For everyone apart from Kyle Walker, it’s fair to say that it’s not been a great week. QPR, training ground bust-ups, two defenders out for the remainder and the possible reduction of Moneybags League places down to three all make it hard to keep positive. The meltdown on the pitch appears to be being replicated off it making one start to wonder (in a fearful type way) exactly what sort of team will be running out in lilywhite next August and under whose leadership. If the current downward spiral continues during the last four games then any hopes of attracting suitable replacements for those bound to leave number as few as the active brain cells in John Terry’s head.
Still, one good win would do a lot to lighten the gloom. It’s Blackburn at home on Sunday afternoon, a fixture we wouldn’t have thought twice about a few months ago but with them scrapping against relegation and us fighting against premature impotence in the six yard box, it’s a game that you’d be a fool to make any assumptions about.
Lennon in or Lennon out? If the injury status is the same as last weekend then that’s about the only option that Harry has to left to ponder. It’s a stretched and creaking squad, and if you believe some of the rumours published this week, one that needs an attitude adjustment as well. Rose will come in for Benny, the least traumatised of the fit centre halves will take their place in the middle to accompany the new Young Player of the Year on the right. I’d stick with the five across the middle in two rows personally but it’s anyone’s guess what Redknapp will decide to go with and so much depends on who’s fit of course.
Blackburn are 19th and in deep poo. The revivals of Wigan and QPR mean that those two are three points clear with three games to go and at least one will have to be caught if survival is to be achieved, probably both if Bolton win their game in hand against us next week. Villa are another two points away but sinking fast. The in demand Junior Hoilett has been doing as much as anyone to give Rovers a chance of staying up. He gave Walker a bit of a run around at Ewood Park earlier in the season. Blackburn’s biggest threat that day though was the man mountain Samba, now departed for chillier but more financially rewarding climes. Yakubu will be handful if he’s fit enough to lumber around.
Mike Jones is down to referee.
So it’s more with nerves than optimism that we approach our penultimate home game of the season. We’re teetering on the brink of disaster but ultimate success is still within our grasp. We must win this one though. COYS.
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