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Blackburn Rovers blog: We need more than Robbo’s bravery
PASSION, commitment and a never-say-die attitude are all attributes Rovers could do with right now.
Paul Robinson displayed these in abundance when he effectively headed the foot of Dave Jones to win a last minute penalty that salvaged a point for us on Saturday.
It has to be said, the point wasn’t good enough, but it’s better than a defeat.
The photograph that has epitomised Robbo’s commitment to the Rovers cause shows him bleeding from the head with his hand on the Rovers rose on his shirt. An iconic image.
He puts me in mind of my all-time favourite Rovers player, Colin Hendry.
Braveheart was the heart of Rovers. He would never give up and so often came up with that last ditch tackle to save the day.
The season we won the Premier League, Alan Shearer was lauded as the player that brought us the title. His goals had helped us stave off Manchester United’s challenge to bring home the glory.
But for every goal he scored, I’ll bet Hendry saved one at the other end. Be that at the last minute, or with an early intervention to break up the move, he was there.
Hendry was a man who took Blackburn, and the Rovers, to his heart. And I like to think Paul Robinson has done the same.
Unfortunately for Rovers at the moment, Robinson’s attitude isn’t enough.
It’s all very confusing at the moment. We went to Norwich and played well, scored three, and didn’t win. This time, we went to Wigan, played poorly, scored three, and didn’t win.
It’s great that we are scoring goals. And it’s great that Yakubu seems to have been a bargain who has rediscovered his shooting boots for us.
Under previous regimes, we didn’t score a lot of goals, which was often frustrating. But we didn’t concede a bucket load of them, either.
We appear to have gone full circle and now are totally unable to fix the leak at the back. This would appear to be the key, shore up the defence, and hopefully the goals will continue to come and our fortunes will change.
This needs to happen sooner rather than later, though.
Prior to the Wigan game, the next six matches had been identified as vital.
I would have said 12 points, meaning we can afford to lose at Stoke and Sunderland, win at Wigan and the three home games against Swansea, West Brom and Bolton.
To keep that up, we would now need 11 from the next five. That’s a tall order.
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