Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

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Mowbray OUT
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Trained gibbons riding Kestrels
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Trained kestrels riding gibbons
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Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by Thorisgodpoo » Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:16 pm

Another tricky fixture.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by WacoRover » Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:41 pm

Poll option #2, it has served us well thus far :lol:

It will be interesting to see how Mowbray arrays his squad, sans Dack, and resting guys in preparation for several fixtures in a narrow time frame, etc. hopefully, Holtby will flourish with additional use, and Armstrong, Brereton, et al., will display their long-range usefulness to the club.

I’m looking forward to Walton making more fantabulous saves, while also making the routine save.

News on Tosin?

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by mcteeth » Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:37 pm

Tosin was supposedly a maybe for tomorrow and definitely fit for Huddersfield. We really missed his ability on the ball with Williams a little off the pace on Monday.

Suspect we will see a like a like replacement Holtby for Dack. Rothwell, Arma, Graham, Gally and Brereton need to step up and replace his goals between them.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by Thorisgodpoo » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:08 pm

mcteeth wrote:
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Tosin was supposedly a maybe for tomorrow and definitely fit for Huddersfield. We really missed his ability on the ball with Williams a little off the pace on Monday.

Suspect we will see a like a like replacement Holtby for Dack. Rothwell, Arma, Graham, Gally and Brereton need to step up and replace his goals between them.
Really need a striker to score goals at this point. I think Holtby is a great replacement for Dack.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by RoverthePennines » Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:17 am

In some ways Dack, like Rhodes before him, inhibits the way we play - i.e. we played to their strengths. This could be a a chance for Brereton and Gallagher et al to profit from that change of dynamic. I certainly think Brereton would benefit from playing in a two up top, which we don’t really have the luxury of doing when your best player operates behind a target man.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by Thorisgodpoo » Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:10 pm

Big start for Buckley today.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by WacoRover » Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:11 pm

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/r ... ticle-full

Lots of changes,
Gallagher
Armstrong Buckley Holtby
Johnson Bennett (c)
Bell Williams Lenihan Nyambe
Walton

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by WacoRover » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:34 pm

No surprise, really... pk, but we can’t stand prosperity, lol

I could see Graham & Downing coming on in a min

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by WacoRover » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:58 pm

Well, we’re still unbeaten. It would be pointless to complain. We had op’s, they had op’s. A point, fairly won.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by RoverthePennines » Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:07 pm

If you can’t win, don’t lose

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by WacoRover » Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:24 pm

RoverthePennines wrote:
Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:07 pm
If you can’t win, don’t lose
Amen to that. Only 2 pts from playoff places.

Some will criticize Mowbray, no matter what he does. I think his 11 was fairly solid today. Armstrong rewards his selection, converting a pk. I can’t complain about the defending, really.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by stillgrowling » Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:51 pm

I watched two run of the mill average teams today. Doubt if either will get promoted this season at least.
Buckley showed promise, wish we had a few more like him. Holtby disappointed and of course we missed Tosin and Brad. Let's hope Nyambe's knock doesn't keep him out too long.
Feel far less hopeful than I did a week ago.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by Gaz » Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:52 pm

Really poor game this afternoon. This happens a lot over Christmas with the fixture pileup and squad rotation. No fluency in our play at all.

In terms of John Buckley. This lad needs to eat some proper food and hit the gym. Far too lightweight to have any impact. With his statue, he needs to be top top class which unfortunately I just don’t think he is.

Amari Bells performance also highlights the need for a left back acquisition a top priority in January.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by mcteeth » Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:07 pm

Frustrating 2 results but perhaps not surprising. There is a fairly good bluepoint for how to frustrate and stop us, especially at home against sides lower down in the table. Wigan and Birmingham carried it out very well and we come away with 2 dire and frustrating draws.

Our inability to impose ourselves on teams that come to be physical, work hard to press us, keep men behind the ball and disrupt the game with fouls and niggles does cost us a lot of points currently. You'd like to think we'd get more than 2 points from Charlton, Luton, Wigan and Birmingham at home, but you've got to earn the right to win those games and tactically we've just not dealt with teams coming with a set game plan very well.

We can go to Huddersfield and win which would still make December a pretty successful month overall on the pitch.

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Re: Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City, Thu 26 Dec 2019, KO 1500

Post by WacoRover » Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:46 pm

Good comments, guys.

I’m not despondent at all, but I’m not kidding myself about the 8 unbeaten, either. Scoring goals will be tough without Brad, and since Graham appears to be nearly finished. These young guys have a great opportunity to show themselves.

Tony has nearly promised if we make additions next month, it will not be up front. If I’m convinced of anything recently, Tony is making the most of what personnel he has available.

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