Date:Friday May 14 2010
Every season, their is plenty of debate about the progress Blackburn have made. 2 seasons ago, we breathed a sigh of relief, after the horrible failure of Mr Ince, Mr Allardyce managed to keep us up. This season, after a horrible start by Mr Allardyce, Mr Allardyce turned us into an inpenetrable force, eventually notching up 50 points. Fantastic...
So the 10 steps to hopefully push us onwards next season are as follows (in my opinion of course)
10)Early Season Form- We need to double our collection of points, early in the season. Our back end is normally strong, if we can pick up 6-10 more points in the first batch of 10 games, it will allow us to push upwards, and challenge for 7th/8th (need to be realistic)
9)Fortress Ewood- Under Sparky, Ewood was a fortress, under Ince, Ewood was no longer a fortress. Allardyce turned this all around, with a league record of 10-5-3 at home being top 6 material. This needs to be continued, and possibly slightly improved. We can do it, and with the Rovers faithful backing the lads, 40 points at home is achievable.
8)Away from Home- 3-6-9. A poor record, with several points dropped against teams in the bottom half of the table.if we can turn this around to say 6-6-6, thats 9 points we are better off with, and, its 9 points which can be achieved. We should push on for a winner, rather then hold back which we do at times
7) The Kids- The last thing we want is the kids (Kalinic, Olsson, Hoillet, Jones, Hanley, Nzonzi, Linganzi) to suffer second season syndrome. Sam is experienced enough to be aware of this, the experienced heads of Dunn, Salagdo, Nelsen and Emerton need to do their share to not allow the status of Premier League footballer get to the heads of this amazing crop of talent we have coming through our ranks.
6) The Cups- Another League Cup run is a must. Not just for the extra prize money, but this is where the likes of Jones, Linganzi, Hoillet and Kalinic develop the most. The pressure is applied in the knockout format of Cup football, bringing an extra level out of the lads.
5)Vince Grella, Until January- Bare with me. Give him until January. Please. Im telling you, Grella and Nzonzi playing in behind Dunn, anything is possible. If he has failed to impress by January, let loose, sell him of, and bid him farewell. Agreed? Watch how he plays at the World Cup. He will sit and destroy anything that comes ahead of him, whilst Cahill, Bresciano and Kewell do the attacking work. Please, until January? Thanks!
4)Set Pieces- I read somewhere that 55% of our goals this season were from set pieces. Whether this is because we are so good at set pieces, or because we missed so many chances from open play, its debatable. However, these goals are vital to us. I dont recall a direct free kick going into the back of the net, and personally, Brett Emerton should be taking the ones around the box, Gamst wastes way too many. However, our indirects and Corners, we must continue to work on, and score from!
3) Early Goals- Boy we concede a heap of early goals. We need to get stuck in early, and not concede. With our lack of a goal scorer, it proved to be our downfall, especially away form home
2)A Striker- I dont care who, I dont care if he isnt the most skillful striker in the world. As long as he can hit the net from 6 yards out, thats all we need. For all their trickery and work ethic, Kalinic and Roberts are not clinical enough for us to push onto bigger things. Kalinic might develop into one, if he hits the other side of the post more often, but Roberts, his physical prescence, with a striker who can finish running off him, can be vital.
1) A new finishing coach! Surely something has to be done in that department. I can honestly say we miss more 80% opportunities then any other Premier League team. Our defence is solid, our midfield is a work in progress, but whoever is coaching our forwards, ship out, and bring in someone who knows what he is doing upfront!!!
Anyways, thats my opinion,
Hope you enjoy the read
2010/11 Onto Bigger and brighter things!
Date:Friday May 14 2010
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