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About D-side17

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    Beat me to it!

    Three of the toughest games you’ll get in this league? Rovers away, I’ll give you that one. But prior to their draw against Wigan, Scunthorpe had won one of their previous 10 games (and that was against the free-falling Fleetwood). As for Bradford, they are rooted to the foot of the form table having won 0, drawn 2 and lost 6 of their last eight games before tonight. I do agree though that Wigan’s ability to scrape a win and two draws from those three games by coming back from behind and scoring late goals is admirable (and annoying).
  3. Portsmouth v Rovers

    I wasn't disputing that we have the larger budget. I was disputing the statement (from someone who hadn't watched the game) that our win was lucky and undeserved. I wonder if Wigan fans dismiss all of their wins as lucky and undeserved on the basis that they have a larger budget and better players than most other League One teams.
  4. Portsmouth v Rovers

    And yet the general consensus on the Portsmouth message board from their fans (who attended the game) is that we deserved to win. A couple of their comments for you:"Second best to every 50/50 ball. They upped their game when they wanted/had to.The difference between where we want to be and where we are was right there on the pitch." "Thought Blackburn showed they are a class above most were playing Championship last season.First half their passing often turned us inside out,interpassing in attack with 3/4 players always available quick breaks and cut the defence like hot knife through butter at times"
  5. Portsmouth v Rovers

    So now you've seen the team sheet, can you please confirm if we're going to win, lose or draw?
  6. Fleetwood tickets

    I have ended up with a seated ticket for the Fleetwood game, however I would prefer to be on the terrace. If anyone knows someone who has a terrace ticket but would prefer to be seated, please would you let me know as I would be very happy to swap tickets. Thanks in advance.
  7. Rochdale Away

    Looking at the forecast, I think that a postponement is very likely actually. It's forecast to rain heavily pretty much non-stop between now and 3:00pm tomorrow and Rochdale had a home game against Port Vale postponed due to a water-logged pitch last season.
  8. Connor Mahoney's contract

    I had a chat with Mahoney's brother in the pub after the Rotherham game and he said that Connor won't be signing a new contract simply because he hasn't been getting the game time that he felt he deserved.
  9. 9.30Pm Tonight - New Social Media Hashtag

    That is not the commencement date of that contract. It is the commencement date of his continuous service with the club (i.e. from when he was first employed by the club as a coach).
  10. No To Coyle

    What's everyone worrying about? In the season he took Burnley up, Coyle lost his first game 4:1 and then lost his second game 3:0. So everything's fine. It's all part of his plan.......
  11. Rovers Vs Mansfield Efl Cup

    If we get knocked out tomorrow, it will be the fifth consecutive season that we've been knocked out by lower league opposition (and on each occasion it was our first game in the tournament).
  12. Next Manager

    I thought I'd pass on something I heard over the bank holiday weekend. My parents met up with some family friends on Sunday and got on to the subject of the Rovers managerial vacancy. They said that their grandchild goes to school with Warren Joyce's son who stated very confidently (at the end of last week) that his dad has no interest whatsoever in becoming Rovers' next manager. Please take this for what it is (i.e. third hand information arising out of a chat between two boys at primary school) and do not shoot me down if Joyce happens to be appointed tomorrow!
  13. Stanley

    The supposed play-off curse of the highest finishing team is actually a fallacy. Since the play-offs were introduced in the 1988/89 season, the team that finished highest (of the four play-off teams) in the league has been promoted more often than the teams finishing in the three lower positions. Here are the stats: Championship Third place: 10 promotions (37%) Fifth place: 7 promotions (26%) Fourth place: 5 promotions (18.5%) Sixth place: 5 promotions (18.5%) League One Third place: 9 promotions (33.5%) Fourth place: 7 promotions (26%) Sixth place: 6 promotions (22%) Fifth place: 5 promotions (18.5%) League Two Fourth place: 13 promotions (48%) Fifth place: 5 promotions (18.5%) Seventh place: 5 promotions (18.5%) Sixth place: 4 promotions (15%) Thankfully we bucked the trend in 1991/92 by finishing sixth and getting promoted through the play-offs.
  14. Lambert Leaving!

    In answer to your queries (adopting the same numbering): 1) Because he wanted to recommence his managerial career and saw Rovers as a good opportunity (having been assured that he would be given funds in the summer to build a squad and push for promotion in 2016/17). 2) Because he was assured that he would be given funds in the summer to build a squad and to push for promotion in 2016/17 (and was confident that he could keep us up in the meantime with a few loans and cheap acquisitions) 3) Because he had been told that significant funds were not available in January but would be available in the summer when he expected to be able to begin rebuilding the squad for the long term. 4) Because he was assured that he would be given the sale proceeds in the summer to push for promotion in 2016/17 (and was confident that he could keep us up in the meantime by replacing Rhodes with Graham) 5) Because the owners were clearly beginning to show signs of reneging on assurances previously given (see above) and Lambert was prepared neither to bob along in the Championship, trying to avoid relegation to League One (as he had made clear throughout), nor was he prepared to work for owners who renege on promises. Lambert was also aware that, as an experienced, capable manager, he would be able to secure a managerial position elsewhere (unlike some of the other “managers” of Rovers over the last 6 years who were quite happy to be messed about/ignored by the owners whilst clinging on to the job for dear life, knowing that they’d probably never again be able to secure a managerial position at a club of the size, history and prestige of Rovers). Hope this helps.
  15. We hung around after the game today and spoke (briefly) to Paul Lambert and some of the players. Lambert played his cards very close to his chest but was very obliging when my sister wanted a pic with him. We asked a few of the players if they'd be here next season. The most telling response was from Graham who said he'd have been very keen to stay but he doesn't know what's happening now Lambert has said he's going.