Rovers fail at Goodison...
In what has to be one of the most lopsided games of the season, despite a modest 2-0 scoreline, Blackburn bowed down at the hands of Everton, who were missing the likes of Cahill and Arteta.
Following solid draws in recent weeks, Blackburn were expected to put up a good showing, boy where we wrong.
It was a mediocre, half arsed performance, and with teams around us picking up valuable points, many can question the attitudes of the players in the blue and white halves, and their manager.
45 minutes, not one attempt at goal. Personally, I couldnt even remember a phase inside their penalty box, and if it wasn't for a touch of razzle dazzle from Rochina, I dont think we had the ball in their half at all.
It was atrocious. Everton held onto possession, with Leighton Baines proving a dangerous outlet down the left flank, running circles around Michel Salgado, whilst Beckford was first to every ball up front, to the dismay of Samba and Jones. Everton pressured without creating any significant chances in the first half, possibly the best chance falling in the opening minutes, Beckford spraying high and wide from 12 yards out.
Rovers could not maintain any pressure, could not hold onto the ball, and wasted several counter attacking opportunities by launching the ball 60m into no-mans land...
Thinking the second half might be different gave yours truly hope at 2am...it was not the case. It was worse... Everton startened to threaten, and their first came from a set piece.
A short corner found Leon Osman with miles of space, though he didnt need it, blasting into the far corner, the slightest of deflections from Samba. 1-0 Everton
Jason Roberts came on for the ineffectual Roque Santa Cruz, who did not seem happy coming off the pitch and into the stands.
The second came from a sloppy lunge by Phil Jones. Standing in for Ryan Nelsen at centre half, Jones sloppily slid into a challenge, bringing down his man in the box. Baines stepped up and put the game beyond doubt...2-0 Everton
Benjani found his way onto the pitch for Rochina, with Kalinic forced to watch from the bench yet again. The subs made no effect, with Rovers finally getting a shot in the 85th minute, with Gamst Pedersen blasting wide from 6 yards out...It just wasn't our night, and not been our season
Things arent looking bright, 2-0 loss, and results going against us elsewhere....