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Time To Lay To Rest Rovers Ghost

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes is hoping that we will be able to once and for all lay to rest the ghost that has haunted us since our FA Cup Semi-Final defeat in 2005.

That day Rovers were criticised for an over physical approach against Arsenal, and maybe so. The elbow Andy Todd gave Robin Van Persie was shocking and didn't help our course. But despite the giant strides made forward we are still often tarnished with the same brush. Hughes is hopeful that the mud that had stuck as it often does can finally be washed away, he said:

"We are a different team to the one of two years ago. Now we see ourselves as an established top 10 side and play accordingly.

"We have two wingers and then there is Tugay one of the best playmakers in the Premier League.

"Hopefully we are changing people's perception of us as we have played well the last two years.

"It is a game we are trying to live down to this day.

"We are still experiencing some fall out from that time when you look at the number of bookings we pick up.

"But it was a big ask to overcome a good Arsenal side and we were not at that level then."

Hopefully the Semi-Final, be it against Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur will see us put in a vintage performance in front of the watching eyes of the World and once and for all let anyone still blinkered to our quality see otherwise. But if we could scrape into the Final without being at our best would we really mind...


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 13 2007

Time: 8:21PM

Your Comments

We've come along way since those days, we are a VERY good footballing side and one that is starting to get credit for it and rightly so. Whoever we face, Chelsea or Tottenham will find this out and will have a very tough game. The ghost will be layed to rest Sparky!!!
Hughes Da Man
I don;t think it will for a long time yet until the London and big team bias media especially the BBC wake up and smell the coffee... Even the Sky coverage prior to the QF match against City was 40 mins of City - even with Tim Flower there, It was left with Robbie to speak his mind.
Ex Ewood Resident
I think Rovers have the rite blend of footballing ability and the ablility to mix it up, why should we make it easy for teams to score goals against us and win games, surley the name of the game is too win. Its not as if we are a nasty team or anything its just the team can put in a tackle if its needed. Its part and parcel of football!! Being a defender myself theres nothing like a good tackle just to let somone know ur there lol The powers that be would have football as a no contact sport if they could
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