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Blackburn Rovers blog: It’s going to be a huge month for us
The New Year came in with a whimper rather than a bang for Rovers fans.
Those of us nursing hangovers from the traditional revelries and hoping for a tonic from the Sunderland game were sadly disappointed.
So much of the optimism gained from the West Brom win was dissipated by a rather meek surrender to a team that we used to regularly beat in their own backyard. They have since spent big in recent seasons to add that little bit of class, particularly up front, where Rovers are lacking.
There were mitigating circumstances, with injuries and suspensions forcing Steve Kean to field a side that would certainly not have been his ideal first 11.
If we want to take a positive from an overall unimpressive festive programme, it is that one win is as good as three draws.
It’s also true that there appears little consistency for most teams, with many examples over the last few games of teams following an impressive result with a poor reverse. Hence, you have Wolves winning at Liverpool but then going down to West Ham.
Unfortunately, just prior to playing us tomorrow at Ewood, the Scousers were much more impressive against Bolton with Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres seemingly returning to form just in time to meet the Rovers.
Should we win that game, Roy Hodgson could find history repeating itself and being sacked after a poor showing at Ewood.
We now wait with anticipation to see what January will bring transfer wise. The smart money is on a couple of mid-price recruits but don’t be surprised if there are one or two departures too.
There’s some talk of a swap deal possibly involving Chris Samba going to Tottenham with David Bentley returning to Ewood.
If we had to lose our erstwhile skipper the pain would certainly be eased if it brought in a quality forward – and we have definitely missed someone like Bentley.
As we have learned in recent weeks it’s hard to predict anything under the present owners and it would be no great surprise if we failed to see the promised £5 million plus.
Without some wise investment, however, the bookies, who now have us at only 4-1 to be relegated (we were not in the betting before the takeover) may prove to have called it right – and Venky’s may be presiding over a Championship side next season.
I’m not tempted by those odds and whatever happens this month I believe we are good enough to secure the five wins or so that will keep us up.
Tomorrow night would be a good time to start knocking them off.
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