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Blackburn Rovers

Started on 2 August 2011 by JCee12
Latest Reply on 2 August 2011 by JCee12
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Welcome to my first story on FM Scout. As you can see from the title I have decided to play as Blackburn Rovers so sit back, relax and enjoy I’m sure it will be a fun and at times stressful role but as an avid player of FM I felt the time was right to share my story and also challenge myself as a team I have never played as before.

Season Expectations

Media Prediction: 9th place
Board Expectations: Reasonable League Position
My Expectations: Continental Qualification through league position
Transfer Budget: £1.6 million
Wage Budget: £600k

At first look the squad is relatively large with some serious weaknesses, mainly in defence. The squad are a determined bunch of lads that strive to achieve what I and the fans know they can. So with my scouts on the lookout for some new defenders and with my own vision of how I want my squad to play I set out for my first pre-season as Blackburn manager.

After a quick tour of Scotland to get a better look at the squad and see how they played in the chosen formation it was time for the hard work to begin... win over the home fans and show them I mean business in our first game of the season.

Ross County v Blackburn Rovers

A throw in from Pedersen to the near post sees Jones score an easy header at the near post in the 21st minute, 10 minutes later an exceptionally late challenge from Kalanic sees him take an early bath after a straight red card. After a good solid start from the lads we go in 1-0 up at half time. A wonderful through ball which splits the County defence in half sees El-Hadji Diouf double our lead to 2-0 in the 88th minute. A game in which I felt we could have showed more potential, especially in front of goal but a win none the less.

Stirling v Blackburn Rovers

A silly challenge from Salgado in the 6th minute results in a penalty being given to Stirling. Unfortunately for us McDonald sends our GK the wrong way, 1-0 Stirling. A wonderful cross from Pedersen sees Kalanic slide the ball past the GK to level the game after only 2 minutes of being behind. A first time cross from Dunn is headed home from Samba giving us a 2-1 lead. A surging run in the 33rd minute from Salgado ending in a cross to Pedersen which he confidently slotted home, an equally great cross in the 45th minute from Mame Diouf sees Kalanic net his 2nd of the game giving us a comfortable 4-1 lead going in at half time. Yet another magnificent cross from Salgado sees Kalanic head the ball home for the 3rd time and earning his hat-trick in the 59th minute. An early cross from Roberts in the 66th minute sees Emerton skip past his man and into space to head the ball home. A game we dominated and won comfortably with our wide men showing they’re on the mark with their crossing. Excellent result.

Dunfermline v Blackburn Rovers

Andrews flicks the ball expertly forward for Benjani to run onto and slide the ball past the GK in the 6th minute, a fantastic start which sends the fans wild. A free kick floated into the back posted from Olsson sees Samba lose his man and head the ball beyond the GK to double our lead to 2-0. Andrews once again heads the ball forward to Benjani who comfortably beats the GK from outside the box to double his goal tally and extend our lead after only 35 minutes. With Roberts losing his man and slotting the ball home to make it 4-0 we go in at half time with a comfortable lead. With Benjani unlucky on a few occasions to get his hat-trick and an injury to Roberts the game finishes a convincing 4-0.

Morton v Blackburn Rovers

An excellent near post shot in the 10th minute from Kalanic gives us an early lead and once again we start off confidently. An average first half performance with Morton gaining most of the possession sees us only lead 1-0 at half time. With Mame Diouf beating the last defender and side stepping the GK in the 76th minute after a wonderful 25 yard pass from his namesake E.Diouf we double our lead. With another cross from E.Diouf we see our lead increase once again with Kalanic side footing the ball into the bottom corner of the goal in the 88th minute of the game. With a poor performance we were still able to hold out and win the game quite comfortably 3-0.
The Hard Work Begins

As we move into August I’m still in search of some new players, with only two signings so far Romain Danze and Glen Loovens (season long loan), I still feel the team could do with some extra strength. The board have been very restricting in their budget and as a result my budget is now non-existent so it looks like I may need to move a few of the more senior players on to free up some funds to allow me to push for the younger talent that I have been looking at bringing in. We draw a difficult home tie against Plymouth Argyll in the 2nd round of the League cup and I can see myself and the lads progress to the next round, hopefully.

Cullen hoping for positive start

J.Cullen took several questions about the opening day of the season and their next fixture. A journalist from asked; ‘It’s always nice to start with a win and get points on the board and build up some momentum, are you confidant you can get off to a good start?’

Cullen’s response was, ‘We have been working hard and, if the players can carry the focus and determination into the match, we should do well.’

Our first game of the season is a challenging late afternoon away tie to West Bromwich Albion, a game where the pundits have made the home team unsurprisingly 6/3 favourites. With our good pre-season form and the lads up for the game I have high hopes that we can overcome Albion and prove the pundits wrong.

West Brom v Blackburn Rovers

My managerial debut gets off to a fortunate start, with West Brom handed a penalty in the 22nd minute, lucky for us the player blazes the ball over the bar and we are let off. 29 minutes in we are 1-0 down as the lad who missed the penalty redeems himself with a magnificent diving header just inside the 6 yard box. Trailing 1-0 at half time and definitely not the start we were hoping for, with a stern team talk I hope the lads can pull themselves together and get a result.
Definitely not the result I was hoping for in my first competitive match, after a boring second half in which we were unlucky in front of goal and sometimes lucky not to go further behind with some poor defending the game ended a miserable 1-0 defeat.

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