Opposition report: Blackburn Rovers

Opposition report: Blackburn Rovers

A closer look at the opposition ahead of our season finale...

FORM GUIDE:

One win in their last six games has seen Rovers’ push for the play-offs derailed just metres from the finish line.

Just over a month ago, Viktor Gyokeres scored a 99th minute equaliser for Coventry City against Rovers and since then, Tony Mowbray’s team have struggled.

When they lined up at the CBS Arena, Rovers were still clinging onto 6th place in the table but now they lie 9th, six points from the play-offs.

Barring a 4-1 win over Preston a couple of weeks ago, the defeats have begun to rack up at the most important time of the campaign. Losses have been registered to Bournemouth, Stoke City and Peterborough United in the last couple of weeks, whilst draws against the Sky Blues and Blackpool have done little to get the promotion push back on track, when at one point the team looked unstoppable.

IN THE DUGOUT:

He’s been at Ewood Park over five years but Saturday’s game at St. Andrew’s looks like it could be Tony Mowbray’s last for Rovers.

The 58-year-old all but confirmed his departure after that 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth last month – the result that ruled his team out of the top-six chase.

The former Coventry City, Middlesbrough, Celtic and West Brom manager has stabilised things at Ewood Park after his 2017 appointment, also guiding them back to the Championship after winning the League One title in his first campaign.

ONE TO WATCH:

It has been another steady campaign for Sam Gallagher at Rovers, as he finishes his fourth campaign in the North West.

Whilst it is impossible to look past the impact Ben Brereton’s 20 goals have made throughout the campaign, Gallagher has played an important role too, dispatching on nine occasions, with three scored in his last eight appearances.

Blues fans will know the Devon-born forward well after he spent a campaign on-loan in Royal Blue some four years ago.

Many Rovers fans harbour hopes of Gallagher following in Brereton Diaz’s footsteps as the Chilean did when Adam Armstrong departed, if there is transfer movement across the summer.

LAST TIME OUT:

It was an afternoon to forget at Ewood Park a week before Christmas as Blues fell to a 4-0 defeat on the road.

Goals from John Buckley, Reda Khadra and a brace from Ben Brereton Diaz saw Rovers pick up three points and at the time, moved them to 3rd in the table.

PREVIOUS KNOCKINGS:

131 matches have been played between this afternoon’s sides, with their first meeting dating all the way back to 1895 in the old 1st Division.

Rovers have won 49 of those games to Blues’ 48, with 34 draws inbetween.

DID YOU KNOW?

During his time at Blackburn, Alan Shearer stole the records for most goals scored in both a 38-game season and a 42-game season. He scored 31 goals in 38 games in the 1995/96 campaign, and 34 goals in 42 games in 1994/95.