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    “I have no comment to make on that. But whether with Wycombe Wanderers or in any career, people have the right to move on. We don't have the right to stand in the way of anybody, from Gareth to the players to someone in the sales team. I have enjoyed working with Gareth for some years now and we are continuing to work hard to improve our situation." said the Wycombe Chairman.

    Blackburn born Ainsworth, has been one of the favourites to take the Rovers job with several bookies for some time now.

    Is he a favourite with the fans? Have your say below in the comments or on our forums.
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    “I have no comment to make on that. But whether with Wycombe Wanderers or in any career, people have the right to move on. We don't have the right to stand in the way of anybody, from Gareth to the players to someone in the sales team. I have enjoyed working with Gareth for some years now and we are continuing to work hard to improve our situation." said the Wycombe Chairman.

    Full Article on GetBucks.co.UK
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    The short statement starts by saying there is no truth in the media reports that they have received a proposal and continues with a promise that they "have no intention of selling or diluting our stake in any manner".

    Kamy, (@NorthernRover), known to have good contacts in both Venky's and Seneca soon responded on Twitter with "That statement of no proposal from Seneca is complete and utter @#/?. Can't say anymore as Seneca will be responding themselves soon" and former BRFC Action Group Chairman Glen Mullan (@glen9mullan) stated "Very strange @Rovers statement given Seneca and @RoversTrust have both confirmed bid for part ownership of club has been submitted".

    The reaction from less-well connected fans fans been understandably angry, with Blue Blood posting on the BRFCS forums "Wow didn't think they could generate more anger than by rejecting it but again Venkys plumb new depths. Denying the bid happened makes them look even more clueless and stupid."

    The statement can be read in full at http://www.rovers.co.uk/news/article/a-message-from-the-owners-3124381.aspx

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    After Rovers 1-1 draw against Brentford manager Gary Bowyer felt that the performance levels of the Rovers players had dropped from the standards set in previous games, talking at his after match press conference Bowyer said
    “A world class save has stopped us from winning but on a performance level, it’s not the standards we’ve met all season".
    “But we showed a different side to us in the sense that we had to dig in – and I thought we did that.
    “But performance-wise, we’ve played a lot better this season, for sure.
    “I was disappointed with how we went about it in the first 20-25 minutes but I thought we got some energy once we scored.
    “At half-time we said to them they had to perform better – there was no doubt about that. We knew that we could – and I thought we did in the second half.â€
    Rovers have a 2 week International break and are next in action against Preston on 21st November 2015.
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    By vdb, in Players,

    Jordan Rhodes is aiming to join the likes of Simon Garner and Alan Shearer in scoring 100 goals for Rovers.  Currently the prolific striker has 82 goals in 156 appearances.
    Speaking to the local press Rhodes said
    "100 would be nice" “I don’t know the stats so I don’t know how many people are in that exclusive club but it would be nice to be part of it.  “It’s something I left Huddersfield a little bit short of – I think I got to 87 – so it would be nice to be part of a 100-club.â€
    Should Rhodes get 100 goals he would become the 11th player to do so in the club's 140 year history.
    Rovers take on Brentford tomorrow at Ewood Park.
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    Gary Bowyer has confirmed that both Fode Koita and Danny Guthrie have returned to full training this week and could be involved in tonight's game against Birmingham City.
    Rovers are without the suspended Evans for the trip to St Andrews.  Jason Lowe also remains sidelined.
    Rovers take on Birmingham tonight.
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    Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has heaped praise on midfielder Tom Lawrence and expressed hope that the loan agreement with Leicester City could be extended.
    As things stand Lawrence would go back to Leicester on 3rd January 2016, however talking to the press after the Thursday's victory against Leeds Bowyer said
    “I’ve spoken to Leicester quite a bit just to keep them informed of how he’s doing,†he said.
    “On Thursday they saw for themselves. They’re monitoring him but the lad needs to play games and he’s happy here and settled here and I’m sure those conversations will carry on with Leicester.
    “I’d like to buy him if I could.â€
    Lawrence and Rovers are back in action on Tuesday night as they take on Birmingham City at St Andrews.
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    Milton Keynes Dons 3 v 0 Blackburn Rovers - by Parsonblue
    Milton Keynes Dons (1) 3
    Reeves (penalty) 11, Church 71, Reeve 89
    David Martin; Jordan Spence, Kyle McFadzean, Antony Kay, Dean Lewington; Jake Forster-Caskey, Diego Poyet; Rob Hall (Carl Baker 63), Ben Reeves, Josh Murphy (Samir Carruthers 86); Simon Church (Nicky Maynard 77).
    Subs not used: Charlie Burns (gk), Lee Hodson, Sam Gallagher, Daniel Powell.
    Manager: Karl Robinson
    Blackburn Rovers (0) 0
    Jason Steele; Adam Henley (sent off 9), Shane Duffy, Grant Hanley, Marcus Olsson (Tommy Spurr 86); Ben Marshall, Corry Evans (Lee Williamson 68), Hope Akpan (Nathan Delfouneso 68), Craig Conway; Tom Lawrence; Jordan Rhodes.
    Subs not used: David Raya (gk), Matt Kilgallon, John O’Sullivan, Chris Taylor.
    Manager: Gary Bowyer
    Referee: Mr. J. Linington
    Bookings: MK Dons – Diego Poyet, Rob Hall
    Blackburn Rovers – Hope Akpan, Ben Marshall
    Sending off: Blackburn Rovers – Adam Henley
    Attendance: 11,548
    The Rovers faced an uphill task from the tenth minute of this encounter – being reduced to ten men and falling behind to a penalty – but to their credit they dominated the opening stages of the second half until a second goal in the seventy-first minute settled the destination of the points.
    The Rovers were unchanged for what was only their second visit to the stadiumMK and their first for a League encounter.
    The Rovers received an early warning that the home side were not as poor as their League position would suggest when Rob Hall turned Grant Hanley and fired in a shot which Jason Steele did well to turn away for a corner.  At the other end David Martin rushed out of his goal to clatter Jordan Rhodes to the ground when the striker looked to break away.  Surprisingly, for such a cynical challenge, Mr. Linington failed to produce a yellow card but minutes later he produced a red with a certain amount of indecent haste.
    The defining moment of the match came as early as the tenth minute when Mr. Linington awarded a penalty and produced a red card after Adam Henley and Josh Murphy had clashed as the latter entered the penalty area.  Henley, in truth, was the architect of his own downfall when he got the wrong side of Murphy and then compounded the error by trying to block the on loan Norwich winger as he entered the area.  The fact that Murphy was felled in the area was clear for all to see but less clear was the point at which the contact was first made.  Of course, football continues to dwell in the dark ages and turns its back on the type of technology which so many other sports benefit from and so we continue to rely on the guesswork of numerous hapless officials.  Hence we have goals punched in with the hand being allowed and “goals†which cross the line being disallowed.  In a multi-million pound sport it is embarrassing that such basic mistakes are allowed to determine the outcome of games.
    With the spot kick being given, Ben Reeves stepped up and made no mistake as he sent Steele the wrong way and calmly slotted the ball home.
    Bowyer made the necessary tactical changes following the dismissal of Henley which meant that Ben Marshall went to right-back whilst Tom Lawrence moved over to the right flank with Rhodes being asked to plough a lone furrow up front.
    The Rovers took time to adjust to the changes and the home side tried to take full advantage of the extra man and only a deflection off Shane Duffy prevented Murphy from increasing the lead.
    However, although MK Dons were closing down and harrying the Rovers when in possession chances were restricted as the Rovers began to get back into the game.  Indeed, they might have been level if the officials had taken action when the arm of Anthony Kay clearly felled Rhodes in the penalty area.  Inexplicably, neither the linesman nor the referee saw anything although it was a clear foul in the penalty area but, sadly, that seems to be the way the Rovers luck seems destined to go this season.
    On twenty-two minutes Marcus Olsson lofted a ball into the box which Martin claimed with supreme confidence and then Lawrence was felled by Hall, who was rightly booked, as he looked to make inroads in the opposition half.
    The Rovers were struggling to get to grips with Murphy and Marshall was having a torrid time trying to contain him.  However, on thirty-seven minutes it was Jake Forster-Caskey who almost doubled the home side’s lead.  Set up by Hall, Forster-Caskey fired in a well struck effort which Steele did well to beat away.
    A minute later and play switched to the other end when Conway crossed to the far post but the ball was just too high for Rhodes to get sufficient power on his header to trouble Martin and the ball merely glanced off his head and went behind for a goal kick.
    The Rovers found themselves in trouble again when Duffy was caught on the ball by Simon Church on the right of the Rovers’ area.  Church brushed the centre-back off the ball and then went straight for goal before he curled his shot just wide of the far post.  It was yet another individual error which could have proved so costly.
    As the half drew to a close a shot from Murphy was deflected safely into the arms of Steele and the Rovers left the pitch having survived unscathed after playing all but ten minutes with ten men.   Whilst there might have been little attacking intent to enthuse about the players had succeeded in staying in the game.
    The second half brought a more spirited response from the Rovers in an attacking sense.  Within the opening minutes, following good work from Hope Akpan, Conway had whipped in a cross into the area which Martin collected.
    A superb move down the left, on fifty-eight minutes, involving Olsson and Akpan ended with the ball being pulled back to Conway but his shot was blocked and so too was an effort from Evans when the ball came out to him.
    Another incisive move saw Evans find Conway on the left and his inch-perfect cross found the head of Rhodes who powered the ball goalwards only to see Martin make a save at point-blank range to deny him.
    Olsson and Akpan again combined well down the left and Akpan cut into the area only for a last ditch tackle to prevent him from getting his shot away.  Duffy then met a cross from Conway but although he headed the ball back across the goalmouth there was nobody there to get on the end of it for Rovers.
    Conway then tricked his way inside from the wing but his shot was deflected wide of goal for a corner.  Before the corner could be taken Bowyer made a double substitution with Evans and Akpan being replaced by Williamson and Delfouneso.  Evans, who had missed the previous international with injury was carrying a knock, whilst Akpan was presumably withdrawn having already been booked and with Mr. Linginton’s officiating so erratic the manager clearly didn’t want to risk another red card.  Whilst the decision protected the players for future matches it proved to be the turning point in this particular game although the Rovers might well have been on level terms from the corner which had been delayed for the substitutions.  When the ball came over Duffy met it with a powerful header which was cleared off the line by Forster-Caskey.
    The new central midfield partnership of Williamson and Lawrence had barely time to find their feet before the home side doubled their lead.  With the Rovers pressing for an equaliser it was always a danger that they would be caught on the break and so it proved.  Murphy, not for the first time, left Marshall in his wake and then found the perfect centre for Church to head home from no more than six yards out.
    Murphy then teased Duffy back into his own area before skipping past him with consummate ease but, fortunately, his shot flew just past the far post
    Steele kept out a header from Nicky Maynard with a splendid one-handed save but, in truth, the second goal had ended the game as a contest and  it came as no surprise when MK Dons added a third goal in the final minutes.  The third goal was the result some excellent one-touch play by Carl Baker and Forster-Caskey which enabled Reeves to get in behind the Rovers back line and beat Steele with ease.
    Whilst the result was hugely disappointing from the Rovers point of view there were, nonetheless, positives to take from the performance, particularly in the second half.  Once again the Rovers were left to question some refereeing decisions which seemed erratic to say the least although it has to be admitted that Henley contributed to his own downfall with some poor positional play.  Defensively, the Rovers looked fragile at times with Duffy having a poor game and Marshall completely overwhelmed by the exemplary wing play of Josh Murphy.
    In midfield the Rovers fought valiantly with Akpan taking the game to the MK Dons after the break and, in truth, once he and Evans departed the Rovers struggled to make any impact.  Lawrence operated in three different positions and that seemed to lessen his impact whilst Rhodes as asked to plough a lone furrow up front and struggled at times to get into the game.  Steele produced a number of excellent saves whilst Conway was always a threat down the left.  However, this was an afternoon to forget for the Rovers as they now prepare for two tough games against two sides who are highly fancied to fill the promotion places come the end of the season.
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    Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Football League Championship
    Blackburn Rovers 2 v 0 Ipswich Town - by Parsonblue
    Blackburn Rovers (2) 2
    Rhodes (penalty) 12, Rhodes 16
    Jason Steele; Adam Henley, Shane Duffy, Grant Hanley, Marcus Olsson; Ben Marshall, Corry Evans, Hope Akpan, Craig Conway; Tom Lawrence (Lee Williamson 90); Jordan Rhodes.
    Subs not used: David Raya (gk), Tommy Spurr, Nathan Delfouneso, Chris Taylor, Sacha Petshi, Darragh Lenihan.
    Manager: Gary Bowyer
    Ipswich Town (0) 0
    Dean Gerken; Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith, Christophe Berra, Jonathan Parr; Larsen Toure (David McGoldrick 53), Cole Skuse, Jonathan Douglas, Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Brett Pitman 59); Freddie Sears, Daryl Murphy (Tommy Oar 82).
    Subs not used: Bartosz Bialkowski (gk), Kevin Bru, Piotr Malarczyk, Josh Emmanuel.
    Manager: Mick McCarthy
    Referee: Mr. A. Marriner
    Bookings: Blackburn Rovers – Corry Evans, Grant Hanley
    Ipswich Town – Larsen Toure, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Christophe Berra
    Attendance: 12,672
    As the Rovers head into another of these interminable international breaks they do so in excellent spirits after a convincing win over one of the sides tipped to feature in the play-off places.  However, on the day, Mick McCarthy’s side had no answer to the high energy, pressing game which Rovers have combined with some exquisite football in recent weeks.  The marked change in style since the departure of Rudy Gestede has taken time to reap the rewards that is has deserved, although those who watch them every week know that the performances have deserved far more than the points that have been accumulated thus far.  Fortunately, the performances are now beginning to be rewarded with points as the Rovers climb away from the relegation zone to the calmer waters of mid-table.  In a division which seems tighter than ever you are only ever a couple of defeats away from a relegation dogfight or a couple of wins away from a chase for the play-offs and so it is with both of the teams on view in this game.
    With Danny Guthrie ruled out with injury, Gary Bowyer kept faith with Hope Akpan, who had been so impressive as a substitute at Hull, as his replacement in what was an otherwise unchanged starting eleven.
    The Rovers made the perfect start with Akpan looking prominent in midfield.  A surging run down the left wing saw the midfielder play the ball into Craig Conway before it was blocked by a defender for a corner.  Marshall then had a shout for a penalty waved away after an effort seemed to have struck the arm of a visiting defender.  However, minutes later Akpan picked up a loose ball in the area and was brought down from behind by Larsen Toure as he drove towards the goal.  Mr. Marriner had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Jordan Rhodes sent Dean Gerken the wrong way as he coolly dispatched the penalty with only twelve minutes gone.
    Four minutes later the Rovers had doubled their lead when Rhodes rose above Luke Chambers and met Craig Conway’s corner with a glancing header which beat Gerken and flew into the top corner of the net.
    Ipswich responded after eighteen minutes with a free-kick which Ainsley Maitland-Niles merely blasted into the wall of blue and white shirts.  However, it was the Rovers who were dominating possession and on twenty-two minutes another flowing move ended with Rhodes putting Marcus Olsson clear and the Swedish international lofted the ball over Gerken only for a linesman’s flag to rule the goal out because of a very close offside decision.
    Another Ipswich free-kick was headed clear by Shane Duffy whilst Olsson and Conway combined down the left wing before Olsson’s cross was headed clear.
    The Rovers were putting Ipswich under pressure whenever they had the ball and nothing epitomised this more than the sight of Tom Lawrence running twenty-five yards or more to tackle Jonathan Parr as he dwelt on the ball.
    In truth, the visitors looked completely inept in front of goal and a shot from Jonathan Douglas flew well wide.  Indeed, it was hard to believe that the Douglas who was on show for Ipswich was the same man who had been such a dominant figure for Brentford last season.  The former Rover looked slow and completely overwhelmed by the quick movement of Corry Evans and Akpan in the centre of the park.
    Ben Marshall played in Conway but his shot was blocked for a corner which Grant Hanley headed wide under pressure from an Ipswich defender.
    On forty-minutes, Conway fired a long range effort just wide and three minutes later an Akpan cross was just over Conway, who had dashed in at the far post in an attempt to reach it.
    The closest that the visitors came to scoring was when Daryl Murphy struck a twenty-five yard effort with sufficient power that Jason Steele was forced to dive full-length to push it away for a corner which Akpan and Evans cleared between them.
    Ipswich came out with a more determined approach in the second-half and put several balls into the Rovers area but Duffy, in particular, was outstanding and won everything that was thrown into the Rovers box.
    The Rovers, with a two goal advantage, looked to soak up the early pressure and then hit the visitors on the break and they created several more opportunities.  Lawrence and Evans had shots blocked whilst Olsson and Akpan both sent in crosses which proved to be just inches too high for their intended targets.
    Once again, the Rovers’ players were looking comfortable in possession and using the ball intelligently to retain possession and move the Ipswich defence around.  Rhodes was causing all sorts of problems with his movement and Christophe Berra struggled to get to grips with him without hacking or pushing him down.
    The Rovers might well have scored a third when Evans played a lovely pass into the path of Rhodes who shot from the edge of the area only to see the ball strike the woodwork and bounce clear.
    Berra, was eventually booked for yet another foul on Rhodes whilst Duffy raised a cheer when he charged forward before having his shot blocked.
    On sixty-three minutes, Steele made another good save when he tipped a forty-yard effort from Luke Chambers away.  However, at the other end Evans, who was having another outstanding game, played a lovely pass into the path of Adam Henley who had got in behind the defence and found himself in the area in a one-on-one situation with Gerken.  Sadly, when Henley tried to fire the ball past him the Ipswich ‘keeper made a save with his legs.
    Rhodes then forced a corner which Hanley headed over whilst Rhodes sent in a bullet like header from a Conway free-kick which seemed a goal all the way until Gerken produced a wonder save to get fingertips to the ball and deflect it for a corner.
    Rovers continued to work tirelessly at closing the visitors down and, although they were a little deeper in the second half, they were rarely troubled by an Ipswich side which looked a well beaten outfit by the end.
    Undoubtedly, this was the most complete performance of the season and one which the manager and players deserve full credit for.  Ipswich were out-thought and out-fought from the word go.  Rovers continued with the rich vein of form that they seem to have found since that half-time interval at Craven Cottage a few weeks ago.
    Jason Steele didn’t have much to do but when called upon he was excellent.  Adam Henley and Marcus Olsson proved to be a real handful going forward whilst they were sound in defence.  Henley had a much better game than of late whilst Olsson again demonstrated that he is, without question, the number one left-back at the club.
    Shane Duffy and Grant Hanley kept things tight in the centre of defence although Hanley had one or two moments of indecision.  Duffy was outstanding in the air and won everything as he totally dominated the Ipswich attack.
    It was in midfield where the Rovers really had the edge over their visitors.  Corry Evans and Hope Akpan covered every blade of grass and both looked to get forward at every opportunity.  Akpan’s forward runs caused the visitors problems early on and led to the penalty from which the Rovers opened the scoring.  Evans continually probed with a succession of clever passes which put his colleagues in behind the defence.  Evans, at the moment, is showing the best form of his entire time at Ewood.
    Ben Marshall and Craig Conway caused problems down the flanks for Ipswich and their ability to cut inside meant the defence was never quite sure what angle the ball would be delivered from.  Both worked hard to help out defensively which gave Henley and Olsson the opportunity to use their pace to get forward.
    In attack, Jordan Rhodes was simply outstanding.  Not only because he notched another two goals, but the fact that his general play was so good.  He bullied the Ipswich defence with his aggression and energy and his movement off the ball was first class.  This was the performance of not just a goal poacher but a proper centre-forward and long may it continue.
    Tom Lawrence proved an able support for Rhodes.  His pace and clever passing caused Ipswich a number of problems and often he drifted off Rhodes to play in the hole and the visitors struggled to pick him up.  Although a little lightweight, he plays with an intelligence that more than compensates for lack of physique.  One can only hope that the Rovers can persuade Leicester to extend his loan as he could well be a key player for the club this season.
    A word of praise too for the much maligned manager.  Bowyer has had to reinvent the team following the departure of Gestede and now looks to have done so successfully.  There is far more reliance on passing and working the ball through midfield rather than the long punt aimed at the front runner.  The players he has brought in seemed to have enhanced this system and to some extent this is finally Bowyer’s team following the departure of the likes of Paul Robinson and Leon Best in the summer.  Whilst it is too early to say if they are capable of making up lost ground on the top six there is no doubt that they look more than capable of being competitive in the Championship.