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Hughes: Why Roberts Started

Hughes: Why Roberts Started

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has explained why Jason Roberts was handed a start against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Roberts, who hadn't previously started a Premier League match since the opening day of the season (also against Middlesbrough) was selected ahead of Benni McCarthy, who had to take a place on the bench. Hughes explained that McCarthy has found goals hard to come by recently so Roberts was selected to tie in with the game plan, which sadly didn't quite go as planned. However, he still feels the 90 minutes will have done Roberts good (and he did play his part in Matt Derbyshire's equaliser)

Hughes told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Jason has been patient and obviously Benni has been struggling for goals of late."

"I just felt it was worth picking Jason but unfortunately, because we went behind in the game, that played into their hands rather than ours, in so much as Jason wants big, wide-open spaces to use his power and pace in behind but, because they were protecting their lead, it was very difficult for him and Roque to get any space behind them.

"He'll be better for that game, though, because he's had 90 minutes now
."


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Writer:Walker
Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 12:25PM

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It was good to see JR get the start that he had earned in his previous substitute showing against Bolton.
We now have a break before we face Aston Villa, so it will be interesting to see what happens, and who starts there?
Hughes Da Man
21/01/2008 12:27:00
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I think Roberts is here to stay, well until the end of the season at least. He needs to prove himself whilst benni is out of form, because derbs is definitaly pecking at a starting spot
sasman
21/01/2008 12:46:00
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Why Roberts Started-because benni has been *****
durks de rover
21/01/2008 12:58:00
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too true durks
Bents4eng
21/01/2008 13:12:00
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Too true. I think he deserves to start again against Villa.
martinr
21/01/2008 13:24:00
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I think he'll be picked depending on who we play... a tough physical team = Roberts, a more technical team = Benni. I think Roberts' attitude is really good considering he has asked for a transfer, he does his business on the pitcha and doesn't moan to the media.
FreidelNo.1
21/01/2008 13:31:00
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Deserved hi start, shame he couldn't make the most of it.
roversman
21/01/2008 13:52:00
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I think roberts should be deployed against the big 4 defences. We saw how much upset he can cause against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi last year.... We shouldbe seeing more of Derbyshire though.
MikeyGamst
21/01/2008 14:57:00
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I think Roberts started cos Benni ( as has been mentioned once or twice ) has been P*SS POOR!! Another reason he started over Matty, I think anyway, So that Hughes could see whether he is worth keeping?!? It may be playing in his mind that apart from Benni, Roberts carries a decent transfer figure that could be used to strengthen the team in other areas
Clint
21/01/2008 16:40:00
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I think that maybe you could be right dude. I want JR to stay but ALSO want to see more of Derbs!!!
Hughes Da Man
22/01/2008 11:50:00
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