No great shame in losing to Villa, still think you're good enough for the top 6.
Sam Gallagher, the very same guy you sold once upon a time at Southampton
Just joined the forum (and got the game). Liking this so far. Good read.
Friday/Saturday I had a first go on this also in teh Championship but with Leeds. It's a tough league! I'm not the best .. and got sacked by mid October by the trigger happy Cellino. Looks like you wont have those problems!
I've started again as Villa. Something satisfying about trying to bring a club up. Must be what Rafa thinks as well.
Samsami using his experience knowing that Gallacher can do a job in the Championship
Rovers beat Brentford in injury time
On Wednesday 14th September we played Brentford in front of a crowd of 15,190 and this time luck was on our side!
Jason Steele played a solid game and was named Man-of-the-Match
Nevertheless the game was heading for stalemate (and if it hadn't been for Steele, Brentford would actually have scored once or twice!) until two minutes into injury time when Conway aimed a corner at the far post and Byrne out-jumped Egan and scored with a fine header!
Overalll we were the better team - and then again, it was about time that we were the ones to score a late goal!
Rovers drop points at Hillsborough, Sheffield
Three days later, on Saturday 17th September we created enough chances in Sheffield against the team which currently resides at the very bottom of the Championship table. They have not won a single game yet, but even though we outplayed them, we somehow we failed to find the net.
Our defence was solid enough, but our midfield did not deliver and consequently Lens had precious few opportunities to be important for us again so once more we dropped two valuable points, just like we did in our away game against Wigan Athletic.
Rovers advance in the League Cup -- but draw Chelsea in the 3rd Round
On Wednesday 21st September we outplayed Crawley in the EFL Cup 2nd round although it took a very long time before Lens finally found the net when he drove the ball with force from quite a distance to score the deciding goal.
Lens was named Man-of-the-Match for the second time this season. He has clearly made his mark already and is quickly becoming invaluable for the team.
Meanwhile Feeney, who replaced Lowe in this match, played quite well but he did pick up a second yellow card for kicking the ball away and so he was sent off with just five minutes remaining.
We will be playing our next League Cup match at home against none other than Chelsea! A perfect opportunity to see how well we do against one of the biggest Premier League teams!
Rovers defeat Ipswich as well
On Saturday 25th September we played Ipswich Town in front of a crowd of 16,573. Ipswich reside near the bottom of the League and that was clear for all to see.
Hope Akpan was named Man-of-the-Match
Lens scored his fourth goal of the season, just before the break. Akpan lifted the ball towards him in the area and Lens got up above the keeper to score with a superb header!
In the second half we wanted to avoid another doom scenario and fortunately Conway obliged and decided the match by striking the ball with fury to score our second goal of the day.
Interestingly, two goals in one match is actually quite a lot for us. So far we have only scored eleven goals in our first nine League matches.
A well-deserved and important win against a very disappointing side.
So somehow we do manage to stay in the race, but of course it's still very early days..
Good signing in Gallagher, but it looks as if you need to find goals from somewhere. From the stats, you are creating the chances, just not converting them. Get those strikers on double shooting training !
Despite the lack of goals, you are getting the results. Despite the handicap of the Scottish players, the defense looks solid. Big pay day coming when Chelsea visit. Maybe a few more funds for another player.
The artist formally known as The Eejit
That's a whopper of an update from you!
Some good results there, shame about the draw at Sheff Wed but still looking solid with a defence that's only conceded 5.
Shame you didn't get Chelsea away, would have definitely raised more cash that way.
very good few games there!
You seem tight on conceeding which is good - and just about doing enough to sneak the wins
bif shame it wasn't at Chelsea for some £'s but a chance to bring back the glory days with a full house!
Last-minute goal costs Rovers points again
On 1st October 2016 we played Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium and not for the first time this season we dropped points when we allowed our opponents to score a last-minute goal! It's beginning to get rather frustrating.
Reilly scored the opener for Burton Albion but just before half-time Conway tried a pot-shot at goal and he found the net. And in the second half Lowe scored after Marshall had crossed the ball from the right and just when it seemed to end well for us Atkins had a late go on goal and scored the equaliser.
We were by far the better team, but somehow we can't seem to win our away-games. We have only beaten Huddersfield away from home and that was in August!
More last-minute goals as Rovers defeat Bristol City
On Saturday 15th October we played Bristol City in front of a crowd of 17,687 and this time we manage to scored no less than three goals!
Elliott Bennett, who scored a goal and provided an assist against Bristol City, was named MoM.
Lowe and Bennett had given us a very comfortable 2-0 lead, but we conceded another late goal when Korey Smith scored for Bristol City in injury time. However, this time much to our relief Lens scored our third goal barely a minute later after a superb cross-pass by Bennett.
We have now won five of our six home matches so far this season, but only the one away match against Huddersfield.
A fantastic team performance. If we continue to play like this we should certainly stay in the race for promotion.
Having said that, there are currently at least nine clubs in the race. This could be a very interesting Championship season...
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Who are Huddersford?!
Really nicely positioned in the league - am sure the crowd increased as well in last game. What's the capacity? Near 25k-30k?
goals against column makes good reading. It just needs someone to go on a run of wins and they should pull away. I'm predicting an exciting final day for Blackburn
The artist formally known as The Eejit
Definitely need to start improving the away form, hadn't spotted that you've only won once away!
Great to see you doing so well at home though, hope you can keep it up. Love it when you make the home ground a fortress!
Rovers demolish Preston at Deepdale
On Tuesday 18th October we finally won another away game at Preston North End and what's more, we scored three times!!
Preston played poorly - and that's an understatement. In fact, we could have easily have scored five or six goals to-day.
Lens was Man-of-the-Match. He played brilliantly and scored both goals before the break, first with a fine strike after having played the ball past Huntington and four minutes later with a low cross into the near post.
Late in the second half Byrne found the net as well.
Now we should have scored more goals but as it is, at this point of time we hardly win any away games so this was a very positive result for us.
Winning run continues for Rovers
Four days later, on Saturday 22nd October we played Brighton and Hove Albion in front of a season record crowd of 20,266 fans. It would certainly seem that excitement is mounting in Blackburn - with the League Cup match against Chelsea next!!
And the fans utterly enjoyed themselves this chilly afternoon, even with the drizzle getting a bit heavy towards the end of the game.
Ben Marshall scored just before half-time and Akpan, who was named Man-of-the-Match again, found the net with a fierce strike with half an hour remaining.
After Akpan's goal we brought on Gallagher and Lenihan to give Lens and Akpan rest. It was not the first time for Gallagher to get some game time but to-day, to the delight of the crowd he actually scored. Lowe crossed the ball from the left and Gallagher controlled it well and struck it with fury and found the net!
We outclassed Brighton, although we actually created fewer chances than we did when we played Preston.
Things are going so well for us right now. Of course it cannot last (well, that's what they said about Leicester City, too) but you'd almost like to believe that we are ready for Chelsea. It's certainly the match everyone at the club is looking forward to!
Oof, absolutely destroyed Preston! Great win over Brighton too.
Big local derby win. The PNE fans will be furious.
Brighton is also a good scalp, and a convincing win. Maybe Rovers are starting to show their form
The artist formally known as The Eejit
2 thumpoing wins and clean sheets
I remember I had Ben Marshall from a lower league game and he did very well
"It was fun while it lasted..."
In fact, it was tons of fun when we played Chelsea Football Club on Wednesday 26th October in the EFL Cup 3rd Round. Especially when Marshall floated the ball over into the area and Bennett won the aerial challenge against Fàbregas, headed the ball superbly towards goal and scored the opener with just five minutes on the clock!!
It took Chelsea just four minutes to cancel out that opener. Diego Costa took a free-kick and Steele pushed the ball away, only for Moses to pick it up and score his first goal of the season for the Blues, who played with an interesting attacking formation.
The fun lasted a full hour until Moses capped a brilliant Chelsea move with his second goal.
With his first two goals of the season Victor Moses was responsible for Rovers' elimination from the League Cup, but nevertheless it was a night to remember for our fans, although Hoban had to go off injured.
Of course the match stats make it perfectly clear that Chelsea were the better team, but we have every reason to be proud of ourselves. Ward and Akpan especially played extremely well and this match should serve as a confidence booster for our lads who are already performing so remarkably well in the Championship.
A fine effort nonetheless which will keep confidence going
Random formation from Chelsea but I suppose 343 to how they play now
Norwich hold Rovers to a draw at Ewood Park
On Saturday 30th October we played Norwich City in front of another season record crowd of 20,655 but it wasn't a huge success. On the other hand, we have to bear in mind that Norwich are doing quite well this season. But even so, we should have beaten them at home.
After the Chelsea game we had our hopes up high but the early goal we conceded did not help and although Lens found the net just before half-time we never looked like we believed in ourselves and in the remarkably uneventful second half the game simply petered out.
Not a good game for us, but at least we did not lose to our rivals and we remain undefeated at Ewood Park.
Fulham too strong for mediocre Rovers
Four days later, on Wednesday 2nd November we had to play Fulham at Craven Cottage and it was clear that our confidence was still shaken.
Within fifteen minutes we were 2-0 down so at half-time we brought on Lenihan and Conway and it really looked like that changed the tide when first Mulgrew scored with a header and next Bennett scored with an excellent shot.
But when Lowe could not stop Johansen going past him and the Norwegian midfielder drove the ball low towards the goal and scored a third goal for the home team we were beaten. We never recovered from that blow and lost the game.
Another poor game against one of the stronger Championship teams. Could this be the end of our impressive run?
Just one point in two matches versus Norwich and Fulham means we have dropped to fourth position on the table. However, at this stage there are still a great number of teams in the race for promotion.
There has been considerable criticism lately of Marshall's performance, but he certainly wasn't the only one who did not perform well. And we need Marshall, both as full back and occasionally as attacking right midfielder.
We shall have to beat Birmingham next. The Blues currently reside at the very bottom of the Championship Table and losing in Birmingham would be disastrous.
Dissapointing results but still well positioned in table - looks a great scrap for playuoff and automatic places!
Harsh criticism of Marshall - 1 bad game doesn't deserve that