Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

VB Weekend Winners and Losers

VB Weekend Winners and Losers
It really is difficult to put all my thoughts into cohesive comments this morning. One the one hand we could have won 2 or 3 nil against Liverpool and it would have been justified with the efforts we should have buried.

But sadly more profiligacy in front of goal means we ended up with a second straight 0-0 at fortress Ewood Park.

Still good news, David NGog can't shoot as well as he dive over Lee Carsley's legs so we kept a clean sheet and we gave a 'Big 4' side a proper game for a change.

Now it's up to me to fix up, look sharp and pick the three winners and losers for this weekends games.

WINNERS

RYAN NELSEN - What a game from the World Cup bound Kiwi. An absolute rock at the back who, along with Samba kept NGog, Kuyt and the great diving swan Steven Gerrard largely quiet.

I don't honestly remember him losing a header all day long, his positioning was awesome and he kept the line so much more organised than the months of October and early November.

Everyone stuck to task and the Rovers defence was well regimented and confident - to the point where the 'Allardyce's boys are difficult to beat' comments are back with a vengance!

Ryan's job is to defend and the stats from the last two games from the defence reads - played 2, conceded 0, 2 clean sheets.

Super work from all involved but the best defender on show this Saturday was the sturdy Admiral.

BRETT EMERTON - Now pushing David Dunn for favourite cult Rover status.

The man may be an Aussie but he has been here so long he is now an honourary Lancastrian.

On Saturday he did his 'usual' and by 'usual' I mean he was largely very good.

Fast, full of running, full of stamina and looking to cause trouble.
But I must say the defensive side of his game is now complete - when he first arrived at Ewood he was pulling out of tackles left, right and centre - but not anymore, fierce tackling has replaced that and Liverpool struggled to keep tabs on him.

I must also comment that in that midfield he really does dovetail well with fellow Aussie Vince Grella and Steven N'Zonzi - it all feels very balanced. Now for someo to step up on the left side!

NIKOLA KALINIC - Debut in the winners column for the Croatian! He was only on the pitch for twenty minutes but did enough in those twenty minutes to demonstrate that the barnstorming efforts of the Chelsea game was not a one off.

He now looks like a man that could fit the bill of a 6 million striker.

Strong as an ox and with an impressive turning circle, he creates space for himself with his movement. But the most impressive thing about Niko for me is the positions he can get himself into.

He is always in the right spot for a chance and apart from a hurried late miss he did enough to excite the Blackburn end.

The initial fears over Kalinic are quickly disappearing.

LOSERS

EL HADJI DIOUF - Becoming a liability. His snarling and effective work man like attitude is disintegrating into that of a small, petulant child.

He did sweet bugger all on Saturday and looked a pale shadow of the man who put in some good shifts last season.

Fair enough, he won some timely tackles and battled for the team but he is a winger - you need creativity to go alongside that as well.

Especially from a man who we all know has the talent - it almost makes us miss Morten not being out there! Almost.

FRANCO DI SANTO - Play to the whistle mate. He had a good all round shift and showed some neat touches against Liverpool but his chance of glory went begging again.

And this time it wasn't due to a good save or a smart stop - it was because of trying to dally and make certain of a goal, something you won't get against Liverpool.

A good chance to win the game gone and for once he was to blame.

THE LEFT SIDE OF MIDFIELD - Time for Junior Hoilett to get a spin me thinks.
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Monday December 7 2009
Time: 10:13AM

Comments

0
2 points dropped I think on the whole despite what the press tell you but a good team performance which is pleasing!
Mikey Delap
07/12/2009 10:15:00
0
the usual and expected response from the press on Saturday/ Sunday! Watched MOTD open mouthed again as they made Liverpool look like they dominated the match! More than impressed with Nelse, he was quite simply Awesome, especially loved his small cameo on the left wing.........showing EHD what we really need!! I think the defence as a whole is looking so settled and strong now, Kalanic looked like the type of player that BS has been promising and will push on in the new year! And finally it's so good to have Brett back, the new improved version is what we were lacking at the start of the season! He simply does not stop! So many positives to take away from a so called hoof it dull team that just out muscle the opposition!!
bennipoo
07/12/2009 10:25:00
0
sorry delap, have to disagree with kalinic. That miss was shocking. He gave himself absolutely no chance by running straight. Didnt open his body at all. Agree elsewhere, Emerton= Legend, il even let the honarary Lancasharian tag ride....for now! He is a Bankstown boy!!!!!
sasman
07/12/2009 10:44:00
0
Guys I agree - and Mikey - Junior for left wing, absolutely. Diouf is slow and so inconsistent, MGP has lost his confidence - but Junior, although he can't score, has great pace! Keep Kalinic playing, get him that first league goal and then a load will follow.
FreidelNo.1
07/12/2009 10:48:00
0
lol Sas! Thought you might like the Emo mention!
Mikey Delap
07/12/2009 10:58:00
0
Junior for left indeed. And Kalinic to start against Hull. Nice work again Mikey
retroflair31
08/12/2009 05:26:00
0
Good thoughts Mikey. Whilst Junior does look like he needs a bit more composure I think he will create far more chances than MGP and Diouf just because of his pace. Loving Emo's return to form, would be made perfect by a few goals here n there.
fransavarese
08/12/2009 08:42:00
0
Thats the good thing - I think Brett WILL chip in with his fair share of goals from midfield unlike others!
Mikey Delap
08/12/2009 09:18:00
0
totally agree with the choices, samba should get a mention too, i thought he had a really good game
LHrover
08/12/2009 11:51:00
0
Once again I can only say a superb article Mr Mikey but again it's difficult for me to back or support to much as I'd not be talking from someone that watched or listened to the match as I was working.
Walker
10/12/2009 09:02:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Who Will Blackburn Face In 2016/17 (30/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of the Championship for 2016/17 is now known.

Graham Could Still Make Blackburn Move

Wigan, Birmingham & Preston are all being linked with Graham; Celtic could also make a move for the Sunderland striker who will leave the Stadium of Light on a free transfer.

Henley Out Of Wales Squad

Coleman has regularly selected Henley in his Welsh squads since the twice capped right back returned to the fold in March last year but he's returned from the Portugal training camp.

Ainsworth 'Flattered' But Committed To Wycombe

Lambert's successor is still unclear, one of those linked with the vacancy being former Blackburn youngster Ainsworth. Flattered as he said he is he's not looking to leave Wycombe.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile
Mikey Delap
no email
Profile
Sasman!
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele13%
Marshall5%
Duffy1%
Hanley2%
Kilgallon7%
Lenihan7%
Lowe1%
Jordi Gomez1%
Bennett2%
Graham55%
Grimes1%
Sub - Evans2%
Sub - Jackson2%
Sub - Conway1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Walker7
2.dallydally6
3.@roverseas5
4.mobyduck5
5.tonys1
6.jimbogeesus1