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In the first of our tough run of encounters, Tottenham visited Ewood Park in what was always destined to be an open and free flowing game. With both teams heavily relying on delivery from the flankers, Mark Hughes opted to give Johann Vogels his first team debut for the Rovers. Samba was restored into the defence ahead of Zurab. As for the Spuds, Radek Cerny replaced Robinson in goals.

Tottenham got of to the brightest of starts, with a 6th minute tap in to Berbatov. Poor marking on the right flank by Ooijer allowed a cross to be tucked in, sloppily finished by Berbatov. TOttenham then dominated the next 20 minutes, bombarding the Rovers defence, who at times, appeared a little shaky.

However, nothing could stop a free flowing Bentley attack. Bentley recieved the ball in full stride, hitting the byline and tucking in a cross, with Morten Gamst Pederson continuing his scoring spree, netting the equaliser.

Now it was Rovers chance to dominate, with good chances falling to Roberts and Santa Cruz, with the energetic strikers only managing to hit Cernys chest. Half time, 1-1.

Sparky decided to bring back my boy Emerton, taking off Ooijer. Tottenham once again started their free flowing attack, playing one touch passes which at times, almost rivalled their London Rivals, Arsenal. Robbie Keane had the best of the Chances for Tottenham, forcing Friedel into a save. Nelson and Samba really started to stand up in defence, whilst a Bentley Free kick was smartly saved by Cerny.

WIth Gamst and Bentley bombarding the Tottenham goal, it came to a surprise when Gamst was replaced by Benni McCarthy. BOth teams continued with their attack, Bentley dissalowed what would of been a difficult penalty to give. A dart in the box led to him being checked off the ball, one of those 50 50 decisions which we really needed to go our way.

Full-time 1-1

Star Player

David Bentley: It seemed like he would be the one to break down Tottenham, just wasnt to be. Credit must go to Nelson and Samba, really solid in the second half

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 7

Made a few important saves

Andre Ooijer 5.5

Not his usual solid himself. Made an error leading up to the goal, taken of at the break

Christopher Samba 5.5 First Half, 7.5 Second Half

A game of 2 halves for the big man, sloppy then great. However gave a typical Samba free kick away, fortunately didnt lead to a goal

Ryan Nelson 7.5

Solid game, recieved the man of the match award (lets hope i got this right lol). Made some timely interventions

Steven Warnock 6

Not one of his best, looked really fatigued in defence, hit a few sloppy crosses

Morten Gamst Pederson 8

Made to work extra hard due to Warnocks off game. Hit the by line well, scored a goal, was really surprised he was taken of.

Johann Vogel 6.5

A quiet debut, if there tagging him as Tugays replacement then im dissapointed. More of a cleaner and controller rather than a creative technician

Steven Reid 6.5

Poor passing display from Reid. Lost the ball several times in the first half, however a much more solid performance in the second.

David Bentley 8.5

What can we say, we all know what he is about by now.

Roque Santa Cruz 7

Worked tirelessly, however his finishing ability with the ball at his feet worries me at times

Jason Roberts 7.5

Worked even harder, chasing everything down. He does get pretty frustrated at times, his physical style works against him at times. I think the only reason Benni Mac is still floating around is due to our 2 strikers not scoring the goals. ROberts blasted a few shots straight at Cerny

Brett Emerton 6

Came on at the break, not much influence

Benni McCarthy 5

Why, why take Gamst off for Benni Mc, would of though Vogels could of come of, but im not the manager. Derbs could of come on at least.

Aaron Mokoena

Little time to shine

Manager Rating

7. I dont often comment here, but Sparkys choice to take of Gamst Pederson was really frustrating. I havent heard about him copping a knock or anything, but he really was starting to shine. Could of used him in the end

Sasmans Thoughts

We are making it harder for ourselves to make Europe. We really need Pompey to win the cup now, otherwise all hope is lost. If they do, then we are 1 point behind VIlla after their win

Date:Sunday April 6 2008
Time: 12:15AM

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Points dropped i say, what do you guys think
06/04/2008 00:17:00
Bentley was great today. I've seen the replay of the goal and his play was superb! This season has seen him develop into a better player.
Fan of Blues
06/04/2008 00:20:00
yea he is getting better with every game, hopefully still a rover lol
06/04/2008 02:05:00
Yes I think that is a fair statement which is why I say you'll see him in a spurs shirt next season. Boyhood fantasy come true for him. tar very much and enjoy the intertoto. Mugs
06/04/2008 02:33:00
ah geez, typical spud, what we have played twice, this year, a win to us and a draw, keep it zipped and ur trash to ur site. Bentley to Tottenham, rofl.....
06/04/2008 03:45:00
If you're surprised by Sparky taking off MGP, so was I by Ramos taking off Malbranque. He was our best player. Strange lot these managers. As for Bentley, he was a Gooner and refused to play for England 21 because he thought himself too good. That's not the kind of player I'd like to see at Spurs.
06/04/2008 03:59:00
Don't forget Reids pass to Bentley top class that was he deserves some credit.
06/04/2008 09:53:00
bullers you certainly live up to your name, never seen a post so pack full of *****, you must have tried really hard! as for the game disapointing that we couldnt have gotten a more positive result against a team that have somewhat struggled in the league and especially away from home. however we are still just a point off that intertoto but i fell villa have the wind in their sails after their good win yesterday!
durks de rover
06/04/2008 15:33:00
Agreed Durks! It's gonna be tough now especially with the run-in we have. In relation to hiano's comment above all I can say is that Bentley's decision to snub the England 21's has proved to be the right decision. He's had a great season for us and has pushed his way into the senior squad, so I don't really see where your coming from.
06/04/2008 16:25:00
The game didn't quite live up to my expectations, probably because we were overly cautious after a right good pounding from the barcodes. Overall don't think any team deserved to lose and Ewoods a tricky place to come so I'll settle. Good luck fella
06/04/2008 16:45:00
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