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Blackburn Rovers blog: Narky Mark could come back and haunt us
Mark Clattenburg upset the Wigan fans when he failed to send off Wayne Rooney, preferring to interpret his clash with James McCarthy as the Wigan player headbutting Rooney’s elbow.
After his equally pathetic performance at Craven Cottage he will not be on many Rovers fans’ Christmas card list either.
Yes we were possibly lucky to escape penalties earlier in the game but just as two wrongs don’t make a right, two near miss penalties should not result in the award of a spot kick on a trumped up offence which would not have been called a foul 19 times out of 20.
Thus we were denied a deserved draw and should we lose our Premier League status by a single point, I will look back on this game with anger and regret.
At least the team’s performance against Fulham was a considerable improvement on the Villa debacle and it does give us some hope that we have enough quality to get the three wins I believe will save us.
As might have been predicted, West Ham are mounting their traditional late recovery and are in the sort of form that should ensure their survival.
In fact rather than the Ws who were looking the most likely to fill the relegation places, some are now predicting the demise of the three Bs, Blackpool Birmingham and Blackburn.
The visit of the Seasiders on March 19 now has the look of a relegation eliminator. It won’t finally decide anything with 24 points still to play for, but whoever wins that game will fancy their chances of beating the drop.
Indeed talking of three Bs (I promise I’m not sponsored by the brewery of that name) our home games against Blackpool, Birmingham and Bolton will surely be where we have to pick up wins.
I wouldn’t fancy travelling to Wolves having to avoid defeat to stay in the Premier League, but I can envisage it happening.
A story in one of the Sunday newspapers suggests the powers that be are so concerned about the results that they are considering replacing Steve Kean. This remember the manager who was told that whatever happened he would see out his contract.
Who knows what the truth might be but I can’t see what sense a change of manager would make at this stage of a season.
We must sink or swim with Keano and if he does keep us up he will at least start next season with some experience and hopefully a bit of money to invest. If it all goes wrong however I cannot see that promise being honoured.
Despite reservations I desperately hope Kean will still be our manager at the start of next season because that will surely mean when we kick off this August we will still be a proud Premier League club.
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