Date: 30th October 2007 at 10:46am
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Christopher Samba admits Blackburn Rovers players are fed-up with the lack of recognition they’ve received this season.

Samba fired an last gasp winner against Tottenham on Sunday to secure Rovers’ sixth successive victory and lift them to fifth in the table.

The Congo defender is dismayed by the lack of plaudits being showered on Ewood Park and claims they are not expected to maintain their stunning start to the season.

But Samba insists Blackburn’s thirst for acknowledgement has made the Rovers squad even more fired up to prove the ignorant doubters wrong.

The Big Man, taking to skysports said, ‘People don’t give us much credit for what we are doing. I hope we continue and people will start giving us the credit we deserve,’ he said. ‘Blackburn is not the biggest club in the league. Maybe people think that we are doing well at the moment but will drop off later.

‘We try week after week to prove that this is not true, that we can keep it up with the quality we have in the squad.

‘The difference between those who finish in the middle and at the top of the pack is the ability to keep going until the end.

‘The lack of recognition is a motivation for us as it is the players – and only the players – who can prove our potential.’

Samba, who signed a new five-year deal at Ewood Park last week, credits boss Mark Hughes for establishing the backbone that runs throughout the team.

‘Our spirit comes from the gaffer. He has taught us the need to be winners,’ he said. ‘He sends us into each game knowing how good we are and the potential we have.

‘We want to achieve things at Blackburn and he has given us the belief that we can.

‘We believe in our potential and are all pulling in the same direction. If we continue like this we can achieve very good things.

‘Our objective is to be better than last season and to get into Europe.

‘Hopefully we can finish this season like we did last term – exceptionally.

‘We made a strong start last season and this time we want to finish that way too. If we do that then we can look to the top of the league.’

Mikey.

 

6 Replies to “Big Man Wants More Recognition”

  • Go on the machine. He is slowly establishing himself as mr. blackburn. It is encouraging to hear about these things from the players but last time they started talking about how good we are, Larissa happened!

  • Tony Parkes will always be Mr.Blackburn lol… I think it is great that the team have bonded together over the unfashionable club thing!!! GO GUYS!!!

  • “‘Our spirit comes from the gaffer” is that REALLY a direct quote.. if Samba leapfrogs up to the top of my favourite players list

  • Roversman makes a good point when he mentions Larissa but I think this is more of making a point to the English media. We’ve been given little recognition from the media for a long time now. They subscribed to the ‘Arsene Wenger view of Rovers’ for long enough and are only now starting to move away from that recently and give us a bit of credit for playing some decent football.
    We sit 5th in the table with a game in hand, having spent ****-all in the Summer and yet still that seems hardly worth a mention. So I can understand why the players may be frustrated. But they can’t ignore us forever and results against Liverpool & Utd could make the whole league sit up and take notice of just how good we are at the moment.

    …Rovers4Life…

  • Rovers are on the way up… playing better football, lots of confidence and scoring goals – I just wonder if being out of te UEFA cup has helped us – I for one am glad we went out, now we can concentrate on our domestic game and secure europe next season and buy in to get a bigger squad to cope with it’s demands

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