Date: 28th April 2007 at 8:01pm
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Rovers pushed Charlton closer to The Championship and kept themselves in with a shout of European qualification with a sterling performance at Ewood Park.

Mark Hughes kept faith with the same starting eleven for the fourth consecutive game. In the blistering sun Rovers got proceedings under way and established an early control over their opponents.

A number of nearly opportunities summed up the opening quarter of an hour as Rovers leisurely went about business. Morten Gamst Pedersen headed over when he should have perhaps done better before a strong turn and drive from Jason Roberts forced Scott Carson to parry on the half hour mark.

Rovers kept probing but never appeared to leave second gear. An elaborate over-head kick from Benni McCarthy epitomised the confidence in the Rovers camp at the moment, however, it was off target, perhaps summing up Rovers finishing in recent games.

Charlton were doing little to threaten the home defence however, they were the first side to have the ball in the back of the net. Darren Bent tapped a ball home but Darren Ambrose was adjudged to be offside. That was a sparse attack from the visitors who looked out of place on the front-foot.

The half ended with the score line untroubled largely because Rovers were still only in second gear and a tepid Charlton side looked too nervous to expose their defensive ranks.

The second half followed a similar pattern to that of the first period but exploded into life following the introduction of a footballing circus on the hour.

Jason Roberts continued his recent upturn in form with the opening goal but it lacked quality. He showed tremendous strength, a trademark of his game, to hold off Talal El Karkouri after receiving the ball from a quickly taken free-kick. He turned and fired a speculative shot towards goal that should have been comfortably dealt with by Scott Carson. However, the young ‘keeper allowed the ball to squirm under his body and crawl over the line.

Rovers finally had the initiative and were helped further in their quest for the victory when Ben Thatcher savagely scythed down David Bentley twice to earn himself two yellow cards.

However, Darren Bent threw a spanner into the works when he equalised for Charlton after 71 minutes after some more comical defending.

Stephen Warnock somehow managed to turn a header onto his own crossbar, beating Brad Friedel in the process allowing a simple chance for Bent. It was the kind of defending that may end up on a trashy football nightmares video.

However, the circus wasn`t finished as some more quality bad defending dissected the game.

Gamst, who was having a good game, cut in from the left and drilled the ball across goal and the unfortunate Hermann Hreidarsson got himself into a complete mess with the ball eventually pinging off his leg and into his own net.

This was the obvious turning point as Charlton gave up and two more goals followed. Another from Jason Roberts was added to by Matt Derbyshire who had come on to replace Benni McCarthy.

The crowd of just fewer than 25,000 witnessed an excellent performance from Rovers and enjoyed the unexpected comedy of defending on show. It was a solid display led impressively once more by JR who his doing his best to convince the doubters amongst us that he has plenty to offer this side.

The only black mark is hanging over David Dunn who was forced off through injury after 45 minutes.

Player Ratings

Friedel 6
Largely a spectator and was caught out horribly by Warnock’s gift.

Warnock 6
Good despite his moment of craziness.

Emerton 7
Was allowed to be more attacking today and it showed in a better display.

Nelsen 7
Captain fantastic

Samba 7

Bentley 7
He really puts in a bad display.

Gamst 8
A better game from the wide-man. Heavily involved through out

Dunn 7
Was looking hungry and is close to that first goal. Forced off through injury though.

Mokoena 7
His effort and hard work allowed Rovers to be more of an attacking force.

JR 9
His best performance yet.

McCarthy 7
A quieter game from him and for once was playing in the shadow of a team mate

Tugay 7
Came on amd created things. Showed his experience as well.

Derbyshire 7
Instant impact with a goal.
Worked hard.


15 Replies to “Rovers 4.v.1 Charlton”

  • Pretty obvious who was man of the match today. Jay rob has a stormer and would be a world beater if he had McCarthy’s finishing! Good game all round and the right team won in the end.

  • JR was YET again a menace wasn’t he. Caused problems all afternoon and showed another reason why I (along with many others of course) rate him so highly. It wasn’t a classic at times but Charlton couldn’t afford to give much away, when they did they gave A LOT away. What a great finish Warnock showed with his header..pitty it was at the wrong end! WHAT was he thinking?!?!

  • You are right to worry a little now about Everton being caught Mike. IF (the big if factor) we win our game in hand (with Tottenham) we’ll only be three points behind you, but your goal difference is better isn’t it. I’d worry more about Portsmouth and Spurs though at the moment if I were you.

  • Just wondering how did Nonda go in the time he got. Id say these last few games he is prob fighting for a contact. Might finally c the best in him??? How about derbyshire and roberts aye. Maybe we shouldnt buy bellers back afterall, well not at 8 mill pounds. Im sure by purchasing that muamba kid plus a central/ right back cover defender we can be sweet. Cant forget the talent returning with Reid, Oijer and Savage.

  • Nonda didn’t have a lot of time on the pitch but SHOULD have scored. His miss kind of summed up his season really. He had all the time in the world but took it first time when he could have controlled and slotted home, ended up skying it into the crowd! he works hard, but the injuries over the years have taken a lot out of him I think and knocked his confidence. I don’t think we’ll see him here again next year but IF he’s impressed Sparky enough he’ll keep him and maybe a second season could see him adapt?!?!

  • I just don’t think Nonda is the same player we used to watch….
    Thats why we need a new striker instead of him.

  • Nonda certainly isn’t the player he was, so if he does go we will need to replace him, just don’t think we need to replace him with Bellers. Another loan signing, or cheap signing that WOULD do a job would suit me. I’m convinced that JR will do the job Bellers would (and more!) next season, why “waste” £6-8 million on him if we don’t need to?!?! Can you really see us paying this amount anyway?!?!

  • They aren’t that dissimilar really are they, is Bellers really a class above JR though?!?! For me JR has the attributes Bellers has and more.

  • I feel Bellars is by far a more thoughtful and intelligent football. JR is a battering ram and would be world class if he couild shoot properly.

  • The problem is that Bellers will not sit o nthe bench, and if Sparky does that- he will start doing trouble. On the other hand, I’m not sure JR is willing to start on the bench either….

  • I’d think JR would be happier to sit on the bench if he suited the team, whereas Bellers probably wouldn’t. We’ve started to see the real JR but we’ll see an even better one next season I’m sure. But probably won’t be seeing a Nonda next season, not in a Rovers shirt anyway?!?!

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