I THINK Gary Bowyer will be fairly happy with the way things have gone for Blackburn this season.

I don’t think he’ll be fully happy as he will feel his side should have had a few more points on the board but overall it’s not been a bad first half of the season.

Rovers were in the play-off places thanks to a good, consistent run that they need to repeat once the league games get going again.


Wolves, Wigan and Fulham are winnable matches and they are matches Blackburn must look to get nine points from. Do that and they would certainly close the five-point gap to the play-offs.

Wolves will probably be the toughest of the three but Rovers have got to take confidence from the way they have played over Christmas – if not the results.

But first up, of course, is an FA Cup tie against Charlton, one of our Championship rivals.

It’s a game Rovers should want to win, not see as a distraction.

If I was Gary I would put out a strong side, depending on illness and injury, and go out there and try and get a win.

It doesn’t matter what competition you are playing in, wins give you confidence and there would be no better way to start an important month by getting a victory at the Valley.

But if Gary does ring the changes then it will be up to the players coming in to make sure they have a good game and give him a problem for the Wolves match.

If the players coming in are hungry enough and want to prove a point to the manager, they should have a good game.

But whatever happens it would be good to have a bit of a cup run.

Don’t get me wrong, getting in the play-offs is the most important thing, but as I say, winning and going unbeaten breeds confidence.

And if Rovers can get that back, they should soon get back up the table.