Star Conway insists Rovers will recover to fight for top six place

Craig Conway

Craig Conway

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IN-form winger Craig Conway insists Blackburn Rovers will overcome their ‘horrible’ feeling of gut-wrenching dejection in time for Good Friday’s crucial home clash with Yeovil Town.

Conway admits spirits among the Rovers players were low on Saturday after they wasted a golden opportunity to move within two points of the play-off places after they threw away a two-goal lead at Sheffield Wednesday.

But the 28-year-old, who was on target in the 3-3 draw, has no doubt they will pick themselves up for the must-win match with the relegation-threatened Glovers.

And if Rovers can recover from their Hillsborough setback, Conway believes they would still have a chance of making the top six going into the final three games of the campaign.

“The feeling in the dressing room after Saturday was dejection,” said Conway, who was also part of the Rovers side that drew 3-3 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion two weeks ago after twice leading.

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“It was not the first time in the last few weeks that we’ve felt like that and it’s a horrible feeling.

“We were close, so close – you’re talking minutes and the dressing room would have been completely different.

“But it happens in football, I’ve been there so many times before and it won’t be the last time I feel like that.

“We’ve just got to keep going because we’ve got a big game on Friday against Yeovil and we need to get back to winning ways.

“And I think anybody who has been watching us will know we will not give up, we will keep fighting to the end and keep trying to pick up results.

“It would have been brilliant to pick up three points on Saturday but it didn’t happen.

“But I still think there’s going to be a twist yet in the Championship. You can’t predict it at all and hopefully there’ll be another twist in our favour.”

The erratic nature of the Championship means Conway will not be under-estimating a second-from-bottom Yeovil side who have won at Watford and drawn at Leicester City and Wigan Athletic this season.

“They’re fighting for their lives and I always think the teams down the bottom are the in-form teams in the Championship toward the end of the season,” said the Scotland international.

“They’ll be coming here fighting and scrapping to try and get three points.”

Conway’s goal on Saturday, rifled in from 30 yards, was his fourth in 12 games since he made a £100,000 January transfer deadline day move from Cardiff.

The influential wide man, who has also set-up six goals, said: “The coaches are always saying to me to shoot more.

“The first thought in my head is to cross it but I sometimes get in good areas to shoot and I probably choose to cross. Maybe I need to be a wee bit more selfish.

“But of late I’ve been doing that and I was happy to get another goal but I was more disappointed that we just couldn’t get over the line and get the three points.”

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11:45am Tue 15 Apr 14

French Rover says...

Conwya is a very good signing and an absolute steal at 100k.....good bit of business there Rovers!
Conwya is a very good signing and an absolute steal at 100k.....good bit of business there Rovers! French Rover
  • Score: 24

12:38pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Not_A_Loon_From_Pune says...

As opposed to Varney who would definitely not be a steal at this price.
As opposed to Varney who would definitely not be a steal at this price. Not_A_Loon_From_Pune
  • Score: 7

1:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

bluerob says...

Love your optimism Craig, but the many dropped points of late will cost us a top 6 finish, so near yet so far.

If Paul Robinson had been fit all season I think we would have made it comfortably.
Love your optimism Craig, but the many dropped points of late will cost us a top 6 finish, so near yet so far. If Paul Robinson had been fit all season I think we would have made it comfortably. bluerob
  • Score: 5

1:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

hasslem hasslem says...

too mant teams in between us and #6 - they won't all be dropping points. play-offs have gone this season....be realistic and have a crack next year.
too mant teams in between us and #6 - they won't all be dropping points. play-offs have gone this season....be realistic and have a crack next year. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 10

2:20pm Tue 15 Apr 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
too mant teams in between us and #6 - they won't all be dropping points. play-offs have gone this season....be realistic and have a crack next year.
I agree, despite some criticism for GB i think considering last season we've done well to be even near the play-offs.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: too mant teams in between us and #6 - they won't all be dropping points. play-offs have gone this season....be realistic and have a crack next year.[/p][/quote]I agree, despite some criticism for GB i think considering last season we've done well to be even near the play-offs. more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 11

2:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

dallydally says...

Dream on Craig. Too late to make it now
Dream on Craig. Too late to make it now dallydally
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3:53pm Tue 15 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Its a big ask but if there are any slip ups by the teams around us we have the squad to take advantage of it,,having said that we should never have allowed Wednesday back in the game last week,
Its a big ask but if there are any slip ups by the teams around us we have the squad to take advantage of it,,having said that we should never have allowed Wednesday back in the game last week, noddy57
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Tue 15 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
too mant teams in between us and #6 - they won't all be dropping points. play-offs have gone this season....be realistic and have a crack next year.
Never give up HH, when two of them have to play each other there's plenty of scope yet for dropping points.

Personally I hope the team are still trying, unlike some of the 'fans' who have been writing them off since the season started.

Here we are going into Easter with the playoffs still possible, last season we were drifting towards another drop.

Onwards and upwards.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: too mant teams in between us and #6 - they won't all be dropping points. play-offs have gone this season....be realistic and have a crack next year.[/p][/quote]Never give up HH, when two of them have to play each other there's plenty of scope yet for dropping points. Personally I hope the team are still trying, unlike some of the 'fans' who have been writing them off since the season started. Here we are going into Easter with the playoffs still possible, last season we were drifting towards another drop. Onwards and upwards. greenscreener
  • Score: 9

4:51pm Tue 15 Apr 14

the usher says...

I am that most footballers are "as thick as boards" but some of these Rovers players must be amongst the thickest. They still think they can get to the play-offs. if they had been any sort of a decent team they might have done so,
I am that most footballers are "as thick as boards" but some of these Rovers players must be amongst the thickest. They still think they can get to the play-offs. if they had been any sort of a decent team they might have done so, the usher
  • Score: -9

5:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

realisticrover says...

i feel a bit thick myself for asking this, but like...
what is so clever about telling everyone that we are NOT going to make it to the play offs, does that make it feel better?
I can imagine the comments on here if Craig had come out and said the same as you lot :)
i feel a bit thick myself for asking this, but like... what is so clever about telling everyone that we are NOT going to make it to the play offs, does that make it feel better? I can imagine the comments on here if Craig had come out and said the same as you lot :) realisticrover
  • Score: 8

7:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Angry From Accrington says...

I still have Simon Garner's words ringing in my ears with the revelation that highly paid professionals DO switch off towards the end if the season.
It seems that we have fallen foul of that philosophy as the squad was certainly capable of at least six more points from the last six weeks.
It's too late now but I hope that they still give 100% in every game to the end of the season........and that includes the manager.
I still have Simon Garner's words ringing in my ears with the revelation that highly paid professionals DO switch off towards the end if the season. It seems that we have fallen foul of that philosophy as the squad was certainly capable of at least six more points from the last six weeks. It's too late now but I hope that they still give 100% in every game to the end of the season........and that includes the manager. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: 2

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