Rovers head to Bloomfield Road and seemingly beleaguered Blackpool with both sides looking to pick up their first win of the campaign.
Blackpool, who are shrouded in ownership uncertainty, protests and problems coming out of their ears (a scenario not unfamiliar to those of a Rovers persuasion) suffered the same woeful exit in the League Cup as our boys in midweek. So it’s safe to say both sides have some points to prove and also gain.
But all eyes will be on Jose Riga’s bench as a fun game has emerged guessing how many players Blackpool will have registered in time for the game.
Rovers head into the game in need of a pick me up and with a long standing habit of helping strugglers and teams on a bad run out with the victory they need.
But Rovers do start the game as lofty favourites in the eyes of most.
Touchline Talk reported that Gary Bowyer said:
“To be honest I went and watched them last week and Stuart Pearce`s comments after the game that they were better than Forest second half, I would agree with Stuart.
“I think there`s a little bit of kidology if you like. From how small a squad they have but if you look at their squad I think he`s signed 15 players on top of the eight players they already had. I think he`s got a squad of 24 players now so I know he keeps asking for more players but we all do.
“We talk about this club needing two more windows so that would then be another one to two-and-a-half years and this poor bloke`s had to do it in six weeks or as he would say six days.
“We aren`t going to get kidded by that. They are a decent team, the players that he`s already assembled
there are good players, some with Championship experience, we know we`re going to be in for a tough game because it`s their first home game as well.”
Tuesday`s gone, we dealt with Tuesday, Tuesday night. The day off got cancelled, we were all in on Wednesday and that was the end of it on Wednesday.
The disappointment`s gone. Fortunately for us we`re positive people, we`re honest people. We took our medicine so to speak on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the players took their medicine Wednesday morning. All hands up, no excuses, and now we`re really excited and looking forward to a local derby. It`s a great place to go, the atmosphere`s always good there and we`re really looking forward to it because on Friday night live on Sky we played a Premiership team off the park.
No because I think you look at those players and throughout last year they`ve got this club back to where we are at this present stage. You know everyone has a bad day at work; that was a bad day at work. But it`s how you respond and that`s it, and that`s the challenge now of how we re-group and go on. It could be the best result of the season for us couldn`t it, because it just shows that you have to treat every game with the respect it deserves.
The fans are glued to their ears at the moment, we`re constantly making phone calls, but like I say you listen to managers in the Premiership who`ve got a lot more funds than we have and they`re struggling to bring players in so it`s very difficult, we`re not hiding from that, we`ve got to try to get the right person in. I`m not just going to bring somebody in just to be a number, that`s a waste of a loan.
Blackpool Team News:
Jacob Mellis is the only major doubt for the Tangerines with having to miss the midweek cup tie after sustaining an injury in the opening day loss to Nottingham Forest.
Player to watch: Nathan Delfouneso
Used to enjoy the odd game against Rovers in his Aston Villa day. Will likely cause some problems to Rovers makeshift backline.
Blackburn Team News:
Spurr and Brown both certain to miss out, Kilgallon touch and go.
Other than that it’ll be a full pick for manager Gary Bowyer.
Player to watch: Tom Cairney
Impressive in the opening day fixture with Cardiff.
Will look to produce again, but will he be in a central role or in his more unfashionable wide slot.
Match Facts & Stats
Rovers are unbeaten in the Championship since March.
Blackpool meanwhile have won only one of their last ten fixtures.
I will forget about our incredible historical knack of helping teams on bad runs out and plump for Rovers first 3 points of the season.
3-1 to Rovers – Rhodes, Gestede and Cairney with the goals for our boys.
A midweek ballache of a trip to Carrow Road to face Martin Olsson’s Norwich City.