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  1. BlackburnEnd75

    Champions League 2018-2019

    It's annoyed me that people would claim that was a penalty, but from next season the law is being cleared up to say you cannot score if the ball goes in off your hand/arm whether it was a 'handball' or not.
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    Summer transfer window

    Reed must look back on this season as being a waste. He's stayed in the acadamy at Southampton a few years too long and he desperately needed game time in centre mid. Despite being our best centre mid most of the season he has barely played in his actual position and isn't any closer to breaking into Southamptons first team, he certainly not going to do it as a right winger. I wasn't too bothered at the start of the season when he was being shoehorned in on the right wing as Smallwood and Evans were playing okay and we were winning games. But like with Rothwell and Travis, he had earned his chance long before he actually got it (if at all, did he ever start back to back games in centre mid?) and since October Smallwood and Evans have been average to poor. I suppose he's partially a victim of Tony's decision to drop Nyambe, with Bennett playing at right back for big chunks of the season we've only an ageing Conway available as the 'Defensive winger' in Tony's footballing mantra. You add in Mowbray's comments in the press throughout the season and I imagine he's pretty peeved off, he'll likely be back in the championship one way or another next season and its unlikely he'd bother coming back here. Perhaps there is a chance that Tony has told him he will play centre mid if he came back but I doubt it. My hope now is that we play Buckley or Davenport in his place until the end of the season but I just don't see that happening, one of them will get 25 mins against Swansea and that'll be that.
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    Summer transfer window

    You say we don't need an overhaul but 6-8 new player is basically an overhaul of the squad. I would like to see some of these young lads slot in somewhere too. For me the squad would ideally be: Keepers: Raya, New Keeper to challenge him, Fisher Right Back: Nyambe, New right back to compete, Left Back: New starting left back, Bell Centre Back: New commanding CB, Lenihan, + 2 others (from Rodwell, Williams, Mulgrew, Magloire, Wharton) Centre Mids: Travis, Reed (If possible), Davenport, Evans, Buckley. Wide players: Bennett, Chapman, Rothwell, Rankin-Costollo 10's: Dack, Butterworth Stikers: Graham, Brereton, Armstrong, Back up striker to Graham
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    The mysterious case of Joe Rothwell.

    Whats funny is Mowbray has taken a lot of stick (rightly IMO) for not playing Rothwell over the last few months, but if he had actually started him earlier he would be getting a lot of credit for the signing. He cost us less than 500k, had a poor injury record yet has been fit all season, goes past players with ease. What a bargain. Also Mowbray really pursued him too, tried in January couldn't get him signed Payne on loan then went back in for him in the summer when some of us would have preferred Payne back. I for one was really underwhelmed by the singing initially. Just makes his exclusions even more confusing.
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    Amen 🙏 stop trying to turn him into something he’ll never be. As someone posted earlier Friedel wasn’t amazing coming for crosses so generally stayed on his line.
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    Damien Duff Hangs Up His Boots

    Maybe he's got a short memory. He's picked picked Richard Dunne but he played with Terry and Carvalho at Chelsea for two seasons. He's played with Cech, Given and Friedel so Schwarzer seems a bit of an odd choice. Surprised no Tugay
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    Summer transfer window

    Think Reece James might be a little pie in the sky But Jake Bidwell ticks a lot of boxes: -He's originally from Southport so might fancy a move back up North. - He's out of contract in the summer - He's over 24 (or whatever the limit for compensation is) -He shares an agent with a couple of our recent signings (Brereton and Chapman)
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    ROVERS V Frank Lampards DCFC

    I agree on Conway, I still wouldn't give him another year but a proper winger would complement that midfield very nicely. Williams is better at CB largely because he's less likely to be stood up one vs one in a wide area!
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    ROVERS V Frank Lampards DCFC

    It feels nice to be vindicated about the selections of Travis, Reed and Rothwell but there's a couple of statements i appear to have got wrong on here. Before last nights game I would have been very happy to never see Derrick Williams wearing a Rovers shirt again. But fair to play to him, I thought he played well last night, a particular highlight in the second half was where he nicked in front of a defender to keep us on the attack. As i've mentioned in another thread not having Mulgrew in there allowed us to play 5-10 yards higher up the pitch which allows the midfield to press higher up. The other one is Conway who bar the Sheff Wednesday at home match has looked really below what he used to be and Championship level. But he had a good game last night, he put in some fantastic crosses (like he used to!) and got up and down well. He's a natural wide player too which helps, he knows when to tuck to in and when to pull wide which meant he was always an option for the pass.
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    It's not just the tempo. The absence of Mulgrew allowed us to defend about 10 yards higher up the pitch which allows the more mobile midfield players to push up.
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    Wish we played the way we did last night on Saturday. A few of the youngsters might actually want to come back now!
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    Remember the second game of the season, home to Doncaster. The team he played that day: Raya Nyambe Ward Mulgrew Caddis Smallwood Evans Williams Whittingham Bennett Graham
  13. Well that's a depressing thought
  14. Thought his decision to bring Williams on for Mulgrew was strange also. Lets not forget that his last appearance was Sheff Wed where he was at fault for their first, so why have Rodwell on the bench if your not going to bring him on when a CB goes down injured? Could've used that space for someone that might change the game like Chapman.
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    The mysterious case of Joe Rothwell.

    Agree on Lenihan, his ability on the ball means he's no way a centre mid. Interestingly I was told that they had to work quite hard to convince Lenihan that his future was as a centre back, he really wanted to be a Roy Keane type midfielder. Mulgrew's gone at this level which is a real shame. That 2 and half year contract extension isn't look great right now. On Rothwell, I thought he started brightly and faded as the game went on. I actually don't think 10 is his best position, think i've read him say he likes to play left of a three in midfield so he can drive at people. Even so when you've been criticising someone for not contributing defensively then that was a perfect opportunity to play him as a 10. It was also a good chance to play Armstrong up front in his actual position who had yet another ineffectual game, he's another i feel sorry for, he;s clearly not suited to getting the ball from deep and trying to open people up. Playing Bennett as a 10 was simply baffling, he offered nothing at all to open them up and was nearly as bad at right back where he put is some really poor crosses. I've lost all faith in Mowbray. It's a shame as I genuinely wanted him to do well and now I can;t see him turning this around.

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