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On a chilli,rainy night, Blackburn faced Middlesbrough, who has just come of a spanking to Premier League favourites, Chelsea. Rovers made a few changes to the line up, Derbyshire replacing Roberts, Roque Santa Cruz replacing Fowler, Oijer replacing Samba in the heart of the defence, and Grella making his home debut, replacing Tugay.

In what looked like a defensive outfit, Rovers appeared to start the game with little confidence. An Olsson error early on almost set Aliadiare free, forcing the young Swede to foul. Worryingly for Rovers fans, not a Boro goal, but Mark Hughes was shown on the big screen, am i right that this is the second game in a row he has been watching.....I wonder who he is after....

Boro almost took the early advantage. Riggot sent a lovely ball over the Rovers defence, with Aliadiare only managing to hit the woodwork. Rovers first real chance of the half was from a brilliant piece of play from Grella. A floated ball over the top from Grella sent Emerton free, who's shot on target was saved by the keeper, earning a corner. Few minutes later, it was Roque's turn to go close. A nice pass by Warnock set up Santa Cruz, brushing past his defender, striking the inside of the far post, and bouncing back into open play.

Midway through the first half, fortune favoured Rovers. A lofted header by Digard set Tuncay free, who's overhead bicycle kick found the back of the net, but he was controversially flagged offside. Carlos Villanueva was finding his feet, however a flash of brilliance in the 38th minute got the Rovers fans excited. Carlos took the ball in full flight, spun and layed it of, almost in one motion, but Warnock could only find the grandstand.

An entertaining first half in miserable weather, with both sides unlucky not to be leading at the break, 0-0.

A slow start to the second half, with foul after foul eventuating in Matt Derbyshire being cautioned. Not too long after, it was Derbyshire to make way for Benni McCarthy. The change almost payed dividens. An excellent surging run by Brett Emerton was followed by a delightful one-two with Benni Mc, with Santa Cruz being released. The fortnight of must have rusted of Roque, with the ball becoming stuck in his stried, opportunity gone.

Rovers where made to pay for there poor finishing, with a long ball setting ALves free, who skipped around Oijer and blasted into the back of the net. 1-0 Boro....

An attacking change for Rovers followed, Olsson of, Treacy on. The match started to disspointingly fizz out, with Blackburn suddenly lacking any attacking threat. 4 minutes of injury time...

Rovers were awarded a free kick just inside the attacking half, taken by Warnock and cleared for a corner. In a last ditch attempt, it was all guns blazing with Paul Robinson surging into the box. A delightful corner found Benni McCarthy free on the edge of the 6 yard box, up he went, a strong powerful header into the back corner of the net. 1-1 at Ewood

Star Player

Vince Grella

Now lets not get into any politics here, Grella had a splendid game. Delightful passing, tackling and distribution, and this is only the start. ALso collected the Peter Jackson man of the match award

Manager Rating

Im confued. Warnock and Grella both in central midfield? Two defensive minded midfielders, with Carlos on one wing, and Emerton on the other. Surely Gamst is not that out of favour.

However credit must go to Ince for not starting Benni Mc and bringing him on later in the game. Match Fitness is what he needs, hopefully he might be ready for a start next time round

Benni McCarthy

Isnt it greawt just to see him again, let alone on the score sheet. It has been longer then a year since he has scored from open play, and when he jumped up for that header, it always looked in. Darn it, if only Roberts can learn


BRING HIM BACK. The Sasman is a big fan of the Gamst. The Gamst offers what others dont, a delightful cross, and a chest of skills. Carlos needs to be playing more central, just infront of Grella who will make the space for him. Get Gamst on the flank, and Warnock back in defence. Look at our scoring record, 9 goals in 9 games? Thats poor, we need delivery and opportunities.

Date:Saturday October 25 2008
Time: 8:02PM

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oh......I really thought you should have beat them tonight
25/10/2008 20:52:00
You thought wrong then, didnt you. should have been 2-1 boro, but a draw was better than i expected before the game.
25/10/2008 21:43:00
woo woo! wtf beaten us,,, we ran u sillly! 2.1 boro?? suck out x
26/10/2008 00:53:00
and no offence sas but? whats with the comment on gamst! ye he really is that bad, his crossin has gone awful! he doesnt beat the 1st man!!! and skills eh? are u serious! come on you might like him but but he simply AINT GOOD ENOUGH!
26/10/2008 00:55:00
this is a real dilemma, and i can see where sasman is coming from. after watching carlos playing for the first time closely for the boro, he appears to be fitted to play in the middle. he tends to cut back in when he's out wide anyway. props to derbyshire for working so hard, but he is not meant to play on the flank, let alone the left one. treacy is far from becoming starting material. he looks confused when he was on the pitch. in some way, gamst is still our best bet on the left, although i agree he has not been doing his job. final note, it's time to put warnock back to defense. warnock was always imposing when he was at left back, olsson was shaky today.
26/10/2008 01:21:00
mate he is much better then treacy, carlos or warnock on the flank
26/10/2008 01:30:00
Did carlos, warnock, treacy or pedersen play on the flank... no! derbyshire did and yeh he was useless but at least he wnts to play for blackburn not runnin 2 the press and sayhis tht hes sick of being substituted! pedersen if to soft and easy to figure out
26/10/2008 01:38:00
One thing I want to say is that I am sorry for criticising Emo for so long as he is fast becoming my favourite Rover. Always gives the team 100% no matter what position he is played in and even tries to convince his aussie mates to come and join the party too. Top bloke
durks de rover
26/10/2008 03:16:00
On the match itself, Gamst has been droppped for the right reasons he is performing at the same level as treacy or anyone else for that matter. If we were to forget what he did a few years ago we would be saying he should be nowhere near the team simple as! I agree taht Grella was pretty good today got stuck in when needed. however for grella to be really effective he needs dunny or some such player in beside him. IMO benni wasnt that good when he came on in terms of quality but he was certainly up for it and ill take that over the usual benni anyday. Matty isnt a winger-get him in the box and watch him do the damage. Today wasnt a good result although when ya think we drew with boro at ewood last season its not all bad
durks de rover
26/10/2008 03:21:00
It could've been better, but could've been worse as well. I'm happy*(ish!)
26/10/2008 06:34:00
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