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3 things we learned from the 0-0 draw between Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest

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Blackburn Rovers have stretched their unbeaten run to eight games after a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest on Monday night. 

Paul Lambert's Blackburn made it eight games unbeaten after a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest

Paul Lambert’s Blackburn made it eight games unbeaten after a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest

Dougie Freedman’s Forest came to Ewood Park and set up quite defensively hoping to catch the home side on the break.

Blackburn had the best of the first half without really creating too many clear cut chances – their best opening came when Ben Marshall hit a ferocious shot which hit the cross bar, leaving Forest keeper Dorus De Vries well beaten.

Neither side could make the breakthrough and went into half time level.

Forest set up the same way in the second period, with disciplined defending being the emphasis for the visitors – their first corner wasn’t until the 88th minute.

Paul Lambert’s Rovers showed plenty of endeavor but lacked that killer punch. In the end, the points were shared, which will probably please Freedman more than his opposite number.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things that we learned from the draw between these two sides…

1) Paul Lambert has significantly improved Blackburn

Blackburn have some clear direction under Lambert, having the better of the game and creating more chances.

They also look more organised, and have a clear game plan. He has installed more confidence throughout the squad, although an improvement in the final third is still required to push further up the division. However, that will likely come in time.

Blackburn are certainly heading in the right direction after an eighth game without defeat.

2) Neither side will go up this season

Bold statement you might think but I stand by it.

Two good teams played on Monday evening but both lack the quality that will lead them any further than mid table, unless they invest heavily in January.

The more likely is that both teams will do some business in January, and look to do more dealings in the summer for next year’s campaign.

3) Forest are defensively sound

They came for a point, got a point, and kept a clean sheet – job done and done well by the Nottingham Forest back line.

The two centre backs Matt Mills and Michael Mancienne were particularly impressive, got blocks in when needed and were generally excellent in their positional play, which frustrated the forward players of Blackburn.

More defensive displays like this and a bit more of a killer instinct up front and Forest have quite a team building here.

Blackburn and Forest fans… What did you make of the game? How do you feel your teams will fare this season? Do you disagree about your teams chances of glory this season? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


I'm a happily married 36 years old with 2 children. I've had many careers in my working life from starting out as a kitchen porter to owning and running several businesses such as car repair centre, car sales and more recently a taxi firm. However my passion is football and in particular Plymouth Argyle. I'm now embarking on a career within the football industry where I can add my business knowledge to a job I am passionate about. Feel free to contact me via Twitter (@anthonyyeosport) or LinkedIn (Anthony Yeo).

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