Manchester City were poor as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park 11 days ago as Blackburn forced a replay. The difference was remarkable as they ruthlessly put their opposition to the sword to keep their quadruple hopes alive.
The game started rather predictably with City controlling the play and Rovers looking to hit them on the counter, relying on lone striker DJ Campbell to run the line. Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer set his team out to defend and his side looked organised and resilient as they forced City into firing from long range, Edin Dzeko guilty of squandering the best chances early on. The five man midfield of Blackburn worked hard to press and defended resolutely and as the half drew on they grew into the game. 22 year old forward Tom Cairney showed ability on the ball as he drove his side forward but should… Continue reading →
The 21-year-old struggled for goals last season, scoring on 3 in 33 appearances. But with an extra year’s experience he seems to have mastered the art of finishing. He has bagged a staggering 20 goals in 28 games this season, putting him high on the shopping list of quite a few Premier League sides. Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Stoke City have all been linked with a move for the striker, but Liverpool’s Champions League charge may be too much to turn down.
Ings’ impressive form earned him a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England U21 team in October against San Marino. In November he played against the European minnows again, this time scoring twice as England recorded a 9-0 win. With injuries and inconsistency at the highest… Continue reading →
After just 23 matches in charge as manager, Owen Coyle has parted ways with Wigan by mutual consent.
Coyle took over at the DW Stadium at the start of the season, replacing Roberto Martinez, and was tasked with bringing last-season’s FA Cup winners back into the top-flight.
Yet an indifferent start to the season culminated in a run of three successive home defeats in nine days that has left the Latics in 14th place in the Championship; and seen Coyle and Wigan part ways.
“It is with great sadness that we have made this decision and I would like to thank all my football staff and the staff at the club, who have been very supportive of me in my time here,” said Coyle.
“I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction.”… Continue reading →
Chelsea prospect Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest on loan until January.
The 18-year-old is touted as a potentially top-class player and will look to develop his game further during his stay at the City Ground.
Chalobah spent last season on loan with Watford, impressing adequately enough to suggest he could even get a chance at Stamford Bridge this season. However, Jose Mourinho brought in Willian and Van Ginkel during the transfer window, plus Kevin de Bruyne returned from a loan spell. All three moved ahead of Chalobah and fellow youngster Josh McEachran in the pecking order, thus pushing the pair to seek regular football elsewhere.
Forest have grabbed themselves a quality midfielder to add to their squad and should Chalobah reproduce the form he displayed under Watford boss Gianfranco Zola, then he could turn out to be the crucial piece of the jigsaw for Billy Davies… Continue reading →
A lack of firepower is cause for concern, according to Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer.
Bowyer is currently without three of his key forwards, with DJ Campbell and David Dunn injured, and Leon Best serving an internal suspension.
While Scottish forward Jordan Rhodes – who scored his sixth league goal of the campaign last night in Rovers’ 2-1 loss at Leicester – is amicably shouldering the striking responsibilities; the manager is desperate to add some support, and frustrated at the lack of progress.
“It’s been no secret that we’ve been trying for a while now,” said Bowyer in an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire.
“The good ones that are around, people don’t want to let them go.”
With the transfer window shut, Blackburn may have to turn to loan-deals from top-flight clubs looking to farm out fringe players for experience; or try alternate… Continue reading →