Blackburn will be without their New Zealand captain Ryan Nelson tomorrow, after being sent off after 53 minutes, in Wednesdayâ€™s disastrous game against Aston Villa, when the Lancashire club went down 4-0 at home.
Nelson is one of several excellent buys manager Mark Hughes has made at Blackburn since taking over from Graeme Souness in September, 2004, after the Scot left for his 18 month management adventure at Newcastle United.
Mark Hughes – has done very well at Blackburn Rovers
The New Zealander was rather harshly sent off on Wednesday night, and it certainly didnâ€™t help Blackburn, who sank to their worst defeat of the season. Aston Villa scored three of their four goals while Nelson was off the field.
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes addressed the situation today:
“Everybody has got to move on, and I feel there is a real determination among the players to get this result out of their system.â€
“Even in patches of the game you could see that we are a good side – and we have got the opportunity to put things right at the weekend.”
Andre Ooijer is the player likely to partner Chris Samba in the center of Blackburnâ€™s defense, and Andre has not looked too steady when weâ€™ve seen him in the past. But maybe he is now better acclimatized to the Premiership these days, we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.
As far as the Blackburn team for tomorrow’s vital game goes, we would expect Mark to shake it around a bit from Wednesday evening. Steven Reid is pushing for a start, after coming on for a while against Villa.
Hughes may also switch his strikers around to give England Under-21s international Matt Derbyshire a start, and leave out either Benni McCarthy or Roque Santa Cruz up front.
But both teams will be wanting all three points, after both have suffered bad defeats in their most recent home games. If the Newcastle players turn up tomorrow and give it 100%, we think we may be in for a pleasant surprise. But – we hope we’re in for a pleasant surprise, is probably closer to the truth. Â 😀