Blackburn: Stop Hating Murphy, He's The Man That'll Make A Difference
Honestly, how did that happen? Relegation, Steve Kean, Shebby Singh, caretaker managers, old hero returns and disaster ensues, more caretakers, Michael Appleton, beat Arsenal at the Emirates, poor run of form. And a winnable FA Cup Quarter Final. Honestly, how did that happen?
Working out what's going to happen at the New Den on Mother's Day is anyone's guess. You have to back any team at this level to score goals with Jordan Rhodes in the team. But you can't even take a guide from the performances of the last week.
Appleton said after the home defeat by bottom of the league Peterborough that his most difficult decision at half time was knowing which three players to take off. After an abject first half he confessed he was would have subbed seven players not just the three he replaced.
Against Bolton on Tuesday night, a much better and more determined performance still saw Blackburn Rovers leave empty handed, but it genuinely could have gone either way. Rhodes coming very close with two decent opportunities late on, but finding debut keeper Andy Lonergan in Bolton's goal in impressive form.
The players that will make a difference are Danny Murphy, who the fans have decided they don't like. He got the brunt of the grief during the surrender to Posh on Saturday and he's who everyone assumes the manager was talking about when he slammed the team's attitude. If he plays it's a remarkable show of confidence in a player with the ability to control a game like this.
Second, there's that man Jordan Rhodes. Instinctive, hard working, skilful and level headed, he can turn any defender inside out and God only knows what he would have done had he not been played on his own up front for most of the season.
And third, Leon Best. A late appearance against Bolton gave us a glimpse of a strong forward and a possible foil for Rhodes. A little bit from him and it's a game that can be won. If we don't, the only saving grace from this rotten season is next weekend's ding dong with the Dingles. Burnley haven't beaten us in 40 years and that's a much cherished crumb of comfort.