To stay up, this is a game we have to win, but I have seen precious little evidence that the players regard it in that way. Blackburn are shell shocked. The sacking of Allardyce was out of the blue and his replacement is a rookie. We should be trying to capitalise but, for most of the first half, we have surrendered possession cheaply and lacked any ambition whatsoever.
To be fair, Boa played Piquionne in with a superb pass but the Frenchman shot tamely from a difficult angle; and Piquionne returned the compliment and Boa forced a modest save out of Robinson. That apart, however, we have offered next to nothing going forward. Spector slipped a brilliant pass to Barrera but the Mexican failed to get in a cross. He looks decidedly average again today. Piquionne also teed up the Wank with a lovely cushioned headed pass but Spector sent the ball into orbit.
Dyer has been awful. The guy clearly does not understand the offside law because he sits five yards BEHIND the last Blackburn defender. He did put the ball in the net - but he was a mile offside when he received the ball so it was never going to count.
Boa and Spector are trying hard but aren't good enough. Parker has been busy, but mostly in his own half. Piquionne has tried but is as isolated as Cole when we play 4-5-1.
At the back, Upson, Ben Haim and and Tomkins have looked quietly assured but Gabbidon has again been awful, conceding two unnecessary free kicks well within Pedersen's scoring range. His distribution has also been terrible.
And meanwhile Boffin is bidding to become a new Claret & Blue cult figure, although it remains to be seen if that third letter is correct. When he decided to dribble around Benjani, my heart was in my mouth and when he punched poorly I thought Green had made the game after all! Still, if he looks unsteady at the start of the second half, we have a 16 year old kid on the bench to replace him!
We have to win this one. We need a blind linesman to help out, just as in the Great Escape.