Date: 24th August 2008 at 9:03am
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After the fantastic news of Roque Santa Cruz new contract signing, Blackburn Rovers faced a determined Hull City squad, oozing with confidence after starting their premiership campaign with a win against Fulham. Blackburn made one change to their team, with Brett Emerton returning to the bench, Carlos Villanueava being the man to make way.

After a slow start to procedures, it was Hull who took the initiative, a brilliant movement on the right flank, with the ball being cut across goal. However, Fagan, who scored the winner for Hull last week, was unable to take the opportunity, leaving a frustrated Paul Ince demanding to know how the back line was easily breached. Rovers started to turn things around, with some brilliant work in the middle of the park by David Dunn, creating and directing play. Steven Reid placed him self in several good positions out wide, but his delivery was not of the best.

Morten Gamst Pederson had Rovers best chance of the opening exchange, blasting a half volley from 25 yards out narrowly wide of the post. On the 36th minute, Rovers took the lead. A Steven Reid through ball fell neatly for Jason Roberts, taking the ball into his stride, blasting it into the back of the net. 1 Nil Rovers.

Blackburns joy was shortlived though, with Hull equalising immediately. A deep cross from right half found Richard Garcia who scored one of the most clinical of headers, looping it over the hapless Paul Robinson. This capped of a brilliant week for Garcia, who made his Socceroo Debut against Aaron Mokoenas Bafana outfit. 1-1 Half time.

Brett Emerton was introduced at the break, replacing David Dunn who had picked up a knock. THe second half started of in a slow fashion…so slow i dozed of for about 15 minutes. However when i did wake up, i noticed the score was still the same so lets continue hehehe (sorry boss dozing on the job).

Blackburn could be deemed to be unlucky after the premier leagues youngest ever referee decided not to award a penalty after Santa Cruz shot took a clear deflection of the hand of a Hull defender. Roque almost scored 10 minutes later, with a strike narrowingly flying over the bar.

The game fizzed out to the final whistle, with both teams keeping their unbeaten start to the season on track

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 6
Unlucky with the goal, really couldnt do anything about it, not much else to do

Ryan Nelsen 6.5
Solid game, nothing special

C Samba 6.5
Same as Nelsen, didnt have much to do

Andre Oijer 6
Was caught out at times, could be partly at blame for the goal conceded, but wasnt recieving support from Reid

Steven Warnock 7
Looked a threat on the flank with Pederson, would like to see him take on a player or two when he gets a chance

David Dunn 7.5
Another solid game from DD. Was looking forward to seeing him come out in the second half and tear Hull apart, just wasnt to be. Hope he pulls up alright

Aaron Mokoena 7
Credit to the axe. Chased and tackled well, passing is getting there. Keep at it big man

Steven Reid 6
Reid had plenty of chances to hit the byline or take on the Hull Defence, however he was always looking for the early ball to a static Santa Cruz, we really need a right winger to match up with Gamst

Morten Gamst Pedersen 7.5
ANother solid game from Gamst, put in a few quality balls, needs to work on corners a bit more. WOrking extremely well with Warnock

Jason Roberts 8
Great game from the big man, took his chance and put us in the lead, chased everything down, well done

Roque Santa Cruz 6
Not one of his best performances, looked really lazy until a 10 minute patch in the second half. Maybe the fatigue from mid week internationals was playing on him

Brett Emerton 6.5
Not one of his best games, but he did attempt to take on the fullbacks. Will be back to top form next week, trust me hehehe

Quiet game from the Maestro, he still has it in him though

Opponent Watch

Manager Rating
Ince would be dissapointed not taking all 3 points, with his post match conference blaming mid week internationals on fatiguing the boys. Lets hope they can turn it around against Grimsby

Sasmans Get Stuck into it or Else Award
This week it goes to Roque Santa Cruz. Roque has been outstanding for us, lets hope this is just a one of based on playing 90 minutes for Paraguay. We needs you Santa

Sasmans Award for outstanding Effort
Once again goes to JR. WOrking his arse of once again, well done JR, and had his finishing boots on as well!!!!

Opponent Watch
Carling Cup against Grimsby, Tuesday Afternoon


12 Replies to “Points Shared at Ewood Park”

  • they could be mate, we didnt have any clear cut chances though we did dominate play, i like this hull outfit, challenging for very ball, even leaving a few players up at corners, i see them staying up to be honest

  • Folan scored our winner last week not Fagan. Fagan did set it up though. Thanks for a great game guys. Best of luck for the season. Up the Tigers!!!

  • Reid set up the goal Sas and you have given him the lowest mark with Roque and Robbo. IMO Reid should play in the middle with Emo on the right.

  • ooo my bad tomo sorry buddy, he did set up the goal durks, that gave him the 6 instead of a 5.5 Im a big fan of reid, but right mid is def not his position, he cant cross….

  • Even though the axe is playing well i think the only reason he is there at the moment is so we dont lose our first few games. We wont see the real Rovers until Ince has a few wins under his belt and is not afraid of the fans calling for his head. Then i think we will see Reid and Dunn in the middle. Still most fans would have taken 4 points after 2 games. Now hopefully Ince can do something about the terrible record we have at upton park

  • long ball after long ball after long ball…why do we do this when we can play so much better? I guess the average ratings reflect that it was a poor match.

  • We werent at our best and as Ince suggested we looked jaded. Hull pressed every time we got the ball. They came for a point and got one and fair play to them they deserved it. A full week with the boys will benefit Ince and I agree with del… please do somet about our terrible record at Upton Park.

  • I was a bit frustrated watching this game especially after the great game against Everton. We didn’t really get out of the blocks and weren’t allowed to pass the ball about – Dunn going off injured didn’t help that in the 2nd half either – although we could have won it at the end, but a draw was a fair result. All credit to the Hull fans they sang their hearts out and were quite friendly aswell – apart from calling Gamst a ‘rent boy’ at every corner… just unnecessary!

  • Hull result was not the end of the world lads…..they’re are on a high at the moment. Don’t think they will be as resolute when we play them next time n they’ve been rolled over a few times. 4 pts a great start, would luv to stuff the Hammers!!!!

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