Date: 4th October 2007 at 5:17pm
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Well here it is. Tonight could be our last European occasion of the season, which would be a crying shame. We have an uphill task ahead of us and Larissa won`t make things easy. A 2-0 deficit isn`t insurmountable but it isn`t easy either. However, as David Bentley has been saying, in theory it is only half time. We scored three against Birmingham last week and managed two in two minutes at the weekend, so the goals are there.

The early goal is imperative. If we can break them down with an early strike then I am confident they will fold. However, the longer the game goes without us scoring the more confidence they will gain and the more ours will wane.

We need our big guns firing at Ewood on Thursday evening and this is why Benni McCarthy will return and probably Morten Gamst Pedersen too.

Both have been off form lately but a concerted focus on their fitness and form over the past week will hopefully see an upturn in fortunes.

Chances will be created we just have to take all of them!

Vital Quotes:

Hughes on the task at hand: “We need goals and we need to create chances and put them under pressure. The way we’ve been playing, we can do that.

Georgis Donis remains realistic: “I repeat what I said after the first game, we have a 50/50 chance of overcoming Blackburn. This is a great challenge for my players, one which some of them may never get again in the future.

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Rovers are without Ryan Nelsen, who hasn’t quite made his remarkable return yet and Jason Roberts. They are joined by Steven Reid.

Rovers from: Friedel, Enckelman, Emerton, Samba, Ooijer, Warnock, Bentley, Dunn, Savage, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, McCarthy, Derbyshire, Tugay, Mokoena, Rigters, Khizanishvili, Brown.

Player to watch: Benni McCarthy

He will be returning with a point to prove and I’m backing him to make that point with a rare double. His experience on the European stage will be invaluable and he will have to lead from the back.

Larissa Team News:

The focus is on Rovers, all about the Rovers tonight.

Player to watch: A Defensive Back Eleven

It will be every man to the pumps for Larissa and every man behind the ball as they look to remain resolute. They have done their bit attackingly so it will be all about defence.

Match Facts & Stats

Rovers haven’t conceded a goal in Europe at Ewood in seven games.

Match Prediction:

We need goals and we will get them. Chances will be created and the superior quality of the surface will benefit us. The pace of the game could prove to be too much for them and this is where we have to unhinge them. Penetration from the wings and the aerial ability of McCarthy and Santa Cruz could be key here. I fancy a fanfare of noise to cheer the players on to a 4-0 win.

Next Fixtures:

Birmingham come to Ewood Park on Sunday for a 15:00 kick off.


27 Replies to “Judgement Day For Rovers!”

  • Well guys, its only a short snappy piece, but I thought I would take the lead of HDM and let the match do the talking. We know all about the build up, we know what we need to do and we know what’s at stake. Immortality, it’s ours…take it!!! Sorry bout the quote there guys!!

  • Yer we have to do it, biggest game of season so far, sure we will cope!!! Come on lads going to be bold 5-0!!!!!!!!!!

  • It took 44 minutes for our first shot on goal, we got a fortunate penalty and got exactly what we deserved over the two legs.

    We were to predictable, tactically naive and failed to make decisive changes at half time.

    All in all a wart on the arse of what promises to be a difficult season if we don’t get a grip.

  • And how did Bentley get MoM? Samba was one of the few who earned his wages this evening, he must feel like his pockets have been picked.

  • well its all over. We didnt deserve to win the tie… we deserved to win the match and we did. I fwe hadnt of conceded we would of won in the end… its up to the guys to make sure we are there again…

  • We did seem to lack ideads in the final third. Putting Samba up front was just an indication of how we were going to play. Hoof it forward for the big guy, hope for some sort of flick. Didn’t work though. I think the substitutions broke up our play. We seemed to dominant at the beginning of the second half, and needed the third then. However, the third goal never came, obvioulsy. To top it off, I didn’t have enough funding for a pie, and Col who bought the tickets didn’t get me season ticket seat! So blame Col for our defeat…Col..(all together) WE BLAME YOU!

  • It was painful. As soon as they scored I knew that was it. Absolutely terrible. We are going to have to put in something of a run of form now to forget about this!

  • chalky76 – There is is, that Spurs gloating you love to see
    However, that is a good one so I’ll give you a touche 🙂 lol!

  • yeah gutted this is a shockin result! it hasnt sunk in yet but it will when the draw is made and what makes it worse is i reckon larissa will struggle in the group stages and everyone will be like “isnt that the team who knocked rovers out”

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