Date:Saturday February 2 2008
Saturday 2nd February
It`s time that Rovers sorted out their home form, it`s imperative if the push for Europe is going to gain speed.
The problem lies in the lack of confidence to defend at the moment. That is affecting how aggressive and attacking the team play. Because we concede regularly at the moment we fear committing too many men forward therefore not making the most of our possession and not trying enough attempts on goal.
However, last week`s strong display against Aston Villa should have filled the team with confidence, even though we are now missing Chris Samba after he received his TENTH yellow card of the season.
We out-played the impressive Everton for large parts earlier in the season during the 1 - 1 draw and we`ll need to see a similar display on Saturday.
Saturday also marks the one year anniversary since Morten Gamst Pedersen last scored a Premier League goal - so there isn`t a more pertinent time to end that run!
Everton defender Joleon Lescott: 'It's a massive game for us to consolidate fourth spot.
'Blackburn are pushing for Europe, so it's going to be a big game for us.
'They've been on a good run, picking up some vital results, so it's going to be another tough game up there.'
Mark Hughes on European qualification: 'We're very much on target. People seem to forget we haven't been beaten for six games in the league.
'The top four is a possibility but we are realistic in our aims. We've been in Europe the last two seasons.
'If we can get into Europe again, that is a huge achievement for us given the teams in and around us with the same ambitions and the resources they have.'
Ryan Nelsen is still absent and Chris Samba is suspended so it could be a central defence comprising of Zurab Khizanishvili and Andre Ooijer. In attack there are questions about who will partner Roque Santa Cruz.
Rovers from: Friedel, Emerton, Ooijer, Samba, Warnock, Bentley, Pedersen, Dunn, Reid, Derbyshire, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Roberts, Berner, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Rigters, Treacy, Tugay, Brown.
Saturday is the day guys that he brings home the points with one of his stunners!
Everton have question marks over Tim Cahill and Leon Osman whilst debutant deadline day signing Anthony Gardner is struggling to be fit.
Everton from: Howard, Hibbert, Neville, Jagielka, Lescott, Valente, Baines, Arteta, Carsley, Cahill, Osman, Fernandes, Vaughan, Johnson, Anichebe, Van der Meyde, Wessels, Gosling.
If he figures he will be the danger. He has a history of scoring against Rovers!
Everton have won three and drawn two of five Premier League matches against Blackburn, since Rovers' 0-1 victory at Goodison Park on 24 April 2004, when Jon Stead was on target.
Since Blackburn won the Premier League title and Everton, the FA Cup in 1995, England's top two domestic competitions have been shared exclusively between the so-called 'Big Four'.
Alan Wiley is the referee.
This presents a big game in the chase for Europe. Everton deserve plenty of respect as David Moyes has put together an impressive side and they duly deserve to be where they are in the league. However, Rovers need to start taking advantage of these home fixtures. If our home form was as good as our away form we would be fourth and not Everton. This is going to be a difficult game and I can see either side edging it by the odd goal however Rovers have to start winning at home so Saturday will be the day. 2-1 Rovers and Morten to score.
Arsenal at the Emirates is next.
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Saturday February 2 2008
Rovers Relief (Monday September 22 2014)
Bowyer Salutes Outstanding Rovers (Monday September 22 2014)
Raya Makes Southport Loan (Monday September 22 2014)
Accrington Stanley Loan For O'Sullivan (Monday September 22 2014)
Stats: Fulham v Blackburn Rovers (Saturday September 20 2014)
Bowyer: We Deserved A Draw At Least (Thursday September 18 2014)
Stats: Blackburn Rovers v Derby County (Wednesday September 17 2014)
Kean Loaned To Yeovil Town (Monday September 15 2014)
Marshall's Premier League Technique (Monday September 15 2014)
Bowyer Delighted With Rovers Character (Monday September 15 2014)
|4.||Rye of the Rovers||8|
|6. Sheff Wed||8||4||3||1||4||15|
|8. Derby County||8||3||4||1||5||13|
|11. Leeds Utd||8||4||1||3||0||13|
|Howson And Hooper Fit To Face Shrews
» Norwich : 22/09/2014 23:20:00
|Ipswich Make It Three In A Row
» Ipswich : 22/09/2014 22:24:00
|Cardiff Rebuffed In Slade Request
» Cardiff : 22/09/2014 20:30:00
|Our Best Championship XI
» Bolton : 22/09/2014 19:00:00
|Royals injury update
» Reading : 22/09/2014 18:43:00