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  1. As we find ourselves in our worst run of form under Mowbray, what is an acceptable return from the next 6 games (Max 18 pts)? From my perspective: West Brom (1pt) This game is all about the Rovers manager and the performance he can get from his team, following a hugely disappointing run of 9 games. Show us that the fight is still there, show some mental strength not to crumble and get turned over. In our current form, a draw would be a good result but ship another 3 goals and lose, and the knives will be out again. Target: 1 point is the realistic target going in, if we can keep it tight we could win by the odd goal. Last defeat was against Hull in early November but have also lost to Wigan in October. West Brom have been prone to wobbles away from home. Millwall (3pts) The fact they are playing Ipswich on NYD could make this a big six pointer for us. Target: Definite 3 points required as a practise for any relegation fight. If we can’t get the necessary win then there is little hope if/when the pressure is really on in April/May. Ipswich (3pts) Rock bottom, ex-Rovers manager, grudge match and a bogey team. Similar story to us with 1 win and 2 draws in the last 13 games. If we lose to Ipswich without a win in the previous two games then that will be the final straw for me as far as Mowbray is concerned. Play Millwall and Rotherham first - so will want 3 or 4 points out of those two which would still see them remain bottom. Target: Mandatory 3 points required. No excuses. Hull City (1pt) A resurgent Hull play Bolton, Sheff Wed, and Villa before us and could expect 6 maybe 7 points, and up to 40 by the time we play them Target: a much tougher game than it should have been based on our own circumstances and form. 1 point required as a minimum. They have been in excellent on form but not unbeatable. Could be outsiders for the play-offs if they can keep up their momentum. Brentford (3pts) Draw specialists - nearly as much as Rovers were in the first 4 months of this season. Play Norwich, Stoke, Rotherham, and Sheff Weds before us. So could be in similar form to Rovers going in. Target: 3 points, another game to try to keep us from getting sucked into the mire. Bristol City (1pt) Play Stoke, Bolton, Forest, Boro and Swansea. Boro looks their toughest game. WDWDDDW since their last defeat (to Leeds) including draws with Norwich and Derby. But only just scraped past 9-man Rotherham 1-0. Target: Need to get a draw but could well get better with the right approach. There needs to be some momentum building in these fixtures. For me, no points from the next 3 games and he need to step aside, the job of saving us would be too big for him. Get 6 points, even 4 out of those first 9, and we carry on. Ipswich is a key game though. The following three games becomes a 4 from the back 9, minimum, and so on. We need to get some consistency back so a good start is important, and a win against Ipswich is absolutely vital. 10pts minimum - 3 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses (41pts total), and midtable security is well within reach. Any less than that and it could be a very uncomfortable couple of months for Mowbray - and Rovers fans.
  2. I've never really liked Leeds as a team. Growing up in the late 60's, early 70's, Chelsea were always more glamorous. Rovers were in the Wilderness. Their "style" of football under Revie was at times brutal. A bit like their stadium and (without generalising) their horrible fans. I've been to Elland Road a number of times, and have always felt intimidated and unwanted, as we always seemed to be in that bleak corner. Ahead of our match against Norwich, and Leeds at Villa on Sunday, they currently sit top of the (Christmas) tree, with 45 points, whilst we are becalmed in mid-table, 14 points adrift, it won't be plain sailing.......okay, enough of the watery references. Head to head: Leeds were late developers, only really coming to life in 1919, the mighty Rovers having already won the FA Cup five times. However we haven't done that well against them. The full results (all competitions) are Rovers won 32, drawn 23, lost 44. The first competitive league game was the 25th October 1924, in which they triumphed at Ewood 3-2, the last at their place in the league was a 2-1 defeat on the 13th September 2016, where 19,009 saw Leeds win 2-1, Marvin Emnes scored - where is he now? We have current bragging rights though? Recent players in common: Robbo - he was alreet. Matteo Kilgallon Grayson Wilcox - legend! Batty - oh, you and Le Saux! Fowler - well he did play a few games for us. El Hadji Diouf - expectorate extraordinaire. Graham - please score. Achievements: FA Cup: Rovers 6, Leeds 1 League Cup 1 x 1 League 1 2 x 3 PL 1 x 0 Fairs Cup (Does anyone even care?) Populations: Leeds is apparently (behind Londinium and Brum) the third largest Metropolitan borough in the country, with an estimated current population of 750,000, as opposed to BwDBC at just under 150,000. So soak that up you arrogant Yorkies.....or Loiners, as the folk of the city are known. We are undoubtedly THE BEST TOWN TEAM IN ENGLAND! For such a large city, their ground holds 37,890, but is rarely full. They average just under 32,500 this season. Oh, and they charge too much to away fans, robbing basta*ds! Leeds, the facts: M&S sort of started there, we have one too, so what? Leeds purloined Real Madrid's strip in the 60's, our strip is far superior. The mouse trap, the Little Nipper, was invented there. What about animal rights? There are quite a lot of rats living behind my office in Blackburn though........ Keith Lemon......twat.....need I say more? Jelly tots......never liked them. The last flat cap manufacturer closed their doors in 2000. I never trust a driver in head wear........why, because you have a roof silly, although I accept open top cars might be exempt. Things in common: Since Jack......sh*t owners? The game: I applaud the Rovers who will pay the extortionate prices and attend regardless, probably worse for wear after Christmas Day. I will return on Saturday, as I've promised my son an early present (and it's £28 for both of us in the JW stand, take note Maggot?). I won't comment further as I leave that to others about the game itself. Just a general overview of the past. 23rd October 1993, my mother-in-law had just passed after a battle against cancer. The family were all massive Evertonians. I had a ticket, and they said go, as there was nothing else I could do, I did. Alan nearly beat them single handedly in front of over 37,000. Footy eh? Whilst no longer married, I will always thank them for their blessing! Whilst I sit and type this watching the League Cup, football is something that binds us all on this message board. We should all agree that the members of this forum, whilst not always in agreement, are first and foremost ROVERS through and through. May I wish you all a fantastic Christmas, and let's hope we have an exciting New Year and transfer window! WE ARE ROVERS!
  3. Next up for Blackburn Rovers the difficult task of high flying Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Rovers come into this match on back to back defeats most recently the 3-2 loss to Leeds United. As for Sheffield United they come into this match on the back of an impressive victory against Derby County. In this video I preview the match, with a prediction from the Cat. 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 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
  4. Blackburn Rovers make it back to back defeats as they lose in a 5 goal thriller against top of the table Leeds United. Leeds took the lead through a big fat own goal by Derrick Williams. Rovers looked 2nd best throughout the first half as Leeds had plenty of chances to extend that lead. Rovers got back into the match shortly into the 2nd half after we were awarded a penalty which Cpt Fantastic scored to level the scorline at 1-1. Rovers then took the lead deep into the latter stages of the match, when Rothwell was brought down in a promising area. Mulgrew converted a beautiful free kick to give Rovers an unexpected lead. The lead didn't last long, as Kemar Roofe leveled the game once more, less than a minute later, and Roofe again stole all 3 points with the winner in injury time. Pissed off!! Leeds United: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling (c) (Shackleton, 69), Douglas, Forshaw, Roofe, Alioski, Jansson, Hernandez, Harrison (Clarke, 60), Phillips, Klich. Unused substitutes: Huffer, Baker, Davis, Halme, Gotts. Goal: Williams OG, 33, Roofe, 90, 90. Booked: Douglas, 76, Lenihan, 85, Phillips, 89 Rovers: Raya, Nyambe (Reed, 62), Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Bell, Evans, Rodwell (Smallwood, 69), Armstrong (Rothwell, 75), Dack, Graham. Substitutes: Leutwiler, Downing, Palmer, Nuttall. Goal: Mulgrew, 47, 90. Booked: Rodwell, 44 Referee: Stephen Martin. Attendance: 34,863. 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 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
  5. Next up for Blackburn Rovers the difficult task of top of the table Leeds United in their own backyard. Rovers come into this match on the back of a defeat to Norwich City, whereas Leeds United come into the match on the back of a winning result against Aston Villa. Rovers looking for a first win in 5 whereas Leeds have won 5 out of the last 5. One positive for Rovers, we did beat Leeds United earlier in the season at Ewood Park, hopefully we can surprise a few and snatch something from the game. In this video I preview the match, with a prediction from the Cat. 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 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
  6. Bigdoggsteel

    Rovers V Norwich 22/12/18

    Had the old work party yesterday so not feeling too fresh today. This is my 3rd match thread this year and will undoubtedly be the worst. Big game for us to test our credentials. Knowing us we will put in a good show here. My 1 concern is the deflating manner of the draw last week. I have been on teams where you throw games away and it is so difficult to get the momentum back the next game. Players are looking around blaming each other. Hopefully our tight knit bunch dig deep and put last week to bed. From looking at score updates over the season, Norwich love a late goal. This undoubtedly means none of us will have any nails left come 5pm Saturday. I am going to go with a heartbreaking 2-2. Their equalizer coming in the 14th minute of injury time after they have hit the post 6 times, the crossbar 9 times and we clear 14 shots off the line. Brereton will also miss a one on one just before they score. Players who have played for both that come to my mind; the legend that is Christopher Roy Sutton and the legend in the making Benno. Happy Christmas Rovers fans
  7. For anyone thinking of going to this on the train I have been told there will be no trains coming back from Sheffield after 2pm due to industrial action on the 29th. Looked at the Trainline app and seems to be right. So might have to make alternative arrangements if thinking of going via the train.
  8. Blackburn Rovers ended their home form in 2018 with a defeat to high flyers Norwich City. The Canaries left it late to score the one and only goal which came on the 81st minute thanks to top scorer Teemu Puuki. Rovers kept Norwich at bay for the majority of the match, and looked destined for a point, however we ultimately ended the match with 10 men as Harrison Reed picked up an injury late on after all subs were used. Doesn't get much easier for Rovers as we take on Leeds United and Sheffield United to end the calendar year. In this video we take a look at the match stats, hear from opposition supporter Harvey Monk on his thoughts, plus what did the gaffa Tony Mowbray have to say? Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c) (Williams, 46), Bell, Smallwood, Evans (Palmer, 59), Reed, Dack, Armstrong (Brereton, 73), Graham. Substitutes: Leutwiler, Rodwell, Rothwell, Downing. Booked: Evans, 23, Smallwood, 29 Norwich City: Krul, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Leitner (Vrancic, 46), Lewis, Buendia (Hernandez, 20), Siepermann, Pukki (Rhodes, 90), Tettey (c), Cantwell, Aarons. Goal: Pukki, 85 Booked: Hernandez, 28, Leitner, 41, Cantwell, 90 Substitutes: McGovern, Marshall, Hanley, Srbeny Referee: Darren England. Attendance: 14,202 (1,272 away) 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 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
  9. Blackburn Rovers return to Ewood Park this weekend to take on high flyers Norwich City. Rovers come into the match in 11th position in the table, and enter the match on the back of a 2-2 draw with Birmingham City last weekend. Norwich City on the other hand come into the match in 2nd spot oin the table, and also enter the match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Bristol City. Rovers enter a tough series of fixtures and will be hoping to secure a few points to kick start their festive campaign. In this video with speak with Norwich City supporter Harvey Monck about Norwich City chances this weekend. We also take a look at some match stats and get a prediction from the Cat. 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 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
  10. When I think of Birmingham city 3 things come to my mind 1- Robbie Savage Loved Robbie when he was here. He was a real warrior in that Hughes team. Snarling and snapping around midfield. Thanks Brum 2-Alex McLeish Big Eck, a gruff Scotsman who these days can mostly be found fighting with Tony Mowbray about how much he is allowed flog that old war horse Charlie Mulgrew. Did well at Birmingham, winning their last major trophy, the 2011 league cup. The win was against your textbook later period Wenger team, devoid of bottle. The winner coming from a last minute Obafemi Martins goal on his 54th birthday, which was nice. 3- This Well at least when he went back to Rovers the most embarrassing period of his career was over. Well, mostly. Recent times Following the cup win and relegation from the Premier league, like many clubs, they have had a bumpy few years. They are owned by a Hong Kong based business man and following my intensive 5 minute online research on this, I am even more confused. In short, lots of shenanigans have gone on there since he arrived on the scene. I remember them sacking Gary Rowett when on the cusp of the play-offs, only to make a disastrous appointment in Zola. they floated around relegation after this, up until their last managerial appointment. In a match that looks to have worked out well for both parties, Gary Monk has gotten his promising looking career back on track at the club, after dodgy spells at dodgy Leeds and not dodgy Boro. They are currently sitting in 9th place ,equal on points with their illustrious hosts. This is a huge game for both sides as we are now getting to the point where you either break from the middle pack and keep touch with the play-offs, or you drop off to mid table obscurity(or worse). A quick look at their squad suggests to me that Monk is getting the best out of the players at his disposal. They have their financial difficulties and were restricted during the summer when it came to incomings, so credit to Monk. This is the kind of game we must win if we have any hopes of keeping in touch with the play-offs. Hopefully the performance is more Sheffield Wednesday than United. Prediction 2-1 Rovers
  11. Blackburn Rovers let slip a two goal lead against Birmingham City to draw 2-2 at Ewood Park. Rovers looked comfortably in control of the match taking the lead via a Danny Graham header courtesy of a Harrison Reed free kick. Rovers doubled their lead thanks to a tight angled strike by substitute Adam Armstrong to give Rovers a two goal cushion. Birmingham chipped back into the game via a penalty after David Raya made a hash of a catch, the goal scored by Gardner (not sure which one). And finally Che Adams scored the leveler for Birmingham. Both chances had opportunities to win it, but ultimately it ended in a draw. In this video we take a look at the match statistics, see what the fans had to say and get words of wisdom from the gaffa. Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Smallwood, Evans, Reed, Dack, Conway (Armstrong, 18), Graham (Brereton, 70). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Williams, Rothwell, Downing, Palmer. Goals: Graham, 19, Armstrong, 47 Booked: Smallwood, 90 Birmingham City: Camp, Pedersen, Roberts (Harding, 9), Colin, Kieftenbeld (C. Gardner, 56), Mahoney (Jota, 56), Adams, Jutkiewicz, Dean (c), Maghoma, G. Gardner. Unused substitutes: Trueman, Bogle, Lakin, Dacres-Cogley. Goal: G. Gardner pen, 78, Adams, 79 Booked: Adams, 73, C. Gardner, 90 Referee: Tony Harrington. Attendance: 13,622 (2,066 away). 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 Also be sure to check out Rovers Buzz Facebook Page Rovers Buzz 👉https://www.facebook.com/RoversBuzz/ Also mentioned in the video enter the draw to win a Rovers signed shirt Charitable Draw 👉https://goo.gl/Sozy9A 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
  12. An Assessment of Player Performance v Middlesborough 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 ****** Nyambe *********** Mulgrew *************** Downing ********************* Williams *************** Evans **************** Reed(84) *********** Smallwood(74) ******* Conway(69) ********** Dack ************ Graham ********** Armstrong(69) ********* Rothwell(74) ****** Brereton(84) Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 3. Boro corner. Mulgrew loses his man and is beaten to the header and Evans is there to hack clear, 2 yards out. 8. Reed, Evans, Smallwood passing it around in midfield but making no progress. Boro’s giants are just tempting them to hit it long. Yep, there it goes and Graham is offside anyway. 9. The ball is poked through to Hugill unmarked, with his back to goal, on the edge of the 6 yard box but Williams gets a meaty challenge in before he is able to turn and shoot. From the corner Graham flicks it away but Mulgrew had lost the dangerous Flint again! 13. Nyambe moves towards the box and squares to Dack who turns and shoots but it’s deflected wide for a corner. 16. Nice lay off by Dack to Evans on the edge of the D but Evans, in a great position, dithers and is dispossessed. Disappointing ending! 18. Evans looks off the pace as he is left trailing. Fortunately Conway gets back and blocks for a corner. 19. Besic lets Dack dispossess him and there is a clear run on goal. Besic pulls Dack’s shirt and he’s off! Red card. Good grief! Mulgrew curls the free kick into the net from 25 yards…….bottom corner, bent round the wall from a central position. 33. Nice corner from Reed and Downing rises well but under pressure from Flint he heads over. 36. Good crossfield ball from Williams finds Nyambe who feeds Reed Just inside the box. He squares to Graham right in front of goal but the defender blocks his shot well. Close but good defending. 40. That’s the third interesting long ball into space down the right wing from Downing. This time it’s a bit too far for Reed but he wins a throw for his persistence. (Nyambe collected the other 2). 41. Evans wins the ball nicely in midfield and Dack sends Graham away into the edge of the box. His firm shot is parried by the keeper straight to the on-rushing Evans in the 6 yard box but he puts it wide!!! It came to him fast but he sliced it. 49. A Boro long throw causes a bit of panic ping-pong. Evans is too timid with his attempted clearance (not the only one). But there’s a foul and we survive. 50. Good clearing header by Downing takes care of a dangerous cross into the box. 51. Dack sprays a lovely crossfield ball to Conway’s feet. He waits for the on-running Williams who sidesteps his man on the edge of the D and squares the ball beautifully to Dack who’s shot hits the post. It’s cleared. 57. Nice interplay by Conway and Reed in the box and Conway cuts it back for the on-rushing Dack but the defender is strong enough to hold him off. The ball is launched far downfield over the top of the entire defence and Hugill is clear on goal. Mulgrew does brilliantly to get back and get in the critical, perfectly timed challenge; Downing clears. 60. Nice through ball from Smallwood to Graham in the D. He turns and feeds Reed. Reed squares back to Graham but his shot is deflected for a corner. Too many Boro players for a clear shot. 61. Assombalonga scores a great goal from outside the box. 68. The lethargic Evans sucking the momentum out of our play yet again with another backpass. 75. The third foul by Armstrong in the 6 minutes he’s been on the field! 77. Out of the blue……Reed is ambling along centrally about 25 yards out and he decides to have a shot. The goalie parries the firm shot away. Downing loses out on a 50-50 in midfield and Boro are away. Nyambe blocks the shot. 83. Evans wins a header in midfield and Dack picks up and holds off 2 men before threading a sublime ball into the box for a fast arriving Armstrong. Instead of burying the ball in the net, he takes a touch and loses control. The defender gets a foot in and it’s a corner. 84. A howler by Downing. He airkicks a simple lobbed ball and the Boro man is free and clear! He lobs it over the outrushing Raya but it’s weak and Downing is back to hack clear. Lucky! 87. Another long throw by Boro causes panic in the box; Raya collects eventually.
  13. Next up for Blackburn Rovers, a return to Ewood Park to take on Birmingham City. Blackburn come into this match fresh off the back of a draw against Middlesbrough. Birmingham meanwhile, come into the match on the back of a loss to Bristol City. As for the table, Birmingham have the slight edge as they sit 2 places higher than Rovers in 9th spot, with Rovers in 11th. Both on the same amount of points, the Brummies have the better goal difference. In this video we preview the match, check out some team stats and a cheeky prediction from the Cat. 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 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
  14. Hi All Tough game away at Middlesborough tomorrow at the Riverside, they are as expected up near the top but did lose 3-0 to Villa in their last home game. I unfortunately cannot make the game tomorrow as I have a boys day out in Skipton (twice yearly catch up with old friends) will be messy !! Been to Borough twice before both at Ayresome park and both times remember it was one of the coldest grounds I had ever been to ( 0 -0 in 1985 crowd 5,000 ish and 3 - 0 win in 1990 crowd 15,000 ish). Middlesborough are nicknamed Boro or the Smoggies and we're a founder member of the premier league with Rovers, but we're one of the teams relegated in that first season. Inter club fact - 96/97 season Boro were deducted 3 points by the PL for failing to fulfill their fixture against Rovers. There have been quite a number of recent connections between the clubs: Tony Mowbray, Mark Venus, Danny Graham, Richie Smallwood, Stuart Ripley, Harry Chapman, Paul Ince, Craig Higgnet, Yakubu, Marcus Bent, Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede. Area Facts Yarm great place for a beer similar to Clitheroe and you would often see footballers past and present (Gary Pallister last time there) If you are a golfer, two good links courses ( Seaton Carew and Cleveland) but also inland is the new set up at Rockliffe Hall where Boro have there training ground, it is magnificent and is owned by Steve Gibson who owns Boro. Let's hope for a Rovers win and kick start our tough festive period, I will leave all the team formations to everyone else !! COYB
  15. Blackburn Rovers failed to take advantage of 10 man Middlesbrough, and had to settle for a point at the Riverside. 1-1 was the final score with Mo Besic the man sent off for a shirt pull on Bradley Dack. Captain Charlie Mulgrew scored from the resulting free kick to give Rovers the lead, however Blackburn were denied all 3 points, after Britt Assombalonga long range striker gave Middlesbrough a share of the points. In this video we take a look at the match statistics, hear what Tony Mowbray had to say as well as Middlesbrough supporter John Gaunt. Middlesbrough: Randolph, Friend (c), Ayala, Shotton, Clayton (Saville, 46), Hugill, Howson, Fletcher (Wing, 32), Downing (Assombalonga, 46), Flint, Besic. Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Batth, McNair, Tavernier. Goal: Assombalonga, 62 Booked: Shotton, 13, Friend, 44 Sent off: Besic, 21 Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood (Rothwell, 75), Evans, Reed (Brereton, 85), Dack, Conway (Armstrong, 70), Graham. Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Bell, Lenihan, Palmer. Goal: Mulgrew, 22 Booked: Williams, 18, Dack, 55 Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 21,985 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 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
  16. An Assessment of Player Performance v Sheffield W 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 ****** Nyambe *************** Mulgrew ************** Downing ******************** Williams *************** Evans(85) ******** Reed ********************* Smallwood ********************** Conway ************************ Dack(92) **************** Graham(92) ************* Travis(85) * Brereton(92) Conway(92) Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 5. A dangerous Conway free kick from near the corner flag and Graham almost gets his head on it but the ball falls at his feet. He is falling forward and a defender kicks the ball into his body. Dack smashes the rebound in the net but the whistle’s gone. Danny is asking why! I think he’s told he pushed the defender in the back. Hmmmpf! 7. The defence is sleeping and the ball comes straight through the middle to Matias on the edge of the box. Fortunately Williams is awake and slides in to prevent the shot. Raya collects. Eventually Conway gets the ball and puts in a beauty of a low ball across the 6 yard box to an unmarked Reed. His first time shot grazes the post. He did well to get there though. 10. Exquisite skill from Conway as he plucks the ball from the air with his foot and wrongfoots his marker. He’s away and Dack is pointing……….Conway puts it on a plate for him in the box. Dack beats his man but the goalie saves his shot well; never fear Danny is there to ram home the rebound. Great stuff. Where have you been Craig? 23. It’s good to see a centre back dominating in the air again! Well done Downing so far. Dack looks like he’s been on the David Dunn diet? The lad Bannan is causing a few problems. 25. More lovely work by Conway as he teases a couple of defenders allowing Williams to make the run. Conway lays it in his path perfectly and Williams gets a decent cross in but the defender gets there before Reed……but at least Reed was thereabouts again! 32. Reach drives into the box at pace and looks as if he’s left Williams trailing but Williams gets back and slides in and does well to concede the corner. 42. After some good battling by Williams and Conway, Dack sends Conway away again and he squares a lovely ball across the box for Dack but he blasts it over! It just shows what we’ve been missing with these “part-time wingers”! 43. Raya is quick off the mark to clear out a dangerous through ball just inside the box. HALF TIME 46. A wicked corner close to the posts by Conway. Williams just gets there but his header from the edge of the 6 yard box is deflected and then headed off the line BY THE KEEPER! 47. Another pinpoint ball from Conway, diagonally into the box and perfectly on to Evans’ head. He tries to cushion it down for Reed but the keeper collects. Evans was in the right place though. 49. Bannan slides a nice ball through to Reach who loses Conway. Nyambe tries to put him off and Raya makes a good save at his near post. 51. Unbelieveable this…..yet another good ball from Conway, this time to Reed in the D but his attempted shot hits Dack who was offside too! 52. Conway, on the wing, changes the direction of play with a crossfield ball to Downing. He nudges the ball past a Wednesday player with his head and takes it on further before sliding a beautiful ball to the right edge of the box for Graham. He crosses into the 6 yard box perfectly for Dack to tap in. Great goal! 56. Dack is enjoying himself. The only way Bannan can stop this run to the box was by dropping him for a yellow card. 58. Good run down the wing by Nyambe, he has the beating of his man and crosses right to the penatlty spot, to Reed’s feet. Reed can’t get his feet moving fast enough and he’s closed down but, again, he was Johnny on the spot………….. again with his head in his hands! 61. Thunderbolt from Joao! 65. A couple of quick accurate passes from Smallwood and Conway puts Dack in position to run to the edge of the box. His shot hits the post and Graham taps the rebound into an empty net! 75. Downing does well initially to win the ball at the edge of the box but his pass is horrendous, straight to an unmarked Nuhui in front of goal. Fortunately he’s useless and he hits it wide. Ritchie did his bit to put him off. That’s the first foot Paul’s put wrong all game. It’s good to see him back. 79. Dack takes the ball on in our own half and runs midway into the Wednesday half with no one able to touch him. He lays a lovely ball through to Conway who unleashes a powerful shot from the edge of the box but it’s well saved. Corner. 81. Another of Evans’ momentum killing backpasses that I hate so much! Then a needless mix up about who is going for the ball between Smallwood and Raya. 84. Jaoa is too strong, holding off Downing and Reed; Bannan takes it on in the D and Mulgrew’s attempted challenge is not strong enough. Williams charges in with an attempted challenge but the ball bounces over Raya and hits the post. Raya tries to get there before Bannan but the ball hits the keeper and ends up in the net as an own goal. Disappointing! 88. Some nice interplay between Travis and Dack, then Smallwood plays a neat ball into the box to Dack’s twinkling feet. He’s away from his marker and squares to Graham who has the easiest of tap-ins for his hat-trick! 92. Standing ovation for Dack and Graham as they are substituted. FULL TIME. Normal service has been resumed! That’s it……if Conway’s fit, I never want to see Armstrong on the wing again!
  17. Next up for Blackburn Rovers is a trip to the North East to take on high flyers Middlesbrough. Rovers come into this match fresh on the back of a win against Sheffield Wednesday. Middlesbrough however come into the match on the back of a defeat to Aston Villa who beat them 3-0. Current Rovers Gaffa was in charge of Middlesbrough the last time they won at the Riverside. In this video I spoke with Middlesbrough supporter John Gaunt about the match, his expectations and more. We also build up to kick off and get a prediction from the Cat. 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 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
  18. blueboy3333

    ROVERS v Sheff Wed

    There will be Owls of derision if we don't win this one. It will be a hoot if we do. A win will bring raptor-ous applause, but we'll need to show our full range of Talonts. A barn (owl) storming opening would help. But mainly, the question is, can we score from open play? Rovers 1 - Owls 1 14,777
  19. Fanakapan

    Leeds Away Travel

    Any one know of any coaches around the Leyland or Chorley pick up area.
  20. Blackburn Rovers bounce back after two rough away performances with a comfortable win at Ewood Park against Sheffield Wednesday. Rovers winning 4-2 in the end thanks to goals from Bradley Dack and a hattrick by Danny Graham. Ex Rover made things interesting with a wonderstrike to make it 2-1, and an own goal by David Raya gave Wednesday hope, but Rovers added a 4th to take home a much needed 3 points. Key members of the squad stood up and were counted today, including Craig Conway and Paul Downing. In this video we hear from the Gaffa Tony Mowbray, plus reaction from the fans and match analysis. Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Evans (Travis, 86), Reed, Dack, Conway, Graham (Brereton, 90). Substitutes: Leutwiler, Armstrong, Rothwell, Brereton, Nuttall, Travis, Palmer. Goals: Graham, 11, 65, 90, Dack, 55 Booked: Downing, 40 Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Pelupessy, Fletcher (Nuhiu, 46), Bannan, Thorniley, Lees (c), Joao, Matias (Forestieri, 46 (Onomah, 90)), Reach, Hector. Substitutes: Wildsmith, Fox, Onomah, Penney, Pudil. Goals: Joao, 62, Raya OG, 85 Booked: Bannan, 56 Referee: Robert Jones Attendance: 15,154 (3,578 away) GINGER NINJA PIN BADGES - @EricBlueMonster Supporting - nervetumours.org.uk 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
  21. blueboy3333

    Wigan V ROVERS 28/11/18

    A huge response needed. Wigan are good at home so it's another tough game. No idea what the team will be. There are normally changes the game after we play badly. Mowbray needs to pick players in roles they are comfortable in. They also need to start the game in the 1st minute. I'm not hopeful...
  22. An Assessment of Player Performance v Wigan 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 ********* Nyambe(77) *************** Mulgrew **************** Rodwell ***************** Bell ***************** Evans ************* Reed(45) ****** Smallwood(61) ********* Armstrong ******** Dack ******** Graham(45) **** Williams(45) ************* Brereton(61) *** Conway(77) *** Highlights and Lowlights (A justification for the main ratings above) 12. Absolutely nothing of any value from any Rovers player so far! Some nasty fouls by Wigan. Two booked already! The second over-egged kick by Raya out to Armstrong on the wing. Looks like a pretty dumb tactic. 18. Rovers are being given no time on the ball and they can’t handle it. Wigan’s bully tactics are working. 19. The first bit of danger. Bell is beaten to the ball far too easily and the cross is just a little too far in front of Powell. 21. Morsy doing a wonderful job of winding up the Rovers players. Windass on for Powell. 22. Rodwell is turned by his man and Mulgrew has to make a crucial last gasp challenge to prevent a clear run in on goal! 23. At last! A good ball into the box by Nyambe. Reed swings and misses it….but it continues to Graham who scoops it over. Reed maybe put him off…. he had to snatch at it. 26. Just noted the first positive contribution by Reed! 29. Now that’s Evans first decent ball! 30. Evans wins the ball in midfield and has a clear run. He holds back to let Armstrong catch up but his ball into the box is underhit and telegraphed and the best Armstrong can do is win a corner. That’s Adams first positive contribution! A bit of “ping-pong from the corner and the ball somehow bobbles into the keeper’s hands. 32. Bell totally miskicks the incoming, long ball but it touches him and goes for a soft corner. Nyambe is beaten in the air by Vaughan and Evans stops the header on the line. It falls to the feet of Burn but somehow Raya manages to palm his shot on to the bar! It’s not over yet! Naismith goes past Smallwood as if he’s not there and his cross into the box ……well I’ve gotta say……is undefended! Mulgrew is stood behind 2 completely unmarked attackers. One of them manages to head the ball wide. It was easier to score! Rodwell was nowhere. 36. Smallwood’s first positive contribution! Wigan are targeting Bell and it’s working. He has 2 men on him as the long high ball comes in. Armstrong and Evans are back to help but now there’s 4 Wigan men. Bell is in “no man’s land” as Wigan interchange passes and that leaves Roberts the space to drive forward and unleash a great shot, in off the post, past Raya. Too easy…… 41. The dangerous sub Windass does Nyambe easily but Raya saves his shot comfortably. 42. Bell, as last man, tries a risky dribble and is dispossessed. He is fortunate to get the free kick I think. 43. Bizarre! Vaughan beats Mulgrew and Evans to the corner and it’s going in but Windass totally unmarked, standing on the line, heads it out. Great stuff……………..he should give our centre backs some lessons! 45. Everyone is running back and a lovely ball is lobbed into our box. Mulgrew is waving his hand claiming offside…..allowing Windass to pull clear and shoot unchallenged. It hits the post and he was offside. BUT Mulgrew was badly at fault there. HALF-TIME………………That was garbage! Wigan should be 5 up! 46. Mulgrew sells himself near halfway by throwing his body into an unnecessary challenge and Windass is off again. He crosses to Vaughan but Raya saves. 51 Nice ball from Williams reaches Armstrong, who takes it into the box but his shot is weak. Nevertheless, that’s the first save the keeper has had to make. He clears upfield and Rodwell misjudges the flight and bounce and there’s that man Windass to take advantage. He runs into the box, Rodwell stumbles and brings him down. Penalty! Vaughan scores. 57. A high ball comes into our crowded box. Burn rises to a free header as Mulgrew and Rodwell fail to get off the ground. It’s wide! Our key defenders don’t seem to know what they’re supposed to be doing! 64. The third time Brereton has been near the ball since he came on and each time his touch has been suspect. 66. Nice run forward by Dack but…..this is weird…..he slips the ball into the box but it’s behind Armstrong….who gives up completely! Brereton chases, runs into the defender and falls over claiming a penalty. 68. Commentators are praying for floodlight failure. One suggests Reed as man of the match! He has been totally anonymous but then again……….so has everyone else!! Wigan throw in. James and Windass make fools of Reed, Bell and Williams as Windass drives into the box. His shot is defected by Mulgrew on to the bar……………..again! Nyambe blocks the follow-up. 70. Wigan attack again from their right wing. You can clearly see the line of Rovers defenders falling back but AGAIN Rodwell is retreating and marking no one. The cross comes in to Vaughan (behind Rodwell) and Nyambe manages to get enough of a challenge in to put him off and he heads wide and high. 74. This is poor fare. There’s no impetus, no spark, no one capable of opening the Wigan defence. Armstrong and Dack are coming back into our own half to see the ball! 76. Stupid push in the back from Williams gives Wigan a free kick in a dangerous area just outside our box. Good grief! The lobbed effort bounces on the crossbar! Raya didn’t seem to know what was happening! 79. Evans miscontrols and we lose momentum…..so frustrating! Then Mulgrew and Williams miscontrol and it’s a Wigan throw in. Rovers fans are booing. 80. Brereton miscontrols (again) and it’s another Wigan throw! 82. Conway’s free kick from deep is met by Williams in the box………….it’s deflected into the net by a Wigan man for an own goal! Soft! 85. Mulgrew, near half way, has his hand up for another offside claim. It’s not given and now Windass is miles away…….onside! He does Williams far too easily and squares perfectly for McManaman to tap in. Maybe Raya could have cut out that cross? 86. Conway on the wing pulls the ball back for an on-rushing Dack but his shot is deflected off target. Hmm, that makes Conway man of the match for me! The corner comes back to Conway and his deflected cross/shot is palmed away by the keeper for another corner. FULL-TIME. WORSE THAN PRESTON! Reflections (i.e. humble opinions!) Bell needs dropping. We need 2 proper centre halves; give Downing a run and get Lenihan back. Evans, Reed, Smallwood……..not a spark of imagination from any of them! Evans kills the momentum time after time. Dack did nothing………again and Armstrong was lost.
  23. Another shambolic performance form Blackburn Rovers as we are beaten by Wigan Athletic 3-1 at the DW Stadium. No real response from Rovers following their defeat on the weekend against Preston, as Rovers lacked ideas and any attacking urgency. Problems at the back gave Wigan opportunities to score and they took full advantage. The only conciliation for Rovers was a late own goal which gave them a small lifeline, that was later taken away. Not great, we need a win fast! Wigan Athletic: Walton, Morsy (c), Kipre, Burn, Evans, James, Naismith, Byrne, Roberts (Connolly, 79), Powell (Windass, 22), Vaughan (McManaman, 79) . Unused substitutes: Jones, Gibson, Garner, Grigg. Goal: Roberts, 37, Vaughan pen, 53 Booked: Vaughan, 2, Evans, 9, Morsy, 73 Rovers: Raya, Nyambe (Conway, 79), Rodwell, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Smallwood (Brereton, 62), Evans, Reed, Dack, Armstrong, Graham (Williams, 46). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Rothwell, Downing, Palmer. Goal: Own goal, 83 Booked: Graham, 15 Attendance: 10,777 (2,148 away) Referee: Keith Stroud. 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
  24. Well with a devalued International weekend ahead, and the good news that we sell out our full allocation at our noisy neighbours, time to look at the match in prospect. When I did the Villa preview, I had a Villa acquaintance, but in this case I have never befriended a Nob Ender. Too cocky and lack sensible conversation. So my facts are mainly based on books (banned in the city), the internet (most are on SHPO's not to access the www), and personal observations. Again, both clubs were inaugural members of the 1888 football league, where unfortunately they did the league and cup double. Despite being beaten at their hovel (att: 9,000), we could only draw at Leamington Road, but still our attendance was 12,000. Since then, our fortunes have improved, and whilst our head to head in the league is still in the red (W 31, D 29, L 41), we have won more league titles then them, 3-2 (I include the PL title as the top division, a place they have never met us of course). Their highest home attendance in the league is 42,684 against Arsenal in 1938, whilst we entertained them on the Boxing Day 1921 where 52,656 turned up. Their capacity is now somewhere just north of 23,000, average attendance this season 13,329. That will be swelled by the massed hordes of blue and white on the day. They are currently 18th, and have eight fewer points. Their home form has included three wins, QPR, Brentford, and the thumping of Wigan. They have lost to Reading and WBA. Our last win there was the 2-1 game November 15, where a certain Jordan Rhodes penalty secured the points. Preston the facts: The first bit of motorway in Britain was the Preston bypass, constructed in 1958. If I'd have had my way, it would have been built a lot sooner, as anything to avoid driving through Preston can only be a good thing. The word teetotal was apparently coined by the Temperance Society of Preston in 1833. Perhaps as a tribute there should be a blanket ban of their fans talking total shite whilst under the influence on the day? Apparently the first KFC was installed, outside the US of A, in the then town (1965). There was a queue to Penwortham on day one to experience the town's first fine dining emporium. It was the first town to be lit by gas. Shortly after the first KFC was opened allegedly. Blackburn, the facts: We have a proper Cathedral, despite being the most successful town team of all time....... We have the better ground....thank you Jack, the best benefactor of all time......... We have the better history of winning trophies........... We do not consider PNE as a rival.... We have had a supporter play Doctor Who..... Oh, and a bit of bully........ The Beatles featured us in a song...... The smallest dog in British history (a Yorkie) was born in the town.......... All you need to know..... A little rest for our players can only help. Charlie should hopefully be back. TM will tinker a bit because he always does. Debate will rage as to the starting eleven (not my job), and the Nobbers will still believe it's their biggest game ever. So whilst I cannot be there, I wish the five and a half thousand true blues a safe trip, a rampant return, and three points. Put simply, TM's blue and white army!
  25. No rest for Blackburn Rovers as Championship football continues this week as Rovers are back on the road this time against another local side Wigan Athletic. Wigan Athletic come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Middlesborough. Whereas Rovers come into this match fresh of a local spanking against Preston North End. In this video we preview the match, get a prediction from the Cat and see a few players who have played for both Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers. 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/ 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 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
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