Improved service will end Al's goal drought

Last updated : 09 February 2004 By Martyn Elliott

The manager wants to see better quality crosses for Shearer to get on the end of, which makes Saturday’s team selection seem slightly puzzling.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Nobby Solano’s sale, it remains obvious that our best hope of goals is crossing the ball to Shearer, so why play Kieron Dyer and Hugo Viana and leave Darren Ambrose on the bench?

More movement off the ball from Shearer and his strike partner would help as well, the number of times one of our midfielders gets the ball with no-one in space to pass to is becoming really frustrating.

Shearer is never down for long though and hopefully the pace and movement of Craig Bellamy will start to give the opposing defenders something else to think about and take some of the pressure off the number nine.

Ewood Park has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Shearer over the years and a first start for Bellamy since his injury will hopefully see the skipper back doing what he does best.