Date: 13th September 2008 at 11:24pm
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After the international break, and a week of speculation that Ince would be heading of to Newcastle, it was back to premier leauge action, with Arsenal visiting Blackburn at Ewood Park. Blackburn were missing Vince Grella, Zurab Kishinishvilli and Aaron Mokoena, who all picked up knocks in the mid week fixtures. Keith Andrews made his starting debut, as did Manchester United Loanee, Danny Simpson. For Arsenal, Samir Nasri was out, giving a place to English hero, Theo Walcott.

The match started of with a few niggly fouls, but Arsenal stamped there mark on the game in the 8th minute. A dazzling run by Theo Walcott on the left flank was followed by a delightful ball through to Robin Van Persie, who slotted the ball into the Rovers net, 1-0

Rovers lifted there game.A delightful interchange between Steven Reid and Brett Emerton, who provided a perfect cross for Roque Santa Cruz, however his header went over the bar. Blackburn then started to resort to Route 1 football, Robinson playing long ball after long ball to Jason Roberts, who 9 times out of 10, took control.Roberts laid of a pass to Emerton, however he shot was easily saved by Reina.

Another dart down the right flank by Emerton almost created a Rovers goal. The ball was cut into the box, laid of to the 18 yard line, with Roque blasting a shot, infortunately straight at the head of an Arsenal defender.

Morten Gamst Pederson had a fine opportunity to provide Blakburn an equaliser through his trademark free kick. But it was no where to be seen as he curled it wide of the Near Post.Blackburns best chance of the half came through a slick interchange on the right wing. Keith Andrews played it to Roberts, who knocked it outwide to Brett Emerton. Emo then played a dangerous ball across goals, with Andrews missing it by centimeters. With all the chances, Rovers were unlucky to not be on equal terms heading into the break, but Arsenal had other plans. Sloppy defending from Ryan Nelsen and Steven Warnock left Adebayor free at the far post, who easily headed in a fantastic cross. 2-0 Arsenal Half TIme.

It was Arsenal who came out strongest in the second half, with Van Persie and Walcott testing Robinson early on, who, to his credit, pulled of a string of fine saves. Blackburn plugged away with their route 1 methods, with Brett Emerton and Steven Warnock been the main sparks in attack. Benni McCarthy came on for Jason Roberts, whilst Gamst Pedersen made way for Keith Treacy. This was soon followed by Danny Simpson making way for Matt Derbyshire.

With Rovers trying to play catch up football, Rovers felt disgusted when Warnock was judged to have taken down Eboue in the box, who i feel went down a tad too easy…Adebayor scored, 3-0 Arsenal. It didnt end there for Rovers Fans, with Adebayor sealing his hattrick late in the game with a neat finish


4-0 Arsenal

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 6.5
Conceded 4, but couldnt really be blamed for any of them. Made a few fine saves

Ryan Nelsen 5
Not one of his best games, poor marking, sloppy clearances, no organisation

Chris Samba 5.5
Same as above, did make a few interventions though

Steven Warnock 5 in defence 7 in attack
I think Steven forgot how to defend today. His attack was fantastic, overlapping with Gamst Pedersen, getting stuck into it. But his defence was appaling, sloppy marking and no composure

Danny Simpson 6.5
Made quite a few important tackles, definately preventing a goal, good start by the young man

Keith Andrew 6
Id say a poor mans version of David Dunn. Playes similar sort of football, but Dunny has a bit more technical ability. Did well, but nothing too flashy

Steven Reid 6
Quiet game from Reid, strung a few neat passes, but we really need our CMs to start dominating

Gamst 6
A few decent crosses, a few dodgy crosses and a poor free kick, tracked back well in defence though

Brettt Emerton 7.5
Was Blackburns main threat in attack, really looking well in that right wing role

Jason Roberts 7
Toiled away. Holding up the ball, passing, could of had a shot or two. Didnt deserve to be taken of

Roque Santa Cruz 5.5
I think mid week international took its toll on Roque. Much quieter game, couldnt direct his headers, should of been taken of instead of Roberts

Opponent Watch
Sasmans Get Stuck into it or Else Award
Blackburn Rovers Defence

2 games in a row, conceded 4 goals, really poor. Really need to muscle up, especially in the centre. Marking was poor, clearances poor, positioning poor, everything poor. Turn it around boys

Sasmans Award for Outstanding Effort
MOM was Brett Emerton but this is going to Danny Simpson. Really did impress at right back, making a few solid interventions. Was caught out at times, but he will get better.

Well done lad

Opponent Watch
Blackburn v FUlham

September 20

Ewood Park


16 Replies to “Dodgy Defence Costs Rovers”

  • Sasman, two things, Reina plays for Liverpool, Reyes nows plays in Spain.For me I thought Nelsen was our best defender and that Samba (again) was shocking and you are spot on with Warnock, he was at fault for all four goals, I couldnt believe it was the same fella as last season,he was just terrible. Andrews looked OK first half but was nowhere to be seen second half. Him and Reid cant play together without a third more defensive minded player. Our defensive game has to be upped big time.

  • Fairly generous rating for Warnock, methinks…he had a ‘mare. The back line is simply dysfunctional at the mo’. If we can sort that out, then we showed we’ve got enough in attack to cause problems to any defence. Perhaps Robinson needs to take a bit more responsibility for organising the defence, given he’s got the best view of what’s going on.

  • You guys were unlucky not to be level at half time, Emerton and Roberts gave us problems. But, for once, Eboue didn’t dive Warnock caught him with a trailing leg whilst Eboue’s foot was in the air, hence the ligament damage and being stretchered off. Secondly, what are your screens in the corner for? They don’t tell you any halftime or full time scores, they don’t have the time and they don’t replay any incidents created by the away side?

  • i did give warnock 2 ratings kiwi, 5 for def and 7 in att, as for the screens little dutch, i would not have a clue, im from australia lol

  • Hey Sasman, yeah, I saw that, I was talking about the 5 for defence being generous, lol. Still, we know the guy has quality, but I’d hope his positional play improves for the next outing. Or at least I hope the communication at the back improves, that would be a start! Nice article by the way.

  • Little Dutch. The screens are for sponsership, I would guess, as they seem to show a lot of adverts! I have also wondered why they don’t put the time on there…I was unable to make the game, so I cannot comment. However, I can comment on conceding 8 goals in 2 league fixtures. What are we paying Nigel Winterburn for!??!

  • Do we not have a clock and scoreboard on the darwin end though so that is where the time and score are displayed! whatever about away highlights we dont care about that!! Decimus as i have said elsewhere he is stealing a living, our defense is terrible.

  • The big screen in between the riverside and the darwen end is for the scores and the highlights. The defence really needs to tidy up. We look good going forward and we caused Arsenal problems but we cant concede four every game… we end up chasing the game and that costs us. Come on Rovers. Back on track against Fulham…

  • Robbo is doing fine. I think Nelsen should be doing more to organise as he is the captain. But he has already acknoledged that he didnt do well at the weekend so fair play to him.

  • We win as a team and lose as a team don’t we, this is what we MUST remember. Things needs to be better organised at the back though, and Robbo needs to start doing his part in marshalling the defence.

  • They are all to blame for Saturday but that doesnt mean we should all give em stick. If I made a mistake at work and all my managers started critiscing me OTT I wouldnt be happy lol.

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