COMMENT: Time to turn to Dunn at Ewood

DAVID Dunn must be wondering what has he done wrong at the moment – he probably isn’t the only one either.

The Blackburn Rovers midfielder has been left on the fringes of things as the side struggle to find form in the Championship. If he can’t get into this midfield, when will he ever feature?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the personnel so far deployed in the centre of the park, in both a two and a three, have not come up to scratch.

Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu have struggled to hit top form while Mauro Formica has continued to have no impact on most matches he plays in.

It has to be said some of the abuse Murphy has received from small sections of supporters is out of order. There is no lack of effort from the former Fulham man – but it just isn’t working.

I am the first to admit I thought Murphy would prove one of the signings of the summer, and maybe he still will, but it must be demoralising for Dunn having to watch others struggle in his position.

For some reason, Dunn is now seen as a second striker. A position he is competing for with the likes of Nuno Gomes, Ruben Rochina and even Colin Kazim-Richards.

I can see why he isn’t getting a look in there but why not give him a chance in the centre of the park. His energy, drive and passion might just get something going.

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9:47am Thu 11 Oct 12

dallydally says...

Totally agree. He is injury prone but can still change things quickly. I'd have loved to have seen him brought on against Wolves to add some spice to the midfield
Totally agree. He is injury prone but can still change things quickly. I'd have loved to have seen him brought on against Wolves to add some spice to the midfield dallydally
  • Score: 16

9:58am Thu 11 Oct 12

Crow27 says...

I agree, we need someone fighting for the blue & white at the moment. Give Murphy a rest and play Dunn His passion for Rovers will hoefully take us further!
I agree, we need someone fighting for the blue & white at the moment. Give Murphy a rest and play Dunn His passion for Rovers will hoefully take us further! Crow27
  • Score: 13

10:10am Thu 11 Oct 12

StLedge says...

Surely the inclusion of Dunn would hint at someone knowing what they are doing at the club....
Surely the inclusion of Dunn would hint at someone knowing what they are doing at the club.... StLedge
  • Score: 9

10:11am Thu 11 Oct 12

Roverthere says...

Dunn should be used as an impact sub or to satrt with.
Dunn should be used as an impact sub or to satrt with. Roverthere
  • Score: 6

10:24am Thu 11 Oct 12

Captain Dreckley says...

Although I think Dunny would have been wise to listen to Souness about how his lifestyle would impact on his later career no one can question his ability or his passion for Rovers. Unfortunately you cannot rely on him for 90 minutes but he can offer the creativity and drive we lack in central midfield. Black has totally defied belief and has proven Kean wasn't actually the worst tactitian or manager in the league, compared to Black, Steve Kean is a football genius. Just another indicator that we need a proven manager to get the best out of this squad till January, get rid of the dead wood and strengthen for a promotion push.
Although I think Dunny would have been wise to listen to Souness about how his lifestyle would impact on his later career no one can question his ability or his passion for Rovers. Unfortunately you cannot rely on him for 90 minutes but he can offer the creativity and drive we lack in central midfield. Black has totally defied belief and has proven Kean wasn't actually the worst tactitian or manager in the league, compared to Black, Steve Kean is a football genius. Just another indicator that we need a proven manager to get the best out of this squad till January, get rid of the dead wood and strengthen for a promotion push. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 10

10:32am Thu 11 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

Everyone knows what Dunn has done, put the fridge too close to the recliner.
He is the Homer simpson of the football team. Too many pies and beer.
He needs to stock his fridge with salad and get on the treadmill. Roy Keane did it to prolong his carreer. A slim David dunn would last another 4 years.
Instead of FEED THE GOAT AND HE WILL SCORE it should be STOP FEEDING THE BLOAT AND HE WILL SCORE.
Everyone knows what Dunn has done, put the fridge too close to the recliner. He is the Homer simpson of the football team. Too many pies and beer. He needs to stock his fridge with salad and get on the treadmill. Roy Keane did it to prolong his carreer. A slim David dunn would last another 4 years. Instead of FEED THE GOAT AND HE WILL SCORE it should be STOP FEEDING THE BLOAT AND HE WILL SCORE. RUinsane
  • Score: 7

10:41am Thu 11 Oct 12

dangerous dave says...

Dunn unfortunately not up to 90 mins/fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Cant keep relying on the dead wood to come up trumps occasionally - no a clear out in all senses of the word is needed if we are to bring the good times back to Ewood.
OUT WITH BLACK HENDRY AGNEW SINGH VENKYS
Dunn unfortunately not up to 90 mins/fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Cant keep relying on the dead wood to come up trumps occasionally - no a clear out in all senses of the word is needed if we are to bring the good times back to Ewood. OUT WITH BLACK HENDRY AGNEW SINGH VENKYS dangerous dave
  • Score: 0

10:50am Thu 11 Oct 12

greenscreener says...

It hs been evident for some time that Dunny doesn't have 90 minutes in him, but dropping down a division he should have enough left to have that impact and change things in the second half.

The criticism of Murphy comes from the frustration of watching someone who was a regular in a premiership side now turning out performances that are lacking commitment and quality. He is being out played by average championship midfielders and never looks like making much effort to recover when he looses the ball or people simply run past him.

Rovers fans expect more from their captains, this one looks like he's going through the motions. Swap him out at half time for Dunny and lets see if a kick up the ar5e has any impact.
It hs been evident for some time that Dunny doesn't have 90 minutes in him, but dropping down a division he should have enough left to have that impact and change things in the second half. The criticism of Murphy comes from the frustration of watching someone who was a regular in a premiership side now turning out performances that are lacking commitment and quality. He is being out played by average championship midfielders and never looks like making much effort to recover when he looses the ball or people simply run past him. Rovers fans expect more from their captains, this one looks like he's going through the motions. Swap him out at half time for Dunny and lets see if a kick up the ar5e has any impact. greenscreener
  • Score: 13

11:22am Thu 11 Oct 12

Harwoodstblue says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Dunn unfortunately not up to 90 mins/fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Cant keep relying on the dead wood to come up trumps occasionally - no a clear out in all senses of the word is needed if we are to bring the good times back to Ewood.
OUT WITH BLACK HENDRY AGNEW SINGH VENKYS
Agreed, a good clear out is needed. Get rid of all the dross brought to the club during the Kean era. The club has only gone backwards and is plain to see. Can Venkys' see what they have done ?
Bring back a proper functioning board, a proper manager and back room coaching staff and players of the quality we had before Venkys', in their wisdom, off loaded them.
All this will cost a lot of money, but will Venkys deliver ?
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Dunn unfortunately not up to 90 mins/fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Cant keep relying on the dead wood to come up trumps occasionally - no a clear out in all senses of the word is needed if we are to bring the good times back to Ewood. OUT WITH BLACK HENDRY AGNEW SINGH VENKYS[/p][/quote]Agreed, a good clear out is needed. Get rid of all the dross brought to the club during the Kean era. The club has only gone backwards and is plain to see. Can Venkys' see what they have done ? Bring back a proper functioning board, a proper manager and back room coaching staff and players of the quality we had before Venkys', in their wisdom, off loaded them. All this will cost a lot of money, but will Venkys deliver ? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 9

11:42am Thu 11 Oct 12

michael.seed-donnelly says...

Either one or both Dunny and MGP need to be playing in centre midfield as against Wolves we were pathetic.In the lasy 3 home games David Perkins,Josh Mceachran and Karl Henry have all embarassed our midfield.
We are being made to look ponderous and too predictable.The coaches need to work on the tempo and precision of our passing..MGPand Dunny must be wondering what they have to do play.Get some width when we have possession maybe Vukcevic on the right. Thanks mike
Either one or both Dunny and MGP need to be playing in centre midfield as against Wolves we were pathetic.In the lasy 3 home games David Perkins,Josh Mceachran and Karl Henry have all embarassed our midfield. We are being made to look ponderous and too predictable.The coaches need to work on the tempo and precision of our passing..MGPand Dunny must be wondering what they have to do play.Get some width when we have possession maybe Vukcevic on the right. Thanks mike [riverside magyars] michael.seed-donnelly
  • Score: 3

11:47am Thu 11 Oct 12

Tatts says...

Dunn didn't help himself by turning up to the first game of the season carrying an extra stone. To be fair to him though he looks like he has now shed it.
Dunn didn't help himself by turning up to the first game of the season carrying an extra stone. To be fair to him though he looks like he has now shed it. Tatts
  • Score: 5

11:53am Thu 11 Oct 12

greenscreener says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
Dunn unfortunately not up to 90 mins/fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Cant keep relying on the dead wood to come up trumps occasionally - no a clear out in all senses of the word is needed if we are to bring the good times back to Ewood.
OUT WITH BLACK HENDRY AGNEW SINGH VENKYS
Agreed, a good clear out is needed. Get rid of all the dross brought to the club during the Kean era. The club has only gone backwards and is plain to see. Can Venkys' see what they have done ?
Bring back a proper functioning board, a proper manager and back room coaching staff and players of the quality we had before Venkys', in their wisdom, off loaded them.
All this will cost a lot of money, but will Venkys deliver ?
Its taken 2 years to make a lot of mistakes, and certainly the club needs to be rebuilt but some things are easier than others.

A new manager can hopefully fix the problems with tactics and motivation, and change the coaching staff fairly quickly. But without a massive injection of cash, which just isn't going to happen, It will take 2 or 3 transfer windows to rotate much of the playing staff.

A new board is in the gift of the owners, and who is going to tell them what they need, Shebby ? the guy you wouldn't need if you had a proper board !

New owners is even less likely, is there anybody out there willing to pay a price that Venkys would find acceptable ? If there is they need to get to Pune and sell themselves to Mrs D as a credible and realistic alternative who can give her a dignified exit.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Dunn unfortunately not up to 90 mins/fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Cant keep relying on the dead wood to come up trumps occasionally - no a clear out in all senses of the word is needed if we are to bring the good times back to Ewood. OUT WITH BLACK HENDRY AGNEW SINGH VENKYS[/p][/quote]Agreed, a good clear out is needed. Get rid of all the dross brought to the club during the Kean era. The club has only gone backwards and is plain to see. Can Venkys' see what they have done ? Bring back a proper functioning board, a proper manager and back room coaching staff and players of the quality we had before Venkys', in their wisdom, off loaded them. All this will cost a lot of money, but will Venkys deliver ?[/p][/quote]Its taken 2 years to make a lot of mistakes, and certainly the club needs to be rebuilt but some things are easier than others. A new manager can hopefully fix the problems with tactics and motivation, and change the coaching staff fairly quickly. But without a massive injection of cash, which just isn't going to happen, It will take 2 or 3 transfer windows to rotate much of the playing staff. A new board is in the gift of the owners, and who is going to tell them what they need, Shebby ? the guy you wouldn't need if you had a proper board ! New owners is even less likely, is there anybody out there willing to pay a price that Venkys would find acceptable ? If there is they need to get to Pune and sell themselves to Mrs D as a credible and realistic alternative who can give her a dignified exit. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

12:22pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Riverside 7 says...

I'm afraid Dunny can't last more than 60 minutes these days (probably even less if he is played as a midfield player rather than behind the main sriker)
and I am sure that Dunny is the first to admit that his 'legs have gone'.

Any manager simply can't build a team around someone like that and for me any role for Dunny would be as an impact sub.
However, I would certainly have brought him on against Wolves instead of Etuhu.

On the other hand, our other pensioner MGP still possesses the fitness to play in central midfield - although he hasn't got the pace to be a wide man.
Sam Alardyce recognised this, yet Seve Kean played him on the left and on the right side of midfield at times.

For me MGP rather than Dunny should be starting in central midfield.
I'm afraid Dunny can't last more than 60 minutes these days (probably even less if he is played as a midfield player rather than behind the main sriker) and I am sure that Dunny is the first to admit that his 'legs have gone'. Any manager simply can't build a team around someone like that and for me any role for Dunny would be as an impact sub. However, I would certainly have brought him on against Wolves instead of Etuhu. On the other hand, our other pensioner MGP still possesses the fitness to play in central midfield - although he hasn't got the pace to be a wide man. Sam Alardyce recognised this, yet Seve Kean played him on the left and on the right side of midfield at times. For me MGP rather than Dunny should be starting in central midfield. Riverside 7
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Thu 11 Oct 12

greenscreener says...

Riverside 7 wrote:
I'm afraid Dunny can't last more than 60 minutes these days (probably even less if he is played as a midfield player rather than behind the main sriker)
and I am sure that Dunny is the first to admit that his 'legs have gone'.

Any manager simply can't build a team around someone like that and for me any role for Dunny would be as an impact sub.
However, I would certainly have brought him on against Wolves instead of Etuhu.

On the other hand, our other pensioner MGP still possesses the fitness to play in central midfield - although he hasn't got the pace to be a wide man.
Sam Alardyce recognised this, yet Seve Kean played him on the left and on the right side of midfield at times.

For me MGP rather than Dunny should be starting in central midfield.
I'd have used them both at half time against Wolves, Lowe was chasing shadows and Murphy was watching them run past him.
[quote][p][bold]Riverside 7[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid Dunny can't last more than 60 minutes these days (probably even less if he is played as a midfield player rather than behind the main sriker) and I am sure that Dunny is the first to admit that his 'legs have gone'. Any manager simply can't build a team around someone like that and for me any role for Dunny would be as an impact sub. However, I would certainly have brought him on against Wolves instead of Etuhu. On the other hand, our other pensioner MGP still possesses the fitness to play in central midfield - although he hasn't got the pace to be a wide man. Sam Alardyce recognised this, yet Seve Kean played him on the left and on the right side of midfield at times. For me MGP rather than Dunny should be starting in central midfield.[/p][/quote]I'd have used them both at half time against Wolves, Lowe was chasing shadows and Murphy was watching them run past him. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

1:30pm Thu 11 Oct 12

the_iconoclast says...

The only time I'd perhaps turn to Dunn would be as a manager. The man has no football ability whatsoever anymore. Same can be said for Pedersen. Get them in as 1 and 2 or preferably get rid of them all together. Don't ever want to see them at Ewood again unless it's in the stand. They were good last decade. Bet Dunn gets the same minibus as Pedersen to Brockhall. Jokers for years.
The only time I'd perhaps turn to Dunn would be as a manager. The man has no football ability whatsoever anymore. Same can be said for Pedersen. Get them in as 1 and 2 or preferably get rid of them all together. Don't ever want to see them at Ewood again unless it's in the stand. They were good last decade. Bet Dunn gets the same minibus as Pedersen to Brockhall. Jokers for years. the_iconoclast
  • Score: -7

2:29pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Rovers1975 says...

Dunnys legs probably have gone but Saturdays performance was so drab he should've had half an hour to try and change things in the middle. Murphy sat too deep and was trying to pull the strings with sideways and backwards passes, which may keep tidy possession but never creates anything.
Dunnys legs probably have gone but Saturdays performance was so drab he should've had half an hour to try and change things in the middle. Murphy sat too deep and was trying to pull the strings with sideways and backwards passes, which may keep tidy possession but never creates anything. Rovers1975
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Thu 11 Oct 12

makaveli96 says...

Murphy doesnt speak like us!
Murphy doesnt speak like us! makaveli96
  • Score: -1

4:56pm Thu 11 Oct 12

johnny rover says...

If Dunny's work rate was the same as Murphy's he'd last 120 minutes, never mind 90. Agreed he cannot last 90 the way he plays but I'd rather a committed and creative Dunny for 60 than walkabout Murphy for 90.
If Dunny's work rate was the same as Murphy's he'd last 120 minutes, never mind 90. Agreed he cannot last 90 the way he plays but I'd rather a committed and creative Dunny for 60 than walkabout Murphy for 90. johnny rover
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Thu 11 Oct 12

kiwipom73 says...

Dunn is not a 6 mins player never mind a 60.
Cannot imagine him losing much sleep over the fact he has a comfortable contract to sit out before he trys Chinese or Arab football for a final year....before they too find out the facts he has not been much of a contributor or 2/3 seasons now...
Loan him out to anyone until there is any signs of commitement AND FITNESS !!!
Some knobhead suggested him has Manager....are they having a laugh !!
Dunn is not a 6 mins player never mind a 60. Cannot imagine him losing much sleep over the fact he has a comfortable contract to sit out before he trys Chinese or Arab football for a final year....before they too find out the facts he has not been much of a contributor or 2/3 seasons now... Loan him out to anyone until there is any signs of commitement AND FITNESS !!! Some knobhead suggested him has Manager....are they having a laugh !! kiwipom73
  • Score: 0

8:45pm Thu 11 Oct 12

GameRoverMan says...

In my opinion, Murphy is one of the best passers at the club. The problem is he has to have a target to pass to. When he wants to play a quick pass, most of the team are standing around scratching their ar$es. The basic problem is a total lack of fitness and movement off the ball. Get that sorted out and you will see the best of Danny Murphy!
In my opinion, Murphy is one of the best passers at the club. The problem is he has to have a target to pass to. When he wants to play a quick pass, most of the team are standing around scratching their ar$es. The basic problem is a total lack of fitness and movement off the ball. Get that sorted out and you will see the best of Danny Murphy! GameRoverMan
  • Score: -1

9:21pm Thu 11 Oct 12

silverstan says...

David Dunn a true master in the middle, yes he has injury problems, but cut him in two & he would be blue & white all the way through !!! Keep him on the leash till dingle day, then see how good he is !!!
David Dunn a true master in the middle, yes he has injury problems, but cut him in two & he would be blue & white all the way through !!! Keep him on the leash till dingle day, then see how good he is !!! silverstan
  • Score: 2

9:21pm Thu 11 Oct 12

silverstan says...

David Dunn a true master in the middle, yes he has injury problems, but cut him in two & he would be blue & white all the way through !!! Keep him on the leash till dingle day, then see how good he is !!!
David Dunn a true master in the middle, yes he has injury problems, but cut him in two & he would be blue & white all the way through !!! Keep him on the leash till dingle day, then see how good he is !!! silverstan
  • Score: 0

12:41am Fri 12 Oct 12

eo2riversider says...

central midfield has been that bad there's nothing to lose by bringing him on for the last 20 minutes.Interesting report on the match against a young Oldham reserve it confirms my fears that Kean has brought in a load of light weight foreign players that are not going to compete in midfield so we don't have many options
central midfield has been that bad there's nothing to lose by bringing him on for the last 20 minutes.Interesting report on the match against a young Oldham reserve it confirms my fears that Kean has brought in a load of light weight foreign players that are not going to compete in midfield so we don't have many options eo2riversider
  • Score: 1

11:17am Fri 12 Oct 12

greenscreener says...

GameRoverMan wrote:
In my opinion, Murphy is one of the best passers at the club. The problem is he has to have a target to pass to. When he wants to play a quick pass, most of the team are standing around scratching their ar$es. The basic problem is a total lack of fitness and movement off the ball. Get that sorted out and you will see the best of Danny Murphy!
Have you actually been to a game this season ?

Murphy rarely lifts his head up far enough to see beyond the person who is nearest to him. As someone I hoped would bring a bit of vision to the midfield he looks to play short, one-touch, and backwards, far too often because his lack of movement means he's always closed down. If he is such a good passer he should find some space, put his foot on the ball once in a while and open the game up. Maybe watch Tugay on youtube.

I agree that the team is lacking fitness, also passion, organisation and leadership, attrbues our 'captain' certainly does not demonstrate or inspire.
[quote][p][bold]GameRoverMan[/bold] wrote: In my opinion, Murphy is one of the best passers at the club. The problem is he has to have a target to pass to. When he wants to play a quick pass, most of the team are standing around scratching their ar$es. The basic problem is a total lack of fitness and movement off the ball. Get that sorted out and you will see the best of Danny Murphy![/p][/quote]Have you actually been to a game this season ? Murphy rarely lifts his head up far enough to see beyond the person who is nearest to him. As someone I hoped would bring a bit of vision to the midfield he looks to play short, one-touch, and backwards, far too often because his lack of movement means he's always closed down. If he is such a good passer he should find some space, put his foot on the ball once in a while and open the game up. Maybe watch Tugay on youtube. I agree that the team is lacking fitness, also passion, organisation and leadership, attrbues our 'captain' certainly does not demonstrate or inspire. greenscreener
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Fri 12 Oct 12

benal13 says...

silverstan wrote:
David Dunn a true master in the middle, yes he has injury problems, but cut him in two & he would be blue & white all the way through !!! Keep him on the leash till dingle day, then see how good he is !!!
so your saying just play him twice a season i dont think he would even manage that unless he loses at least a stone!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]silverstan[/bold] wrote: David Dunn a true master in the middle, yes he has injury problems, but cut him in two & he would be blue & white all the way through !!! Keep him on the leash till dingle day, then see how good he is !!![/p][/quote]so your saying just play him twice a season i dont think he would even manage that unless he loses at least a stone!!!!! benal13
  • Score: 0

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