Alex Rodman: The pressure is all on Blackburn
ALEX RODMAN has heaped the pressure on hosts Blackburn Rovers ahead of tomorrow’s crunch League One clash.
Former Premier League champions Blackburn hope to claw the gap to Shrewsbury in second to two points at Ewood Park.
Town are set to take a giant following to the north west, with the initial allocation of 850 selling out yesterday.
Hosts Blackburn are bang in form and are unbeaten in 14 games league games. But winger Rodman sees expectancy weighing down on the hosts.
“They are an ex-Premier League team and there’s a lot of pressure and expectancy on them doing well,” said Rodman, 30.
“I don’t see it as extra pressure on us. If we go and score an early goal, I’m sure their fans will be on their back and we can get that pressure on them.
“We are over-achieving, but we’re fully worth it. We can go and believe we can get three points.
“They’re on a good run of form and have some good players, but I’d say the pressure is on them.
“They are Blackburn Rovers, they should be up there, they’re meant to be up there, we’ve done phenomenally well.”
Former Aston Villa and Wolves youngster Rodman remembers being a mascot for a Villa versus Blackburn clash during Rovers’ title-winning 1994/95 campaign.
While he enjoys looking back at that day, former non-league man Rodman is fully focused on helping Town build an eight-point buffer to third place.
The winger added: “It’s nice to sit back and think that I’m playing them at a top of the table clash and what’s at stake.
“We weren’t meant to be here but we are through hard work and determination and fantastic team spirit.
“I think all the pressure is on them at home. We can go there and put some more pressure on them and hopefully daylight between us.
“No-one wants to play us. I hear comments from other players and managers saying that we’re a nightmare to play against because we work so hard. We really counter on teams well.”