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Rovers Won't Give Up On Europe

Rovers Won't Give Up On Europe

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
Time: 12:52PM

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If we beat villa and open a 9 point gap, i think the best you can hope for is the intertoto spot.
02/04/2007 12:54:00
The League was looking a tall order a while back but a charge got us back into contention. Seven wins would almost certainly be enough, lets go and do this!!! Our season DOESN'T end after Chelsea win or lose. We have Villa on Saturday let's start with three points here.
Hughes Da Man
02/04/2007 12:54:00
IF this happens, which chances are it could (although for obvious reasons I'll be hoping not!) then it is a massive gap, ineffect 10 points as you have a far superior goal difference. 4 Everton defeats in 7 games, not likely is it?!?! Assuming you win tonight of course :)
Hughes Da Man
02/04/2007 12:57:00
i think from 5th to 8th it will be: 5. Bolton 6. Everton 7. Spurs 8. coule be either yourselves or reading IMO. But if us or spurs or even bolton go on a bad run you never know
02/04/2007 13:15:00
We still have to go to chelsea and bolton, and have united at home, it isn't impossible.
02/04/2007 13:16:00
UEFA via the league is looking difficult - and not because of the United result - the West Ham debacle cost us that! however, victory against Chelsea at our next trip to OT guarantees us UEFA if United can beat Watford.
Ex Ewood Resident
02/04/2007 13:39:00
should be a good game for you vs chelsea, if you attack them you could win.
02/04/2007 14:22:00
Matches with Chelsea, United and Bolton are VERY tough, so if you do lose tonight you never know. I don't think Portsmouth can be written off in this battle just yet though EvertonMike.
Hughes Da Man
02/04/2007 15:59:00
In my opinion they don't have the strike power and will peter out, unless we lose today then they may catch us i supose, but if we get 6 ahead of them they won't catch us.
02/04/2007 16:01:00
You can almost see it can't you, United slipping up to Watford, we face then in the Final and... well you get the picture! IF we attack Chelsea, and don't try to sit back on a potential lead we certainly could do it EvertonMike you are right.
Hughes Da Man
02/04/2007 16:01:00
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