February 23, 2010
The first flower of spring appeared in my garden this weekend and although the arctic conditions at Ewood suggested otherwise, Rovers performance on Sunday warmed the heart to signal the beginning of the end of this nuclear winter.
The significance of the result cannot be underestimated. My prediction last week that the cut will be around 36 points, is looking rather pessimistic. The bottom five sides have won just five out of 66 away games between them. This is an extraordinary statistic. Never before has it been a simpler task to stay up.
The manner of the win was refreshing and hopefully the assurance of another season in this division should signal a more positive approach to games away from Ewood. It's only six weeks ago at Eastlands that the most loyal Allardyce advocator was questioning the judgement of the man. Those were dark days. So what has changed?
February 16, 2010
With the late rearrangement of this week's Bolton fixture from Monday evening to Sunday lunchtime, it is interesting to note that by the time Rovers host United on the 10th April, it will have been four long months since the Ewood faithful has witnessed Saturday football.
This is not the fault of anyone imparticular but an observation and sign of the times.
Bolton's cup commitments are in complete contrast to Rovers less than active time off. The poor lads have had to endure a few days in the Dubai heat for a team building exercise and a way of focusing the mind for the final run in of a fragmented and unremarkable season so far. I've had the crystal ball out and here are my predictions of the games to come.
February 7, 2010
Yesterday's poor performance and result at Stoke pales into insignificance when learning the news of the tragic death of a Rovers supporter who attended the game at the Britannia. I am sure fans of all clubs will want to pass on their condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of the young man involved. No doubt the club and supporters will take time out to pay their respects at the Hull game at Ewood on Wednesday.