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VB Weekend Winners and Losers



Rovers are back in the game. No-one is saying that it was pretty and on the balance of play a draw was probably about right but then if fair was always the prevailing factor then Rovers wouldn't have lost to Chelsea the week before.

By my estimate Rovers were about a tenth as good as they were against the Champions but it was a day when performance came second to the end result and the maximum haul of points is more than welcome.

But who helped us on our way? Who dragged us down?

Only one way to find out as always...

WINNERS

BRETT EMERTON -
When he has that little bit of industry to match the unparalleled work rate he can be a massive handful.

He didn't have it in spades against Wigan, to be fair none of the Rovers bunch did, but those little sparks show that the confidence shot wreck that played at Liverpool a few weeks ago is slowly creeping away to be replaced by the Emo we all know and love.

In particular his burst and cross for Roberts' decider was first rate and his all round performance, particular in defence was excellent.

Big Sam Allardyce claimed it might take Emo some time to get back up to full speed after the World Cup... looks like he was right.

MORTEN GAMST PEDERSEN - Last weeks weak link against Chelsea was one of the strongest bolts in the machine this week against Wigan.

A constant menace with his delivery from throws and his accuracy with a dead ball was a seismic improvement on the match with the Champions.

I have heard many a fan claim that the Morten free kick goal from the impossible angle was a tad jammy - but for those that see MGP week in and week out know that is total BS.

Many a time has Morten hit his free kicks from the channels hard and fast towards the back post in an attempt to score if confusion is created.

It may look terrible and a waste if it doesn't come off but when it does produce it shouldn't be written off as completely jammy.

Probably just shaded Brett for man of the match.

JASON ROBERTS - He may not have looked like he enjoyed it, it even came off his shin and trickled in off the post but goals, no matter how lazy or easy, breed confidence.

He just about stayed onside and J-Rob certainly put himself in the position to score. There was certainly a lot of pressure on his shoulders as another miss of that magnitude... twinned with the shocker against Chelsea last week would have resulted (most likely) in deafening boos.

It was a pretty sloppy effort but his all round game was no worse in the lone striker role than that put forward by either Benjani or Niko Kalinic so far this season.

Just as well as we need him for a trip to the North East on Wednesday.

LOSERS

MICHEL SALGADO -
Given a rough ride and exposed for pace by Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia.

When the game turns into a battle then there are very few better in that right back spot that the Spanish legend but if the match turns into an open toe to toe slug then the man in his mid 30's will almost always lose out.

He needs some help next weekend as well as his next opponent is an up and comer called 'Gareth Bale'.

MAME BIRAM DIOUF - Did nothing especially wrong but his lack of impact in the first half coupled with the soon to be fully fit (fingers crossed) David Dunn's return means that the Man United loanee is first in line for a demotion to the bench when the prodigal son returns.

DAVID DUNN - It's a good job we know what the lad is capable of because if that was for example Jason Roberts missing that last minute sitter then everyone would have been up in arms.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 7 2010

Time: 6:41PM

Your Comments

I have a suspicion that we will need to be much better against Newcastle on Wed...
Mikey Delap
Much, much better. Sunderland and Villa are no mugs in defence and they managed 11 goals against the two of em. They have been inconsistent though. Blackpool beat em there so all out attack should work lol
ITSALLROVER
I think I spot a typing error in the Brett Emerton section :) (Clue; the word before wreck haha). Got to agree with most of this. However it is 3 points and that what counted. Onward to Newcastle!
fransavarese
haha...fransavarese...love the old Emo! the good thing about the last two matches is we are playing football instead of long ball once again
DommyWalker
ha ha! thanks for that Fran! Nobodies perfect!!! ;)
Mikey Delap
my boy my boy!!!!!!!! and who wanted to ship him out 2 weeks ago!!!!
sasman
 

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