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Blackburn Rovers 3 - Reading 3

Ewood Park

13th May 2007

Attendance: 22,671

Bodo Glimit Here We Come

Well we did it guys, just though. Oh and what a way to end the season in a thrilling game that serves as a solid metaphor for our campaign.

Few could argue with the result as it was a fair reflection on two open and creative teams that went for the win.

Reading started the game brightly forcing a number of early corners. The lethal left foot of Nicky Shorey was causing all sorts of problems for the Rovers defence and another of his trademark long distance efforts came rattling back off the post. This was just moments after he had drilled one narrowly wide.

Rovers looked a tad tired after the excursions of the league campaign since the FA Cup semi-final but took the lead on 21 minutes in slightly controversial circumstances.

A drilled ball across the six yard box by Morten Gamst Pedersen caused both Shabani Nonda and Marcus Hahnemann to challenge for the ball. It by-passed them both as they collided and presented King Benni with the simplest of tap-ins for goal number twenty-four of the season.

Unfortunately Hahnemann couldn`t continue as reports suggest he has broken his hand.

However, Reading managed to hit back a quarter of an hour later through Seoul Ki-Hyeon and it came as no surprise that it was from a set-piece. Another corner was drifted across and Seoul lost his marker to power a header past Brad Friedel and in off the far post.

The half drew to a close without much of a clamour as both sides casually sparred. As things were Rovers were on course for the Intertoto.

Rovers began the second period with a greater urgency and were soon back in front. After a collection of corners arrived like the common bus Rovers took the lead, again.

Quick thinking from Gamst released King Benni who in turn slid in the express train from Liverpool, Stephen Warnock. His marauding run sliced the Reading defence open and his low cross found its way through to Gamst, who couldn`t miss! But in keeping with current form he did, but in turn gave himself an assist for Player of the Season David Bentley, who did tap home!

However, Reading pegged Rovers back again. This time it was the impressive Kevin Doyle, with a diving header from another good cross.

The goals weren`t finished there though. Rovers added a third through Matt Derbyshire, who knows how to make an instant impression. He had only been on 37 seconds when he found the back of the net. He met Brett Emerton`s cross with a diving header.

However, the best was saved till last as Reading pegged Rovers back again. Leroy Lita`s attempted free-kick was charged down but Gunnarsson unleashed a thunderbolt from distance that arrowed into the bottom corner.

Both teams pushed for the win but a draw was perhaps the fair result.

As it is then Rovers qualify for Europe via the Intertoto, well we have to win a few games against obscure opposition first but if the Toon army can do it with their reserves we should be okay!

Star Player

I think it is unfair to pick just the one as it was another team effort!

Player Ratings


Friedel 6

Beaten three times!!! Not often we say that but he was left exposed.

Warnock 7

Excellent energy throughout and looking forward to watching him next season.

Emerton 7

Solid as ever but has always showed a tendancy to get forward and this won't change and it may be worthwhile investing in a new right-back. Definately keep hold of Brett though as he has been much improved and finally won over the fans.

Samba 7

Great and will only get better. His partnership with Nelsen is exciting.

Nelsen 7

See above!

Bentley 8

Rightly crowned player of the year and put in another display. Only right that he marked the occasion with a goal. How unselfish of Gamst!

Gamst 8

A better performance to end the season. Let's hope he is still with us next season.

Tugay 8

Showed that quality once more, looking forward to it next season as a luxury for the extra goals in games.

Mokoena 7

Solid again. Will Sav actually get back in? Yeah probably.

McCarthy 7

His 24th and last for Rovers? I doubt it; he will be doing more of the same in August wearing blue and white halves.

Nonda 5

Aparantly Hughes is going to keep him. On the evidence of this I wouldn't.

Derbyshire 7

The paduan learner made it nine for a whirlwind season.

Dunn 7

He has been great since his return. I think he will be a better player next season which can only be a good thing.




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The Journalist

Writer: Roversman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 13 2007

Time: 6:51PM

Your Comments

Well it is all over guys. We have some reward for a fantastic season that would have been better but for bad decisions from officials (West Ham, Spurs, Bolton games) and injuries (Reid twice, Sav, Ooijer, Roberts, Gamst, Nelsen)! I just hope that with the same spine to the team and a few additons to the squad that we can really push for honours next term. This is the best Rovesr team/squad I have seen for a while!
roversman
As for the game...great entertainment. I think I may have to pop down to the bookies for that bet HDM!
roversman
how did you qualify for intertoto? how many teams qualified for the uefa from england? i know that spurs, everton and bolton qualified but is there 1 more? even if it is 4 and reading also go in the uefa, then does this mean there is 2 intertoto places? i assume that portsmouth would want to enter intertoto? i'm confused, please explain?
Bud
Everton, Spuds and Bolton qualify for the UEFA via spots 5, 6 and 7 respectively. Pompey and Reading finished 8th and 9th but did NOT apply for Inter Two Bob cup, whereas Rovers, who finish 10th, DID, therefore, we are the highest finishing team with an application for that tournament. I am unsure as to whether there are in fact 2 spots however, i think i read that somewhere, but could well have imagined it. Question answered? Any more for the Oracle that is BomBom? lol
BomBom
Guys, see my post in the forums regarding potential opponents, James, Bodo are NOT one of the potential teams so save yer wonga fella! although a nice away trip to Llanelli would be great, only 1 n half hour drive for me LOL
BomBom
Yeah Bodo seem to always be in the reckoning for Champs league. Maybe Benni would want to play for them! Ohhh low blow! I agree though Dale, Wales would be great. Get a Rovers crew down their during the end of the summer. Twill be brill!
roversman
I thought with the intertoto cup you could apply virtually right up to the start of the trournement? Reading definitely wouldn't apply.. but is it possible that pompey might.. after all they are fairly minted?!
Bents4eng
LOL that was a tad harsh mate lol, Benni and Bodo, a match made in Heaven? Would be nice to do a Liverpool and get an early round in this country as, not only is it better for the travelling fans, its better for the squad that they haven't got to go travelling round the backroads of some Azerbaijani hamlet for a qualifier!
BomBom
roverman - If ONLY we could draw Bodo, but it's not to be by the looks of it is it LOL. Bring on the Welsh side, that'll do me. Although I hear Lithuania is nice in July?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Bents4eng - I'm with you, I was given the impression that you can apply anytime up to the event. There is more chance of Benni signing for Bodo LOL that Reading applying but maybe, just maybe on the questionable way they were denied (an offside goal that wasn't?) maybe Portmouth could still apply, but from what Lineker has just said on MOTD and what sites are reporting WE'RE IN!
Hughes Da Man
BomBom - Let's hope the gods (not Ryan Nelsen) shine on us and give us this closer to home tie, you'll be LOVING it won't you if we draw Llanelli won't you dude!
Hughes Da Man
indeed, its only about 40-50 miles away tho the infastructure to get there takes me the same amount of time as it would to get to Birmingham!!! Go figure!
BomBom
It's unfait to say Friedel was left exposed... Reading did they homework and kept the ball away from The Admiral and The Wall. I was mightly impressed with their performance and they demonstrated that they could play at this level. Mr Coppull probably doesn't want UEFA footie next year anyway as they will have a very tough season next year!
Ex Ewood Resident
Ex Ewood Resident - I wasn't able to see the match but from the highlights I saw it looked a corker, every bit the corker we were expecting against Spurs but didn't get :) I've been impressed with Reading this season, they've done a great job and play the game it should be played, with no fear and a genuine interest in winning (home and away) Next season will be tougher as teams will know what they are about but still think they might have a decent one.
Hughes Da Man
Bring on Llanelli...
MikeyGamst
Yep Mikey, that would be a nice tie and a tie that "could" see many of us from this site go?!?!
Hughes Da Man
Intertoto cup, that must mean the Rovers are back for pre-season already lol!! Congratulations though, i just hope the extra games doesn't tire you out later on in the season......no wait corse i do then 5th place will be ours for the taking MWAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
Phartman87
(Trust me, my sinister laugh is a lot more menacing in real life)
Phartman87
I hope not Phartman as that was sinister enough as it is :) Only a few extra games and we won't have to play until the end of July so not as bad as it may seem. Just a slightly extended pre-season. My one worry is David Bentley! If he plays for England at the under-21's tournament he'll not get that much of a break.
Hughes Da Man
thanks for answering my earlier question BomBom
Bud
 

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