Date: 30th September 2007 at 1:29pm
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Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes was thrilled with Rovers’ 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland are not AT ALL the whipping boys that many might have thought, so to come away with a point wouldn’t have been a bad result, but all three was superb. After the back-to-back UEFA Cup and Premiership defeats recently, Rovers returned to winning ways in the Carling Cup and followed this up with another win in the Premiership (the 2-1 on Saturday), with Hughes pleased with how we have responded to those defeats.

Hughes told Sky Sports (quotes were taken from and article their anyway): “We had a little stumble last week with the result in Europe and the defeat at home to Portsmouth.

“We had a good performance in the cup and today I thought we were excellent. We caused them problems and in the end we could have scored more
.”

On the win at Sunderland (which as said is a VERY good result) he was pleased, apart from the late goal conceded, he added: “I was a bit disappointed with the goal in the end because we want clean sheets. It’s a while since we’ve been beaten away from home and we were pleased with the performance.

“The important thing today was we didn’t give them encouragement. We kept the ball well and they always seemed to be on the back foot. We created some good chances, broke quickly and we could have been more comfortable
.”

The win, following goals from David Bentley and Roque Santa Cruz sees Rovers up to sixth place in the Premiership, so we are still quietly going about our business, but we are starting to be noticed.


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16 Replies to “Hughes Pleased With Rovers Win”

  • This is a REALLY good result as Sunderland at the Stadium of Light will be a tough match for most teams, and Rovers have responded very positively to the recent set-backs.
    The thing that makes this result even better for me is the fact that it rams the words spoken by Roy Keane after the FA Cup Semi Final (that Sunderland WOULD have beaten Rovers or Chelsea) right back down his throat!!!
    Another slice of pie Keano (humble pie that is!)

  • hahahaha yea good call hdm, thanks for reminding us about it. Great game all up, missed a few chances but another 3 points in the bag

  • A note of negativity (it’s only expected from myself!) was the fact we didn’t keep a clean sheet, which I would have expected from playing Sunderland. From listening to it on the radio, it sounded like our defence did hold up well. It’s a good platform to build on for the Larrisa game. It is also good to see that Hughes has the balls (excuse the french, for you more sensetive souls out there…) to drop both McCarthy and Pederson from the starting line up. Hopefully, it will be the kick up the arse that they both need…

  • It should do dude, if it doesn’t NOTHING will!!! Personally though I wouldn’t have been expecting a clean sheet against Sunderland, I would have wanted one, but didn’t expect it or the win. Conceding so near the end was a disappointment though I guess.

  • yeah good result and as HDM said good to shut that *****er keane up after his comments last season! i never forgave him for walkin out on ireland at the world cup and he is from cork which makes it worse!

  • I do think samba misses Nelsen…. he played well but the calming influence wasnt there next to him… God come back!!!!

  • well mikey i probably am but the reason he left was ridiculous at the world cup and the facilities for the rest camp werent great for trainin i have said it before to others i would do anything and put up with anything to play for my country and he walks out i know its five years ago but these things cut ya deep ya know? plus he was a *****er anyway!

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