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Young Blackburn Strikers Earn Praise

Blackburn Rovers strikers Matt Derbyshire and Paul Gallagher have earned praise from Mark Hughes following their goalscoring displays in the 4-1 FA Cup victory over Everton.

Being paired together for the second time this season Derbyshire and Gallagher had a fair greater impact on arguably a superior opponent than they did in their first outing together against Nancy in a UEFA Cup tie in December.

After both getting on the scoresheet; Derbyshire (20) with a poachers follow up and Gallagher (22) with a fine individual strike each took their tally to two goals for the campaign, Derbyshire scoring for the second successive match. This earned the pair praise from Hughes:

"It is great for their development as young football players, they've been able to come in and have an impact and that is what you have to do when you are a young player.

"If you score goals when you are striker then you thrive on them.

"I thought they did very well, it was a decent combination, I knew that Matty likes the balls down the channels, he uses his energy and enthusiasm to unsettle back fours.

"Gally we know is probably one of the most technical players that we have, at times he needs to be more forceful in his game, but when his touch is good and true then he can affect the game in a positive way and that is exactly what he did."

Some, myself included expressed doubts over Gally recently but I think he showed more than enough yesterday and Sparky has said enough to disperse any doubts that we may have had that he could be shipped out in January.

It wasn't all good news however as both picked up injuries and could be doubts for the weekend, Gally almost certainly as he may well be out for up to two-weeks with a groin strain while Derbyshire picked up a dead leg, but should be fit for the weekend visit to Ewood Park of Arsenal.

Meanwhile reports in today's press are speculating on what we all pretty much suspected anyway, Andy Todd is on his way out of Ewood.

But again as most of us have predicted or even suggested reports are saying he will leave Rovers but not until the summer. Personally this doesn't surprise me at all. For most of the season I had thought he would leave this month but since coming back in he has done more than enough to convince me he is certainly worth keeping, at least until the summer…

If we can get a £2 million fee as is being quoted I think we'd happily settle for that!

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 8 2007

Time: 10:54AM

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Gally and Derbyshire is probably not a partnership that you can see as a long term thing but it showed enough to suggest it does give us another option if needed. I've never doubted Derbyshire's ability to be here long term but had questioned Gally's recently… he's shown enough to re-convince me that he does have a future, hopefully both parties still see it that way? As for Toddy; pretty much summed up what I had to say in the "meanwhile" section.
Hughes Da Man
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08/01/2007 10:58:00

it was nice to see the 2 young strikers get goals and it proves that we do have strength in depth up front anyway! i dont see it as a long term thing either but u never know in football. As for Todd he is playing well at the min and is a good player but his temperment is suspect and if him playing well up's his value then great, once Nelsen is back then Todd is a reserve player again, so lets get money for him while he looks the part
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08/01/2007 12:05:00

Very true, you never know. If we'd got £1 million for Toddy that wouldn't have been bad, £2 million would be awesome wouldn't it!
Hughes Da Man
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08/01/2007 14:20:00

ur rite there I think £2m is over reaching but u never know we got a bit too much for Kuqi in the summer. He's playing well at the min so maybe.......
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08/01/2007 16:10:00

Certainly Clint but footballs a funny old game. As much as I'd like to keep Toddy until the summer (as an alternative) if we get offered £2 million now Sparky has to take it doesn't he?
Hughes Da Man
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08/01/2007 16:15:00

I would snap anyone's hand off if they offered Todd. I think he has had his day and we have three centre backs who are far superior. As for the main matter, our young strikers, it was great to see them both score. Especailly Gally who demonstrated, as Hughes points out, what a talent he has. He just needs to up the rest of his game and he could be a real star for the club, just as he promised a few years back.
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08/01/2007 19:53:00

Gallys goal was awesome although he was given too much time in the box to spin. Like you have said HDM, we had to give youth the chance and it has proved valuable. I still think Todd can do a job at Rovers. No more than a squad player though!
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08/01/2007 21:28:00

yeah i'd agree with Todd being a squad player but he wont settle for that and therefore it's best to get money for him while we can
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09/01/2007 16:01:00


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