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  • Steele, with László playing in Cup matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Still edging away, so definitely a point won. The lack of goals is a big worry and if Lens is missing who do you have to step up to the plate ?
    We have Anthony Stokes (29) with a PA of 125 and we have Danny Graham (32) plus Ramirez Howarth (20). None of them Premier League material I don't think.

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    What are the Jan window transfer plans given you have no cash - loan signings?
    Yes, loans is all we can afford. So one or two midfielders probably.

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    Lens gonna be a big miss, especially with 2 tough games! Hope your defence keeps up the good work.
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    I have been decidedly slack on stories (both writing and reading).
    Time to get back on the horse.

    Season 1 - a great effort. Topped off by winning the 'Ł100m game'
    Great to see Newcastle win the division though

    Agreed with everyone that Flanagan is a great signing. And Wisdom has always done well for me when I have used him in the past.
    Goals really are a problem and with Lens now injured could be even worse.
    Loving the fact that Newcastle are up there in the top 7 somewhere.
    Not sure about David Luiz though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    I have been decidedly slack on stories (both writing and reading).
    Time to get back on the horse.

    Season 1 - a great effort. Topped off by winning the 'Ł100m game'
    Great to see Newcastle win the division though

    Agreed with everyone that Flanagan is a great signing. And Wisdom has always done well for me when I have used him in the past.
    Goals really are a problem and with Lens now injured could be even worse.
    Loving the fact that Newcastle are up there in the top 7 somewhere.
    Not sure about David Luiz though.
    Newcastle spent a huge amount of money on new players after they got promoted and they are doing disgustingly well

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    This time Arsenal too strong for Rovers

    After two full days of rest we played Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, without Lens and Klavan. Lens had scored a hat-trick against Arsenal in the memorable game at Ewood Park early October, but of course we know very well that this could never happen again.

    Nyambe played quite well again though, replacing Klavan, but Stokes was - understandably - struggling as lone striker. And although Aké managed to score a quick opening goal, Arsenal soon made it clear who were going to win this game.



    Danny Wellbeck scored both goals for the Gunners, but Aaron Ramsey was their best player to-day. His creativity and passing were superb and showed what a midfielder should be doing to make his mark! And we simply don't have players of his calibre - yet.

    Still, with we played a decent enough match and there's no need to be too discouraged.
    Spoiler!


    Liverpool also prove too strong

    Four days later, on Wednesday 4th January we played Liverpool in front of a crowd of 32,807.

    Unfortunately, whether we play at home or away, we are no match for the big guns and Liverpool soon made that perfectly clear. It took Lallana less than two minutes to find the net and although it took a full hour and a penalty for The Reds to finally double the score there was never any doubt about who were going to win the game.



    Stokes played a little bit better than at the Emirates but Liverpool never gave our lads much chance. Still, at least they never managed to stop the crowd from singing! We have extremely faithful fans who are beginning to understand that building a quality squad takes time.

    Nyambe is continuing to play remarkably well as do Steele and Bennett.
    Spoiler!

    We are currently hardly in danger of relegation so we can now focus on the FA Cup match against AFC Wimbledon, still without Lens though.



    Meanwhile, Crystal Palace haven't won a single League game since we defeated them on 21st December! In fact, they have lost three games and have drawn the fourth one. Newcastle also lost their last two matches and the top of the table is beginning to look more normal.
    Spoiler!

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    A good job you've already got those points on board
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    A good fight against Arsenal - looks like midfield especially stood up to the task and maybe unlucky not to nick a point

    Completely demolished by the might Liverpool though

    Certainly a good job you have 3 awul teams that look destined to get relegated but cannot take it for granted - need to improve on and off the pitch - cup run would be nice for the coffers ŁŁŁŁ

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    Far from disgraced in either game and still 7 points clear. Must be some easier games against midtable sides coming up where you can get back onto the 0-0 draw routine

    Certainly missing Lens.
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    Rovers sign two midfielders on loan

    There may not be any transfer funds available, but that did not stop the club from signing two players on loan.





    Matt Grimes (22) is a more than decent central midfielder who will undoubtedly be very useful to us in the remainder of this very long and demanding season when we will be getting suspensions and injuries.
    Spoiler!

    Arxhend Cani (20) shows a whole lot of potential and we could very well try and offer him a contract once we have some transfer money available - always provided no other club with a lot of cash beats us to him, of course.
    Spoiler!

    Both central midfielders are ready and fit to play against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup clash on Saturday. And in fact, that would be the perfect match to give them some game time.


    Rovers advance in FA Cup

    On Saturday 7th January a mere 14,177 fans showed up to watch us eliminate AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup.

    Obviously we were the better team and - also obviously! - we had difficulty finding the net. However, both Grimes and Cani got game time and Grimes especially impressed our technical staff and the small crowd of fans.



    We played quite well, but we lack a goal-machine, certainly with Lens injured. Fortunately, deep into the second half Marshall finally scored the much-needed goal to help us advance to the next round.

    Flanagan was named Man-of-the-Match, but in a way the crowd was more excited about Grimes.
    Spoiler!

    Next Saturday we play Southampton again, this time at St.Mary's, and it will actually be a very good test case to see how we cope with relegation six-pointers away from home in the second half of the season.

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    You did what had to be done. When will Lens be back ?

    Arxhend had better hit the ground running or the fans might adopt an unfortunate nickname for him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    You did what had to be done. When will Lens be back ?

    Arxhend had better hit the ground running or the fans might adopt an unfortunate nickname for him
    lol....

    (Lens will be fit in time to play against Southampton)

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    Reinforcements in which is great. Grimes is decent. Never really kicked on when I manage Swansea so will keep an eye on him

    Solid cup progression

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    Any sign of a loan striker to support Lens ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Any sign of a loan striker to support Lens ?
    No decent strikers available to loan. Perhaps this summer.

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    Good to see some much needed bodies in the squad, both looked very good in the cup but how will they handle the top flight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Good to see some much needed bodies in the squad, both looked very good in the cup but how will they handle the top flight?
    That is the big question! But we'll see. It all depends on the number of players that are banned or injured.
    Our defence is solid (Flanagan, Klavan, Wisdom and Henley) with super-sub Ryan Nyambe.
    Our midfield is mediocre (Bennett, Aké, Lowe and Marshall) with Grimes and Cani now as subs.

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    Sign players then leave them on the bench? Interesting tactic.

    I would have Grimes in from the start I reckon, maybe even Cani as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    Sign players then leave them on the bench? Interesting tactic.

    I would have Grimes in from the start I reckon, maybe even Cani as well.
    The thinking is that at least one of the two will get to play almost every week, what with injuries and bans and international duties.

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    Rovers impress at St.Mary's

    On Saturday 14th January we played Southampton at St.Mary's with Lens back from his injury, and we finally succeeded in winning a relegation six-pointer!



    Because Marshall was banned for this match we had Lowe replace him as right winger, while Matt Grimes took over Lowe's role as central midfielder. And just like in our FA Cup match against Wimbledon, Grimes was one of our better players to-day!

    Early in the game Henley picked up a bad injury (a twisted ankle) and had to go off, to be replaced by Nyambe, but that did not prevent us from playing one of our better Premier League games so far. We certainly were the better team with Akpan and Grimes playing fantastically and creating a couple of good scoring opportunities for Lens.

    Unfortunately, Flanagan and Klavan both received yellow cards and because we did not want to take any risks we brought on Mulgrew and Williams to replace them. And just when it started to look like Southanpton were slowly taking control of the game it was Akpan who found the net with a somewhat fortunate long shot!!

    And the game was decided when Lowe went upfield with the ball and found Grimes with a low pass left. Grimes chipped the ball into the penalty area towards Nyambe who scored the clinching goal with a superb header!

    And we deserved it! We played well, we created the chances and we finally won a relegation six-pointer; and we won it away from home!

    Akpan's return as defensive central midfielder is obviously a success for the Nigerian who has made the most of the second chance he has been given. But Grimes, with his near-perfect passing, also impressed again.
    Spoiler!

    A massive win for us which should show the football world that we do belong in the Premier League and that our promotion did not come too soon after all, even though we did take a lot of time getting used to the level of play in the Premier League.


    Spoiler!

    We already have some injury problems, though. Henley will be out for about a month with his twisted ankle, while Wisdom also picked up an injury - in training - and he will be out for about three weeks with a twisted knee. So that provides us with a bit of a challenge when the new Premier League leaders - Man Utd - will be visiting Ewood Park next!

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    A smashing away win!

    Wisdom injury is a bit of a blow

    Still a decent gap between you and 12th but well clear of relegation now.

    Need to keep the focus to drive on and not get complacent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    A smashing away win!
    Wisdom injury is a bit of a blow
    Still a decent gap between you and 12th but well clear of relegation now.
    Need to keep the focus to drive on and not get complacent
    Yeah; but it was a six-pointer alright. If we'd had lost the game we would have been in 17th position now.

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    Massive win!

    Good to see Akpan settling in to this level, Grimes looking good on his league debut too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Massive win!

    Good to see Akpan settling in to this level, Grimes looking good on his league debut too.
    Indeed. And the home game against Man Utd will be the ultimate test for Grimes (and, in a way, for Akpan as well).
    If Akpan can hold his own at this level that frees up Aké to play in other positions, which would be really nice.
    Aké can then play either as defender, or as central midfielder. That would give us options, so I hope Aké will pass the test!

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    Rovers will play Middlesbrough in FA Cup

    We will play our next FA Cup match at Ewood Park as well. This time we have drawn Middlesbrough. Remarkably, so far each of our EFL Cup and FA Cup matches have been home games for us this season!


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