Following the 4-0 win over Peterborough, Jonathan Secker looks at the key talking points.
Who doesn’t enjoy a midweek drubbing under the lights of Ewood…
A job well done
Rovers probably won’t face worse opposition at Ewood this season, but credit where credit is due, the boys in the Blue and White halves put in a professional, ruthless performance to take the three points and move up to 7th in the table. Numerous times over the years have we not won these ‘should be winning games’ so to win convincingly and comfortably is great to see.
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Once the first goal went in (a saucy header from Pickering) there was only going to be one winner. The nerves of holding a 2-0 lead were soon swept away as we went into the break three up and any doubts of a Peterborough second half come back were put to bed by Big Ben’s 16th league goal of the season after an hour of play.
Magic midfield three
Whether operating in a 4-3-3 or a 5-3-2, without doubt, our best midfield trio is Lewis Travis, John Buckley and Joe Rothwell.
The tenacious Travis, the sublime Buckley and superRothwell just compliment each other so well. The trio set the tempo and seized on every mistake that Peterborough made. Rothwell was deserving of the man of the match award as I lost count of the number of driving runs he made adequately back up with two assists on the night.
The little things
The focus will go on the scoreline and another two goals for Diaz but there were so many positives that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Another clean sheet, Wharton improving by the game, two-headed goals and the impact of Tyrhys Dolan are just three of several positives that may go under the radar.
Dolan started for the first time since the Fulham defeat, and he worked his socks off all night not giving the Posh defence a moment of peace. The pressure applied to dispossess Thompson, and the unselfishness to square it to Diaz was great to see.
Our ten home games have now rewarded us with 20 points and 23 goals, with at least two goals scored in eight of the ten fixtures at Ewood.
Studying the Championship table really is mind boggling at times – to think that after 19 games we are a point outside the play-offs and three points behind West Brom in third place is beyond anyone’s expectations.
Our return of 30 points from 19 games is our best haul since our return to the Championship, and a win on Saturday against sixth place Stoke will see us move into the play-offs.
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