Simon Eastwood rescued one point for Blackburn Rovers when facing off with Middlesbrough in their latest English Championship League match but even taking into consideration all of the hugely important saves that Simon Eastwood made in the match, it was Blackburn Rovers that had more launched more shots and enjoyed having the better part of possession.
Blackburn Rovers had 61% of possession and launched 18 shots against their opponents meanwhile Middlesbrough had to settle with only 8 shots and 4 of them actually only being on target.
If you have a lead of 2-0 and the opposition team is a player short, you’ve got to win the match from there; otherwise, your manager has every right to be raising questions over your commitment.
Gary Bowyer, the Blackburn Rovers boss, was absolutely fuming while addressing the media at the end of the game versus Millwall FC. He could not believe his boys had thrown away the advantage.
It was a fantastic opportunity for Blackburn to make take their consecutive victory count to 4, but, that wasn’t the case to be.
Nearly 20 years ago Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title, and remain one of five clubs to have managed that achievement. This was before the days of billionaire, foreign owners in England's top flight, high television revenues and sponsorship deals.
A squad of Tim Flowers in goal, Colin Hendry at the back, flanked by Greame Le Saux. A midfield screen of captain Tim Sherwood and David Batty, plus the prolific Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton leading the line.
Blackburn missed a great opportunity to improve their league standing after only managing a 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town during the weekend. They, however, could have taken three points had it not been for the missed penalty by striker Jordan Rhodes. The club record signing has been one of the best players in the Championship since his £ 8 million move. This even led to links with Newcastle United and other Premier League clubs in the summer. Blackburn, though, persuaded Rhodes to stay at Ewood Park despite being in the Championship.
Blackburn Rovers’ hopes of achieving automatic promotion back to the Premier League appears to be fading off after the team suffered a 3-2 defeat against Derby County in the latest Championship round of fixtures. Blackburn came into the match after having taken two wins from the last four matches while they have also suffered two defeats from the other two. Manager Gary Bowyer was looking to improve the inconsistency in terms of results, but there was more of the same after this latest defeat. Ben Marshall helped Blackburn opened the scoring after just a minute on the clock.
Mark Hughes, who played for Blackburn Rovers for a couple of years from 2000 to 2002 and managed them as well for a while, is of the opinion that the Riversiders have every chance of making it to the English top tier in the upcoming season if they don’t have as many injury issues as they had during their campaign in 2013-14.
Hughes’ team Stoke City had travelled to the Ewood Park last weekend to play a pre-season match against the home side.
Both the teams scored a goal each and the match was a draw.
The Blackburn Rovers have released Dickson Etuhu. The Nigerian’s contract was actually a couple of years away from being expired, but, he himself also wanted to leave which paved the way for the termination of the contract.
Etuhu had signed for the Rovers at the start of the 2012-13 Season after leaving Fulham. He had been brought to the Ewood Park with big expectations, but, he couldn’t live up to it. He was hit by quite a few injures during his tenure which limited his no. of appearances to 24 only in two seasons.
Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has claimed that he is committed to remaining at the club going into the new season. This statement comes after reports linking him with the managerial job at Leeds United. After the recent recover from an Italian businessman, Leeds United are widely expected to appoint Bowyer as the new manager. Despite the late recovery in form, Leeds finished well away from the play-off places, which is very important for the club to get into the Premier league.
Blackburn Rovers failed to make the most out of the form that they have had in recent weeks after only managing a draw with Yeovil town. Both teams failed to score throughout the 90 minutes in what was a dull affair. Blackburn came into the match after having been unbeaten in the last nine matches of the championship. This good run of form has helped them get back into contention for a play-off place with only a handful of matches left in the season. Blackburn have been expected to challenge for promotion spot at the start of the season.
Blackburn Rovers finished the past season on the 17th spot and are now seeing their way into the top 12 spots of the Championship and according to the head coach of the club, Gary Bowyer it is a huge improvement which shows that his club and players are improving.
Bowyer said: “You could say we’ve won one in eight but that’s a negative mindset and I can’t deal with people who have got a negative mindset’’.