April 21, 2010
Ewood's first 3pm Saturday fixture in nearly 5 months produced more than its fair share of thrills and spills. The only disappointment was result. Lets be honest, Everton are a fine side and they produced a first half display which ranks with the best seen at Rovers this season. The recent watertight defence suffered some leakage but a couple of wonder strikes from N'zonzi and Roberts, gave the faithful something to smile about on this rare Saturday outing.
One of the advantages of having a season ticket is that you appreciate the cyclical nature of the changing seasons and weather conditions. We started in August on a barmy and blistering afternoon and came close to the ending the campaign with similar conditions. Sandwiched in between were the blizzards of the near nuclear winter. Not only have we seen the weather change but we have witnessed player development. Two that spring to mind are N'zonzi and Salgado.
The young Frenchman came to Ewood with the ubiquitous title of the new 'Patrick Vieira'. We have heard the phrase a million times and usually it can wreck a young player's career before it has begun. It seems N'zonzi is living up to the hype.. He has matured and developed and has grown in confidence as the season has grown old
Watching Michel Salgado's first Rovers appearances was not a pleasant experience. It was as painful as being forced to listen to Cheryl Cole's 'Fight for this Love' on an endless loop. But you win scores of Spanish caps and play for the most successful side in European football history for a reason. Salgado has been the most improved player of the season. A class act will adapt his style and tactical game to meet new challenges and this is what he has done.
On Saturday we travel to Wolves for our penultimate away fixture. Molineux can be a place as volitile as an Icelandic volcano. I experienced a number of visits in the late 80's and early 90's. They are a proper football crowd who will intimidate the opposition as best they can. There are a few Rovers players playing for their future so regardless of being safe, the incentives will be there to snatch the points.
April 12, 2010
If the unexpected happens and Arsenal are crowned Champions on Sunday May 9th, the North London outfit should take time out to offer Sam and the boys a huge vote of thanks.The draw against Chelsea a few weeks ago was followed up yesterday with an equally battling display against the Champions which may have ultimately decided to the course of the title.
The club's marketing department have initiated a successful campaign entitled 'Taking Back Ewood'. The feeling was that the club had been too generous in offering away supporters the ticket allocations that they did and wanted to encourage more members of the Blackburn public to come down to Ewood to support the club. Hence, vastly reduced season ticket prices followed with costs as low as £150. The result has been significantly larger crowds and a far better atmosphere.
April 5, 2010
A few months ago when the team was desparately short on confidence and the manager was being criticised from every corner, Rovers fans pinpointed Portsmouth away as the fixture that might have determined the club's future.
Due to a combination of good fortune and hard work in recent weeks, the Portsmouth result was largely academic. The performance however was disappointing.