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Chairman's Column: Blackburn

18 January 2014

It is my pleasure to welcome you all back to The City Ground for this afternoon’s match against Blackburn Rovers. I extend the warmest of greetings to all representatives of today’s visitors.

Home games are always an exciting prospect, but I must say it feels great to be back following our comprehensive victory over West Ham United here earlier this month. That day certainly goes down as one of my proudest since taking ownership of the club. Watching us dismantle a Premier League outfit with such ease and grace was fantastic and the performance went a long way towards proving the quality which lies within our current squad.

Of course Jamie Paterson took the plaudits after a very impressive display. Jamie was signed as a player with potential and I was delighted to see him provide a glimpse of what he is capable of on home turf. But I cannot stress enough how pleased I was with how the entire team handled West Ham’s considerable threat and completely dominated the match.

We picked up a very valuable point at Bolton the following weekend to stretch our unbeaten run to nine matches. Again I must praise the efforts of the players who found themselves embroiled in an end-to-end encounter which on another day could easily have resulted in victory for us.

Earlier this week I was thrilled to inform you all that I had struck a deal with Hull City for the services of Jack Hobbs. While I understand our fans’ desire to see us add new faces to the squad I feel it is equally important to ensure our top performers remain with us. For the same reason I was thrilled to extend Andy Reid’s stay by a further two-and-a-half years.

The manager and I are working extremely hard to improve the squad further, but again I must call for your patience. We want to add quality, not quantity, and all of our dealings will be done with the best interests of the club in mind.

I will keep you all informed of any further developments.

Come on you Reds.

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