Rocket Man Rochina gives Rovers hope

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In just his second league start for the club, former Barcelona youth player Reuben Rochina scored a screamer to earn Blackburn Rovers their first point of the season on Sunday.

Blackburn have so far secured just one point in four games this term, making them the only team not to have acquired more than two points and subsequently leaving them trailing at the bottom of the table.

But after Rochina’s rocket from outside the box, Steve Kean can breathe a sigh of relief, not just for his first point, but also for the performance.

Whilst improvements still need to be made at Ewood Park, there were a lot of positives manager Kean could take from the draw, particularly surrounding the club's newest acquisitions. Summer signing David Goodwillie certainly put in a shift at the attacking-end of the pitch.

“He ran a really tough lone striker job…he worked his socks off, that much so that he ends up with cramp in both hamstrings and calves, he was totally on empty,” said Kean post-match.

Scott Dann also came in for praise from the manager, claiming the former Birmingham defender had a vital ingredient for success: “a willingness to win”.


But it wasn’t just the new boys getting the attention. With so much conjecture about when, or if, Chris Samba will regain the captain’s armband after losing it back in December, it was inevitable that conversation would switch onto the Congolese international.

On the situation, Kean said: “I’ll sit down with Chris Samba…make sure that everything’s okay with him mentally.”

Whilst inconclusive, the comments appear to open-up the possibility of Samba regaining the captaincy.

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