Bowyer lavishes praise on Rovers winger Conway

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BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has hailed Craig Conway’s continued outstanding form – but he admits he may not have signed the Scottish wing wizard if Ben Marshall had not got injured.

Conway has scored four goals and set up a further eight in 16 matches since his £100,000 transfer from Cardiff City on January transfer deadline day.

The set-piece specialist had long been admired by Bowyer but it was only after fellow wideman Marshall sustained ankle-ligament damage in the home draw with Derby County on January 25 that he made his move.

With Marshall back in full training and champing at the bit to play in today’s trip to Charlton Athletic (3pm), Bowyer was asked whether he would have gone in for Conway if his big summer signing had not been ruled out for three months.

He said: “Craig was always on our radar and we always knew how good he was but, who knows?

“But I’m delighted that we went in for him and I’m delighted that we got him into the building.

“He’s made a massive impact for us and for the two lads up front (Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede) it must be a dream because they know when he gets the ball he will be putting it in that spot regularly.”

Conway created two of hat-trick hero Gestede’s three goals in Rovers’ 4-2 win at Birmingham City on Monday.

And the Scotland international could be joined in the squad for today’s clash with struggling Charlton by the fit-again Marshall who, before he was sidelined, was showing why Bowyer paid Leicester City £1m for his services.

Bowyer said: “Ben is very excited and very lively as you would expect but we’ll just see how he goes.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to add him to the squad for this weekend and if not, certainly for the game against Wigan.

“He adds another dimension to the attacking force that we’ve got now.

“Josh King was excellent on Monday against Birmingham and he brings something different to the table than say when Tom Cairney plays out wide.

“So the options that we have when everybody is fit is exciting for us.”

The poor state of Charlton’s notorious pitch at The Valley may make it difficult for wingers Conway, King and – if selected – Marshall to get the ball down.

But Bowyer insists the surface will not alter his side’s preparations for a match they must win if they are to remain in the play-off hunt going into their final game of the campaign at home to Wigan Athletic a week today.

Bowyer said: “The pitch is going to be the same for both teams.

“When you train on some of our pitches at this stage of the season here (at Brockhall), they are bare.

“We’ve got to go there, play the game and adjust to the conditions accordingly.”

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8:18am Sat 26 Apr 14

owd nick says...

I have a mate who is a Charlton fan, he says the pitch is worse than a cabbage patch and football is virtually impossible, uneven bounce; etc.

Unless we get into the playoffs, which is extremely unlikely now, I wouldn't risk Marshall on this type of pitch, concentrate on getting him fit for next season, will be like signing a new player.
I have a mate who is a Charlton fan, he says the pitch is worse than a cabbage patch and football is virtually impossible, uneven bounce; etc. Unless we get into the playoffs, which is extremely unlikely now, I wouldn't risk Marshall on this type of pitch, concentrate on getting him fit for next season, will be like signing a new player. owd nick
  • Score: 11

8:39am Sat 26 Apr 14

dallydally says...

Pitch excuses already. Don't try to lower the fans expectations that way GB!
Pitch excuses already. Don't try to lower the fans expectations that way GB! dallydally
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9:18am Sat 26 Apr 14

roverstid says...

Good luck today guys.

RTID.
Good luck today guys. RTID. roverstid
  • Score: 6

9:20am Sat 26 Apr 14

roverstid says...

dallydally wrote:
Pitch excuses already. Don't try to lower the fans expectations that way GB!
He said the pitch is the same for both teams. Can you read?

Moan moan moan.
[quote][p][bold]dallydally[/bold] wrote: Pitch excuses already. Don't try to lower the fans expectations that way GB![/p][/quote]He said the pitch is the same for both teams. Can you read? Moan moan moan. roverstid
  • Score: 13

9:31am Sat 26 Apr 14

Harwoodstblue says...

dallydally wrote:
Pitch excuses already. Don't try to lower the fans expectations that way GB!
Paul Wheelock....."The poor state of Charlton’s notorious pitch at The Valley may make it difficult for wingers Conway, King and – if selected – Marshall to get the ball down"

Bowyer.....Bowyer said: “The pitch is going to be the same for both teams"

“We’ve got to go there, play the game and adjust to the conditions accordingly"

It doesn't sound like Bowyer is making the excuses dailydaily, more like a Wheelock comment.
[quote][p][bold]dallydally[/bold] wrote: Pitch excuses already. Don't try to lower the fans expectations that way GB![/p][/quote]Paul Wheelock....."The poor state of Charlton’s notorious pitch at The Valley may make it difficult for wingers Conway, King and – if selected – Marshall to get the ball down" Bowyer.....Bowyer said: “The pitch is going to be the same for both teams" “We’ve got to go there, play the game and adjust to the conditions accordingly" It doesn't sound like Bowyer is making the excuses dailydaily, more like a Wheelock comment. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 8

10:16am Sat 26 Apr 14

I live here says...

Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me.......

The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need

Rovers to win both games.
Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest.
Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today.
Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not.
Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley.

Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games.

Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition.

Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.
Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me....... The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need Rovers to win both games. Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest. Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today. Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not. Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley. Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games. Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition. Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully. I live here
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10:42am Sat 26 Apr 14

Maxrus says...

I live here wrote:
Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me.......

The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need

Rovers to win both games.
Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest.
Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today.
Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not.
Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley.

Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games.

Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition.

Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.
Welcome aboard, hope you've got thick skin, you'll need it.
[quote][p][bold]I live here[/bold] wrote: Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me....... The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need Rovers to win both games. Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest. Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today. Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not. Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley. Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games. Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition. Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.[/p][/quote]Welcome aboard, hope you've got thick skin, you'll need it. Maxrus
  • Score: 4

10:58am Sat 26 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

Maxrus wrote:
I live here wrote:
Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me.......

The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need

Rovers to win both games.
Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest.
Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today.
Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not.
Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley.

Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games.

Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition.

Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.
Welcome aboard, hope you've got thick skin, you'll need it.
Especially with your attitude, pragmatic and realistic doesn't go down to well with some of the locals.

Keep the faith.
[quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I live here[/bold] wrote: Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me....... The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need Rovers to win both games. Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest. Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today. Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not. Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley. Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games. Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition. Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.[/p][/quote]Welcome aboard, hope you've got thick skin, you'll need it.[/p][/quote]Especially with your attitude, pragmatic and realistic doesn't go down to well with some of the locals. Keep the faith. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

2:39pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Tatts says...

I live here wrote:
Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me.......

The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need

Rovers to win both games.
Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest.
Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today.
Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not.
Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley.

Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games.

Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition.

Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.
Oh well, that's one down with Ipswich getting beat. Still highly unlikely mind
[quote][p][bold]I live here[/bold] wrote: Here we go with my first comment, go easy on me....... The play offs are very unlikely for us this season but not mathematically impossible just yet. Realistically, there is only 6th place up for grabs. In order for us to get there we need Rovers to win both games. Brighton to lose their last game away to Forest. Forest to lose or draw against Bournemouth today. Ipswich to lose today to our neighbours in the early kick off. Ipswich can win their last game next week and as long as Rovers win both games, it matters not. Finally, Reading to draw or lose their last two matches against Doncaster and Burnley. Goal difference will come into play should Brighton draw against Forest and Reading win one and lose one in their last two games. Not impossible, but I suspect the bookies would offer serious odds against this combination coming to fruition. Good luck Rovers! I can see two wins for us against Charlton (struggling for goals at home except against Yeovil), and Wigan who will have already cemented their play off place by next week and will be keeping their "powder dry" hopefully.[/p][/quote]Oh well, that's one down with Ipswich getting beat. Still highly unlikely mind Tatts
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