Is there a finer way to commence the new year by tasting success in your opening game and your talismanic figure, a player who has been injured for the best part of 12 months, scoring the goal to seal it?
After a dreadful December, Blackburn Rovers made a bright start to 2021 by beating Birmingham City 2-0 at St Andrew’s.
Adam Armstrong’s 16th goal of the campaign had given Rovers the advantage early on before Bradley Dack, in just his third appearance since returning from his ACL injury, wrapped up the three points in the closing stages by curling a sublime effort beyond Neil Etheridge.
It was Dack’s first goal since the 2-1 victory away to Stoke City in November 2019 and the emotions poured through as the 27-year-old ran over to the applauding Tony Mowbray before being mobbed by team-mates.
It’s been a long, arduous journey for Dack, littered with mental and physical obstacles but the midfielder has emerged with flying colours and while is not quite up to speed just yet, his return has been well worth the wait.
In the aftermath of the game, Dack recorded a special video to pay thanks for the consistent support over the past year.
“Hi guys, thank you for all the support you’ve given me these past 12 months,” Dack said in a recording posted on Rovers’ social media channels. “Obviously today is a massively special day for me.
“To come on and score and win 2-0 is magical and I thought all the boys were brilliant. I just want to thank you for all your support and hopefully we can push on and have a really positive 2021.”