Quarantine in a hat edition: Blackburn Rovers @ Luton

Discuss all things Rovers related except...

What makes a hatter mad?

Kestrels sans wings;
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Grounded Gibbons;
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Romans not marching;
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Tillable land without arable farmers;
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Igor Tudor eating the last tasty tart;
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Armstrong with a brace;
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I like gruyere cheese.
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Total votes: 5

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Quarantine in a hat edition: Blackburn Rovers @ Luton

Post by WacoRover » Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:46 pm

Kenilworth Road= Rovers kryptonite.

Maybe the break gives more players time to be ready for hatters.

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Post by mcteeth » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:31 am

Early match thread, I like it.

Although they're 10th the wins have come against Rotherham, Sheff Wed, Barnsley, Derby and Wycombe. Sheff Wednesday aside that's 4 very beatable teams.

Not buying into them being bogey team for us due to last season. This season with our new style of play we've been quite formidable against the theoretically lesser teams in the division.

Just think we'll have too much in attack on the day.

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Post by WacoRover » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:36 pm

I figure this is our time of the season, after the injuries & wheels came off early, things might be coming together, an early thread might get some discussion flowing.

Agreed, mcteeth. So far, the early news has Douglas, Bell & Johnson back in training, with others to follow. Rovers defending should be improved, while our formidable attacking should be even moreso.

Perusing the LT, Tony isn’t giving himself much wriggle room- “we believe in the next 11 games we’re going to win a lot of them”, “we believe we are going to have an exciting season”, etc, doesn’t sound like 11th or 12th on the table is acceptable (who is this ‘we’- I would prefer he go further out on the limb, and say ‘I’)

We will see.

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Post by stillgrowling » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:47 pm

Apart from Dack and Travis, on Saturday we should be fielding our strongest team. If we don't win this I don't see us winning anything. The time for excuses is over.

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Post by Gibbon » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:16 pm

Will Kaminski have recovered in time?

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Post by WacoRover » Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:29 pm

According to the LT, “The return of Kaminski, Johnson and Armstrong at the weekend was welcomed by the manager...”

Agreed, stillgrowling, it will be hard to tolerate a 10th-12th place finish. The expectation must be to challenge for a playoff place. I realize that covers a lot of ground, but Rovers highest finish since PL relegation was 8th. Surely, we can meet or exceed that this season.

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Post by Thorisgodpoo » Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:46 pm

We have a lot of ground to make up if we want to push for playoffs at the minimum. Next 11 matches, at least 6 wins and 2 draws to get back on pace for playoffs.

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Post by WacoRover » Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:25 pm

Thorisgodpoo wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 3:46 pm
We have a lot of ground to make up if we want to push for playoffs at the minimum. Next 11 matches, at least 6 wins and 2 draws to get back on pace for playoffs.
This is a reasonable expectation.

The next couple of games, defending should be improved. Midfielders may not be up to full speed, but that should come around after Thanksgiving (said the American, lol). With Brereton playing better, & Elliott contributing, our league high goal scoring (Rovers lead the Championship by 4) should only improve.

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Post by Thorisgodpoo » Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:34 am

I honestly don't want to see Ayala playing. He didn't inspire a lot of confidence for me, seemed like he has a completely different skill set to what we need with our play style.

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Post by mcteeth » Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:16 pm

Yeah likewise, some of the returning injuries provide options more than need to be back in the first XI. It's quite clear that we need Kaminski in goal, Johnson or Travis infront of the defence, Rothwell in midfield and Armstrong upfront. When we haven't had those components we look pretty average and also haven't won.

Lenihan after a couple of poor games is back at it and he can't play with Ayala that's been shown already this season and neither can cope of the left side. So it's one of those 2 with Williams or Wharton never both for me, and as things stand Lenihan > Ayala.

Good to have Douglas and Bell back but I don't see them starting ahead of JRC.

As long as we have Kaminski, Johnson, Rothwell and Armstrong available for the upcoming fixtures we'll get some wins I think.
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Post by WacoRover » Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:35 pm

Mcteeth, JRC’s best position is midfield, correct?

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Post by Thorisgodpoo » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:08 pm

He is better suited as an attacking outside midfielder. Otherwise, I think it would be best to mold him into a left back. He has the tools to do it, just needs to get some strength.

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Post by mcteeth » Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:44 pm

WacoRover wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Mcteeth, JRC’s best position is midfield, correct?
In theory yes an attacking midfielder in a wide position would be his best role.

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Post by WacoRover » Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:46 pm

Thanks guys, I appreciate the explanation.

This speaks well of the academy; the preparation our guys receive to play at a competitive level: Buckley, Nyambe, Lenihan, Travis, JR-C, etc, They all come ready to play.

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Post by mcteeth » Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:17 am

Well although we're not in the Premier League and one of the top clubs in the country we have a Category One Academy. That's taken time and investment but we're certainly seeing the benefits with the number of players filtering through to the first team.

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