Dan Clough column: Top six must still be Rovers’ target
Updated 6:01pm Tuesday 11th March 2014 in Sport
I’M still reeling from Sunday’s defeat, so the best thing to do is pretend it didn’t happen.
Failing that, I can just never speak of it again, starting with today’s column.
So, tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth is a must-win if we are to continue with this idea that we could, possibly, make the play-offs.
Daft as it sounds after a pointless March, we are still in with a chance if we can get over this period of inconsistency.
Despite the disappointing stop-start season this has been so far, we are still just six points behind sixth place with a game in hand.
Bournemouth are not a great side, but they must not be underestimated.
The Cherries are managed by ex-Clarets boss Eddie Howe who will probably be hoping to avenge the 3-1 defeat at the Goldsands Stadium earlier this season.
They also come into the game on the back of two wins, albeit against Blackpool, who haven’t won for a long time, and Doncaster who are battling relegation.
However, Bournemouth are still a side that should be there for the taking and our boys should be fired up and ready to get back to winning ways after a disappointing couple of results.
Jordan Rhodes has broken his nine-game duck and will hopefully resume his dangerous partnership with Rudy Gestede.
And with Corry Evans back in the side we should be a lot more rigid across the middle, and hopefully David Dunn will be fit to play some part in the game.
To be considering promotion after such an average season is bizarre, but it just goes to show how poor this league is.
Just when you think we’ve written ourselves out of it with back-to-back defeats, Barnsley beat Forest, Millwall win at Derby, Brighton and Reading cancel each other out and Rovers are still in the mix.
I’m not confident of making the top six, and I won’t be until I see us string more than two wins together, but the possibility is there.
As for Sunday? I’ve already forgotten. Honest.
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