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Weekends Winners and Losers

Weekends Winners and Losers

This is a new feature that I will be running every weekend that Rovers play, if they play in mid week then I'll include that as well...

These are the rules.

I will pick 3 players who have done themselves proud and have gone up in the estimation of fans, media etc and have had a good week - The Winners.

I will then pick 3 players who have perhaps not done what was expected of them or have done their chances harm for whatever reason - The Losers.


- Morten Gamst Pedersen. Having not scored in the League all season and generally not playing well or to the standard expected of him, he returned with a vengance in the 4-1 win over Bolton at Ewood Park on Sunday. Sharp crosses, Good running and a goal. Welcome back Morten!!!

- Benni McCarthy. Has been struggling to reproduce the form of last season and more importantly the goals of last season. He did himself no harm with 2 penalties converted and a hungry performance that the fans warmed to. This is the McCarthy we want to see. If only as Spinaker said in the forum... he would now score from open play.

- David Dunn. There was an article in the paper this morning about how Dunny wanted to play more for the team than himself, something he has struggled with in the past. Well he answered the critics with a man of the match performance on Sunday. Surging runs and the driving force behind the team, he reminded me of the Dave Dunn of the early 2000's... more please Dave.


- Chris Samba. Now while hardly terrible he looked incredibly nervous which led to the Bolton onslaught in the first 15 mins of the 2nd half. In the first half he was solid but when the going got a bit tough he did start to flounder somewhat. By the end of the game he was back to business but I have seen him play much better.

- Stephen Warnock. Very hit and miss on Sunday. Some of the runs he made were excellent and helped Gamst to his level of performance but some of his passes were wayward and he was at fault for Kev Davies's goal. We know what he can do on his best day but some lapses did cost him here.

- Aaron Mokoena. Unfortunately, as soon as 'The Axe' came on the pitch there were chants from a small minority of fans singing 'your not fit to wear the shirt'. Now whilst he is hardly technically the best player Rovers have, Sparky clearly likes him and he has attributes which suit games like the one against Bolton. This won't help Aaron or the team. Having said that he made no real impact on the game... needs to do a lot more to make a regular spot in the team.

As always feedback is welcome whether good or bad. Hope you like guys.


Date:Sunday February 24 2008
Time: 8:37PM


Wow fantastic idea matey, Im not sure about the axe, i think he is a decent player, however he plays out of position. He is a traditional DM, not a cm, not a centre half,
24/02/2008 23:29:00
Great feature Mikey, keep it up. The Axe is rubbish Sasman, and i applaud that small minority for singing "he's not fit to wear the shirt" because he's not. I want him out in the Summer! Friedel possibly should be on the list of winners, he made some great saves at vital times in the match but I agree with your choices for the mostpart.
25/02/2008 01:02:00
gotta disagree lads, the axe is just out of position, thats what i rkn nyway
25/02/2008 09:27:00
I think the axe isn't given a fair crack of the whip at times. He has worked hard for the Rovers cause over the years and although he isn't up to much technically he has a part to play. Pleased to see Morten and Benni back amongst the goals. Looks like my heart to heart with Gamst worked a treat. Good feature Mikey.
25/02/2008 09:44:00
Good idea Mr Mikey, and well put forward, I look forward to seeing more of the same.
Those that were singing that towards the Axe should be ashamed of themelves, OKAY he isn't the greatest player in the World but he's a Rovers player, that is what counts. I also think that he is given a raw deal more often than not.
Hughes Da Man
25/02/2008 10:20:00
Great article Mikey! I agree 100 % with you winners and losers. And it sure warms a rovers heart to see Benni and ecspecially Gamst do well after all the hits by the critics - great to see how much the goal meant to Gamst!. Regarding The Axe i think he is a decent defensive midfielder who can close down the opponent in games like these.
25/02/2008 10:42:00
thanks guys, i was thinking i was the only one in support of the axe lol
25/02/2008 11:16:00
Nice Idea Mikey, you clearly have more time on your hands than you know what to do with LOL. With regard to the Axe, I;m not his greatest fan but he is and for me, always will be a Centre Half. Yes he can do a decent job as the destroyer in front of the back 4 but he will never be a midfielder, hell, i would be more effective in rovers midfield than Aaron. The chants were uncalled for however as IMO hes never given less than 100% and doesnt deserve that type of derision from his home fans!
25/02/2008 11:52:00
Might become a bit unpopular here, but I think Roque was just bordering on going into the losers group for me. His performance wasn't bad it was just that we know he can play a lot better than he actually did yesterday, although his aerial presence still brought a lot to our game. Overall I think that the right choices have been made for each group though.
Big Man up Front
25/02/2008 12:20:00
i agree with the big man up front, i just recently got santa cruz printed on the back of my shirt, and since then he hasnt scored, and quite honestly has been a little disapointing, but i suppose he will come good again, looking forward to the game up at newcastle this weekend now, its going to be a cracker i feel, i reckon Gamst could get another you know!?
25/02/2008 18:59:00
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