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  1. It's goalless at half-time at Ewood Park after a fairly uneventful first half in which chances were hard to come by. Bowyer will be pleased that his side improved over the course of the half, but concerned by the fact that Marshall was forced off with a potentially serious ankle injury. Derby started better, but Rovers went closest to opening the scoring when Gestede's powerful header was tipped over the bar by Grant. The rest of the half saw both sides sloppily give away possession and fail to string passes together and find openings, although both teams were forced into a substitution and there will be some concern that Marshall's injury could be relatively serious. View full article
  2. Birmingham lead at the break after a rather uninspiring first half produced one goal for the home side. Neither team has been particularly good and there has been a severe lack of quality in the attacking halves, but a goal from Morrison has given the home side the lead. The match got off to a slow start as both sides gave away possession easily and struggled to mount any dangerous attacks. Rovers gradually settled into the match and looked dangerous through King, with Pedersen pushing forward from central midfield to support the attacks, but they were unable to create any real openings. Rhodes had their best chance of the half when he intercepted a poor backpass, but Butland did well to come out and get a hand to the ball. Birmingham slowly found their stride and had a number of half-chances through Zigic, Redmond and Burke, but were mainly limited to efforts from long range. As the half wore on Birmingham began to find some joy on the wings and took the lead when Morrison was able to cut inside and easily make his way into the box before firing a left-footed effort past Sandomierski. As things stand Rovers look certain to stay up, but a win could move them up several places and Bowyer and his side will be hoping for an improved performance in the second half. View full article
  3. With the start of the season just over a month away, Blackburn Rovers are still waiting on their first signing of the summer transfer window. Whilst the only activity so far has been the departure of Phil Jones to Manchester United, the club will also need to replace Jermaine Jones, Mame Biram Diouf and Roque Santa Cruz, who have all left Ewood Park following the end of their loan spells. Bringing in a true goalscorer appears to be the priority, but reports, both on BRFCS and in the media, suggest that Kean and the owners are also looking to add to the midfield and bring in a central defender to replace Phil Jones. The club has been linked with a host of high-profile forwards over the past few weeks, most notably Marko Vucinic (AS Roma), Papiss Demba Cisse (SC Freiburg) and, over the past 48 hours, Jermaine Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur). The stumbling block appears to be the fee and the confusion over just how much money the owners are actually willing to spend. The £16.5m fee for Jones (possibly rising to £20m+) is to be paid in instalments, so without considerable investment by the Rao family it is unlikely that the club can make any big summer signings. Vucinic and Cisse were rumoured to be in the £15–20m range and both had large wage demands. Reports suggested that the club had envisaged a war-chest somewhere in the region of £25–30m, but over the past fortnight doubts have crept in as to how much money is actually available. Talk of splashing out big money on a forward has died down slightly, although the Defoe link may have some substance to it. Whilst attention was focused on bringing in a star striker, it appears that the club may have missed out on one or two of the other targets that they were chasing. There were strong links with Pablo Piatti (UD Almeria), but a bid was never made and the Argentine international moved to Valencia for €7.5m. Rovers have reportedly made two bids for the Belgian international Axel Witsel (Standard Liege), but have yet to meet the valuation of the Belgian club. It looks as though the defensive midfielder will be leaving Standard Liege, although Benfica are now favourites to land the player. To add to this disappointment, little progress has been made in finding a Phil Jones replacement. Rovers tried to hijack Atletico Madrid's move for the Brazilian defender Joao Miranda, but this proved unsuccessful. It appears as though a deal has been agreed for the Monaco central defender Cedric Mongongu, but the move has yet to be finalised as doubts over the size of the transfer budget appear to be holding back any moves. Overall it has been a rather disappointing and confusing fortnight for Rovers fans. Initial reports of big budgets and big signings have been replaced by the all-too-familiar story of free signings and players in on trial. It will be interesting to see what the Rao-Kean-Kentaro triumvirate come up with, but whatever it is, we'll try and keep you informed here at BRFCS. View full article
  4. Charlton Athletic beat Rovers 1-0 at Ewood Park thanks to a first-half goal from Simon Church. It was a match of few chances and the home side were never able to get back into the match, even as they piled on the pressure in the second half. Charlton took the lead in the 7th minute when Stephens' intelligent clipped ball allowed Church to get in behind the Rovers' defence and he controlled the ball on his chest before producing an excellent volleyed finish. The rest of the half saw both sides struggle to create any real openings, although Lowe fired over when he really should have done better. Rovers had the better of the second half and saw several decent half-chances go to waste. Lowe nearly brought them level with a half-volley from distance, but his effort was deflected just wide of the post. Bowyer sent DJ Campbell on for his first appearance of the season and stuck Scott Dann up front in an effort to get an equaliser, but Charlton held out. It was Rovers' second defeat on the bounce and Bowyer will be hoping to quickly right the ship as the team looks to keep up with the promotion contenders. View full article
  5. Blackburn Rovers may have picked up a vital win against Barnsley yesterday, but a dark cloud still looms large over Ewood Park. This last week's sacking of Henning Berg means that Rovers are now looking for a new manager for the second time in as many months — not quite what was expected from the pre-season promotion hopefuls. Even after yesterday's win Rovers are well off the promotion places and will need to drastically improve if they are to have any chance of making the play-offs. Whilst performances and results have been disappointing, however, the Rovers faithful are far more concerned with activities taking place away from the pitch. It seems that the power struggle at the top is continuing as Singh, Agnew and Shaw continue to fight for top-dog status. The goings-on at Ewood Park are more befitting of a soap opera than a professional football club and it doesn't look like the circus will be leaving town anytime soon. There is a great deal of speculation suggesting that either Singh or Agnew had some influence over the team selections during Berg's tenure and that has to raise serious questions about how the club is being run. Paul Agnew was promoted to the role of operations director in the summer and, although he has been working for Rovers for over 16 years, it is difficult to explain why the former press and public relations officer should have been entrusted with making serious decisions relating to the club's administration. Shebby Singh, who came to the club last summer as the newly appointed global advisor of the Venky's, seemingly played a key role in the capture of Jordan Rhodes and in forcing Steve Kean out of the door. He deserves some credit for both of those achievements, but any good work he may have done is now being overshadowed by rumours that suggest that the former TV pundit has the desire to influence team selections. In Saturday's Mirror it was reported that managing director Derek Shaw has called for Singh to be removed from his position and Shaw will be pleading his case to the owners during his trip to India. This represents a high-water mark for the in-fighting, while the club continues to carry out its business in the public domain. Supporters had hoped that things might improve when Steve Kean resigned. However, any optimism that followed his departure has vanished and it is now apparent that the managerial position is only a small area of concern. When viewed from a distance, the situation is farcical, but for Rovers supporters it is heartbreaking. Not long ago the club was able to pride itself on being well run and on the fact that it was respected throughout football. Results were never guaranteed and the threat of relegation from the Premier League never seemed far away, but supporters at least knew that the decision-makers had the club's best interests in mind. Those days are long gone and experience has been replaced by incompetence. The next managerial appointment is the last vestige of hope. If, by some miracle, someone qualified for the position is appointed, then there is a chance that sensible decisions might be made regarding the team; however, even if that does happen, it is unlikely that the off-the-field problems will be resolved anytime soon. Join in the discussion on the forum here. View full article
  6. Rovers lead at the break thanks to Rudy Gestede's eleventh goal of the season. The Frenchman produced a trademark header to give Rovers the lead, whilst Robinson produced a fine save to deny Sordell from the penalty spot. Rovers should have had a penalty themselves when Rhodes appeared to be taken out by Hamer, but, in spite of the fact that the Rovers striker required treatment from a physio, the officials felt that there hadn't been sufficient contact. The away side must have felt aggrieved by the decision, but took the lead moments later when Gestede headed home King's cross. It was the Frenchman's eleventh goal for Rovers, an amazing nine of which have been headers. It was an important goal that keeps play-off hopes alive, but those hopes were temporarily dashed when Hanley gave away a penalty as the half drew to a close. Sordell took the spot-kick, but Robinson guessed the right way and made a fine save low to his right. Results are currently going Rovers' way and they will have a chance, albeit slim, of making the play-offs on the final day if they hold on to the win.
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    2013/14 Team News: Charlton Athletic v Rovers

    Rovers will look to keep their struggling play-off hopes alive with a win against struggling Charlton. Michael Keane and Tom Cairney both return from injury, with Kane and Lowe dropping to the bench following Monday's win against Birmingham. Charlton Athletic Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Dervite, Fox, Harriot, Cousins, Poyet, Jackson, Ajdarevic, Sordell Substitutes: Church, Ghoochannejhad, Obika, Petrucci, Thuram-Ulien, Wilson, Wood Blackburn Rovers Robinson, Keane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, King, Cairney, Evans, Conway, Gestede, Rhodes Substitutes: Eastwood, Feeney, Kane, Rittenberg, Taylor, Varney, Williamson
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    2013/14 Team News: Rovers v Ipswich Town

    Bowyer makes one change to the side that drew midweek, with Gestede returning to the line-up. Blackburn Rovers Robinson, Keane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Conway, Williamson, Evans, Cairney, Gestede, Rhodes Substitutes: Eastwood, Dunn, King, Varney, Taylor, Etuhu, Feeney Ipswich Town Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell, Wordsworth, Skuse, Hyam, Nouble, Murphy, Williams Substitutes: Loach, Hunt, Mings, Green, Tabb, Richardson, Ebanks-Blake
  9. It's goalless at the break at Ewood Park after a fairly uneventful first half. Rovers have dominated possession, having had nearly 60% of the ball, but they have created little. Bournemouth have been more incisive, with Grabban missing their best chance, but neither side has managed to grab the opening goal. Rovers got off to a good start, but could have easily gone behind when Grabban was put through on goal, only for the Bournemouth player to see his low effort well saved by Robinson. Richie was the visitor's most threatening player, attempting a number of efforts from outside of the box, and Rovers will have to do a better job of closing down Bournemouth players in the second half. Gestede and Rhodes have looked lively up front, but they have failed to find any space behind the Bournemouth back four and the visitors have been content to allow Rovers to keep the ball in midfield.
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    2013/14 Team News: Rovers v Bournemouth

    Bowyer has named two changes to the side that lost Sunday's match against Burnley. Rudy Gestede and Todd Kane return to the side in place of Adam Henley and David Dunn, both of whom drop to the bench. Blackburn Rovers Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Keane, Spurr, Conway, Lowe, Evans, Varney, Gestede, Rhodes Substitutes: Eastwood, Dunn, Williamson, Taylor, Feeney, Dabo, Henley Bournemouth Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte, O'Kane, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Fraser, Grabban Substitutes: Allsop, Pugh, Pitman, Smith, MacDonald, Coulibaly, Rantie
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    2013/14 Full-Time: Reading 0 Rovers 1

    Rovers picked up a vital away win at sixth-placed Reading that keeps their play-off hopes alive. Craig Conway, making his first start for the club since signing in January, grabbed the only goal of the game and earned Rovers a well-deserved three points. Rovers produced one of their most complete performances of recent weeks and looked good from start to finish, retaining possession and looking composed and relatively comfortable at the back. The sides exchanged half-chances in the opening half an hour, with Gestede going closest for Rovers, but the away side broke the deadlock after they broke quickly after defending a Reading free-kick and Conway's deflected finish gave the Scottish international his first goal for the club. Rhodes and Lowe broke quickly and a piece of good fortune saw the ball make its way to Conway, who produced a good finish. Rovers nearly doubled their advantage when Rhodes forced McCarthy into a fine save with an excellent strike from distance. After the break both sides continued to struggle to create clear chances, although the game opened up after both managers made a series of substitutions at the hour mark. Drenthe blazed wide when well-placed and Conway went close with a free-kick, but in the end Rovers were able to see the game out, this in spite of the fact that eleven minutes of injury time were played, a number that would be difficult for the officials to explain. The win sees Rovers move to within four points of sixth-placed Reading with the advantage of a game in hand. With still plenty of time left in the season, Bowyer and his men can feel as though their play-off fate is almost in their own hands. A good run in a league where teams regularly drop points would see Rovers there or thereabouts come the end of the season, but they will be tested by their upcoming fixtures which include games against local rivals Bolton and Burnley.
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    2013/14 Team News: Reading v Rovers

    Rovers make three changes as Craig Conway makes his first start for the club and Lee Williamson and Adam Henley return to the side. Reading McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, McAnuff, McCleary, Akpan, Gorkss, Williams, Obita Substitutes: Federici, Kelly, Drenthe, Robson-Kanu, Guthrie, Blackman, Hector Blackburn Rovers Robinson, Spurr, Kilgallon, Hanley, Henley, Conway, Cairney, Lowe, Williamson, Gestede, Rhodes Substitutes: Eastwood, Kane, Dunn, Olsson, Varney, Taylor, Evans
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    2013/14 Half-Time: Middlesbrough 0 Rovers 0

    A dull first half failed to produce a goal and both sides will be looking for an improved performance after the break. The home side have probably shaded the balance of play and have looked dangerous when getting forward with their pace, particularly in wide positions, but chances have been few and far between. Carayol went closest to scoring when he forced Robinson into a fine early save and the Rovers keeper had to be quick to react from the subsequent corner, but after that neither keeper was seriously tested. Rhodes' touch let him down when he had the chance to break through on goal and Gestede fired wide with a volley and Rovers will need to improve if they are to get a vital three points.
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    2013/14 Team News: Middlesbrough v Rovers

    Rovers will look to pick up a vital three points against a promotion rival at the Riverside today. Dunn and Gestede retain their places, while January signings Varney, Dabo and Conway are on the bench. Middlesbrough Given, Varga, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend, Ledesma, Leadbitter, Chalobah, Whitehead, Carayol, Graham Substitutes: Konstantopoulos, Butterfield, Hines, Main, Omeruo, Adomah, Kamara Blackburn Rovers Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Cairney, Dunn, Lowe, Taylor, Rhodes, Gestede Substitutes: Eastwood, Varney, Williamson, Dabo, Henley, Evans, Conway
  15. Rovers will look to pick up a vital three points against a promotion rival at the Riverside today. Dunn and Gestede retain their places, while January signings Varney, Dabo and Conway are on the bench. Middlesbrough Given, Varga, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend, Ledesma, Leadbitter, Chalobah, Whitehead, Carayol, Graham Substitutes: Konstantopoulos, Butterfield, Hines, Main, Omeruo, Adomah, Kamara Blackburn Rovers Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Cairney, Dunn, Lowe, Taylor, Rhodes, Gestede Substitutes: Eastwood, Varney, Williamson, Dabo, Henley, Evans, Conway View full article

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