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Why The Ince Way Is The Way Forward

Having had a chat with numerous friends of mine who are Rovers fans, there is a feeling on the terrace that Rovers should return to the days when we were limited but so hard to beat that we got the reputation as the bully boys.

This comes in the face of numerous defensive mistakes that have cost us points over the last few weeks as we play Paul Ince's style of attacking football, with quick movement and crisp passing.

Even though it leads to more open spaces defensively, I feel returning to the tough to beat days would be a mistake.

First off, do we really want to go back to having to absorb all sorts of abuse from rival fans about being thugs and not being able to kick a ball? Those days were horrid and even though it was at times unjustified the abuse receieved, I think we can all see where it came from and why it was dished out.

Furthermore, our disciplinary record this season has got off to a much better start than in previous seasons. We may still be towards the top of the 'discipline' league but we have so far only picked up one red card - even that was stupid and undeserved. This will eventually reflect well on us if this level of improvement is sustained.

Another reason I feel Rovers don't need the 'old school' way is that we have evolved with our playing staff and now have a higher calibre of players at our disposal to play a more attacking and pleasent method of the ball game we all love. During the 'bully boy' days, we had a front line of Paul Dickov, John Stead and Egil Ostentad with a 5 man midfield held together by Aaron "The Axe" Mokoena. Now we can choose between Benni McCarthy, Roque Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts and Matt Derbyshire and "The Axe" can barely get a game in a 4 man midfield - which sounds better to you?

The up and at them style of play would not suit players in the current squad such as Santa, McCarthy and Carlos Villanueva and would take away from their key strengths such as flair and creativity. Whilst we still have players who can mix it such as Stephen Warnock, Ryan Nelsen, Vince Grella and Aaron Mokena, the style of play at Ewood has evolved and involves an extra attacking threat than that of previous seasons. Even more so than last season.

Results on the pitch have been somewhat unfortunate, yes the table never lies but if we were in the position we are now (13th) and hadn't shown some purpose and threat that has been on show then Ince's head would already have been on the chopping block.

At full strength when we get past this injury crisis we have a squad that is as good as any outside the top 4 teams. Supporters of other clubs may sit there and disagree but why do you think they are always linked to our players?

My final point is the one that hopefully will ram this point home - if anything is going to bring the crowds back to Ewood Park it will be an entertaining brand of football. The days of kicking lumps out of people are over, it's in the past where it should stay and I for one know we are headed in the right direction. It will take time for Ince to have a full effect on the team and for us to consistently gets results that match performance, but if we back Ince and give him time like John Williams says he will then we will get better as a result.

Moving back to the old style is like admiting defeat in our attempts to be in the top half of the table over a whole season, because lets face it - we adopted the bully boy tag to get out of trouble, we don't need it anymore.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mikey D Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 4 2008

Time: 3:11PM

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Hope you like this guys. A type of artcile I feel we need more of on Vital Blackburn.
Mikey D
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04/11/2008 15:20:00

I think a bit of both is needed. When the time is right, play good attractive, crisp passing game, and when it is needed, play gritty, heartfelt, up and at 'em football. It's a balance that needs to be found.
Decimus Poole
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04/11/2008 15:53:00

Good article - from a Chelsea fan's perspective, I think you lot used to scare me when we played you, not least because 'The Axe' ended Arjen Robben's season a few years back and that was a big blow for us. I have always liked the way you lot play football though and the game in the cup at Old Trafford was a great one. My personal advice is stop worrying what people think of you and what they say. We are the most hated, despised club on the planet and people love to hate us with a passion. The bitterness we engender in people is just unbelievable. The abuse we get is crazy, and we've learned to deal with it by ignoring it. I wouldnt worry what people say about you - you are a good club with good fans, playing good football in a good way. You have a good young manager and i think you'll do ok. Enjoy it, and ignore the idiots in the press. They only disliked you because you were hard for United, Arsenal and to a lesser extent Liverpool to beat - anything that threatens their little red cartel is public enemy number one.
OLASAL
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04/11/2008 16:17:00

Good post that OLASAL!
Mikey D
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04/11/2008 16:30:00

Mikey - do you fancy doing an interview piece on ours for the weekend, and we'll return the favour? Do you have an email address i can send an interview to?
OLASAL
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04/11/2008 16:50:00

Olasal - I'll never hate Chelsea like I hate Manure. They are still the most hated club in England.
Wellsy
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04/11/2008 16:51:00

yeah can do mate... I will personal message my email across to you.
Mikey D
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04/11/2008 16:54:00

Dude that was a good article and OLASAL gave a really good response. I've gone past caring what people think about us, but I must admit I do prefer the way we play now, even if it does mean we are easier to beat.
Walker
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04/11/2008 17:26:00

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diegoveron
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04/11/2008 18:29:00

great article mikey. I think this season should be seen as a transition. New management coaches players all make for a slow start to any campaign. A mid table finish and a good run in the cups can give us a platform for next season
sasman
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04/11/2008 22:15:00

Sas is right, its the best we can hope for. Ince has also had terrible luck with injuries to key players i.e. Reid, Dunn, Roque.
adrianbrfc
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05/11/2008 11:21:00

We shouldn't expect to much this season, but shouldn't be accepting to little either should we!
Walker
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05/11/2008 17:37:00

That was a brilliant article Mikey. I agree that a return to the type of football we played under Sparky in the early days would be a mistake. I like the way we're playing under Ince and even though its not bringing us much success at the minute I want to see my team continue to play good attacking football. Sas makes a valid point in that this season should be seen as a transition period, but thats no excuse for not being able to maintain a top half finish and anything less than that must be seen as a serious failure. Bar Bentley and Friedel its the same squad and with the signings in the Summer it should be good enough to achieve at least that!! Lets not make the mistake of letting our expectations drop because we have a change of manager, we've established ourselves as a top 10 club over the last three seasons, thats where we should be aiming to stay!!!
spinaker7081
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05/11/2008 19:40:00

I agree Spinaker - and also the way we played under Hughes when he kept us up was effective but dull. I believe our current style is good, the players just need to get used to it.
FreidelNo.1
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07/11/2008 08:17:00

See Sas... you bring the interviews but for the opinion based article - Mikey D is king!!! lol
Mikey D
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07/11/2008 12:37:00

This season is always going to be a transitional one but there is no reason not to expect improvement as well. The Carling Cup is a good avenue and we have a draw which we can progress from if we play well.
Mikey D
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07/11/2008 12:38:00

 

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