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After a great victory against Wigan, Rovers faced a stubborn Reading defence, gritting there way away from the relegation zone. In what was to be a hot tempered match, Blackburn restored there influential leader to the backline, Ryan Nelson making his return at the expense of the inconsistent Chris Samba

Chances were rare in the first half, with Roberts taking Rovers best chance, heading into the keepers shoulder. With 4 minutes to go, a bizarre incident occured. Ryan Nelson was returning to the back line after an attacking raid when he tried to avoid Reading Keeper Hahnemann releasing the ball. However, as he was releasing it, he clipped Nelson and the Big Kiwi ended up with the ball. Hahnemann dived in with a rash challenge, with both players recieving a yellow.

The second half drew a bit more action, with a Bentley swerving rocket and a dipping volley the highlights, both saved by the keeper.Controversy followed as Czech Midfielder Marek Matejovsky was dismissed following a second yellow card. Soon after, Rovers were awarded a free kick, which David Bentley dipped into the box. The Reading Defence all had pushed up, leaving Zurab with a free header, which he could only hit straight into the keeper.

The game fizzed into action, with Steven Hunt missing a sitter for Reading. However, there was still time for a Roque Howler, shooting from 3 yard out, straight at the keeper, with only 3 minutes to go. Blackburn rang the changes, bringing on Benni Mac and Derbyshire, both with little effect

Star Player

David Bentley. If we were to score, it always looked to be through him, darting runs, a tad of his normal deliveries though. Few good shots also, unlucky with the dipping volley

Sasmans Thoughts

Really was dissapointed. Should of got the victory, missed a few decent chances. Worrying thing is the fact that Roque cant score with his feet!!!!! Good to see Nelson back in action

Date:Saturday March 29 2008
Time: 10:34PM


Um, his name is Ryan NelsEn.
29/03/2008 23:28:00
30/03/2008 00:07:00
lollll same old habits sorry lads, gotta remember, 5am in the morn lol
30/03/2008 05:08:00
Must be early sas!!! good reportthough. I feel a point was just about the right result on the balance of play but we should be taking our chances when a man up. Decent point though particularly with Villa and City both losing.
30/03/2008 10:19:00
Really felt we could have got these three points.Disappointing performance but on the plus side JR is getting better with every game IMO. Definitely deserves his place ahead of Benni. Also i hope Reading stay up. I like their style of play
30/03/2008 19:12:00
I still see it as two points dropped (with all respect to Reading) as we could have made more impact on our chase for European football with a win. However, Reading are a good side, particularly at the Madjeski Stadium.
Hughes Da Man
30/03/2008 19:26:00
From all reports I have read, and listening to the game on Radio Lancs, it appears the ref was the 'star' of the show. And how the assistant ref didn't put his flag up for the header that was ultimately saved, is beyond me! Unless he didn't consider Zurab as interfering!? :-$ This means that the game against Portsmouth is of critical importance.
Decimus Poole
31/03/2008 08:55:00
We're still ok lads. results went our way and bearing in mind Readings good recent home form it is a decent point. Not great, but decent.
31/03/2008 09:22:00
all three were miles off side, if zurab had finished it, reading would of chased him out of the stadium, he should of buried it, same as santa cruz from 3 yards out
31/03/2008 09:35:00
Santa's miss was a bad one but he does do those from time to time. It was offside but we have seen worse things havent we!?!?!
31/03/2008 15:17:00
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