What Does Rovers Start Mean For The Rest Of The Season?

As Rovers fans, we haven’t exactly had the best of times over the past few years. Just less than a decade ago we were hitting heights never thought possible and going toe to toe with the big boys in the premier league.

Then came the dark ages. Steve Kean and Mike Cheston seemingly determined to run the club into administration and stay away owners in India blissfully unaware of the carnage for which they are solely responsible.

Then came in Tony Mowbray, a man not welcomed by all upon first arrival, given a job to get the club back to where it belonged. An immediate return to Championship football soon got fans behind the big man and now here we are, five games into the championship season, undefeated and sitting in a play-off spot.

So, as the chant goes, “We’re Blackburn Rovers, We’re on our way back”, how true have the boys in blue and white been sticking to that so far this season?

Ipswich Town 2-2 Rovers

Starting XI:

Raya

Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Williams

Evans Smallwood

Bennett Dack Samuel

Graham

Brief Report:

This was a match of mixed emotions for many fans. All the excitement of a new season back in the Championship was quickly whistled away as Gwion Edwards took the lead for the home side in just the 5th minute, yet that belief was rejuvenated before the half hour mark following efforts from Danny Graham and Bradley Dack. Following this, Rovers looked destined to claim all three points against the Tractor Boys, until Ipswich substitute Tayo Edun struck late on to claim a point for the home side.

After the game, there was a divide in opinion in the fans, with some going with the whole “typical Rovers” type attitude, whereas others saw the positives in the fact that we put on an overall good performance but lack of concentration at the end cost it for us.

Rovers 0-0 Millwall

Starting XI:

Raya

Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell

Evans Smallwood

Bennett Dack Palmer

Graham

Brief report:

This was a game that certainly deserved goals. Many chances were created from both sides but it came apparent that the need for an extra striker became all the more important, as many of our shots ended up on the wrong sides of the post. We did, however, see some positive signs of a good relationship forming between Bradley Dack and Kasey Palmer, which could prove vital as we move on further through the season.

Hull City 0-1 Rovers

Starting XI:

Raya

Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell

Smallwood Evans

Palmer Dack Bennett

Armstrong

Brief report:

A first start of the season for Adam Armstrong after re-signing on a permanent basis, this lifted fans spirits in a game that really came down to who wanted it more. A 43rd minute strike from that man Dack was enough to secure all three points away to the Tigers. However, Hull did put on quite a bit of late pressure to give many rovers fans Ipswich flashbacks, but Mowbray’s Men stood firm.

Rovers 2-2 Reading

Starting XI:

Raya

Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell

Smallwood Evans

Bennett Rothwell Armstrong

Graham

Brief Report:

An extremely shaky start to the game saw the blues go two down in the first 25 minutes at Ewood Park and the absence of playmaker Bradley Dack was all to clear. In the second half however, the fight back was on and two Charlie Mulgrew penalties found the back of the net to ensure Rovers pick up a point, albeit at home to struggling Reading.

This game showed just how valuable Dave was to us, but it also gave Joe Rothwell a chance to shine as his excellent performance earned him the match ball.

Rovers 1-0 Brentford

Starting XI:

Raya

Nyambe Lenihan Mulgrew Bell

Smallwood Evans

Palmer Rothwell Bennett

Nuttall

Brief report:

A weaker than normal starting 11 didn’t give Rovers fans much optimism, with Graham benched and Dack not being risked so soon after injury. Despite this, the boys still managed to put on a very good performance and a Kasey Palmer goal in the 54th minute was the difference between the two sides.

Conclusion So Far:

Five games, five unbeaten, 5th place.

The start to the season is to give many fans a whole bunch of optimism and with Dack expected to return from injury in the coming days, it’s hard to find any negatives for the first time in years.

Picture Credit: Blackburn Rovers

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