It's All Rover Now…
Blackburn Rovers' European chances were ended last night after a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
I say ended, technically they haven't ended but our automatic chances of qualifying for the UEFA Cup have. We can still qualify via the Intertoto Cup but I would have to concede that even this is going to be a long shot now…
For part of Thursday Evening Benni McCarthy's 17th Premiership goal of the season looked as though it might have seen Rovers pull off the victory we HAD to get, had Christopher Samba broke the net instead of the bar with his header we probably would have, but it ended in heartache and frustration, this frustration seeing Jason Roberts sent off at the end.
However, credit where it is due Tottenham equalised and got the point they deserved so congratulations to Spurs (although they could still miss out, but this is HIGHLY unlikely) and of course Everton who have also made a UEFA Cup spot via the League!
With Bolton Wanderers currently occupying that final automatic place a victory for them over Aston Villa on Sunday would secure their place and see us take that Intertoto Cup regardless of our result with Reading. It all seems straight forward, Bolton at the Reebok, surely they will win but they have been in free fall so I'm not sure they will get the win they need, Aston Villa on the other hand are on a roll and will want to finish the season as they started it by playing VERY well (as they are).
Personally I have this sneaky feeling that Portsmouth will nip in and take seventh place, they have been a match for pretty much everyone at Fratton Park so I think that they will beat Arsenal on Sunday, this would leave Bolton (assuming they don't win?) to take the Intertoto Cup place as they will finish above us, but outside automatic qualification.
So it's not all "Rover" just yet, but as good as. If it doesn't come off this season it just wasn't meant to be, TOO MANY points dropped to teams in and around the bottom three look like costing us, so it`s our own fault in many way but in others, for all the good football we have played and for everything put into this season I feel we deserve another shot at Europe next season but I'd guess Everton, Spurs, Bolton, Reading, Portsmouth and maybe even others out of touch will feel the same…
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