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The Race To Europe

Earlier this week, we were officialy ruled out of having any mathematical chance of winning the premiership. On the realistic side, we are in a dogfight for the coveted 6th position.

6th is normally the second of the UEFA Cup qualification spots, however, with results panning out indifferently in the FA and League Cups, 6th spot is now the Intertoto position.

With all the teams around us competing this weekend, it was important for us to claim maximum points against Wigan. And this we did, taking us up to 49 points. Starting in 6th spot, Portsmouth were defeated by Tottenham, 2-0. Aston Villa followed, losing to Sunderland 1-0. Man City could not edge out local Rivals Bolton, drawing at 0-0. The last of the European contenders can almost be ruled out now, with our bogey team, West Ham managing a draw against Everton.

This leaves only a solitary point seperating 6th to 9th with

5) Everton 57
6) Portsmouth 50
7) Aston Villa 49
8) Blackburn 49
9) Manchester City 49
10)West Ham 44

Very tight in the race for Europe, however the Footballing Gods where definatily shining on Blackburn this week.

Looking forward to the next round of games

Portsmouth have a home encounter against our latest victims, Wigan.
Aston Villa face the daunting task of travelling to Old Trafford and facing Man U
Mancherster City travel to relegation threatened Birmingham.
West Ham travel to Sunderland who will be confident after the victory against Villa.

As for us, we are of to the Madejski stadium with an important clash against Reading who beat Birmingham 2-1.



Sasman

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Date:Sunday March 23 2008

Time: 4:14AM

Your Comments

The gods were definitly looking after us this week, lets hope it continues
sasman
A very good weekend, really has put our season back on track not just competing for mid table now, can get that intertoto spot, if we keep trying and dnt slip up again, like usual fingers crossed!!
roverjoy
It was a good weekend wasn't it now we MUST make sure we capitalise in this fortune.
Hughes Da Man
THe weekend really couldnt of gone much better, Even if we had planned it out from the start.
MikeyGamst
So we're out of the Premiership title race... damn it!
FreidelNo.1
Well, it's back in our own hands. If our players want it bad enough we'll be ok - also if Portsmouth finish above us we'll need them to win the FA cup for us to be able to get into the intertoto... However I want a top six finish as I know we all do.
FreidelNo.1
We're also 2 points behind our total from last year, and 14 points off our total of 63 points two season ago... reckon we can get 15 points from our last 7 games?
FreidelNo.1
we can mate we can!!!! i rkn we will notch a draw to pool and a loss to man u, 5 wins from the rest, thats 16 points, must get us through to 6th
sasman
I think Europe will be tough for Rovers this season, dunno why im usually up beat about things like this, I just think we have a tough wee run in! But when u compare the money spent by the teams in and around us then it outs a smile on ur face, knowing the job Hughes has done to put together this current squad
Clint
 

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