Date:Monday April 2 2007
Blackburn Rovers slipped to a heavy defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, but who hasn't in recent times. So Europe may now look a way off (via the League!) but Ryan Nelsen insists we won't give up.
Rovers made a terrible start to the season (as we usually do!) but we came good and had been on a real charge towards a European finish via to the Premiership for a second successive season. However, back-to-back defeats, including the 4-1 beating at Old Trafford on Saturday sees us languishing in 10th place some eight points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, although Everton have a game in hand facing Aston Villa tonight, so this could increase to nine!
After the rebuilding that has taken place over the course of the season Rovers Captain Ryan "the Admiral" Nelsen insists we will not give up on the hard work or throw in the towel on a European place until it is mathematically impossible. He said:
"There's a lot of positives we can take from this. (Saturday's performance)
"Obviously, there's a few negatives as well, but we know we can do better and we've got a good couple of weeks to sort that out.
"We've got a pretty good run-in now, games that we'd like to think we can win, so hopefully we can get back on track and get going.
"We've got seven games left and I'd like to think we can win all seven of them. We'll certainly be going out to win all seven of them, so you never know."
Seven wins could very well be enough but it will still be a mighty tall order for this. Rovers boss Mark Hughes added:
"The top six is difficult but we'll keep going.
"There are still a lot of games to play so we'll do our best."
Victory over Chelsea in the upcoming FA Cup Semi Final coupled with a Manchester United victory over Watford in the other would guarantee European football next season but this isn't something that we can bank on, far, far from it.
Even if this is achieved you would still like to hope that the lads will give it their all for the remainder of the season as people will still be paying to watch them perform, European qualification assured or not. Besides the higher we finish in the Premiership the better it is for the club.
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Date:Monday April 2 2007
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