March.....Up, up and away!!!!
The Month kicked of in a quiet fashion. After the loss to Liverpool at Anfield, our lads went their seperate ways, onto international duty. Nikola Kalinic came up against Steve Nzonzi, with the Croat emerging victorious, 3-1. Keith Andrews had a solid game against Brazil, whilst Martin Olsson earned a cap for Sweden.
Rovers legend Tugay managed to snare a role with the youth development squad at Galatasaray. Apparently, Blackburn had talks with Tugay about being involved within the Rovers Youth Academy, however, for the time being, Tugay elected to head home. As for the Rovers Youth Academy, 18 year old forward Zac Aley was snapped up from Southport after impressing Sam Allardyce on trial.
Irish International Steven Reid was once again sent out on loan, this time to West Bromwich Albion, in a bid to be fit for the run in. Mr Fit himself, Vince Grella, managed to injure himself yet again, this time in the warm up of the reserves game, straining a hamstring.....
On a more serious note, over 500 people attended the funeral of Mr John Taylor, who tragically passed away after an incident at the Stoke Blackburn match. John will be remembered as a passionate Rovers fan, but most importantly, a loving, caring family man. RIP John Taylor...
After two weeks without a game, Blackburn faced Tottenham at White Hart Lane, and put in a shocking performance. Rovers conceded 3 goals, with Samba managing to nick one back late on. Paul Robinson picked up an injury, sidelining the Rovers Custodian for 6 weeks. Jason Brown stepped up into the number one spot, with Mark Bunn recalled from his loan spell.
Chelsea visited Blackburn, with the London outfit desperate to retain its spot at the top of the ladder. An early goal helped their cause, but Rovers turned on the style, creating several chances whilst debutant Phil Jones out muscling Drogba and Anelka in defence. The deserved goal came in the 70th minute, a delightful cross from Salgado found Diouf on the far post, heading into the bottom corner of the net. Rovers held out for the draw, which pleased Sam Allardyce and the Rovers faithful
Kasper Schmeichel and Kris Boyd were linked in summer transfer moves, maybe quiet days for the press, maybe some truth?
With no games in 2 weeks, the encounters started to flood in at the back end of March. Next up was Birmingham, a battle of two mid table teams, which Blackburn dominated from start to finish. 2 goals to the King of Lancashire, David Dunn, ensured Rovers continued their winning ways at Ewood Park. A rash challenge by Barry Ferguson on Dunn had all Rovers fans with their hearts in their mouths, however the medical team cleared Dunn of any injury.
More transfer gossip, this time Mark Bresciano, Australian International, linked with a free transfer to Rovers, with Gamst Pedersen going to Palermo in return.
Derby week it was. The banter began, Bombom reemerged out of the wilderness to torture the Dingles, whilst Delap caused furore in the Vital Ranks, text messaging Sasman just before the delayed broadcast of the game in Australia. Fortunately for Delap, the Chris Samba lead Blackburn outfit travelled to Turf Moor, winning the East Lancashire Derby return leg via a David Dunn penalty. Martin Olsson came out and said he possibly dived, but pfft, who cares, he was wrong denied two goals, and end of the day, its the Dingles. They couldnt beat us with all the extra fingers and toes.....
Aaron Doran returned from his loan spell, whilst Sam mulled any expectations over big name Summer signings, preferring to keep calm and say we only need one or two more players....well duh, a striker and a midfielder....
So March was the month that was, the month where Rovers dared to play some football, pinching a well deserved point against Chelsea, bashing up fellow mid table outfit Birmingham and winning the derby. Credit to Sam and the lads, now lets see some more results in April!
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