Simon Garner column: Blackburn Rovers have to improve their mentality

Simon Garner

Simon Garner

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IT will be a tough game at Wolves tomorrow, make no mistake about that.

They are on a roll after winning promotion and I think they’ll be in the mix for a play-off place come the end of the season.

But, even though they have got a very good home record, I don’t see any reason why Blackburn cannot go there and give themselves a good of chance of winning – as they’re proving, once again, they can score goals against any side in this division.

But what is worrying me is the amount of goals they are conceding late on in games.

I said it in last week’s column after what happened at Norwich and, lo and behold, the same happened against Bournemouth and could have ended up costing us a very good victory.

We need to concentrate for the full 90 minutes.

I don’t think it’s a fitness thing, I think it’s a mentality thing.

When you are 3-0 up you’ve got to be careful, of course, but you’ve also got to have the mentality that you want to score more goals.

I certainly thought Blackburn would do that after going in 3-0 in at half-time on Saturday.

But despite the late scare, it was still three points to continue what I think has been a good start to the season.

We ended last season brilliantly and to pick up seven points from the first four games is not a bad return at all.

Hopefully we’ll pick up more tomorrow and it’s good to know that Jordan Rhodes’ immediate future has been sorted.

It looks like he is staying and I am really pleased about that – not just for Blackburn but for Jordan too because I think it will be better for him to stay another season in the Championship, and score a load more goals, than go to the Premier League and possibly not play every week.

I’d say to him, ‘give us another season, keep learning your trade’, and then you make that move to the Premier League.

And hopefully it will be with Blackburn.

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2:16pm Fri 29 Aug 14

darwen1946 says...

Can we plz change the subject !!! This is geting very boring !
Can we plz change the subject !!! This is geting very boring ! darwen1946
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2:24pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Those 2 pictures of Garner don't look like the same bloke - one of them been airbrushed?
Those 2 pictures of Garner don't look like the same bloke - one of them been airbrushed? Its Only a game boy
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2:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Pembina says...

I'm going to Wolverhampton tomorrow hoping for another away win - as there are no coaches left I believe TurdMoor Tom is on his way now walking to the ground - He's such a dedicated Rovers fan.
I'm going to Wolverhampton tomorrow hoping for another away win - as there are no coaches left I believe TurdMoor Tom is on his way now walking to the ground - He's such a dedicated Rovers fan. Pembina
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2:48pm Fri 29 Aug 14

A Darener says...

He doesn't need to walk, he can teleport, after all he lives in a fantasy world.
He doesn't need to walk, he can teleport, after all he lives in a fantasy world. A Darener
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2:55pm Fri 29 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Pembina wrote:
I'm going to Wolverhampton tomorrow hoping for another away win - as there are no coaches left I believe TurdMoor Tom is on his way now walking to the ground - He's such a dedicated Rovers fan.
I left it too late so have binned the Wolves game and we are going to Fulham instead.
[quote][p][bold]Pembina[/bold] wrote: I'm going to Wolverhampton tomorrow hoping for another away win - as there are no coaches left I believe TurdMoor Tom is on his way now walking to the ground - He's such a dedicated Rovers fan.[/p][/quote]I left it too late so have binned the Wolves game and we are going to Fulham instead. owd nick
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3:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....
looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans..... Its Only a game boy
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3:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

bburnrover says...

We can win the game just need to keep a clean sheet at the back,the midfielders should also put more effort in defending in the last 10 minutes of a game.
i hope Gb can pick up a decent defender ot two.
We can win the game just need to keep a clean sheet at the back,the midfielders should also put more effort in defending in the last 10 minutes of a game. i hope Gb can pick up a decent defender ot two. bburnrover
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4:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Its Only a game boy wrote:
looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....
"Another?" They never played against each other.
[quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....[/p][/quote]"Another?" They never played against each other. Harwoodstblue
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5:16pm Fri 29 Aug 14

earwego says...

BLACKBURN Rovers are on the verge of signing Everton centre back Shane Duffy on a permanent transfer.
BLACKBURN Rovers are on the verge of signing Everton centre back Shane Duffy on a permanent transfer. earwego
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5:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not
Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not dinglecrusher
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7:20pm Fri 29 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

dinglecrusher wrote:
Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not
well l hope the Evertonian,s are poor judges of football talent.
[quote][p][bold]dinglecrusher[/bold] wrote: Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not[/p][/quote]well l hope the Evertonian,s are poor judges of football talent. noddy57
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7:41pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Bazzer says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Its Only a game boy wrote:
looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....
"Another?" They never played against each other.
I would think he means Billy Wright v Ronnie Clayton but I may be wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....[/p][/quote]"Another?" They never played against each other.[/p][/quote]I would think he means Billy Wright v Ronnie Clayton but I may be wrong. Bazzer
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8:34pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Its Only a game boy wrote:
looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....
"Another?" They never played against each other.
Lol - it's an analogy pal- google it
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: looking forward to another Cullis v Clayton clash of the Titans.....[/p][/quote]"Another?" They never played against each other.[/p][/quote]Lol - it's an analogy pal- google it Its Only a game boy
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8:35pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

dinglecrusher wrote:
Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not
Why do you think he's signed for the b.....ds-
[quote][p][bold]dinglecrusher[/bold] wrote: Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not[/p][/quote]Why do you think he's signed for the b.....ds- Its Only a game boy
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8:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Its Only a game boy wrote:
dinglecrusher wrote:
Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not
Why do you think he's signed for the b.....ds-
Because the Dingles couldn't afford him!
[quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dinglecrusher[/bold] wrote: Evertonians say Duffy is a duffer. Hope not[/p][/quote]Why do you think he's signed for the b.....ds-[/p][/quote]Because the Dingles couldn't afford him! A Darener
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4:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

jj rover says...

We signed Duffy for £1.5 m.Dont know whether he is worth it.Anway GB never gets wrong.Rovers on the way to premier league and DINGLES on their way to League1.
We signed Duffy for £1.5 m.Dont know whether he is worth it.Anway GB never gets wrong.Rovers on the way to premier league and DINGLES on their way to League1. jj rover
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12:01pm Sat 30 Aug 14

eddio says...

Its Only a game boy wrote:
Those 2 pictures of Garner don't look like the same bloke - one of them been airbrushed?
You cannot be serious?
[quote][p][bold]Its Only a game boy[/bold] wrote: Those 2 pictures of Garner don't look like the same bloke - one of them been airbrushed?[/p][/quote]You cannot be serious? eddio
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5:09pm Sat 30 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

So it’s proved Simon. Not good enough. Mid table is where they belong.
So it’s proved Simon. Not good enough. Mid table is where they belong. tall in the saddle
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