Simon Garner column: Blackburn Rovers must rediscover desire for final stretch

Simon Garner

Simon Garner

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Lancashire Telegraph columnist

IT was only three games ago that people were talking about Rovers getting into the play-offs.

Now that they’ve lost three games on the run the talk is all of a sudden about their season being over.

But if the players begin to think like that they might as well pack it in now and not play again this season.

As a footballer, you have got to have pride in your performance and try your best every time you go out on to the pitch. If you give 100 per cent there is a chance you will get your confidence back.

And that is what Blackburn are clearly lacking at the moment – that and a little bit of desire.

They need to get that desire back and if they do I’m sure that much needed win will follow.

And what really would lift the confidence would be a 2-0 or 3-0 win and not a narrow, fluky 1-0 win, although at this present time I’m sure we would all take that.

Whether they can get that sort of win at Huddersfield tomorrow remains to be seen.

It was always a happy hunting ground for me – I can’t remember ever losing to them at their place when I was with Blackburn, Wycombe and West Brom – and they have just go to go out there with a positive mindset.

I know that is not easy with what has happened this week.

I don’t know if the players were aware just how much losing to Burnley – and the unbeaten record – would hit them.

And as soon as the game finished on Sunday I thought to myself it would have been better to have an away game on Wednesday rather than a home game as I knew the pressure would be there.

It was a disappointing result against Bournemouth, as were the ones against Burnley and Bolton, but I still think there has been progress this season.

There has been a lot of new players coming into the club, with most of them being youngsters, and it’s also Gary Bowyer’s first season in charge so it was always going to be a learning curve.

It doesn’t happen overnight, it’s going to take a bit of time and I think it’s clear that at times this season they have been a bit inexperienced.

Rovers just need to get fire back in their bellies and show the fans they haven’t given up.

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4:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Not much mention of your derby day beating off the Clarets in there Simon... but thats about what we'd expect from a snivelling jealous no-dad such as you. All mouth in the run up to the big game, but all that cockiness seems to have disappeared now that you've been put in your place by Burnley.

Its time for the rest of you clowns to wind your necks in, like our friend Simon obviously has.

24 points
5 years
Look up!
Not much mention of your derby day beating off the Clarets in there Simon... but thats about what we'd expect from a snivelling jealous no-dad such as you. All mouth in the run up to the big game, but all that cockiness seems to have disappeared now that you've been put in your place by Burnley. Its time for the rest of you clowns to wind your necks in, like our friend Simon obviously has. 24 points 5 years Look up! Super_Clarets
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7:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Scamp Kingsley says...

simon 'tail between his legs' garner limps away quietly.............
simon 'tail between his legs' garner limps away quietly............. Scamp Kingsley
  • Score: -3

5:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

clitheroeblue says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Not much mention of your derby day beating off the Clarets in there Simon... but thats about what we'd expect from a snivelling jealous no-dad such as you. All mouth in the run up to the big game, but all that cockiness seems to have disappeared now that you've been put in your place by Burnley.

Its time for the rest of you clowns to wind your necks in, like our friend Simon obviously has.

24 points
5 years
Look up!
He's talking about a game two games after the derby match


.........keep up p*ick!!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Not much mention of your derby day beating off the Clarets in there Simon... but thats about what we'd expect from a snivelling jealous no-dad such as you. All mouth in the run up to the big game, but all that cockiness seems to have disappeared now that you've been put in your place by Burnley. Its time for the rest of you clowns to wind your necks in, like our friend Simon obviously has. 24 points 5 years Look up![/p][/quote]He's talking about a game two games after the derby match .........keep up p*ick!! clitheroeblue
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11:18pm Sat 15 Mar 14

flagstone says...

when your strikers can match his record then you can spout it off , that man is a legend , we will see if Inge and vokes are at burnley as Long as super tarns was with us , pure class ....
when your strikers can match his record then you can spout it off , that man is a legend , we will see if Inge and vokes are at burnley as Long as super tarns was with us , pure class .... flagstone
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5:58pm Sun 16 Mar 14

bluewindow says...

Dingles again we're not bothered about you inbreds unlike your obsession with rovers. He's looking at the bugger picture. Go get a bath sister fiddlers
Dingles again we're not bothered about you inbreds unlike your obsession with rovers. He's looking at the bugger picture. Go get a bath sister fiddlers bluewindow
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