Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Oh Dear Ooijer

Oh Dear Ooijer

Andre Ooijer can`t seem to catch a break at the moment. The under-fire Dutch international centre-back responded to his manager`s comments this week with another improved display but one that will be remembered for a comical own goal.

Having had a debut that was only marginally better than Jonathon Woodgate`s notorious Real Madrid display, Ooijer has slowly improved but still shows signs of adjustment. His pace, or lack thereof, seems to be the biggest concern as witnessed against Chelsea when Didier Drogba brushed him aside on his way to scoring Chelsea`s second goal that afternoon. His positional sense has come into question as well, often dropping too deep allowing midfield players through.

Critics are moving quickly to condemn the experienced Dutch international but Hughes feels this is unfair on a player who doesn`t know the language and isn`t used to playing at a level with such pace and strength. Hughes told Skysports,

"People have formed a negative opinion of him, but that`s not fair on him at all. It`s far too early in his Blackburn career to judge him, so for people to speak about him in the way they have been doing is wrong."

Hughes is also aware that people are quick to condemn someone because of individual mistakes such as conceding a penalty or scoring an own goal,

"They have also jumped on the fact that he conceded a penalty in our first match against Chelsea. People are expecting him to come here and fit in straight away, but we have only played three games."

However, the Rovers manager feels he has a number of positive attributes to bring to the dressing room but his influence is certainly restricted because of a language barrier. Watching a Rovers defence against Manchester City on Sunday, it is clear there is a definite lack of communication and understanding between the back four.

However, Ooijer is a strong and determined individual who has had to overcome a number of disappointments in his career. As a youngster he was signed by his home-town club Ajax Amsterdam but never quite made it into the first team.

As Blackburn Rovers celebrated a Premier League winning season, Ooijer celebrated a permanent transfer from Ajax to Roda J. C. after a successful loan period at F. C. Volendam. He was later snapped up by P. S. V. Eindhoven where he enjoyed nine years laden with success and trophies.

Having overcome that early obstacle he would be further blighted by National team rejection, on more than one occasion. He travelled to the World Cup in 1998 but failed to play a single minute.

He was eventually rewarded with his debut in 1999 by Frank Rijkaard in a match against Brazil. He continued to impress for the national side but was surprisingly dumped from the squad for the Euro 2000 finals.

Another period of international exile followed under Louis van Gaal`s tenure as head coach but he returned when Dick Advocaat took charge. He was instrumental in helping Holland qualify for Euro 2004, even scoring against Scotland but was once again over-looked for the final squad for the tournament.

He finally featured for Holland in a major final last summer in the 2006 World Cup. Hughes feels this determined mentality is already beginning to show,

"He`s a strong character and he was desperately disappointed that we let the game slip at Salzburg because he`s used to winning week in, week out."

We will wait to see how Ooijer performs in our next league fixture against Middlesbrough where he will come face to face with a man who knows everything about struggling at a foreign team and having nightmare debuts.

CLICK HERE - For Why You Should Sign Up To Vital Blackburn

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday September 18 2006
Time: 10:28AM


I have every faith in him and agree with Hughes, we shouldn't be judged this early on. The more he plays and trains the more he will understand the other players and pace of the game.
18/09/2006 10:33:00
Hughes wouldn't have signed him, and for as much as the £2.1m he did if he didn't think he had what it takes, you have to back sparky you are right roversman. Another good article might I add.
Hughes Da Man
18/09/2006 10:47:00
I agree give the guy some time and he will come good!!
18/09/2006 17:32:00
Always takes time to settle, which he will, we should all get behind him and not get on his back.
Hughes Da Man
18/09/2006 17:47:00
It's still early doors. Give the lad a chance!
19/09/2006 23:19:00
Definately, you need time to settle and adjust. Let's not forget he missed a lot of training as well as games by going on "strike" at PSV.
Hughes Da Man
19/09/2006 23:26:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Bristol City 1-0 Blackburn - Highlights

Blackburn were beaten by Bristol City in the Championship on Saturday.

Vital View - Championship, 21st-22nd October

Newcastle's lead at the top was extended with Brighton up to second. Blackburn dropped back into the bottom three with Wigan staying second-bottom and Rotherham rooted to the foot.

No More ******* Bad Language - EFL

The Football League, or EFL for those with a rebrand nature, have called on fans across the country to say no to 'starry' language or no more...

Stats: Bristol City v Blackburn

All the stats from Bristol City (1) vs (0) Blackburn, Ashton Gate, 22/10/16 Att: 21,452

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
Mikey Delap
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bristol City MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Mulgrew0%
Sub - Akpan0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 5:30PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 5:30PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League