Q&A With Blackburn Rovers

  • December 26, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 165th meeting between Bolton and Blackburn, we have got the views of a Rovers supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory at Millwall last Friday, while the visitors were 2-0 winners over Charlton Athletic less than 24 hours later at Ewood Park.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Adam Dickinson (@TheAdum) - a 24-year-old who lists Tugay as his favourite all-time Rovers player, with Ben Marshall topping the list of the current crop.

Ahead of the Boxing Day game, Adam shares his views on Jordan Rhodes' supposed lack of form, the future of on-loan defender Alex Baptiste, as well as why Emile Heskey could soon prove his doubters wrong.

Q: Jordan Rhodes supposedly hasn't hit the heights of previous years, but still has nine goals to his name this season. Is there an issue, or has he become a victim of his own success?

A: Admittedly, Jordan hasn't hit the net as many times as he's shown he is capable of. I think there's a large agreement that this is from a formation and tactical shift from last season, as opposed to a loss of form.

This season we have been concentrating more on supplying both he and Rudy Gestede, meaning the goals are being shared.

The big difference was that Jordan was very much a lone striker for a large part of last season.

Q: Rudy Gestede tops the club's scoring charts, with 12 goals. He and Rhodes are the obvious threats to Wanderers, but who else should we be looking out for?

A: Ben Marshall and Tom Cairney are both brilliant midfielders, who have scored multiple goals this season.

Marshall's free-kicks are now to be underestimated and Cairney's long-range efforts are rarely off-target.

Cairney will also be fresh from a ban, so will definitely be one to watch out for.

Q: Bolton defender Alex Baptiste is on a season-long loan with Rovers. With 20 games and two goals to his name, would you like to see the deal made permanent next summer?

A: Absolutely. He's been a fantastic right-back for us, in a position where we have been lacking since the days of Michel Salgado.

He links up with the wingers brilliantly and puts in the tackles when needed.

He would be an excellent addition to the squad.

Q: Only three teams have picked up more points than Bolton, since Neil Lennon was appointed manager in October. What do you make of Wanderers' chances of mounting a late-season charge towards the top-six?

A: In this league, any team has a chance. Bolton have proven time and time again that, when in form, they are a force to be reckoned with and I'd love to see you get up in the mix.

Last season, we were in a similar position at this stage and ended up finishing just one point outside the play-offs.

I'd definitely like to see a couple of Lancashire teams promoted this season!

Q: With the likes of Craig Davies, Lee Chung-Yong and Eidur Gudjohnsen all doubtful for the Boxing Day game, are there any players you would identify as a threat on our part?

A: Emile Heskey. I know there's a lot of jokes about this man, but there is no denying the physical presence and influence he's going to bring to the team.

He will want to prove a point in an English league and will be doing everything he can to score a goal.

Obviously, it's not certain he will be picked in the starting 11, but I'm sure a substitution will take place so he can show what he's got.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Friday's game?

A: With Bolton being on a seven-game unbeaten run and keeping as many clean sheets as you have - a betting man would definitely pick a Wanderers win on Boxing Day.

However, Blackburn are the only team to score in 11 consecutive games, so it will be a true defensive test for Lennon's side.

Unfortunately, I'm going to sit on the fence with a boring prediction - Bolton 1-1 Blackburn.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Adam for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @TheAdum.

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