Robbo: Rovers are on the up

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Robert Do­man To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

PAUL Robin­son says Black­burn are de­ter­mined to keep bring­ing pride back to the club with an Easter Mon­day win at Birm­ing­ham af­ter they failed to put lowly Yeovil to the sword.

The Rovers goal­keeper kept a clean sheet as Rovers stretched their un­beaten run to nine games de­spite miss­ing out on the win which would have put them within touch­ing dis­tance of an all im­por­tant play-off place.

But the for­mer Eng­land man main­tained the 1995 Pre­mier League win­ners would be go­ing all out to do just that on their trip to the Mid­lands while Yeovil man­ager Gary John­son ad­mit­ted the draw left the Glovers’ sur­vival chances hang­ing by a thread.

“We have had highs and lows over the past three or four years and we are fi­nally putting some pride back in this club,” Robin­son said.“We are de­ter­mined to end on a high and we are a team that’s full of con­fi­dence at the mo­ment

“We wanted to get six points from these two games but Yeovil have played very well on the road and picked up some good re­sults against the top five or six teams. Both teams went of it but now we have to go to Birm­ing­ham in a pos­i­tive frame of mind be­cause other re­sults have gone our way and we are still in with a chance.

“We have to win there if we want some­thing to fight for go­ing into our last two games of the sea­son.” Ja­son Lowe’s fourth minute daisy cut­ter struck the foot of the Yeovil post when he let fly from 25-yards.

Black­burn threat­ened again when Jordan Rhodes headed wide from Craig Con­way’s cross and Rudy Gest­ede also failed to hit the tar­get when he rose to meet a Con­way cor­ner.

Joe Ralls should have done bet­ter than lash a loose ball wide when he ran onto it eight yards from the Rovers goal. A Lowe cross then found the head of Rhodes deep in­side the Yeovil penalty area with the marks­man fail­ing to keep his 40th-minute header down.

Glovers mid­fielder Liam Davis dragged his shot from the edge on the penalty area well wide of Robin­son’s goal ten min­utes into the sec­ond-half.

Tom Lawrence then al­most con­jured some­thing when he curled a de­flected ef­fort closer to the up­right with Rovers sub­sti­tute Corry Evans do­ing no bet­ter from dis­tance at the other end.

Robin­son had to be alert to turn away Joel Grant’s strike when tried to steer one into the far cor­ner soon af­ter climb­ing off the Yeovil bench. And Tom Cair­ney couldn’t get any power be­hind his shot when he turned his man only to see Marek Stech gather com­fort­ably for the vis­i­tors.

Yeovil boss John­son said: “We’re still hang­ing on in there but I don’t know whether this point will be any good or not.

“Both teams needed the win and both teams tried to win it but if this was mid­dle of the sea­son that would have been a fan­tas­tic draw for us.

“We gave our­selves a chance to snatch it and we showed our fans we can com­pete away from home. I was re­ally pleased.

“We’ve come away and got a point from a team that needed to win to be push­ing for the Pre­mier League. For lit­tle old Yeovil, that’s not bad.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LET­TING FLY: Black­burn Rovers’ Ja­son Lowe has a shot that hits the post

JAMIE McAL­LIS­TER

CHAL­LENGE: Ja­son Lowe

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