The Wild Blackburn Rover

23 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on The Wild Blackburn Rover

A balance at home that yet to get right

They say the league never lies, and in the case of Rovers’ Championship campaign so far be hard to provide a reasonable against that.

Currently in a comfortable if less than mid-table spot, I’d say the paints a very realistic of what Gary Bowyer’s men produced up to this point 16 games in and we’ve been a mixed bag of the good, the bad and the indifferent.

At Park this season, been a strange animal. lighting a fire under our with two excellent showings Bolton and Barnsley, Rovers to have settled into a pattern of solidity and safety, itself carries it’s own of pros and cons.

Saturday’s lifeless 0-0 draw at home was the perfect illustration of this Blackburn Rovers – the Park version.

For as good as we were at the back, we any sort of variety and purpose up In the last five games at Rovers have plundered 2 that’s TWO. That’s to say the very least.

It would for all the more dismal reading if the half of the story didn’t the situation somewhat.

In those same last five we’ve conceded a solitary Which for the increasingly audible of our manager, is well worth a of praise. Defending is as much a in football as attacking is.

It’s not as exciting and headline grabbing as a hat-trick would be and rightly so, but out our, in recent times, defensive set up has long needed it’s far from a finished especially away from but it’s better.

Gary Bowyer’s tactics at even indicate as much, with one up front is often upon (more on that but it is very much a give a foundation job at home under

The undeservedly … Jason and the often injured Lee Williamson are not in the for their attacking prowess they both have a to pick up the loose stuff comes out of defence and to impose on matters. With both of in football’s proverbial engine our shape is well maintained, we strong when trouble is and all the essential ground is covered a minimum of fuss.

If you think waffling and talking jibberish, a stray look at that of action from Dickson in the recent away game at Then come back and the work of the tandem of Lee/Jason on I know which I’d you’re frankly mad or have super-strength Lowe bashing on if you feel differently.

Maintaining possession under is not the woeful chore and frustration it has in previous campaigns and thank on a bike for that. It will us in good stead in the long as being a dependable unit is the first rung on the ladder to a good unit.

The overriding comes when it’s to turn on the charm and roam

Right now we’re left a plan B, C and anything not filed A in …. One up front suits us defensively, the proof is in the pudding, but it our main man, the walking Jordan Rhodes where he is vulnerable. With Leon on the club’s naughty step and part-time gangster rapper DJ on the F.A. equivalent it leaves cutting a lonely figure.

There is nobody meaningful to on in the … embers of game to things about and it will to hurt us.

For all the good Rhodes’ can when facing goal, when he’s got his back to it he always comes up short. His up play on Saturday was borderline and his only solace came in the turf looking to bag a set piece, it was a bad day at the

Rovers are screaming out for an alternative up – a bigger presence or a with pace to break the line – anything to make opposition defences use brain rather than stick to the required formula. At moment in time our plan is to find Josh King who on a heroic, ultra quick but clumsy fumble with end product attached to it down the or work in Tom Cairney on the right, who is a little wasted (as in misused not challenged) out on the right and always to cut inside onto his much accurate left foot.

It’s not the most inspiring and it trouble the more organised that the Championship has to offer. outings against Charlton and further back that up.

The to (temporary) fitness of David will certainly help, been sorely missed. As the return of the often frustrating, inspiring Ruben Rochina who are pretty much our only two players. But having a couple of alternatives to sit behind Rhodes enhances the temptation to stick him up the end all on his lonesome.

At this juncture, the problem in getting the right balance attacking threat and defensive whilst also getting the out of our star striker, it’s a we’re yet to get right in home which is forever the bread and of any productive campaign. The Fam crew of Best and DJ Campbell might not be the but they should at least Rovers with a bit of variety forward. at least until we can get our hands into the loan January market.

Sadly is a footballing tactical conundrum doesn’t have an obvious but it’s one Gary Bowyer to solve if we’re going to a chance of troubling the right end of the come crunch time.

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