Wolves boss tips Blackburn Rovers for top six

Kenny Jackett

Kenny Jackett

First published in Sport Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers have been tipped to finish in the top six by the manager of tomorrow’s opponents Wolves.

Kenny Jackett, whose promoted side sit third in the early standings after a flying start to the season, has no doubt Rovers have what it takes to break into the play-offs after just missing out on a place in them last time out.

And he believes they stand an even better of promotion now they have fended off interest in star striker Jordan Rhodes from Hull City.

But not for one minute is Jackett calling Rovers, who have lost only one of their last 16 Championship matches, a one-man team.

“They’re established in the Championship, they’ve built up and gradually got better every season,” said Jackett, who is set to name an unchanged side for the fifth league game running despite the return of summer signing Tommy Rowe from injury and the arrival of £1m midfielder George Saville from Chelsea.

“At the back end of last season they got better again.

“I think now they’ll be one of the favourites having looked at their team. They’ve got a good side.

“They have a lot of attacking prowess. Jordan Rhodes is one of the top strikers in the division. If he’s at your club you’re guaranteed goals.

“Every season he’s got better, I think he’s got good hunger. Every season I’ve seen him, he’s improved his game.

“That shows a very good attitude as well as a considerable talent to score goals.

“Rudy Gestede and Tom Cairney have been good signings too, the latter in terms of being able to strike a ball, and just generally all round they’re a Championship side who I think will be in the top six.”

Jackett has lofty ambitions of his own after leading Wolves to the League One title with a record 103 points in his first season in charge at Molineux.

He has not ruled out the Black County outfit, who are unbeaten in their last 14 league games at home, from making it back-to-back promotions.

They have certainly started as they mean to go on with 1-0 victories over the three clubs who have come down from the Premier, Cardiff City, Fulham and Norwich City.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, whose side sit 10th after last Saturday 3-2 home win over Bournemouth, said: “I think Kenny Jackett is a fantastic manager and it didn’t surprise me at all that he got them up and he got them up with such ease last season.

“He invested well in the squad, made his stance with the players he didn’t want, and he has kicked on again.

“They have beaten all three of the teams who got relegated out of the Premier League last season so they have made a terrific start.

“Molineux has always been a difficult place to go and it will be no different on Saturday.

“But we’ve got to take the positives out of our win over a very good Bournemouth side.”

Bowyer will once again be without left back Tommy Spurr and striker Chris Brown, although the latter is expected to return to full training next week after making progress with the knee injury which has prevented him from playing a minute’s football since signing for Rovers in the summer.

Centre back Matt Kilgallon could return after recovering from the back injury he sustained in the opening day draw at home to Cardiff City.

Norwich yesterday confirmed that Martin Olsson would miss their match at home to Bournemouth because of a family bereavement.

Rovers preferred not to comment when asked whether Markus Olsson – Martin’s twin brother and fellow left back – would be absent from the squad that travels to Molineux for the same reason.

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1:03pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

He also said that Burnley will win the Premier League this season......
He also said that Burnley will win the Premier League this season...... Its Only a game boy
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1:16pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Rovers 1495 says...

No offence, but who gives a sh*t ?
No offence, but who gives a sh*t ? Rovers 1495
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1:19pm Fri 29 Aug 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Be warned Blackburn fans.........FFP.
Be warned Blackburn fans.........FFP. ReluctantNicko
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1:19pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

and that Deadwood was a better stadium than the Maraccana...
and that Deadwood was a better stadium than the Maraccana... Its Only a game boy
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1:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Be warned Blackburn fans.........FFP.
watch out the nutter has got woken up again and missed his medication.

Rock on Tommy.....
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Be warned Blackburn fans.........FFP.[/p][/quote]watch out the nutter has got woken up again and missed his medication. Rock on Tommy..... Its Only a game boy
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1:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back.

Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?
The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back. Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ? greenscreener
  • Score: 5

2:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

fitz808 says...

greenscreener wrote:
The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back.

Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?
bit too risky unless they've been practicing it in training, which i can't imagine they have considering the lack of numbers we have in there. if markus does miss out, it is a tough call and i don't think we have too many other options than baptiste. kilgallon comes into the middle. or possibly o'connell if kilgallon is not fully up to it.
either way, i think we need to look to outscore them in a goal-fest, because i can see us conceding.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back. Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?[/p][/quote]bit too risky unless they've been practicing it in training, which i can't imagine they have considering the lack of numbers we have in there. if markus does miss out, it is a tough call and i don't think we have too many other options than baptiste. kilgallon comes into the middle. or possibly o'connell if kilgallon is not fully up to it. either way, i think we need to look to outscore them in a goal-fest, because i can see us conceding. fitz808
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2:52pm Fri 29 Aug 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back.

Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?
Gawd no, have you seen Man U play recently?

We don't want to be classed with them do we?
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back. Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?[/p][/quote]Gawd no, have you seen Man U play recently? We don't want to be classed with them do we? owd nick
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2:52pm Fri 29 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

fitz808 wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back.

Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?
bit too risky unless they've been practicing it in training, which i can't imagine they have considering the lack of numbers we have in there. if markus does miss out, it is a tough call and i don't think we have too many other options than baptiste. kilgallon comes into the middle. or possibly o'connell if kilgallon is not fully up to it.
either way, i think we need to look to outscore them in a goal-fest, because i can see us conceding.
Fair points there Fitz, I'm not familiar with what Wolves have going forward these days so I don't know what would be best to counter their threat, but it's a hostile place to visit and we really don't look good trying to defend a game out !
[quote][p][bold]fitz808[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back. Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?[/p][/quote]bit too risky unless they've been practicing it in training, which i can't imagine they have considering the lack of numbers we have in there. if markus does miss out, it is a tough call and i don't think we have too many other options than baptiste. kilgallon comes into the middle. or possibly o'connell if kilgallon is not fully up to it. either way, i think we need to look to outscore them in a goal-fest, because i can see us conceding.[/p][/quote]Fair points there Fitz, I'm not familiar with what Wolves have going forward these days so I don't know what would be best to counter their threat, but it's a hostile place to visit and we really don't look good trying to defend a game out ! greenscreener
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3:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

chegwin says...

4.000 hole,s 4000 true clarets on tues, no 300 barmy claret army,er 1000 from sheff weds
4.000 hole,s 4000 true clarets on tues, no 300 barmy claret army,er 1000 from sheff weds chegwin
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4:30pm Fri 29 Aug 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
fitz808 wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back.

Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?
bit too risky unless they've been practicing it in training, which i can't imagine they have considering the lack of numbers we have in there. if markus does miss out, it is a tough call and i don't think we have too many other options than baptiste. kilgallon comes into the middle. or possibly o'connell if kilgallon is not fully up to it.
either way, i think we need to look to outscore them in a goal-fest, because i can see us conceding.
Fair points there Fitz, I'm not familiar with what Wolves have going forward these days so I don't know what would be best to counter their threat, but it's a hostile place to visit and we really don't look good trying to defend a game out !
From what I have seen, albeit highlights, they look to have a decent defence that gives nothing away and are happy to sit and wait for the chances to come on the break.

We will need to be extremely patient because if they score early they will shut up shop.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fitz808[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: The concern here arises from the potential loss of Markus while Spurr is still injured. We know Baptiste Is not happy at Left Back. Maybe bring Killa in and play 3 centre halfs ?[/p][/quote]bit too risky unless they've been practicing it in training, which i can't imagine they have considering the lack of numbers we have in there. if markus does miss out, it is a tough call and i don't think we have too many other options than baptiste. kilgallon comes into the middle. or possibly o'connell if kilgallon is not fully up to it. either way, i think we need to look to outscore them in a goal-fest, because i can see us conceding.[/p][/quote]Fair points there Fitz, I'm not familiar with what Wolves have going forward these days so I don't know what would be best to counter their threat, but it's a hostile place to visit and we really don't look good trying to defend a game out ![/p][/quote]From what I have seen, albeit highlights, they look to have a decent defence that gives nothing away and are happy to sit and wait for the chances to come on the break. We will need to be extremely patient because if they score early they will shut up shop. owd nick
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4:38pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Keith Myath says...

Standard practice: the day before a match, one of the managers typically says something inflammatory to wind up his opposite number. Kenny's taken a different approach - brown-nosing.
Standard practice: the day before a match, one of the managers typically says something inflammatory to wind up his opposite number. Kenny's taken a different approach - brown-nosing. Keith Myath
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5:43pm Fri 29 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

Beware the pat on the back Rovers
Beware the pat on the back Rovers dinglecrusher
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5:53pm Fri 29 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

dinglecrusher wrote:
Beware the pat on the back Rovers
wise words in deed. we cannot afford complacency against any opposition.
[quote][p][bold]dinglecrusher[/bold] wrote: Beware the pat on the back Rovers[/p][/quote]wise words in deed. we cannot afford complacency against any opposition. noddy57
  • Score: -1

1:30am Sat 30 Aug 14

jj rover says...

We have signed Everton defender shane Duffy for £1.5 m.
We have signed Everton defender shane Duffy for £1.5 m. jj rover
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