This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
It’s safe to say that Blackburn Rovers could be the ‘surprise’ promotion-chasing team in the Championship this season, with Tony Mowbray’s side giving themselves a real opportunity to force their way into the top-six before this year’s campaign reaches a conclusion.
Rovers are currently sat eighth in the second-tier standings, but are just three points adrift of sixth-placed Preston North End with just ten games remaining this season.
Football League World’s Blackburn Rovers fan pundit Neil McDonald has issued his thoughts on the reasoning behind their impressive run of form since the turn of the year.
“A combination of a settled back four and a striker in a rich vein of form has seen Blackburn move into play-off contention just one defeat in their last ten games.
“Tony Mowbray’s side has found a consistency lacking in the early part of the season and Rovers are now a team no team in the Championship will enjoy facing.”
Blackburn’s strong results in recent weeks has been even more impressive, given that talisman Bradley Dack has been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.
Adam Armstrong has certainly stepped up his performances in this positive run of form, and he looks as though he’s filled the void left by Dack for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
McDonald went on to admit that Mowbray’s decision to move the former Newcastle United man into the central striking role is paying off.
“Adam Armstrong has really stepped up to the plate following Bradley Dack’s injury and seems to be enjoying his run as a central striker. For much of his Blackburn career so far he has had be content playing in a wide left role whilst Danny Graham led the line.
“But Tony Mowbray’s decision to make Armstrong the lone striker has really paid dividends seeing him repay the manager’s faith with six goals in his last 11 games.”
The regular punter feels as though his side won’t finish inside the top-six this season, whilst also praising the impact of defenders Darragh Lenihan and Tosin Adarabioyo.
“I think Blackburn will just miss out on the play-offs unfortunately. A big factor will be how they perform in the next match with inspirational defender Darragh Lenihan suspended.
“Lenihan and Manchester City loanee, Tosin Adarabioyo, have formed a solid partnership in the centre of defence in recent weeks and Rovers have tended to concede soft goals when the Irishman has not been in the starting XI through either injury or suspension.”