Were there any positives to take from our trip to Shepherds Bush on Saturday? Apart from the novelty aspect of a trip to the 'subbuteo stadium' for the first time in a number of seasons, not many. I remember the last couple of occasions we played at Loftus Road when Fulham were the tenants due to Craven Cottage being 'redeveloped' (if that actually did occur), on both visits we scored four goals respectively. Those were the days!
The hard truth is, the game on Saturday was there for the taking. These were two pitifully poor sides who appeared quite content to settle to share the spoils from the moment Chris Samba's header hit the back of the net with only a quarter of the game gone. At one stage it seemed as if both sets of players could not distinguish which side was wearing what coloured shirt. Passes were going astray and set pieces were finding touch more regularly than in the egg chasing World Cup in the Southern Hemisphere.
The only bright sparks for Rovers were Olsson who as always showed the commitment and heart that every Rovers supporter cries out for. Hoilett again highlighted why we must hold on to him if we are going stand any chance of beating the drop. And I also will praise an unlikely source in Jason Roberts who did all that was asked of him upfront and at last was able to hold the ball up to enable our midfield to be brought into play. The sad reality was however that both N'zonzi and the once again innocuous Petrovic brought nothing to the party. Under the watchful gaze of BBC Television Centre, the game was crying out for a long haired blond Welshman to answer the call and abandon his afternoon rehearsals for 'Strictly' and get a grip of the midfield. He would have done a better job of it even with Cuban heels on!
Steve Kean thanked the 1000 or so Rovers die hards who were at the game for their constant support. The truth is, they were not cheering for the owners or management or maybe not even some of the players, but they were making noise for the very institution which will be here long after the current regime has vanished and got fed up and abandoned its pet and which has been around long before all of us as well. These are hard days for all Rovers supporters but we need to believe in the very institution that binds us together. Next stop is Ewood on Sunday v Spurs.
Away from Rovers, two football stories have caught my eye for the wrong reasons this week. Firstly there was Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre, intimating that clubs should be allowed to negotiate individual TV deals which would inevitably lead to even less competition as the rich got richer and the poorer clubs ending up on the scrapheap. Secondly, the chief executive of the League Manager's Association, Richard Bevan said on Monday that American and Asian owners of top flight sides are keen on a franchising model based on American Football where promotion and relegation would become extinct leaving a cartel to divide up the honours as they pleased.
Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan has said that he would pull the Latics out of the Premier League if this scenario became a reality and to be fair to the Venkys, they have said that they would play no part in voting for the change. Despite this, it is not only worrying but also inevitable that the topic has come up for debate. My only surprise is that it has not been mooted earlier. I would rather watch Rovers in the Blackburn Combination than be a spectator at some artificial jamboree.