Nice record for Marshall. When is Besic back?
Hopefully Hull pull off a shock in the replay too as long as you beat Reading.
Impressive Rovers performance against Hammers
On Saturday 17th March we played West Ham United in front of a faithful crowd of 32,960 and they were awarded with a thriller of a match!
Besic is back from his suspension and Grimes is back from his injury so they both played again. This means that Claesson started out on the bench while Chalobah started as central defender again. And all three of them, Besic, Grimes and Chalobah were simply superb to-day!
In fact, a very eager Matt Grimes made his mark on the game after just eleven minutes! Marshall struck a free-kick over the wall and when Ospina pushed the ball away Grimes was first to the rebound and scored the early opener!
The crowd went wild but West Ham have a fantastic team and they slowly took over control of the game. There had been several decent scoring chances for either team when Noble fired in a free-kick and scored with a great strike! There were further shots at goal but at half-time both teams seemed content with the scoreline.
In the second half there were again decent scoring opportunities for both teams but the defences remained in control until the 72th minute when Anita got a cross in from the left and Carol got above Bilal to win the ball and score with a superb header!
In the remaining minutes we tried what we could but the Hammers defence seemed impenetrable. And then, deep into injury time, just when the first handful of pessimistic fans were getting ready to leave the stadium, Chirivella played the ball upfield one last time, looking for the run of Marshall who showed superb control of the ball and broke the offside trap and was clean on goal! Marshall got into the box, tried a low drive and scored the equaliser!!
What a game! Besic is back from his injury and immediately he makes his mark and is named Man-of-the-Match. But, having said that, our whole team played brilliantly today.
A good result that made both the crowd and the Board happy.
Meanwhile, at White Hart Line Spurs lost to Man Utd (0-1) while Swansea also lost again, this time at St.James Park to Newcastle (2-1).
Now obviously Besic' impressive performances in the Premier League do not go unnoticed.
Also, Grimes scoring his 10th League goal of the season upon his return from injury has undoubtedly silenced his critics.
So there are just eight League games remaining now, but first it's the FA Cup Quarter Final replay at Ewood Park against Reading!
Great game that - action packed from both teams!
A deserved draw for you - and good not to lose ground against the team above you so that was important
Should be an easy enough passage through in FA Cup if full team is picked
I'm not sure if that is 2 points dropped as you had the lead at home, or a point won with a last minute equaliser. Either way, not too much damage done, and if Grimes is back on fire then the last 8 games should bring home some points.
Reading game is looking very big now.
The artist formally known as The Eejit
Got to set your sights on Swansea in the league, keep pressuring them and beat them when you face them too.
Deception in FA Cup Quarter Final Replay
On Wednesday 21st March we played Reading in the FA Cup Quarter Final Replay in front of a record-breaking crowd! Expectations are soaring high in Blackburn these days!
Now this kind of attendance is great for gate receipts but unfortunately the match itself turned into a huge deception for Rovers and their incredibly faithful fans...
We started (too) carefully and there were no goals in the first half but just before the break Chalobah was sent off after he tripped Wieser. It seemed a yellow card would have been reasonable, but a red card?!?
Flanagan replaced Chalobah and Lens was brought off. A hard choice, but what else can one do? Besides, our midfielders are often the ones who score our goals.
So we had to play the entire second half with ten men, but with the home support we still had a decent chance, only then Bell scored for Reading and as we pushed forward in numbers to quickly try and equalise, Reading countered well and Agnew doubled their lead!
It is somewhat understandable that we collapsed after that second goal and that Bell even scored another goal as if to rub it in. No-one had expected this and our opponents left a humiliated squad and a stunned crowd behind.
Flanagan did well replacing Chalobah, but Nyambe and even Raya (who played so well in other cup matches!) both had an off-day and with ten men we simply did not stand a chance.
Chalobah being sent off seemed a harsh decision. Bennett is also suspended for one more match so our subs will really have to deliver now!
There's only the Premier League now to focus on. And with eight games remaining and only three of them being home games, we are going to have to give it all we've got to try and collect as many points as we possibly can!
At least we have a ten-day break now before we play Southampton, currently the number 16 in the Premier League, at Ewood Park.
The artist formally known as The Eejit
Shocker - real chance of a S?F/Final appearance on possible siverware
What a time for players to have an off day
Saints hold Rovers to a goalless draw
On Saturday 31st March we played Southampton in front of a crowd of 32,964 who realised very well that of our eight remaining League matches this one was the easiest, at least on paper. But if they had expected an easy victory they were to be disappointed.
As it turned out to-day's match was one of our most uneventful games of the season. There were hardly any scoring chances for either team and there were precious few shots on goal.
In the first half there was some excitement, though, first when Sakhi sent Bilal to the floor with a hard tackle but the referee turned down our penalty appeal. And then, a little later Aké tripped Sakhi, but again the referee refused to award a penalty.
Deep into the second half Chirivella actually did seem to score, but it was ruled out by the linesman's flag and so the game ended in a disappointing stalemate. Disappointing, but it fits the pattern of this season.
Both teams leaned heavily on their strong defences. Besic was named Man-of-the-Match for the seventh time in 29 appearances. Bilal was invisible once more, but fortunately Bennett is available again.
On the same day West Ham defeated Spurs (1-0) while Swansea beat Middlesbrough. We are still in seventh position, but we could easily drop three of four places considering the teams who are chasing us and considering the fact that we have to play three away games in a row next while after that it will be Spurs, City and Liverpool! In fact, our season could very well collapse, just like last season when we lost so many games at the end - unless we can quickly find our form again!
Meanwhile, Steele and Lens have both been selected in the English Premier League Team of the Year. For some reason Besic was overlooked, though.
Also, Wisdom has informed us that he is unhappy with his current role at the club. There's not much we can do about that so we told him that he is free to sign for another club if he wants to.
Not sure if a point is good news, just hope the players haven't switched off now.
Good on Steele and Lens for getting in that team.
Was Wisdom a freebie? Hopefully a chance to cash in.
What's his value now?
Hopefully you can get some interest to drive the price up when the season is over.
Rovers struggle and lose at St.James' Park
On Sunday 8th April we played Newcastle United at St.James' Park and it soon became clear that we have not found back our form yet.
Newcastle was clearly the better team and it came as no surprise when Colback scored the opener in the rebound after Steele had let the ball run free. We tried frantically to get back into the game, but our lads obviously lack confidence and in the second half Colback doubled the score and it was all over.
There were no further goals, but to make matters worse we lost our captain. In the 89th minute Marshall picked up a knock and he had to go off. Things are beginning to look rather bleak now, especially with Chirivella's loan ending on 1st May.
Newcastle deserved the win. Apart from Adam Henley our lads are still very much struggling to find their form.
At least Spurs also lost their game, at home to Crystal Palace, but nevertheless we dropped one place and so now we find ourselves in 8th position in the Premier League table.
Now with Marshall out for three weeks Besic will be our captain, while Bilal (or perhaps Claesson?) will replace Marshall - unless we switch to another formation for these last few matches, but that would hardly seem wise.
At least Chalobah will be available again when we play Swansea next.
Damn it - Need to get to the end of the season now and get some fresh blood in.
An unexpected but much-needed win at the Liberty Stadium!
On Saturday 14th April we played Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Now Swansea are having a remarkably successful season and they were the clear favourites, but this is football and the favourites don't always win!
Swansea had a good start; early on in the match Fellaini found Pereira with a through pass and Aké went in too hard on Pereira, since he played the man instead of the ball! However, much to our relief the referee turned down all claims for a penalty.
A little later Pereira attempted a volley from a tight angle, but he put the ball just over the bar. And because two longs shots by Lens also both went wide there were still no goals at half-time.
Ten minutes into the second half Lens picked up the loose ball and tried a low drive. Fabianski saved and deflected the ball clear, but the rebound fell to Lens and this time our striker did not fail!
Swansea badly needed a goal now and Ince came close when he struck the ball with fury from just outside the box, but Steele did well to turn the ball away. And Steele showed safe hands again a few minutes later when Lingard drove the ball low towards the goal and seemed certain to score. Steele remains one of our most valuable players!
Ince had a final opportunity when he unleashed a volley at goal and this time Steele could not gather the ball cleanly, but Chirivella took control of the loose ball and cleared it.
So Swansea may have deserved more, but it was a very good feeling to leave the Liberty Stadium with three points in the bag! In a season where we can still end anywhere between sixth and twelfth every single point counts!
Not surprisingly, Newcastle lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (1-0) so we are back in seventh position again. Hopefully to-day's good result - even though we did not play all that brilliantly - will give our lads new confidence for the last remaining League matches of the season!
So there are five more games remaining and we'll be facing low-flyers Middlesbrough next.
Lucky win over Swans after a poor defeat
You're getting too much stick here
If you get top half that is amazing this season. 6th might be a pipe dream (would get Euro footie) but IMO if you stay 11th or better that is great progress
But yes - every place counts for end of season Ł's