Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer reflects on 3-3 draw at Watford

Watford Observer: Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer. Picture: Action Images Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer. Picture: Action Images

Although he saw his side earn an injury-time point at Vicarage Road tonight, Gary Bowyer chose to point to the incident that led to Troy Deeney equalising for Watford as game-changing moment in the 3-3 draw.

Deeney scored his 18th of the season after referee Darren Sheldrake had ruled that Todd Kane had handled Ikechi Anya’s cross.

Bowyer said: “We were comfortable at 2-1 and the penalty changes the course of the game. Our lad stood two yards from Anya when he crosses it and the ball hits the hand. We need to clarify, for the sake of the game, what is handball in the penalty area because you guys (the press), you report on it and one week it’s not been given and one week it has been given. We need some clarification because it changed the course of the game.”

The Rovers boss was pleased with the positive aspects of his side’s performance and said: “We were good. You look at the quality of our goals tonight, our goals have been excellent. The first one’s an outstanding finish from Dunny (David Dunn), the second one’s fantastic footwork from Dunny and sets Craig Conway up and the third one is an unbelievable header from Rudy (Gestede), who was unplayable all night. He caused them no end of problems.”

However, he added: “We gifted them the goals. The first one we’ve not marked properly, the second one is a penalty that we’ve just discussed and the third one is a counter from our free-kick where we should have defended that one better.

“But overall we’ve come to a team that have won six out of the last six at home without conceding a goal and scored three goals and could have scored more. We’re making giant strides but we’ve got to be more ruthless and see the game out.”

- Read a match report from tonight's game here.

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12:18am Wed 26 Mar 14

babyhornet says...

By the letter of the law its not a penalty in a million years. The hand was not in an unnatural position, or moved towards the ball. He had no chance to move it out of the way. It was not intentional and not a penalty, but you see them given more often than not.
By the letter of the law its not a penalty in a million years. The hand was not in an unnatural position, or moved towards the ball. He had no chance to move it out of the way. It was not intentional and not a penalty, but you see them given more often than not. babyhornet
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12:58am Wed 26 Mar 14

SuperHorns says...

Yet he could've blocked a goal scoring chance. Defenders need to position their hands and arms away. The ref was close enough so he saw it exactly, there was no doubt..
Anyas cross could have lead to a goal scoring opportunity so therefore for the good of the game they have to be given.
Didn't Angella have one given against him for something similar earlier in the season. Swings and roundabouts and all that.
Yet he could've blocked a goal scoring chance. Defenders need to position their hands and arms away. The ref was close enough so he saw it exactly, there was no doubt.. Anyas cross could have lead to a goal scoring opportunity so therefore for the good of the game they have to be given. Didn't Angella have one given against him for something similar earlier in the season. Swings and roundabouts and all that. SuperHorns
  • Score: 13

4:31am Wed 26 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

Referee and linesman also needs to get straight waht constitutes a perfectly good goal - not offside. But for that it would have been 4-3
Referee and linesman also needs to get straight waht constitutes a perfectly good goal - not offside. But for that it would have been 4-3 SAHornet
  • Score: 7

7:33am Wed 26 Mar 14

allgood says...

Did he say anything about the goal ruled out just after half time?
We need to know.
Did he say anything about the goal ruled out just after half time? We need to know. allgood
  • Score: 8

8:30am Wed 26 Mar 14

1982WFC says...

Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney
Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney 1982WFC
  • Score: -5

8:41am Wed 26 Mar 14

SuperHorn says...

SAHornet wrote:
Referee and linesman also needs to get straight waht constitutes a perfectly good goal - not offside. But for that it would have been 4-3
I'm pretty sure the ball was passed backwards was it not?
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Referee and linesman also needs to get straight waht constitutes a perfectly good goal - not offside. But for that it would have been 4-3[/p][/quote]I'm pretty sure the ball was passed backwards was it not? SuperHorn
  • Score: 0

9:06am Wed 26 Mar 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

I am sick to death of whinging Managers when things don't go their way. The cross from Anya was going to go across the goal. A hand stopped it going across in what would have been a massive chance to score. PENALTY. Bowyer would have called it the other way round.

How come their goals were brilliant and ours was bad defending. Well let me say their goals were bad defending too. 2 bad mistakes from Manny when I feel he should have caught rather than punched 'GIFTED' them the first 2 goals. And the last goal should have been defended on the cross. And one could say that our counter attack to score our 3rd was top dollar. Was it from a mistake from them. YES OF COURSE.

THAT'S CALLED FOOTBALL.

So FACT, mistakes equals goals. I just get fed up with the lack of honesty and one sided look at games. Whatever we may or may not think about Bepe, he never blames someone else or covers up mistakes unprofessionally.

Whilst I was disappointed to concede like that I thought overall it was a fair result. I thought we struggled physically at times last night but you cannot say the players played without heart and a togetherness.

Clearly the players need to learn how to see out games. I thought we gave the ball away to cheaply at times and yet passed magnificently at others, but at the end we need to improve the keeping of the ball for longer periods. When the ball keeps being overturned constantly it promises goals in the games, and I think that happened to both teams last night.

It has been a strange season, but one I think the players coming from abroad will have learnt massively from. English games are never over, not like the latin countries where a 2-0 lead is generally accepted as defeat for the losing team. A period in the summer when the coaching staff and players can reflect and work on the 'management' of the game at critical periods is needed. If they can overcome this hurdle I think again we can be a force next season as there were times last night when we were very good.
I am sick to death of whinging Managers when things don't go their way. The cross from Anya was going to go across the goal. A hand stopped it going across in what would have been a massive chance to score. PENALTY. Bowyer would have called it the other way round. How come their goals were brilliant and ours was bad defending. Well let me say their goals were bad defending too. 2 bad mistakes from Manny when I feel he should have caught rather than punched 'GIFTED' them the first 2 goals. And the last goal should have been defended on the cross. And one could say that our counter attack to score our 3rd was top dollar. Was it from a mistake from them. YES OF COURSE. THAT'S CALLED FOOTBALL. So FACT, mistakes equals goals. I just get fed up with the lack of honesty and one sided look at games. Whatever we may or may not think about Bepe, he never blames someone else or covers up mistakes unprofessionally. Whilst I was disappointed to concede like that I thought overall it was a fair result. I thought we struggled physically at times last night but you cannot say the players played without heart and a togetherness. Clearly the players need to learn how to see out games. I thought we gave the ball away to cheaply at times and yet passed magnificently at others, but at the end we need to improve the keeping of the ball for longer periods. When the ball keeps being overturned constantly it promises goals in the games, and I think that happened to both teams last night. It has been a strange season, but one I think the players coming from abroad will have learnt massively from. English games are never over, not like the latin countries where a 2-0 lead is generally accepted as defeat for the losing team. A period in the summer when the coaching staff and players can reflect and work on the 'management' of the game at critical periods is needed. If they can overcome this hurdle I think again we can be a force next season as there were times last night when we were very good. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 9

9:56am Wed 26 Mar 14

HornetJJ says...

Penalty all day long. He was lucky not to have been booked. Also, Anya looked onside to me when the ball was played through so that was the defining moment of the game not the penalty!
Penalty all day long. He was lucky not to have been booked. Also, Anya looked onside to me when the ball was played through so that was the defining moment of the game not the penalty! HornetJJ
  • Score: 8

11:21am Wed 26 Mar 14

babyhornet says...

1982WFC wrote:
Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney
Its not when he recieves it, its when the ball is played. If you watch a replay I think it will show he was well onside when the ball was played.
[quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney[/p][/quote]Its not when he recieves it, its when the ball is played. If you watch a replay I think it will show he was well onside when the ball was played. babyhornet
  • Score: 7

12:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Stop your whinging we should have won out right at 2-1 up It wasn't a penalty aswel from where i was sitting. and that goal the player was off side.
Stop your whinging we should have won out right at 2-1 up It wasn't a penalty aswel from where i was sitting. and that goal the player was off side. .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: -16

1:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

1982WFC wrote:
Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney
Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney[/p][/quote]Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever. 1234566789
  • Score: 10

1:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

1982WFC says...

1234566789 wrote:
1982WFC wrote:
Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney
Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.
I do do know the offside rule. I have forgotten more about football than you know about it just whilst typing this. Maybe I should have worded it better. Anya WAS in an offside position when the ball was PLAYED to him. It wasn't even debatable, I was right inline with it, the amount of numpties around me at the time shouting at the linesman was unbelievable.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney[/p][/quote]Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I do do know the offside rule. I have forgotten more about football than you know about it just whilst typing this. Maybe I should have worded it better. Anya WAS in an offside position when the ball was PLAYED to him. It wasn't even debatable, I was right inline with it, the amount of numpties around me at the time shouting at the linesman was unbelievable. 1982WFC
  • Score: -10

4:14pm Wed 26 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

1982WFC wrote:
1234566789 wrote:
1982WFC wrote:
Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney
Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.
I do do know the offside rule. I have forgotten more about football than you know about it just whilst typing this. Maybe I should have worded it better. Anya WAS in an offside position when the ball was PLAYED to him. It wasn't even debatable, I was right inline with it, the amount of numpties around me at the time shouting at the linesman was unbelievable.
John Marks has already dealt with this on his twitter. He was shown a replay by the Blackburn technical team that CLEARLY. Showed the goal was not offside. 'Nuff said
[quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney[/p][/quote]Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I do do know the offside rule. I have forgotten more about football than you know about it just whilst typing this. Maybe I should have worded it better. Anya WAS in an offside position when the ball was PLAYED to him. It wasn't even debatable, I was right inline with it, the amount of numpties around me at the time shouting at the linesman was unbelievable.[/p][/quote]John Marks has already dealt with this on his twitter. He was shown a replay by the Blackburn technical team that CLEARLY. Showed the goal was not offside. 'Nuff said grahamwfc
  • Score: 5

4:17pm Wed 26 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
Stop your whinging we should have won out right at 2-1 up It wasn't a penalty aswel from where i was sitting. and that goal the player was off side.
Try specsavers, you may get a discount for age. Your technical guy on the gantry with the local radio has already confirmed the goal was NOT offside looking at his replay. Now jog off
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: Stop your whinging we should have won out right at 2-1 up It wasn't a penalty aswel from where i was sitting. and that goal the player was off side.[/p][/quote]Try specsavers, you may get a discount for age. Your technical guy on the gantry with the local radio has already confirmed the goal was NOT offside looking at his replay. Now jog off grahamwfc
  • Score: 5

5:43pm Wed 26 Mar 14

1987Hornet says...

grahamwfc wrote:
.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
Stop your whinging we should have won out right at 2-1 up It wasn't a penalty aswel from where i was sitting. and that goal the player was off side.
Try specsavers, you may get a discount for age. Your technical guy on the gantry with the local radio has already confirmed the goal was NOT offside looking at his replay. Now jog off
My view of all goals now I've seen the highlights

1 -0 Brilliant goal, well taken by Casetti
1-1 Looks like a header and missed punch by Manu, great finish but poor decision to come for the ball from Manu.
1-2 Great decision to punch by Manu, Anya loses his man and the pass to Conway should never have been allowed by our defenders
2-2 Definite penalty. Ball to hand or hand to ball it was poor from their defender and you cant flail your arms around like that in the box. It would have been a freekick anywhere else on the pitch so has to be a penalty as it denied an advantageous position to us.
3-2 Brilliant goal
3-3 Awful defending to allow Gestede to win that. Someone should have been challenging him.

The disallowed goal - cant see from the replay or where I was sat. Jon Marks says it was definitely onside is good enough for me.

WE WAS ROBBED I TELLS YA!
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: Stop your whinging we should have won out right at 2-1 up It wasn't a penalty aswel from where i was sitting. and that goal the player was off side.[/p][/quote]Try specsavers, you may get a discount for age. Your technical guy on the gantry with the local radio has already confirmed the goal was NOT offside looking at his replay. Now jog off[/p][/quote]My view of all goals now I've seen the highlights 1 -0 Brilliant goal, well taken by Casetti 1-1 Looks like a header and missed punch by Manu, great finish but poor decision to come for the ball from Manu. 1-2 Great decision to punch by Manu, Anya loses his man and the pass to Conway should never have been allowed by our defenders 2-2 Definite penalty. Ball to hand or hand to ball it was poor from their defender and you cant flail your arms around like that in the box. It would have been a freekick anywhere else on the pitch so has to be a penalty as it denied an advantageous position to us. 3-2 Brilliant goal 3-3 Awful defending to allow Gestede to win that. Someone should have been challenging him. The disallowed goal - cant see from the replay or where I was sat. Jon Marks says it was definitely onside is good enough for me. WE WAS ROBBED I TELLS YA! 1987Hornet
  • Score: 0

5:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

1982WFC wrote:
1234566789 wrote:
1982WFC wrote:
Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney
Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.
I do do know the offside rule. I have forgotten more about football than you know about it just whilst typing this. Maybe I should have worded it better. Anya WAS in an offside position when the ball was PLAYED to him. It wasn't even debatable, I was right inline with it, the amount of numpties around me at the time shouting at the linesman was unbelievable.
Well that wouldn't have just changed the wording, it would have changed the entire meaning on your post. Funny how the English language works, ay?

And how can you comment on my football knowledge in such a dismissive way? I just questioned your knowledge of the offside rule, completely fair she put against your previous post.
[quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1982WFC[/bold] wrote: Anya was a country mile offside when he received the ball before squaring it to Deeney[/p][/quote]Seriously, do you not know the offside rule? "When he received the ball" has no relevance whatsoever.[/p][/quote]I do do know the offside rule. I have forgotten more about football than you know about it just whilst typing this. Maybe I should have worded it better. Anya WAS in an offside position when the ball was PLAYED to him. It wasn't even debatable, I was right inline with it, the amount of numpties around me at the time shouting at the linesman was unbelievable.[/p][/quote]Well that wouldn't have just changed the wording, it would have changed the entire meaning on your post. Funny how the English language works, ay? And how can you comment on my football knowledge in such a dismissive way? I just questioned your knowledge of the offside rule, completely fair she put against your previous post. 1234566789
  • Score: 3

10:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

mcleodj says...

Gary Bowyer's comment re referees' mistakes, e.g. re penalties in penalty area particularly, are well taken - at least by me.
Thanks to television, I watch five matches or more - from Canada. I am able to see such incidents such as handling in the penalty area from two or three angles.If the appropriate apparatus were to be set up on each ground, referees could get instant replay for any challenged decision.
Gary Bowyer's comment re referees' mistakes, e.g. re penalties in penalty area particularly, are well taken - at least by me. Thanks to television, I watch five matches or more - from Canada. I am able to see such incidents such as handling in the penalty area from two or three angles.If the appropriate apparatus were to be set up on each ground, referees could get instant replay for any challenged decision. mcleodj
  • Score: -2

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