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Big Sam's Delight At Reid Return

Blackburn Rovers midfielder Steven Reid made his return to Premier League football on Sunday much to the delight of Sam Allardyce.

When Reid left Ewood Park to join Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of 2009 many people thought that we might've seen the last of the midfielder, however, even this loan was troubled by injury and he returned to Rovers where he marked his first Premier League match since 2008 with 70 minutes in the 2-0 win over Fulham, much to Allardyce's delight.

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "Steven Reid played 70 minutes on his return to the English top flight and Allardyce was pleased with his contribution.

"It's been a long time for Reidy, I think it's 2008 before his last Premier League game. He went to QPR to get some games and it didn't quite work with an injury and he came back.

"We've got so many games that we need to use the squad to its full potential and get some fresher legs in there.

"He's bursting at the seams to try and get out their and prove he can still be a Premier League footballer after so long. So it can only be an uphill spiral for him if he stays free of injury.
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Staying injury free is something that is the main thing and Reidy hasn't often been able to do this over the past two-three-years!! All we'll be doing now is hoping that he can and that the Republic of Ireland International can get back to something like his best?!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 18 2010

Time: 5:42PM

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like i said when i came back from Ewood on sunday, he was clearly the legs of the team, and definately something we have missed for much of the season!! Im happy to have him back!!
Blue n Whitey
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18/01/2010 18:40:00

We've all be moaning for a capable CM to come into the ranks. could it be that Reid is finally fit enough to be that guy?
SoCal Rover
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18/01/2010 19:00:00

Did anyone watch the game yesterday? How did Reidy play - it's like a new signing if he can stay fit - remember, this is a guy who was once touted as being a Man U target! Definatly one of my fav Rovers players over the years (when fit!).
Wellsy10
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18/01/2010 19:28:00

I went wellsy, he was great! was great to finally get him back in a rovers shirt! dont want to rush him, but if he stays injury free, he could be amazing for us!
rover23
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18/01/2010 19:42:00

hes the box to box midfielder weve been missing, got a great right boot on him and I just love it when he takes long shots :)
LHrover
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18/01/2010 19:56:00

& hits someone in the stand!! Still remember the goal against Wigan though!!
Wellsy10
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18/01/2010 19:57:00

Wellsy, you should come on the forums!
rover23
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18/01/2010 20:19:00

looks good if he can hold up!
the shire
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18/01/2010 22:22:00

Hitman will always have my vote! Keep him fit and were onto a winner!
mutts nutts
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19/01/2010 09:14:00

I know Bom doesnt like him but if we could just keep him fit then he is such a good player, he can consine Andrews to the bench for a long while!
Mikey Delap
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19/01/2010 10:18:00

I just re-watched the match. His fitness is there but his tackling was late and dangerous. He was aggressive if occasionally out of position, but the effort was certainly on display and for a defensive midfielder he was willing to push forward. Unlike some other defensive midfielders *cough*keith andrews*cough* Reid actually had some forward passes! His link up play with Emo was lacking but everything Emo has done for the last 2 weeks has been lacking so no real analysis there. We definitely need to see him in a few more matches to get a feel for his play but it's a step in the right direction
SoCal Rover
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19/01/2010 18:55:00

 

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