Hignett: Don't rule Blackburn Rovers out of promotion race just yet

CRAIG Hignett has warned Blackburn Rovers’ Champ-ionship rivals not to rule Henning Berg’s men out of the promotion race just yet – after insisting they still have the firepower to cause some damage.

The former Rovers and Middlesbrough striker will see his former clubs do battle at the Riverside this afternoon and expects both sides to be in the promotion mix over the next few months.

Hignett admits he has been shocked by Rovers’ poor start to the season, as they travel to the Riverside on Wednesday, but believes they have the potential to quickly climb the table.

Hignett said: “I did expect Blackburn Rovers to be much higher up the Championship than they are, and I don’t think I was the only one.

“We all know that things have been far from right behind the scenes but you look at some of names in Rovers squad and they have some players capable of performing very well in this league.

“It doesn’t look good for them at the moment but things can change very quickly and that sort of gap can easily be closed.

“Rovers have the type of players who could easily get on a run and you get the feeling once they find their feet in this league – if they do – they could quickly get some momentum.”

Hignett, who played for Rovers between 2000 and 2003 and Middlesbrough between 1992 and 1998, didn’t expect the latter to be 11 points ahead of the former at this stage of the season.

But he believes seeing Rovers, Wolves and Bolton – last season’s Premier League relegated sides – shows how tough the Championship can be to adapt.

He said: “I’m not sure anyone would have predicted where those three teams are at the moment.

“It just shows how difficult the Championship is. All three are obviously struggling to adapt to the Championship but that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to, it just means it is taking longer than they hoped.

“All three of them will expect to be involved in the play-off battle at least come the end of the season and none will believe the gap is unbridgable.

“I think it was Blackpool in the season they got promoted to the Premier League who came from nowhere. They got on a great run in the second half of the season, got into the play-offs and went up.

“I see no reason why Rovers can’t do that. That is providing they sort things out off the pitch of course.”

A former team-mate of Henning Berg’s at Rovers, Hignett is disappointed to see the Ewood boss struggling in his new role.

Rovers travel to Middlesbrough with just one win in nine games under Berg, but Hignett insists Berg can still be a success in East Lancashire.

“It is a difficult job for anybody,” he said. “While I believe they have good players, they maybe haven’t been run in the right way over the past couple of years.

“Henning was always the sort of player who you expected to go into management when he retired and it is good to see him back at Blackburn Rovers.

“He needs everyone at the club pulling in the right direction and he needs people at the club to allow him to manage.

“Every manager at every football club deserves that because otherwise there is no point in being there.

“You hear lots of things that are supposedly going on at the club behind the scenes but I don’t know what is true and what isn’t. Only the people involved know that.

“All I know is Rovers is still a very good football club and are experiencing some tough times at the moment. I just hope by the end of the season they have sorted things out.”

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12:26pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Bill Carson says...

Yeh, don't write us off until it's mathematically impossible for us not to reach the play-offs...

...but we're closer to the relegation places at the moment!

(Well done Shebby, not the unanimous selection, but yours all the same!!)
Yeh, don't write us off until it's mathematically impossible for us not to reach the play-offs... ...but we're closer to the relegation places at the moment! (Well done Shebby, not the unanimous selection, but yours all the same!!) Bill Carson

12:46pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Dan11 says...

In terms of automatic promotion, this is beyond us now. If we were to pick up to a competent level of performance we maybe able to reach a play off spot, assuming certain players get replaced by decent professionals. I personally think that we will finish between 12th and 16th at the end of the season. Berg will be chopped and we will have one season to get promotion or face financial oblivion.
In terms of automatic promotion, this is beyond us now. If we were to pick up to a competent level of performance we maybe able to reach a play off spot, assuming certain players get replaced by decent professionals. I personally think that we will finish between 12th and 16th at the end of the season. Berg will be chopped and we will have one season to get promotion or face financial oblivion. Dan11

12:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Rayzerisaloser says...

Dung Berg out now
Dung Berg out now Rayzerisaloser

1:14pm Wed 26 Dec 12

drunken donut says...

I think we need snookers.
I think we need snookers. drunken donut

1:15pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Captain Dreckley says...

Only way we will be in a position to challenge for promotion is if we have new owners a new infrastructure and no more Shebby Singh.
Only way we will be in a position to challenge for promotion is if we have new owners a new infrastructure and no more Shebby Singh. Captain Dreckley

1:27pm Wed 26 Dec 12

j bee says...

no were good enough garner, gallager , hignet talk rubbish just because the played for rovers if you todays game will be hard wait till the barnsley game
no were good enough garner, gallager , hignet talk rubbish just because the played for rovers if you todays game will be hard wait till the barnsley game j bee

1:51pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Phoenix From The Ashes says...

^
What the...? Im hoping your a child, otherwise learn to spell and write coherently.
^ What the...? Im hoping your a child, otherwise learn to spell and write coherently. Phoenix From The Ashes

1:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

handyamBRFC says...

Merry Xmas
I believe we fans should do everything possible especially in difficult times to bring the fans & BRFC together.
We need to be stronger, we need to show the world we can come together in times of need and this period is that occasion.
I believe in BRFC and Blackburn and would ask every fan and resident of the Lancashire area to get together and be positive. We shall not be allowed to be dragged to the bottom of everything.
We are a proud people of Lancashire a proud club and we should raise ourselves to where we belong to the upper echelons of English society and the the premiership again one day soon.

to the football......!!
I think we should raid clubs who are thinking of bringing in new players themselves.
e.g. QPR as it seems are a club waiting to make changes to their staff hence a good time to get some of their players.
I can think of some at QPR who could fit the bill.
what do you guys think..?
Givet is going in January.
Defenders needed and a midfielder.

Arte et Labore
Merry Xmas I believe we fans should do everything possible especially in difficult times to bring the fans & BRFC together. We need to be stronger, we need to show the world we can come together in times of need and this period is that occasion. I believe in BRFC and Blackburn and would ask every fan and resident of the Lancashire area to get together and be positive. We shall not be allowed to be dragged to the bottom of everything. We are a proud people of Lancashire a proud club and we should raise ourselves to where we belong to the upper echelons of English society and the the premiership again one day soon. to the football......!! I think we should raid clubs who are thinking of bringing in new players themselves. e.g. QPR as it seems are a club waiting to make changes to their staff hence a good time to get some of their players. I can think of some at QPR who could fit the bill. what do you guys think..? Givet is going in January. Defenders needed and a midfielder. Arte et Labore handyamBRFC

2:35pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Dukes says...

we going nowhere under VENKYS SADLY.

VENKYS OUT.
we going nowhere under VENKYS SADLY. VENKYS OUT. Dukes

4:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

JimsBarmyArmy says...

I am sorry but we have no chance we are more likely to go down at this rate this becomes more farcical by the day we are dropping like stone.
I am sorry but we have no chance we are more likely to go down at this rate this becomes more farcical by the day we are dropping like stone. JimsBarmyArmy

4:32pm Wed 26 Dec 12

drunken donut says...

Phoenix From The Ashes wrote:
^
What the...? Im hoping your a child, otherwise learn to spell and write coherently.
"I'm hoping you're a child"
[quote][p][bold]Phoenix From The Ashes[/bold] wrote: ^ What the...? Im hoping your a child, otherwise learn to spell and write coherently.[/p][/quote]"I'm hoping you're a child" drunken donut

5:05pm Wed 26 Dec 12

kfc yummy says...

Now rule them out.
Now rule them out. kfc yummy

5:13pm Wed 26 Dec 12

fanny_tickler. says...

They think it's all over... it is now!
They think it's all over... it is now! fanny_tickler.

6:00pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Angry From Accrington says...

Methinks Higgy overdid it on the Port last night>
Methinks Higgy overdid it on the Port last night> Angry From Accrington

9:09pm Wed 26 Dec 12

golazzo says...

I'll have some of what he's on.
I'll have some of what he's on. golazzo

9:55pm Wed 26 Dec 12

stevieclaret says...

drunken donut wrote:
Phoenix From The Ashes wrote:
^
What the...? Im hoping your a child, otherwise learn to spell and write coherently.
"I'm hoping you're a child"
Touché - brilliant!!
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phoenix From The Ashes[/bold] wrote: ^ What the...? Im hoping your a child, otherwise learn to spell and write coherently.[/p][/quote]"I'm hoping you're a child"[/p][/quote]Touché - brilliant!! stevieclaret

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