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VB Weekend Winners and Losers
What a lovely day of sea shells, potential scary rides and piers in Blackpool... ruined by Rovers putting us all through heart attack central again!

What could have been another lead thrown away was rescued with as cool a finish as you will find in the dying seconds by Brett Emerton.

The result was just what we wanted and was just as badly needed after a run of four games without a win in the league which could have seen our confidence shot to bits.

The usual problems still remain - i.e. we are lacking a regular goalscorer and we are too one-dimensional, but for now let's just enjoy the fact we have our first away win on the board.

But who did the business? Who didn't?


Brett Emerton -
Welcome back young man.

After three individual performances sorely lacking in any sort of invention or positive energy, Brett was thrust in for 45 minutes in a more advanced role for the relatively ineffective Mame Biram Diouf and told to attack.

And attack he did, his big strong presence was a nuisance but the introduction of some form of rare pace into the Rovers attack was more welcome.

Most importantly of all though, Our Brettles looked match fit and inspired.

More of this and he will be hard to drop.

El Hadji Diouf - Man of the match by a sweet country furlong.

The only Rovers player willing to take on his man and his work rate was absolutely insane.

His trickery and skill make him a handful even when he is faffing about like a small child, but when he is motivated like this and in the mood to play for the team he is like the player Liverpool wished they had signed after the 2002 World Cup.

If this display was put forward by anyone other than El Hadji Diouf then the neutral would be crowing, but it IS El Hadji Diouf.

His reputation will once again mask the fact that he has been blinding so far this campaign and Saturday may have been his best performance yet.

Huge thumbs up.

Paul Robinson - We are constantly told by the media that the sign of a good goalkeeper is one that can do the square root of naff all for an hour and then when called into action be on top of his game.

That is what Paul Robinson did.

Two of his saves were absolutely top draw and kept Rovers ahead when we are ourselves had not bagged the second goal to kill the Tangerines off.

Robbo could do very little about the excellent Matt Phillips strike but can look back on another game where he was worth two points to Blackburn Rovers.


Niko Kalinic -
Looks a little shot for confidence at the moment and struggled to make a real impact as he fought a long lone battle up there on his own.

Is showing signs he could be a Jon Stead type confidence player but obviously with a bit more about him than cult hero Steady.

A few moments of quality showed that Niko has still very much got it, especially a turn of pace that skinned Blackpool's covering centre back but he badly needs a goal.

Was hauled off for Benjani near the end and apart from a snapshot right before the end of the first half didn't have a memorable towards the target.

Needs. A. Goal.

Mame Biram Diouf - With Dunny and especially Olsson ready to rock and roll after injury Baby Diouf may struggle to justify his inclusion after that anonymous performance.

The idiots that booed Keith Andrews - Yes he is not Pele and yes he is merely an average Premier League player.

Heck we have all taken a little swipe at Jogger Keith, myself very much included, but when you are there in person and in the stands aren't you, you know, supposed to support the team?!

How is he going to play any better with some blithering morons stood there booing one of our players?

'God he is not playing very well, lets boo him!!!'... where is the logic?!

Surely maybe give the lad a bit of encouragement and he may feel galvanised to play above his ability level.

I am not suggesting he is a great player or anything but if you were there and jeering one of our OWN players why not go sod off and support Arsenal or something?

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Sunday September 26 2010
Time: 7:45PM


Sorry for the little rant at the end!!!!
Mikey Delap
26/09/2010 19:49:00
i didn't watch the match and i am with you for not booing the team during the match, but the boos could also be a swipe to Big Sam for going "defensive so early in the match against Blackpool...
26/09/2010 20:51:00
27/09/2010 04:16:00
I would'nt consider it a rant at all Mikey... your dead right mate! And if I'm not mistaken.. this was his first game back from injuy. Some of our fans will never accept him as a Rover... nothing can be done about it!
27/09/2010 05:46:00
I thought Ol'Keet did OK when he came on. I was delighted with the win. Its been a while since I can remember a last second winner like that. Dunno but maybe I'm a lot simpler to please but 3 points is all I require to keep me happy! Great performance from the lads to come back when it would have been so easy to just let their heads drop after recent results. Also good to see Emo let loose with some shots as well. He is a good striker of the ball but he never takes a crack.
27/09/2010 08:38:00
Well said about old Keith mate. Yes he's not a fashionable player and never going to win owt but he does give 100%. No reason to boo the lad at all it's crazy.
27/09/2010 10:25:00
I think it was more a case of frustration in general than individually targeting Keith but unfortunately he took the the brunt of it.
mutts nutts
27/09/2010 12:40:00
I don't think we should boo rovers players or managers at all
27/09/2010 14:05:00
half of me feels sorry for andrews, then i remember his water bottle
27/09/2010 15:35:00
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