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Blackburn are better than results suggest.

Byline: Barry HORNE

I'VE watched Blackburn several times 'live' this season and whilst they obviously rode their luck in their two recent big successes at Anfield and Old Trafford, in the other games I've seen them they have been better than their results and league position suggests.

Whilst they couldn't point to bad luck or refereeing decisions as an excuse for their problems, they can justifiably argue that many of their results could have been different.

Many of the defeats could have been draws and many of their draws may have been victories.

Fine margins have dictated their results, but they have usually been competitive.

With our form hardly fantastic at the moment nothing can be taken for granted.

Most of the talk will obviously be about two players - one playing and one not.

Christopher Samba is a huge player for Rovers in every sense and they are a far better team with him than without him.

The last time his commitment to Blackburn Rovers wavered he played through it but this time I suspect he will be less happy to stay at the club and if his performance has dipped then that would make their job of staying up much harder.

A player who won't be playing, of course, is Aiyegbeni Yakubu (pictured) who has had a remarkable start to his Blackburn carer, even by his standards.

His good start will come as no surprise because there is a pattern throughout his career of starting well and then fading.

People have obviously questioned David Moyes' wisdom in selling him in light of his recent form. The fact of the matter is you can only make decisions on the evidence presented before you.

Yakubu's work rate sporadically comes into question, but one thing that can rarely be questioned is his finishing ability.

In his last few months at Everton even that had deserted him and he was missing chances that he would normally stake your house on him tucking away.

If a striker's not scoring and not working particularly hard and wears the demeanour of someone who feels it's time for a move, then the decision to move him on has to be the right one.

You take the consequences of that decision.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2012
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