As we enter March, most Rovers fans are aware that this month could and probably will shape the rest of Blackburn’s season. With games against Aston Villa, Wolves, Sunderland and Bolton, Rovers have to be looking to take at least nine points from a possible twelve.
It is very optimistic and will take a huge turn in fortune for the Lancashire club who have lost their last three games, but the task is achievable.
Starting with Aston Villa tomorrow Blackburn need to take full advantage of a Villa side lacking class upfront, with Darren Bent injured and Robbie Keane having returned to the USA. The Rovers faithful need to get behind the team and leave the protests outside the ground for 90 minutes. Three points would be a huge boost and would probably lift Rovers out of the relegation zone.
Next weekend Blackburn face Wolves at Molineux, and Steve Kean will be hoping to replicate his famous 3-2 win from last season which ensured Rovers would remain in the Premier League, avoiding relegation on the final day of the season. Wolves have had a poor run of form of late which led to the sacking of Mick McCarthy. Terry Connor has taken over and began his reign with an impressive 2-2 draw away to Newcastle last weekend, a result which will boost confidence for everyone associated with the club. As for Blackburn they have been there and won before, therefore there is no reason why they cannot do it again. Whatever happens they cannot afford to be beaten by Wolves.
Sunderland then visit Ewood Park in a game which could prove to be a shock for most football fans. Many will back Sunderland to turn Rovers over, but this season Blackburn have had a tendency to pick up points against teams when nobody has predicted them to do so and for this reason I sense an upset on the cards!
The final game in March for Rovers is probably the biggest game of them all against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. Rovers will be out for revenge after their humiliating defeat to their local rivals before Christmas. Again this is a game which Rovers cannot afford to lose! I believe Rovers have the fire power to beat Bolton as long as Yakubu is fit!
It is vital Blackburn take as many points from these games as possible as April consists of a mixed group of fixtures varying from Swansea away to Manchester United and Liverpool at home. All of which I would not back Rovers to take any points from.