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  1. After the Charlton game in which we made the most of a big pitch we are on one of the smaller, tighter pitches here. Brentford tend to use this well with a short, sharp passing game. We need to press all over the pitch and be intense out of possession as well as in possession. Armstrong and Samuel are our two most mobile forwards and just start. No wide strikers for me but I fear he will recall Gallagher and play him there.
  2. I thought a new thread would be in order for the new Championship season. It looks like Middlesbrough are set to appoint Woodgate as their new boss. I'm praying he finds a role for Stewart Downing. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11680/11740080/jonathan-woodgate-set-to-take-over-as-middlesbrough-boss Also Steve Cooper looks like he will be named as the new as the new Swansea mananger. I know Steve well as I am close friends with his dad. I think it's a shrewd appointment and wish him all the best apart from when we play them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/48541951
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    Charlton

    Leeds are three points clear in second place with a superior goal difference to Fulham despite their indifferent recent form.
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    Premier League Stuff

    Don't West Ham have David 'I win football matches' Moyes in charge? One win in seven league games since he returned. Love it 😀😀😀😀😀😀
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    Academy & U21s

    It was a clear sending off abetted by an over zealous challenge from a Rovers player. The Nobber reacted and was rightly sent off for violent conduct. The referee didn't see the challenge as a foul as the game restarted with a Nobbers throw. Most of the Nobbers are clearly embittered but at least some are objective.
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    Academy & U21s

    I thought we got away with one last night as the result was harsh on the Nobbers. In my view the Nobbers right back (who stupidity got sent off) was the best player on the pitch and their number 10 and captain also looked good. There were some decent Rovers performances notably Whitehall who looked a player. For me we have the ball away too much and even at 3-2 down and with ten players Nobbers were creating chances. That matters not a not though as the result is there all and end all. Our youngsters celebrated wildly at the end and hopefully we can beat Arsenal in the quarter final.
  7. That must be really frustrating. Is your return leg a similar duration? Hopefully there are no issues with Northern Fail for you. I live in Darwen and it would be easier for me to get the train to Bolton and on to Piccadilly but I just don't trust Northern Fail. I drive to Manchester and park my car for £3.50.
  8. Almost four hours to London? I'm on the 8.15 from Piccadilly and arrive at Euston at 10.21.
  9. I think the amnesty kicks in after match day 37 which in effect means no yellows for four more game for Lenihan. A tough ask.
  10. Lenihan just isn't the type of footballer who can hold back due to the risk of a caution. At the start of the second half on Saturday he committed four fouls in the first ten minutes, the last of which he was (rightly) cautioned for. He has to avoid a yellow card for four games before the amnesty kicks in so I think he will almost certainly be missing for two games. Williams is competent there but I just don't think we are defensively the same without him.
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    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Some of them are egotistical and can hide behind a keyboard whilst taking some moral high ground. And if an earlier post about him not going is correct the irony of him not contributing anything to the running of the club is clearly lost on him.
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    Charlton

    I thought Armstrong and Samuel interchanged a lot and their movement caused lots of problems for Charlton - that's the fluidity I mentioned. That fluidity enabled them to come in from wide of central so for me it's difficult to say he played in a definite position. Armstrong looks to get in behind a lot as balls are played through so it's a completely different way of playing to when Graham is playing.
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    Charlton

    I agree entirely as evidenced by his goal yesterday. He dropped his shoulder twice and went last two players and created space for himself to get his shot away. He also put in a few well timed challenges at both ends of the pitch. And he had the presence of mind to take one for the team by tripping a Charlton player who was breaking away. He reminds me is David Silva in the way he plays.
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    Charlton

    When we have 'wide strikers' we don't look nearly as balanced. It's not a pop at any individuals, it's more playing players out of position which I feel inhibits us. And it's only recently have seen the full backs bombing on which has undoubtedly added another dimension to their and our game. Would you not agree about the balance of the team?
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    Charlton

    One recurring theme about our best performances this season is that we have had a balanced team with two banks of four and plenty of movement from the front two who are constantly looking to get in behind. I really hope Mowbray keeps the current shape and tactics irrespective of who we play. There has been a fluidity about our play and the movement allows us to press a little higher. There has been a simplicity to our best performances and no over complications.
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    Charlton

    Just sat at Euston basking in the glory of a great performance and win. Lots of top performances today but Buckley was terrific for me. Walton not far behind and then probably nine more just behind. Also well done to Mowbray who got his tactics spot on. I have been critical of him many time but in recent games he has got it right.
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    Charlton

    Come on Philip you make it sound like everybody has moaned about. I have seen one post about it and you appear to be castigating the whole of Blackburn. Context?????
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    Charlton

    My point was more about rewarding loyalty. For the Norwich game three of us travelled by car and none of us had missed a game that season. Because we don't like going by coach we weren't entitled to any subsidy an yet fans I know went to their first away game of the season that day. I don't have a problem with that by the way. I also know quite a few who ho to every away match on the train. Subsidising the match tickets are the best way to treat everybody fairly.
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    Charlton

    Subsidised travel can only be given on official Rovers travel and penalises anybody who travels by any other mode of transport. I took this up with Steve Waggott after it was announced that the club would put of free coaches for the Norwich game last season which was out back to 19.30 on a Saturday night. I suggested that in the interests of fairness it would be better to subsidise tickets and then everybody gets rewarded the same. He agreed and said it would be a prime consideration should it happen again.
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    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    I heard on QUEST today that we have never lost a Tuesday night game under Mowbray at Ewood. So the next night match at Ewood is against Stoke on a Wednesday to pander to the red button whim.
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    Rovers v Hull

    Millwall had a different approach to playing Fulham than we did though. There was more intensity to their play and this, particularly in the first half didn't allow Fulham to get their passing game going. I think Mowbray set us up differently last Saturday and adopted different tactics which was done out of respect/fear of Fulham.
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    Rovers v Hull

    Millwall went after them last night and got a point and from what I saw could have nicked it. Mowbray signalled his intent in his Thursday press conference and his selection.
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    Charlton

    I like The Valley. It's atmospheric, accessible and the big pitch usually means open spaces for both teams. As for Charlton I'm glad they beat Forest last night for two reasons. They might be over confident and the expectation of their fans will be to win. The longer the game goes on with no goals will suit us and although I don't really like predicting results because of all the variables I really fancy us there.
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    Can we make the Playoffs?

    I don't believe so as it's not a league game.
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    Rovers v Hull

    One really important aspect of last nights win and performance was the balance of the team. Personally I would have swapped Downing and Bennett but that aside we had players who know the positions they are playing which gave us a solidity from a defensive point of view and good options going forward. Even when Brereton came on he played down the middle and pretty much everybody agrees he had arguably his best twenty minutes in a Rovers shirt. With Gallagher being out for the Charlton game it will hopefully force Mowbrays hand.
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