Rovers boss Bowyer: We can topple leaders Leicester

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer believes his side can spring a surprise and end table-topping Leicester’s 16-match unbeaten run tomorrow.

Bowyer has hailed Nigel Pearson’s men as the 'most complete team in the Championship' ahead of the big Ewood Park encounter.

But he has backed Rovers to have a ‘right good go’ at becoming the first side to claim their scalp since they went down 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion on December 7.

Bowyer said: “It’s going to be a great test for us and one we’re really looking forward to. They are the most complete team in the Championship.

“But that is not going to stop us from having a right good go at them.

“It’s an opportunity to test ourselves against the best – and they are the best.

“They’ve got two top strikers in David Nugent and Jamie Vardy, they’ve got quality out wide in their two French lads and Lloyd Dyer, they’ve got top midfielders in Matty James and Danny Drinkwater, who has been fantastic this season, and they’ve got a goalkeeper who launches attacks with the missiles he throws down your throat and a back-four that is solid.”

Bowyer is equally as glowing about Leicester’s manager Pearson.

He reckons the 50-year-old deserves massive praise for turning the Foxes from a mid-table outfit with an inflated wage bill into one that is on the verge of sealing promotion back to the Premier League – a task Bowyer is trying to emulate at Rovers.

“Nigel Pearson is a top bloke and I’m delighted for him," said Bowyer.

“I know him well, as I did my coaching badges with him back in 1999-2000, and I think he’s proof of what stability brings you.

“I think this is his third season there, he’s had to contend with Financial Fair Play this season and players being out of contract, but he hasn’t let that distract him, he’s just got on with the job of building a very good team.”

Rovers will be boosted by the return of Josh King from injury tomorrow after the winger sat out the last six matches with a hamstring problem.

Bowyer is hopeful that midfielder Jason Lowe and striker Rudy Gestede will recover from the knocks they sustained in last Saturday’s 4-2 win at Huddersfield Town – while Grant Hanley could also come into consideration.

Bowyer said: “Grant Hanley is doing ever so well, so he might be in contention, Jason Lowe should be in contention, and Rudy, after being groggy at the start of the week, has trained and looked fine, so we’re hopeful.”

But tomorrow’s clash will too soon for Tom Cairney and fellow midfielder Dickson Etuhu.

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9:23am Fri 21 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Erm, no you can't.
Erm, no you can't. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -16

9:31am Fri 21 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Erm, no you can't.
Oh yes we can!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Erm, no you can't.[/p][/quote]Oh yes we can!!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 16

9:41am Fri 21 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Tomorrow's clash will be too early for Dixon Etuhu, we must not rush this diamond of a player as he is so important to the team { I don't think ). What a waste of space and money he's been. Not expecing too much tomorrow but coud scrape a draw if we play well.
Tomorrow's clash will be too early for Dixon Etuhu, we must not rush this diamond of a player as he is so important to the team { I don't think ). What a waste of space and money he's been. Not expecing too much tomorrow but coud scrape a draw if we play well. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 14

9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?
So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea? yyy's1
  • Score: -2

9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

digitusjonfred says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Erm, no you can't.
Total cockhead on the wrong paper.. Burnley Express please numty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Erm, no you can't.[/p][/quote]Total cockhead on the wrong paper.. Burnley Express please numty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 6

9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Yawnnnn.
Yawnnnn. mark anthony
  • Score: -5

9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

Aus51e says...

I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB
I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB Aus51e
  • Score: 17

9:50am Fri 21 Mar 14

digitusjonfred says...

Hi Steve.. FEED EM BREAD YOU GET PIDIGIONS .. BURNLEY FANS THAT IS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Steve.. FEED EM BREAD YOU GET PIDIGIONS .. BURNLEY FANS THAT IS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 4

9:51am Fri 21 Mar 14

owd nick says...

Would have felt a bit more confident if Cairney was available but at least we are starting to get others back, but it's keeping our best players fit and on the pitch that has been a problem throughout the season.

Would obviously like the three points but at the end of the day as long as we put in a decent performance against what is a very good side I will be happy.

No repeat of the Bournemouth debacle though, really don't want to sit though anything like that again.
Would have felt a bit more confident if Cairney was available but at least we are starting to get others back, but it's keeping our best players fit and on the pitch that has been a problem throughout the season. Would obviously like the three points but at the end of the day as long as we put in a decent performance against what is a very good side I will be happy. No repeat of the Bournemouth debacle though, really don't want to sit though anything like that again. owd nick
  • Score: 11

9:51am Fri 21 Mar 14

Tatts says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Erm, no you can't.
Oh yes we can!!!!
We can but I bet we don't.

My experience of every home game this season, bar the City FA Cup game, leads me to this prediction.

I do still believe at some point that things will start to click but I very much doubt that it will be this season.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Erm, no you can't.[/p][/quote]Oh yes we can!!!![/p][/quote]We can but I bet we don't. My experience of every home game this season, bar the City FA Cup game, leads me to this prediction. I do still believe at some point that things will start to click but I very much doubt that it will be this season. Tatts
  • Score: 5

10:24am Fri 21 Mar 14

French Rover says...

1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit..

Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season.

Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)
1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit.. Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season. Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina) French Rover
  • Score: 9

10:38am Fri 21 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

Aus51e wrote:
I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB
I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.
[quote][p][bold]Aus51e[/bold] wrote: I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover. PlutoRover
  • Score: 9

10:57am Fri 21 Mar 14

unclejacklegend says...

PlutoRover wrote:
Aus51e wrote: I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB
I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.
Finally some sense on these pages. Bowyer must be given next season. If he can free us of another 3/4/5 hangers on in the summer and replace them with quality such as killa, Conway, Marshall, gestede, Evans , we will have real competition in the squad and cover for injuries which we lack this year. Pressure is on next season though, from the very moment the first ball is kicked.
[quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aus51e[/bold] wrote: I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.[/p][/quote]Finally some sense on these pages. Bowyer must be given next season. If he can free us of another 3/4/5 hangers on in the summer and replace them with quality such as killa, Conway, Marshall, gestede, Evans , we will have real competition in the squad and cover for injuries which we lack this year. Pressure is on next season though, from the very moment the first ball is kicked. unclejacklegend
  • Score: 9

11:20am Fri 21 Mar 14

adcr says...

Does anybody know anything about "Hyuga Tanner". If we can keep him he my start breaking into the first team soon apparently. Hope he turns out to be as good as Will Hughes at Derby.
Does anybody know anything about "Hyuga Tanner". If we can keep him he my start breaking into the first team soon apparently. Hope he turns out to be as good as Will Hughes at Derby. adcr
  • Score: -1

11:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.
Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: -4

11:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

French Rover says...

PlutoRover wrote:
Aus51e wrote:
I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB
I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.
Some very good points there and I agree fully with almost all of them Pluto and share your enthusiasm and suppiort for Bowyer. I agree that people would have moaned whoever we appointed, but you are absolutely a zillion miles off track when you say there is no point in harping on about GBs (lack of) managerial experience, as he has got as much as Pearson...

Gary Bowyers started with a handful of matches last season and all of this season - whilst Nigel Pearson started his managerial in 1998 - 16 Years ago - and has been Manager at seven clubs (if you include LCFC twice) and in over 350 games! Hardly an even comparison Pluto....but great post otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aus51e[/bold] wrote: I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.[/p][/quote]Some very good points there and I agree fully with almost all of them Pluto and share your enthusiasm and suppiort for Bowyer. I agree that people would have moaned whoever we appointed, but you are absolutely a zillion miles off track when you say there is no point in harping on about GBs (lack of) managerial experience, as he has got as much as Pearson... Gary Bowyers started with a handful of matches last season and all of this season - whilst Nigel Pearson started his managerial in 1998 - 16 Years ago - and has been Manager at seven clubs (if you include LCFC twice) and in over 350 games! Hardly an even comparison Pluto....but great post otherwise. French Rover
  • Score: 3

11:30am Fri 21 Mar 14

French Rover says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.
the shock of the century was getting beat by you cheeky claret monkeys a couple of weeks ago....

But hey we still have 36 years unbeaten at the Turf to celebrate!

26/12/78 was the lastt time you beat us at your cowshed, sad but true!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.[/p][/quote]the shock of the century was getting beat by you cheeky claret monkeys a couple of weeks ago.... But hey we still have 36 years unbeaten at the Turf to celebrate! 26/12/78 was the lastt time you beat us at your cowshed, sad but true! French Rover
  • Score: 10

12:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

Jason Lowe should be in contention, not for a midfield roll I hope.
Jason Lowe should be in contention, not for a midfield roll I hope. yyy's1
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

owd nick says...

French Rover wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.
the shock of the century was getting beat by you cheeky claret monkeys a couple of weeks ago....

But hey we still have 36 years unbeaten at the Turf to celebrate!

26/12/78 was the lastt time you beat us at your cowshed, sad but true!
It's a real catch 22 isn't it?

Beat Leicester and people will sit up and take notice but in doing so we give Burnley the chance to close the gap on Leicester.

Not that Burnley will get it all their own way at Charlton, especially as they will be missing two key players in Ings and Trippier.

So the simple answer is look after ourselves, about time we had a decent run of results at home, let's start with this one.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.[/p][/quote]the shock of the century was getting beat by you cheeky claret monkeys a couple of weeks ago.... But hey we still have 36 years unbeaten at the Turf to celebrate! 26/12/78 was the lastt time you beat us at your cowshed, sad but true![/p][/quote]It's a real catch 22 isn't it? Beat Leicester and people will sit up and take notice but in doing so we give Burnley the chance to close the gap on Leicester. Not that Burnley will get it all their own way at Charlton, especially as they will be missing two key players in Ings and Trippier. So the simple answer is look after ourselves, about time we had a decent run of results at home, let's start with this one. owd nick
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

French Rover wrote:
1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit..

Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season.

Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)
Hi Frenchie I have been away for a while suffering from shingles and just noticed your comments regarding Rochina. The problem is the lad has'nt been given a good long run in the team through either injury or loss of faith by management. There is little doubt that we will not make decent progress next season without an additional goal scorer from midfield. I admire your faith and you could just be right.
Sadly I think GB does not rate him.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: 1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit.. Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season. Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)[/p][/quote]Hi Frenchie I have been away for a while suffering from shingles [Horrible] and just noticed your comments regarding Rochina. The problem is the lad has'nt been given a good long run in the team through either injury or loss of faith by management. There is little doubt that we will not make decent progress next season without an additional goal scorer from midfield. I admire your faith and you could just be right. Sadly I think GB does not rate him. Ronaldpetercooper
  • Score: 3

12:59pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Say what you like, but we do have a great record against top clubs when they come to Ewood, and I have some great memories of those " shock" victories against some very illustrious teams.
So lets be positive in advance and hopefully celebrating afterwards, otherwise we might as well not go...oh hang on, some dont!
Looming disaster stories get tiresome
Let us be of good spirit and strong heart.....as the man said
Looking forward to the game personally, they play football unlike some, so it sjould be a good game
Say what you like, but we do have a great record against top clubs when they come to Ewood, and I have some great memories of those " shock" victories against some very illustrious teams. So lets be positive in advance and hopefully celebrating afterwards, otherwise we might as well not go...oh hang on, some dont! Looming disaster stories get tiresome Let us be of good spirit and strong heart.....as the man said Looking forward to the game personally, they play football unlike some, so it sjould be a good game Wild Rover
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Ronaldpetercooper wrote:
French Rover wrote:
1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit..

Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season.

Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)
Hi Frenchie I have been away for a while suffering from shingles and just noticed your comments regarding Rochina. The problem is the lad has'nt been given a good long run in the team through either injury or loss of faith by management. There is little doubt that we will not make decent progress next season without an additional goal scorer from midfield. I admire your faith and you could just be right.
Sadly I think GB does not rate him.
Sorry but you are both wrong.
GB does not rate him, but nor have our other managers. Nor it seems do any other Prem or Championship else they would have snapped him up
Simple fact, talented yes, but a show pony with no application.
He has personally cost us points this season and not added any when playing
One clear example of that was Birmingham at home. His lack of basic football awareness gifted 2 of the 3 goals to Birmingham. If you doubt that find a recording and watch it back.
Lets forget about the Pony and move on. He will never make it anywhere...
End of....
[quote][p][bold]Ronaldpetercooper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: 1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit.. Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season. Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)[/p][/quote]Hi Frenchie I have been away for a while suffering from shingles [Horrible] and just noticed your comments regarding Rochina. The problem is the lad has'nt been given a good long run in the team through either injury or loss of faith by management. There is little doubt that we will not make decent progress next season without an additional goal scorer from midfield. I admire your faith and you could just be right. Sadly I think GB does not rate him.[/p][/quote]Sorry but you are both wrong. GB does not rate him, but nor have our other managers. Nor it seems do any other Prem or Championship else they would have snapped him up Simple fact, talented yes, but a show pony with no application. He has personally cost us points this season and not added any when playing One clear example of that was Birmingham at home. His lack of basic football awareness gifted 2 of the 3 goals to Birmingham. If you doubt that find a recording and watch it back. Lets forget about the Pony and move on. He will never make it anywhere... End of.... Wild Rover
  • Score: -4

1:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MurphysBestBitter says...

We'll lose, Cairney ay playing. Simple.
We'll lose, Cairney ay playing. Simple. MurphysBestBitter
  • Score: -2

1:17pm Fri 21 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

French Rover wrote:
PlutoRover wrote:
Aus51e wrote:
I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB
I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.
Some very good points there and I agree fully with almost all of them Pluto and share your enthusiasm and suppiort for Bowyer. I agree that people would have moaned whoever we appointed, but you are absolutely a zillion miles off track when you say there is no point in harping on about GBs (lack of) managerial experience, as he has got as much as Pearson...

Gary Bowyers started with a handful of matches last season and all of this season - whilst Nigel Pearson started his managerial in 1998 - 16 Years ago - and has been Manager at seven clubs (if you include LCFC twice) and in over 350 games! Hardly an even comparison Pluto....but great post otherwise.
Hi French, I appreciate your support of my thoughts. I agree that Pearson has been around first team management for quite a while as a first team coach and in several caretaker stints (which I agree is valuable experience where a lot can be learnt) but his only spell in management where he has had more than one season to really build his team and impose himself has been at Leicester. Which was the main point I was trying to make about Bowyer needing time to build a team and impose himself fully on the club. I agree it can be interpreted as a risk but sometimes risks pay off. Sometimes experienced managers are appointed and fail to bring success. If Bowyer had been losing games at the same rate as some of his predecessors or being complicit in dodgy signings then I would be joining the voices for his dismissal but so far his conduct and dealings do make me feel passionate that he should be given a footballing chance. I was very frustrated after attending particularly the Bolton and Bournemouth games but I want to see him try and put things right. A bit of patience is required.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aus51e[/bold] wrote: I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. No point harping on about Bowyer's lack of experience, he has as much experience as Pearson who gained his badges at the same time and you can bet the same people would be have been moaning if Person had been named our boss three years ago. It has taken him three years to assemble his team and then get them playing and some people seem to think that Bowyer could do this in one season! If Bowyer was to have emulated the success of Dyche over a short period of time he needed to have inherited a much more stable squad and club than he did. It remains to be seen if Bowyer can get a settled team performing to the levels we want to see but lets at least give him a chance. He has brought in some honest players and promising talent in Spurr, Killa, Marshall, Cairney, Evans, Taylor, Conway, Gestede. If we are still mid-table end of next season then maybe a change will be necessary but one thing will be certain that then next man will inherit a much more stable setup thanks to Gary Bowyer saving our club with common sense and a genuine desire for Blackburn Rovers to recover.[/p][/quote]Some very good points there and I agree fully with almost all of them Pluto and share your enthusiasm and suppiort for Bowyer. I agree that people would have moaned whoever we appointed, but you are absolutely a zillion miles off track when you say there is no point in harping on about GBs (lack of) managerial experience, as he has got as much as Pearson... Gary Bowyers started with a handful of matches last season and all of this season - whilst Nigel Pearson started his managerial in 1998 - 16 Years ago - and has been Manager at seven clubs (if you include LCFC twice) and in over 350 games! Hardly an even comparison Pluto....but great post otherwise.[/p][/quote]Hi French, I appreciate your support of my thoughts. I agree that Pearson has been around first team management for quite a while as a first team coach and in several caretaker stints (which I agree is valuable experience where a lot can be learnt) but his only spell in management where he has had more than one season to really build his team and impose himself has been at Leicester. Which was the main point I was trying to make about Bowyer needing time to build a team and impose himself fully on the club. I agree it can be interpreted as a risk but sometimes risks pay off. Sometimes experienced managers are appointed and fail to bring success. If Bowyer had been losing games at the same rate as some of his predecessors or being complicit in dodgy signings then I would be joining the voices for his dismissal but so far his conduct and dealings do make me feel passionate that he should be given a footballing chance. I was very frustrated after attending particularly the Bolton and Bournemouth games but I want to see him try and put things right. A bit of patience is required. PlutoRover
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

yyy's1 wrote:
Jason Lowe should be in contention, not for a midfield roll I hope.
Definitely the answer to our Right Back issue, I have seen him play his best games for us in that position. He has the right height and pace to be very robust in that position. I just hope that without injuries GB would have moved him to that position earlier in the season and sees this opportunity going forward.
[quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: Jason Lowe should be in contention, not for a midfield roll I hope.[/p][/quote]Definitely the answer to our Right Back issue, I have seen him play his best games for us in that position. He has the right height and pace to be very robust in that position. I just hope that without injuries GB would have moved him to that position earlier in the season and sees this opportunity going forward. PlutoRover
  • Score: 4

1:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

French Rover says...

Ronaldpetercooper wrote:
French Rover wrote:
1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit..

Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season.

Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)
Hi Frenchie I have been away for a while suffering from shingles and just noticed your comments regarding Rochina. The problem is the lad has'nt been given a good long run in the team through either injury or loss of faith by management. There is little doubt that we will not make decent progress next season without an additional goal scorer from midfield. I admire your faith and you could just be right.
Sadly I think GB does not rate him.
Really hope that you are feeling better now RPC....and despite Wild Rovers post about Rochina being a `show pony`(which to be fair he has been in the past) but I still hope that we see can him back (with his experience from his stint away now) at Ewood in a Blue and White shirt next season.

If not Rochina, then I agree that we will still need a midfielder who can play alongside and compliment Cairney - someone who can add some much needed strength and goals from midfield.
[quote][p][bold]Ronaldpetercooper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: 1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit.. Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season. Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)[/p][/quote]Hi Frenchie I have been away for a while suffering from shingles [Horrible] and just noticed your comments regarding Rochina. The problem is the lad has'nt been given a good long run in the team through either injury or loss of faith by management. There is little doubt that we will not make decent progress next season without an additional goal scorer from midfield. I admire your faith and you could just be right. Sadly I think GB does not rate him.[/p][/quote]Really hope that you are feeling better now RPC....and despite Wild Rovers post about Rochina being a `show pony`(which to be fair he has been in the past) but I still hope that we see can him back (with his experience from his stint away now) at Ewood in a Blue and White shirt next season. If not Rochina, then I agree that we will still need a midfielder who can play alongside and compliment Cairney - someone who can add some much needed strength and goals from midfield. French Rover
  • Score: 2

2:49pm Fri 21 Mar 14

BananaClarets says...

French Rover wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.
the shock of the century was getting beat by you cheeky claret monkeys a couple of weeks ago....

But hey we still have 36 years unbeaten at the Turf to celebrate!

26/12/78 was the lastt time you beat us at your cowshed, sad but true!
Haha! Brilliant! I'm not even sure you could even call this a 'straw', but you hang on to it if it makes you feel better.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Come on Blackburn, rooting for you guys tomorrow, it will help our Championship title chances no end if you can pull off the shock of the century and beat Leicester for us.[/p][/quote]the shock of the century was getting beat by you cheeky claret monkeys a couple of weeks ago.... But hey we still have 36 years unbeaten at the Turf to celebrate! 26/12/78 was the lastt time you beat us at your cowshed, sad but true![/p][/quote]Haha! Brilliant! I'm not even sure you could even call this a 'straw', but you hang on to it if it makes you feel better. BananaClarets
  • Score: -4

3:41pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bburnrover says...

We will need a few straws tomorrow me thinks.
We will need a few straws tomorrow me thinks. bburnrover
  • Score: 0

3:47pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Burnley59/60 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Erm, no you can't.
Lets hope they can Im certain the Blues will be in the playoffs as A Claret I will be behind them 100% in this endevor at The Foxs
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Erm, no you can't.[/p][/quote]Lets hope they can Im certain the Blues will be in the playoffs as A Claret I will be behind them 100% in this endevor at The Foxs Burnley59/60
  • Score: -1

5:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

yyy's1 wrote:
So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?
Agree that it has to be a factor

who suggested we signed

Marrow
Taylor
Judge
Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones
Kane
Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league

Joke
[quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?[/p][/quote]Agree that it has to be a factor who suggested we signed Marrow Taylor Judge Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones Kane Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league Joke MattNewcastle
  • Score: 4

5:30pm Fri 21 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Wonder who GB will pick at Right Back?
Wonder who GB will pick at Right Back? MattNewcastle
  • Score: 0

6:12pm Fri 21 Mar 14

CARover says...

Aus51e wrote:
I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB
Almost cleared out the deadwood! Still some brush to clear!!
If only we had won some of those games...........like 3 from the last 4 played would have helped
[quote][p][bold]Aus51e[/bold] wrote: I've been reading messages all week regarding GB not good enough to get us promoted. I think he is! There have been few results that have not gone our way this season and that could of put us in play off places. Now the margins are so small if we would of won few more matches we would be saying how good GB is and what a right man for the job he is. He has had to deal with a team with no morale through last summer and has cleared the squad of deadwood and has recreated a squad worthy of playoff places. Now that to me is way better than the hell hole we where in 3 seasons ago. It will take time and patience to do this. He is also on a budget he has hardly spent any money. I think he is doing a fantastic job and he should be around a little bit longer. I'm sick of sacking managers attitude it does not work in the long term. COYB[/p][/quote]Almost cleared out the deadwood! Still some brush to clear!! If only we had won some of those games...........like 3 from the last 4 played would have helped CARover
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
yyy's1 wrote:
So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?
Agree that it has to be a factor

who suggested we signed

Marrow
Taylor
Judge
Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones
Kane
Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league

Joke
Marrow - GB thought he deserved a chance to stake a claim after being a star performer from our academy. Just didn't take his chance. Worth a punt based on GB knowing he would be a willing squad member and not disruptive.

Taylor - Good squad player for me, happy when he is playing in CM or coming on to help defend a lead. Hard worker, plays with heart and again a good character to have around the place.

Judge - Again a great character to have in the squad (similar story to Marrow), has talent but needs a more regular start at his age which GB couldn't offer with the performances of Marshall, Cairney and King at the time. I would have him back if he was prepared to be a squad player.

Williamson - purchased by Appleton. Again a squad player, plays with heart has experience but lacks attacking quality and pace to b a starter. Again seems to have a good attitude.

We needed a squad to be built not just a first team and I am happy to have these four on the bench and in the dressing room as they give their all for GB when they are on the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?[/p][/quote]Agree that it has to be a factor who suggested we signed Marrow Taylor Judge Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones Kane Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league Joke[/p][/quote]Marrow - GB thought he deserved a chance to stake a claim after being a star performer from our academy. Just didn't take his chance. Worth a punt based on GB knowing he would be a willing squad member and not disruptive. Taylor - Good squad player for me, happy when he is playing in CM or coming on to help defend a lead. Hard worker, plays with heart and again a good character to have around the place. Judge - Again a great character to have in the squad (similar story to Marrow), has talent but needs a more regular start at his age which GB couldn't offer with the performances of Marshall, Cairney and King at the time. I would have him back if he was prepared to be a squad player. Williamson - purchased by Appleton. Again a squad player, plays with heart has experience but lacks attacking quality and pace to b a starter. Again seems to have a good attitude. We needed a squad to be built not just a first team and I am happy to have these four on the bench and in the dressing room as they give their all for GB when they are on the pitch. PlutoRover
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

PlutoRover wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote:
yyy's1 wrote:
So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?
Agree that it has to be a factor

who suggested we signed

Marrow
Taylor
Judge
Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones
Kane
Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league

Joke
Marrow - GB thought he deserved a chance to stake a claim after being a star performer from our academy. Just didn't take his chance. Worth a punt based on GB knowing he would be a willing squad member and not disruptive.

Taylor - Good squad player for me, happy when he is playing in CM or coming on to help defend a lead. Hard worker, plays with heart and again a good character to have around the place.

Judge - Again a great character to have in the squad (similar story to Marrow), has talent but needs a more regular start at his age which GB couldn't offer with the performances of Marshall, Cairney and King at the time. I would have him back if he was prepared to be a squad player.

Williamson - purchased by Appleton. Again a squad player, plays with heart has experience but lacks attacking quality and pace to b a starter. Again seems to have a good attitude.

We needed a squad to be built not just a first team and I am happy to have these four on the bench and in the dressing room as they give their all for GB when they are on the pitch.
I forgot Kane, he looked a bright prospect when he first came on loan and has only more recently been found wanting. As only on loan again worth trying him out, just lacks strength and positioning for me but again plays with a lot of heart and effort.

These are not examples proving GB and his staff are inept and when you balance hem out with Cairney, Marshall, Conway, Gestede etc a complete non-issue!
[quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?[/p][/quote]Agree that it has to be a factor who suggested we signed Marrow Taylor Judge Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones Kane Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league Joke[/p][/quote]Marrow - GB thought he deserved a chance to stake a claim after being a star performer from our academy. Just didn't take his chance. Worth a punt based on GB knowing he would be a willing squad member and not disruptive. Taylor - Good squad player for me, happy when he is playing in CM or coming on to help defend a lead. Hard worker, plays with heart and again a good character to have around the place. Judge - Again a great character to have in the squad (similar story to Marrow), has talent but needs a more regular start at his age which GB couldn't offer with the performances of Marshall, Cairney and King at the time. I would have him back if he was prepared to be a squad player. Williamson - purchased by Appleton. Again a squad player, plays with heart has experience but lacks attacking quality and pace to b a starter. Again seems to have a good attitude. We needed a squad to be built not just a first team and I am happy to have these four on the bench and in the dressing room as they give their all for GB when they are on the pitch.[/p][/quote]I forgot Kane, he looked a bright prospect when he first came on loan and has only more recently been found wanting. As only on loan again worth trying him out, just lacks strength and positioning for me but again plays with a lot of heart and effort. These are not examples proving GB and his staff are inept and when you balance hem out with Cairney, Marshall, Conway, Gestede etc a complete non-issue! PlutoRover
  • Score: 0

6:29pm Fri 21 Mar 14

PlutoRover says...

PlutoRover wrote:
PlutoRover wrote:
MattNewcastle wrote:
yyy's1 wrote:
So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?
Agree that it has to be a factor

who suggested we signed

Marrow
Taylor
Judge
Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones
Kane
Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league

Joke
Marrow - GB thought he deserved a chance to stake a claim after being a star performer from our academy. Just didn't take his chance. Worth a punt based on GB knowing he would be a willing squad member and not disruptive.

Taylor - Good squad player for me, happy when he is playing in CM or coming on to help defend a lead. Hard worker, plays with heart and again a good character to have around the place.

Judge - Again a great character to have in the squad (similar story to Marrow), has talent but needs a more regular start at his age which GB couldn't offer with the performances of Marshall, Cairney and King at the time. I would have him back if he was prepared to be a squad player.

Williamson - purchased by Appleton. Again a squad player, plays with heart has experience but lacks attacking quality and pace to b a starter. Again seems to have a good attitude.

We needed a squad to be built not just a first team and I am happy to have these four on the bench and in the dressing room as they give their all for GB when they are on the pitch.
I forgot Kane, he looked a bright prospect when he first came on loan and has only more recently been found wanting. As only on loan again worth trying him out, just lacks strength and positioning for me but again plays with a lot of heart and effort.

These are not examples proving GB and his staff are inept and when you balance hem out with Cairney, Marshall, Conway, Gestede etc a complete non-issue!
I agree that Jones seems to be one that got away but that happens in football, look at the likes of Kevin Davies moving from Rovers to Bolton!
[quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PlutoRover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: So Leicester have quality out wide and top midfielders, why have we not? we've signed enough players, is it because the scouts who watch players for the Rovers have no idea?[/p][/quote]Agree that it has to be a factor who suggested we signed Marrow Taylor Judge Williamson on an extended contract and not Jones Kane Who honestly thought these were the standard of players we needed at the beginning of the season to get us into the premier league Joke[/p][/quote]Marrow - GB thought he deserved a chance to stake a claim after being a star performer from our academy. Just didn't take his chance. Worth a punt based on GB knowing he would be a willing squad member and not disruptive. Taylor - Good squad player for me, happy when he is playing in CM or coming on to help defend a lead. Hard worker, plays with heart and again a good character to have around the place. Judge - Again a great character to have in the squad (similar story to Marrow), has talent but needs a more regular start at his age which GB couldn't offer with the performances of Marshall, Cairney and King at the time. I would have him back if he was prepared to be a squad player. Williamson - purchased by Appleton. Again a squad player, plays with heart has experience but lacks attacking quality and pace to b a starter. Again seems to have a good attitude. We needed a squad to be built not just a first team and I am happy to have these four on the bench and in the dressing room as they give their all for GB when they are on the pitch.[/p][/quote]I forgot Kane, he looked a bright prospect when he first came on loan and has only more recently been found wanting. As only on loan again worth trying him out, just lacks strength and positioning for me but again plays with a lot of heart and effort. These are not examples proving GB and his staff are inept and when you balance hem out with Cairney, Marshall, Conway, Gestede etc a complete non-issue![/p][/quote]I agree that Jones seems to be one that got away but that happens in football, look at the likes of Kevin Davies moving from Rovers to Bolton! PlutoRover
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bburnrover. says...

Leicester will still be Riding high this time tomorrow methinks.
Leicester will still be Riding high this time tomorrow methinks. bburnrover.
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

People who are happy watching Marrow, Taylor, Judge, Marshall and Lowe and think they can help us get into the premiership are easily suited.
People who are happy watching Marrow, Taylor, Judge, Marshall and Lowe and think they can help us get into the premiership are easily suited. yyy's1
  • Score: -3

11:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

We are at home and we can beat anyone if we are on top of our game,and why not tomorrow the opposition should not come into it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
COYB
We are at home and we can beat anyone if we are on top of our game,and why not tomorrow the opposition should not come into it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, COYB noddy57
  • Score: 0

8:42am Sat 22 Mar 14

RobH2O says...

Prediction (sensible) for Rovers for the rest of the season in a solid Clarets pub last night;

Homes Leicester L, Millwall W, Brighton D, Ipswich D, QPR W, Yeovil W, Wigan L 11pts

Away Watford D, Sheff Wed L, Birmingham W, Charlton D 5pts

Points Total for season 65pts. Just miss playoffs by about 4pts. GD -3. Place 9th.
Prediction (sensible) for Rovers for the rest of the season in a solid Clarets pub last night; Homes Leicester L, Millwall W, Brighton D, Ipswich D, QPR W, Yeovil W, Wigan L 11pts Away Watford D, Sheff Wed L, Birmingham W, Charlton D 5pts Points Total for season 65pts. Just miss playoffs by about 4pts. GD -3. Place 9th. RobH2O
  • Score: -1

6:21pm Sat 22 Mar 14

French Rover says...

French Rover wrote:
1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit..

Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season.

Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)
Another correct prediction (score and result ) from the man the bookies tried to ban!
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: 1-1. A point would be a very decent result against Leicester who are certainly going to win this seasons Championship.. But to get a point then we really do need Hanley to be fit.. Glad to see that Gary Bowyer recognises how well Pearson has done at Leicester (under foreigh owners!) and maybe the Rovers can use this as `blueprint`for our success next season. Just wish we had Rochina back though to add some flair and skill to midfield and some goals. I have not given up hope that he can come back and play for us again next season, more experienced and more controlled than before. Imagine adding his skills and goals to midfield in a full strength Rovers side. BBR (Bring Back Rochina)[/p][/quote]Another correct prediction (score and result ) from the man the bookies tried to ban! French Rover
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