Q&A With Blackburn Rovers

  • February 28, 2014 | By David Williams
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Ahead of the 164th meeting between Bolton and Blackburn Rovers this Saturday, we have got the views of a Rover supporter.

After beating Watford at the Reebok Stadium last weekend, Wanderers play host to their local rivals - looking to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since November, and avenge the 4-1 defeat they suffered at Ewood Park at the start of the campaign.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Adam Dickinson - editor of @BRFC_Fans. Ahead of Saturday's game, Adam shares his views on the 'outstanding' job being done by Gary Bowyer, Lukas Jutkiewicz's threat to Rovers and why he will be celebrating a first league double over Wanderers in four years come 5pm.

Q: In the eyes of the average Rovers fan, how much of a rivalry is there between Bolton and Blackburn?

A: Any club in the near vicinity of Blackburn is considered a massive rival to most Blackburn fans. I would think that most Blackburn fans consider the rivalry with Burnley to be much more fierce and personal, due to the distance and past games. However, we've played Bolton many more times. Derby days like this are always great fun, with fantastic banter and most fans relish each one.

Q: What's your assessment of Gary Bowyer and how safe is his role under the Venky's?

A: How long is a piece of string? We've had a number of months of stability now at Blackburn, be that from Gary Bowyer's involvement - keeping the youth informed of our past with pictures down the tunnel - or the lack of Shebby Singh, it's something that the fans are enjoying.

That being said, Venky's are Venky's and with the absolutely outrageous decisions they've made in the past, who knows what could happen.

Although Gary doesn't have us high flying at the top, he's done an absolutely outstanding job with the limited cash and injuries he's been faced with. To say this is his first First Team Manager position ever, I think he's done brilliant work and believe that is the opinion of the majority.

Even if we don't make play-offs, most fans will be extremely surprised (or not!) if he got the sack. I dread to think what the backlash would be...

Q: With a lot of changes to the playing squad this season, who do you see as Rovers' next big star?

A: Thomas Cairney. The lad is absolutely phenomenal. Usually playing in a central midfield role, he keeps the ball better than anyone else and dictates the pace.

Although we got a spanking against Manchester City - he absolutely bossed the midfield against some world class players. He has been sensational for us this season and if he continues, I wouldn't be surprised if he is at a top-four club in a few years time.

Q: Are there any Bolton players that worry Rovers fans this Saturday?

A: Lukas Jutkiewicz. A very in-form player for you guys at the moment, scoring three in the last four and can definitely put our defence under pressure. After the sale of Scott Dann, our new back-line have done an exceptional job but they must keep an eye on a man who can hit the target.

We must also keep an eye on Jay Spearing. He's a very good midfielder and was an excellent signing for you - after he snubbed Rovers!

Q: Would you worry or be pleased if Rovers got promoted through the play-offs this season?

A: I've talked about this a lot recently. Blackburn's deal with the fans this season included an offer that promised every existing ticket holder a 75% discount if we get promoted on next year's season ticket. That means each fan will only pay around £56 for a Premier League season ticket - Fantastic!

However, despite how much I'd love to pay this small amount - are Rovers ready? Don't get me wrong, the cash injection would be a massive boost for the club and *could* put us back on track to staying in the top division. Would this happen however, is another question.

If we were to go up, there is a chance that Bowyer would not be ready for the tough games. After a string of potential losses, would Venky's sack? Would we then see another torrid season of protests and managers being sacked one after another? It could be disastrous.

If I could choose, I would love Rovers to go up the way that Leicester are doing it. Absolutely crushing the league so we are 100% certain we've outgrown the Championship and ready for bigger teams.

It's a tough one. If it was offered to me right now, I think I'd take a 1st/2nd place finish in a couple of seasons than a play-off promotion this season.

Q: Finally, what do you reckon the score will be at the Reebok Stadium?

A: Blackburn are currently unbeaten in five games and have just had a huge away win at Reading. Given Bolton's poor form this season and their current position I'm going to say Bolton 1-2 Blackburn Rovers.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Adam for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @TheAdum and @BRFC_Fans.

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