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Tottenham Hotspurs vs. Blackburn Rovers

White Heart Pain

Sunday 28th October 2007

15:00

Spurs v Rovers

All the talk is about Martin Jol and his demise at the hands of Tottenham's 'cloak and dagger' backroom staff, which doesn't bode well for Rovers.

It is a well known fact that a team who have just lost their manager up their game and generally produce a resounding display. This could well mean a roasting for Rovers. We can't even claim to have done our homework on Spurs as that goes straight out of the window, therefore, I predict it is going to be a hit or miss attempt to pile more misery onto Spurs before the messiah, Juande Ramos rolls into town.

As talk continues about Tottenham and how emphatically bad they have been this season, Rovers continue to go relatively unnoticed. Mark Hughes will take his troops to White Heart Lane in full confidence after five consecutive wins and with goals back on the menu and Tottenham leaking them by the ship load Rovers could unsettle Spurs shakey defence.

Hughes will be telling his men to maintain their professionalism and go about their business and ignore the furore surrounding Tottenham at the moment. It is becoming a popular opinion in football circles that Rovers can beat anyone on their day so if another aggressive, attacking display can be conjured then Rovers will fancy their chances.

This game won't be all about Spurs.

Vital Quotes:

Mark Hughes on Spurs 'Going into a game against a club that have turmoil and disruption around them at the moment - we would like to think that's to our advantage.

'But they're a quality side on their day and you know if the crowd get behind them that they can be difficult. It's up to us to play as well as have done recently and get the job done.
'

Tottenham Hotspurs Team News:

Tottenham have a couple of injury problems to contend with as well as the upheavel in the background.

Jermaine Jenas is once again absent as his stop-start season continues. Also missing out is Anthony Gardner. Cerny is likely to continue in goal in Robinson's absence.

Tottenham from: Cerny, Alnwick, Forecast, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Lee, Kaboul, Dawson, Zokora, Tainio, Jenas, Berbatov, Keane, Bent, Defoe, Malbranque, Taarabt, Boateng, Lennon

Player to watch: Robbie Keane

He is, as confessed by numerous Spurs fans, the only player who has been trying this season and his quality is always evident. He seems to have a fetish for scoring against Rovers and his movement and trickery could unlock Rovers. They will need to watch him and ensure he doesn't have any time or space on the ball.

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Ryan Nelsen continues to struggle to fully recover from his hamstring injury and may not be back in time. Steven Reid, finally, is making strong progress but isn't anywhere near full fitness. Jason Roberts, fresh from his Soccer AM appearance, won't be making a showing for Rovers this weekend.

Rovers from: Friedel, Enckelman, Nelsen, Samba, Ooijer, Warnock, Bentley, Dunn, Savage, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Derbyshire, Tugay, Mokoena, Rigters, Khizanishvili, Olsson, Brown.

Player to watch: Morten Gamst Pedersen

I fancy he will be restored to the starting line-up for this game to demonstrate the width Rovers have. He also adds extra defensive depth. If he is in, Hughes will be looking for him to up his game and provide the quality crosses and balls he is capable of.

Match Facts & Stats

This is the 100th competitive meeting between the two clubs.

Rovers have made their best start to a Premiership season in over a decade whereas Spurs have made their worst in Premiership history.

Spurs are now unbeaten against Rovers in seven games.

Blackburn's only victory in the last nine Premier League visits to White Hart Lane was a 0-4 end-of-season triumph on 11 May 2003 in which Dwight Yorke, Craig Hignett, Damien Duff and Andrew Cole scored.

Four of the last five League fixtures with Spurs have been drawn, including each of last season's meetings; both 1-1.

Ref Watch:

Crazy Rob Styles is the referee. He has already issued four red cards this season and with three produced for Rovers players in the last four games against Spurs, expect another on Sunday.

Match Prediction:

The best approach Rovers can deploy here is a hit and miss tactic. It will be imperative for Rovers to score an early goal to cause disarray amounts the Spurs ranks and with Roque Santa Cruz and Benni McCarthy beaming with confidence and both amongst the goals, Rovers have a very real chance of conceiving this. Plenty of early balls into the box from wide, which could see a return for Gamst, can worry the tepid Spurs defenders, especially with Santa Cruz such a handful. This is where the game will be won and lost. Expect goals in this game. If Rovers can get the early goal then a first win over Spurs in over two and a half years could ensue. Rovers to win 3-2.

Next Fixtures:

Portsmouth in the league cup.




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The Journalist

Writer: Roversman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 27 2007

Time: 3:31PM

Your Comments

were due lads, were due. its time to beat the spuds
sasman
lets go for it.... put them under pressure!!!
MikeyGamst
roversman its a well written article and you seem to air on the side of caution. this could be a big result for either team but i reamin confident as their defensive weaknesses play right into our hands a goal for us irrespective of who scores first will demoralise them! i think you are right in your prediction a 3-2 rovers win i think!
durks de rover
I say you wil win 5 nil all you need to do is show up.
splash16
One things for certain,there will be lots of goals.We are WOEFUL at the back,the Krays had a better defence than us...!!4-3 to Spurs with Warnock sent off after a rash tackle on Lennon.(hi yer HughesDaMan!)Chalky76 THFC
chalky76
he's away at the monet chalky... and i think there will be goals too, my gut instinct for some reason says a 2-1 away win.
MikeyGamst
Cheers durk. I really am struggling to predict this one though due to the Spuds situation. Tried to remain opened minded about this one. Still gotta give the boys the support.
roversman
So long as we win so we can shut chalky76 up I'll be happy :) lol!
Hughes Da Man
Another great article, Roversman - I know I don't contribute much re comments, but I do appreciate what all you guys do. Let's hope the ref doesn't have too much of an effect - I always get nervous with card-happy referees...Is it just me, or have the spuds fans learnt some humility after their recent results?
Desert Kiwi
I find this hard to admit but I have found myself in the past few days, feeling sorry for Spurs and kind of respecting them for their honest views! Never thought this would happen. I just hope both sets of fans enjoy the game even if it will be a Rovers win.
roversman
same here roversman... that is what football is about. and desert kiwi you do your bit mate, its always good to hear people contribute.
MikeyGamst
spot on mikey, no need to be sorry desert kiwi, u always have something great to contribute when u do so, feel sorry for spurs!!!!!! guys im dissapointed, stuff the****s and let em get relegated lol
sasman
SAMBAAAAA LEGENDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sasman
"Samba had no right to score that goal"...I assume I get the same commentary as you. Classic. You've gotta feel for the poor spuds. We dominated the start and the end of the game, but they dominated everything in between. There but for the grace of God...
Desert Kiwi
yeah, that too, Sasman
Desert Kiwi
I DONT FEEL FOR THE SPUDS!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH U PPL LOL ROVERSSSSSSS!!!!! Samba absolute legend, end of the day, we got three points, they had a penalty, there in the bottom three and Desert Kiwi posted 3 times in one day. Can it get any better lol, well its 4am so im off to bed lol
sasman
4
Desert Kiwi
lol my bad kiwi
sasman
come on!!!! we riode our luck a lot but you need to some times and you need to take your chances, we did spurs didnt....2-1, things keep on rolling.
MikeyGamst
woot woot i cant sleep lads, gonna go collect tom, cant believe spuds were actually favourites, woot bit of extra cash for me lol
sasman
Yeah, we definitely rock. Football is all about luck sometimes, and, for a change, we had more of it. What are we now? 5th? Depending on the Arse beating Liverpool? This feels like a very, very good season.
Desert Kiwi
21 Points after 10 games, who would of ever said that. Plus a game in hand against the Villans. Big two games coming up guys bring on Liverpool!!!!. I think we should give the cup on wed a rest. Sure we wanna win something, but if we wanna give a good go for this top 4, we need our strongest team for the big teams, and we now know roque cant double up, wouldnt wanna stress him. Its time to give a run to Olsson, Derbs, Rigters, Even get Gamst back out there
sasman
Good call. We really look like doing the goods in the league this year. Makes sense to concentrate on it. Go to bed Sasman, what time is it there now? 6...+2 on spurs site.
Desert Kiwi
Fact of the matter is that you didn´t win cause the Spuds fired Jol, you won cause you played pretty well. (and it helped that them spauds are feckin useless of course) Good win tho, congrats lads.
Blue is the colour
bear in mind when the spuds whinge that they didnt deserve to lose.... remember to bring up that game with them at the Lane two years ago. 3-2 loss the most undeserved loss ever.
MikeyGamst
The spuds, the spurms, the spack, whatever you want to call them... they've had a wretched run of luck, and I think we're even minded enough to see that the same thing could happen to any team. But thank the big guy it's happened to them regardless of past results. I guess what I'm trying to say - it's dangerous to get too cocky as the spums have done for years, because it does get up and bite you in the arsene. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Humility is a dish best served...to spurs fans, lol
Desert Kiwi
Great game thought it was going to be another typical spurs, rovers fixture when the penalty came, but no, slice of luck with Benni's goal and plain awesome by the Wall!!!!! Well done Rovers, bring on Pompey and the Pool!! Tough game midweek though, but Pool at home gonna be a cracker!!!
roverjoy
ill be there as well rover joy. so looking forward to it, havent missed the Liverpool game for about 5 years at ewood.
MikeyGamst
Umm, am going to be in London at the time, wonder if I can weasel a pass from the missus...
Desert Kiwi
How much is the train?
Desert Kiwi
normally about 40 quid return isnt it desert???
MikeyGamst
I have no frikin idea, never been there...looking forward to it though. Can I use my oyster card?
Desert Kiwi
Blood hell, am actually really excited - might be my first chance for a Prem game, let alone BR...let the good times roll...Actually, you guys might find that a bit strange, but the premiership is something that the rest of the world looks forward too. I haven;t seen a game yet, but if it 's at Ewood park, I'll be happy. I might have to do the Haka.
Desert Kiwi
if its still in date desert yeah!!!
MikeyGamst
and take your haka elsewhere... we drink pints in England desert!!!! lol
MikeyGamst
********* to that...determined to do the haka against our next opponents...Lierverpoo?
Desert Kiwi
well it is pompey away but yeah Liverpool is the next league game.
MikeyGamst
You almost got your prediction right :-)
merlin
he got the margin of victory correct mer!!!!
MikeyGamst
I feel as though the predictions were there or there abouts. Still we have won, which is something some of us thought capable earlier in the week. Samba, is a real hero. Great to see Benni's and indeed the whole team's reaction to the winner, there is a real desire there to do well.
roversman
We won!!!!!!!!!! lollll sorry guys im stoked lol
sasman
still feel good about that win... after all the arrogance and ignorance we had to put up with last year... revenge is sweet.
MikeyGamst
you headint o game on Sat then desert???
MikeyGamst
 

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