying in a game as a priority rather than going out to take the game by the scruff of the neck may keep us away from the relegation zone but will not win us anything. The tactics have to massively change for me but it dosn't seem to be in his DNA to have a different approach. Maybe if he has taken a long hard look at himself he may come to the same conclusion therefore he has 12 games to experiment with a new approach and at least gear us up for next years campaign. Don't know what he can do with his ability to utilise his substitutions better as that is woeful at the moment . All the opposing managers seem to have the edge when it comes to changing a a game and that's down to natural instinct.and abilty
The players generally give there all and should be good enough to mount a promotion challenge but GB's approach of staying in a game as a priority rather than going out to take the game by the scruff of the neck may keep us away from the relegation zone but will not win us anything. The tactics have to massively change for me but it dosn't seem to be in his DNA to have a different approach. Maybe if he has taken a long hard look at himself he may come to the same conclusion therefore he has 12 games to experiment with a new approach and at least gear us up for next years campaign. Don't know what he can do with his ability to utilise his substitutions better as that is woeful at the moment . All the opposing managers seem to have the edge when it comes to changing a a game and that's down to natural instinct.and abilty A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Sat 15 Mar 14

owd nick says...

RobH2O wrote:
I was going to write "the only way is up" . But hell, you've got 46pts. You need 54 to be safe from the drop. Finding 8pts between now and seasons-end is tough. Im a Burnley fan and we know about stuff like that!! Lose today and it starts to get problematic. Good luck and go for it.
Totally agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: I was going to write "the only way is up" . But hell, you've got 46pts. You need 54 to be safe from the drop. Finding 8pts between now and seasons-end is tough. Im a Burnley fan and we know about stuff like that!! Lose today and it starts to get problematic. Good luck and go for it.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. owd nick
  • Score: -3

2:08pm Sat 15 Mar 14

owd nick says...

We are not going to duck anything.”

Apart from the high balls humped upfield by Robinson.

“After the game we all looked at ourselves and at the ways we can get better and improve,” said Bowyer.

Clue - Watch how Bournemouth played against us and copy that style, it's called football.

“We went to Reading the other week and won 1-0 and, if you look at the results they've come out with since then, it shows that we've got a good group of players.

The Reading result is no longer relevant, it's in the past, like Bolton, Burnley and Bournemouth, nothing you can do about them so it's pointless referring to them.

In sport you are only as good as your last game and we were total crap.
We are not going to duck anything.” Apart from the high balls humped upfield by Robinson. “After the game we all looked at ourselves and at the ways we can get better and improve,” said Bowyer. Clue - Watch how Bournemouth played against us and copy that style, it's called football. “We went to Reading the other week and won 1-0 and, if you look at the results they've come out with since then, it shows that we've got a good group of players. The Reading result is no longer relevant, it's in the past, like Bolton, Burnley and Bournemouth, nothing you can do about them so it's pointless referring to them. In sport you are only as good as your last game and we were total crap. owd nick
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

the game is up for bowyer he has brought in his own players and they are not up to the task, not only do we need a big manager with the right credentials we need the players to go with it,,if that wasn,t enough,,If the venkys are still serious about where they want to go, then next season they have to put up the money for both the manager and the players, its the stark reality of the situation,,lets see if they are still up for the fight after this seasons fading aspirations,
the game is up for bowyer he has brought in his own players and they are not up to the task, not only do we need a big manager with the right credentials we need the players to go with it,,if that wasn,t enough,,If the venkys are still serious about where they want to go, then next season they have to put up the money for both the manager and the players, its the stark reality of the situation,,lets see if they are still up for the fight after this seasons fading aspirations, noddy57
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
He said: “We’ve got a tough game at Huddersfield and then we’ve got a tough game at home to Leicester before we play six games in two or three weeks

He can't pick the correct tactics and now he does'nt know the fixture list six games in two or three weeks.

Bla Bla Bla

One of stve keans comments

out with bowyer and venkys.
Hi mate Im very pleased to see the Blues win I have said you would make a late charge and win the Playoffs,as for The Clarets thats anothere three points maybe my wish for the derby where it belongs in the top flight may happen after all as i said good luck to The Blues For The Rest Of The Season From A Claret and a Real football Fan
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: He said: “We’ve got a tough game at Huddersfield and then we’ve got a tough game at home to Leicester before we play six games in two or three weeks He can't pick the correct tactics and now he does'nt know the fixture list six games in two or three weeks. Bla Bla Bla One of stve keans comments out with bowyer and venkys.[/p][/quote]Hi mate Im very pleased to see the Blues win I have said you would make a late charge and win the Playoffs,as for The Clarets thats anothere three points maybe my wish for the derby where it belongs in the top flight may happen after all as i said good luck to The Blues For The Rest Of The Season From A Claret and a Real football Fan Burnley59/60
  • Score: 5

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