Rovers Kept At Bay
Well it was definitly a case of two points dropped at the Riverside as Rovers couldn't turn their dominance into goals.
Team wise, Rovers started with the same XI that started against Bolton with one change - Santa Cruz up front in place of the unlucky Jason Roberts.
Both sides struggled to get out of the blocks in the first half and chances were certainly in short supply.
Rovers love playing in the North East and it showed on the whole as they dominated in the second half and the superior strength in midfield and belief in themselves helped Rovers take control.
In the first half, Vince Grella had a decent effort that if on target would of been the opener and Keith Andrews had a go from distance but the impressive Brad Jones in the Boro goal stood tall.
The Boro goalkeeper to be fair - was actually their best player. Numerous times he kept the away side in check.
After only five minutes Blackburn's Andre Ooijer was booked for a clumsy and needless foul after bringing down the dangerous Adam Johnson.
Neither side created much at all in the first half, Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson in particular having an easy time. Defences were on top and there was little for the crowd to get over excited about.
Keith Andrews was forced off just prior to half time with an injury and the always popular Tugay took his place.
Chris Riggott cleared off the goal-line from Roque Santa Cruz when through on goal, but the Rovers striker was mysteriously adjudged to have handled - which at best looked dubious.
In the second half Rovers took control and various efforts from Benni McCarthy, Roque Santa Cruz and Tugay were kept out.
However, the main chances were in the last ten minutes of the game. David Dunn, on as a substitute slalomed past 3 Boro playuers and had his effort blocked by Jones.
Jason Roberts then had a decent shout for a penalty turned down before having a header superbly saved by Jones with the last action of the game.
Overall though, Rovers can be pleased with the performance but the result of the afternoon should of been three points and not one.
Robinson - 6
Ooijer - 5
Nelsen - 7
Samba - 7
Warnock - 7
Emerton - 6
Andrews - 6
Grella - 7
Gamst Pedersen - 6
Santa Cruz - 8
McCarthy - 7
Tugay - 7
Roberts - 7
Dunn - 8
More great substitutes and was not at fault for the fact Rovers didn't win. Made the right changes at the right time but the chances need to go in.
- Ryan Nelsen and Chris Samba look awesome at the moment.
- David Dunn is awesome when he has a run of games.
- Roque Santa Cruz did not play like he wants out.
- Vince Grella looks like he is worth £4 million now.
- Andre Ooijer will struggle at right back against the top teams.
- Keith Andrews injury. Keith has been a great squad player the last few months and deserves more recognition than he gets.
- Some of these draws will need to become wins soon otherwise we will lose ground.
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