MY advice to the Blackburn Rovers players tomorrow would be to go out there and enjoy it.

There is no pressure on them, they are not expected to win, they are the underdogs, so just play with some freedom.


Swansea are good side, a side who play the game the right way, and they’re going to be a big test for Blackburn.

But if Gary Bowyer picks his strongest side and has a good go at them, then I can see a bit of an upset.

And, if Blackburn were to cause one, it would give everybody connected with the club no end of confidence.

Confidence is certainly needed after another disappointing result last weekend.

You would have thought with the position Wigan are in we would have gone there and got the three points.

But it wasn’t to be and we are now on a run that most teams go through in a season, when nothing goes right for you at all.

And that appears to be exactly what’s happening at Blackburn at the minute.

But everyone, players, management and fans, have got to stick together and get through this sticky patch.

Whether Rudy Gestede will be here to help the club get through it remains to be seen after Crystal Palace had a bid rejected for him.

But if I was Gary I’d play Rudy tomorrow. I don’t know the lad personally but I’m sure he’ll be in the right frame of mind now as he’ll understand the club’s position.

And, if he still wants to go, doesn’t tomorrow’s game give him the perfect opportunity to help him do that?

If it’s his ambition to play in the Premier League, then what better way than showing top-flight clubs that he can do that by playing well against Premier League opposition?

It’s a good shop window for him and if he plays and if he’s on his game, Blackburn will have a chance.

But Rudy or no Rudy, the players have got to believe they can do it.