VB Weekend Winners and Losers
For the second week in a row Rovers suffered a 2-1 defeat. The difference with this weeks loss is that is was a 100% improvement on the week before's offering against Liverpool.
Whilst a defeat is a defeat and Rovers now find themselves nestled in the drop zone, it was difficult not to see the good amongst the bad.
So who excelled themselves? Who excelled only in making themselves look bad?
PHIL JONES -Man of the Match for the second season in a row against Chelsea at Ewood.
Apparently he has no fear when facing those with big reputations as he took on Michael Essien, Jon Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba on with aplomb and delivered his biggest statement to date - the boy is for real.
He literally couldn't be any more no nonsense if he tried but Jonesy makes it work for him as with the strength and the tackle timing comes an increasingly versatile range of passing.
I don't really see what all the fuss is about when talk of his best position rolls around - he absolutely rules the roost in both midfield and defence. A little stint up front out of the question?!
MAME BIRAM DIOUF - Excellent.
By my reckoning his best game at Ewood Park so far.
Baby Diouf was deployed on the right of a midfield three but with the license to tuck in behind Benjani as and when required.
Diouf II was strong and displayed an aerial presence which will serve him very well in a tall Blackburn line up that needs a bit of pace.
He is still very rough around the edges and would benefit from a bit more composure but the raw materials are there.
The biggest compliment I can pay Mame is that Ashley Cole has faced some of the worlds best right wingers and he has certainly had much easier games.
BRETT EMERTON -Welcome back big man.
After the atrocity that was Anfield Brett has reminded us of the impact he can have with a performance full of running, purpose and drive that redressed the balance.
Sasman, Ozi and Retro's boy managed to combine controlled defending and aggressive attacking to blissful effect and his anticipation in key areas of the field was a joy to watch.
Grab a video/DVD/pro zone OHP Brett and watch this game back... this is how you should be playing.
MARTIN OLSSON - This point has been raised on the forum by a few (including myself)... why is Martin constantly played at left back when he is an exciting prospect going forward?
Injury to Gael Givet was a pain in the backside and forced Big Sam Allardyce's hand a bit but surely the more defensively minded and proficient Pascal Chimbonda would have made more sense?
Martin was at fault for both Chelsea goals (sharing the blame with Nelsen for the first one) and only looked effective when on the front foot.
Come on Sam, push the lad forward.
MORTEN GAMST PEDERSEN - My missus could have whipped in some better crosses than the Norwegian did on Saturday.
JASON ROBERTS - Managed to summarise his entire Ewood Park career in 10 seconds.
Great strength, underrated turn of pace and plenty of endeavour... but the finishing was woeful.
I was sat in row 15 of the Riverside with my head in my hands when I should have been jumping for joy.