Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Euro Round-Up Part Two.

Euro Round-Up Part Two.

Whilst Rovers were defying the age old scripture of law of averages and contriving to lose a game that they should have won our Group E UEFA Cup opponents shared a mixed bag of results.

It is perhaps fair to begin with our next opponents F C Basel.

They have been stuttering of late in their league but have shown a marked improvement in their last two games.

Whilst Rovers were leaving it late against Wisla, Basel suffered from an undignified late equaliser at home to Feyenoord. They were rampant and should have had the game sewed up by half-time.

That form inspired their commanding victory against Switzerland`s oldest club, St Gallen (who you may recall beat Chelsea in this competition a few years ago) at the weekend. They were 2-0 up thanks to goals from midfielder Ivan Ratitic and Serbian, Ivan Ergic. St Gallen pulled one back with 18 minutes remaining but Basel held on.

This victory leaves them fifth in the league with 16 points from 11 games; 11 points behind leaders Grasshoppers Zurich.

Moving on; we thought our result was tough to take? Well at least we aren`t Feyenoord fans. They were destroyed by a buoyant Ajax side 4-0 at home. It was billed the game of the weekend and it didn`t disappoint for action.

Ajax took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to two goals from 2006 signing Klass van Huntelaar. The exciting young Dutchman has been performing well since his transfer from Heerenveen and you may recall he was the first person to score in Arsenal`s new Emirates Stadium.

The rout was completed in the second half thanks to two goals from recent acquisition Kenneth Perez. However, the drama wasn`t over.

Frustration got the better of the Feyenoord players as Pierre van Hooijdonk and Sebastian Pardo were both sent off.

Nancy Lorraine kept up their promising early season form but, like Feyenoord they finished the game with a deficit of men.

A 1-0 over bottom club Nantes, thanks to a goal from Michael Chretien ensured they kept the pressure on Lique 1`s top two, Lyon and Marseilles. Pape Diakhate was sent off late on for Nancy.

Nancy have now only conceded a single goal in their last five games and have lost only once in their 10 league fixtures. They are third with 19 points.

Finally, Rovers` victory over Wisla seemed to take a knock-on effect.

They could only manage a goalless draw at the weekend away against 6th placed Zaglebie. They are still top with 21 points from 11 games but their manager, Dragomir Okuka, is obviouls concerned. He is quoted on uefa.com saying:

"We are in a tough position after losing our first match at home in the UEFA Cup, but we`ll do our best. We have a tough run in front of us, with many hard matches, but I believe my team will show our strength. I can`t promise anything, only our best possible performance. We will also need a little bit of luck, as always in football."


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



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

Writer:Roversman
Date:Monday October 23 2006
Time: 12:12PM

Comments

0
Basel will be tough but think we should have enough to beat them at Ewood as they don't always travel well. Depends what Feyenoord team turns up? If we go to Holland and play well and they don't attend the races then we could win, but I think a point would be a VERY good result.
Hughes Da Man
23/10/2006 13:52:00
0
I know of St Gallen and remember them beating Chelsea. I may be wrong but I think they may have been the team who Roberto Di Matteo broke his leg against thus ultimately ending his career?
Hughes Da Man
23/10/2006 13:53:00
0
eeeuuuu basel there good arnt they ?? well we will have to top up our game for a win there
marshinrover
23/10/2006 14:46:00
0
I think we will have enough to out-do Basel. That would put us in a commanding position going into the Feyenoord game.
roversman
23/10/2006 17:01:00
0
It certainly would wouldn't it roversman. A win over Basel would put us close enough to qualification a point and a draw would surely see us through wouldn't it?
Hughes Da Man
23/10/2006 18:11:00
0
After that great opening result and seeing how two of the other teams faired Im very confident. I do though have to disagree with Williams. After doinfg my research it is safe to say Nancy will be the dark horses of this group. Im pleased we have that fixture at Ewood.
roversman
23/10/2006 18:22:00
0
You've got to be confident haven't you, a winning start was vital, but not essential. Had we been at home it would have. I don't know a great deal about Nancy I have to confess but I do know that they are a tough nut to crack especially in France and also know Tony Cascarino used to play for them!
Hughes Da Man
23/10/2006 18:43:00
0
Yeah well thier form speaks for itself. I think, especially considering we are at home, that we will be able to overcome them.
roversman
23/10/2006 19:08:00
0
Home adavantage will always help us out in Europe won't it so we have to make the most of it, as I'm sure we will.
Hughes Da Man
23/10/2006 22:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Championship Cost Per Goal So Far In 2016/17

The end of the Championship campaign of 2016/17 is only a month and a bit away from fans across the country but as we go in to the remaining weeks of the campaign...

Positive Signs For Bennett

Bennett was positive of Blackburn being able to see off Lancashire rivals Preston heading into this game at Ewood Park after the Norwich and Fulham results.

Minor Graham Setback

Blackburn had to do without Danny Graham against Preston following the groin problem that forced him off against Fulham last week. He could return against Brighton next week.

Hugely Frustrating

Mowbray admitted Blackburn didn't start the game well against Preston but had then been the dominant side so was 'majorly disappointed' not to record a victory.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Preston MotM
Suggested By:
Steele2%
Nyambe12%
Mulgrew12%
Lenihan0%
Williams12%
Bennett12%
Lowe0%
Guthrie25%
Conway0%
Lucas Joao25%
Emnes0%
Sub-Mahoney0%
Sub-Gallagher0%
Sub-Feeney0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
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)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 8:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League