Onwards and upwards!By: Allan | September 25th, 2011
It was good to see the lads carry on the good work started at Anfield last week, and produce another excellent performance against Manu. The defence looked solid; the midfield ran the visitors ragged, but the only thing missing was that elusive finish to give us a much deserved three points. Given we had started with Riveros, Mensah, De Silva and Gyan (all £13 million of him) on the bench, Saturday’s performance was all the more pleasing. I’ve been critic of Canttermole over the last month or so, but I have to admit, Lee’s played very well during the last couple of games. He’s beginning to show a more responsible and level headed approach to both his overall play and duties as captain. Steed was another who had a super game on Saturday – his pace and craft is vital to supporting the front players, both home and away. In terms of the chance he missed, it was a great bit of approach play, and I prefer to think Van Der Sar made a great save rather Steed missing a sitter. Steed isn’t a natural wide right player; his best position is to float around just inside an orthodox right winger.
It was also good to see Darren Bent finally get another England call up. However, it’s about time Jordan Henderson also got a similar tilt at international football. If Theo Walcott can get a cap, it’s high time SOL’s Mr Energy got a shot at the big time!
Maybe now, as we get players fit, we’re finally beginning to see the squad shaping up – as a greater strength in depth begins to emerge.
Ewood Park will always be a tricky venue, even without a burst pipe in the dressing room. Anyhow, bring on the Rovers!