Hanley’s moment of madness cost us says Blackburn Rovers supporter Dan Clough (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Hanley’s moment of madness cost us says Blackburn Rovers supporter Dan Clough
THE captain of a football team is a man who leads by example.
A man who puts his heart and soul into a game and supports his teammates.
A man who takes on board the manager’s wishes and instructions and helps put them into action on the pitch.
The captain of a football team is not a man who lashes out in an off the ball incident and who can’t keep his head – jeopardising the success of the team.
Grant Hanley was given the honour of skippering Blackburn Rovers on Sunday and he failed us.
We were 1-0 up and cruising against a decent Wigan side who played in Europe earlier in the week.
A win would have put us within touching distance of the play-off places and gone a long way towards turning our stuttering start into a campaign that was gathering momentum.
But Hanley, in a moment of madness, lashed out at Nick Powell with the ball nowhere to be seen and was justifiably sent off.
It may not have been overly vicious and Powell came out of it injury-free, but Hanley has to know you don’t raise your arms against an opponent.
The Rovers defender is still only young himself and perhaps it was a little hasty for him to have been given the armband.
Still, without a spare defender on the bench the remaining Rovers players did well to survive as long as they did. But it seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser came.
We had to withstand an enormous amount of pressure and Jake Kean, who I have been critical of myself this season, performed well to keep the Latics at bay.
But it was heartbreaking to lose it the way we did.
Gary Bowyer said after the game the defeat hurt more than any other in his time as Blackburn Rovers boss.
I hope the players, too, are feeling that hurt, and they will have the entire international break to dwell on it.
Hopefully that pain will spur the Rovers players on to fight hard to get us back to winning ways against Charlton Athletic the weekend after next.
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