Dan Clough column: Much changed since our last trip to Yeovil

Lancashire Telegraph: It will be good to see Rudy Gestede getting some game time It will be good to see Rudy Gestede getting some game time

THE last time Blackburn Rovers played at Yeovil Town, we won 10-0 and Egil Ostenstad scored four goals.

I guess it is testament to how far Yeovil have come since then, as well as another indication of how far we have fallen over the last couple of years.

That game was on November 13, 2000, for Warren Patmore’s testimonial.

Rovers had agreed to take part in the Monday night game as they were on the south coast two days earlier, drawing 2-2 with Portsmouth in the First Division.

That season, both clubs finished second in their respective divisions, Graeme Souness’s Rovers moving back up to the Premier League at the second attempt, while Yeovil missed out on promotion from the Conference in those despairingly unfair days of one-up one-down in England’s fourth tier.

On Saturday, 13 years and a bit later, we meet in the same league.

Just 10 points separate Rovers and the small Somerset town club, who are second from bottom in the Championship.

But the Glovers must not be underestimated.

Eight points from their last four games, seeing off Watford and Blackpool, are proof of that.

Rovers, however must use their recent form as a springboard.

The draw at QPR followed by three points against Millwall must be capitalised on.

Despite everything I have said above, we have to go to Yeovil and beat them.

We have a squad capable of winning as long as we cut out the silly mistakes and take the game to them.

Consecutive wins would be a real boost going into a Christmas week that will see us take on third-from-bottom Sheffield Wednesday and struggling Birmingham on our own turf.

And should we manage to win all three, perhaps we could go back to contemplating the possibility of a previously unlikely promotion bid.

It would be nice to see more of Rudy Gustede who will hopefully help to end the constant isolation of Jordan Rhodes up front.

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3:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Is Eckersley playing? says...

Bring on the mighty Yeovil, eh? Hope Madam is looking forward to an exciting game of football.......
Bring on the mighty Yeovil, eh? Hope Madam is looking forward to an exciting game of football....... Is Eckersley playing?

3:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

we.love.u.venkys says...

Has Rudy "the hat" Gestede actually played for you monkey's since his much heralded loan move from.... somewhere?
Has Rudy "the hat" Gestede actually played for you monkey's since his much heralded loan move from.... somewhere? we.love.u.venkys

5:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Scamp Kingsley says...

Time to start getting used to playing at grounds that look more Non league rather than Champions league, thanks to the chicken curry brigade.
Time to start getting used to playing at grounds that look more Non league rather than Champions league, thanks to the chicken curry brigade. Scamp Kingsley

6:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

jim 2012 says...

we.love.u.venkys wrote:
Has Rudy "the hat" Gestede actually played for you monkey's since his much heralded loan move from.... somewhere?
i would keep an eye on danny ings if i was you
15 DAYS TO GO
[quote][p][bold]we.love.u.venkys[/bold] wrote: Has Rudy "the hat" Gestede actually played for you monkey's since his much heralded loan move from.... somewhere?[/p][/quote]i would keep an eye on danny ings if i was you 15 DAYS TO GO jim 2012

7:08pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Blolburn Roflers says...

The Black Hat has played 3 and scored....wait for it..................
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WAIIIIT FORRRRR ITTTTTT.............
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Zero Goals.

Hate to say i told you so but i can only say "HE HAS AVERAGED 1 GOAL EVERY 6.5 GAMES IN HIS CAREER AND IS A BIT OF A DONKEY" in so many ways.

Lovely Jubbly
The Black Hat has played 3 and scored....wait for it.................. .................... .................... .................... .................... ........wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... WAIIIIT FORRRRR ITTTTTT............. ............. Zero Goals. Hate to say i told you so but i can only say "HE HAS AVERAGED 1 GOAL EVERY 6.5 GAMES IN HIS CAREER AND IS A BIT OF A DONKEY" in so many ways. Lovely Jubbly Blolburn Roflers

8:33am Wed 18 Dec 13

Bazzer says...

Jingle Bells all the way and the aptly named Rudolph to make his mark. Last time I was looking forward to an away match in terms of a trip into the unknown was Feyenoord.
Jingle Bells all the way and the aptly named Rudolph to make his mark. Last time I was looking forward to an away match in terms of a trip into the unknown was Feyenoord. Bazzer

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