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Rovers Season Preview (From Others!)

Rovers Season Preview (From Others!)

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been ravenously devouring pre-season reviews online, scoffing at any lowly pundit who predicts anything but Premiership glory for the Rovers come May.

But something troubling has caught my eye over the last week: it's a consistent theme in these reviews to characterise the Rovers as a dirty team. Chief culprit: Football365.

Phillip Cornwall, who wrote the Blackburn Preview for Football365 said (just a few things) this on that Website:

"A couple of years ago it was very much a case of 'J'accuse Mark'ughes' in this piece, after the God-awful display in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal set the seal on Blackburn's reputation as the dirtiest and one of the dullest teams in the top flight.

Rovers fans were unhappy. Hughes was obviously completely unaware of my criticism, but he reacted strongly to the universal verdict of the national press on the negativity of his side.

Has much changed? Hughes has spent much of the time since claiming a )we're not as dirty as we used to be, but b) we're were not as dirty as you claimed, not dirty at all in fact, stop being mean.

Rovers fans have voiced similar views. Reader James Greenwood was objecting to the notion that 'Blackburn will be able to kick their way out of trouble' in Mailbox on Tuesday. Though he issued what observers of the late President Nixon would consider a non-denial denial: he emphasised the calibre of football played at Ewood, rather than addressing the issue of whether Blackburn try to kick their way out of trouble.

The facts are that in the Premiership only Bolton picked up more bookings than Blackburn last season and the two clubs were tied for total cards thanks to the latter's 7-4 lead in reds. Fans have suggested this is a case of referees acting on reputation, of 'give a dog a bad name'. In this case, Rover. But few outsiders are convinced

Nonsense, right?

Obviously we'd all spend as much time as we can watching the lads in action and as far as I can see we're no worse, but probably no better than any other team in the league. Still, we finished bottom of the fair play league last season and some would say the figures don't lie.

Is our reputation still suffering from the impact of Andy Todd's elbow on Robin Van Persie's face? Or.... is there a bit of a rough streak we'd rather not admit to?


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Date:Friday August 3 2007
Time: 1:04PM


Good article suggestion theirishrover, nice one.
Hughes Da Man
03/08/2007 13:06:00
Rovers ARE NOT a dirty team (anymore) simple as!!!
Yeah, they picked up A LOT of cards last season, but how many were GENUINELY for dirty challenges, and how many were for decent shown at some POOR decisions against us?!?!
Hughes Da Man
03/08/2007 13:06:00
Down more to reputation than anything else, some individual players get it, some teams get it. I don't see how you are any better or any worse than the rest.
03/08/2007 13:15:00
I thank you dude, exactly right. Reputations are OFTEN hard to get rid of aren't they. Rovers are a phyical side, but NO WAY over physical, as they once were.
Hughes Da Man
03/08/2007 13:24:00
We are def not a dirty team, but we give away some stupid yellow cards. We recieved so many for dissent, and it all builds up
03/08/2007 13:39:00
Can't believe this is still going on thought we had shook that reputation wasn't anyone watching the semi final against Chelsea last season. We should have got so much credit for that display but didn really did we, we are not dirty maybe for a while, but if it ment staying up then it is worth it. Its the press bias to London clubs and the top four. Look at when Spurs came to Ewood last season Hossom Ghaly. First game of the season too Andy Todd sent of wrongly and that was proved. Then their are the plain stupid cards we get like JR versus Spurs second from last game last season, really was no need for that. Refs, don't like Rovers and i think Souness, might of started it whenhe mouthed off at every ref in the premiership, causing us not to get a penalty for about two whole seasons.
03/08/2007 13:54:00
Great article. Strange that in my mind Rovers are completely the opposite.. but then the figures don't lie. I see Rovers as playing a very hard working, did in deep, English style of football and in this day and age when players fall down at the mere sight of a challenge then maybe its understandable. Plus we do have Robbie Savage in the side..
03/08/2007 14:11:00
Cheers lads. I'd honestly think that there's a bit of small-club bias about it, a bit of a hangover from the FA Cup Semi against Arsenal and a squad which, up until recently, was composed of too many "hardmen". The departures of Todd, Neill and Bellers has helped in that department but the fact is that the club and management are tarred with the same brush, which is a shame.
03/08/2007 15:00:00
I'm REALLY glad you hunted this down theirishrover, as it WOULD have been criminal had it slipped by unnoticed, nice one.
Hughes Da Man
03/08/2007 15:13:00
It's a pleasure. Congrats on the menacing picture of Toddy, really caps the article well...
03/08/2007 15:30:00
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