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Friday 12th February Blackburn Rovers Vs Preston North End @ Ewood Park


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Outthought and outdone by Alex Neil yet again. What's that now? 5 times in 6 games?  He should have gone after the Preston embarrassment of October 2019 when Mowbray and his dithering team collap

Mowbray is not worthy of managing our Rovers. I absolutely hate how Waggott, the media and some supporters make out as though we are lucky to have him. I'd argue it is the other way round. He was abys

I thought we played well in the first half and probably on balance deserved the win, but was relieved that you didn't attack the way you did at Deepdale, especially as we've lost our 3 best defenders

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For me there are some things that have to happen with the team. Dack HAS to start and in his best position. Harwood Bellis should not at any point be shoe horned in regardless of Mowbray trying to appease Pep. Douglas has to come back in, the only selection dilemma for me is the left side where no one is demanding a start to be honest.

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Nyambe Lenihan Branthwaite Douglas

Travis Davenport

Elliott Dack Brereton

Armstrong

Subs: Pears, Harwood Bellis, Gallagher, Dolan, Rothwell, Downing, Trybull, Bell, Bennett

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Ditch the 4-3-3, start Dack in his best position, don't play with a false 9, give Elliott a rest and don't try to shoehorn the lad from City in at any point.

                                    Kamniski

Nyambe        Lenihan              Branthwaite      Douglas

                      Travis                 Davenport

Dolan                           Dack                             Rothwell

                                Armstrong

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Apathy mode has been fully activated for me.

This is what our season has now been reduced to. Hoping to get one over local rivals for bragging rights. 

Don't get me wrong, I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!

But in the grand scheme of things it will mean nowt in terms of the league.

And how often have we performed well when live on Sky? Basically never.

1-1 draw. We gave it a right good go. ūüôĄ

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                    Kaminski 

nyambe. Lenihan. Branthwaite douglas

               Trav.  N.  Dav 

elliott.           Dack.       Arma

                  Gallagher

i know arma is better suited up top but I’d be interested to see how this works with these three feeding off Gallagher as well as having some actual height in the box for a crossing option

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11 minutes ago, Ewood Ace said:

Ditch the 4-3-3, start Dack in his best position, don't play with a false 9, give Elliott a rest and don't try to shoehorn the lad from City in at any point.

                                    Kamniski

Nyambe        Lenihan              Branthwaite      Douglas

                      Travis                 Davenport

Dolan                           Dack                             Rothwell

                                Armstrong

In all honesty, this looks to be our strongest line-up to me. Nicely worked out. I'm really disappointed with Rothwell lately. He has so much talent but plays far too within himself. A potential matchwinner on his day though.

I expect us to win this 2-0

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What is certain is that this will be a very different North End team than the one we played in November. They made 8 signings in the transfer window and last Saturday 6 of them started the game with another coming on as a sub.

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23 minutes ago, Silas said:

Apathy mode has been fully activated for me.

This is what our season has now been reduced to. Hoping to get one over local rivals for bragging rights. 

Don't get me wrong, I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!

But in the grand scheme of things it will mean nowt in terms of the league.

And how often have we performed well when live on Sky? Basically never.

1-1 draw. We gave it a right good go. ūüôĄ

Leeds away five or so seasons ago

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5 minutes ago, only2garners said:

What is certain is that this will be a very different North End team than the one we played in November. They made 8 signings in the transfer window and last Saturday 6 of them started the game with another coming on as a sub.

Didn't they lose ?

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24 minutes ago, rigger said:

Didn't they lose ?

Yes. I wasn't saying that they were a better team, just that it's more than half a new team we will be playing. For what it's worth it sounds like they played OK on Saturday but gave away a soft own goal in the first minute and then missed their chances.

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We should win this but it all depends on the Tony tombola.

I have no clue who will be picked in the first eleven, who will be out of position, what formation (or formations) it will be or what bizarre tactical substitutions will happen.

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2 hours ago, Silas said:

Apathy mode has been fully activated for me.

This is what our season has now been reduced to. Hoping to get one over local rivals for bragging rights. 

Don't get me wrong, I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them, love it!

But in the grand scheme of things it will mean nowt in terms of the league.

And how often have we performed well when live on Sky? Basically never.

1-1 draw. We gave it a right good go. ūüôĄ

That's the spirit! 

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We should win as we have a stronger squad and our home record is solid against the middle or bottom sides in the division.

But notwithstanding the Deepdale fixture earlier this season our record against the noisy neighbours is poor in recent years, and they will be desperate to make up for the pasting of earlier this season.

Of bigger concern is whether we are embarking on yet another spiral having played quite poorly now since Christmas, having a few fortunate results and then hitting the buffers at QPR. Rebound with a win and it can be put down as an off day or blip but what we cannot afford is another spiral of 3 defeats or 5 games without a win like we often have.

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I fear this one could be a reversal of the previous fixture which was an excellent effort from us.  It was a strangely subdued one by them though so i think they'll be really up for this so i hope we are.

I plump for a  2 - 2 action packed draw although in truth it could go either way by a few goals.

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At the risk of sounding like Mercer after two bottles of red, I think we'll piss this one. An early goal for once followed by a breakaway second, and then Dolan to come on after an hour and smash in a late hat trick.

5-0.

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Must win!

I don’t think it is a must win but it’s not a match thread without a must win thrown in there 

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Absolute home banker this one - even 'Tinkerman Tony' couldn't screw this one up.

PNE in poor form (and transition) having just one point from their last three games and just one win in their last five games.

Know a good few folk who follow PNE (family and friends) and they are bricking it, fearing a real thumping.  They look at the likes of Armstrong, Elliott, Dack and even Dolan (with a big point to prove) and can see four or five goals flying in.

I'd put every bit of money you could afford to lose on a Rovers' win at evens or slightly better.  Fill yer boots.

 

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4 hours ago, Ewood Ace said:

Ditch the 4-3-3, start Dack in his best position, don't play with a false 9, give Elliott a rest and don't try to shoehorn the lad from City in at any point.

                                    Kamniski

Nyambe        Lenihan              Branthwaite      Douglas

                      Travis                 Davenport

Dolan                           Dack                             Rothwell

                                Armstrong

A decent side and better formation for the players. You do know Mowbray won't abandon 4-3-3. It's supposed to be his lucky talisman.

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41 minutes ago, Mercer said:

Absolute home banker this one - even 'Tinkerman Tony' couldn't screw this one up.

PNE in poor form (and transition) having just one point from their last three games and just one win in their last five games.

Know a good few folk who follow PNE (family and friends) and they are bricking it, fearing a real thumping.  They look at the likes of Armstrong, Elliott, Dack and even Dolan (with a big point to prove) and can see four or five goals flying in.

I'd put every bit of money you could afford to lose on a Rovers' win at evens or slightly better.  Fill yer boots.

 

Oh god Mercer. ūü§®

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