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Blackburn 3 - Derby 1

Ewood Park

Attendance: 26110

Blackburn 3- Derby 1

In the penultimate round of the premier league, Blackburn faced a struggling Derby County at Ewood Park. In what many had tipped to be a walk over for the boys in blue and white, it came to a surprise to many when Derby took the inititiave. After a comedy of errors by the Rovers defence, a quick release by Roy Carrol set Kenny Miller free, leaving behind shouts of offside, slotting the ball past Brad Friedel.

THis seemed to fire Rovers up, with Bentley and Gamst getting on the ball, firing the ball into the Derby box. Blackburns persistance paid of when in stoppage time, a powerful Morten Gamst Pedersen strike was parried by Roy Carrol, right into the path of the Parguayan Goal scoring machine, Roque Santa Cruz. 1 all at the break.

Sparky must of let loose in the sheds, with a horrible set of errors by the Derby defence, freeing up Jason Roberts, cooly slotting it in the net, 2-1 Rovers.

From here on, Rovers took charge, with Tugay being introduced, pulling the strings in the middle of the park with Gamst and Bentley playing either side. Blackburn really should of run away with the game, with Roberts missing 2 or 3 clear opportunities. Bentley could of tucked one away with Samba also coming close. The drought continues for the Admiral, with Nelsen almost bending in a left foot volley.

However, it was the man of the moment who tucked the third, Roque Santa Cruz latching on a cross with some part of his body, 3-1 Rovers.

Martin Olsson and Matt Derbyshire were introduced to seal of the game.

Good victory for the boys, we really should of cleaned up though.

Star Player

Roque Santa Cruz. 2 chances, 2 goals, enough said. I was going to give it to Jason Roberts, had a terrific game, really should of had at least a hattrick though.

Player Ratings

Brad Friedel 6

Not needed throughout the game

Steven Reid 5

Really poor at right back, where are the Emerton dissers now aye....

Ryan Nelsen 7.5

Started of sloppy, but then shut of the little that tried to come past

Chris Samba 7

Could of scored a brace, would of been useful to nick a few goals this year. Same as Nelsen, started sloppy but became more solid as game went on.

Steven Warnock 8

Warnock is a revelation. Worked splendidly with Gamst on the left to create several opportunities

Johann Vogel 6.5

Im still not convinced to be honest. Did not have much of an impact, i would rather see Dunny making bursts through the middle, however thats just my opinion

Brett Emerton 7

Nothing special, missed a good opportunity, however did track back well

Morten Gamst Pedersen 8

Just makes you wonder what could of been if this was the form all year. Still not conifdent on the set pieces yet, but getting there

David Bentley 8

I think the 8 is a tad generous, but maybe we have just come to expect more of him. Had a really solid game, but expected him to cut Derby to shreds.

Jason Roberts 9 for Effort, 5 for FInishing

Had a fantastic game, always a threat, now just needs to tuck the ball into the net

Roque Santa Cruz 8.5

As i said, 2 chances, 2 goals, splendid, the tally keeps climbinb

Tugay 7

Played some decent passes across the middle and up front, we all just wanted him to have one shot though, didnt happen lol

Martin Olsson

Little time to affect the game

Matt Derbyshire

Little time to affect the game

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The Journalist

Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 3 2008

Time: 5:13PM

Your Comments

Just what we needed 3 points, VIlla pompey losing, 1 more game to go!!!!!!!
With Villa Losing, we are still alive!!!! its going down to the wire fellas! good day to be a rovers fan! nice write up Sas and hey, nevermind Emo, ive been down on Reid for YEARS!!!! Now you want to join my club???
lol not joining buddy, he should be in the middle of the park, not rb lol
the results went in our favour now its up to us and Birmingham are not going to sleep as they will fight fo their lives..should be a good game.
emo dissers are still here sasman dont you worry bout that, we just need a right back not a midfielder filling in.good three points, still in the hunt for europe!!
durks de rover
bit of a shock going a goal behind wasn't it!
not really merlin, we were playing poorly and derby deserved there lead, it was a turning point though, our boys got a kick up there ass
Santa cruz, what a buy!
Fan of Blues
Don't really care about going behind, coming back to win is the main thing!
Hughes Da Man
3 points is all that matters. We were poor for the first half an hour but after the equaliser there was only ever one winner. Should of been 5/6 by the end.
It does seem a little odd playing a centre midfielder ar right back, and a right back in cente midfield (however, Emerton could play anywhere down the right side! I wouldn't be surprised if he became a make shift Centre half...!) However, Emerton and Bentley seem to have an understanding, which Reid and Bentley do not have yet. Emerton has a better delivery of the ball into the box. However, Hughes doesn't tell me how to do my job...
Decimus Poole
It's going down to the wire... league winners, relegation and of course most importantly UEFA cup spots! Great end to the season

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