Simon Garner column: Blackburn Rovers have got Blackpool at a good time

Simon Garner

Simon Garner

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Lancashire Telegraph columnist

BLACKPOOL are still in turmoil, there’s no question about that.

But things will change there – and that’s why I think it’s the perfect time for Rovers to play them.

After what they’ve been through this summer there is no chance the Blackpool players will really know each other – or be fully fit for that matter.

Yes it’s a local derby and yes it’s their first home game of the season but if Rovers keep the ball the way they did against Cardiff – and, crucially, do more with it – they should win the game and win it comfortably.

And there should be no problems with their motivation after what happened in midweek against Scunthorpe.

It was a really disappointing result and it was such a shame as I’m sure Blackburn fans would have liked a good run in the cup.

I’m sure the club would have liked one as well as cup runs do generate money.

But the lads who started against Scunthorpe didn’t take their chance and no doubt Gary Bowyer will go back to the side that started against Cardiff for tomorrow’s match.

I thought it was a decent performance and a fair result against Cardiff. Rovers kept possession really well but they didn’t create enough chances for me.

When you’ve got the ball obviously the opposition can’t score a goal, but when you do have it, you have to make it count.

It does my head in all these percentage statistics about possession because at the end of the day, while keeping the ball is important, it doesn’t win you games – putting the ball in the back of the net does.

Blackburn didn’t give themselves enough chance of doing that against Cardiff, they just didn’t open them up enough.

Credit to Cardiff, they have just come down from the Premier League and they could not have asked for a tougher game to start away from home.

But if Rovers can show a little bit more in the final third tomorrow they should come away from Blackpool with their first three points of the season.

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11:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

Biggest mistake would be to underestimate these guys at Pool
Biggest mistake would be to underestimate these guys at Pool digitusjonfred
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8:41am Sat 16 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

Simon .. BRFC have been turmoil since venkys bought the club and we have won, drawn,lost so don't in football underestimate anybody because one day it will bite you on the arse
Simon .. BRFC have been turmoil since venkys bought the club and we have won, drawn,lost so don't in football underestimate anybody because one day it will bite you on the arse mark anthony
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9:04am Sat 16 Aug 14

dinglecrusher says...

Thanks Simon. Probably the kiss of death!
Thanks Simon. Probably the kiss of death! dinglecrusher
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9:06am Sat 16 Aug 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

A good time to go to Blackpool? Is it sunshining? They've stopped charging to walk through the Pleasure Beach? All the scaffolding has gone off the Tower? All the rough Jocks have gone home? (P.S. Please vote 'yes')
A good time to go to Blackpool? Is it sunshining? They've stopped charging to walk through the Pleasure Beach? All the scaffolding has gone off the Tower? All the rough Jocks have gone home? (P.S. Please vote 'yes') OnePostThenTheOther
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5:24pm Wed 20 Aug 14

ukabbdav says...

We gave Cardiff too much respect and played out a draw. We were at home for goodness sake. Two goals up against Blackpool and struggled to hold on in the second half. Against Norwich, they had 61% possession in the second half similar to the possession held by Chelsea v Burnley. Norwich are not Chelsea. We are just a mediocre side with very poor leadership and very short of ideas.
We gave Cardiff too much respect and played out a draw. We were at home for goodness sake. Two goals up against Blackpool and struggled to hold on in the second half. Against Norwich, they had 61% possession in the second half similar to the possession held by Chelsea v Burnley. Norwich are not Chelsea. We are just a mediocre side with very poor leadership and very short of ideas. ukabbdav
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