Magic Mulgrew, Ant & Dack and Climbing the table – 3 talking points from Blackpool

November has been a good month for us Blackburn fans. Especially the last 10 days.

4 games, 4 wins, 13 goals, two 4-2 wins and up to 4th as we head into the busiest part of the season Blackburn are really starting to show form, and like Mowbray said, teams are starting to fear Blackburn – the class of the players we have are really starting to show and if we can continue this form all the way through the Christmas season, then who knows where we can go.

With a game still in hand over 3rd placed Scunthorpe, who lie only 1 point ahead, and Shrewsbury showing patchy form, things could really start to get interesting when we play Scunthorpe on December 30th.  

Last night. I hope. was a real sign of things to come so here are 3 talking points from Blackburn’s game away at Blackpool.

Magic Mulgrew

It’s always interesting to me to think that we are a team who have dropped to the 3rd division in English football and yet we have managed to hold onto an international of his class.

It must seem like a long time ago for Charlie since he played against Barcelona at a packed out Celtic Park in the Champions League only to swing in the corner which would open the scoring. Now he is playing his games in front of a much smaller crowd, however, this has not stopped him from showing his moments of class.

Mulgrew does receive abuse about his work rate and his defensive capabilities, but now – after 7 clean sheets and 7 goals – he’s really showing what experience can give to a team.

After scoring a crucial penalty on his 50th appearance for the club on Saturday, Mulgrew has found himself having scored 4 goals in 3 games – including a goal last night against Blackpool to give Rovers a 2 goal advantage.

I don’t know what Mowbray said to Mulgrew but it has worked.

7 goals from a CB before December is incredible, and with Mowbray’s new approach which seems just to outscore the opposition, then I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw ‘Magic Mulgrew’ get himself into double figures before the turn of the new year.

Ant and Dack

We have all had our doubts about these two.

From the start of the year, we were questioning if we had wasted our money on Dack, who’d struggled to rekindle the form he showed in Gillingham’s play-off season. We were also wondering why we would ever start a striker up top who couldn’t seem to finish?

Now Mowbray would be mad not to start both of them! Dack has really been different class recently and has been showing form reminiscent of his form at Gillingham, and Antonsson has been scoring nearly every other shot that he has had on target.

The pair have been on fire, and they’ve been on fire together.

Playing Dack in behind the strikers has been perfect with that added spark of creativity, allowing for constant balls into the area which almost always to create a chance.

Last night, Dack was at another level once again – quick movement, slick passing and a goal to top things off – he seems to get better with every game.

Just when you thought that we couldn’t find a partnership better than Dack and Chapman, Antonsson has stepped up to the plate and has shot to the top of our goalscoring charts with 5 goals this month, taking his tally in all competitions up to 8.

Keeping these two fit and firing is going to be crucial when it comes to our promotion charge. They add a spark and a finish to a squad who have all been performing to a very high level recently.

Climbing the table

Things are really starting to come together for Rovers this season, with only 4 games until we reach the halfway point of the season.

We lay only 5 points away from top placed Wigan, who lost to Bradford last week. I really think the potential of a 1st placed finish is back on the cards for Rovers. after looking like the chance was gone only a few weeks ago.

However, this all depends on Blackburn being able to keep this form alive. We have 5 league games in December – 3 of them are against teams pushing for a playoff place: Scunthorpe (3rd), Charlton (6th) and Peterborough (7th) at the time of writing.

The other two are against teams fighting relegation – Rochdale (19th) and Northampton (22nd) – so every game next month is going to be hard because every team has something to fight for.

But, who knows? Come December 30th when we play Scunthorpe, that table could look very different and we could both be in top spots, which our form suggests we could, or we could have both dropped out of playoff places?

That’s how tight this league is, and this is the exact reason as to why we have to continue this form because a loss at the wrong time now could see us spiral out of control.

But, the win last night was crucial as it means our players have got through the toughest 10 days of the season so far – having won every match.

This should give the players the confidence to push on and go for even bigger and greater achievements! And a win this weekend in the FA Cup and a draw against a Premier League team could just be the motivation we need to keep the dream alive!

Thanks for reading!

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