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  1. Blackburn Rovers are back at Ewood Park this weekend as they look to bag a win against red hot Queens Park Rangers. Rovers come into the match fresh off the back of a hard earned point against West Bromwich Albion in game that saw us lose David Raya that resulted in us playing the last 20 minutes with Richie Smallwood in goal. As for QPR they are the in form team in the league, they come into this match on the back of a win against Aston Villa. In this video I speak with Julie Hampton a HUGE Queens Park Rangers supporter who talks up QPR's chances against Rovers, their prospects for the season and more. We also look at a few players who have played for both Rovers and Queens Park Rangers and we get a prediction from the Cat. Please like, share and subscribe. BRFCS Forum: https://www.brfcs.com/mb/ Championship Predictions: https://youtu.be/ciOVFDzD1_I Played for Both: https://blackburnroverseas.com/ Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition -- http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  2. An assessment of player performance v West Brom Each player was judged on the following criteria: Instance of excellent play * Instance of decent/good play * Instance of disappointing/poor play * Instance of terrible play * E&OE Ratings Whoscored.com ratings Raya ******** 6.8 Bennett ***************** 7.2 Rodwell(57) ********* 6.4 Mulgrew(14) * 6.3! Williams ************** 7.7 Reed ********************** 8.0 MoM Smallwood ********************* 7.3 Rothwell ************** 6.6 Conway ***************** 6.7 Palmer(66) ******************* 6.6! Dark ******* 6.6 Bell(14) *********** 6.5 Travis(57) ******* 6.1 Armstrong(66) *** 5.9 Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 3. Palmer and Bennett are both done by Townsend, Bennett just gets back to put a foot in to deflect the cross. Williams and Conway clear up. 4. Rovers free kick Rothwell is dispossessed when most of his teammates are still in the box. It’s dangerous as Sako goes past Reed and Rothwell again. Some ping pong before Townsend shoots straight at Raya. 14. More bad news. Mulgrew injured. Bell on. 15. Poor attempted header by Rodwell on the wing presents the ball perfectly to Barnes who steams straight past him to the touchline but Reed is there to block his cross and it’s cleared. 23. Lovely through ball from Palmer to Conway after beating his man. Conway has to turn back but eventually gets his chance to cross but it’s poor. 25. Sako beats Smallwood and Bennett twice. Palmer is there to make the important tackle. 26. Rothwell’s been having a difficult time so far. Here he drives to the edge of the box but straight into 3 defenders and he’s dispossessed again. He has to pass there. 29. More ping pong from a West Brom throw in. Conway gets in a good block, Bell is indecisive, Smallwood heads back into danger, Raya flaps and Williams kicks out of play. 31. Controversy! Reed drives into the box beating 2 men brilliantly and as he squares the ball, the defender slides in and blocks the cross with his hands. No penalty! Robbery! 32. The Gods make amends. Williams gives the ball straight to Rodriguez who has a clean run at goal. Raya saves well from 12 yards and unbelievably, with the keeper on the ground, Rodriquez puts the rebound over the bar. It was easier to score! 38. Bennett and Raya mess up a back-pass and clearance and the ball comes straight back into the box. Bennett hares back to take the ball off the attacker’s foot before he can shoot. From the corner Dawson destroys Bell in the air and it’s 1-0. All because of that dumb back-pass! 41. Dack receives a low clearance, spins and loses his man and lays a beautiful ball through for Rothwell. He takes it on and from 10 yards he’s only got the goalie to beat. But it’s saved! Rothwell made a great run but he should have scored! 45+2 Bennett loses a challenge high up the park and Barnes takes it on, beating Reed, then Smallwood and Reed again. Smallwood brings him down 25 yards out. The free kick is well over the bar. HALF_TIME 46. Palmer receives just outside the D, he’s tackled and falls over, then gets up leaves his tackler behind, sweeps into the box avoiding another defender but blazes the ball over the bar! 47. Smallwood wins the ball and lays a lovely ball to Conway who’s cross is disappointing but it’s a corner. It’s taken short and Rothwell drives to the box but his cross/shot is awful! 49. Bennett is the last man back to cut out the cross for a corner. Raya comes and misses the ball, the West Brom man has pulled away from Rodwell, but he heads over. Lucky! 50. Sako fools 3 Rovers defenders but Rodwell gets back to slide in with an effective challenge. Bell defends well on the far post and Raya holds on to the final shot. 51. Rodwell is too casual allowing a dangerous cross which almost finds Rodriquez at the far post. 52. Smallwood stumbles high upfield and West Brom stream forward. Reed chases back well and almost gets in a challenge but in the end the attackers stuff up and Smallwood is there to make amends and see the ball go behind for a goal kick. 61. Controversy 2. Rothwell wins the ball 30 yards out and feeds Palmer. He wriggles into the box and beats THREE defenders before he’s brought down in the 6 yard box. No penalty! Robbery2. 64. At last a good run and cross from Conway and Dack controls on the penalty spot but he stumbles and the chance is lost. Conway has run all the way back to dispossess the attacker near our own box. Impressive! 66. Palmer receives the ball centrally, spins and drives past 2 defenders but they bring him down for a free kick 25 yards out. Well you’ll have to explain that to me Tony!!! Palmer is off for Armstrong. Palmer is the Man of the Match for me! Great free kick from Dack. Just wide! 69. Lovely ball slipped through by Smallwood to Bennett who takes it to the line. His square ball is cut out at the post for a corner. 70. Rothwell gets a foot in and the ball comes to Reed out wide. He moves inside a little before launching an unstoppable 25 yard curler into the top right hand corner. Great goal! 74. Two terrible passes in the last minute from Smallwood and then Conway! The last one allowed Rodriguez a shot at goal 75. Rodriguez attacks again, Bennett gets a foot in but the ball slides to Townsend in the box……he is free and clear until Williams comes sliding across the face of goal to put his body on the line. Great stop! Reed clears. 77. Rodriguez nutmegs Travis on the edge of the box. Raya is out fast to collect but his trailing foot smashes Raya in the face. Smallwood volunteers to take on the keeper duties! 85. Everybody back behind the ball! 88. Best moment of the match! Bennett’s loose header allows West Brom to lob the ball into the box and a flying Richie Smallwood runs out to gather. The crowd erupts! 93. Unbelievable! Morrison lobs a cross to the far post where Kanu heads goalwards from 6 yards. Travis and Williams block it and the point blank follow-up shot exactly on the line! Brilliant! Conway kicks clear. 97. Full time: heroic performance!
  3. Dreams of 1995

    WBA VS ROVERS - SAT 27TH

    A return for fan favourite Tony Mowbray to The Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion. As far as West Bromwich goes it's just off the M5 with not much else except the "Baggies" to talk about. I'm sure we are all aware of Sir Tony's success at this club so it should be a rapturous reception for the boss. Unlike the horrid journey to Swansea last night this one is quite easy, save the roadworks. It should take about 2 and a half hours and the Hawthorns ground is fairly decent as far as away ends go. It's been a while since we last played WBA. 2012 to be exact with a team that included the likes of Gamst Pedersen, NZonzi but also the likes of Lowe, Modeste and Goodwille. The dark days we shall call it. On that occasion we lost 3-0 and the cretin that is Liam Ridgewell scored against us - a man that has played for every Midlands club there is and once wiped his arse with pound notes. I haven't been the Hawthorns personally since 2008. That day McCarthy opened the scoring before being sent off; it all looked doom and gloom until the man, the myth, the legend that is Keith Andrews popped up with a long range equaliser minutes from time. This team consisted of the likes of Nelsen, Samba, Tugay, McCarthy and.....................Vince Grella. Fuck. Fun fact: The Baggies design their home kits based on Tesco carrier bags. Overall we tend to have the beating of West Brom. We've lost 44, won 52 and drawn 29. With both teams scoring and conceding goals for fun the Saturday game should be full of action - queue 0-0. As I write this Frank Lampard's Derby are giving Baggies a spanking at home. So it looks like both sides will be going into the game on the back of defeats - with both having something to prove it will all come down to which defence leaks the least. With the injury to Lenihan it leaves us looking to the likes of Rodwell or Downing for a right footed centre half. Playing Williams will essentially mean an unorthodox centre half partnership of two left footers (can you name a famous partnership comprising of two left footers??). The current West Brom squad has the likes of Dwight Gayle - who loves to score against Rovers - Burke, Sako and Harvey Barnes. They all take it in turns to bed bath Hoolahan, Barry, Mears and Boaz Myhill. Currently managed by the extremely likeable chap Darren Moore. Ultimately though this team still has the stamp of a negative Pulis and the "play from the back" style football Moore is trying to promote isn't possible with the lumbering centre halves Henghazi and Kyle Bartley. If we can get at them up the pitch we have the pace to close down the dinosaurs and force mistakes. There's also a dingle that plays up front for them. He's also racist....if you believe the papers. The unwashed tried to sign him in the summer but couldn't afford him after spending the budget on paper clips to file all the rejected offers - no surprise there. The Championship seems his level though and I have no doubt all his relatives and lovers have been sending telegrams all week getting him up for the game. Be sure to boo him, call him a dingle and make his afternoon utterly miserable. That'll be a nice sideshow. As a final note: Tony Mowbray's Blue & White Army.
  4. Blackburn Rovers held on for dear life as they managed to take away an unlikely point in a match that had pretty much everything. Penalty claim ✅ Poor Defending ✅ Long range wonder striker ✅ Smallwood in goal ✅ (wait what?) Thats right Richard Smallwood had to go between the sticks to help rescue a point as David Raya was struck in the face by Jay Rodriguez. At that point the match was level at 1-1. Before that West Brom took the lead through some shoddy defense by Rovers which lead to a corner and goal by Dawson. Rovers entered the 2nd half with more attacking gumpf and with continued pressing eventually took the lead through Harrison Reed who was by far the best player on the pitch. Then the drama with Raya and Smallwood made for an exhilarating match which we held on for a point. West Brom will be kicking themselves as they missed the chance to go away with all 3 points. Later on the channel a more detailed review of the match including words from the gaffa. Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition -- http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  5. An assessment of player performance v Swansea Each player was judged on the following criteria: Instance of excellent play * Instance of decent/good play * Instance of disappointing/poor play * Instance of terrible play * E&OE Ratings Whoscored.com ratings Raya ******* 4.9 Bennett ************************ 6.2 Lenihan(9) * 6.3! Mulgrew ************** 6.6 Bell ********** 6.1 Reed **************** 6.4 Smallwood **************** 6.2 Evans(71) ***************** 7.0 Armstrong *********** 5.8 Dack ************ 6.1 Graham(58) **** 6.5 Rodwell(9) *********** 6.6 Brereton(58) ******* 6.1 Rothwell(71) **** 5.9 Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 6. So far, so good. Rovers pressing well and Reed has had more than twice as many good touches as any other player! 9. Bennett has to sprint back having been caught out of position but Celina waltzes round him effortlessly. Fortunately his shot is over the bar. Bad news; Lenihan injured! 16. Rovers knocking the ball about nicely all over the park but then Evans’ pass is intercepted and it’s all for naught! Here come Swansea and Olsson beats Rodwell and fires over a dangerous cross. Mulgrew blocks the final shot. Amazing……we were passing the ball about nicely – looking good, but in truth, didn’t look like posing any threat – then one mistake and they almost score! Bennett had been left upfield again! Raya catches the corner. 24. Nice long pass by Evans in midfield to Armstrong on the wing. He drives forward and feeds Bell on the overlap in the box. He beats his man but is brought down. Penalty! Mulgrew stutters his run and expertly sends the keeper the wrong way. Beautiful! 32. The only time we’re getting into the box is when Bennett launches one of his long diagonal balls. This one is underhit. Bennett and Reed are both caught deep in the Swansea half as Olsson attacks. Evans does well to hold him up but he is beaten by a 1-2 and the dangerous cross is headed straight up in the air by McBurnie. Raya lets it bounce!!!!! We get lucky and Raya collects! 33. Celina beats Bennett, Reed and Smallwood but Mulgrew steps in decisively to intercept his pass. 41. Bennett is haring back again after mis-adventuring upfield but, in desperation, he fells the Swansea guy and is booked. He redeems himself somewhat by heading away the free-kick; Grimes is there to volley the ball just wide. 48. James leaves Smallwood trailing and eases past Bennett as he drives into the box. Rodwell blocks his shot! Impressive run! It’s not clear yet though and Celina and James combine again but James shot is mishit and over the stand! 50. James does Bennett again but his cross is collected easily by Raya. 54. Swansea playing with some style at the moment. Reed fluffs his challenge, the ball is crossed square along the edge of the box but Celina hits it over the bar. Phew! 62. Bennett wins the ball well and feeds Armstrong who plays a neat 1-2 with Dack but the final cross from Armstrong is disappointing. 63. Nice turn into the box by Brereton but his final ball to Dack is just too far. 64. A good long ball cuts straight through our midfield. Fulton gathers, moves forward to just outside the D and his powerful shot hits the post and bounces in off Raya. Here’s what I think! Rodwell, stood 2 yards in front of Fulton, flinched. Lenihan doesn’t do that! Commentators think no one is at fault though. 66. Nice pass from Evans to Dack in the centre circle. He drives towards the edge of the box and lays the ball to Reed but his cross is poor. Brereton was in a good position. 67. James doing what Armstrong can’t. Using his pace to gallop through midfield, no one lays a glove on him, Bennett can’t match him for speed and he slips a lovely pass to Roberts, who avoids Bell’s weak attempt at a challenge and smoothly puts the ball past Raya. Again no one is taking charge in the centre of our half. 70. Poor pass by Brereton leaves Evans short and Swansea attack from their own D. James does Mulgrew for pace and his shot touches the outside of the post! 75. Good grief! Again, no one tracking James as he chases a square ball into the box. It’s deflected by Rodwell on to the bar for a corner. Smallwood didn’t seem to notice James sliding behind him. 76. A few poor kicks from Raya today. This free-kick goes straight into touch! 80. Swansea are giving Rovers a bit of a lesson here! This time Celina and James combine together again. We just can’t handle them. James crosses square to McBurnie one yard out but Mulgrew is there to save us again. Bennett was done for pace again and Rodwell seemed lost. 81. Nice sets of passes, Reed to Dack to Rothwell to Armstrong who crosses long to Bennett (where did he come from?) who does well to get in a half-volley from the corner of the 6 yard box but it’s saved. 83. An accurate long ball from Rodwell reaches Brereton in the box. He controls well, holding off the defender but his attempted shot is deflected for a corner. Dack wasn’t far from reaching it! 84. Reed lashes a loose ball into the box. Dack leaps on to the rebound and his first time shot from just inside the box is well saved low down by the keeper. Oh dear! While the camera concentrates on a tearful Dack, Swansea put the ball in the net at the other end! Bennett and Smallwood haven’t got the pace and we are carved open down the middle again. 89. Another positive drive down the wing from Brereton but there’s no support again and he has to lay it back. 91. Rothwell loses the ball too easily again! 94. Full time. Bristol City re-visited? I think it was hard to apportion blame for a lot of our mistakes but I did my best.
  6. Blackburn Rovers head back on the road once again this weekend to take on high flyers West Bromwich Albion in the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship. Rovers come into the match on the back of a away defeat to Swansea City. Meanwhile West Brom also come into the match on the back of a heavy home defeat to Derby County after losing on Wednesday night 1-4. Rovers may have to freshen up the squad for this match, and may look to replace Lenihan in defense after he picked up a knock last time out. Will be able to grab something special this weekend at the Hawthornes or will be a happier day for the hosts? In this video we also look at a few players who have played for both Rovers and West Brom and we get a terrible prediction from the Cat. Please like, share and subscribe. Fancy some more? You can also find me here: YouTube 👉http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work 👉http://youtube.com/box500productions Webpage 👉 http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter 👉 http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook 👉 http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe 👉 http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work 👉 http://youtube.com/box500productions BRFCS Forum: https://www.brfcs.com/mb/ Championship Predictions: https://youtu.be/ciOVFDzD1_I Played for Both: https://blackburnroverseas.com/ Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch 👉 http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition 👉 http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  7. Rovers take on the recently relegated Swansea who are managed by Graham Potter. Swansea’s form is average, losing to Dean Smiths Aston Villa the previous Saturday. Winning 4, losing 4 and drawing 5 of their games this season. Swansea have some decent players - notable mentions; Ollie Mcburnie- a Scottish 6 foot 2 centre forward with 4 goals this season. Leroy Fer - a Netherlands central midfielder who has played much of their previous 3 seasons in the prem. Finally - the wingback Martin Olsson, the Swedish international who developed at Ewood! Rovers go into this game on the back of two wins - looking to push further into the playoffs. From my point of view I think a point would be perfect but it’s hard to reign in my excitement with Rovers so I’ll plump for a 2-0 victory with an early goal in each half Pictures/video from last time we met - who can forget how well Josh King did in that game.
  8. Swansea City bounce back from their defeat on Saturday and claimed an impressive win over Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium. Despite taking the lead with a Charlie Mulgrew penalty Rovers threatened very little but still went into half time with their noses in front. Swansea did create multiple chances, and exploded out of the blocks in the 2nd half. Rovers held firm until a shot by Fulton hit the post and bounced off the back of David Raya into the net to levels the scores. A second Swansea goal soon followed by Roberts, before they ran away with the points with a 3rd and final goal by Celina. Swansea much better than their league position suggests and should expect to see them climb the table. Swansea City: Nordfelt, Roberts, van der Hoorn (c), Olsson (Fulton, 46), Carroll (Fer, 46), Naughton, Grimes, Celina, McBurnie (Baker-Richardson, 89), James, Carter-Vickers. Unused substitutes: Mulder, McKay, Rodon, Asoro, Baker-Richards. Goal: Raya OG, 64, Roberts, 68, Celina, 85. Rovers: Raya, Bennett, Lenihan (Rodwell, 11), Mulgrew (c), Bell, Evans (Rothwell, 70), Smallwood, Reed, Dack, Armstrong, Graham (Brereton, 59). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Williams, Conway, Palmer. Goal: Mulgrew pen, 25 Booked: Mulgrew, 19, Bennett, 42 Attendance: 18,035. Referee: Geoff Eltringham. In this video we hear from Swansea City supporter Buddy Hill and also get some reassurance from the Gaffa Tony Mowbray. Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition -- http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  9. Lancashire lad

    THANK YOU ROVERS

    Today our junior team Astley and Buckshaw under 10s (from Chorley) were treated to a unbelievable day by rovers community. 10 till 11 am the lads were coached by the team on the indoor pitches and played games against a couple of other teams from Blackburn area them before kick off they flag waved on the touch line ( even getting an appearance on sky🏁😀) .The best was yet to come as half time approached we told the lads there going on the pitch to take penalties,they simply couldn't believe it!! The match and atmosphere was great and hopefully this will lead to these going live football and not thinking football is a Xbox game..many thanks rovers On side note the day got even better as we went to watch Chorley FC after the match,the came from 2 down and beat league above barrow 3-2 infront of 2000 fans..What a bloody day
  10. Blackburn Rovers head on the road this week as they take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Blackburn come into this match fresh off the back of a monster win against Leeds United. Swansea City on the other hand come into this match fresh off the back of a defeat to Aston Villa. Both sides will be looking to get all 3 points to kick start their seasons. Rovers could mix it up in midfield once again, and we may even see a start from Ben Brereton. We also look at a few players who have played for both Rovers and Swansea and we get a terrible prediction from the Cat. Please like, share and subscribe. Fancy some more? You can also find me here: YouTube 👉http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work 👉http://youtube.com/box500productions Webpage 👉 http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter 👉 http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook 👉 http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe 👉 http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work 👉 http://youtube.com/box500productions BRFCS Forum: https://www.brfcs.com/mb/ Championship Predictions: https://youtu.be/ciOVFDzD1_I Played for Both: https://blackburnroverseas.com/ Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch 👉 http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition 👉 http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  11. Leeds are one team whose fans could claim to have had a wilder ride than us in recent times. They flirted with greatness in the late 90s and early noughties, getting to both a UEFA cup and Champions league semi final. Since then it has been one well publicised mess after another. Have they finally gotten things right this season? Early signs last season were promising too, before they fell away. The main reason their fans would have for genuine optimism this season is the appointment of the legendary coach Marco Bielsa. This guy has literally managed and had success around the world and it looks a real coup on Leeds behalf appointing him. As we know all too well though, the championship is a tough, tough battle to get out of. Can we be the ones to officially end the honeymoon for Marco? Recent results seem to suggest that their lightening start to the season has lost some of its buzz. Their last 6 league results have been; DWLDWD So, who has played for both teams? Here is Bigg Doggs mixed bag 11 , in our current formation for your viewing pleasure Robinson Grayson Matteo Kilgallon Warnock Batty Douglas Wilcox El-Hadji Diouf Sellars Fowler Bench- Luke Varney Have I forgotten anyone? When I think of Leeds United, this is the goal that always comes to mind. To me it epitomizes the excitement of that time period in the Premier league. Boom , have it. So after Tonys tinkering last game out, all bets are off with guessing the starting 11. Most of us welcomed the changes and whilst not a vintage performance, we got the desired result. We are up against a very different animal this game. Mistakes will be punished and missed chances will come back to bite us. My 11 would be Raya Bennett Lenihan Mulgrew Williams Rodwell Evans Rothwell Dack Palmer Graham Prediction 2-1 Rovers They are apparently bringing 8,000 fans, which is quite incredible. Should be a great atmosphere. Arte et labore
  12. An assessment of player performance v Leeds Each player was judged on the following criteria: Instance of excellent play * Instance of decent/good play * Instance of disappointing/poor play * Instance of terrible play * E&OE Ratings whoscored.com ratings Raya ********* 6.8 Bennett ************************ 7.0 Lenihan ***************** 7.9 (MoM) Mulgrew ***************** 7.0 Bell ***************** 6.8 Reed(67) **************** 7.1 Smallwood(56) ************* 5.9 Evans ********************** 6.9 Armstrong ******************* 7.7 Dack ************* 6.6 Graham(62) ************ 7.7 Rodwell(56) *********** 6.3 Brereton(62) ******** 6.2 Conway(67) **** 6.9 Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 0. Weak tackle from Smallwood on halfway allows the Leeds man a run on goal but Bell manages to cut out his poor pass and sets Armstrong off on a long run down the wing. He blitzes 2 defenders with his pace and he’s into the box. He attempts to square the ball to the waiting Graham but it’s blocked for a corner. 1. A second corner but from the right. Reed’s delivery is perfect as Graham runs in from around the penalty spot to power home his header into the top of the net. Great goal and one from the training ground! 4. Leeds’defence looking nervy but some good play in midfield sets up an attack. Armstrong is a spectator as Bell is outflanked. Bennett clears the incoming cross for a corner. 6. Smallwood, Bennett and Reed are all bamboozled just outside our box by the Leeds midfield. Roberts puts the low cross well past the post under pressure from Mulgrew. 7. Good long ball by Mulgrew to Graham who controls beautifully to lay back to Armstrong just outside the box. His shot is blocked. The ball comes back to Armstrong, he drives into the box, sidesteps the defender but his attempted curler is weak and easily blocked. 10. Smallwood is really looking off the pace today. Saiz rounds Evans too easily on the edge of the box and Raya tips his shot over the bar. Graham and Mulgrew both misjudge the corner and Jansson has a free header from 10 yards……over the bar! 12. Another galloping run by Armstrong down the wing. His push and chase tactic is working well here. He shoots from the edge of the box, it’s blocked but breaks for Dack. Good save by the keeper. Reed picks up and delivers a fine square ball from close to the touchline but Leeds bundle it away as Smallwood slides in. 21. A long ball bounces way over Graham’s head…….but Reed doesn’t give it up as a lost cause! He chases towards the flag, harries the defender and wins a corner! 22. Reed wins the ball again and flicks a lovely ball to Graham on the edge of the box. Armstrong crosses and Smallwood, in the box , makes an awkward attempt at a volley but it looks like he got a nudge in the back. It’s saved. (I gave Smallwood credit for being in the right place. It’s the second time he’s been in there sniffing!) 26. For the second time in a minute Armstrong leaves Bell exposed. Evans and Lenihan clear up. 36. Lenihan and Smallwood get in each other’s way and there’s danger! The low cross comes in and Bennett is there with a vital challenge, 2 yards out, to save the day. Offside anyway. 39. Lovely run and cross into the box by Bennett towards Graham. It falls to an unmarked Armstrong who drives the ball against the nearest defender. I’m getting a bit frustrated with that outcome but at least he won a corner! 42. Some nice midfield interplay between Evans, Reed and Bennett. Eventually Bennett’s beautiful cross finds Armstrong in the box. He controls well, beats his man and hits a nice shot but it curls over the bar. 44. Commentator noting how important it is that we don’t concede before half-time! 45. Saiz avoids Evans again and lobs the ball into the box. A totally unmarked Berardi squares and Klich scores! Difficult to say who was supposed to be covering Berardi. Armstrong? 55. Some nice play by Reed so far this half. Here he launches a long ball for Armstrong to chase. The defender fluffs it and a persistent Armstrong tries to chip it over the outrushing keeper from a tight angle. Good save. 61. Full-blooded challenge from Rodwell wins a throw and lifts the crowd! 66. Nice interception and lay off by Rodwell. Brereton, under pressure, sets off on a long drive down the wing but there’s no support and he lays it back. 68. Corner. Conway’s first touch and he places it perfectly for Lenihan who rises tallest to head into the net. 70. Bell’s headed clearance only just leaves the box and Klich strikes it first time but it’s straight at Raya. 77. Berardi sneaks round the back of Rodwell deep in the box………..offside phew! Then there’s a poor pass from Rodwell and Leeds stream forward. Evans slides in brilliantly on the edge of the box to deflect Clarke’s shot for a corner. 78. Rodwell eases the defender out of the way with his body allowing Evans to release Armstrong who again uses his pace to drive into the box. He shoots from a tight angle but the keeper saves with his legs. That’s the problem Armstrong seems to be having! He does a brilliant run, outpaces the defender but as he’s a centre-forward attacking from the wing, he’s invariably too wide and his shot has little chance of beating the keeper. It was the same in the last home match. 79. Bennett wins the ball and Brereton drives forward strongly, covering half the field! His final pass is weak though and doesn’t reach Dack. If only! 84. Armstrong is not covering back and Bell is again outnumbered. Eventually the ball falls to a completely unmarked Klich, central and just inside the box. Rodwell seems to be the guy marking no one but he isn’t the only one at fault. Raya pulls out one of his top saves to tip the ball over the bar! 95. Not very much has happened recently but that’s a pleasant change for the endgame! Game over.
  13. Blackburn Rovers returned from international break with a win over high flyers Leeds United 2-1. Goals from Danny Graham and Darragh Lenihan pushed Rovers over the line as Leeds lost their first away game of the season. Leeds made things interesting by scoring on the stroke of half time Klich the goalscorer. It was a high tempo game that offered many opportunities for both sets of players but Tony Mowbray will be the happier of the coaches. In this video we hear from Leeds United supporter Heidi Haigh with her thoughts and reaction to the result. The Gaffa Tony Mowbray gives us his opinion on the match, plus analysis and other reaction. Rovers: Raya, Bennett, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Evans, Smallwood (Rodwell, 57), Reed (Conway, 68), Dack, Armstrong, Graham (Brereton, 61). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Williams, Rothwell, Palmer. Goals: Graham, 2, Lenihan, 70 Booked: Smallwood, 46, Evans, 86, Rodwell, 87 Leeds United: Peacock-Farrell, Cooper (c), Roofe (Hernandez, 70), Alioski, Roberts, Saiz, Dallas (Clarke, 76), Jansson, Phillips, Berardi (Shackleton, 86), Klich. Unused substitutes: Blackman, Forshaw, Pearce, Baker, Shackleton. Booked: Roofe, 68 Referee: Darren England Please like, share and subscribe. Rovers Chat: https://roverschat.com/ BRFCS Forum: https://www.brfcs.com/mb/ Championship Predictions: https://youtu.be/ciOVFDzD1_I Played for Both: https://blackburnroverseas.com/ Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas
  14. Blackburn Rovers are back at Ewood Park this weekend after the international break to take on high flyers Leeds United. Rovers come into the match on the back of a away victory against Bolton Wanderers. Leeds United on the other hand come into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Brentford. I suspect Leeds United will be favorites for this match due to their excellent start to the season, however you can never write off Rovers who will be looking to get a MASSIVE victory to springboard themselves up the table. In this video I speak with Heidi Haigh a HUGE Leeds United supporter who talks Leeds United's chances against Rovers, their prospects for the season and more. We also look at a few players who have played for both Rovers and Forest and we get a terrible prediction from the Cat. Please like, share and subscribe. Heidi Haigh's Leeds United Books: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Heidi+Haigh&search-alias=books&field-author=Heidi+Haigh&sort=relevancerank BRFCS Forum: https://www.brfcs.com/mb/ Championship Predictions: https://youtu.be/ciOVFDzD1_I Played for Both: https://blackburnroverseas.com/ Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition -- http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  15. https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2018/september/ticket-news-bolton-wanderers-a/ £30 blooming quid!
  16. Championship Trivia Quiz (data from whoscored.com) 1. We are 10th in the form table (last 6 matches). There are 3 unbeaten teams, who are they and which team heads the form table? 2. Which recent opponent is rock bottom of the form table? 3. Who is the Championship’s top scorer; having scored half of his team’s goals this season? 4. Not surprisingly, Dack has 3 Man of the Match performances. Which other Rover has three also? 5. Who is the tallest Rover on the squad? 6. Who is the only “outfield” player to have started every game for Rovers this season? 7. You won’t get this one! Who is the only player in the squad to score an individual overall rating less than 6.0 ? (Hint: he hasn’t played a lot of games yet and Dack is on top with a rating of 7.34) 8. Which Rover, on average, makes the most passes in a game (49)? 9. From Saturday, which Bolton man is currently rated in the top 20 players in the Championship? (Hint: he was a handful at set pieces and we have Dack and Mulgrew in the top 20). 10. Who did whoscored.com rate as the Man of the Match v Bolton? Answers 1. 1st WBA, 4th Forest, 6th Birmingham, 2. BW 3. Maupay, Brentford (10/20) 4. DL 5. CM (191cm or 6’3”) 6. DL 7. BB 5.89 8. DL 9. Magennis 10. DL…..that man again! Rating 7.6.
  17. Almost 2 weeks away from what should be a brilliant occasion, if our fans come out in numbers to compete with a 7,700 strong, vociferous Darwen End full of 'Leeds Scum'. Few would have thought that at the start of the season this could have been such a pivotal game in the context of the season overall. I sincerely hope that TM throws caution to the wind to a degree and that we attack Leeds in the manner that we all know we are capable. Show too much respect and a central midfield pairing of Smallwood and Evans and I fear we'll get turned over. I hope there's 25,000 plus on the day, here's hoping! COYB! WE ARE The Rovers!!..............
  18. Poor game, great result! An assessment of player performance v Bolton Each player was judged on the following criteria: Instance of excellent play * Instance of decent/good play * Instance of disappointing/poor play * Instance of terrible play * E&OE Ratings Raya ***** Bennett ****************** Lenihan *************************** Mulgrew ******************** Williams ***************** Reed ****************** Rothwell ************* Palmer ******************* Rodwell ************ Dack ************* Graham ********************** Smallwood(58) ******* Evans(58) ******** Armstrong(74) ***** Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 0. Graham outsmarts the full back on the wing and puts a beautiful low cross through the box. No one there! Perhaps Palmer might have been a bit more awake? 10. Rodwell is passing the ball around impressively. He’s a big unit too. Here he sweeps a lovely ball across the park to Bennett on the wing and his cross wins a corner. 11. Another lovely chip from Rodwell to Bennett on the wing. Graham challenges for the deflected cross but the goalie punches the ball away. Hmm, that’s the second time today already Reed has passed back removing all momentum from the attack! 14. An even better crossfield ball from Rodwell to Bennett. This lad can play! 17. Dack brings a man down in our D. The free kick hits Williams in the wall and goes for a corner. Palmer heads away and Rothwell clears up neatly and launches a huge pass downfield to Dack but it’s an inch too far! 18. Lenihan loses the heading challenge for once and Mulgrew makes a total hash of his attempted clear up…..the ball plops right into the path of the Bolton man. He squares to Noone, central and just outside the box. Williams, last man, gets in a good block. A long shot comes in but it’s poor. 20. Williams launches the ball long to Palmer, he holds off the defender magnificently, drives forward, does a couple of step overs, and slides a lovely ball to Rothwell in the D. Rothwell hits a sharp, first time pass to Reed who has made an excellent run into the box. His shot from a tightish angle is saved, Rothwell lashes the rebound against the goalie and then Dack finishes off in typical fashion. Great stuff. Commentator talking about an England call up for Dack! 23. Reed is dispossessed just outside the box. Mulgrew launches himself horizontally to head the incoming cross for a corner! Good catch by Raya who then throws an excellent long ball to Rothwell but he fouls the defender. 27. Decent Bolton attack. Lowe squares to Buckley, just outside the box; he turns inside Palmer who is too slow to react. Raya pulls of an excellent save. Corner. A strange one this. Williams, Raya and Magennis are chest to chest on the line. At the last moment, Magennis pulls away 2 metres, Raya pushes Williams away, Magennis rises far higher than anyone else and his powerful header is tipped over the bar brilliantly by Raya. Graham was nearest to Magennis at the end but I think he was so surprised, he hardly left the ground! 31. Nicely won and played off by Rodwell. 32. Poor back pass from Reed, Williams can’t prevent the cross but Bennett is there to head clear. 35. Rothwell beats his man on the wing and plays the ball into the box to Reed and it’s deflected for a corner. Rothwell, Reed and Palmer faff about after the short corner while the big men wait in the middle. Out for a throw. 39. Mulgrew gives a bad pass to a Bolton guy on midway, he has a clear run but Graham does brilliantly to chase back and dispossess him. 42. A little thing can be the lead up to disaster. It nearly happened here. Reed commits a cynical foul on the wing. The kick comes in and Graham’s attempted clearance goes straight up in the air, still in the box! Man Mountain Magennis destroys Lenihan and his looping header has beaten Raya but Mulgrew is positioned perfectly to head off the line! 54. Palmer strolling around with little urgency. 57. For the second time in as many minutes Rothwell is dispossessed but this time it’s dangerous as Lowe feeds Wildschut who runs into the box but his shot is blocked by Mulgrew. 67. Mix-up between Lenihan and Reed allows a through ball to sneak through into the box. Fortunately Wildschut’s cross is poor and Raya collects easily. 70. Turgid stuff at the moment. No attacking flair as on Wednesday. 73. Poor pass by Williams near their box and Bolton stream forward. Fortunately the ball reaches Jason Lowe and the move breaks down! 77. Rovers sitting right back now! It’s a good job that Bolton are rubbish! 78. Goalkick by Raya finds Armstrong in acres of space. He runs into the box. As on Wednesday night he elects to shoot from an acute angle. There’s power there but it’s straight at the keeper. 84. Reed does a complete air-kick near the box and it’s danger again. Evans wins the ball with a strong challenge but it breaks for Bolton. They win a corner. 87. Rovers almost get what they deserve for throwing everybody back! Bolton’s ball into the box pits giant Hobbs against tiny Reed. Hobbs heads square and Mulgrew is judged to have brought down Doidge 2m out.. Penalty! It’s OK he was well offside! It wasn’t a penalty anyway! 88. Dack receives the throw and holds off the THREE defenders and wriggles to the line, he dribbles into the box and wins a corner. 89. Dack receives the ball in the box, he wriggles free again and feeds Evans who heads to the corner…………he holds the ball well under robust challenge from 2 defenders but eventually loses the free kick decision. Final whistle………………nervy ending to a game where we decided to try to hold on to the narrow lead. Poor fare.
  19. blueboy3333

    ROVERS v Sheff Utd

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  20. Blackburn Rovers returned to winning ways as they beat beat Bolton Wanderers 0-1 at the Macron Stadium. The only goal of the game came in the 1st half through a lovely team move which resulted in Bradley Dack sticking the back in the back of the net. Bolton can count themselves unlucky as they pressed Rovers in the 2nd half in search for an equalizer, however it never came. Rovers ended the day in 9th position in the table with Bolton in 16th. Next up for Rovers they take on Leeds United at Ewood Park. In this video we look back at the match in a little more detail, with comments from the fans, the manager and more. Rovers: Raya, Bennett, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Rodwell (Smallwood, 59), Reed, Rothwell (Evans, 59), Dack, Palmer (Armstrong, 70), Graham. Substitutes: Leutwiler, Bell, Brereton, Conway. Goal: Dack, 21. Booked: Williams, 45, Reed, 66, Raya, 86. Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Lowe, Oztumer, Buckley (Wildschut, 46), Noone (Dyer, 67), Hobbs, Olkowski, Williams, Magennis, Grounds (Doidge, 78), Wheater (c). Substitutes: Williams, Vela, Wilson, O'Neil. Booked: Magennis, 49, Lowe, 81, Williams, 89. Attendance: 15,461 (2,482 away) Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com (coming soon) -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas Speaking of Football Manager you can catch up with my latest game save right here: Cass the Cat World Cup (I know the tournament is over, still a fun FREE game) -- http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  21. Oh, calamity! That was hard to watch. Our talismanic players: Dack, Graham, Bennett were unable to exert any positive influence and Sheffield U gave us a football lesson all over the pitch! We didn’t have a single “purple patch” during the game. An assessment of player performance v Sheffield Utd Each player was judged on the following criteria: Instance of excellent play * Instance of decent/good play * Instance of disappointing/poor play * Instance of terrible play * E&OE Ratings Raya ****** Bennett ************** Lenihan ****************** Williams ********************* Bell(69) ************* Reed ********** Smallwood(45) ********** Evans ***************** Armstrong ************** Dack ************* Graham(55) ****** Mulgrew(45) *********** Brereton(55) ***** Rothwell(69) **** Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 4. Evans, under no pressure, dithers on the midway line, miscontrols and is dispossessed. Big danger but Bennett flies back to get a foot in. Lenihan clears. 5. Sheffield corner. The ball reaches a totally unmarked Sharp who somehow manages to scuff his shot and Williams clears away. God knows who was supposed to be marking him? This is very similar to the corner v Forest; we didn’t have defenders in the half of the box closest to the corner taker. Sharp just ran into that space and should have scored! 10. That’s about 15 passes sideways between Rovers’ players just inside our own half. We get nowhere so Williams hoofs it upfield to no one! 21. Another terrible pass from Smallwood, he has to foul the guy to make amends. 23. Another Sheffield corner. Bennett scuffs his header, Evans clears. 24. We can’t get away from our own box! Sheffield have the run of the place. Another shot comes in and a good save from Raya. 26. I can’t record all of these but this is typical…….Reed, then Smallwood, then Evans challenge unsuccessfully in midfield and they are all left for dead. The ball flashes across the face of Raya’s goal…………….but Sheffield regain and come again! Sharp’s glancing header flies over the bar! Also typical, the goalkick is high towards Graham but he has 2 giants stood on his toes……………only one possible outcome. 28. Armstrong runs down the wing challenging 3 defenders……….. again only one possible outcome. Depressing to watch. Total lack of attacking flair/inspiration throughout the entire team. 30. At last! A lovely ball from Dack into the box for Armstrong but, faced by 3 defenders he dribbles round himself and then lays it out to Bell. His cross falls to Dack but he miskicks. Reed tries an acrobatic volley but it’s blocked for a corner. As in the Forest game, it’s taken 30 minutes for Reed to earn a positive rating. Oh blimey….now he’s just fluffed the corner! 32. Awful ball into the box by Armstrong. 34. Lovely ball by Reed to Bennett on the edge of the box, he squares to Dack but he scuffs his shot and it’s deflected. Williams gets his head to the corner, Smallwood squares to Evans but his attempted chip is well over. 36. Bennett slips as he tries to clear and it’s dangerous but never fear, Lenihan’s here with an effective challenge. In midfield and again Smallwood and Evans put in weak tackles and the Utd man runs on. 38. Sheffield Corner and O’Connell outjumps Lenihan comprehensively. Raya blocks on the line. Williams clears. Under the cosh here. 40. Bell and Dack lose the ball, McGoldrick unleashes a curling shot from the edge of the box, Raya tips it over! Graham gets his head to the corner but Fleck’s shot comes in from the edge of the box. Raya saves again. 45. Mulgrew on. Evans wins the ball well and Williams crosses to Armstrong who heads on to Dack but his header is over the bar. 48. Same old. Sheffield cut us to pieces on the right wing. Eventually Reed and Bennett block Fleck’s goal bound shot. From the corner O’Connell outjumps Lenihan and Evans again to head over the bar. 57. Nice flick into the corner by Bennett and Brereton beats 2 men and returns the ball for Bennett to cross. A good aggressive challenge for the ball by Bell under pressure but his header is wide. Bell claiming he was held. 62. Good run down the wing by Armstrong and a neat pass to Bell on the edge of the box. Bell returns to Armstrong but is shot is blocked and he was just offside anyway. 64. Bell receives the ball on the edge of the box and shows good skills to turn and feed Brereton who shoots from the edge of the box but a challenge takes all the sting out of it and the goalie collects easily. 65. Duffy skips past Williams and Reed, nutmegs Evans to Fleck who slips the ball to McGoldrick in the box. Bennett fails to stop the cross……………Sharp is running in, Williams blocks him but Sharp gets to the rebound first to score. 69. Good run and great cross from Williams to Brereton at the near post but he heads wide. He should have scored. 71. I like it. An input of energy from Rothwell as he bursts across the field passing to Dack. He runs to the edge of the box but his shot is not one of his best and is deflected for a corner. 74. Terrible backpass by Brereton sends Sheffield pouring forward again. Williams puts in a good challenge. 77. Sharp pulls away from Mulgrew and as the cross comes in there’s no one to challenge and he heads in from I yard. 79. Rothwell drives forward past 3 men and lets fly from outside the box. Well wide……..but still! 84. Good grief…….Rothwell runs past 5 men but is dispossessed by the 6th. It’s OK to pass sometimes Joe! 84. Beautiful long ball along the floor in to the edge of the box by Williams to Armstrong but his first time shot is straight at the keeper. He was never gonna beat him from there. 88. Hmm, Dack wasn’t interested in challenging for that one. Williams isn’t tracking back and the ball is played into the box for an unmarked United man but Raya is there again! It’s not safe though, in it comes again and Williams heads clear to Dack but he is dispossessed. Final whistle. Well they have won 4 away games now….that is impressive.
  22. It seems all of our business is done for the window. That being the case what do people see as our best starting eleven? My suggestion: Raya Nyambe Mulgrew Lenihan Bell Evans Bennett Palmer Dack Armstrong Brereton Bench: Canadian, Rodwell, Reed, Rothwell, Graham, Davenport, Williams Very tough to leave out Rothwell after his start but that front 4 is very very solid. I also think Rodwell will force his way into the side as the season goes on.
  23. @roverseas

    Rovers vs Forest

    I have not seen a match thread for this game, so thought I would be brave and get one started. Forest just pounced on Stoke in a similar vein to us in the league cup. 3 goal lead gobbled up, with Stoke losing eventually 3-2. Am I correct in thinking Brereton will not be allowed to play this weekend against Forest? If, so Graham to start, with Dack supporting. Mowbray some midfield selection headaches to make, with Conway, Armstrong and Rothwell giving him a bit of a dilemma. Reed, Bennett, Evans and Smallwood also in contention. That's why he gets paid the big bucks. I spoke with Rich Ferraro from Rich Ferraro's Forest Ramble Podcast to talk about the build up to this match, he gives a fair assessment on Brereton and their chances for Saturday afternoon.
  24. Cass the Cat returns once again to prediction the outcome of each and every Blackburn Rovers match as they return to the EFL Championship. In this video Cass attempts to predict the outcome of the opening league match between Bolton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers. Fancy some more? You can also find me here: -- http://blackburnroverseas.com -- http://twitter.com/roverseas -- http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas -- http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: -- http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Version -- http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
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