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Feel Let Down by Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers are all to often labelled with "dirty", "brutal", "rough 'em up" tags rarely given credit for the good football we do play… we did little to help ourselves on Saturday.

The criticism handed out to Rovers over the past 12-15 months really does get tiresome and you get fed up of having to keep argue the case that we are a good footballing side. Although as Rovers fans we shouldn't care what others think of us surely we have to have some pride in how we are viewed? I know I do.

The match with Arsenal gave us an ideal platform to show just what we can do, some two weeks prior we'd gained a lot of praise and respect and I for one was hoping for the same on Saturday tea time. The conditions were hardly conducive to a good game of football but some of our challenges set us back massively in our attempts to gain the praise we more often than not deserve but don`t get...

You have to do what you have to do to succeed and although we can do the physical approach (as we more than showed!) there is a lot more to our game but we saw little of this on Saturday. Mark Hughes had clearly told his men to go out their and be physical as everyone knows Arsenal haven't coped well against this in recent times but the performance aside, even taking into account the weather conditions I for one felt let down by what I saw.

I find the suggestions that Sparky had sent the lads out with the intent to injure the Gooners highly insulting, and for anyone to genuinely believe that Rovers or any other team for that matter would set out with this in mind is even more insulting. I would be ashamed should this ever be the case.

Gilberto Silva's red card for the incident with Robbie Savage is not really something that I want to speak of here too much as Savage is hated by all opposing fans NOTHING can ever change this it doesn't matter what I or anyone else say here. I will say Savage is a better football than people make out but basically Sav is Sav he does what he does this works for and against us, more often than not against us! It just so happened that it worked against Gilberto Silva but ultimately against us as the red helped them.

I will not condone or defend any of the challenges and/or actions that went unpunished (without the red cards the Gooners felt many deserved which they probably did!) they were bad but some were born out of frustration (and this should not be an excuse for such actions) but I do take exception to the thought that they were at the instructions of Sparky and were part of the plan all along to injure players.

We played football against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and got slaughtered, we were always going to be more physical at Ewood Park, as I say conditions didn't help make this any less likely but I still feel somewhat let down by the over physical approach which has set us back undoing so much of the good work that had been done previously...

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The Journalist

Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 14 2007

Time: 6:36PM

Your Comments

is it any wonder your manager wasn't the cleanest of proffessionals in his playing career, and if he though they would battle us off the park, how wrong he was, we never like it when are players are sent off becuase of stupid reckless challenges of the other team, never truy and wind up henry and co, it always works in aour favour.
PUREGOLD
I think all your recent results (apart from the 2 against us) bear out your statement about the quality of your team, don't stress it and to the rovers fans that came on our board - you're alrite!, as for that tw*t Savage tho - if he was'nt one of yours you'd think he was a tool 2 - in fact you prob. did before he joined.
nikolaijns
Robbie Savage is the most despicable, cowardly, neanderthal, cheating thug in the Premiership. He's Mark Hughes, without the talent, in a caveman suit. Thank god cheats don't prosper - the whole world laughed when Cesc nutmegged him at the Grove, and we're all laughing at you again, hair-boy.
joelondon
to the two gooners who have posted replies... when you watch him week in week out then your opinion may account for something... I personally can;t stabnd players that fake injury... get the strecher brought on only to not be needed, hobble off and then miraclously recovered to run around as though nothing happens... so please don't talk about cheating...
Ex Ewood Resident
To the 2 gooners who posted. You deserved your points and played well when you were up against it in the 2nd half. But calling Savage a cheat when half your girls roll around on the floor when barely touched IS A DISGRACE. Fabregas is the worst of the lot, what a player but what a big jessie. I only hope that other teams dont copy your lots approach to being tackled as the game will descend into glorified ballet dancing. As for the red card... yes robiie made a meal of it but NOBODy has any right to kick out at anybody. Gilberto deserved his red and should accept it.
MikeyGamst
That victory was the most satisfying of the season. After hearing all the pre-match ********* about how you owed us one, then caveman cheating to get a player sent off. God it was sweet to stuff you lot, playing with 10 men for 80 minutes. You're the worst thugs in the league. Calling Fabregas a cheat beggars belief - his foot was virtually removed by Tugay's shocking assault. What planet do you live on MikeyGamst? I guess you can't appreciate the beautiful game if you have to watch that *****e every week.
joelondon
Yes Arsenal play some of the best football in Europe not just the Premier league but they do fall all over the place when tackled and thats just a fact!! Fabregas is a good player and will get better but he does make a meal outta some tackles and thats simply a fact as well, as does a lot of players in football its just the way it goes! Now if Arsenal fans want to go on about players they have to remember Lehman, who has his fair share of faking injury and kicking folk! Savage I did think was hateful b4 he came to Blackburn but u have to admire his own qualites when he's at ur club, he does the donkey work in midfield and yea does mis-time tackles but he does a lot of unseen good work for the club he is at.
Clint
 

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