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Nelsen Leading on 2 Fronts

There is no rest for Blackburn Rovers Captain Ryan Nelsen this week. Ryan faces one of the biggest matches of his career. He wont be facing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres or Didier Drogba. Ryan will be facing a Bahraini outfit, eager to derail his hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

New Zealand have it all to play for. After a 0-0 draw in Bahrain, Nelsen knows, nothing but victory will do for the All Whites, as they fight to qualify for their first world cup in 27 years. Nelsen cant wait to create history

'If we were to reach the finals for only the second time in our history, it would be absolutely massive for football in New Zealand. It would inspire a whole new generation and encourage more youngsters to stay in the game.'

As an Australian, normally I would enjoy New Zealand losing. However, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella and The Sas would like to wish our neighbours the best of luck. Hopefully, the Kiwi's get the win they are looking for, and then get drawn in the same group as Australia in the World Cup. Easy 3 points!

On Ya Nelsen!




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Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 10 2009

Time: 11:34AM

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go on Ryan! This would be a big boost to Rovers as well as New Zealand!!!
Mikey Delap
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10/11/2009 13:44:00

Would be great to see nelsen play in the world cup and his goal will have given him alot of confidence for the game
aadil4rovers
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10/11/2009 17:14:00

On ya, Sasman, and Mikey for your comment. Easy 3 points for who? I watched the first game in Manama the other week - possibly the worst game of football I've ever seen - NZ dominated the first 20 mins and looked pretty good, then ran out of steam in the 35 deg heat, allowing Bahrain to take the initiative - they did, but it was so pedestrian it was yawn inducing. Miskicks, airshots, missed certain goals, etc. So anyway, I'm hoping that a roaring southerly straight off the antarctic comes sweeping through Wellington on the night, freezing the balls off brass monkeys and Bahrainis alike. Just a pity it's being played in late spring rather than the depths of winter. No matter, fingers crossed we will see NZ play Oz in the world cup finals...Easy 3 points!
Desert Kiwi
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10/11/2009 17:26:00

hahaha the challenge is on matey! Best of Luck
sasman
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10/11/2009 22:15:00

When is this game? I wouldn't mind tuning in... What are NZ realistic chances? I know Nelson will do his bit down back, the keeper Moss hasn't been playing too well and up front they have Smeltz... but thats about all I know about NZ. Fill us in Kiwi!!
retroflair31
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12/11/2009 00:53:00

mate Id Say the Kiwi's would have a rather good chance. They have a sprinkle of players across the globe, plus half the squad play together with the phoenix in the A-League. Then again, those plucky Bahraini's could pinch a goal or 2....hopefully the kiwis get up though! I think its Sunday Arvo our time, not sure though
sasman
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12/11/2009 05:32:00

Um, yeah, our chances are pretty good - though I'm pretty cautious about it. There's no over-confidence in our squad which is a good thing. We look to have a pretty balanced squad, nice blend of youth and experience, with some talented youngsters coming through. Keeper should be Paston who has missed the last 3 A league games through injury - he played a blinder in Bahrain, but should be fit. Reports say we're playing a 3-4-3 formation, as we did in the first leg. Strikers Smeltz and the tall Falloon look to have pretty good potential. Honestly we were outplayed by a more skillful side in Manama, but I think the heat had a lot to do with it as we dominated possession for the first 20 mins or so. We can expect a much better performance in Wellington, which a number of our players call home, so they know the ground inside out. Simon Elliot, who played for Fulham a few seasons back is our only injury doubt, but he will be replaced by Michael McGlinchy, a former Scotland youth player, who looks very good. Home advantage will be huge, and if the Kiwis can get an early goal I think with the immense pressure Bahrain are under to win, they might fold. Their temperament looks a bit fragile - they've labelled NZ "bruisers" after the first leg - If you watch the game, look out for several of the Bahrain players to go down in the tackle as if they've been shot in the head - was a bit farcical in Manama I thought. Game is on at 8pm Saturday 14th, NZ time, so, in Eastern Oz 5 pm, in the ME 11 am and UK, 7am I suppose? Thanks to all for your support.
Desert Kiwi
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12/11/2009 10:11:00

no worries mate! aye we have encountered the bahrainis before....there bloody soft! good luck!
sasman
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12/11/2009 22:51:00

haha cheers mate nice work. good luck tonight- hope we both get away with a win
retroflair31
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14/11/2009 03:08:00

 

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