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I want to bring a trophy to Rovers

"I want to bring a trophy to Blackburn", just some of the words Rovers' Morten Gamst Pedersen has spoken in relation to tonight's Carling Cup.

The League Cup in its various guises has been very kind to Rovers in recent times but you don't get many tougher challenges than that which we face tonight. At Ewood Park with an 8pm kick off Rovers face the reigning Premiership Champions and Carling Cup winners from the season before last the mighty Chelsea.

Gamst Pedersen concedes that the task put before us will be very difficult but is by no means impossible. He said:

"Chelsea don't have a first team and a reserve team, they have two first teams. You know it is going to be a hard game against Chelsea, but we have a chance. We've beaten them at Ewood Park before so why not again?

"If you are going to win the Cup you have to beat teams like this and if we get through maybe we have a better chance to go all the way.

"Chelsea even have world class players on the bench so it will be a difficult match against them whatever team they put out.

"We've been playing really well, we were eight games unbeaten before the Bolton game, and hopefully we can get a new run of unbeaten games.

"It is a chance to win something so in my opinion it is an important competition, I want to bring a trophy to Blackburn."

The Norwegian, who in all truth has struggled to find his form this season has the kind of attitude towards this game I want to hear. The League Cup has had a somewhat unfair reputation in recent years with many teams failing to take it seriously often fielding below par side's not caring if they progress or not which if nothing else if unfair on the paying fans!

When all is said and done it is still a major trophy in the English game and if nothing else gives you a guaranteed route into Europe via the UEFA Cup so it deserves to be taken seriously and I for one would be thrilled should we go on and win the competition. Chelsea obviously take it seriously as they went onto win it in 2005 and also fielded a strong side in losing to Charlton Athletic last season on penalties.

Come on Blackburn you know you can do it, Chelsea are a fantastic football team but if anyone can do it we can. The home advantage could also make all the difference for us so let's hope we get another big crowd that is right behind us.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 25 2006

Time: 8:52AM

Your Comments

Why not again? - Indeed MGP! I'm with you and would love to win this or any other competition.
Hughes Da Man
any Cup would be great and I hope the Pederson finds at least some of the form that he showed last season, as he has been a poor shadow of that player this term, which is a pity as he is an important part of our team, just think of the havoc that an in form Pederson and Bentley could cause to any team on either side of the pitch
Clint
If MGP hits form tonight who knows what might happen!
Hughes Da Man
Does anyone remember that it was known as the "Worthless Cup" until we won it and then it reverted back to the "Worthy Cup" :-) Fickle aren't we! lets face it it's all United have one for the past couple of seasons!
Ex Ewood Resident
Im a strong believer that any Cup won is a great achievement and would therefore be elated if we lifted the league cup again. We are due some heavy luck in this competition. That comment may surprise some but when you consider how unlucky we were in being knocked out in the semi's twice by utd I feel we are due another slice of luck here. let it start tonight.
roversman
One of the benefits of playing Chelsea is that no-one expects us to win.... not like Bournemouth a couple of seasons ago! - which was that last time that Enkleman played for the first team. I'm hoping that Hughesy gives a few "outsiders" a chance - Jason Brown, Mikey Gray, Sergio Peter, Frannie Jeffers.
Ex Ewood Resident
If it is a tournament that Chelsea and United can take seriously then its one that the likes of Rovers should also. When all is said and done people pay good money so deserve to see good football. That said I would like to see Gray, Peter and maybe even one or two of the youngsters play (they will in round four!)
Hughes Da Man
well what do you know... I told you the roumers of MGP of leaving Rovers was monkys talk, why would he say that if hes planning on leaving in Januray??
marshinrover
Still has to say the right things even if he was thinking of leaving, which he wont. Simple truth it he isn't playing well enough to leave.
Hughes Da Man
lol are we talking about the same person Gamst (Pedersen) not playing well... He's played well enough for me
marshinrover
MGP isn't delivering this season. His delivery and general finishing has been poor compared to what it can be.
Hughes Da Man
well you aint gonna win the league cup! I think Hughes really wants to do well in europe though.
dazza71
I'm disappointed the League Cup is a better competition that it gets credit for, but as you say dazza the UEFA Cup seems to be the one he's really after!
Hughes Da Man
 

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