Papering over the cracks

Tuesday 28th August 2012 18:19

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FanZoner Simon Harrison fears it may be a while before Blackburn return to the Premier League.

Frustration was personified by Rovers fans last night, as those at Ewood helplessly watched on. Rovers repeatedly failed to penetrate a Hull, whose manager Steve Bruce had clearly set out to battle for a point.

Attendance was low, as many of the Ewood faithful continue to stick to their guns and boycott. Those who were present also voiced their concern, chants of "Kean Out" met the players as they made their way out of the tunnel - something that the owners (who miraculously had made the journey from Pune) may take note of.

The home side boasted new loan signing Colin Kazim-Richards, who had bagged his first goal for the club in Rovers' Championship opener against Ipswich. Kazim looked bright and hungry, leading the line alone, but was starved of any good service for the majority of the game - partly down to Steve Kean's tactics.

In a first half which offered little, Fabio Nunes was a small spark in an otherwise drab Rovers midfield. The speedy combination of Nunes and Markus Olsson at full back did look to trouble Liam Rosenior, who was constantly wary of the Portuguese winger getting in behind him. Apart from half chances for both sides, the entire crowd was crying out for the half time whistle.

Dickson Etuhu also impressed, the strong Nigerian bossed the midfield well, although key man Danny Murphy failed to make any real impact due to the resilience of the compact and well organised Hull players.

The second half frustratingly began similarly to the first and it took until the 60th minute for Kean to make any changes. Nuno Gomes and Bruno took to the field, in place of the off-pace David Dunn and the promising Nunes. Gomes immediately changed the game, spreading play confidently, as well as ordering teammates to push up.

Following a handful of half chances for Kazim, none of which particularly troubled Ben Amos in the Tigers' goal, the Turkish international found himself wheeling away in celebration after turning a scrappy goal home. Markus Olsson initially tried an acrobatic effort, which pinballed around the Hull area, which Kazim stabbed home.

The goal was met with total jubilation, by Rovers players and fans alike, all of whom have forgotten what winning actually feels like. Kazim was booked for his celebrations - not that he'll care one bit.

Though three points were achieved, it would be papering over the cracks if anyone was to admit Rovers deserved that victory. Kean tactic's were mostly ineffective, there was a lack of any penetration or intent, though we retained the ball well at times. Whether it was a case of a team not used to dominating games, or whether it was a tactical failure, things need to change.

When Nuno Gomes partnered Kazim-Richards upfront, Rovers looked far more dangerous, troubling the three centre-halves which Steve Bruce had set out.

If Kean doesn't see the total failure of his 4-5-1 system, I worry severely for Rovers, who need to press on from this disappointing performance to surpass Leicester on Saturday. With Kazim-Richards a doubt for the Foxes game, Kean will be sweating over his fitness right up until kick-off.

David Goodwillie, Ruben Rochina and Mauro Formica should be called in from the cold after recovering from injury issues, as Rovers really lacked a spark or cutting edge which we so desperately needed.

Overall, Rovers fans will be rubbing their hands with glee after getting a much needed three points, but if levels of performance remain the same, we won't be leaving the Championship any time soon.

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