Today I have decided to vary it up slightly, and write something other then our normal match report. Last night, our men made the trip to London to play against the Arsenal. All week, the press had been portraying a demolishing, the beauty against the beast. The delightful, one touch football of Arsenal, against the hard tackling, long ball tactics of Blackburn. The pundits were at it, even the commentators were predicting a blow out scoreline…..Looking at the scoreline, 6-2…ouch.
If you didnt watch the game, then think what you want, but for those who did sit and watch the game, we saw some of the finest football that will be played in this season’s Premier League. Arsenal were simply too good, too classy, and deadly with their finishing. However, Rovers put up a fight, and no, not literally. An early goal to Nzonzi put Rovers ahead, and after the Gunners equalised, Dunny put Rovers ahead once more.
Sure, the Gunners pounded our goal, with Robinson forced into save after save, sure, the Gunners were up 3-2 half time, but our boys could hold their heads up. We are talking about a team, who’s whole player wage value probably doesnt equate to the 6 year contract of a certain Gunner….
Rovers showed more of the same spirit, and if it wasnt for a dubious decision not to award David DUnn a clear penalty, it could of been 3 all. Could of, would of, should of, in the end it didnt matter. 4-2 the Gunners went, and instead of going into Damage control, our lads kept going, Dunn darting through the Arsenal defence, Hoillet striking the post….
It just wasn’t to be, 6-2 to the Gunners. Many will read of the mauling, and lesson Arsenal taught the Rovers. However, I can stand proud, our boys went to the Emirates, got beat by what I believe to be the most clinical attacking force to ever take the pitch in the Premier League, and we faught hard. We played good football, and who knows, we were missing our 3 best defenders, Samba and Nelsen in Central defence, and Vince Grella in midfield….
Heads up men
Paul Robinson 9
Superb display of goalkeeping. As mentioned, he wasn’t at fault for any goal, and really kept the score down
Gael Givet/Pascal Chimbonda 6.5
Our make shift centre halves were out done by the sheer pace and fluidity of the Arsenal attack. Passes split them, attackers danced through them. At fault for a few goals…
Lars Jacobsen 6
Of the pace today, looked shaky, was torn down the flank
Martin Olsson 7
Solid game from the Swede, looks like he has developed in bounds over the last 12 months. What a great volley he hit! Great save from Mannone
Keith Andrews 6.5
Quiet again from Keith, not sure how much more he can provide though, he does get stuck in and work hard, needs a bit more going forward
THis guy is developing much quicker then what we all thought. Nice finish, solid marking, good tracking and a real presense in midfield
Worked hard, chased all day, got stuck in, but quiet in attack though, stuck in two minds all the time, cut back or hit the flank
Good to see Emo back out their. Faught hard, needs more match fitness
David Dunn 9
Another superb game from Dunny, got on the score sheet, almsot a second, and unlucky not to be awarded a penalty, not sure why he was taken of
Di Santo 7
Toiled all game, but was outmuscled by the back 4. Needs a goal to spark him up
No Real impact….arghhh
2 minute cameo, comes on, gets injured, goes straight off…..
Really explosive player, pacey, unlucky to hit the post
Not sure why DUnny was taken of, he was our spark, hopefully he did not pick up a knock