London Saints

Blackburn Away Drew 0 – 0 (first goalless of the season)

With Bree suspended, Stuart Armstrong concussed and Adams out of form, Walker-Peters, Rothwell and Brooks were drafted in at Blackburn. In truth, that gave us a better looking team on paper but, in the wise words of Brian Clough, unfortunately the game was played on grass. Things might have gone swimmingly had Aribo’s header from Stephens’ cross crept under the bar instead of hitting it while the defence enjoyed their usual crisp passing, if rather scary, game. The problem was that Rovers were content just to watch it rather than apply a press so the ball only moved forward slowly and then the precision fell away and we weren’t scaring anybody. It made for a difficult watch that showed no signs of improving. Blackburn enjoyed enough of the ball to look as likely to break the deadlock as Saints but Bazunu, rightly restored to his position as statistically the Championship’s worst shot-stopper after the Easter games, handled well for once, and his colleagues blocked well – that said, Szmodics might feel he could have done better with an outrageous first half attempt to lob over the Saints keeper from something like 30-odd yards. Right at the end substitute Sulemana fed Walker-Peters who cut inside to shoot but Brittain got back to clear off the line. Other than that, not much more to be said.

Three LSSC Man of the Match candidates to choose from:

4. Flynn Downes. Did what he always does.

21. Taylor Harwood-Bellis,  although not a difficult day for defenders.

35. Jan Bednarek. Ditto.

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