I would like to start this week by responding to some constructive ‘feedback’ given to me via Twitter after last week’s column.
Following last week’s article, in which I wrote that Henning Berg’s start had been encouraging despite a lack of victory – especially the performance in the home game against Birmingham – I received the following message from someone who appears to support our beloved claret neighbours: “Poor article you’ve done in Telegraph today, didn’t you like Kean after his first three games? How do you know his settlement has been sorted?”
Not really sure where he was going with the last line, but no, I didn’t like Kean after three games.
This stock criticism from anyone outside of Ewood Park is becoming tiresome.
Steve Kean was promoted to manager with no experience after a very accomplished and successful manager had been unfairly sacked by the owners.
He spent two years turning us from a safe mid-table side into relegation fodder, finally realising the nightmare at the end of last season when we dropped into the Championship.
On top of that, he stubbornly refused to acknowledge how bad things had got, and seemed oblivious to the unhappiness on the terraces surrounding his continued employment.
Now we have a manager with experience, who has replaced someone who was disliked.
On top of that, things appear to be improving under the new man on the pitch and players who were being frozen out for no apparent reason – Rochina to name one – have been brought back into the fold and impressed.
On to more important matters, and Saturday’s much-needed win was a very pleasant sight.
Peterborough are a poor side, to put it mildly, but you still have to beat them.
Under the previous regime, when going up against sides we really ought to beat, there was always the worry we wouldn’t do enough.
We would give teams too much respect and allow them to get in the game, but on Saturday we took the game to Posh and destroyed them.
It is also pleasing to see Danny Murphy’s improvement.
It has been embarrassing at times listening to the boo boys give him a hard time when he under-performed.
Yes, you can understand the frustration when he was brought here on reportedly huge wages with massive expectations, but to boo him is just wrong.
Fingers crossed we may be turning a corner. Bring on the Millwall.