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Kevin Gallacher column: Blackburn Rovers must find right balance
WE are seeing both sides of the coin with Blackburn at the moment.
Now we must hope that Gary Bowyer can get a happy medium with his players, and they can understand the art of attacking and the art of defending, and put them together.
It should not just be about one game sitting back, defending and trying to catch the opposition on the counter, and another game going forward and keeping on attacking.
It’s about getting the balance right and if we can get the balance right, like we did in the first half at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday when we were 3-1 up, we look a good side.
We’ve not quite got the balance right yet but we must give the team a chance to get it.
We were comfortable at 3-1 on Saturday.
We didn’t need to change anything, we just had to keep the ball and keep playing the way we were playing.
But they got their second goal and made a double change before we missed a great chance to go 4-2 up.
That changed the game completely and we just went backwards.
I would put that down to nerves and inexperience.
There were numerous occasions when two defenders were going for the one ball.
Now you would rather have that than no-one going for it but it still happened too much. We were nervous in clearing our lines and when you’re like that you will pay the price and inevitability we did.
And we would have paid a bigger price had it not been for a top-drawer save from Robbo at the end.
The equaliser made it feel like a defeat but had we actually lost, I think it would have been very difficult to pick the boys up.
But we didn’t lose and I still think there are a lot of positives to take out of the game, positives which the players need to feed off as I do think we could get maximum points out of our next three games.
The only disappointing thing is we are not going into them on the back of a third straight victory.
If we had won on Saturday we would have been two points off the play-offs going into these next three games against Yeovil, Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic which, as I say, are massively winnable.
But it’s now very much out of our hands.
The teams above us have got the points on the board so we’ve just got to win these next three games, hope the teams above us drop points, and hopefully come Wigan at home on the last day of the season, there will be a place in the play-offs to play for.
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