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Rovers Gradually Turning Heads

Rovers Gradually Turning Heads

Blackburn Rovers are quietly going about their business, moving forward (at times almost unnoticed.) However, it seems that the media are starting to take notice, and are giving credit where due.

For so very long the dirty, ugly, violent tag (which was once VERY much true, not that many will deny it, as they couldn't!) that is all too often branded to Rovers is the only tag that people hear, and believe. Although this has angered ALL Rovers fans, players and Mark Hughes in particular, who has been VERY vocal on this it does seem that opinions are starting to chance, and more in the surprising area of the media as opposed to fans.

Many fans of other clubs do know what Rovers are all about, but with so many happy to simply take what they are told by the so called expert pundits as the gospel truth, when Rovers are only given bad publicity, right or wrong people believe this but I have been HUGLY encouraged by what has been coming out of the media in recent weeks, none more so than over the weekend.

It has been a long time since Rovers were so highly praised in most, if not all aspects of the media, but they have been gaining praise upon praise recently and watching the pundits talks on television, listening to the football phone-ins on the radio and reading reports online they are all sharing a common theme, Rovers ARE going places, with some many of them now believing that Rovers are not the team they are portrayed as being, and if they DON'T finish in the top six they will be surprised.

Rovers can have a physical approach to the game, but this is mirrored, and far outweighed with a highly skilful passing and movement game with some truly gifted footballers that gives Rovers a fine balance of strength and skill, more often than not with this strength kept within the boundaries of the game (even if others can't, or chose not to see this?) It has been a long time coming but I have been increasingly impressed with the credit that Rovers have gained recently, even if they are STILL not featured in the opening credits of Match of the Day (something that roversman has correctly pointed out, which is TRUE!!!) which is beyond belief, showing a complete lack of respect, but this lack of respect and credit where due approach is all changing, by the looks of it and long may it continue!


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Date:Monday September 3 2007
Time: 11:43AM


I do not really have much more to add, it is ALL said above!!! It's been a long time coming, but credit is being given where it is SOOO rightly deserved!!!
Hughes Da Man
03/09/2007 11:45:00
Long may it continue
03/09/2007 12:13:00
I'm an Arsenal fan but I have 3 very good mates who are Rovers fans so I always keep tabs on Rovers games, the first thing I look for is the time the first Rovers foul went in. 2:42 Bret Emerton against City, total fouls 24 as opposed to 3 from City (using Picking up 5 yellows and a red. I believe Rovers do play same very good football, getting together great passing moves. But you'll continue picking up yellows because of the high number of fouls whilst breaking up play. Sometimes you might say that some tackles get booked which weren't yellows but you've got to remember there's also a thing called persistent fouling and therefore referees have to show the yellow cards. I do believe that Rovers can be overly physical at times and I have my reasons for believing that but sometimes the criticism is unfair. Think of it this way, everytime Peders or Benters got on the ball an opposition came over and just had a little kick at them, nothing malicious, just breaking up play, you'd feel aggrieved too? Hopefully for you guys more people will start noticing you have a talented bunch of players who play some good football, and most importantly a very good manager in Mark Hughes who deserves a lot of credit for making you a stable mid table side. Good luck for the Wafer Cup against Clarissa :P
03/09/2007 12:32:00
Fair enough dude, you make good points and I liked reading what you said. However, one thing to add my man roversman found out an interesting stat from last season (which was I think something like this?!?!) that the ratio of fouls to cards issued for Rovers was much higher than anyone else, so it was taking less fouls for a card to be issued, whereas other teams were picking up cards much latter than it took Rovers, so previous counted against them
You say you know three Rovers supporitng mates saisho? I HOPE that you have told them about Vital Blackburn (if they are not already members?!?!)
Hughes Da Man
03/09/2007 12:44:00
saisho.. must say chief dnt agre an awful lot with what you are saying... sounds like you are a little aggrieved about Arsenal not being allowed to play their usual stuff the other week. If you think that fine but you are slowly becoming in the minority.... Peders and Bentley are always getting little fouls done to them by the opposition, they are talented players!!!!! If 6th is stable mid table I will take "mid table" every year.... Rovers are going places... and doing it with a game of pace, power and COMPETITVENESS... not "violence", the game should be played with spirit and hard tackles, not by moronic fairies who fall to the floor under imaginary contacT!!
03/09/2007 12:47:00
I'm an Arsenal fan too, and I did think that Blackburn were trying to move away from the bully boy tag. If you look at the 4 occassions you played Arsenal last season, I wouldnt really say that there was anything overly physical in the play. Defensive perhaps, in the FA Cup at the Grove, but understandable given the 6-2 scoreline in the League. That changed in the game this season, surprisingly (ok, lets not go into that debate again), coz I think the Blackburn team has some good players, with good ability (Savage is an obvious exception :).
03/09/2007 13:31:00
You are playing some great football at the minute as you mentioned most fans could see you did not deserve the heavy handed tag. Best of luck for the season just take it easy on us next as the media will kill if we lose two in a row.
03/09/2007 13:31:00
Nice piece mate and it is true what you are saying. I have read some very encouraging essays online about the current Rovers set up and what the future has in store. As for the BBC thing, I'm trying to get a quote before I finish my article about that!
03/09/2007 13:34:00
fair points Prits... but Im not gonna open a can of worms by bringing up Wengers ridiculous moaning again lol ;)
03/09/2007 13:37:00
I have said it once before, and will continue to say it. Rovers have been tagged with a dirty reputation (unfounded). Referee's know of this, and even though I am sure they try their best not to let it influence them, it clearly does. Of the 6 yellow cards that were dished out yesterday, I think one deserved it (Samba). However, I prefered it when we do go unnoticed. It'll bring attention to how good our manager is, and the quality underrated players (within the division, not at Ewood. We all know how good they are!) we have (Warnock, Samba, Nelson, Emerton, Dunn, Tugay, etc...), and other 'bigger' clubs will be knocking more often. It will be harder to maintain the squad Hughes has built. stay unnoticed I say!
Decimus Poole
03/09/2007 13:37:00
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