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Bird's Eye View: Unity is Crucial

17 April 2013

Clarets Player commentator Phil Bird's weekly column

Unity is Crucial
These are testing times and our Championship place is at stake.
Disappointing results at Blackpool and Leeds have put us right in the dogfight. 
We need to face up to facts.
Nobody is too good to go down.
This season is unique, it’s a one in a hundred and like nothing we have ever seen before in the Championship.
You can throw a blanket over half of the league with three games to go, but in adversity character comes to the fore.

We need to show that character now, starting with the game against promoted Cardiff City on Saturday. 
Malky Mackay’s side will want to secure the Championship title, so it can be presented to them before their home game against Bolton Wanderers on April 27. 
They too still have everything to play for. 

Gary Bowyer, Blackburn Rovers’ caretaker boss, praised the Ewood Park crowd after Tuesday's victory over Huddersfield, insisting: "The fans were tremendous and played their part. 
“That's as loud as I've heard Ewood Park for a long time."
If Rovers fans can put aside all that’s happened with the Venky’s takeover for one night, surely we can make Turf Moor rock on Saturday?
Clarets fans will have gripes. There might be grievances. We are all disappointed with our form since relegation from the Premier League, but it’s time to put those concerns aside and roar the team on.
Every kick, every tackle, every pass needs to be cheered on with passion on Saturday.
We are fighting for our lives. 

Our form in our remaining home games will be a big part.
After Tuesday night’s games, Wolves, Barnsley, Blackburn and Peterborough only have one home game remaining.
They will all be away from home on the last day of the season. 

Interestingly, Saturday’s visitors Cardiff don’t have a goalscorer in double figures!
Our recuperating striker, Charlie Austin has 28 league and cup goals. 
He will win shed loads of Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards, but we now have to secure survival without him.

City’s top scorers are Heidar Helguson and Aron Gunnarsson with just eight each. With Austin missing we need to start sharing the goals round again. 
We will miss Austin but we have some fantastic strikers at the club. 
Martin Paterson, Sam Vokes and Danny Ings need to take their chance now. 

Equally, goal difference may yet be significant. 
There have been disappointing results but we have been competitive in every game apart from our trip to the Cardiff City Stadium back in October. 
We need to avenge that 4-0 defeat live on TV on Saturday.
It’s arguably the biggest game at Turf Moor for years.
Be there...

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