Kevin Gallacher column: No pressure on Blackburn Rovers

Kevin Gallacher

Kevin Gallacher

First published in Football by

IF I had a message for Blackburn Rovers’ players going into the final two games of the season it would be, ‘put yourself in a positive frame of mind and go out and enjoy them’.

As they really have nothing to lose.

There isn’t any pressure on them to get that final play-off place – it’s on the teams above them.

As it stands they are the ones with something to lose, not Blackburn, as they have more points on the board.

If Blackburn can win at Charlton on Saturday they will go into the final match of the season at home to Wigan with a chance of getting sixth spot.

If they can win that too then who knows where we’ll end up?

If Lady Luck is on our side and someone is looking down on us, who knows? We could well end up sixth.

All we can do is take six points out of six – it’s that simple.

Does pressure come with that?

Well if it does, it’s a nice pressure to have.

I would rather go out there with that on my mind than being part of a team at the bottom and being in a relegation fight – because that’s true pressure.

Why shouldn’t you enjoy being in a team that has to go forward, attack and try things in a bid to get a win which could get you into the play-offs and possibly earn promotion?

That’s why the Blackburn players should be relishing these matches, not feeling anxious.

I believe a bit of anxiety crept into their game against Yeovil on Friday.

Nerves are understandable but if you’re a professional player who wants to make it at the top level you’ve got to put things like that aside.

Football is 99.9 per cent mental. The technical side of the game all comes from thinking about football.

And if you’ve got that mental strength, that’s what makes top, top footballers, along with the will to work hard.

Blackburn are certainly doing that.

They’re hanging in there, there are a couple of games left, and maybe that sixth spot is waiting for us.

But unfortunately it’s not in Blackburn’s hands at the moment – it’s up to the other teams above them to throw it away.

So we’ve just got to win our last two games and see where we are when the season ends at around 2pm on May 3.

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1:46pm Wed 23 Apr 14

wilddog says...

need 6 points and a lot of goals to make up the goal difference too
need 6 points and a lot of goals to make up the goal difference too wilddog
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3:39pm Wed 23 Apr 14

dangerous dave says...

Well mr g its having this sort attitude of no pressure from anyone including gb and the venkys etc that puts them where they are - fat pay packets with no real responsibility to prove anything!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
Well mr g its having this sort attitude of no pressure from anyone including gb and the venkys etc that puts them where they are - fat pay packets with no real responsibility to prove anything!! Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
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3:59pm Wed 23 Apr 14

maltese blue n white says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Well mr g its having this sort attitude of no pressure from anyone including gb and the venkys etc that puts them where they are - fat pay packets with no real responsibility to prove anything!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
I really have to ask, "What do you do on the days you are not being a pr1ck?" I doubt we will make the top 6 and if, completely honest , I believe that going up would be too soon for this team, we would be "torn apart" as will Burnley. Gary Bowyer has made huge changes, got rid of wasters on Prem wages, brought in newcomers that want to wear the shirt, and has started to bring fans back to the club..... If all you can do is moan and berate the team the manager, and the owners (who i have v little time for) then I suggest you just stay off this site, as your eternal negativity is really beginning to p1ss me off...

Out with DD and other negative tossers....
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Well mr g its having this sort attitude of no pressure from anyone including gb and the venkys etc that puts them where they are - fat pay packets with no real responsibility to prove anything!! Out with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]I really have to ask, "What do you do on the days you are not being a pr1ck?" I doubt we will make the top 6 and if, completely honest , I believe that going up would be too soon for this team, we would be "torn apart" as will Burnley. Gary Bowyer has made huge changes, got rid of wasters on Prem wages, brought in newcomers that want to wear the shirt, and has started to bring fans back to the club..... If all you can do is moan and berate the team the manager, and the owners (who i have v little time for) then I suggest you just stay off this site, as your eternal negativity is really beginning to p1ss me off... Out with DD and other negative tossers.... maltese blue n white
  • Score: 23

4:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

earwego says...

Jurgan klopp has ruled himself out of the man utd job but said his brother klipity might be interested
Jurgan klopp has ruled himself out of the man utd job but said his brother klipity might be interested earwego
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5:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

Cannot agree with Gallacher about enjoying it,,surely that is secondary isn,t it ?what the players should be thinking is win at all costs and see if that takes us where we need to be, it,s a good living being a footballer but its brilliant being in the premiership because it does not get any better than that l wouldn,t have thought.that should be all the incentive the players need period.
Cannot agree with Gallacher about enjoying it,,surely that is secondary isn,t it ?what the players should be thinking is win at all costs and see if that takes us where we need to be, it,s a good living being a footballer but its brilliant being in the premiership because it does not get any better than that l wouldn,t have thought.that should be all the incentive the players need period. noddy57
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Wed 23 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

Oh dear , are you still seriously talking about the play offs !!
Oh dear , are you still seriously talking about the play offs !! FCBurnley
  • Score: -8

5:53pm Wed 23 Apr 14

maltese blue n white says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Oh dear , are you still seriously talking about the play offs !!
Some ppl are.... I am not, I want to see the team really sorted out, and GB really learn his trade before we get promotion next season, then and only then do I believe Venky's will give us the financial support needed to remain in the Prem league. Burnley fans will never find this out, as you will be "up then down" faster than a hookers drawers....
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Oh dear , are you still seriously talking about the play offs !![/p][/quote]Some ppl are.... I am not, I want to see the team really sorted out, and GB really learn his trade before we get promotion next season, then and only then do I believe Venky's will give us the financial support needed to remain in the Prem league. Burnley fans will never find this out, as you will be "up then down" faster than a hookers drawers.... maltese blue n white
  • Score: 7

6:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

owd nick says...

earwego wrote:
Jurgan klopp has ruled himself out of the man utd job but said his brother klipity might be interested
Thank you, made me smile lol.
[quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jurgan klopp has ruled himself out of the man utd job but said his brother klipity might be interested[/p][/quote]Thank you, made me smile lol. owd nick
  • Score: 5

7:55pm Wed 23 Apr 14

mahi brfc says...

GB has done a massive job sending the waste bunch out and buying quality midfielders..We are not yet completely ready for the PREM yet so dont really bother if we win play offs or not ..but next season we might finsih top 2 and be ready for the premiership.A striker and couple of defenders will make us a strong team
People who have been negative about GB and Venkys ,please be off the site..They have done mistakes but they have learnt as well and will be backing the club and we may often see them in the stadium..So the negatives vibes will be gone starting next season..New team,New ideas,already refreshed staff and expect the unexpected
We will be ready for the Prem next season and knock Burnley and bring them where they were..
Now lets move on ..back the team,GB and the mangement and we will finish top 2..
moaning about the past everyday is not gonna help anyone
GB has done a massive job sending the waste bunch out and buying quality midfielders..We are not yet completely ready for the PREM yet so dont really bother if we win play offs or not ..but next season we might finsih top 2 and be ready for the premiership.A striker and couple of defenders will make us a strong team People who have been negative about GB and Venkys ,please be off the site..They have done mistakes but they have learnt as well and will be backing the club and we may often see them in the stadium..So the negatives vibes will be gone starting next season..New team,New ideas,already refreshed staff and expect the unexpected We will be ready for the Prem next season and knock Burnley and bring them where they were.. Now lets move on ..back the team,GB and the mangement and we will finish top 2.. moaning about the past everyday is not gonna help anyone mahi brfc
  • Score: 8

11:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

taurus1530 says...

I agree we are not yet ready for promotion. We would come straight back down, like I fear Burnley will. We have developed well this season, but there is something lacking in tactics that we have surrendered so many points so easily in the last few minutes of games. If we had won rather than lost many games we should have won, we would be about to be promoted. Alas sometimes there seems no spine. Lets hope next season we can do a Leicester City and crush everyone. We must not sell any of our good players, keep them to their contracts. Financial fair play is a nonsense when you see what Man U have lost and are they threatened with embargoes...me thinks not.
I agree we are not yet ready for promotion. We would come straight back down, like I fear Burnley will. We have developed well this season, but there is something lacking in tactics that we have surrendered so many points so easily in the last few minutes of games. If we had won rather than lost many games we should have won, we would be about to be promoted. Alas sometimes there seems no spine. Lets hope next season we can do a Leicester City and crush everyone. We must not sell any of our good players, keep them to their contracts. Financial fair play is a nonsense when you see what Man U have lost and are they threatened with embargoes...me thinks not. taurus1530
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10:13am Thu 24 Apr 14

Incest Each Sunday says...

Even if we win both of our remaining games other results will probably see us miss out on the play-offs. However, I still want us to end the season on a high and even though a 6th place finish is improbable, it's not impossible, so we need to ensure we're still in the mix come the final day.

As for those saying Burnley will come straight back down, I wouldn't be so sure. If relegation was based on overall performance, as opposed to points amassed, there'd be about 8 clubs relegated this season. Hate them or not, there's no denying the tenacity that Dyche has instilled in his team so, with the addition of a few players, they could quite easily find themselves above the likes of Norwich, West Brom and Hull (provided those sides stay up this season.)
Even if we win both of our remaining games other results will probably see us miss out on the play-offs. However, I still want us to end the season on a high and even though a 6th place finish is improbable, it's not impossible, so we need to ensure we're still in the mix come the final day. As for those saying Burnley will come straight back down, I wouldn't be so sure. If relegation was based on overall performance, as opposed to points amassed, there'd be about 8 clubs relegated this season. Hate them or not, there's no denying the tenacity that Dyche has instilled in his team so, with the addition of a few players, they could quite easily find themselves above the likes of Norwich, West Brom and Hull (provided those sides stay up this season.) Incest Each Sunday
  • Score: 4

10:32am Thu 24 Apr 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

Let us worry about next season as this one was always about consolidation and this has been achieved What we now require s GB's backroom staff being reorganised and a good experienced guy appointed to help to improve GB's tactical nous on team selection and use of substitutes. This way we will truly be on or way back. It was a good win at Brum but we must remember that they had not on at home for 14 games and look ready for relegation.
Let us worry about next season as this one was always about consolidation and this has been achieved What we now require s GB's backroom staff being reorganised and a good experienced guy appointed to help to improve GB's tactical nous on team selection and use of substitutes. This way we will truly be on or way back. It was a good win at Brum but we must remember that they had not on at home for 14 games and look ready for relegation. Ronaldpetercooper
  • Score: -1

10:36am Thu 24 Apr 14

jr21blueandwhite says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Oh dear , are you still seriously talking about the play offs !!
are seriously.thinking that burnley we stay up next season?
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Oh dear , are you still seriously talking about the play offs !![/p][/quote]are seriously.thinking that burnley we stay up next season? jr21blueandwhite
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