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Rovers Blog: Gloating Claret is laughing too soon
I CAME into work yesterday to find a league table print-out that had been stuck to my computer screen.
This was from a Burnley-supporting colleague revelling in his side’s apparent new-found dominance over Rovers.
Fair play to him, his side are sitting pretty in second place while we languish in 14th with just two wins from eight games so far this season.
I don’t expect Burnley’s good form to last, but we need to let our friends from down the road enjoy their moment in the sun because, let’s face it, they haven’t had one for decades.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Huddersfield was disappointing. They are a team we need to beat at home, and it was definitely two points dropped rather than one gained.
Our start to the season has been slow, but we have been hampered by injuries to some key players who, once back, will hopefully make a big difference.
* Ruben Rochina The Spaniard was the best player on the pitch in our season opener at Derby before he sustained a dislocated shoulder.
We often lack creativity in the middle, especially since Michael Appleton removed anyone with a creative bone in their body during his short reign.
But it was a breath of fresh air to see Rochina back in the side and he proved his worth in that first 20-odd minutes before being taken off.
He has always been a useful player to have around. Infuriating at times with his lack of a football brain, but that will come with time.
What he does have is raw talent and skill and the ability to creat that moment of magic that could prove crucial in so many games this season.
* DJ Campbell Campbell had a difficult start to his Rovers career at the end of last season but had looked a real shining light in pre-season.
However, he hurst his ankle at Preston and, despite rumours of him being ready for a comeback at Turf Moor, he is still yet to be seen.
We rely heavily on Jordan Rhodes for our attacking threat but the burden must be eased and Campbell’s comeback could be just the tonic.
* Paul Robinson The former England keeper was out of favour but will be relishing getting back fit and challenging Jake Kean for the number one jersey once more.
Kean, though solid last season, has looked shakey for me so far this time round and some healthy competition could be just what is needed.
Adam Henley and Dickson Etuhu are also still missing, although Etuhu has not exactly set the world on fire with his performances since signing from Fulham.
He was a good player and surely he can be again. We can be too lightweight in midfield and so need all the help we can get.
Henley has developed into a good full back and will give us more options in defence as we desperately need to stop leaking goals.
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