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Ooijer,Nonda & Performance Excellent

Mark Hughes was thrilled as Blackburn Rovers made it two Premiership wins on the spin with their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

As alluded to by James in his match report it was a result, which would see a series of firsts. Rovers won back to back games for the first time this season; it would be a first clean-sheet resulting in a Rovers win, Rovers' first win of the season and also Shabani Nonda's first goal for his new club.

Mark Hughes would have this to say to Sky Sports News following the win, which moved Rovers into the Premiership's top ten:

"I thought we were excellent in the first half, especially.

"In the second half, as an away team, you're put under a little bit of pressure, but we withstood that.

"We were worthy winners."

Andre Ooijer, a man who has come in for some criticism following some of his early performances for Rovers had a superb game, the type of game that shows just why Hughes would be so keen to pay out over 2 million for a 32-year-old:

"I thought we were excellent at the back. I thought Andre Ooijer was really commanding, his best game for us so far.

"He will only get better from this point onwards. He read things and broke things up, and from that, we had a platform to be able to spring our own attacks."

And last, but by no means least would be the credit for the also hailed as "excellent", Congolese International forward Shabani Nonda; who opened his Rovers goalscoring account with his headed winner, with Hughes adding:

"I thought his movement and his work ethic was a joy to behold.

"He's not as fit as he needs to be. The intensity of football in the Premier League is different to what he's used to.

"But I thought today, the way he applied himself along with Benni up there, caused Middlesbrough problems all day long.

"I'm pleased that he's got off the mark as well - a great towering header at the back post - so a lot of positives today."

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 23 2006

Time: 10:43PM

Your Comments

Worthy praise there from Hughes. Im pleased Ooijer has been singled out. I know this will partly be done because of the criticism he has had but nevertheless he is beginning to demonstrate those qualities that Hughes obviously knew about.
roversman
Hughes knew what he was getting when he brought Ooijer. I know 2.1m isn't exactly a fortune but it's not pocket change for Rovers anymore is it so he wouldn't have spent it if he wasn't sure. You are right it probably was to boost him, and get people of his back, but again if it wasn't true sparky wouldn't have said it.
Hughes Da Man
I know he was a good signing he just needs to settle in and then he will play like a champ
marshinrover
I'm sure he will marshinrover I'd totally agree. He's also a vastly experienced Dutch International isn't he having played under at least three different national managers so they couldn't have all been wrong.
Hughes Da Man
I knew Ooijer would come good, ur not a dutch international for the length of time he has been for no good reason. Nonda will be very good as when Hughes says he gains the fittness needed for the Premiership, im glad Blackburn got these two in particular as they can now show wot they have
Clint
They certainly can and will. Experience is vital, but you need quality to go with it and both have both qualities
Hughes Da Man
Ooijer was much more composed - I did notice from the match however, that Friedel doesn't appear to trust him yet, having said that I am sorry to say but it was a dull game! having made the trip to the boro, our fans easily outsang the boro faithful who's only contribution was "come on boro".
Ex Ewood Resident
You can't beat a good old "come on boro chant EER! The more they play together the more the trust and understanding will come. Ooijer is getting there.
Hughes Da Man
a couple of seasons ago some of the top clubs in the world would have spent massive money to have Benni McCarthy and Shabani Nonda up front for them and we have landed them for around 2.5m for the pair, well until it comes time to buy Nonda should this happen. but point is they are quality just waiting to shine and luckily it will be for Blackburn
Clint
I'm sure it will be for Rovers Clint
Hughes Da Man
 

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