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Rovers Grab Vital Point at Eastlands

It was a battle of those with money and those without, as Blackburn made the trip to Eastlands to fight the mega rich Manchester City. 4-4-2 it was for the day with

Robinson
Givet
Samba
Nelsen
Salgado
Gamst
Grella
Jones
Diouf
Diouf
Kalinic

It was almost the worst possible start for Rovers. England international Adam Johnson darted down the right flank, tearing past Gael Givet, into the box. His blasted effort was well saved by Robinson. Minutes later, more of the same, this time Johnson attempted to bend it into the far corner, past the outstretched palm of Robbo, but not enough curl to trouble the scorers.

Tevez was next to trouble the defence, his angled shot well saved by the former England Number One, up against his protege Joe Hart.

In a brute piece of luck, Gamst Pedersen sent the ball sky high for Kalinic to chase. For some wierd, strange reason, Joe Hart dashed out 30 yards, whilst Kolo Toure let the ball bounce. The ball evaded both players, leaving Kalinic to strike into an empty net from 20 yards....A sense of dejavu for the young Croation, after picking u his first goal against Everton in similar fashion. 1-0 Rovers.

MB Diouf should have made it 2 nil, striking wide, whilst Kalinic also had a chance after the break, but Hart was alert to make the save.

However, it was City who troubled the scorers next. Tevez left unmarked on the right flank, swerving a cross into the 6 yard box. Givet left Viera free, tapping in to equalise. 1-1

Salgado, Nelsen and Grella made way for Olsson, Chimbonda and Nzonzi

City continued to push on, with Robinson the saviour, parrying attempts from Jo and Tevez, whilst Chris Samba provided a last ditch tackle to ensure Tevez' strike drifted wide. Gareth Barry struck late on, but Robinson was again up to the task, parrying wide for a corner

Rovers almost clinched a late winner, wit Kalinic threaded through, but Hart rushed out and made the necessary save ensuring points were shared at Eastlands




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Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 12 2010

Time: 1:34AM

Your Comments

kali went from having no luck to having a horse-shoe firmly up his backside!
the shire
He deserves a bit of luck does Niko... he has been unlucky last season so maybe it is evening itself up? I know Robinson is getting the plaudits and rightly so but man of the match by a million miles for me was Chris Samba. 10/10.
Mikey Delap
Totally agree Mikey - these are the games we have to get something from if we are to improve from last year. I for one would have been happy not to have been thrashed - a draw is a very good result for us against one of the so-called title challengers.
FreidelNo.1
Brilliant result, just what we needed. Well pleased Niko got on the score sheet again. Yes it was a blunder by Toure and Hart but he showed good instinct yet again.
ITSALLROVER
That was as good a defensive display as you will see anywhere this season with the exception of Grella giving up on tracking Vieira for their soft goal. Niko was in the right place at the right time to snap up a gift and some of the heroic defending towards the end of the match speaks of a committed squad playing for each other and the manager. Great stuff and a fantastic foundation on which to build a better team if we get the chance.
kevin e
Had we not lost 2 defenders in the 1st half, City's equaliser could had been prevented. Nevertheless, we put up a decent performance against a star-studded multi-millionaire side. Pleased with a point though.
metalrover
Chris Samba certainly put his body on the line for you yesterday, MoTM by a long way. You defend well and are extrememly well organised, but I can't help but feel that we rather gifted you a point (or rather Joe Hart did!) If you can get a bit more going forward you'll be more than comfortable this season, but on yesterday's evidence you look as though you could use a playmaker in the mould of an Okocha or Djorkaeff like Sam had at Bolton. Congrats on the point anyway, I'm sure on another day we could and should have won, but that's football for you!
fifthcolumnblue
if anyone is in a bad mood, feel free to read the man city view of the match... apparently we were playing rugby.... if only we were...
Jayjay42
Pity about the injuries we have picked up, but none the less its a great point considering the cash City have splashed,
glen9mullan
FCB - good point but our talisman was an unused sub... David Dunn! He's blue and white you know? Cheers for the honest assessment though buddy!
Mikey Delap
David Dunn? I guess he's spent so much time out injured that I'd forgotten about him. P.S. Don't wanna buy a slightly used Roque Santa Cruz to keep him company do you? Very low mileage...
fifthcolumnblue
No thx, thankyou very much for 17 million lol
glen9mullan
free transfer? gimme gimme gimme! lol
sasman
 

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