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GUARDIAN – Blackburn out to ruffle Liverpool feathers after surviving fowl times | Paul Doyle

With Wembley a game away, the FA Cup tie gives Gary Bowyer’s Championship side a chance to show how far they’ve come since the turmoil of two years’ ago• Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede punishes Swansea• Appleton’s sacking by Blackburn exposes Venky’s madnessBlackburn Rovers have found a new way to embarrass the Premier League and it is a darn sight more dignified than the last one. This season the Championship side have ousted two top-flight teams from the FA Cup – beating Swansea City 3-1 and Stoke City 4-1 – and on Sunday they will try to topple Liverpool, all of which makes an impressive change from the days when they made a mockery of the supposed high quality of the Premier League by giving monumental demonstrations of cluelessness and bile.The Indian chicken barons of Venky’s, who inspired a thousand fowl puns while unwittingly orchestrating Blackburn’s descent from the top tier in 2012, remain in charge but much has changed at Ewood Park. Despite persistent challenges there is new calmness, even optimism. Not the deluded optimism that led the owners to trumpet their intention to sign Ronaldinho and David Beckham and swagger into the Champions League after taking over in 2010, but a reasonable hope the club have recovered their senses and are moving forward again. Gary Bowyer deserves much of the thanks for that. Continue reading…

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