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Blackburn manager Michael Appleton claims his players must learn to deal with criticism from the Ewood Park support after the 2-1 defeat to Charlton.

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Michael Appleton: Blackburn boss offers players advice

Michael Appleton: Blackburn boss offers players advice

Jordan Rhodes took his season's tally to 15 for Rovers with a header in between goals from Dale Stephens and Yann Kermorgant.

The reaction to the result was an all-too-familiar chorus of boos from the home fans.

"I think the atmosphere in the stadium was a strange one so I think they've got to deal with that," Appleton said.

"They're a big fish in a smaller pond to what they were in last year in terms of the Premier League.

"There's added pressure that goes with that and they're going to have to cope with it because we have three home games coming up in quick succession and it's going to be a challenge for everyone.

"I'm sure the supporters just want to see a committed performance from the players. I think they huffed and puffed today but I'm not sure how committed they were once we conceded the second goal, which was a disappointment.

"There's no time to shirk your responsibilities. We're professional people, whether you're manager, coach or a player. You've got to take the responsibility that goes with it."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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