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Rovers boss likely to make changes for East Lancs derby
ROVERS boss Henning Berg has hinted there will be changes to his side for the East Lancashire derby at Burnley on Sunday.
Berg saw his side lose 2-1 to Bolton on Wednesday night leaving the Norwegian with just five points from a possible 18 since taking charge.
And, having stuck largely with the same side since his arrival, the Rovers chief admits he may need to freshen the team up, having been impressed by lively cameos from Colin Kazim-Richards and Morten Gamst Pedersen as substitutes in the midweek defeat.
“We will have to think about how we play the Burnley game,” he said.
“Kaz (Kazim-Richards) was more like we would like him to be every time. His pass for the goal was very, very good, he used his strength he was winning balls he was difficult to play against. That is what we want to see every time he is on the pitch.
“Morten put good deliveries into the box and that has maybe been lacking a little bit.
“If we start the Burnley game the way we finished the Bolton one we will be fine. If we don’t we will be in big trouble.”
But Berg believes his side will be able to bounce back from one Lancashire derby disappointment ahead of the weekend trip to Turf Moor.
“It shouldn’t be difficult, we play Burnley,” said Berg. “Everyone knows what that means. If you can’t pick yourself up for a game like that then you shouldn’t be in football.
“We don’t play football just for fun, this is our profession. With that comes a worth ethic and standards that has to be met.
“Professional footballers have to be able to learn to take defeat and handle wins. That is a big part of football and I expect them to be ready for Sunday.”
The Blackburn boss is also keen to avoid a repeat of the slow start his men suffered in the Bolton defeat with Kevin Davies’ opener coming after barley 100 seconds.
“To start the game like we did was very surprising in a local derby. We gave them too much space.
For us to expect to win the game by starting that way is very surprising and very frustrating. It is nowhere near where we want to be.
It got a little bit better but we were not as fluid as we would have liked to have been.
“At least in the last 20 minutes we had the right attitude to compete and to fight and to make sure we were still in the game.
For me it was strange that we didn’t have that attitude from the start. We have enough experience in the team to know that.”
And the Norwegian is only too aware that his side have to start tuning possession and chances into goals and points.
He added: “We had more chances than Millwall, we had more chances than Bolton but we still end up losing the game even though our performances were not where we want to be.
“At the moment we are not good enough to get back into it. The last two home games we have been disappointed and I have been in football long enough to know that can happen.”