Kevin Gallacher column: Rovers need to throw caution to the wind

Matt Kilgallan scored against Leicester

Matt Kilgallan scored against Leicester

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LEICESTER, for me, are the best side in the league. But they weren’t that much better than Rovers at the weekend.

What they did better than us though was do everything quicker – be it their movement, their passing or their counter-attacking.

We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games.

We seem to be cautious and prepare teams with the attitude that if we start the game with a point and we finish the game with a point, it’s good, but if we can win it and get the three points, then it’s brilliant.

I sometimes feel when you tie players down, and hold the reigns back, you don’t get the best from them.

Look at our full backs.

They are not bombing on as much as they were at the start of the season and their confidence seems to have gone since they’ve stopped being allowed to attack.

It’s that air of caution that can sometimes hinder a player and I just feel the full backs are the ones at the moment who are getting punished.

We do ask a lot of full backs, we want them to cross the ball, get into the box and defend as well, and that’s when you need other players to help you out, namely the two holding midfielders and the two centre backs.

We simply need to win games now to stay in with a chance of getting a play-off place.

For me Millwall away on Saturday and Brighton at home next Tuesday are very winnable and they could be the games that get us close to the top six.

But if we drop any points from those games I think it will be a very tall order for us to get in the play-offs because we have some very tough matches against some top sides in April.

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12:31pm Wed 26 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games.

Well Kevin this is what you get with a boring manager with boring team talk and post match speeches not to mention his team tactics.we need someone who can fire the players up not drown on.

Out with the lot of them.
We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games. Well Kevin this is what you get with a boring manager with boring team talk and post match speeches not to mention his team tactics.we need someone who can fire the players up not drown on. Out with the lot of them. .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: -18

12:36pm Wed 26 Mar 14

razwoods78 says...

Perfect assessment! I have always said of Leicester "how are they up there? they have got nobody etc etc" BUT having seen them on saturday it is blatantly obvious. They have so much pace in the team and are constantly looking to get in behind defences with a quick through ball. Vardy looks a very good player, as did Schlupp and Drinkwater. They close teams down the second they lose the ball and the overlap of fullbacks to wingers was very effective. Whatever their result vs Burnley they are up already, and I predict that they will be on a par with Hull (with a few steady signings) and may just cause a few shocks
Perfect assessment! I have always said of Leicester "how are they up there? they have got nobody etc etc" BUT having seen them on saturday it is blatantly obvious. They have so much pace in the team and are constantly looking to get in behind defences with a quick through ball. Vardy looks a very good player, as did Schlupp and Drinkwater. They close teams down the second they lose the ball and the overlap of fullbacks to wingers was very effective. Whatever their result vs Burnley they are up already, and I predict that they will be on a par with Hull (with a few steady signings) and may just cause a few shocks razwoods78
  • Score: 16

12:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

razwoods78 says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games. Well Kevin this is what you get with a boring manager with boring team talk and post match speeches not to mention his team tactics.we need someone who can fire the players up not drown on. Out with the lot of them.
and talking of droning on...............!!!


Absolute Richard!!!
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games. Well Kevin this is what you get with a boring manager with boring team talk and post match speeches not to mention his team tactics.we need someone who can fire the players up not drown on. Out with the lot of them.[/p][/quote]and talking of droning on...............!!! Absolute Richard!!! razwoods78
  • Score: 10

12:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Why don't you tell GB yourself Kevin because most of us have been saying this all seaon. He will not win anythng with this approach I can only see more of the same next season and if that's the case it will start to generate unrest with the fans as the season progresses You are right about the speed of passing and movement I think we must be the slowest and most deliberate in the Championship.
Why don't you tell GB yourself Kevin because most of us have been saying this all seaon. He will not win anythng with this approach I can only see more of the same next season and if that's the case it will start to generate unrest with the fans as the season progresses You are right about the speed of passing and movement I think we must be the slowest and most deliberate in the Championship. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

It's a very uneven run in to our fixtures this season,

Millwall A
Brighton H
Ipswich H
QPR H
Sheff. A
Yeovil A
Birm. A
Charlton A
Wigan H

Any of them being Draws wouldn't be a surprise !
It's a very uneven run in to our fixtures this season, Millwall A Brighton H Ipswich H QPR H Sheff. A Yeovil A Birm. A Charlton A Wigan H Any of them being Draws wouldn't be a surprise ! greenscreener
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

hasslem hasslem says...

razwoods78 wrote:
Perfect assessment! I have always said of Leicester "how are they up there? they have got nobody etc etc" BUT having seen them on saturday it is blatantly obvious. They have so much pace in the team and are constantly looking to get in behind defences with a quick through ball. Vardy looks a very good player, as did Schlupp and Drinkwater. They close teams down the second they lose the ball and the overlap of fullbacks to wingers was very effective. Whatever their result vs Burnley they are up already, and I predict that they will be on a par with Hull (with a few steady signings) and may just cause a few shocks
i agree with you totally - their pace versus ours was easily noticeable - i dont think we have had any effective pace in our team since the days of hughes.

let's face it leicester should have gone up last season and messed it up in the play-offs. pearson seems to have built a good team and team spirit. i hope they do ok in the prem league and surprise a few.
[quote][p][bold]razwoods78[/bold] wrote: Perfect assessment! I have always said of Leicester "how are they up there? they have got nobody etc etc" BUT having seen them on saturday it is blatantly obvious. They have so much pace in the team and are constantly looking to get in behind defences with a quick through ball. Vardy looks a very good player, as did Schlupp and Drinkwater. They close teams down the second they lose the ball and the overlap of fullbacks to wingers was very effective. Whatever their result vs Burnley they are up already, and I predict that they will be on a par with Hull (with a few steady signings) and may just cause a few shocks[/p][/quote]i agree with you totally - their pace versus ours was easily noticeable - i dont think we have had any effective pace in our team since the days of hughes. let's face it leicester should have gone up last season and messed it up in the play-offs. pearson seems to have built a good team and team spirit. i hope they do ok in the prem league and surprise a few. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 6

1:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mammamiauk says...

Rovers are too slow in moving about with the ball and should be much quicker as this has allowed the opposition to take the ball away from us.

As for winnable games, Rovers should have beat Bournemouth at home but we did not. With Brighton as our next home game, I have gone to see Brighton play at the Amex Stadium quite a number of times when Rovers are not at home as I live only an hour away from Brighton and take someone else's Brighton season ticket when he is unable to go. Despite their lack of strikers, Brighton have been playing much better than Rovers all season and they usually play much better in the second half of a game if they do not play well during the first half.

As I have posted here before which was in response to a previous article on the LT, Rovers would be in the top six by now if they have played like what they have done in the second half against Leicester City last Saturday.

Whilst I was not at Watford last night as I only go for the home games, it sure sounded like another cracking game!
Rovers are too slow in moving about with the ball and should be much quicker as this has allowed the opposition to take the ball away from us. As for winnable games, Rovers should have beat Bournemouth at home but we did not. With Brighton as our next home game, I have gone to see Brighton play at the Amex Stadium quite a number of times when Rovers are not at home as I live only an hour away from Brighton and take someone else's Brighton season ticket when he is unable to go. Despite their lack of strikers, Brighton have been playing much better than Rovers all season and they usually play much better in the second half of a game if they do not play well during the first half. As I have posted here before which was in response to a previous article on the LT, Rovers would be in the top six by now if they have played like what they have done in the second half against Leicester City last Saturday. Whilst I was not at Watford last night as I only go for the home games, it sure sounded like another cracking game! mammamiauk
  • Score: 7

1:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing.

Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.
I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing. Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games.

Well Kevin this is what you get with a boring manager with boring team talk and post match speeches not to mention his team tactics.we need someone who can fire the players up not drown on.

Out with the lot of them.
Your so so boring, have you tried ironing or sewing just to brighten your boring boring life up a bit.
Get back on the Dingle pages where you belong, although the comments about you on there aren't much better.
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: We operate at a slower pace and that ultimately allows an opposition to come back into games. Well Kevin this is what you get with a boring manager with boring team talk and post match speeches not to mention his team tactics.we need someone who can fire the players up not drown on. Out with the lot of them.[/p][/quote]Your so so boring, have you tried ironing or sewing just to brighten your boring boring life up a bit. Get back on the Dingle pages where you belong, although the comments about you on there aren't much better. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 6

3:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

owd nick says...

OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing.

Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.
Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan.

However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable.

We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa.

We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time.

So something has changed.

I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option.

He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall.

Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season.

If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round.

Robinson
Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr.
Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway.
Rhodes.
Gestede.

That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet.

It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football.

Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)
[quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing. Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.[/p][/quote]Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan. However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable. We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa. We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time. So something has changed. I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option. He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall. Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season. If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round. Robinson Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr. Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway. Rhodes. Gestede. That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet. It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football. Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-) owd nick
  • Score: 7

4:15pm Wed 26 Mar 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

owd nick wrote:
OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing.

Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.
Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan.

However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable.

We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa.

We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time.

So something has changed.

I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option.

He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall.

Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season.

If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round.

Robinson
Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr.
Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway.
Rhodes.
Gestede.

That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet.

It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football.

Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)
2 perfomances away from Ewood brought about by enforced formation changes followed by maybe next season IF IF IF the cards fall our way.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing. Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.[/p][/quote]Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan. However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable. We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa. We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time. So something has changed. I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option. He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall. Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season. If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round. Robinson Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr. Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway. Rhodes. Gestede. That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet. It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football. Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)[/p][/quote]2 perfomances away from Ewood brought about by enforced formation changes followed by maybe next season IF IF IF the cards fall our way. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

owd nick wrote:
OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing.

Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.
Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan.

However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable.

We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa.

We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time.

So something has changed.

I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option.

He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall.

Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season.

If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round.

Robinson
Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr.
Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway.
Rhodes.
Gestede.

That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet.

It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football.

Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)
Good post Nick, but don't be surprised if Bazzer has another tantrum, he's been stalking me since I suggested that was the best eleven from the current squad.

Keep the faith.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing. Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.[/p][/quote]Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan. However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable. We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa. We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time. So something has changed. I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option. He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall. Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season. If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round. Robinson Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr. Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway. Rhodes. Gestede. That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet. It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football. Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)[/p][/quote]Good post Nick, but don't be surprised if Bazzer has another tantrum, he's been stalking me since I suggested that was the best eleven from the current squad. Keep the faith. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

4:31pm Wed 26 Mar 14

owd nick says...

OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
owd nick wrote:
OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing.

Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.
Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan.

However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable.

We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa.

We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time.

So something has changed.

I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option.

He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall.

Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season.

If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round.

Robinson
Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr.
Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway.
Rhodes.
Gestede.

That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet.

It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football.

Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)
2 perfomances away from Ewood brought about by enforced formation changes followed by maybe next season IF IF IF the cards fall our way.
Isn't that what sport is all about?

I have run marathons,cycled long distance, played football, cricket, rugby, tennis, squash and badminton, unfortunately I am restricted to playing golf now.

Sometimes it went for me, more often than not against but I never lost sight of the one simple, salient fact, I had an opponent I was trying to beat and he was trying to beat me.

Sometimes it works out, other times no chance, but that's the essence of sport, you learn, you become better or even worse, but you still compete.
[quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing. Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.[/p][/quote]Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan. However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable. We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa. We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time. So something has changed. I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option. He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall. Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season. If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round. Robinson Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr. Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway. Rhodes. Gestede. That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet. It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football. Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)[/p][/quote]2 perfomances away from Ewood brought about by enforced formation changes followed by maybe next season IF IF IF the cards fall our way.[/p][/quote]Isn't that what sport is all about? I have run marathons,cycled long distance, played football, cricket, rugby, tennis, squash and badminton, unfortunately I am restricted to playing golf now. Sometimes it went for me, more often than not against but I never lost sight of the one simple, salient fact, I had an opponent I was trying to beat and he was trying to beat me. Sometimes it works out, other times no chance, but that's the essence of sport, you learn, you become better or even worse, but you still compete. owd nick
  • Score: 0

4:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

CARover says...

greenscreener wrote:
It's a very uneven run in to our fixtures this season,

Millwall A
Brighton H
Ipswich H
QPR H
Sheff. A
Yeovil A
Birm. A
Charlton A
Wigan H

Any of them being Draws wouldn't be a surprise !
All of them being draws or losses would not be surprising
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: It's a very uneven run in to our fixtures this season, Millwall A Brighton H Ipswich H QPR H Sheff. A Yeovil A Birm. A Charlton A Wigan H Any of them being Draws wouldn't be a surprise ![/p][/quote]All of them being draws or losses would not be surprising CARover
  • Score: -4

5:04pm Wed 26 Mar 14

tall in the saddle says...

greenscreener wrote:
It's a very uneven run in to our fixtures this season,

Millwall A
Brighton H
Ipswich H
QPR H
Sheff. A
Yeovil A
Birm. A
Charlton A
Wigan H

Any of them being Draws wouldn't be a surprise !
Certainly would against Yeovil.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: It's a very uneven run in to our fixtures this season, Millwall A Brighton H Ipswich H QPR H Sheff. A Yeovil A Birm. A Charlton A Wigan H Any of them being Draws wouldn't be a surprise ![/p][/quote]Certainly would against Yeovil. tall in the saddle
  • Score: -3

5:20pm Wed 26 Mar 14

wolsty says...

Think you will find some of those fixtures wrong i.e. Yeovil is at home not away
Think you will find some of those fixtures wrong i.e. Yeovil is at home not away wolsty
  • Score: 3

6:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Lets face it, GB cant do right for doing wrong. If he keeps a clean sheet posters moan, too defensive. We score 3 or 4 and concede 2 or 3 and our defence is rubbish.....
Yada yada yada
The last 3 games we have played 442 but he is still being criticised??
Jees, some dingles are never happy!
Apologies to the few Rovers fans on here, you know what I mean
Lets face it, GB cant do right for doing wrong. If he keeps a clean sheet posters moan, too defensive. We score 3 or 4 and concede 2 or 3 and our defence is rubbish..... Yada yada yada The last 3 games we have played 442 but he is still being criticised?? Jees, some dingles are never happy! Apologies to the few Rovers fans on here, you know what I mean Wild Rover
  • Score: 9

7:42pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Yawn
Yawn mark anthony
  • Score: 1

8:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

wolsty wrote:
Think you will find some of those fixtures wrong i.e. Yeovil is at home not away
Good spot, my mistake.
[quote][p][bold]wolsty[/bold] wrote: Think you will find some of those fixtures wrong i.e. Yeovil is at home not away[/p][/quote]Good spot, my mistake. greenscreener
  • Score: 0

9:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

realisticrover says...

superb article, absolutely spot on... not a criticism of Bowyer at all, but I do feel that our full backs have been identified by the opposition as a point where they can attack us. Kane was really struggling at Middlesborough so much that he had to be taken off, because Boro were attacking us directly down the wings. Henley is also struggling when teams force him to defend for 90 mins, Spurr has been similarly pegged back. I suppose the thing we have to do is counter this by causing teams problems elsewhere, which is what Gallagher is saying...good analysis Kev, and despite the comments above, nobody on here had seen this, they prefer to go down the more common strain of just being glum about everything :)
superb article, absolutely spot on... not a criticism of Bowyer at all, but I do feel that our full backs have been identified by the opposition as a point where they can attack us. Kane was really struggling at Middlesborough so much that he had to be taken off, because Boro were attacking us directly down the wings. Henley is also struggling when teams force him to defend for 90 mins, Spurr has been similarly pegged back. I suppose the thing we have to do is counter this by causing teams problems elsewhere, which is what Gallagher is saying...good analysis Kev, and despite the comments above, nobody on here had seen this, they prefer to go down the more common strain of just being glum about everything :) realisticrover
  • Score: 1

9:24pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

This has got to be the longest running play-off push I've ever heard of. Give it up you fools, it's not going to happen. You need to start building for next season because you've got it all wrong for two seasons running and should you stick with a "manager" who's led you to the heady heights of 11th in the Championship whilst being able to spend money, what will happen when the same "manager" has to operate within a transfer restriction next season and is forced to sell players and develop from within.

Shall I tell you what will happen?

You will go down next season. You heard it here first.
This has got to be the longest running play-off push I've ever heard of. Give it up you fools, it's not going to happen. You need to start building for next season because you've got it all wrong for two seasons running and should you stick with a "manager" who's led you to the heady heights of 11th in the Championship whilst being able to spend money, what will happen when the same "manager" has to operate within a transfer restriction next season and is forced to sell players and develop from within. Shall I tell you what will happen? You will go down next season. You heard it here first. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -1

10:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Wild Rover says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
This has got to be the longest running play-off push I've ever heard of. Give it up you fools, it's not going to happen. You need to start building for next season because you've got it all wrong for two seasons running and should you stick with a "manager" who's led you to the heady heights of 11th in the Championship whilst being able to spend money, what will happen when the same "manager" has to operate within a transfer restriction next season and is forced to sell players and develop from within.

Shall I tell you what will happen?

You will go down next season. You heard it here first.
I watched Late Kick Off from Monday night ( taped )
Very interesting , Mr Dyche was asked to comment re the job that Gary Bowyer is doing at Rovers. Ginger said he thought GB was doing a very good job and he also thought that we would do well next season.
Dyche was a bit diplomatic with his answers as he would not wish to enrage any of the Yeti brigade in the village.
So Baldric, your very Own Ginger Mourinho has a different view than you have?
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: This has got to be the longest running play-off push I've ever heard of. Give it up you fools, it's not going to happen. You need to start building for next season because you've got it all wrong for two seasons running and should you stick with a "manager" who's led you to the heady heights of 11th in the Championship whilst being able to spend money, what will happen when the same "manager" has to operate within a transfer restriction next season and is forced to sell players and develop from within. Shall I tell you what will happen? You will go down next season. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]I watched Late Kick Off from Monday night ( taped ) Very interesting , Mr Dyche was asked to comment re the job that Gary Bowyer is doing at Rovers. Ginger said he thought GB was doing a very good job and he also thought that we would do well next season. Dyche was a bit diplomatic with his answers as he would not wish to enrage any of the Yeti brigade in the village. So Baldric, your very Own Ginger Mourinho has a different view than you have? Wild Rover
  • Score: 1

11:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
owd nick wrote:
OnePostThenTheOther wrote:
I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing.

Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.
Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan.

However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable.

We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa.

We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time.

So something has changed.

I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option.

He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall.

Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season.

If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round.

Robinson
Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr.
Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway.
Rhodes.
Gestede.

That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet.

It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football.

Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)
Good post Nick, but don't be surprised if Bazzer has another tantrum, he's been stalking me since I suggested that was the best eleven from the current squad.

Keep the faith.
It is the best 11, no doubt whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OnePostThenTheOther[/bold] wrote: I've missed a couple of home games this season. After the unacceptable Bournemouth performance I couldn't be bothered to drag myself down to watch GB's team "win" a point at home. Of the games that I have seen the vast majority have been immensely boring or immensely disappointing. Carry on with the negative approach ( particularly 2 defensive CMs and 1up front) then there will be plenty more who will go to Ewood when they can get there and not when a season ticket demands.[/p][/quote]Have to agree the display against Bournemouth was a low point in my life as a Rovers fan. However, there was nothing negative about the approach for the Leicester game, especially in the second half, I think Rovers were a bit cautions in the first half but if you had seen how well Leicester were playing that was understandable. We didn't "win" a point, no-one wins in a drawn game, but we did come away with a point albeit at home against the best side I have seen at Ewood all season, (to be honest for a long time) and with a bit of good luck it could have been more, and vice versa. We scored 4 the game before at Huddersfield and by all accounts should have had more, we scored 3 last night against a side that hasn't conceded at home for 6 games prior us playing there, and according to one of their fans who was tweeting on the game we were by far the best team and had Gestede taken his chances would have been 3 or 4 up by half time. So something has changed. I like many others have been critical of the defensive set up we have had to endure this season, but I suspect that GB has worked out that this is no longer an option. He needs more luck with injuries and because of that we have major issues down the right hand side, but we should have Hanley, Cairney and Lowe back soon, the only part of the jigsaw missing then would be Marshall. Leicester have to be the model for us to look at for next season. If we can keep these players together as the core team,and just as importantly fit, then we should be challenging for promotion next time round. Robinson Lowe, Hanley, Killgallon, Spurr. Marshall, Evans, Cairney, Conway. Rhodes. Gestede. That would leave us with a pretty strong bench as well but we also need to be pretty cute with our dealings in the transfer market prior to FFP just in case we do get a transfer embargo slapped on us, getting the players we need in place before that happens is key as well as clearing the decks of the remaining deadwood, and I suspect that is what Rovers are doing on the quiet. It ain't over yet this season of course, the next two games are crucial but you never know in football. Anyway it could be worse, we could be Man U fans. :-)[/p][/quote]Good post Nick, but don't be surprised if Bazzer has another tantrum, he's been stalking me since I suggested that was the best eleven from the current squad. Keep the faith.[/p][/quote]It is the best 11, no doubt whatsoever. owd nick
  • Score: 1

11:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mammamiauk says...

Wild Rover wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
This has got to be the longest running play-off push I've ever heard of. Give it up you fools, it's not going to happen. You need to start building for next season because you've got it all wrong for two seasons running and should you stick with a "manager" who's led you to the heady heights of 11th in the Championship whilst being able to spend money, what will happen when the same "manager" has to operate within a transfer restriction next season and is forced to sell players and develop from within.

Shall I tell you what will happen?

You will go down next season. You heard it here first.
I watched Late Kick Off from Monday night ( taped )
Very interesting , Mr Dyche was asked to comment re the job that Gary Bowyer is doing at Rovers. Ginger said he thought GB was doing a very good job and he also thought that we would do well next season.
Dyche was a bit diplomatic with his answers as he would not wish to enrage any of the Yeti brigade in the village.
So Baldric, your very Own Ginger Mourinho has a different view than you have?
Indeed, I watched Late Kick-Off from Monday night, too and will always have to watch it on BBC iPlayer as it is the North West version and I live along the South Coast. As you say, it was very interesting.

I will be able to watch the next programme 'live' on BBC as I will be back in Blackburn again on Monday evening!
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: This has got to be the longest running play-off push I've ever heard of. Give it up you fools, it's not going to happen. You need to start building for next season because you've got it all wrong for two seasons running and should you stick with a "manager" who's led you to the heady heights of 11th in the Championship whilst being able to spend money, what will happen when the same "manager" has to operate within a transfer restriction next season and is forced to sell players and develop from within. Shall I tell you what will happen? You will go down next season. You heard it here first.[/p][/quote]I watched Late Kick Off from Monday night ( taped ) Very interesting , Mr Dyche was asked to comment re the job that Gary Bowyer is doing at Rovers. Ginger said he thought GB was doing a very good job and he also thought that we would do well next season. Dyche was a bit diplomatic with his answers as he would not wish to enrage any of the Yeti brigade in the village. So Baldric, your very Own Ginger Mourinho has a different view than you have?[/p][/quote]Indeed, I watched Late Kick-Off from Monday night, too and will always have to watch it on BBC iPlayer as it is the North West version and I live along the South Coast. As you say, it was very interesting. I will be able to watch the next programme 'live' on BBC as I will be back in Blackburn again on Monday evening! mammamiauk
  • Score: 0

11:28am Thu 27 Mar 14

theswayzeexpress says...

Well said Gallagher. I think with 7 games left in the season we should adopt this policy starting at millwall on sat. So what if we lose a few games in trying to win, teams like Brighton and reading and forest are stuttering above us and if we set ourselves up to win every game from now until the end of season we may still have an outside chance at play offs. We are in a fortunate position of having nothing to lose except either finishing 6th or 12th. Other people who have posted comments criticising bowyers negative tactics need to grow up and recognise that it was down to him and back room staff like mcphillips and short that we made ourselves difficult to beat again and stopped a massive slump which could have led to league one football. Although I agree that there should be more of an attacking style next season as we have one of the better squads in the division and have to believe in ourselves, if we add more creativity and pace in the summer for 2014-2015 we could be going up as burnley come back down. Good times.
Well said Gallagher. I think with 7 games left in the season we should adopt this policy starting at millwall on sat. So what if we lose a few games in trying to win, teams like Brighton and reading and forest are stuttering above us and if we set ourselves up to win every game from now until the end of season we may still have an outside chance at play offs. We are in a fortunate position of having nothing to lose except either finishing 6th or 12th. Other people who have posted comments criticising bowyers negative tactics need to grow up and recognise that it was down to him and back room staff like mcphillips and short that we made ourselves difficult to beat again and stopped a massive slump which could have led to league one football. Although I agree that there should be more of an attacking style next season as we have one of the better squads in the division and have to believe in ourselves, if we add more creativity and pace in the summer for 2014-2015 we could be going up as burnley come back down. Good times. theswayzeexpress
  • Score: 1

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