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Glyn Hodges Hails His Young Rovers

Blackburn Rovers' reserve team Manager Glyn Hodges was left a very pleased man (and rightly so) after his side won the Lancashire Senior Cup on Tuesday Evening.

Former Welsh International Hodges, who played alongside Rovers Manager Mark Hughes for the national side, with Hughes making him part of the International set-up during his time in charge of the Welsh also brought Hodges to Ewood Park, where he is doing a superb job as reserve team boss.

After leading his young charges to their first piece of Silverware under his leadership, following the 6-2 win over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday Evening, thanks to a hat-trick from Joe Garner, and other goals from Raffaele De Vita, Andy Taylor and Alan Judge, Hodges was very pleased with the nights work.

Hodges told the Lancashire Telegraph:

"I'm very pleased for the lads.

"We started off very strongly, but full credit to Bolton, they made a game of it and came back twice.

"In the second-half, I think we looked a little bit stronger and fitter in all departments.

"Joe scored his hat-trick and took his goals very well, but everyone played their part.

"The only downside was Sergio Peter. He went to hospital for an x-ray, just as a precaution.

"It was just a tackle early in the game. It was a local derby and there was a few tackles flying in. It was quite lively and both teams wanted to win the game
."

The injury to Peter WAS NOT serious, as it was later revealed he merely suffered heavy bruising to his leg.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 1 2007

Time: 12:50PM

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Unfortunately I don't currently have an image of Glyn Hodges available, so I couldn't use one of him (but I guess we ALL know what he looks like anyway!)
Congratulations have to go to Hodges, who is doing a superb job with the reserves. HOPEFULLY he can see more that are coming through the Youth side move onto the senior side via his reserves in the not to distant future?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Garner scoring a hattrick too and De Vita impressed by the sounds of it. That is one of the cons of playing in the intertwo bob cup is that pre season, the reserve lads dont get much of a chance with the first team.
BomBom
Garner and De Vita are players that I have said (as have others) should be starting to come through into the first team in the next year or so. De Vita MAY get a little lookin with the Carling Cup, but I would imagine Garner SHOULD go out on loan again to play competitive football, as you can't beat this can you.
Hughes Da Man
unless we offload gally and jeffers, i dont c these lads getting much of a run
sasman
I'd put money on Garner cropping up on loan in the SPL this year - He's got a nasty streak in him (Good thing for a striker) and would progress pretty well up there. Fully expect him to spend a season battling for a midtable Scottish team this year. De Vita - Reserves then loaned to a low division english club after Christmas. Both with a view to breaking through (a la Derbyshire) in 2-3 years.
Head Rover Heels
Has anyone else noticed that De Vita is a dead ringer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Get that man in the first team... http://www.rovers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ReserveProfiles/0,,10303~556102,00.html
theirishrover
Yeah isn't Garner been linked with a loan move to Dundee, hopefully him and De Vita will go out and loan, where they make an impact like Derbyshire at Wrexham. We definitely need to get rid of Jeffers and maybe Gally if the right bid comes in.
roverjoy
I thought it was Dundee United?!!? Either way it would be a GREAT move for him, and could see him score LOADS of goals in Scotland. Yeah, probably a loan for De Vita would be handy as well.
Hughes Da Man
Great result but heard about Peter getting injured. Anyone know the full extent of it?
im_a_blackburn_rover
Just a knock to the leg apparently dude, nothing serious.
Hughes Da Man
 

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