Friday, 27 September 2013

Blackburn Rovers always carry a goal threat

You are a bit unlucky this week because you will get a double dose of my thoughts on Blackburn Rovers if you buy the MatchDay programme this weekend. Cherry Chimes was pleased to be invited to say a few things about the Lancashire team for the View from the stands page, which was good fun.

The match facing AFCB will be another difficult encounter, but I am hopeful that this is more to come from the Cherries having seen how they played for parts of the last game away from home. It is difficult to look much further than Jordan Rhodes when you are assessing Blackburn's goal threat potential. He is simply different class to most other strikers in the division. He is on six goals already. I imagine Elliott Ward will be the one who goes toe-to-toe with him with his experience. But Leon Best is a also no mean goalscorer and was a major signing when he transferred from Newcastle Utd for £3m in the summer of July 2012.

The Blackburn's form has been fairly good of late as they have started to pick up points at home especially and the draws that they have secured away from home were against Derby and high flying Burnley. Even when Blackburn were beaten 2:1 by Leicester they managed 12 shots on target. Last time out at home against Huddersfield they also kept James Vaughan quite which we failed to do and Blackburn recorded their first clean sheet of the season.

So AFCB know they are playing a good team this weekend that need to be kept subdued. In three or our four home games this season the opposition has been reduced to 10-men and it will perhaps be on Eddie Howe's mind that if the same scenario plays out in this game the Cherries will have to do better than they did against Blackpool and show a bit more urgency that they did against Barnsley if they want the three points.

Don't forget to read up on
 Rival Lines. Ahead of the Blackburn Rovers fixture Cherry Chimes has an exclusive chat with Michael Delap of the Wild Blackburn Rovers

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