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  • Steele, with László playing in Cup matches.

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  • Steele in all matches. László only when Steele is unavailable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Not sure why Kingsley thinking you should be beating the league leaders?!
    What is this ? Some sort of better fan than you argument ?

    Also, if you read what I said

    I think that you really needed to win that one, or at least draw, in order to keep up with the Leaders
    So to you and if you diss me again, you'll be getting a visit from my mates Big Shuggie and Wee Malkie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Not sure why Kingsley thinking you should be beating the league leaders?!

    Some fans need to realise Top 8 would again be successful this year. You're having to manage the finances whilst dropping in the odd bit of sparkle in a player when you are able to get one.
    Sixth place should be possible, at least in theory, if Spurs continue to have a bad year. Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal (and probably Liverpool!) will all end ahead of us. The others won't last, I don't think.

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    Rovers crush Charlton - Duelund scores on debut

    On Saturday 27th October we played Charlton Athletic at The Valley and once again we won an away game. In fact, this time it was a great 0-4 win, with Mikkel Dueland not only making his debut but also scoring his first goal for the club on his very debut!



    It was a match without many scoring opportunities for either team, but nevertheless we managed to find the net no less than four times!

    The early goal was scored by Jon Flanagan. Chirivella dribbled clear of McNair and laid the ball forward to Lens, who spotted Flanagan in the area and chipped the ball ahead of him. Flanagan got free in the penalty area, tried a volley and scored with a great strike!

    Now a 1-0 lead would have been a decent enough scoreline at half-time, but with 45 minutes on the clock Clasie decided to move up-field with the ball and he used his skill to go past Downing and past the challenge of McNair before hitting the ball high and hard towards goal and finding the net! And as if that was not enough, barely a minute later Besic virtually decided the match when he scored our third goal with a fierce strike from just outside the box!

    In the second period we remained in total control of the match, but when there were no further goals we brought on Aké for Martins Indi, who had been shown a yellow card, and with sixteen minutes remaining we decided to bring on Duelund for Fekir.

    And barely four minutes after he came on Duelund scored on his debut!! Tesche lost out the ball to Nyambe, who lifted it forward for Chirivella to pick it up. Our midfielder fed the ball forward to Dueland who was onside and through on goal so he decided to hit a shot and he found the net!! A dream debut for our young striker!

    So another superb team performance and yet another away win! Flanagan was named Man-of-the-Match, but Lens and Clasie were also brilliant today.
    Spoiler!

    Now West Ham was demolished (4-0) away at Man City while West Brom lost (3-2) away to Stoke City which means that apart from four of the Big Six clubs only Crystal Palace are still ahead of us.

    Last year we ended in 8th position and it will not be easy to beat that. But to qualify for European football remains our goal for the season!


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    Next we will play Bolton Wanderers in the League Cup Third Round. It will be an away game, but nowadays that is almost an advantage for us. For some obscure reason we do much better in away games than in home games this season, at least in Premier League games!




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    So many positives from that game

    Another opposition keeper who has an awful day as well

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    What a win! Fans are enjoying their away days!
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    Brilliant away form, if only you could match it at home...

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    Rovers advance to League Cup 4th Round

    On Wednesday 31st October we played Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Cup 3rd Round at the Macron Stadium with subs like Raya, Bennett, Bilal, Grimes and Chalobah all getting their chance to play - and prove themselves.



    Not that it was a great success, though. We still won the match because Fekir is on fire these days and so he scored the deciding goal (his 9th goal in 13 appearances!) but having said that, we had to wait for that goal until deep into the second half.



    So it was a match which nobody will look back on with fond memories. Although, Fekir's goal was a beauty. He came forward with the ball and dribbled past Muhammed, and when Robertson also could not stop Fekir going past him, our striker tried a low drive and scored with a lovely strike!

    But apart from Fekir's goal, we clearly missed our regular first team players and especially our wingers! Bennett and Bilal seem to either lack motivation or they are simply not good enough.

    Bolton actually produced quite a few shots on goal, but they were not very accurate and never caused much danger.
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    So we qualified for the Fourth Round in which we'll play either Newcastle or Southend. But for now all that matters is the upcoming Premier League fixture at home to West Bromwich Albion!

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    Well played. Always hard to get through these rounds.

    Bennett and Bilal seem to either lack motivation or they are simply not good enough No shit, Sherlock

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ View Post
    Well played. Always hard to get through these rounds.

    Bennett and Bilal seem to either lack motivation or they are simply not good enough No shit, Sherlock
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    Quote Originally Posted by samsami View Post
    I may be slow, but I learn
    best skill for a manager!

    Up the Rovers!

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    Good job they didn't have their shooting boots on!

    As AJ said - those early rounds away to lower opposition can be banana skins

    Just seen Fekir in the new update

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    Very defensive for that game but you got the job done, Fekir strikes again!
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    Rovers need another home win!

    We desperately need a win at Ewood Park against West Bromwich Albion. Our home record this season shows just one win, one draw and three losses as apposed to our away record of five wins and a draw!

    Fans demand nothing less than the full points and a performance full of verve and confidence! And they deserve nothing less! Our fans show up in bigger numbers every time we play another home game but they are hungry for success and want European football!



    Even so we will play cautiously. Everyone is fit and available and Fekir is on fire, so with the support of the crowd surely we should have a decent chance to beat the Baggies and win our second home game of the season!


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    oh, the joys of a home game!

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    Give Pulis what for

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    Rovers defeat West Brom at Ewood Park

    On Saturday 4th November we defeated West Bromwich Albion - our first home win since 29th September - in front of yet another club record crowd!



    We badly needed to win a home game again and we managed to defeat West Brom, albeit not without difficulty. And much to the crowd's delight it was Fekir who scored the deciding goal deep into the second half.



    West Brom started positively and the first chance was for Robson-Kanu who hit a fierce shot, but Steele did well to get his fingertips to the ball. However, when Matt Philips curled the ball first time into the near post and Chadli smashed it in low there was absolutely nothing Steele could do.

    So once again we had a poor start in a home game and for a long time it looked like the scoreline would not change, at least not in the first half. But then, just before the break, Henley passed the ball into the area looking for Clasie who did well in making himself some space. Clasie drove the ball in low and scored the equaliser! And immediately the referee blew his whistle.

    That goal, just before half-time, gave our lads a lot of confidence and in the second half we were the better team and it came as no surprise - though much to the relief of the crowd! - that with 66 minutes on the clock we scored that all-important second goal! And once again it was Fekir who found the net with Clasie providing the assist this time.

    We chose to bring on some fresh legs now: Bilal (...) for a tired Jeremain Lens and Aké for Jon Flanagan. And it must be said that both subs played well enough.

    After that double substitution Clasie almost scored another goal for us, but his effort went just a few inches wide. Bilal also tried a pot-shot at goal, but it went over the bar. However, we were in control of the match now and a few minutes later the three points were officially in the bag!

    Another good team effort with Fekir named Man-of-the-Match and Clasie also being extremely important again.
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    Liverpool would seem to be on the way back as they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park while Arsenal dropped three precious points to Newcastle at St.James' Park.

    Because of Arsenal's loss we moved up one place in the Premier League table.


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    good spell coming up, let's grab m by the balls!

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    What a time to score the equaliser

    A very tight game where the a very strong spine performance saw you come through it

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    Good win, never in doubt!
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    Unfortunate loss at the Britannia Stadium

    On Saturday 10th November we played Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and for the first time this season we lost an away game, just when we seemed to be on a winning streak!



    Stoke played remarkably well and after half an hour Sakho found the net with a superb volley. A bit of a blow for us and it did not help that Steele, for some reason, had strayed off his line. An unusual mistake for our goalkeeper. However, we did not let that goal discourage us and just before half-time Marshall swung a corner into the box and Henley climbed above Trippler and scored with a great header!

    So things looked better now, but it seemed that Steele was still struggling and so in the second half we brought on Raya who played well. But then, with the match more or less in balance, Tello came forward and he jinked past Clasie and scored with a fierce strike!

    Again we bounced back, though. Barely five minutes later Clasie got his revenge when Marshall swung yet another corner into the box and our midfielder got up to head at goal and scored his fifth goal of the season!

    Clasie hit another shot at goal and almost scored, but Butland did well to turn the ball away and a little later Chirivella's involvement in the game ended as he had to go off injured. Grimes replaced him but then Imbula scored a third goal for Stoke and this time we failed to cancel out that goal.

    We played reasonably well, but Stoke City over-performed today and unfortunately Steele had a rare off-day. Henley was named Man-of-the-Match, but that was little comfort to us.
    Spoiler!

    So an unfortunate and unexpected loss. Because of the other results this weekend we are still in 6th place but it's essential that we win our next home match against Bournemouth now!


    Spoiler!

    Our physios expect Chirivella to be out for about two weeks with strained ankle ligaments.

    Meanwhile, Raya has decided to leave the club under the Bosman ruling. He wants first team football and one can hardly blame him.



    Now we saw this coming and we lost no time in signing Ferenc László on a free transfer. László is a very talented goalkeeper who will certainly do well as backup for Jason Steele.


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    Screenshots not working. Other than that, bummer. Damned Stoke.

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    Bit harsh to take the keeper off when he only conceded 1! I know he had a 5 rating but maybe 10 mins in 2nd half to see if his general play improved

    Especially when Raya comes on, concedes 2 but has a better rating!

    Which sounds like maybe Stoke had the better of the 2nd half

    Not sure saying Stoke 'overperformed' is justified. You could argue the stats for this game were like the previous 2 where the bounce went your way and you picked up 6 points. If that wouldn't have happened you'd be where Stoke were

    Great to see the goals still going in (and amongst scorers which is nice to see) but could keeping them out the other end cost you a European place at end of season?

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    It is going to be a bit of a roller coaster this year, with lots of close games, some going your way and some going against you. A total of 47 goals in 13 games, so the fans are getting plenty of action to talk about.

    Slightly disappointed to see that the new keeper is a backup to Steele, rather than a new 1st choice. I know that he has been a good servant and performed well, but the goals have started to leak and I'm sure that there are better keepers out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Slightly disappointed to see that the new keeper is a backup to Steele, rather than a new 1st choice. I know that he has been a good servant and performed well, but the goals have started to leak and I'm sure that there are better keepers out there.
    Well, they'll have to fight it out between them, won't they? The thing is that László Ferenc (or Ferenc László as we say it) has a CA of 155 and a PA of 185 which makes one wonder....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Bit harsh to take the keeper off when he only conceded 1! I know he had a 5 rating but maybe 10 mins in 2nd half to see if his general play improved. Especially when Raya comes on, concedes 2 but has a better rating!

    Not sure saying Stoke 'overperformed' is justified. You could argue the stats for this game were like the previous 2 where the bounce went your way and you picked up 6 points. If that wouldn't have happened you'd be where Stoke were.

    Great to see the goals still going in (and amongst scorers which is nice to see) but could keeping them out the other end cost you a European place at end of season?
    Some good points there! If we can find the leak (and keep scoring) who knows what we can yet achieve?
    As you say one day we look like we belong where Stoke now is (12th) and other days we look like we can qualify for European football, like when we beat Liverpool at Anfield or held Man Utd to stalemate at Old Trafford.
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