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Getting To Know: Blackburn

Posted: Thu 30 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

The low-down on Saturday's opponents

Judging by recent form, it is hard to predict which Blackburn side will turn up to face Blackpool on Saturday – they’ve won, drawn and lost equal amounts in their last six games.

Gary Bowyer’s men are in with a shout of promotion; they sit just five points off the play-offs and are always a threat with 16-goal Jordan Rhodes.

The arrival of Rudy Gestede has also boosted their attacking options and is the man in-form.

In recent weeks both Derby and Man City have been held at Ewood Park, but they dropped points at Barnsley in mid-week, in preparation for Saturday’s Lancashire derby.

How they’re getting on…

Rovers have drawn their last two in the league, against Barnsley and Derby, but were well beaten by Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago.

On Tuesday Tom Cairney and Gestede had them leading at the break, but they could only take a point from Oakwell.

The month had started well for Rovers, who beat Doncaster and Leeds, but their inconsistency continues.

Man in charge…

After two previous stints as caretaker manager, Bowyer took the reins permanently in the summer, after finishing last season in charge.

It is his first permanent role in management, having built his way up from youth level and has enjoyed an encouraging first-half to the campaign. 

Key man…

With 16 goals to his name, Jordan Rhodes is 12 ahead of Blackburn’s next highest scorer, and provides their main threat.

They add to his 27 goals from last season, and it makes an impressive record in a Blackburn shirt.  

Joint second top scorer in the league, Rhodes sits just two goals behind Ross McCormack of Leeds.

On home turf…

Seven of Blackburn’s ten victories have come at Ewood Park this campaign, where they’ve only been beaten three times.

However, Birmingham there over the Christmas period, as did Forest and Charlton earlier on in the campaign.