Date: 28th February 2015 at 9:36am
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Blackburn Rovers still have the FA Cup (for now) but this season is now threatening to turn into an anti-climax isn’t it?? A win at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon would boost confidence ahead of Liverpool in the FA Cup Quarter-Final however!!

Ahead of the Blackpool and Norwich City double header at Ewood Park we’d felt that nothing short of six points would be enough to keep alive slim play-off hopes, one point from those two games at Ewood Park means that’s something that even my optimism now gives up on!!

Rovers did beat Bournemouth 3-2 at Ewood in August and we’ve only lost two of the last eight meetings with them, however, the two wins that they’ve managed against us have come in the last four matches.

Bournemouth have lost only once in the last twelve Championship matches at Dean Court, however, they’ve not won any of their last four in the League and that’s seen them drop to fourth in the table.

The defeat to Norwich at Ewood on Tuesday evening might have been our first in five match but the statistics are a little deceptive aren’t they, which are clearer when you take into account that we’ve lost four of our last nine away matches and haven’t won away in The Championship since a 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest (on the 25th of October.)

Harry Arter is back after suspension for Bournemouth, ten yellow cards meant that he served a two-match ban. Tokelo Rantie played his first match since the Africa Cup of Nations at Nottingham Forest and it’s expected he’ll play again. Charlie Daniels and Marc Pugh could come in as Eddie Howe looks to end the run of defeats The Cherries have suffered.

Rovers are missing Josh King after his hamstring strain against Norwich. He was struck down just after coming on against Norwich on Tuesday evening and that means the Stoke City tormentor is likely to miss the FA Cup match with Liverpool as well. However, we’ve got Tommy Spurr and David Dunn available again.

I want to be optimistic, pessimism isn’t what I do, however, it’s difficult to remain positive at the moment isn’t it after our season (in The Championship) has fallen apart I’m not too hopeful about this match but strangely enough am positive that we’ll beat Liverpool in the FA Cup!!

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