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Rovers desperate for some home comforts
ANOTHER day another two points dropped. Saturday looked promising for a long period.
A goal up away from home and a welcome three points looked on the cards.
But no, it seems the wait for a win under Eric Black will go on.
Although it is early days, the setback has left us now five points behind joint leaders Leicester and Cardiff and without a win in five matches.
The big issue, of course, is the manager. It needs resolving and soon.
But this week presents us with a real opportunity to bounce back.
In this league we should be able to win the majority of our home matches, so with two in four days we must take advantage.
Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow is a must win game. The Owls have mustered just two points in five away games this season, they haven’t won in eight and find themselves in the bottom three.
I have happy memories of fixtures against the Owls, having been to both legs of the 2001/02 Worthington Cup semi-final, leading up to the only ‘proper’ cup final I have seen Rovers play in – and win.
I want more happy memories like that, starting tomorrow.
After that we play Watford who are in a similar position to ourselves, but at home we should put them to the sword.
If you look at the top of the Championship table, the top two, Leicester and Cardiff, are both yet to drop a point at home. That is the difference.
We used to be unbeatable at home. Fortress Ewood. That is now a forgotten myth.
Like charity, a successful season begins at home, and it is time we started dominating teams at Ewood.
We were Premier League champions 17 years ago for Pete’s sake. Coming to our place should be a daunting prospect. If things go on as they are, we will be viewed as the team people look forward to playing, not the ones they fear.
As for the managerial merry-go-round, we are yet again turning into a farce.
Shebby’s obsession with Tim Sherwood is unfathomable. Fair enough, consider him. But if Daniel Levy says no, just leave it.
It isn’t as though he is a managerial wizard with bags of experience.
He is a coach with no experience of being a manager whatsoever. Remind you of anyone?
Granted, that is a bit unfair on Sherwood, whose playing credentials cannot be sniffed at, but still.
And reports we have approached Fulham coach and former average-at-best midfielder Billy McKinlay are equally disappointing.
It seems obvious to me that we need a proven manager. I just do not understand why the powers that be can’t get their heads around that.