Rovers enjoying life under Bowyer

Sunday 1st September 2013 11:40

Gary Bowyer: Has addressed many of last season's problems

Gary Bowyer: Has addressed many of last season's problems

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Blackburn FanZoner Anna-Louise Adams believes the club's recent results and decisions off the field have brought on a new air of positivity.

After a fairly disappointing start to the season, Blackburn Rovers fans have been treated to two outstanding performances seeing nine goals from six different players.

Having beaten Barnsley 5-2 last week Rovers went into their first derby of the season oozing confidence and also seeking revenge.

Bolton Wanderers have beaten Rovers in all four of their most recent meetings so it was time for a nice slice of humble pie.

David Dunn, now more commonly referred to as 'Dingle Destroyer' after equalising against Burnley in the 94th minute last season (which was actually offside which makes it even better) opened the scoring today with a stunner in the 26th minute. One minute later Jordan Rhodes doubled the lead.

Bolton got one back before the break but substitute Corry Evans made it 3-1 for Rovers in the second half, with Rhodes bagging a second to seal the long awaited revenge.

Unbelievably, everything seems to be going right. The owners have funded Gary Bowyer's transfers, Paul Agnew is long gone, Shebby Singh is nowhere to be seen, Danny Murphy's contract was terminated, we've still got Jordan Rhodes and these are all happenings off the pitch!

On the pitch the midfield is finally beginning to look like what a midfield should look like - strong, powerful, commanding and forceful. Arguably at times last season the alleged midfield was so absent one would have suspected they were hiding under Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.

One of the most pleasing aspects of this seasons performances thus far is the incorporation of passing football. Long gone are the one dimensional days of Michael Appleton and his consistent defensive counter style of play, and it is now possible to hear the word 'positive' in a press conference and believe that said 'positive' is actually a positive.

The team looks united, for the first time in two years, there is a sense of universal understanding amongst the players. Crosses are being delivered, headers are being won, and goals are being scored.

Bowyer's signings have proven wise and well considered - all the new boys come across as hungry for points and willing to put effort in. Chris Taylor has become a favourite already, a defender, but also a skilled winger when he wants to be. Similarly to new fullback Tommy Spurr, Taylor likes to get upfield and not only create chances for Rhodes, but if the chance is there, take it himself.

Josh King, Saturday's man of the match for the second week running, looks like a completely different player. After his hamstring injuries last season, he appeared to lack confidence, he was hesitant, his decision making was poor. The last two games have shown that he can be confident, he can get in front of goal and make a decision, and while he may not always score, he is taking the opportunities.

The main worry for the club is whether we will be able to hold on to Jordan Rhodes. While Derek Shaw publicly stated that the Scottish international would not be sold to a fellow Championship team, he did say that if a Premier League team made a bid there would be potential for a different story.

However, I will worry about that when Monday comes - for now I'm going to revel in glory of beating Bolton, with nine goals in just two games to our name.

You can follow Anna on Twitter @annalouiseadams - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too.



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