Date: 28th July 2010 at 1:01pm
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In what was torrential Sydney weather, the normal tucked up in the stands, whilst the brave where outright stupid, standing on the perimeter, half a metre from the dugouts….Guess which category Sas, Adam and Scott (yes another Vber!) fell under!!!

Struggling to see metres ahead of us, we persisted, until kick-off, when the rain started to fade away. Blackburn were up against AEK, and you could be forgiven for thinking we were in Lancashire. As a smiling Chris Samba said, ‘its like we are back in England’….not the normal Sydney weather, but we wanted Rovers to feel at home…

A few changes to the line up, a Starting 11 featuring

Robinson, Jacobsen, Givet, Hanley, Jones, Nzonzi, Emerton, Dunn, Andrews, Olsson and Roberts.

It was a chance for the youngsters to shine, and also a shot for Jacobsen, Andrews and Roberts to lay claim on a first team spot. Emerton made his return to the starting line up, to the pleasure of the three amigos.

After applying plenty of early pressure, Blackburn were dealt a double blow within minutes. A neat one-two down the right flank found AEK with an extra man. A quick interchange of passes saw Scocco with the ball on the left edge. Cutting inside Jacobsen, Scocco struck into the far corner, 1-0 AEK…

Almost immediately, the score was doubled. Another fast break on the right, a pin point cross and Liberopoulos latched onto it, 2-0 AEK….

And just as the second went in, the rain picked up. Apart from a superb 60m run by Phil Jones, lovers had nothing. Absolutely nothing.

The break came, and we persisted, hanging just outside the dugout, taking photos with Ryan Nelsen, Jason Brown, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Chris Samba.

The second half appeared, and Phil Jones remained our shining light. Strong in defence, it soon appeared that Sam had given him a slightly more attacking role. He showed signs of trickery, dispatching the ball all over the pitch and beating his man. However, the same could not be said for Gael Givet. A mistimed back pass saw an AEK striker through. His chipped shot was parried by Paul Robinson. The ball bobbled straight up, and after a three touch juggling act, Robbo volleyed the ball to safety, to the amusement of the Rovers bench.

Young Josh Morris made a 20 minute appearance, on for Martin Olsson. And the kid impressed, taking on his man and releasing the ball as needed. Rovers upped the tempo with the introduction of El Hadji Diouf and Morten Gamst Pedersen, with the later providing an immediate impact.

A short free kick was whipped in by Gamst, with Phil Jones powering his header into the back of the net. 2-1…

Unfortunately, Blackburn just couldnt find anything in the final 10 minutes, maybe a win against the home team to end the trip!!!

After the game, thanks to Adam, we managed to snare more photos and signatures with El Hadji Diouf, Steven Nzonzi, Pascal Chimbonda, Adam even having a quick chat with Brett Emerton!

So day 2 was over, we braved the weather, and look forward to the final day!


9 Replies to “Rovers Down Under- Day 2!!!!”

  • Good read as always, formation wise did sam go with the 4,2,3,1?, Gotta say i no its only pre-season but im not loving that back 4 at all with exception of Jones.

  • it did look like a 4,2,3,1 but to be honest, we were really out of position for most of the game. We had a word with Nelsen, he said he is just being rested after the world cup, Samba has a little niggle so just being cautious. Couldnt get any information on Kalinic though he looked fine. Jones was brilliant, and looks like we have another jem in Josh Morris. Emerton is looking amazingly fit as well. Andrews was poor, Lars was poor, Roberts was ineffective, though couldnt really blame him. Givet had a poor game, Hanley did ok, not as good as Jones though. Think this lad could step into the midfield, I hope he does find his spot though and not get pushed all over the pitch

  • Another great read mate!! Nice work!!
    Was great to get all those pics and my jersey is pretty full of signatures!! 15 at the moment!! Was fantastic to catch up with Brett, it’s been about 10years since we last caught up and it was nice to have a proper chat and he def. wasn’t in a hurry to get away which was good. Sas you left 10minutes too early mate!!

  • I was also impressed with Josh Morris, Thought he played very well and looked sharp on the ball in the short time he was on. Jones was again great and moving him to the midfield seemed a very good call in that formation.

  • Josh Morris could be another Rovers gem… Youngsters to step up into the 1st team, that’s the way forward!

  • great work Sas, really good that you are getting to see most of the best of ours in action… whisper to them about coming west?

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