Blackburn Rovers Winger Confident On Survival Hopes

Speaking in a recent interview, Blackburn Rovers winger Ryan Hedges has revealed that he is confident his side can survive in the Championship this season.

Rovers have picked up four points in their last three games, leaving them five clear of the relegation zone. It’s a major uptake in performance from the previous run, with former boss Jon Dahl Tomasson winning just one of his final eleven fixtures in the dugout.

28-year-old winger Hedges was sidelined for a significant period after suffering an injury in September but has returned to the squad in the last three games, contributing one assist. The former Swansea City man acknowledges the club are not in the positions they want to be [quotes via the Lancashire Telegraph]:

“I think we know where we are, we’re not where we want to be either.

“There is more than enough quality in the changing rooms and that’s what the manager says. The short-term goal is to get out of the position we find ourselves in.

Since being back in the starting eleven, Hedges has been playing as a left-wingback in the team. It’s a position the player isn’t familiar with, but despite not playing in his natural role, he is focused on doing his best for the side.

“Left-wing-back is probably a new one, there aren’t many I haven’t played since being at Blackburn. I am happy to play any position as long as I’m on the pitch.

“It’s probably something I haven’t been as comfortable with, it’s not my natural position but I can adapt and players around me have really helped.”

Eustace is yet to win a game at his new club as of yet, but Hedges maintains the manager is doing good work behind the scenes on the training ground despite having little time and believes it is a step in the right direction for the team

“He has come in and been a breath of fresh air, real positive thinking. He’s told the lads that he’s very keen to work with this group and that’s what we want to hear. We want to work with him too.

“We haven’t had much time on the training pitch with three games in a week. The things we have worked on got us goals today. There are steps in the right direction.”

Rovers face a trip to Cardiff City tomorrow night, before hosting Norwich City on Saturday at Ewood Park.

Writer’s View

Blackburn Rovers certainly have enough quality at the top end of the pitch to stay in the division this season, and despite failing to win so far, there seems to be a huge change in attitude since the new manager came into the club. Hedges being back is a major boost, having missed four months with a serious hamstring injury.

Rovers are a club that should be fighting to get back into the Premier League, and it’s unlikely the fans will be satisfied until that is the case. The summer transfer window will be vital if they can avoid the drop in deciding what direction the football club will go in next season.


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