Date: 16th August 2009 at 2:00am
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Day 1 of the 2009/2010 edition of the English Premier League featured Manchester City travelling to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers. Allardyce handed debut’s to Lars Jacobsen and Nzonzi, with Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts given the nod up front.

The season got of to the worst possible start for Rovers. After missing a chance of their own at the City end, with Richard Dunne clearing of the line, the Sky Blues then countered. Wright Phillips darted down the right flank, cutting inside Warnock, laying the ball off to Adebayor, who slotted it into the back of the net. 1-0 City….

Rovers follow up with 2 good chances which were scuffed by their target men. Benni McCarthy sprayed wide from 10 yards, then Jason Roberts blasts over from 12 Yards. Poor misses from the front men. Rovers continue to pressure, with a mix of an aerial style of football, as well as some neat play down the flanks, but the execution is lacking.

Late in the half, Rovers were denied a penalty, with Andrews shot striking Dunne’s Elbow. Replays showed the ball does strike the elbow, but their was minimal intention.

Half Time. Great Start for City, but Rovers really have dominated play, however, the difference in execution is evident….

Second Half gets underway, and its more of the same, long ball with a bit of variation. Rovers continue to dominate, but Shay Given pulls of a string of wonderful saves to prevent Roberts, Gamst and Benni.

Di Santo replaces Roberts with 30 to go. Gallagher and Hoillet also find themselves on the pitch. Rovers are then given 3-4 set opportunities from set pieces, however Gamst and Benni prove wasteful, blasting over or wide each time.

Rovers continued to push on, hoping to clinch a late equaliser, however deep into injury time, City clinched the sealer, with a fast paced counter attack finding Steven Ireleand, who held the ball up then slotted past Robinson’s near post to seal the points

2-0 Manchester City
Poor Finishing…
We did have our chances, and didnt take them. Lets hope the boys dont lose confidence from this, as they really did play some good football in patches….


9 Replies to “Missed Chances Cost Rovers”

  • I don’t agree with the above comment, your strikers were there in position, It is just that you get punished if you don’t convert your chances. City’s Goalkeeper Given made two great saves which kept them ahead, but Blackburn had most of the pressure. City created less chances but converted most of what they had and that was the difference.

  • We played well, however the difference was clinical finishing, and Givens spectacular saves. A fit Kalinic might help as the time comes

  • In truth we were excellent in general play – a lot better than we perhaps expected. But a combination of your excellent goalkeeper, a lack of clinicalness on our part and your extra quality in the final third was the difference. However if rovers play like that most weeks we will win more than we lose.

  • Seems to be a recurring theme – we create chances but don’t put them away – Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts were the main strike force last season and didn’t convert enough chances, pre-season wasn’t inspiring goal wise – so the sooner we can bring Kalinic and Di Santo upto speed the better. It was little worrying to see how much space and time Ireland was afforded in the Rovers box!

  • I think our lads were dead by then York. We really pushed hard for the goal, and the late breakaway just killed us…

    sorry bout the player ratings, i was that drunk i didnt no who had the ball half the time…..

  • Not sure how much more Di Santo is going to offer than JR or Benni but still plenty of positives can be taken from the game. We finally have a decent right back, N Zonzi will be a good signing when he gets up to speed with the premiership plus a good target from set pieces and Morten looked dangerous again. He looks to have got back some confidence from the game against Scotland. We badly need to get some central midfielders fit though

  • Very unlucky on saturday, city got lucky again!! we will have a good season if we carry on like that, city will not get in the top 4 basically they took there chances and we didn’t!!! bring on Kalinic

  • I dont think we were unlucky, we just made the usual rod for our own backs, we played a blinder at times but terrible finishing and terrible aiming for our 2 up front and as for Gally, time you tried playing back in the 1st division im afraid lad.

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