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McCarthy and Ooijer Save the Day for Rovers

Blackburn
2 - 1
Tottenham

Ewood Park

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2 Teams, different agendas. Tottenham, a win away from closing in on an unlikely European spot, Blackburn, a loss away from finding themselves in the relegation spots. Both teams, in desperate need of a win, sent out an attacking 4-4-2 formation, with a holding midfielder in the likes of Mokoena and Palacios. Keith Andrews dropped in at right back, whilst the combination of Roberts and McCarthy featured up front.

In what was a sign of things to come, Rovers started to play in what is being called, the 'Sam Allardyce fashion', with long balls being directed at the physical prescence of Jason Roberts, attempting to flick it onto the path of Benni Mc. Not much was happening for the Rovers attack.

Not until the 15th minute, when a neat interchange between Warnock and Gamst sent the Norweigan free on the left frank, dipping in a cross onto the head of Diouf, whose header strayed wide of the near post.
Moments later, a loose ball in the box from a long throw in found the path of Diouf, whose goal bound strike was deflected out for a corner, unlucky!!!!

Tottenham started to lift their game, with Darrent Bent finding space on the left flank, one on one with Robinson, blasting his shot low towards the bottom corner. An outstrecthed Robbo made a superb save, getting a strong hand on the ball, edging it out wide.

Controversy struck minutes later. Lennon picked the ball out wide, drove down the flank, finding himself about 5m away from Givet. He then whipped in a cross, which struck Givet in the hand, who was attempting to actually move his hand away from the ball. Penalty, Rovers went ballistic!!!!! TO add insult to injury, Keane didnt even place the ball on the spot, yet the referee waved play on. Robbo went the right way, but Keane placed it to perfection in the bottom corner, 1-0 Spuds.

Gamst picked up a calf injury, bringing David Dunn onto the pitch. Rovers continued with their long ball game, to the frustration of the home and travelling fans. Nothing was working, with minimal opportunities being created. To add to Rovers woes, Jason Roberts picked up a knock just before the break. Half Time, Spuds 1 Rovers 0

Oijer came on for Rovers, with Samba pushed on up front. Rovers were even more keen to get the ball up front quicker, and really did not look like penetrating the Tottenham defence. The first 20-25 minutes really was a poor affair, until Allardyce played his last card, Tugay coming on for Mokoena. Tugay recieved a standing ovation, and immediately started to get on the ball and distribute, however, no chances were created. Warnock was shifted out wide, with Dunn coming into the midfield.

As the 80th minute approached, Palacios was booked for a string of fouls on David Dunn. THis proved to be important, with only a minute later, Palacios picking up his second yellow for another reckless challenge on Dunn. ROvers finally started to threat, and the extra man gave ROvers the added incentive.

A long ball found the path of Chris Samba, whose attempted shot, or even possible cut back, found Benni McCarthy, who side footed into the back of the net, there was hope for Rovers, 1-1!!!!

Rovers continued to push on, however the long balls were just being belted back into the Rovers half. THe pressure was on, and Rovers couldnt believe their luck when Gomes made a spectacular save from a goal bound Stevie Warnock drive. However, Rovers fans went crazy only minutes later, and Sasman woke up half of Sydney.

Diouf took the corner, Samba stood his ground, the ball bounced up in the box, and Andre Oijer pounced, blasting the ball into the back of the net, earning Rovers another fantastic valuable 3 points, just like he did against Everton all the way back in round 1.

Rovers 2 SPuds 1!!!!!!!

Star Player

The Blackburn Rovers Team between the 80th and 90th minutes.......Seriously, what on Earth was the first 80 minutes, disgusting, noone even deserves a rating for that.

I think the major change was getting Dunn in the middle, we had nothing going for us until then, shouldnt of taken 80 minutes

Need I Say It???

Massive 3 Points? YOu bloody bet ya, eases the pressure on us, especially with Liverpool next!!!!

Ooijer Does it Again

Another late goal from the Dutchmen, fortunately he was there and not Nelsen hehehehe jokes jokes


Writer:Sasman!
Date:Saturday April 4 2009
Time: 3:26PM

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Comments

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what can i say lads....we battered you for 80 mins and should of been leading 3-0, and played the game the right way! the one touch passing that had split you open the entire match...the 2nd yellow on palacious was an outrageous decsion! palacious didnt even put his leg out and the televison replays prove that! his going off, turn the tide in your favour, and you seized your chance! well done.
lillywhites101
04/04/2009 15:47:00
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what can i say lads....we battered you for 80 mins and should of been leading 3-0, and played the game the right way! the one touch passing that had split you open the entire match...the 2nd yellow on palacious was an outrageous decsion! palacious didnt even put his leg out and the televison replays prove that! his going off, turn the tide in your favour, and you seized your chance! well done.
lillywhites101
04/04/2009 15:47:00
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unlucky mate, but the penalty was an outrageous decision also, wasnt it?
sasman
04/04/2009 15:50:00
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unlucky mate, but the penalty was an outrageous decision also, wasnt it?
sasman
04/04/2009 15:50:00
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outrageous? no....50/50? yes......we should of had the game wrapped up before half time, and as harry said, if palacious stayed on blackburn probably wouldnt of scored if we continued to play all nite...i think the ref goes in at half time, looks at the replay of the penalty and says to himself "i will have to give blackburn a decsion or two" which led to palacious getting 2 yellows. 1st one, no question. 2nd one was a ridiculous call.....but its our own fault, we should of killed the game off.
lillywhites101
04/04/2009 16:24:00
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outrageous? no....50/50? yes......we should of had the game wrapped up before half time, and as harry said, if palacious stayed on blackburn probably wouldnt of scored if we continued to play all nite...i think the ref goes in at half time, looks at the replay of the penalty and says to himself "i will have to give blackburn a decsion or two" which led to palacious getting 2 yellows. 1st one, no question. 2nd one was a ridiculous call.....but its our own fault, we should of killed the game off.
lillywhites101
04/04/2009 16:24:00
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you jammy flukey little northern runts! I have NEVER in my life known a team who plays so much NON-football as the crummy Blackburn Rovers! I am going to pray to the good lord from Now until the end of the season that Blackburn Rovers get Relegated. When a team wins by being Flukey and hoofing long balls up field it just makes me sick to the core. No offence to the Blackburn fans because you are honest hard working folks. But I really cannot stand Blackburn Rovers or your manager Sam Allardyce, He will never be able to manage a big club because the fans wouldn't put up with the Drivel him and his players serve up every week. Look what happened at Newcastle.
welshyido
04/04/2009 17:25:00
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you jammy flukey little northern runts! I have NEVER in my life known a team who plays so much NON-football as the crummy Blackburn Rovers! I am going to pray to the good lord from Now until the end of the season that Blackburn Rovers get Relegated. When a team wins by being Flukey and hoofing long balls up field it just makes me sick to the core. No offence to the Blackburn fans because you are honest hard working folks. But I really cannot stand Blackburn Rovers or your manager Sam Allardyce, He will never be able to manage a big club because the fans wouldn't put up with the Drivel him and his players serve up every week. Look what happened at Newcastle.
welshyido
04/04/2009 17:25:00
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By the way, Congratulations with your win!
welshyido
04/04/2009 17:27:00
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By the way, Congratulations with your win!
welshyido
04/04/2009 17:27:00
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