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Hull 1 - Blackburn 2

KC Stadium

02 March 09

Attendance: 24,579

Hull Away Player Ratings

A look at the vital victory yesterday and an analysis of every player on show.

I know Sasman didn't get a chance to do his ratings so I am stepping in.

Star Player

Stephen Warnock.

An absolute powerhouse show from the makeshift midfielder.

Ran the show, put his foot on the ball and certainly wasn't afraid to run with it at pace.

Scored one, set up one and never stopped running.

Could you ask for any more?

Player Ratings


Robinson - 7

Played 45 minutes before being injured cruelly. Pulled off a couple of good stops which were called offside anyway but looked confident which is never a bad thing.

Ooijer - 6

Steady as she goes. Followed up a good display against Manchester United with a not as good but still highly acceptable showing here. Will never have the pace but uses his head.

Nelsen - 8

A masterful performance. Won everything in the air, commanded the defence well and was as solid as a rock. Sam has obviously got him back doing what he does best and has placed a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.

For people who call me bias - point out one thing he did incorrectly yesterday.

Samba - 7

A decent side show act to Nelsen. Again didn't back down from everyone and always looked to carry the ball out of defence.

Will have to up his game and keep it around this level though as Givet and Zurab will breathe down his neck for a starting place.

Givet - 7

I wasn't sure if the Man United performance was a fluke or not so I watched yesterday and got my answer - it wasn't.

A classy display from left back with plenty of support play to back up Pedersen.

Always timed his challenges well and offered width at left back.

A great signing from Sam this one.

Diouf - 7

Another one to be marked in the file 'good piece of business by Allardyce'.

His end product was a little lacking yesterday but his trickery and his pace caused Hull problems. He still goes to ground very easily but he knows what he is doing and showed yesterday that he is certainly a wiley operator.

Andrews - 6

A solid, no nonsense performance from Mr.Steady. Did very little wrong a ticked things over with the short passes. Will be happy with his goal and as well he should be.

People will still get on his back for his lack of 'flash' but every team has one of these players and Keith is ours.

Warnock - 9

See above. Best performance in a Rovers shirt this season. Very well done sir.

Gamst Pedersen - 5

Was putting in a workman-like game until a simply stupid sending off. Got booked for his initial challenge on Marney that led to his sending off and then for a blatant foul 5 minutes later.

It was a rare lapse in temper from a usually timid man but it was silly none the less.

His display before that was looking ok and he was certainly putting in the miles.

Let us down in the end now and will give Villanueva/Treacy a shot at his spot whilst he is suspended.

Santa Cruz - 8

Since January has made himself an absolute must in the 4-5-1/lone striker role that Sam loves to play away from home.

He was a massive focal point against Hull and was nodding down everything and his hold up play was top notch.

He may not want to be here in the long run but you can't doubt his effectiveness. Unlucky not to score.

Grella - 6

Steady as she goes. Tough tackling again which typifies his displays and didn't back down from anyone.

Is still a little guilty of hoffing the ball up but he is looking like a 4 million player. A force on which future Rovers midfields can be built.

Brown - 7

Sharp reaction save at the death and did very well in replacing Robinson. He doesn't often get on but when he does he doesn't put a hand or a foot wrong.

Stood no chance with the goal and claim crosses arguably better than Robinson does.

Roberts - 5

No real time to make impact.

Aaron Mokoena - 5

See Roberts, Jason.

Manager Rating

8. Got it dead on with his tactics.

It took us a while to get going but he set the team up for a clean sheet and we nearly got one.

He let the flair players, i.e. Diouf, Santa Cruz, Warnock have a bit of freedom and made them work for him.

Well done Sam. We came for 3 points and we got them.




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The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 2 2009

Time: 3:02PM

Your Comments

There you go Sas!
Mikey D
There you go Sas!
Mikey D
Good rating Mr Mikey. Thankfully the MGP sending off didn't do that much damage, but personally I think it could be a positive thing for us as it means he WILL have to sit out a match and someone else can come in and hopefully put him under pressure. he hasn't had enough of this (or people given the chance when they should) over the years.
Walker
Good rating Mr Mikey. Thankfully the MGP sending off didn't do that much damage, but personally I think it could be a positive thing for us as it means he WILL have to sit out a match and someone else can come in and hopefully put him under pressure. he hasn't had enough of this (or people given the chance when they should) over the years.
Walker
Am I the only one that's beginning to think that dropping Gamst for Warnock at left wing would be a shrewd move?
Money4midfield
Am I the only one that's beginning to think that dropping Gamst for Warnock at left wing would be a shrewd move?
Money4midfield
Dunno mate... it is a good call but he had a good game in the centre. That is definitely an option though!
Mikey D
Dunno mate... it is a good call but he had a good game in the centre. That is definitely an option though!
Mikey D
well, I think we'll see warnock out left on wednesday as Gamst will be suspended. That or Treacy coming in. Based on saturday, I think I'd go for Warnock
Money4midfield
well, I think we'll see warnock out left on wednesday as Gamst will be suspended. That or Treacy coming in. Based on saturday, I think I'd go for Warnock
Money4midfield
Maybe Carlos stepping in if Dunny is still injured though. I cant see a midfield three of Andrews/Grella/Axe...
Mikey D
Maybe Carlos stepping in if Dunny is still injured though. I cant see a midfield three of Andrews/Grella/Axe...
Mikey D
If dunny is not fit, i dont see carlos coming into the middle of the pitch, he prob will go on the left flank with the same middle 3, i really dont rate treacy to much, i think Sergio Peter was the better of the 2, ah well
sasman
If dunny is not fit, i dont see carlos coming into the middle of the pitch, he prob will go on the left flank with the same middle 3, i really dont rate treacy to much, i think Sergio Peter was the better of the 2, ah well
sasman
what about Carlos? it might be a bit harsh to say with his limited game time, but Treacy has done little when played... this would allow Warnock to play the same position and give a man with great potential a second chance
retroflair31
what about Carlos? it might be a bit harsh to say with his limited game time, but Treacy has done little when played... this would allow Warnock to play the same position and give a man with great potential a second chance
retroflair31
i think carlos should be given the opportunity too to stake a claim for a place in the premiership, not just the cup, and his set pieces may just unlock a very tight everton defence
glen9mullan
i think carlos should be given the opportunity too to stake a claim for a place in the premiership, not just the cup, and his set pieces may just unlock a very tight everton defence
glen9mullan
I think it'll be Warnock on the left and two up front. I'm still amazed that Pedersen got two yellows! However, I am pleased that more players are getting on the score sheet, the midfielders need to start scoring more to help out the strikers.
FreidelNo.1
I think it'll be Warnock on the left and two up front. I'm still amazed that Pedersen got two yellows! However, I am pleased that more players are getting on the score sheet, the midfielders need to start scoring more to help out the strikers.
FreidelNo.1
The midfielders really havent scored enough this season. Its a shame but I think that has been the case for a few years now. Only Morten has reached double figures over the last few seasons.
Mikey D
The midfielders really havent scored enough this season. Its a shame but I think that has been the case for a few years now. Only Morten has reached double figures over the last few seasons.
Mikey D
'Steady as she goes' quote of the week, haha.
adrianbrfc
'Steady as she goes' quote of the week, haha.
adrianbrfc
 

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