WE NEED FANS TO RE­TURN – MATT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jamie Holt

AF­TER lead­ing Black­burn out in front of a scarcely seen ca­pac­ity crowd at Ewood Park, cap­tain Matt Kilgallon is determined to bring the good times back to the Lan­cashire club.

Rovers suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat to Liver­pool in their FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal re­play this week, a tele­vised tie which at­tracted a crowd of 28,415.

That num­ber is eye­wa­ter­ing when you con­sider Black­burn’s av­er­age gate for a Cham­pi­onship fix­ture is just shy of 15,000.

But Kilgallon hopes the num­bers that turned out to cheer on the 1995 Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons on Wed­nes­day can soon re­turn with reg­u­lar­ity.

“We’ve put Black­burn back on the foot­ball map,” said the 31-year-old de­fender.

“We’re very proud of the cup run and it was bril­liant to play in front of a full house.

“Hope­fully we can get that all the time now and start get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

“Next sea­son is go­ing to be mas­sive for us.We want to go up next sea­son and this gives us con­fi­dence.

“The fans gave us that ex­tra boost, I didn’t hear the Liver­pool fans all night. It makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.”

PROUD: Matt Kilgallon

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