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Nelsen: There Were Lots Of Positives

Nelsen: There Were Lots Of Positives

Blackburn Rovers defender Ryan Nelsen (like manager Sam Allardyce before him) believes that we have a lot of positive that we can take from the Manchester United defeat on Saturday.

Rover might've been beaten 2-0 but we were by no means disgraced and the Rovers skipper knows this.

Nelsen told The Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "There were a lot of positives to come out of the game."

Nelsen (also like Allardyce and all of us) was amazed that Nikola Kalinic's goal was ruled out for offside though.

He added: "I can't believe the linesman hasn't given our goal, it is a ridiculous decision. Niko was clearly onside by a yard. That would have meant 2-1 and we've got something to play for for the last few minutes."

The New Zealand international (and his Rovers teammates) were left disappointed by that decision but the pluses far outweighed the minuses so if we continue to put in performances like the one we did against Man United at Old Trafford then Nelsen feels more will go our way, particularly away from Ewood Park.

Nelsen also said: "So the guys are pretty disappointed but there were a lot of positives. We wanted to go out and really compete and we did that. A couple of things didn't go our way but besides that it was a very good game.

"We had to step it up and if we play like this for the rest of the season away from home the majority of the results will go our way.

It'll (the performance against Manure) count for nothing if we don't draw from this and build on it so we'll just need to hope that the players have taken the kind of encouragement from that match that Big Sam and God say they have!!


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Date:Monday November 2 2009
Time: 5:04PM


I agree there were positives but they are only positives if you learn from them! Philosophical!
Mikey Delap
02/11/2009 18:05:00
I agree Mikey - will we learn anything from this game? It seems that nowadays we are the cannon fodder for the 'top-4' why have we become so poor at defending when we come up against them?
03/11/2009 13:41:00
we have become poor at defending against every team. We have only had 1 clean sheet hopefully we play with the same back 4 as we did against man utd for the whole season
03/11/2009 15:05:00
I think we have become cannon fodder for the top 4 because of the way we approach the game. its a negative attitude. Look at Fulham, they took on Liverpool, and got the points. We took on Arsenal, and hey, Id cop 6-2 against the big 4 with the way we played, attacking, unlucky not getting a penalty.... But sitting back and letting them come at us all can only resist for so long
04/11/2009 00:53:00
There were no positives against United. Throwing everyone behind the ball for 90 minutes.. since when did we play like that? I would'nt even call it a performance.. there was no ambition to get anything out of that game except to not get hammered. I agree with Sas.. there was absolutely no shame in losing 6-2 to Arsenal because at least the lads went out and played a game of football. Not even Sam's Bolton were as negative as we were on Saturday.
04/11/2009 02:10:00
I agree with Spinny for agreeing with Sas!.....Lets hope the worst is now over, and we can move on and play some football!
04/11/2009 04:02:00
We need a tough tackler in the middle. A Robbie Savage type enforcer who is going to put the Van Persies on their backsides, and keep the Gerrards and Essiens from feeling like the middle of the pitch is free to roam. Andrews is not cutting it. Maybe Emo has it in him. Chimbonda and Nelson put in a few good tackles on Nani last weekend and the guy spent 87 minutes rubbing his back on the touch line. Our boys can't let the more talented teams sit in the pocket without reprocussion.
SoCal Rover
04/11/2009 16:58:00
That was philisophical Mr Mikey but it was also very true, lessons are only lessons is something is learned from them and these positives need to be carried forward as lessons for the next time we face Manure (or teams of their stature.)
05/11/2009 09:14:00
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