VB Weekend Winners and Losers
After all the euphoria of Spurs 9-1 win over Wigan yesterday, Rovers rather efficent, dominant 2-0 away win at the Reebok was rather over shadowed by Sunday evening.
But the jinx has ended and it is quite a weight off of our shoulders, furthermore it was a nice get well present to Big Sam in the hospital.
For once I am having problems picking out the 'losers' this week, especially since I can't name Bolton players (Cheapshot!).
But here we go, lets see who deserves a mention this weekend...
DAVID DUNN - You know, it should be getting really boring slotting his name into this section every week but it's really not!
He was again at his masterful best yesterday and whilst those around him kept the boat steady and supplied the large bulk of the graft, Dunn was the shining light and our only serious creative spark.
But what a spark. Every decent Rovers attack revolved around him and he seemed to enjoy having that extra striker to play into as well - it only added to Dunn's influence rather than take away from it.
He may not end up in Fabio's England squad but there are few better Premier League players this season.
JASON ROBERTS - Those expecting J-Rob to turn in his usual turgid display after the shock of his two goal salvo against Pompey were way off the mark.
Jason was deployed in a two man attack with Franco Di Santo (who did well) and stuck to his task manfully. The usual efforts were there but Jason actually looked pretty inspired and for the first time in a long while when played from the start he looked like a genuine GOAL threat.
He was unlucky not to score in the second half with an effort cleared off the line and his hold up play was a notch above Kevin Davies down the other end.
He may not be everyone's choice but he serves a purpose and the other three strikers would pick Jason to be their strike partner if given the options.
BRETT EMERTON - As we said the other week when he made his return from injury, but now we can say it for sure... HE'S BACK!!!!
On the right side of a midfield three he added some much needed pace to the Rovers attacks and was a willing 'tracker backer'. He has also is far too speedy for a man of his notable size.
His work rate actually makes up for the deficit in David Dunn's defensive work and helps the team achieve a balance that it didn't have when Brett wasn't there.
Another one unlucky not to score, but his all round performance gave the Rovers fans the biggest reason to be cheerful yesterday.
FRANCO DI SANTO - Now I will start by saying that given the excellent all round team performance yesterday it was very difficult to select this section this weekend so I will nit pick.
Franco generally looked dangerous, was another one whos work rate was awesome and had a good game but he fluffed his chance to grab a vital goal.
The only reason the good people of Vital Blackburn have not gone crazy about Di Santo is due to his goal record so far. His general play has been superb so far but he only has a solitary goal to his name so far this season.
He had a good one on one chance which he should have buried and given the doubters something to think about.
Maybe next time.
STEVEN N'ZONZI - A very good game at the Reebok, was solid and gave presence to the midfield which was much needed. He is a very capable stand in for his senior Vince Grella in that holding part of the midfield three.
This might sound harsh but the other Rovers midfielders grabbed the headlines yesterday (Brett, Diouf, Dunn) where as Steven was just the fixing piece in the middle, he will get very little plaudits. He perhaps should have looked to have kicked forward given the chance
MORTEN GAMST PEDERSEN - Oh dear, the future looks bleak for this man.