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Rovers Form Concerning Hughes

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has voiced his concerns over the current slump in form we've seen, and one man in particular Benni McCarthy paid this price this week.

We have won just ONE of our last eight matches, and the three goals conceded in the Carling Cup Quarter Final defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday Evening made is eight goals conceded in two matches, and now we have to entertain Chelsea on Sunday then we travel to Manchester City the day after Boxing Day (and they have a 100% home record in the Premier League.) These problems (as Hughes has expressed) he feels, which is a concern form him are due to the lack of confidence he feels his side are showing.

Hughes said: "There are other players in the team who are struggling with form.

"That is a concern and at the weekend I'll have to freshen things up because we have a big game

One man that was not exactly singled out, but mentioned by name (which was more to explain why he was left out of the starting line-up for the Arsenal match) was McCarthy, who has struggled for goals this season as has failed to score since the end of October, which led to Sparky dropping him due to his lack of confidence.

Hughes added: "At the moment, Benni is finding it a little bit difficult in that respect."

"Benni has had a period when he hasn't scored goals.

"Obviously there is a confidence thing there as well.

"Roque (Santa Cruz) has come through it and I'm sure Benni will as well.

"He's a quality player but I have to go with the players who are showing confidence in their play and ability to affect games

McCarthy will obviously want to play, but if he isn't playing well he can't keep a place in the team, which leaves Sparky in difficult position, but then it will be down to how McCarthy reacts. If he does react in the right way things will come good again, if he reacts in a negative way that is when there might be trouble!!!


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 20 2007

Time: 10:32AM

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Now is the time for Benni to show what he wants, will he sulk and kick up a fuss or will he get his head down and start doing what he does best?!?! I hope it is the latter.
However, like Sparky I have little, or no doubt that McCarthy will regain this confidence and when he does he will be smashing the goals in regularly again (hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later thought!!!)
Hughes Da Man
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20/12/2007 10:35:00

I've been really surprised by your recent form. I think on paper you've got a great little side with goals coming from plenty of places. You say Citeh have a 100% home record but these records have to be broken at some stage and it is a game where you could come away with something. I certainly didn't expect us (Pompey) to go to Ewood Park and get something; nor did I expect Spurs to come and control us at Fratton Park. Best of luck with the rest of the season but with Santa and Benni I think you have no fears.
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20/12/2007 12:46:00

the problem is we have no decent defenders to put in if we drop them since it's the defence that's really been letting the side down recently
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20/12/2007 20:24:00

i thought moses was in charge of your defence against arsenal because you parted like the red sea
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20/12/2007 23:48:00

And may continue for a while!
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21/12/2007 03:08:00

One man who is playing with confidence, Bentley. That little link links nicely with this little link,,2230885,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=5 ...
Decimus Poole
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21/12/2007 09:01:00

mick66owl - I think you were right dude lol, that was good saying :)
Hughes Da Man
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21/12/2007 10:35:00

this millwall john fella seems to have something against rovers maybe he is jealous of our premiership status. and although we have won once in eight games we are still well in the hunt for europe, how are millwall gettin on in league one john?
durks de rover
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21/12/2007 15:36:00

That is all you you to ask isn't it dude, the last bit that you did lol!
Hughes Da Man
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22/12/2007 10:31:00


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