Blackburn Preview

Last season we were very lucky to get away with three points at Ewood Park – remember the Tevez goal which shouldn’t have been? If that goal hadn’t been given, instead of playing at Ewood Park this season, we might be at Layer Road.

We’re now in a comfortable mid table position, but a bit of a gap has opened up between us and the Top Nine. Three points are vital today. Several Blackburn players are missing through suspension, including the in-form David Bentley. We have a few players on their way back and for the first time this season Alan Curbishley has a few selection headaches, not least whether to bring Marlk Noble back into the first eleven. Scott Parker and Hayden Mullins, one of our most in form players at the moment, had blinders against Chelsea and do not deserve to be dropped. But football can be a cruel game. Our long term choice for central midfield has to be Noble and Parker. At some point, maybe not today, Mullins will make place for Noble.

I think today is the day to bring back Dean Ashton and partner him with Carlton Cole. This means that Boa Morte would make way, which in some ways would be unfair, as he had a good game against Chelsea too.

There are rumours that Anton Ferdinand is fit and will replace Danny Gabbidon. I suspect that this is not the case and that he will be on the bench. The only other selection dilemma is whether to replace Solano with Ljungberg. Again, Solano has done little wrong and keeping him in will spur him on to greater things. So far this season, Freddie Ljungberg has flattered to deceive.

To be honest, I’m not that optimistic we will come away with three points from here. It’s a ground we tend to do badly on, and although we have won a few times in recent years, it’s not a game we look forward to. Especially when that idiot Robbie Savage is playing.

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5 Responses to Blackburn Preview

  1. Plaistow54 says:

    Good summary of the game. Agree with selections. Blackburn have been beaten by Arsenal & Villa at home. They are difficult but these are the games we need to take points if we can. We haven’t seen the best of Lucas. This could Fire him up. He’s tough like the other Aussie captains. Hard to call but i’ll go for a goal to us late win. About time our luck changed.

  2. new york says:

    very difficult fixture,even taking into account bentley is out. they will be will highly motivated,feeling robbbed last season. and their fans still haven t accepted neill s exit.
    and they have european ambitions of their own. as for solano vs ljungberg ,in my view it s a very clear decision. solano has performed and ljungerg hasn t . and i don t buy the excuse of injuries regarding ljungberg. in all honesty, if iwe get a point here ,and put in a good performance ,i ll be extremely pleased with that .

  3. Plaistow54 says:

    Apparently Cole is on 4 yellow cards. He might get rested for the cup game in which case puts BM or Camera into the picture to play behind Ashton. Time to play him.

  4. new york says:

    great result .but we re fortunate to come away with all 3 points. even down to 10 men they were still creating chances. still ,great to cross 20 point barrier and regain our spot in top half ahead of Alyardyce. reference plaistow s point on cole s yellows,this is another thing to take into consideration regarding the press speculation on zamora. it isn t just injuries that can deplete us further ,but suspensions . curbishley s initial rubbishing of the rumors about zamora is encouraging-seeing cole miss a game now due to suspension will be a timely reminder to curbishley that he needs zamora. not in the first team per se,but certainly in the squad.

  5. Brooking always knows best! says:

    Well, a win is a win and I thought we just about deserved it! Deano! I thought the best players was Upson, Parker, Ashton and Cole. A solid backbone to the team. McCartney must be the player of the season so far and to think how under-rated he was in the summer. Well done Curbs! The improvement we have had in the last 12 months is incredible. Another mention for Green, surely must be the new England no 1 I hope Curbishley stays, there are those who could have a strong case of making him the new England manager

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