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No Rovers Shame In Defeat

Blackburn Rovers suffered the heartache of an FA Cup Semi Final defeat to Chelsea on Sunday but we can be prouder than ever to say we follow Rovers and can all hold our heads VERY high.

Firstly, before anything else I would like to congratulate Chelsea. I know it is painful for us but they won so we have to tip our caps. No one can dispute that they are a superior team overall but on this particular occasion I can't say they were the better team and won't say they were the better team. It WAS as close as I always thought it would be. For most the week I thought it was 50:50, it could quite literally go either way, and it could have. We voted 51% to 49% in Chelsea's favour in our poll, so we all knew how close it could be, and so it proved. I hope that Chelsea go on and beat Manchester United in the Final now as we can at least go on in the knowledge (not that it's of any comfort now!) that we were beaten in BOTH domestic Cup's this season by the eventual winners.

Now back to point of this article, for the most part of the opening 43 minutes (it's important to note it wasn't the full 45!) Chelsea looked odds on winners and Frank Lampard's 16th minute strike looked like it wouldn't be the last. Mark Hughes got a message across to the lads near the end of the half and David Dunn's effort as half time approached, turned away well by Petr Cech sparked life into a team that looked otherwise nervous of such a huge match.

Whatever Sparky said to the lads at half time had the desired effect and we showed the watching world just what we see most weeks, a performance of the highest order and a performance FAR above the "bully boys" label we have held for so long. Jason Roberts (with his first goal for Rovers) brought us level and then after there only looked like being one winner before the referee ended the 90 minutes. But for Cech in the Chelsea goal, a post and Morten Gamst Pedersen sending his header agonisingly wide when unmarked in the dying minutes (this will haunt me tonight when I eventually get to sleep!) we would have.

Extra time could have still seen the game go either way but Chelsea got the break, another fine last ditch challenge from Stephen Warnock (who looked done for after putting his body on the line, as Aaron Mokoena had asked earlier in the week) looked like it might have cleared the danger but Chelsea showed why they are the team they are, the midfielders were arriving at the right time and Michael Ballack broke our hearts with ten minutes of the game to play and we couldn't recover.

I worried that the incident when Mokoena refused to return the ball to Chelsea when Cech had put it out for a throw in might over shadow a great game and a wonderful Rovers performance, but surely Chelsea would have done likewise had roles been reversed?!?!

So, our FA Cup hopes are again quashed at the Semi Final stage and with it surely our hopes of European football next season have gone, but although it is little comfort for us now we can take great pride in defeat and although some don't share the opinion you can have a heroes in defeat tag, we certainly were just that on Sunday! EVERY player should what Rovers are all about and more than did us proud.

ANYONE who still doubts just how far Blackburn Rovers Football Club have come (we REALLY do play football like this most weeks) under Mark Hughes, since the days when we were bully boys I guess literally fighting for our lives, should watch this game again. If you still choose to keep viewing us with such distain and would rather see this as a "one off performance" then all I can say is keep your views of us and I will fully agree with and second sasman's thoughts from before the Semi Final and you can just get stuffed!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 15 2007

Time: 11:16PM

Your Comments

DEVASTATED that we lost but we have nothing to be ashamed of. We gave arguably the best team in Europe let alone England more than a run for their money. Cech kept Chelsea in the Cup, showing just why I think he is the only goalkeeper better than Friedel. Pride doesn't make up for defeat but I am FULL of this. Sasman said in an article he submitted before the Semi Final (as I say at the end of the article) that if people choose to keep viewing us as "Bully Boys" etc. they can get stuffed! If you still choose to view us this way you can do just that!?!?
Hughes Da Man
I say this with a tear still in my eye.... never have i been so proud to be a Blackburn Rovers fan than yesterday. We played with a passion that very few teams play with. The wrong team won. Well done Chelsea but if any Chelsea has the gall to suggest they deserved to win it will make me sick. Everybody was absolutely outstanding.
MikeyGamst
If any game deserved to go to a replay it was this - First half hour i thought i was in for a painful afternoon, either side of the break - About even, after that - all about us. If we'd played for 100 minutes instead of 90, we might just have nicked it. Was a fantastic game, and think we might have finally made our critics shut up about the aggressive rubbish. Also, re Mokoena's throw in - I was screaming for him to do that - Cech kicked it out "injured" but was fine as soon as Aaron threatened to put it into the danger area - The green light for it as far as i'm concerned. Had a feeling the ref would find "something" wrong with it though. Still, no hard feelings either way, and losing so narrowly to a team that could quite conceivably be shown to be the best in Europe in the next few weeks is no reason to be down. Roll on next season, Arsenal and Liverpools grip on those CL places is looking a bit wobbly ;-)
Head Rover Heels
Good game, your second half was astonishing, without a doubt the toughest game we've had this season. Best of luck to yer lot next season.
Blue is the colour
Thanks Blue is the colour, I EXPECT to see you in Walkerbout on Sunday! I'll be dropping you a line to remind you. It'll be painful for a while won't it guys but we'll get over, move on from this and come back stronger!
Hughes Da Man
 

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