Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Thursday January 21 2010
In the end it just wasn't meant to be as Rovers went close, but not close enough to getting to a Wembley final.
Going into the game nobody gave Rovers a shot - in the BBC stuido they were beyond patronising - and given the standard of football we served up in the first leg it was not a suprise that Villa were heavy favourites.
But in line with all of our wishes, Sam sent the side out to play... and PLAY THEY DID.
They scared the life out of Villa with some slick and entertaining football that put Villa right on the back foot from the off.
Niko Kalinic is a star in the making an it is only a combination of bad luck and bad timing that he hasn't scored a Premier League goal - because last night he was in the right place at the right time twice to give Blackburn the perfect start.
In the end it took a foul on Ryan Nelsen for their first goal and a badly judged lunge from Chris Samba to swing it all back in Villa's favour.
Despite all that went on in the second half it was sending off that sealed our fate. Playing a side as good as Villa with eleven can be tough enough but to have a go with ten men is borderline impossible.
But against all better judgement we ploughed on - even at 5-2 down in a classic game we came at them.
Olsson's goal was the goal of the night and a goal of the season winner already. Emerton's had the stench of bad defending but then there was bad defending from both sides.
So when all was said and done it was Villa who went through, they were the better side if you combine the two legs and I wish them well in the final.
But I don't care about them, I care about Blackburn and it is with a head held high that I say that pride is restored.
We should carry that style of play and that level of commitment into every game and we will be better as a result.
Rovers till I die.
Date:Thursday January 21 2010
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