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Weekend's Winners And Losers

well, well, well, well, well.

Incredible, after a tame, dispirited display against Liverpool we had another tough game at home to Man United and I could of sworn we were playing with a different set of players.

Energetic, lively, controlled, disciplined at the back, well lead, good passing, solid ball retention and ruthlessness... where the heck has that been???

Anyway, I can't seriously pick any losers as it would be unfair to do so but here are the 3 BIG winners of the weekend.

WINNERS

STEPHEN WARNOCK -
Best outfield player on the pitch, Ronaldo did nothing in the first half and that was because of the ex-Liverpool stalwart. In fact, Stephen was that good that Ronaldo switched flanks in the 2nd half. Fast, great tackling and above all DIDN'T dive in at his feet.

He gave every Premier League left back a lesson in how to do deal with Ronaldo.

I hope Fabio watched the game on Saturday evening as he will never pick Nicky Shorey ever again if he did.

JOHAN VOGEL - Very very average in his first two appearances but a real upturn in fortunes here. Strong and aggressive, he was the United midfield's equal here and put in a cracking tackle in the second half on Ronaldo in the penalty box.

His fitness has got noticeably better in the last week or so and he was given a standing ovation when substituted.

A very accomplished performance... now I can see what the fuss was about.

AND FINALLY....

BRAD FRIEDEL -Quite simply the greatest Blackburn Rovers' goalkeeper ever. Several unbelievable saves and a commanding presence as the last line of defence.

As good as the outfield players were, it wuld of been 5-1 if any other goalkeeper was in net.

One save in particular from John O'Shea was magnificent.

He won't win the PFA goalkeeeper of the year, David James will. But that is a travesty as James isn't half the goalie Brad is. Due to the media hype and Englishness of James he is considered the best goalkeeper this year.

But you couldn't make me swap Brad with anyone.

As I said before, I can't pick any losers this week. I could of named 10 of them in all honesty in the losers category last week. But Saturday made me proud to be a Rovers fan again.




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Writer: Mikey Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 21 2008

Time: 9:19PM

Your Comments

I may of gone a bit OTT with passion but its how If elt, lets see it again next week.
MikeyGamst
Friedel just stood out imo. Cracking saves!
Fan of Blues
Cannot really disagree with you choices Mikey mate but I felt that Samba and God deserve a nod too, best game outta them for a fair few games, especially the Wall. As for losers, I still think Reid was very average to poor, even if he was perceivably out of position, he still has yet to prove to me that he should be starting. I wonder what Hughes will do IF Everton come calling with the reported 4 million that they have been rumoured. I also think Bentley should be a loser as he had very little impact on the game from his "floating" position. It will be interesting to see where Hughes deploys him in the last few games.
BomBom
agreed bommy i didnt think reid had his best game in a rovers shirt on saturday and bents was quiet. and brad is the best we have seen and certainly one of the best the PL has seen, you mentioned his save from o'shea i thought his tevez save was better. and mikey i love the passion in the atricle no need to apologise.
durks de rover
I had to go to a wedding so I missed the game. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. However, listened to the last 20 minutes on the radio on my home, and watching highlights, I thought Nelson was very good. Samba also seems more confident with him there. Friedal's 1 on 1 with Rooney was a cracking save.
Decimus Poole
Superb Mr Mickey, it's almost impossible to argue with much (if any) of what you have said. Yeah, the pride returned for sure on Saturday evening.
Hughes Da Man
i think reidy had a solid game, was impressed with him at right back, a right back with pace and can tackle, would like to see if hughesy is going to use that same formation on sunday at pompey, i couldnt get over at how well it was working in the first half, it gave us so many options, great stuff, well worth the trip up from sussex!!!
whitey_82003
If its only til the end of the season then i "could" cope with Reid at right back but next season we need a recognised RB. Im ready to start the "Reid for Left Back......At Home" Campaign if anyone is interested, I still do not see why people cream their pants over an overrated one season wonder!
BomBom
 

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