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Last Game: Aston Villa (H) Saturday 29th April, Kick off 15.00

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Good preview, Andre.

For me, one of the greatest sights in the history of British football has always been the Gordon Cowans cross-field pass skimming the top soil as it fizzed to the feet of a teammate, and lesser mortal. An effortless midfield maestro. It was a pleasure to see him in a Rovers shirt.

https://www.villatalk.com/topic/16388-pre-match-thread/

Some Villa fans comments. I especially liked:-

'I don't care what team we put out, so long as the Football League fine us for it'   :D

A Villa ladies team* and a Cowans-esque performance from J-Lowe and we could scab a win.

1-0 Rovers

Image result for sexy female aston villa fan in villa kit

*The captain of Villa's ladies team...and possibly Mercer's friend/colleague.

 

 

 

 

 

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                         Raya

    Nyambe Hoban Mulgrew Williams

Feeney Bennett Guthrie Lenihan Emnes

                           Joao

With Emnes not having much (any) defensive responsibility. Captain Coward should never play for us again. Gallagher has been very poor. Feeney can be relatively effective on the right if all he does is try and cross it. Guthrie to pull the strings.

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Nice preview K-Hod.  Thank you.  

The quality of previews is on the up.  I volunteer to do Southend away next season :wacko:

I suggest we will continue with our excellent form.  Only 1 goal against in three games.....that is impressive.

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I really wanted to be cheering the team on in the run in. My season finishes this Saturday so I'm hoping I can make Brentford away. I feel like a win vs Villa would do us the world of confidence for nerves going in to the last game.

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Thanks K-Hod, a most enjoyable read.

Club connections:

Gordon Lee: played as a right back over an 11 year period at Villa. As a Manager won Rovers the Third Division title in the 74-75 season. Then moved to Newcastle and the reason for my actute dislike for all things Geordie, apart from a few lasses I've encountered over the years.

Chris Price: signed by Rovers twice and played for Villa inbetween. A good fullback who could score a goal when needed!

I do not think that we have any chance of winning this game. We have forgotten how to score and Mowbray has naturally become scared of losing. He will try to set us up to not concede early but we are then incapable if getting on to the front foot. A lack of heart or basic interest from our loanee strikers will do us in.

Imo the best we can hope for is 1-1 v Villa followed by losing at Brentford.

Chicken players and, sadly, a past it Rooster as Manager.

Not forgetting the Cocks as DoF and FD and the heap of Chicken s-hit in Pune.

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Villa did us a massive favour on Sunday so hope they can do us another one Saturday. Them rolling over to relegate their rivals is our only hope. If roles were reversed with nothing to play for and Rovers were playing a team who could potentially relegate the dingles I'd 100% be routing for the oppo.

However, I don't think villa employ 11 people (including catering staff, receptionists, etc) capable of losing to our talentless, lazy bums. Players don't seem to care and that ethos comes from the top from owners who definitely don't care.

I think we will be relegated Saturday I only hope as a consolation relegation brings about ownership changes (no evidence to suggest this will happen). Sick of this death by 1000 cuts under the Venkys 

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9 hours ago, blueboy3333 said:

Good preview, Andre.

For me, one of the greatest sights in the history of British football has always been the Gordon Cowans cross-field pass skimming the top soil as it fizzed to the feet of a teammate, and lesser mortal. An effortless midfield maestro. It was a pleasure to see him in a Rovers shirt.

https://www.villatalk.com/topic/16388-pre-match-thread/

Some Villa fans comments. I especially liked:-

'I don't care what team we put out, so long as the Football League fine us for it'   :D

A Villa ladies team* and a Cowans-esque performance from J-Lowe and we could scab a win.

1-0 Rovers

Image result for sexy female aston villa fan in villa kit

*The captain of Villa's ladies team...and possibly Mercer's friend/colleague.

Stokesy will play but only if shown live over the internet ;)

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1-2 Villa....the good ship Rovers finally sinks below the waves.

The  confused Rao's to give their first interview in Donkeys years stating that they did not know we could be relegated.

 

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Just now, Bigdoggsteel said:

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/how-huddersfield-town-line-up-12948899

After the match, Wagner said: "We will now make the right decisions in the next two games to keep everybody fresh for the play-offs. Today we celebrate.

Well there it is, we are fooked. 

Depends how good their squad is, I guess.

Obviously for the players coming in, it's a chance to try and push their way into the play-off starting eleven, so they shouldn't be lacking in effort. Quality on the other hand...

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Just now, LeChuck said:

Depends how good their squad is, I guess.

Obviously for the players coming in, it's a chance to try and push their way into the play-off starting eleven, so they shouldn't be lacking in effort. Quality on the other hand...

I'm more worried about what their "celebrations" looked like. Chris Hughton said that Brighton were out partying after they won the title and they had a clear hangover against Norwich. 

I suppose its all irrelevant, we need to win first and foremost. 

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Got my tickets for the brentford game but cant g oto the villa one. I feel we will be relegated before we kick a ball at brentford. I would love to be wrong just how I feel. If you cant beat barnsely and bristol at home in the final stages in our situation then you deserve to go really. I remember the days where Big Sam would of looked at those games as keeping us up in the prem, and would deliver the points, we have not. I see us drawing at best to villa saturday and brum winning.

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Just now, ruggles1995 said:

Got my tickets for the brentford game but cant g oto the villa one. I feel we will be relegated before we kick a ball at brentford. I would love to be wrong just how I feel. If you cant beat barnsely and bristol at home in the final stages in our situation then you deserve to go really. I remember the days where Big Sam would of looked at those games as keeping us up in the prem, and would deliver the points, we have not. I see us drawing at best to villa saturday and brum winning.

Big Sam with his home games against certain sides which he targeted as 3 pointers. Burnley at home this weekend will be one. A manager with a plan. Those were the days.

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53 minutes ago, arbitro said:

I'm looking for anything that might help us now. 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39732855

I saw that and thought ok may help us a bit for Brum to lose their Captain.

What a good signing he was for Brum. Fully committed if not the best of players. We have nobody to compare with his blood and guts approach to every game.

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Just now, AllRoverAsia said:

I saw that and thought ok may help us a bit for Brum to lose their Captain.

What a good signing he was for Brum. Fully committed if not the best of players. We have nobody to compare with his blood and guts approach to every game.

Ahem Jason Lowe :)

No, true it can only be good for us that Robinson is missing. A good pro. 

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Just now, Bigdoggsteel said:

Ahem Jason Lowe :)

No, true it can only be good for us that Robinson is missing. A good pro. 

Jason v Robinson

Shame Joey can't have a punt on the outcome of that ;)

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We simply have to win to keep our hopes alive and I think we will.

You can't help but think that 11 desperados will have enough professionalism, pride and self esteem to see off a Villa side with nothing to play for and thoughts only for the beach.

However, if we are to be relegated, I actually hope it happens on Saturday at Ewood when, hopefully, the Rovers' fans would vent their feelings to Venky's, Cheston, Senior and the players in a way rarely witnessed at Ewood in recent times.  It's also time for the h a p p y  c l a p p e r s and those with heads in the sand to stand up and show some sense and b a l l s.

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Teams with nothing to play with will be under no pressure and can express themselves and try things they wouldn't normally try. On the other hand they will probably not be as keen to go fully blooded into a 50/50. We need to raise the intensity and really give 150%. Nothing else is acceptable. Basically we need to do what we didn't do against Barnsley and Wolves.  

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