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Blackburn Rovers blog: Next two games may decide our top flight fate
Make no bones about it. Rovers’ next two games are relegation battles and the outcome of them could be crucial to whether or not we are going to be supporting a Premier League team next season.
If that sounds like an overreaction, ask yourself this question as a Rovers fan: Would you put money on us beating any of the sides below us on current form, especially away from home?
I know I wouldn’t.
That’s worrying because we have to visit Wolves and West Ham for what are certainly now six-pointers.
Fulham and Blackpool, our next two opponents, are on the same points tally as us at present, but are arguably in better current form, despite the Seasiders’ 10-man debacle at Molineux.
They will have Charlie Adam back for the Ewood clash and, should our midfield be as poor as in recent games, I would certainly risk a few bob on him being the man of the match.
If so, expect the visitors to plunder the equivalent of six precious Premier League survival points.
Apologies if I am unusually negative but the manner of our defeat at Aston Villa allows little cause for optimism.
I found it equally worrying that our manager is reported as saying that it was the fourth goal that killed us.
Sorry, but if he thought that Niko Kalinic’s deflected consolation put us back into a match where we had only one other decent effort on goal and where Paul Robinson was once again our man of the match he is living in a fool’s paradise, that could so easily become a Championship hell if he doesn’t wise up fast.
Fulham have just secured a creditable draw at Man City so will fancy their chances against us next Saturday and who can blame them?
I can’t help thinking back to a couple of seasons ago about, at this stage of the campaign, when we were even deeper in the relegation mire than now and went 1-0 down at Craven Cottage.
I and many other Rovers fans were convinced if we lost that game we were going down.
We fought back in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory which marked a turning point in the season and we survived comfortably.
Oh, if only history would repeat itself next week.
I felt dreadfully sorry for Ryan Nelsen who ended an already fraught week with, in my opinion, a harsh sending off at Villa Park.
We will miss him at Fulham but hopefully Chris Samba will be fit to replace him.
We will need Samba’s drive and leadership and I hope that leadership will be replicated by Steve Kean.
Now I know that all managers must look to find positives, even in defeat, but I’m sure Kean will be well aware that performances like Saturday’s cannot be tolerated and he must be prepared to wield the axe.
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