Boss Bowyer hails the impact of star defender Spurr

Tommy Spurr

Tommy Spurr

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

THE voting for Blackburn Rovers’ player of the season may not close until Wednesday but it would not be giving away official secrets to say that Jordan Rhodes and Tom Cairney will be right in the reckoning.

But could they be run close by Tommy Spurr?

The left-back may not grab the headlines as much as his more widely heralded team-mates.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, however, has no doubt of Spurr’s worth.

The 26-year-old, as well liked by his fellow players as he is by supporters, has been a model of consistency since he made the move from Doncaster on a free transfer in August.

And had he not aggravated a groin injury against Yeovil Town last Friday which, on the quiet, he has playing with for some time now, he was in line to become the only Rovers player to have started every Championship match this season.

As it was Spurr was forced to sit out Monday’s vital victory at Birmingham City and he is set to do the same at Charlton Athletic today (3pm).

But Bowyer is hopeful the Yorkshireman will be fit in time for the final game of the campaign at home to Wigan Athletic a week today.

He said: “It’s disappointing for Tommy because he’s been an ever present.

“We said when we brought him in he would be a fans’ favourite because he gives everything that’s he got.

“And he doesn’t just do that in matches, he does it in training too, which, to be fair to the other lads, they do too.

“He’s very reliable in his defending and he’s had an impressive season.

“He always wants to improve and get better and we are beginning to see him becoming a big threat in the opposition half for us as well, which is a big bonus.

“Hopefully he can come into consideration for Charlton but if not Wigan.”

Given that Spurr, who has more goals (3) and as many assists (2) as any Rovers defender, has not trained properly since he damaged his groin in preventing a certain goal against Yeovil, it appears unlikely he will feature in today’s clash at The Valley.

The same goes for Jason Lowe.

The midfielder went over on his ankle at Birmingham on Monday.

But with Rovers having used all three of their substitutes, Lowe bravely played on through the pain.

Bowyer said: “I thought Lowey on Monday was magnificent, his energy levels and his performance was terrific.

“It was a bit of a bad blow that he took but credit to the lad he knew that we had made all the substitutions but he wanted to stay out there and help us, so full credit to him.”

Markus Olsson is again expected to deputise for Spurr.

The Sweden international’s performance against Birmingham, in what was just his second start of the season, pleased his manager.

Bowyer said: “I thought Markus Olsson was excellent for us on Monday when he came in.

“He was a threat going forward as well as defending well.”

 

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1:59pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Yes the impact he's had has been to assist his team to a very mediocre mid table finish and nothing else. But if "bib n cone" Bowyer feels that's something to hail then crack on my good man.
Yes the impact he's had has been to assist his team to a very mediocre mid table finish and nothing else. But if "bib n cone" Bowyer feels that's something to hail then crack on my good man. Steven Seagull
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2:12pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Maxrus says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Yes the impact he's had has been to assist his team to a very mediocre mid table finish and nothing else. But if "bib n cone" Bowyer feels that's something to hail then crack on my good man.
Hi 'bib n dummy' - shouldn't you be jumping up n down at the moment at t'turf.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Yes the impact he's had has been to assist his team to a very mediocre mid table finish and nothing else. But if "bib n cone" Bowyer feels that's something to hail then crack on my good man.[/p][/quote]Hi 'bib n dummy' - shouldn't you be jumping up n down at the moment at t'turf. Maxrus
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2:27pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Tatts says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Yes the impact he's had has been to assist his team to a very mediocre mid table finish and nothing else. But if "bib n cone" Bowyer feels that's something to hail then crack on my good man.
Great to see both Ings and Trippier perform well in the shop window as they approach the final year of their contracts. Good to see that the message is spreading about Dyche as well - hopefully a decent club will come in for him soon and he can move back down to his house in the south.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Yes the impact he's had has been to assist his team to a very mediocre mid table finish and nothing else. But if "bib n cone" Bowyer feels that's something to hail then crack on my good man.[/p][/quote]Great to see both Ings and Trippier perform well in the shop window as they approach the final year of their contracts. Good to see that the message is spreading about Dyche as well - hopefully a decent club will come in for him soon and he can move back down to his house in the south. Tatts
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2:57pm Sat 26 Apr 14

handyamBRFC says...

hi
GB has done well this year
well done GB
we have become a stable enough team
to be able to build on next year...!!

I personally think that GB is a good coach
especially for young lads coming through
thats his strength
working with young lads coming through.

Although
it would be in the interests of stability to keep GB at the helm
however,
I believe that we need a ''Manager''
to take us to the next stage.
and not just a coach..!

I doubt if Venkeys would go for change
and will probably keep GB in post
as it costs money to chop and change.

I think in order to attract better players
to take us to the next level
and beyond
we need someone with better connections

I actually think David moyes
will be perfect
hes local
knows all about stability, albeit at Everton
has managed in the lower divisions
and at the top
where we need to be heading

Yes I would go for him...!!

what do you think...!!!
hi GB has done well this year well done GB we have become a stable enough team to be able to build on next year...!! I personally think that GB is a good coach especially for young lads coming through thats his strength working with young lads coming through. Although it would be in the interests of stability to keep GB at the helm however, I believe that we need a ''Manager'' to take us to the next stage. and not just a coach..! I doubt if Venkeys would go for change and will probably keep GB in post as it costs money to chop and change. I think in order to attract better players to take us to the next level and beyond we need someone with better connections I actually think David moyes will be perfect hes local knows all about stability, albeit at Everton has managed in the lower divisions and at the top where we need to be heading Yes I would go for him...!! what do you think...!!! handyamBRFC
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