Blackburn Rovers – November & December.
A very tough month had the following results:
A mixed set of results – but what stands out to me is the fact that we kept no clean sheets, again. One clean sheet so far this season is costing us, dearly.
Our first match was at home against Fulham, a terrible performance where we deserved nothing. Fulham were bottom of the table so I was hoping to capitalise on their bad form, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Up next were Stoke – i.e. hoofball FC. Another match where we played okay, but just didn’t get the right rub of the green. Unfortunately this was costing us points.
I needed to make sure that losing cheaply wouldn’t become a regular amongst my team. We had a tough match at West Ham next.
Surprise, surprise… NO CLEAN SHEET. Scoring four is nice, however we need clean sheets. The game was an evenly matched one, fortunately for us our chances just had more of an ‘oomph’ in them, and we took them. An important three points!
Next were Leicester City. A team who I watched yesterday (at the King Power Stadium versus Barnsley – consider it a scouting mission). Fortunately, my scouting worked well against Nigel Pearson and we emerged victorious… with NO CLEAN SHEET.
After getting all three points against one of the promoted sides (alongside us of course), next were Derby. Whom I also got three points off. Shame we couldn’t get a CLEAN SHEET as well. (Yes, I am starting to miss clean sheets…)
Up next were Nigel Adkins’ Southampton – who surprisingly managed to survive last season. This match was a typical showcase of why we need to learn to defend better… the last kick of the ball cost us a huge two points.
To make matters even worse, I was up against Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool. We all know how strong defensively Rafa’s teams are…
Next were Martin Jol’s Sunderland… who thrashed us. We couldn’t keep Steven Fletcher at bay.
At this point I was incredibly frustrated with our defending. I came up with the idea of going into training and setting our match preparation to Defensive training in the hope that it would improve our defending, of course. Particularly when you consider our next three games were Manchester United, Arsenal & Chelsea.
Up against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, a draw was on the cards. A draw that I was more than happy to take. It was a shame that we couldn’t steal the win, however if someone had offered me a draw prior to kick off, I would have taken it. By conceding three goals though, I still wasn’t sure whether our defensive training had an impact or not.
Next were Arsenal, who robbed us. Both of their goals were from corners, and poor defending on our side cost us two points. We also played better than Arsenal too, so it rank a bit.
Our last match prior to the January transfer window was against Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea… where Scott Sinclair tore the blue’s apart with a hattrick!
…and that’s about it. A mixed bunch of results, if the defensive training pays off, then we could turn this season around and possibly challenge for a place in Europe. I will most certainly try and win the FA Cup to take a European spot, however it is easier said than done.
I do think it is interesting however how we are the second team with most goals scored… yet we have also conceded a heck of a lot too!
Here is the league table as it stands:
I have changed my season expectations from survive relegation to mid-table finish.
COME ON YOU BLUES!
Thanks for reading & please post any January transfer ideas!