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Benni Suspension a Blow for Rovers

Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy's frustration got the better of him at the weekend against Reading, his booking now means he'll miss the Arsenal game on Saturday.

Having already seen three goals ruled out through offside, two correctly and one without question incorrectly after finally making it fourth time luck he showed his frustration by acknowledging the assistant (Andrew Williams, who had ruled out two of the three including the incorrect decision) by waving to him, rolling the ball in his direction and mouthing something along the lines of "that one wasn't offside!" This earned him a booking from Graham Poll, thus meaning his will serve a one-match suspension for picking up his fifth booking of the season and will miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

His reaction may have been somewhat cynical but he didn't mean anything overly aggressive by this and his frustration can be understood… can't it? Mark Hughes feels that Poll should have maybe shown Benni a little more leniency:

"I was a little bit disappointed with the yellow card - it wasn't done with any malice. He was trying to make a point.

"It wasn't as if he aggressively threw the ball at the assistant - he just rolled it towards him to acknowledge we'd got a goal that actually counted. He was frustrated. It wasn't dissent.

"It's doubly frustrating because he will miss the Arsenal match. He's a striker and had three goals chalked off so his reaction was understandable. Maybe he should have been given some leeway."

With Benni now suspended Sparky has a decision to make, does he deploy the one striker for the trip to Arsenal or should he go for the two, one of which will almost certainly be Shabani Nonda despite the Congolese forward often struggling to come to terms with the Premiership.

Meanwhile Andy Todd has earned praise from Sparky for the part he has played since coming back into the team:

"Andy Todd, he hasn't had a great deal of football this year, he's had a hell of a week. He's come back into the fold and I thought against Reading he was solid as a rock."

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 19 2006

Time: 12:15AM

Your Comments

Benni's suspension is a massive blow to Rovers. People may have doubted his impact at times but you only have to think back to the impact he made coming off the bench to face Nancy to see how much he'll be missed against Arsenal.
Hughes Da Man
Why not put Bentley up front with Nonda. He can finish and has pace, and it is obvious Sparky is not ready to give Derbyshire a start up front in the premeir legaue so why not. We could get Gally on the flank or even put pederson up front and get Peter on the left flank
sasman
He has plenty of options, but I'd think he'll just go for Nonda up front on his own and pack the midfield?
Hughes Da Man
Is it just me that thinks Nonda ain't cutting it? I know JR is out but he has played Matt several times now... it's time to give him a proper run... Put Gally up front with him and have Bentley on the right where he does most damage!
Ex Ewood Resident
Hell no EER you are not the only one! I know that Nonda works hard and all that but I don't think he'll cut it in the Premiership, hope I'm wrong. I'd love to see Matty or even Gally given a run, but both together, not sure just yet. If he plays the lone forward he'll never play Derbyshire or Gally on his own, if he plays two up top (which I hope!) I'd be happy for him to play either alongside Nonda (as sparky will most likely play him regardless?!?!?)
Hughes Da Man
Some sort of record 3 x goals disallowed?
SeasideEssexXile
You would of thought McCarthy would have known about his cards quota and frustrated or not he def would have known the next match, now I know it was a silly booking but with him the most dangerous stiker we have at the min it was stupid on his part
Clint
I would like to see Nonda start, see wot he's like with the pressure of being the main man can do for him! It mite just make or break him but def with either Derbyshire or Gally, with wot ever one that dosnt start coming on, as I have said b4
Clint
I can't recall seeing three goals from one person ruled out that often, can't recall seeing three goals from one team ruled out that often full stop.
Hughes Da Man
It was a petulant booking and one that wasn't needed, frustration good the better of him at a bad time! Good call on Nonda, it may just do that (make or totally break him)
Hughes Da Man
Its gonna have to be Nonda and Derbyshire up front. I think this partnership will work well. Big man, little man combination. Benni will not be there to lead the line but putting Bentley or Pedersen up front would be a mistake. They are much better on the wing and are second strikers as opposed to recognised front men. Go with Derbyshire and Nonda. Come on Nonda.. prove us wrong. I'll back this kid as I believe he has it in him when others dont.
MikeyGamst
I can feel a poll coming on here guys, something like who should Sparky go with against Arsenal?
Hughes Da Man
 

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