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VB Weekend Winners and Losers
Monday afternoons do feel a little better when you know the boys have done the business but for a long while on Saturday afternoon at Ewood we were staring down the barrel of not only a defeat but a shocking Rovers performance.

But 3-1 in the end WAS a fair result and a reflection of the change in tactics and the added emphasis on attack when it was most needed. Anything other than 3 points would have been a problem - thankfully we ended up with what we wanted.

Right that is enough waffling, lets get stuck in...

WINNERS

JASON ROBERTS -
Well, well, well. Look who it is. Bet you didn't see this man being in here at 3.00 pm on Saturday.

Roberts was again pretty much the 4th choice striker at kick off and by full time pretty much everyone wants J-Rob to be part of a two/three pronged attack for the next game! Mental stuff.

The unlucky Di Santo was ploughing a lone furrow without any success against the Pompey wall and the switch to 4-3-3 worked a dream after half time and swung the game in Rovers favour.

People always complain that Roberts doesn't produce the goods in the 'goals for' column but against Pompey he stepped up. Now doubts of course will exist in the long run but one thing that you cannot deny is that for a half of football on Saturday Jason proved with his all round game that he deserved to be a Blackburn Rovers player.

It was all in the celebration too - happiness, joy, relief at ending frustration and pleased to have helped the Rovers win. Thats all I personally ask.

BENNI MCCARTHY -Second suprise entrant into the Winners section. What a half and for me, the man of the match.

Rarely does a man who only played 45 minutes end up the best player on the pitch, but at Ewood the other day that could be said of Benni McCarthy.

Flicks, energy, bringing others into play and a thurst to prove the manager wrong at wanting to sell him. It was all there and it reminded the Ewood faithful that they have a special player.

He does frustrate and even the most ardent Benni fan will admit he doesn't always play up to his skill level - but he did everything but score.

More performances like this and Sam WONT sell him.

Well done Benni and welcome back!

BRETT EMERTON -I knew he would come good soon enough. He played an influential role and during the turgid first period he was easily the best Rovers had.

Defended well in central midfield and was equally game on the right of a three man midfield after the break. Emo linked up well with Chimbonda, The Zonz and Dave Dunn as he provided a good outlet between defence and attack - something that the Blue and White Army badly needed.

The beauty of Brett other than his manful good looks of course are his ability to play pretty much anywhere bar centre back and goalkeeper. That is why he is so vital to Sam and to Rovers and he showed why we missed him so much last season when he was crocked.

Finally, Brett added pace to the game and was always available as an option going forward. The only thing I would say is that his delivery was not as good as Brett has produced in the past but that will come with more game time.

Brett played very well on the whole and he will be crucial this season.

LOSERS

PASCAL CHIMBONDA -
Not for his performance as he again played very well and is attaking at will when given the chance which is good to see.

He also looks more comfortable on his right peg and does provide genuine width when needed.

But the reason he crops up in here is apparent to most - he lost his rag and nearly put us down to ten men. Now O'Hara is one of Pompeys' few dislikeable players (they don't have many to be fair and we should know with Chimbo, Diouf in the ranks!) as he is a little hot headed chav/scally but to react like that could have cost us the game.

Fair enough he was all over him was O'Hara but to react like was childish not the actions of a seasoned Premier League player.

It could have cost us the game considering the precarious position we were in and Chimbo should know better.

You are a good player Pascal, don't ruin it by being a spoilt brat.

EL HADJI DIOUF -What in the hell was that?!

Aimless, soft, not the usual passion and execution. Dragged off to lick his wounds at half time and rightly so.

We expect much, much better next time round as that level of performance was inexcusable for a Sunday League player.

MORTEN GAMST PEDERSEN -See El Hadji Diouf and times by ten!

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday November 9 2009
Time: 4:03PM

Comments

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As always let the good times roll and get the comments/criticism in!!!
Mikey Delap
09/11/2009 16:04:00
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Mr Delap...very dissapointed....Brett Emerton has shown on several occasions that he is more then capable at playing cb for his national team. As for Goal Keeper, heck, he probably can do the job there also...haha....great write up as normal mate
sasman
09/11/2009 21:58:00
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