SORRY – no blog up tonight from the end-to-end Ewoodwork rattling sub-zero stalemate at Baltic Blackburn but I’ve just got back.
We finished late (early deadline on Sunday so we did loads in the press room and didn’tget away until an hour later than ususal) then got to our official club designated pitch black unsecured scrubland car park to find the GazetteMobiles had been smashed up: rear and front passenger side windows bricked (Phil had both offside windows put through but had the luxury of a rear window). Which is nice.
We tried to report it but the Blackburn bobbies had switched their answerphone on and knocked off. Which is useful. And then we drove around a bit but couldn’t find a police station either in Blackburn or Darwen. It’s hard in an alien town. And, unusally, we never saw a policeman or car or van anywhere. Isn’t it always the way.
Fully air conditioned: The Gazettemobile after Blackburn modifications
And if we phoned the lease company what would they do at eight o’clock on a Sunday night? Bugger that for a game of soldiers. So we cleared the broken glass off the seat and drove home over the top in the freezing cold. Minus one most of the way. And I got stuck in a queue behind some groaning lorry at Blubberhouses. And obviously, in a car that looked like it had escaped from Syria or was escaping the scene of a crime I got some very funny looks. Great day. Just another war story.
The game? Oh yes. A Frustrating result in front of a big crowd (stop me if you’ve heard this one before…) but a decent display I though. Boro made six changes (which obviously will be the main target for complaints that we didn’t win but it makes perfect sense with a big squad when you have played a game 48 hours before) but still looked a strong side.
They worked hard, hit the woodwork three times and had one blocked on the line (so did they) and brought a couple of good saves from stand-in shot-stopper Boro Nemesis Simon Eastwood again. Three games ian row now Boro have battered Blackburn but been denied by the keeper. For a nil-nil it was a lively game with both sides going for it and played out with the soundtrack of a fantastic 7,000 strong Boro away support. Here’s a vine of the racket being made on kick-off.
I know people will grumble about points ‘squandered’ but this is a tough division and Blackburn are a good side. And they will grumble about the six changes but the game was 48 hours after the last outing and without the switches Boro may have lost. And besides, Blackburn made five changes themselves. And, after not winning, some who just grumble anyway, as their natural disposition kicks-in. Some who did not see the game may assume that as it was goalless that Boro were poor. But they weren’t.
Boro worked hard, created a lot of good chances and took a point away. That made it four points and two clean sheets in three days and added to the demolition of Derby in a trade off for the no-show at Ipswich it makes seven points from 12 to put Boro into third place and a point of the automatic promotion spots. So it hasn’t been a bad few weeks work. Yes, we’d all like to be double digits clear and have the engravers working on the trophy already but that is a fantasy in a division of harsh realities. We’re still well placed.