Date: 2nd November 2008 at 12:43am
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If anybody told me how this game would pan out before it started, I probably would have told him where to go. Rovers made a few changes to the starting line up, Jason Roberts pairing up with Benni McCarthy up front, Vince Grella slotting back into the midfield, forcing. With both teams desperate for a win, Paul Ince resorted to playing 2 up front, with Warnock Andrews Grella and Emerton in the midfield.

West Brom on the other hand, winless in there last 3 games, started of much brighter. After a neat passing display, Paul Robinson (West Brom Midfielder) whipped in a delightful cross, however it was just out of reach of Bednars trailing foot. A few more nervy moments followed for the Rovers defence, as the West Brom players, urged on by their home crowd, pushed on, trying to find the opener.

Against the run of play, Jason Roberts found himself being pulled by Robert Donk in the penalty area. The Penalty was awarded by Referee Mike Jones, to the dismay of the West Brom players and coaching staff. Benni McCarthy stepped up, and unleashed a ferocious drive into the bottom left corner, 1-0 Rovers. Minutes later, Benni McCarthy found himself on the Referees notebook again, this time for a clumsy challenge on Jonathon Greening.

As the play unrolled, West Brom definately were creating most of the chances, with Ishmael Miller running, chasing and decieving our defence. There best chance fell to James Morrison, who blasted a volley at goal, saved by our Paul Robinson. However it was Mike Jones, the referee who would have the most influential decision on the game.

After a clearing kick, Benni McCarthy appeared to handball, with Mike Jones seeing this as being delibrate, showing Benni his second yellow card. Replays showed Benni was pushed into the ball, a foul should of gone towards Benni. Rovers players were furious, walking of with Mike Jones at the break, telling him what they really felt. 1-0 Rovers Half time.

Tugay came on for Danny Simpson at the break, forcing a reshuffle of the backline. With an extra man, West Brom continued to outplay Rovers, knocking the ball around the park, looking for the breakthrough. However, it was Ryan Nelsen who almost assisted West Brom, with a rushed clearence smacking the bar. Brom did not have to wait much longer for the equaliser. A delightful passing phase in the midfield put Roman Bednar through, who passed the ball into the back of the net. Replays showed that Roman might have just been offside, a tricky one to call. 1-1.

West Brom pushed on and minutes later, they were in the lead. A thundering strike by Miller from 20 yards out left Paul Robinson stranded, 2-1 West Brom.

Ince decided to ring the changes, with Morten Gamst Pedersen coming on, followed 10 minutes later with Zurab making his season debut. Rovers started to create a few chances, Jason Roberts millimeteres away from scoring, prevented by a scramble goal line clearence. Gamst Pedersen struck a free kick just over the goal.

However, it was the former division 2 player, MK Dons Captain, Ince’s Friend, player not worth enough of Premier League football, or any other name he has been called so far, Keith Andrews, who delighted the travelling Rovers fans, and myself at 4am , with a stunning equaliser. After taking the ball 35 yards out, Andrews took a couple of strides, and shot, the ball trickling past the keeper and into the bottom corner of the net. Andrews goal was the first of his season, and a vital one for Rovers. 2-2 Fulltime.


Manager Rating
Paul Ince is starting to confuse me. His formations and decisions are wierd to say the least. Our midfield is currently too defensive, we could not get out of our half because everytime the ball was cleared, it would just come straight back. Something needs to be done.

In my opinion, Gamst or Villanueva need to be playing, they are our most attack minded midfielders.

Keith Andrews
Wow. Enough said…..

This guy has pulled of two great games in a row. A well deserved goal, good passing and tackling, well done to the lad. He sure is showing the critics, or should we say Ex Critic the sort of football he can play

Next win?
How far away is it. We really should be winning these games, no disrespect to West Brom. However, we were completely out played, credit to West Brom. They dominated and we were lucky to get away with a draw.

Doesnt get much easier does it, they just spanked Sunderland 5-0, and Drogba made an appearance, lets hope Roque is back, otherwise with Benni Suspended, we might be in trouble


11 Replies to “Andrews Saves the day for Rovers”

  • lol i no you dont, i use to have the ratings all the time, but the last few times it hasnt been working…..must be cookies or something, i will reset all of that

  • Never posted on here before. Just read the vb stuff all the time. Just thought id ask where oztheman’s comment is on the guy who saved us a much needed point, who was also our star player?? Didnt take him 90 attempts in the top flight now did it? Anyway i guess the game has been summed up in the report…this ref needs being dropped. Shame when the major talking point is the ref and its also a shame that it happens as often as it does…

  • I am disappointed with a point. However, in the circumstances, playing with 10 men for a majority of the game, I would tak ea point. Good to see Andrews repaying the faith Ince has in him. A good goal. I have to echo Alan Shearers comments on MOTD, a tug on the jersey is classed as a foul. If a foul happens in the penalty area, it is a penalty. However, Roberts looked almost as shocked as the West Brom team when it was awarded! His face looked like he was about to argue that the freekick was given against him…! Nice to see two up front though…Why can’t he do that when we play at home!??!

  • Disappointing result but well done to ndrews (it pains me to say that). Ince’s tactics and formations are getting more and more bizarre. He moans about a lack of consistency in his starting eleven and I sympathise because we are picking up quite a few injuries but he doesn’t help his own cause with a lot of the chopping and changing. No-one knows what our best partnerships are at the moment! Chelsea next and I’m scared!

  • Andrews was arguably our best player. I agree about needing to eb more attack minded though. If we had of had all 11 players on the pitch I think we would of won. I wouldnt say West Brom out played us, they just took advantage of having an extra man. A good point in light of the referee but we should of had 3 points.

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