Blackburn Rovers have just been beaten 2-0 at White Hart Lane, offering one of the most deplorable performances in the history of the Premier League. If you find yourself in the relegation zone with just three games to go and you can’t be bothered to put any sort of effort in, you deserve to be relegated. It was never going to be easy for Rovers this afternoon and they were probably already favourites to join Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship next season. Bust despite Spurs having plenty of decent players at their disposal, they weren’t even forced to break into a sweat against a pathetic Blackburn side who looked beaten from the word go. 90 minutes of football and not one shot on target represents a truly shocking “effort” – not once was a Tottenham defender required to block a shot by the away side. From a team whose goalkeeper takes free kicks from the half way line, this is nothing short of pathetic.
But it would be unfair to describe them as a team that looked relegated already as these teams often play with a touch of freedom as shown by Terry Connor’s Wolves yesterday. After getting off to a disastrous start, they were able to restore some pride in South Wales, netting four times against a Swansea side that had only conceded 14 times at home in the Premier League this season. Kyle Walker’s excellent free kick in the closing stages of this afternoon’s game summed it up nicely: if you don’t buy a ticket, you won’t win the raffle. For many people, it’s been difficult to muster any kind of sympathy for Rovers fans this season as a result of the level of abuse directed at boss Steve Kean. But you have to say they deserved better today. You have to feel for someone who has travelled from Blackburn to London only to watch their team fail to register a solitary shot on goal. How were they planning on getting anything from this game? The Blackburn fans were disappointed when Yakubu was substituted for Anthony Modeste with 20 minutes remaining. The change was certainly a like-for-like switch, with Modeste standing around on his own up front in exactly the same way Yakubu had been doing.
Not only will Blackburn’s dismal performance be hard to take for the club’s supporters, but it will also come as a real disappointment to Newcastle and Chelsea who are currently battling it out with Spurs to finish in the top four. Fair enough if you’ve given up on yourselves but don’t forget that your results can also affect teams at the other end of the Premier League table. Tottenham didn’t even have to work for their three points today and should actually be a little disappointed in themselves not to have notched up at least five goals against a team that didn’t turn up. Harry Redknapp should certainly not expect these kind of favours when Spurs travel to the Reebok to face Owen Coyle’s Bolton on Wednesday.
The silver lining for Rovers is that with relegation looking increasingly likely, the fans might finally get their wish: Kean out.