Gary Bowyer’s form as caretaker manager bodes well for struggling Blackburn Rovers. Before Michael Appleton’s brief spell as manager at Ewood Park, Bowyer took temporary charge following the sacking of Henning Berg and saw his side undefeated with three wins and a draw in his four games in charge. Even the Venky’s would surely tip their collective hats if a repeat run was attained. They will owe a lot more then a gesture though if Bowyer does as planned stay in charge until the end of the season. Sometimes what you so badly need is staring you in the face.
Blackburn are perilously close to the dropzone and significantly are currently bottom of the Form Table. In the Championship table proper, Blackpool are only ahead of Blackburn with a marginally superior goal difference. Significantly they have played one game more then tonight’s opposition. It’s clearly a must win game for both sides. With that in mind there’s an air of gridlock about this game.
Turkey international Colin Kazim-Richards has yet to feature for Blackburn since injuring his ankle in February but could, however he could be a bonus for Bowyer and is expected to make the home sides bench. The Olsson twins – Martin and Marcus – along with David Bentley are also back in training. Still unavailable through injury however are DJ Campbell, Bradley Orr, Adam Henley, Paul Robinson and Dickson Etuhu.
Blackpool manager Paul Ince will be hoping the return to action with his sides reserve team for Bob Harris and Chris Basham will see them close to match fitness and available this evening. Ince will also be assessing the fitness of Barry Ferguson after an unfortunate head injury endured in the recent defeat to Peterborough. Tom Ince will be fit to start despite withdrawing from the England U-21 squad for the international break with a knee problem. However his father will still have to cope without the services of Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ian Evatt.
Blackburn go into the tie as marginal favourites with an expected reaction under Bowyer expected to re-occur. Paul Ince though will be desperate for only his second win as Blackpool boss. With so much at stake at two clubs who have had an unsettled year, the gravity of the occasion could see the two sides cancel each other out.