Cairney is the man who makes us tick, says Rovers star Spurr

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TOMMY Spurr has welcomed the return of Tom Cairney to the battle-weary Blackburn Rovers squad, hailing the midfielder as the ‘man who makes us tick’.

After six matches on the sidelines with an ankle injury the talented 23-year-old was named among the Rovers substitutes for Saturday’s incident-packed 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Millwall.

Captain Grant Hanley’s controversial sending off prevented Cairney from making it off the bench but he is set to play a part in tomorrow’s visit of Brighton & Hove Albion to Ewood Park – possibly from the start.

And left-back Spurr says that will be a big boost.

“When he first came into the club you could see straight away how good he was,” said the 26-year-old, who is Cairney’s room-mate on away trips.

“He makes us tick, keeps the ball and creates chances with his through balls, so to have a player of his quality back is only a positive for us.

“He’s looking well now that he’s had a couple of weeks training under his belt.”

Ten-man Rovers showed resilience to twice battle back from losing positions on Saturday , securing a draw with an injury-time equaliser for the second game running after they did the same in midweek at Watford.

Spurr, whose long throw led to Josh King’s last-gasp leveller against the Lions, said: “It probably wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but I don’t think the surface helped either team, especially us as the formation we started with was made for us to out-football them, break them down and win the game.

“The pitch didn’t allow us to do that and then the sending off didn’t help but again it shows our character and resilience that we came back from that, equalised, got another penalty given against us which on another day wouldn’t get given, reacted again and got an equaliser.”

The Rovers players were out on their feet at the end of the match and Spurr admits a season in which the club has been rocked by injuries is beginning to take its toll.

But with the a play-off place still a slim possibility – Rovers remain eight points behind sixth place going into tomorrow’s game in hand against Brighton – the ever-present defender says there will be no slacking.

“It’s coming to that stage of the season when people are getting a little bit tired,” said Spurr who, as the only Rovers player to start every Championship match this season, is feeling it more than most.

“We’ve put a lot of work into this season and when you play three games in a week like this week, and with the amount of travelling we’ve done, it’s going to take it out of you.

“Obviously going down to 10 men doesn’t help but it just shows how hard the lads are working that they are pushing themselves through that to try and get the job done.”

Rudy Gestede missed Saturday’s match with a groin problem but Rovers boss Gary Bowyer said he is hopeful the striker will be fit for tomorrow’s Seagulls clash.

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12:23pm Mon 31 Mar 14

dallydally says...

Tired? You are professional sportsmen for goodness sake and travelling is part of the deal; many reps do more mileage in a week than you do in a month and they don't travel in the luxury that you do! Sounds like you are making excuses to me
Tired? You are professional sportsmen for goodness sake and travelling is part of the deal; many reps do more mileage in a week than you do in a month and they don't travel in the luxury that you do! Sounds like you are making excuses to me dallydally
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5:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

londonrover says...

Get well pdq Rudy and play Cairney from the off tomorrow.
Get well pdq Rudy and play Cairney from the off tomorrow. londonrover
  • Score: 9

5:47pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Tombo1984Evans says...

For God's sakes Gary. Play Cairney in the center alongside Evans! Don't play him RM!
For God's sakes Gary. Play Cairney in the center alongside Evans! Don't play him RM! Tombo1984Evans
  • Score: 11

10:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Garylla says...

Robbo
Keane
Hanley
Killy
Spurr
King
Cairney
Evans
Conway
Rudy
Jordan

That's your team Gaz, fire Em up
Robbo Keane Hanley Killy Spurr King Cairney Evans Conway Rudy Jordan That's your team Gaz, fire Em up Garylla
  • Score: 11

10:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

digitusjonfred says...

Come on you Roversssssssss..ps anyone seen Dabo play ??
Come on you Roversssssssss..ps anyone seen Dabo play ?? digitusjonfred
  • Score: 1

10:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

keanoutofrovers says...

Garylla wrote:
Robbo
Keane
Hanley
Killy
Spurr
King
Cairney
Evans
Conway
Rudy
Jordan

That's your team Gaz, fire Em up
It's fairly obvious isn't it. If that 11 can play together next season (may be able to get Keane as he won't get a game at Old Trafford) we should be play offs at the very least.

On another note with Goodwillie, Campbell and Best could all be on their way back, who would be the most useful if wages were not an issue. I have my own thoughts but I'll keep them to myself for now.
[quote][p][bold]Garylla[/bold] wrote: Robbo Keane Hanley Killy Spurr King Cairney Evans Conway Rudy Jordan That's your team Gaz, fire Em up[/p][/quote]It's fairly obvious isn't it. If that 11 can play together next season (may be able to get Keane as he won't get a game at Old Trafford) we should be play offs at the very least. On another note with Goodwillie, Campbell and Best could all be on their way back, who would be the most useful if wages were not an issue. I have my own thoughts but I'll keep them to myself for now. keanoutofrovers
  • Score: 1

11:00pm Mon 31 Mar 14

owd nick says...

keanoutofrovers wrote:
Garylla wrote:
Robbo
Keane
Hanley
Killy
Spurr
King
Cairney
Evans
Conway
Rudy
Jordan

That's your team Gaz, fire Em up
It's fairly obvious isn't it. If that 11 can play together next season (may be able to get Keane as he won't get a game at Old Trafford) we should be play offs at the very least.

On another note with Goodwillie, Campbell and Best could all be on their way back, who would be the most useful if wages were not an issue. I have my own thoughts but I'll keep them to myself for now.
Goodwillie has always worked hard and kept his head down, I don't recall any fits of ego or for that matter any lack of effort when he did get on the pitch for us.

Campbell, not really.

Best, more than capable but his ego is far far greater than his attitude and for that reason alone must be shown the door asap.

Up against Rhodes, Gestede, even Varney they are all on the bench at best.
[quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garylla[/bold] wrote: Robbo Keane Hanley Killy Spurr King Cairney Evans Conway Rudy Jordan That's your team Gaz, fire Em up[/p][/quote]It's fairly obvious isn't it. If that 11 can play together next season (may be able to get Keane as he won't get a game at Old Trafford) we should be play offs at the very least. On another note with Goodwillie, Campbell and Best could all be on their way back, who would be the most useful if wages were not an issue. I have my own thoughts but I'll keep them to myself for now.[/p][/quote]Goodwillie has always worked hard and kept his head down, I don't recall any fits of ego or for that matter any lack of effort when he did get on the pitch for us. Campbell, not really. Best, more than capable but his ego is far far greater than his attitude and for that reason alone must be shown the door asap. Up against Rhodes, Gestede, even Varney they are all on the bench at best. owd nick
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8:29am Tue 1 Apr 14

Angry From Accrington says...

keanoutofrovers wrote:
Garylla wrote:
Robbo
Keane
Hanley
Killy
Spurr
King
Cairney
Evans
Conway
Rudy
Jordan

That's your team Gaz, fire Em up
It's fairly obvious isn't it. If that 11 can play together next season (may be able to get Keane as he won't get a game at Old Trafford) we should be play offs at the very least.

On another note with Goodwillie, Campbell and Best could all be on their way back, who would be the most useful if wages were not an issue. I have my own thoughts but I'll keep them to myself for now.
Best would be the obvious choice as he is the only one we might get a fee for. Campbell could be paying for Lags Eleven in May and Goodwillie simply isn't good enough at this level.
[quote][p][bold]keanoutofrovers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garylla[/bold] wrote: Robbo Keane Hanley Killy Spurr King Cairney Evans Conway Rudy Jordan That's your team Gaz, fire Em up[/p][/quote]It's fairly obvious isn't it. If that 11 can play together next season (may be able to get Keane as he won't get a game at Old Trafford) we should be play offs at the very least. On another note with Goodwillie, Campbell and Best could all be on their way back, who would be the most useful if wages were not an issue. I have my own thoughts but I'll keep them to myself for now.[/p][/quote]Best would be the obvious choice as he is the only one we might get a fee for. Campbell could be paying for Lags Eleven in May and Goodwillie simply isn't good enough at this level. Angry From Accrington
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9:28am Tue 1 Apr 14

GAZHAY says...

Garylla wrote:
Robbo
Keane
Hanley
Killy
Spurr
King
Cairney
Evans
Conway
Rudy
Jordan

That's your team Gaz, fire Em up
Agreed with your team but I bet that Cairney will be on the bench again tonight. Unfortunately Bowyer seems to think he has t play a holding midfielder all the time.
Williamson will start as the team you quoted is way too attacking for Bowyer.
[quote][p][bold]Garylla[/bold] wrote: Robbo Keane Hanley Killy Spurr King Cairney Evans Conway Rudy Jordan That's your team Gaz, fire Em up[/p][/quote]Agreed with your team but I bet that Cairney will be on the bench again tonight. Unfortunately Bowyer seems to think he has t play a holding midfielder all the time. Williamson will start as the team you quoted is way too attacking for Bowyer. GAZHAY
  • Score: 1

10:49am Tue 1 Apr 14

owd nick says...

GAZHAY wrote:
Garylla wrote:
Robbo
Keane
Hanley
Killy
Spurr
King
Cairney
Evans
Conway
Rudy
Jordan

That's your team Gaz, fire Em up
Agreed with your team but I bet that Cairney will be on the bench again tonight. Unfortunately Bowyer seems to think he has t play a holding midfielder all the time.
Williamson will start as the team you quoted is way too attacking for Bowyer.
I tend to agree, I suspect the intention was to give Cairney 20 minutes or so on Saturday but that was scuppered by the sending off.

Not too sure if King is fit.

I wouldn't worry too much, we carry enough attacking threat all across the pitch now, we are no longer totally reliant on Rhodes, look what we did to Leicester in the second half, Evans and Williamson matched them in midfield.
[quote][p][bold]GAZHAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garylla[/bold] wrote: Robbo Keane Hanley Killy Spurr King Cairney Evans Conway Rudy Jordan That's your team Gaz, fire Em up[/p][/quote]Agreed with your team but I bet that Cairney will be on the bench again tonight. Unfortunately Bowyer seems to think he has t play a holding midfielder all the time. Williamson will start as the team you quoted is way too attacking for Bowyer.[/p][/quote]I tend to agree, I suspect the intention was to give Cairney 20 minutes or so on Saturday but that was scuppered by the sending off. Not too sure if King is fit. I wouldn't worry too much, we carry enough attacking threat all across the pitch now, we are no longer totally reliant on Rhodes, look what we did to Leicester in the second half, Evans and Williamson matched them in midfield. owd nick
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Tue 1 Apr 14

rovers666 says...

My team:

Robinson
Keane
Hanley
Kilgannon
Spurr
King
Evans
Cairney
King
Rhodes
Gestede (or Varney or Dunny)

For the first time in about 4 years I feel this midfield 4 have the balance of attacking intent and defensive solidity (both through the middle and out wide) coupled with genuine pace and guile to unlock the opposition defence.

As a starting 11 - it's certainly better than the vast majority of sides in the division.

With a bit more attacking conviction - we could win every game between now & the end of the season.

Let them off the lead gary...............
My team: Robinson Keane Hanley Kilgannon Spurr King Evans Cairney King Rhodes Gestede (or Varney or Dunny) For the first time in about 4 years I feel this midfield 4 have the balance of attacking intent and defensive solidity (both through the middle and out wide) coupled with genuine pace and guile to unlock the opposition defence. As a starting 11 - it's certainly better than the vast majority of sides in the division. With a bit more attacking conviction - we could win every game between now & the end of the season. Let them off the lead gary............... rovers666
  • Score: 0

6:40pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

Makes us tick ? More like tick tock miss a beat tick tock miss a beat
Makes us tick ? More like tick tock miss a beat tick tock miss a beat mark anthony
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