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Fulham 1.v.1 Rovers

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Blackburn Rovers

Craven Cottage

21st April 2007. 15:00 k/o

Attendance: 23, 652


Rovers` UEFA Cup quest is now on life-support. A draw against Fulham in the capital was not particularly useful for either side and leaves Rovers with an even bigger task to overcome if we are to be playing Europena football next season.

The game started quite slowly with Fulham looking the most likely and they duly took the lead after 10 minutes when Vincenzo Montella applied the final touches off his knee to a Simon Davies corner.

Rovers responded well against a nervous looking Fulham side. They were being forced back by the aggressive and direct play from both Rovers wingers. Morten Gamst Pedersen put pressure on Liam Rosenior, so much so the young full-back skewed an effort off his own post.

Fulham finished the half strongly but Rovers came out hungry.

Mark Hughes must have had some inspired words to say at half-time as Rovers went tearing into Fulham and were horribly unlucky not to score straight away.

Benni McCarthy once again demonstrated his ability by sweetly connecting with a cross twenty yards out to crash an effort against the underneath of the crossbar. Antti Niemi then produced two excellent saves to deny Gamst from the rebound.

It had the feel of one of those days again for Rovers as chances were being created but taken.

However, Stpehen Warnock and Gamst combined well down the left for the full back to cross to an unmarked McCarthy who was clinical from close range. It had taken an hour but Rovers were level.

A frantic pace to the game ensued with Fulham responding well. Brad Friedel was forced into making a handful of saves seemingly matching his opposite number who had kept Fulham in the game.

Jason Roberts once more went through on goal but the nature of his poor touch and lack of clinical finishing menat that Niemi was untroubled.

Both sides rallied for the late winner that would have helped their respective causes but it never materialised leaving Rovers just in touch with Europe and Fulham just away from relegation.

A thoroughly pulsating encounter which will have pleased the neutrals but done little to help either teams cause.

Star Player

Benni McCarthy

Added his 21st strike of the season to his tally and showed tremendous technique with his volley from distance. So unlucky it didn't go in.

Player Ratings

Friedel 8

Made some top saves.

Warnock 7

Another good display.

Emerton 6

Did his duties well enough.

Nelsen 7

Strong performance and understanding with The Wall

Samba 7

Keeps looking better.

Gamst 7

A better performance. Unlucky not to score on a number of occasions.

Bentley 6

A quieter game.

Dunn 6

Similar to Bentley.

Mokoena 6

Still not Sav but does well enough.

McCarthy 8

If only!

Roberts 6

Disappointed to see him waste a number of promising openings.

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Grrrr....this profligacy is going to cost us. It did in the semi and it did again today. JR needs to take his chances more.
21/04/2007 17:19:00
Ohhh... If only...
21/04/2007 17:35:00
Think your being a bit stingy on the ratings front mate. Jay Rob was worth at least a 7. Yes he should take his chances but everything we did attacking wise which was good went through JR and Gamst. How we didn't win I'll never know...
21/04/2007 18:28:00
Finally I can see the balance in our side: no longer we go only through the right hand side. Not sure about Mokoena though....His work rate I cant doubt, but in the PL it takes more than that.
21/04/2007 18:42:00
When Sav, Rediy and Ooijer are back we are rolling... we were so impressive today.
21/04/2007 18:52:00
Two points dropped would you say?
21/04/2007 19:57:00
Two dropped points? Certainly was merlin, story of a lot of our season though really. Still we can't give up just yet, still twelve points to play for?!?! I still stand by the Axe, not the best player but he is still better than A LOT of people give him credit. If we can be mpre fortunate with injuries next season and can pick up a few more players this summer I still think we'll have a corker next term.
Hughes Da Man
22/04/2007 00:58:00
we need 1 win to finish above you now, COYB. villa did us all a favour too.
22/04/2007 20:51:00
Mike you've been going to finish above us for A LONG time now. If your Intertoto theory is right then we are still right in the hunt but I'm not so sure that can be right, surely?!?!
Hughes Da Man
22/04/2007 21:08:00
Roberts will get better he is only coming back into the team after a long lay off, hes needs to pick up the pace granted and start taking his chances but this will come, of this I have no doubt. Mokoena prob knows he dosnt do the job that Savage does, no one quite does its like Sav after all, but unfortunatley we dont have Sav for the rest of the season so Aaron is doing a job for the club, its maybe not wot we are used to but i think hes done well enough. I think the draw was fair, cos the 1st half Rovers were shocking
24/04/2007 09:41:00
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