FAN'S VIEW by Alan Houghton: Wanderers 4 Blackburn Rovers 0.

Dougie Freedman: His team was a joy to watch

Dougie Freedman: His team was a joy to watch

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THE Fanzone was buzzing as we discussed last week’s great performance and assessed our chances of paying Blackburn back for the humiliation at Ewood in August.

Local band Two Weeks Running showed why they have a growing reputation and it was the Reebok Rebels plus one as the NSPCC man joined in enthusiastically to everyone’s delight.

This week’s ‘Surprise, Surprise’, also known as Dougie’s team selection proved to be quite predictable with Knight and Danns coming in for the injured Mills and Pratley.

Blackburn came on the back of a good run, having lost only once in 2014.

We simply blew them away with an electrifying attacking performance. The whole team played brilliantly.

Spearing and Medo were giants in midfield, and they both scored, the latter surprisingly with his head. Danns and Davies were unstoppable. Baptiste and Ream spent more time attacking than defending.

It was a joy to watch and the fans had the Reebok rocking in response. Spearing was cheered for every corner he took. At this rate, there will be chants of “Freedman In” soon!

Dougie asked to be judged on the four home matches. I think he’s passed.

It would be fairer to judge him long term. He’s in the middle of turning the club around and that takes time.

All our problems will not disappear overnight but it’s beginning to look like a good time to be a Wanderers fan.

The under-18s and the Development squad are producing good results, Stuart Holden starts his comeback on Monday and the first team are finally playing with confidence and look capable of taking anyone on in this division.

Let’s see what happens in the next two tricky away games at Leeds and Derby. I’ll be going with increasing confidence as I hope the team will be.

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