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Hughes Happy Going Into The Season

Blackburn Rovers Manager Mark Hughes is happy going into the 2007-2008 Premiership season off the back of a 3-0 victory over Preston North End this afternoon.

Thanks to goals from the Rovers defenders, a double from Christopher Samba (who has been among the goals in Pre-Season!!!) and a further goal from Andre Ooijer (who has also scored a couple) Rovers overcame Preston at Deepdale and can look forward to the curtain raiser with Middlesbrough with a victory behind them, following two successive Pre-Season defeats (sandwiched between two Intertoto Cup victories!!!)

Hughes was pleased with what he saw, and believes it proved the perfect tonic for the season ahead. He told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website:

"It was excellent, it was exactly what I wanted from the game today.

"There are seven days to go, we were a little bit disappointed with the performance in midweek so today we made sure we did alright and I thought we were excellent in all areas.

"We are seven days away from the start of the Premiership and if you are going to get results in the Premier League you need a good base.

"Today we showed we have a real defensive solidity to our play at the moment and that is what we need to take into the Premier League next week.

"Today we understood the importance of getting a good workout and I think we showed the benefit of the competitive games that we've had
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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 4 2007

Time: 7:43PM

Your Comments

Next weekend is when it REALLY counts, but a win (and a GOOD one at that!!!) will stand Rovers in good stead for Middlesbrough. Pre-Season is to a large extent irrelevant but it is better to go into the season of the back of a win and a good performance than the opposite!!!
Hughes Da Man
apparently quite a once sided affair according to the radio. nice to see 3 goals and none conceded, although it would have been nice to have one from open play!
martinr
and just like Sparky, I am VERY happy going into this season. Great transfer window for us, both buying and (especially) retaining quality players~!
martinr
Yeah but set piecs are a strong point of ours now, got some big lads in the team and some quality delivery, could be how we win many games doesn't mater how they go in as long as they do in my opinion.
roverjoy
of course mate, just would've been nice! been watching the highlights of last season. The quality of balls for bentley, gamst and emerton is just astounding at times.. love the thought of roque's head on the end of some of those!
martinr
Great result at Deepdale, nice to see Samba on the scoresheet again. Agree with roverjoy, we're now as dangerous as anyone in the league from set pieces. Quite optimistic going into the new season, the squad is in great shape, lets just hope we can get off to a better start than we have in recent years!
spinaker7081
I have to confess Blackburn were one off the sides, I would be looking at as a potential threat to 5th place. However while we've strengthened, their has been very little action at Ewood Park. I think you'll have a tough season ahead if their are ni significant signings
Topspur1
We don't need to strengthen Topspur, our team is already great, have gel and know each other, we don't have the odd 16mill to spend on who hasn't even broke into the England scene yet.
roverjoy
Well I'm glad you are so optimistic, but you know what they say roverjoy. If you aren't moving forward, you are infact going backwards. So unless you have some good younsters coming through, I would think you should be concerned
Topspur1
I wouldn't say I was worried about the lack of incoming players at Ewood. We had a solid team last season, and too many new playerd will result in longer gel period , and more opportunity for infighting. As we are already geled (should that be with a double L?), we should get off to a flyer. With Reid, Savage and Oojer coming back, it's like having three new signings anyway. Competition for places is good, so no-one can get away with not performing. I am uncharacteristically optimistic for the forth coming season...
Decimus Poole
Topspur1 - Dude, as I have ALREADY told you we DIDN'T NEED to by many players as the ones we already have here are as good as anyone. Spurs have spent big, but personally I still don't think you are much above Rovers (if you are!!!) man for man still.
There are youngsters coming through, but UNLIKE Spurs our players have gelled over the past few years, so SHOULDN'T need time for this. Going backwards?!?! bull*****, only place we are oging now if FORWARD (not that I am saying Spurs aren't either though.)
Hughes Da Man
As was said above especially with Reid, the players coming back are like new sigings for us and add that to the fact that I cant see, on a realistic basis, who is out there that Rovers can afford that would or indeed would break into the team when everyone is fit. Players already at the club will have to fight each other to get in the 1st team - ie Oojier and Emerton to name one set of players for one position. Clubs like Newcastle, City and of course the Hammered have brought in new players but I agree with Hughes Da that Rovers as a team have played together longer and each others style. this should give us an edge over some of these teams that would be up and around the top 6, which is where we should be every year now. Rovers have some really talented youngsters coming through and Hughes is smart enuff not to waste them but they will be great cover for us through the next season no doubting it!
Clint
I just pray that we are ready for Saturday. A repeat of last seasons opener at Portsmouth would be hard to take. I cant see us being that bad though!!
im_a_blackburn_rover
NO WAY, Portsmouth were good that day, so credit where it is due but Rovers were TERRIBLE!!! The heights of the season before had gone to FAR too many people's heads, and they just thought they could stroll around for minety minutes and win easily. Sparky soon blew that idea out of people's heads!!! It WONT happen again.
Hughes Da Man
Topspur... again stop talking carp.... We are indeed in good shape, and people will see this year just how far we have come and how it doesn't work spending loads and loads and loads just to bulk up the numbers.
MikeyGamst
 

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