Date: 29th October 2011 at 11:35pm
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Blackburn Rovers supporters were left devestated and frustrated after a spate of fortune ensured Norwich would secure a late, late point against an extremely impressive Rovers outfit.

Lowe, Givet,Samba, Olsson
Gamst Rochina
Hoillet Formica

From the outset, it was always going to be an open, entertaining game. Both teams were moving the ball well, and both had a direct style of play. Blackburn Rovers were using the trickery of Rochina and Formica, whilst Pilkington’s pace was the outlet for the home side, darting down the flank on every occasion. The first real chance came for Rovers, Yakubu holding the ball well before feeding Formica, blasting slightly over from 20 yards. Yakubu tried his luck from a scissor kick only metres out, however it was blocked on the line.

Norwich found plenty of space down the flanks, with Pilkington and Hoolahan linking well. And it was this combination which almost created the opener, feeding Morrison who only had to tap it in, but a desperate intervention from Givet insured it would not be the case. David Fox then tried his luck from distance, a half volley forcing Paul Robinson into a wonder save.

Blackburn almost picked out an unlikely own goal, Pedersens free kick almost carried into the goal by Ruddy, replays showing it just stayed on the line. However Hoilett was not to be denied minutes later, jinking in past 2 men before unleashing a venemous strike from the edge of the box and into the top corner, giving Rovers a 1-0 Half Time lead.

The lead didnt last long though, as Norwich replied with a wonder goal of their own. The ball sat up for the ex conference striker, blasting an unstoppable volley, 1-1.

Parity was restored, but that didnt last long as Blackburn reclaimed the lead. Formica’s clever through ball found Yakubu, who buried his shot past the near post, 2-1 Blackburn.

Rovers fans thought they were in dream land only minutes later as Morten Gamst Pedersen struck a sweet free kick across the face of goal, Chris Samba diving in and heading home, 3-1 Blackburn.

However it just wasn’t to be. Norwich brought it back to a one goal gap with 6 minutes to go, Johnsons’ 30 yard attempt deflecting of Jason Lowe, leaving Robinson stranded and looping into the net. 3-2.

It got worse for Blackburn, as referee Mr Taylor made a name for his self, awarding an atrocious penalty after Steve Nzonzi was adjudged to have handled in the box. Holt stepped up, sending it into the far left corner, inches from the outstretched hand of Paul Robinson.

3-3 Full Time

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 6
Could do absolutely nothing about any of the goals conceded, would be extremely dissapointed to concede another 3 though…

Jason Lowe 5
Pilkington ran the young man ragged, but he did shore it up in the second half

Gael Givet 7.5
A stellar performance from Givet in central defence. A few vital interventions prevented chances from 6 yards out

Chris Samba 7
Fought hard and pushed on throughout the game, a well taken goal, but would be upset that he has not been able to keep a clean sheet yet again

Martin Olsson 6
Needs to be further up the pitch. Looks as if he is stuck, wants to bomb forward but cant

Steve Nzonzi 6
Allowed Norwich to boss the midfield early, but came into the game as it went

Gamst Pedersen. 5
Average performance, apart from the Samba Free Kick

Ruben Rochina 8
What a delightful player to watch. MOM

Mauro Formica 7
Another cracking player to watch. Looks like his position is just off the shoulder of the striker, and he played it well

Junior Hoillet 7
Super strike to give Rovers the lead, moved the ball well, picked up a knock though

Yakubu 6
1 shocker, and 1 goal from the Yak. I would take that average every day of the week!


6 Replies to “Rovers Robbed at Carrow Road”

  • We have had some shocking penalty decisions given against us but that one has to be the worst. If the ref truly thought it was intentional why did he not book Nzonzi? What an excellent performance from the team continuing the recent marked improvement. Some fans may have an issue with Steve Kean but the players are busting a gut for him which is far more important

  • It was a joke… the ref has to be absolutely certain to award a penalty like that in injury time and there is no way judging from where he was positioned he could have been. Another game and more points dropped.

  • Deserved all three points, but got 1, which is better than none. We are conceding far too many goals and the two wins against Premiership opposition this season we have needed 4 goals to win those fixtures. We have goals in us, but 16 games without a clean sheet is proving to be our downfall. That is what has to be addressed, and is why we only have 6 points on board

  • Robbed blind sadly. After an even first half we absolutely bossed the second half and fully merited the win. Our late collapse (as opposed to the error strewn Newcastle one) was just pure fluke and badly luck. Steve N’Zonzi and Gael Givet were absolutely fantastic.

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