Saturday was undoubtedly the best game I have seen at Rovers for a very long time.
Ewood was rocking, the players were performing and tensions were running high – after all, it was 2nd v 3rd. A loss could have seen Rovers drop to 5th and see a gap of 8 points open up between them and then the top two. But, Blackburn showed what they were all about and why they should take that a spot in the automatic spots.
It was a game full of controversy and magical moments, but here are three talking points from Blackburn’s brilliant 3-1 win over Shrewsbury.
What. A. Man.
Charlie Mulgrew, our centre back, our captain who signed on a free is now Blackburn’s top goal scorer this season with 11 goals.
His tenth was brilliant a free-kick from about 25 yards out on the right-hand side, and it was delicately curled over the wall into the bottom right corner just out of the keeper’s reach.
Then, his eleventh a penalty that won us the game, when Samuel was taken by ‘fan favourite’ Henderson. The Captain stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner. But, it wasn’t just his goalscoring that was impressive, but his defensive performance was sublime, leading the back line like a true leader, which is certainly something we have missed for a very long time!
With the win yesterday, Blackburn equalled the longest unbeaten run in the league equaling Shrewsbury’s 15 match unbeaten run earlier in the season.
But, it’s more significant than that because today (Sunday 14th January) also signals exactly 3 months since Rovers were last beaten (away to Oldham). This run is going to be crucial to the team as we reach the business end of the season, team and fan morale is very high and more importantly, player confidence is high.
We are now the team to beat in the league and teams all across the table will now fear us knowing that we haven’t been beaten in so long!
Last season the top 2 of League One only had 4 losses to their name, and we already have that so the longer this run continues, the better!
Rovers’ Squad Depth
This really is it now.
All we have is league games and we only have 20 of them left to go. That’s 60 points up for grabs and we have to make sure we get as many as we can.
Games will be coming thick and fast, players will start to get tired, but this is where I think Blackburn have the advantage over the others. Our squad depth has improved recently.
We have Lenihan and Chapman still to return, we have Armstrong coming into the squad and any new players we bring in. There is so much competition in all areas. We have youth players breaking through and looking strong.
This is something that other teams like Wigan and Shrewsbury simply don’t have. Mowbray has built a strong squad, with a lot of strong, versatile players and it is that depth that we saw yesterday.
With the likes of Nuttall, Armstrong, Tomlinson and Travis, I believe that is going to get us over the line this year
Thanks for reading
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