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Blackburn boss wishes he had the ‘luxury’ Rafa Benitez has

4 years ago

Owen Coyle says that he wishes that he had the ‘luxury’ that Rafa Benitez has.

The Blackburn boss admiring the fact that ‘Newcastle are a first class team who spent in the summer’, who have the luxury of rotating the players.

On Friday night, Rafa Benitez made three unenforced changes with Atsu, Yedlin and Perez coming in, whilst Diame, Anita and Gouffran dropped to the bench.

Whereas on Saturday at Huddersfield, Owen Coyle says ‘we had young kids on the bench because of the people we had missing through unavailability’.

Whilst obviously the Blackburn Manager is correct in stating that Newcastle have a bigger/stronger squad, he is overdoing it a bit.

Yes Blackburn had two 19 year olds on the bench at Huddersfield but the substitutes that they did use were 28 year old Elliot Bennett and 37 year old Wes Brown!

In addition, they also had the experienced 28 year olds Anthony Stokes and Marvin Emnes who were left on the bench, with 21 year old David Raya who is their second choice keeper.

Owen Coyle picked up another injury with Corry Evans forced off but he has Captain Jason Lowe back from suspension, plus maybe one or two others back from injury.

Owen Coyle talking to the Lancashire Telegraph:

“If we show the discipline that we did at Huddersfield then we know that there is a goal threat there.

“We are back at Ewood (against Newcastle) and we want the fans to be with us and I think a performance like the one at Huddersfield will help with that.

“We know that if we keep putting in those performances, playing like we did at Huddersfield, then the wins will come to help move us up the table.

“For us it’s important we start to build some momentum and start moving up the table, which we will do.

“It was quite galling because if we had got the three points (conceded equaliser in injury time) then we would have almost have done that (got out of the relegation zone).

“I said to the players that if you offer that much in games then we will pick up points moving forward.

“So we’ve got 2016 out of the road, it’s now about thinking positively moving in to 2017 and kicking on from there.

 “Newcastle are a first class team who spent in the summer and they have the luxury of doing that (rotating).

“We don’t, we had young kids on the bench (at Huddersfield) because of the people we had missing through injury, suspension and unavailability – but we’ll get on with it.

“Corry (Evans) felt great coming in to the game.

“I thought he was playing very well and he was caught in the tackle and overstretched, so we will check on that.

“Obviously Jason Lowe is available again after his two game suspension and we will check on Marshall so hopefully we can get one or two back, but if not, this group have shown they can give enough in games to go and get points and that will only help us in the second half of the season.

 “It (ending a run of three defeats) was massive psychologically because you didn’t want to be coming off, regardless of the performance, without any points.”


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