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One Down, Five to Go!

Blackburn Rovers' hopes of European football next season, slim as they might have been (or still are?) were kept alive last night with a 3-1 victory over Watford.

Realistically to have any chance of playing UEFA Cup football again in the 2007-2008 season we HAD to win all six of our remaining fixtures, so having won the first that's one down, five to go!

FINALLY we broke the hoodoo of slipping up to teams that we should be beating (with all due respect to Watford) when a classy first half display, first half of the first half in particular saw us to three much needed points. A fast tempo upbeat showing, the deadly accuracy of David Bentley's passing, towering height of Christopher Samba, pace and power of Jason Roberts and guile of Benni McCarthy made sure we didn't slip up.

So often this season we've lost to teams that we shouldn't have, teams that have been on bad runs of form, couldn't win away, were in the bottom three etc. teams that should have been beaten but for whatever reason weren't as we've more often than not contrived to lose these matches. After finally breaking this jinx against Watford hopefully we can mount one last push for European football next term.

To have ANY hope we had to win, and we did now we HAVE to follow it up and beat another side on Saturday that we should be beating (again I mean this with all due respect), this side being Fulham.

Charlton Athletic (home), Newcastle United (away), Tottenham Hotspur (away) and Reading (home) follow. Not a bad looking fixture list, so after finally breaking our jinx you would hope we can go on and get three points against Fulham, Charlton and Newcastle, this would then leave our destiny almost certainly well and truly in our own hands, although having said that we may still have to rely on others to a degree.

These are the remaining fixtures our European rivals face:
Portsmouth - Aston Villa (away), Liverpool (home), Everton (away) & Arsenal (home).
Tottenham - Arsenal (home), Middlesbrough (away), Charlton (away), Rovers (home) & Manchester City (home).
Reading - Bolton (away), Newcastle (home), Watford (home) & Rovers (away).


And again to clarify these are our remaining fixtures:
Fulham (away), Charlton (home), Newcastle (away), Tottenham (away) & Reading (home).

Can we do it?!?!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 19 2007

Time: 11:14AM

Your Comments

All our rivals have a fair few fixtures I would like us not to have and with us playing both Tottenham and Reading maybe European football isn't beyond us just yet?!?! It is VITAL that we DON'T slip up against Fulham, Charlton and Newcastle first though as we SHOULD win all three of these games!
Hughes Da Man
With 2 of the teams above us to play its up in the air, its a slim chance but hey anything chance is better than nothing. The only bad thing is that 3 of our remaining games are away from home and we all know wot Rovers are like on the road at times. I can see 3pts against Fulham, Charlton and hopefully Reading as its at home, but the 2 away v Newcastle and Spurs will be tough going, but they are again winable if we play well
Clint
If we play like we can then we CAN beat all five. It's a tall order but lets stand up and be counted now. Our away from isn't good but having said that we are on about a 50:50 split in terms of wins and defeats at home aren't we! Something we have got to improve on next season.
Hughes Da Man
all of these are beatable.... Yes it is a tall order and yes its not likely but if we play how did against Watford then its "do able."
MikeyGamst
We have to go after the teams early like we did against Watford. If we do that these games are not only do able but VERY likely to be won. We CAN score goals and CAN defend them, so a high tempo, front foot attack will see us come through.
Hughes Da Man
It will indeed and lets hope that is wot happens, with only 5 games left I can see no reason why the team cant play the high tempo needed, Roll on Europe!!!
Clint
If we miss out because others do what they have to we can have no arguments, but if we miss out because we let ourselves down we can. Let's just end the season strong as this could be carried into next season when we will HOPEFULLY start well for a change!
Hughes Da Man
 

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