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Let's call in the Rovers Reserves!

As the Blackburn Rovers first team struggles the reserves march on with another impressive performance and win... maybe its time to call some of these players into the first team!

A Monday night crowd on 143 were treated as Glyn Hodges' team crushed former Rovers star Jason McAteer's second string Tranmere 7-0! That's right SEVEN - NIL! at Christie Park in the Pontin's Holiday League Cup tie. The win moves Hodges' side to the top of their group.

A strong Rovers side featuring first team squad members Jason Brown in goal, Eddie Nolan in a full-back position, Andy Todd (fit again) and Dominic Matteo in a central defensive partnership, promising winger Keith Treacy and forward Matt Derbyshire, with Frank Fielding named as the substitute goalkeeper showed the first team how it is done.

A fine showing saw Joe Garner and his strike partner Derbyshire both pick up hat tricks and Nolan also finding the net. The match also marked a return to action for defender Gari Rowntree, who hadn't played a competitive match since August 2005 having picked up a serious knee injury.

During the match, with Garner and Derbyshire both on a brace Rovers were awarded a penalty after Garner had been fouled. With both obviously wanting to complete hat tricks they fought over who was going to get to take the spot kick, with Garner winning. He duly slotted away with Derbyshire completing his own hat trick shortly after.

Brown will be Brad Friedel's eventually successor in goal so he will continue to bide his time, Nolan continues to impress at the back with Treacy heavily involved with several goals as he continues to impress. Derbyshire has been in or around the first team for several years and continues to score goals in the reserves regularly so is maybe time for some of these youngsters to be at least brought into the first team match day squads?

Obviously reserve team football is different to first team football but with the first team struggling and injuries mounting is it time for some of these players to maybe be looked at by Hughes?

What do you think...

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 8 2006

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Obviously the gulf between a reserve tie with Tranmere in the Pontin's Cup (no direspect) is far greater than a match with Man Utd but maybe it is time for some players to come in particularly young Matt Derbyshire, scores goals for fun in the reserves and has been there or thereabouts for a number of years now.
Hughes Da Man
It's a tricky one - He has to make the step up at some stage, and will surely make an impact when he does. However, it's the midfield and defence which are causing me concern at the moment - It;s a shame we don't have someone of the same calibre in those positions. Hopefully a few of the promising reserves we have will start making the step up soon. Taylor seems to be doing ok at Crewe.
Head Rover Heels
scoring in the reserves is a lot easier than in the first team, so many players fail to make that step up, Mark's problem is that at this stage in the season we need all the points we can get. If later on in the season and we are save from relegation but no chance of 6th place then perhaps he might be willing to risk it.
Ex Ewood Resident
Keith Treacy seems to be making goals in the reserves from midfield, could he be an option? I would like to see Derbyshire given a chance but as you say Head Rover Heels midfield and even defence are our problem areas, but like you ay Ex Ewood Resident maybe this has to wait until we are safe for sure and 6th is out of our grasp or better still achieved!
Hughes Da Man
well i think we need some of our reserves at the moment
marshinrover
At least getting some into the first team match day squads maybe wouldn't hurt?
Hughes Da Man
 

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