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Roberts: Europe Will Be Tough Now

Blackburn Rover striker Jason Roberts has confessed that getting a place in next season's UEFA Cup will now be difficult.

Roberts was reflecting after the 1-1 draw with Fulham at Ewood Park on Saturday, and he feels that the two points dropped following Jimmy Bullard's late equaliser with a free kick could make the difference, and might mean Rovers missing out on Europe next season, especially after the way the FA Cup went, and another League placing removed as a result of the shock results.

Roberts told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It's not been a great day, but we have plenty of games coming up and we have to remain positive and see where it takes us.

"We were aware of what had happened in the Cup, I don't think it affected us, but, obviously, we wanted it all to be in our own hands. Today wasn't our best effort.

"We have to believe we can still get into Europe somehow. The top five looks a long way off, but we must keep trying for it
."

Rovers were overall disappointing against Fulham, but still had enough chances to have won the match, but JR was most definitely a plus that afternoon, once again coming on as a substitute to have a major impact, with he setting ups Morten Gamst Pedersen's goal.

He added: "I try my best with the minutes I am given and just try to make an impact, which I think I did today.

"I'm the same as anyone who doesn't play - we're all the same, we're selfish and we want to play.

"But I still want to do well for Blackburn, I have a lot of respect for my fellow players and they have for me, so I'll always give 110 per cent for them
."


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 12 2008

Time: 10:33AM

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JR has had an impact when he has come on, and must SURELY be pushing for a starting place, but then again so is Derbs!!!
Hughes Da Man
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12/03/2008 10:35:00

Yeah but he missed another sitter didn't he?!?! Why can't our strikers score atm! Yeah I think it is going to be very difficult now!
roversman
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12/03/2008 13:30:00

Gotta give Robbo a start! Jason Roberts deh deh deh deh!!
martinr
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12/03/2008 14:47:00

guys what about rigters who scored vs england in the under21 championship.what kinda mould of player do you think he is???pacey , strong, falls back 2 help, dribbling????? to be honest ive not seen much of him yet i was very excited when he joined us !
Rikin5
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12/03/2008 16:38:00

rikin5 i think sparky is keeping him back til next season although im surprised he wasnt sent out on loan to grow accustomed to football in england hopefully he will come good for us soon!
durks de rover
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12/03/2008 17:30:00

It would be nice to see what he can do alright, hopefully next season. With regards to JR, he is a great player to have coming off the bench. Everytime he comes on he makes an immediate impact on the game. He certainly deserves a start in my opinion. Stick Benni back on the bench, thats where he belongs at the moment!!
spinaker7081
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12/03/2008 21:51:00

I think hemay go on loan next year for 6 months (rigters). I will be majorly suprised if Benni starts the next game... Roberts to start would be a good call. He has earnt it.
MikeyGamst
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12/03/2008 23:58:00

Roberts annoyed the hell outta me when he threw his toys out of the pram earlier this year when in his opinion he wasnt getting the games he deserved, especailly when he was f'ing injured, but I have to admit that in recent games he has been the pick of our strikers!! Benni isnt doing anything at all, Roque is having a bit of a drought and Derbyshire is carrying a groin strain
Clint
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13/03/2008 09:29:00

Lets get him started tomorrow. He deserves a start and can rough Lucas up as well!!!
MikeyGamst
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14/03/2008 22:37:00

 

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