Date: 30th August 2009 at 12:45am
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Yet to register a point from 2 starts, Rovers faced a West Ham outfit who have started the season with a win and a loss. Pascal Chimbonda was given a home debut, with Allardyce sending out a 4-5-1 line up, Jason Roberts up front with David Dunn in behind him and Nzonzi and Grella holding the midfield.

3 Minutes into the game, the crowd went up as one, as Rovers Favourite Tugay emerged from the sheds and joined the Rovers squad to observe the game.

With the loan man up front, it was always going to be Route 1 football for Rovers. Goal kick after goal kicks were launched in the direction of Roberts, who challenged for every header. An early chance fell to Roberts, after a neat interchange down the left flank between Chimbonda and Gamst saw Gamst being brought down outside the box. Dunn chipped it in, Samba headed across goals, but Roberts couldnt direct his outstretched shot goalwards.

Samba was in the thick of it again, with a last ditch tackle preventing Carlton Cole’s powerful shot hitting the target. Chimbonda also showed us what he was made of, out muscling Cole and Jiminez on several occasions, as well as a last ditch one on one tackle.

Thats all she wrote in the first half, with both teams failing to test the keeper at all…0-0

The second half started of the same, with our only glimpse of flair coming from a darting David Dunn in central midfield, or some swift work on the left flank by Gamst and Chimbonda. Nzonzi made way for Hoillet. Junior got stuck in immediately, with a nice burst of acceleration getting him past his marker, only for his angled shot to hit the side netting. Dunn tried his luck from 25 yards, struck it sweetly, but straight at Green who easily made the save.

Kalinic came on for Roberts, and things started to heat up. Dunn took the ball on the counter, and threaded the most delightful of deliveries to Hoillet. One on one with the keeper, 20 yards out, Hoillet chipped Green, however the ball just wouldnt drop, over the bar…..

Rovers persisted, but the goal just wouldnt come….


Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 7
No saves to make, but really looked like our major way to score a goal with his 80 yard kicks….

Chris Samba 6.5
Touch sloppy in defence, gave away too many fouls in attack but did get stuck in on every opportunity

Gael Givet 6.5
Quiet game from Givet, whether thats a good thing or a bad thing who knows….

Lars Jacobsen 7
Pushed up well, solid in defence, fitting in well with the boys!

Pascal Chimbonda 8
Great game from Pascal. Looks like a real enforcer, in the mold of Nelsen, but with more technical ability!

Vince Grella 7
Very solid game from Vinnie. Made tackle after tackle, broke up play, and sent some good passes, this is what we expect from our boy Vinnie G!

Keith Andres 6.5
Needs to get involved more, and when he does, distribute quicker. Takes too long on the ball

Nzonzi 7
Solid game from whats looking to be a fantastic bargin. THe boy can tackle, gets up for headers and can pass the ball around

Gamst Pedersen 7.5
Good Game from Gamst. Wasted a free kick, but his general play was solid, worked hard down the flank

David Dunn 7
Was our chief playmaker, but couldnt create much. Worked extremely hard, but was lacking that killer final touch to set him free

Jason Roberts 6.5
A workhorse. Yes….A Striker…No…..We lacked the flair, creativity and dimension that McCarthy brings to the game…

Hoillet 6.5
Wasted the best chance of the game, but apart from that, looks fantastic…I am impressed!

Kalinic 6
A few nice touches, think he should of pulled the trigger once or twice instead of cutting back

3 Games, 1 Goal
A worrying sign. Even more worrying is the fact the goal came from a defender….Fire up boys!


18 Replies to “Scoreless at Ewood”

  • Couldn’t be at the match but from what I have heard it was pretty dire. Why were Rovers playing a long ball 4 – 5 – 1 at home? After two matches where the team played well, dominated and lost was this just a case of safety first to grind out a single point? Surely the Rovers faithful could expect a bit of attacking flair at home? From MOTD, Hoilet looks promising and Dunn looked determined – should clearly have had a penalty – 2 points dropped.

  • Very low quality match but again we were the better side…. Junior aside from the 2 misses was a cut above any other midfielder for my money – he looks a talent! other good news is that Chimbonda was awesome, Dunny is exactly what we need. I am disappointed we didnt win but if we had McCarthy/Di Santo available we could of gone 4-4-2 and won…

  • As a sporting event, it was dire, neither goalkeeper made a save in 90 minutes, hardly pulse raising stuff.

    We lacked any form of cutting edge, Roberts was frequently isolated and unable to retain possession and the midfield seemed very reluctant to support him.

    Fortunately Cole didn’t have his shooting boots on or we could have been embarrassed by a very average West Ham side.

    Plus points:
    Chimbonda settled in well
    Tugay appeared
    The Dingles got a hiding

  • and how pederson got a better ratiing than dunn? i just dont know.. dunn and chimbonda was both the better players rest of midfield was just shocking no support for roberts

  • Dunn did well, but lost the ball way too many times, but everybody has different opinions Scott!, i think Gamst and Chimbonda were fantastic on the left flank, too bad nobody was in the middle to finish anything!!

  • Hang on – I thought this month and September were the ones when we need to pick up points as October we’re only getting 3 from Burnley… so why are we playing just one up front… and at home! I understand that BSA is a good manager but he needs to sort out our goal scoring – it’s all well and good for him to state in the papers that he’s made millions for the club selling off Mark Hughes’ bargain buys for a big profit, but he needs to replace them with quality – this he has not done. I am concerned – especially as this time last season we had +4 points with Ince in charge.

  • I agree sas, we just lacked that box to box player to finish head downs and stray balls. Hopefully reid can get fit, or sam can find someone to replace andrews if he goes to fullham, which is looking quite likley. Benjani looks like his coming, as we have had a bid accepted of around 2m aparently, and he is discussing personal terms. maybe this will allow us to have some more options up top.,

  • i hope the signing of benjani doesnt mean we see less of hoillet. I think with persistance, Hoillet can become a star. Roberts, time to go….

  • Roberts needs to go, but 2 many ins and outs may be too disruptive. If we recieve any bid at all for roberts, it should be accepted, as when we have -benny, di santo, kalinic, benjani, roberts will be 5th choice. and his wages are too high to just keep behind the scenes.

  • I think on current form FriedelNo1 that its pretty fair to say we’d need a miracle against the Dingles keeper, the guy is an awesome threat in the net, Chelsea who id say a fav’s to win the title this year took 45mins to break the deadlock against a team thats (IT PAINS ME TO SAY) playin very very well so far in the premiership and who will certainly be no push over against any team especially Rovers. At least yesterday we kept a clean sheet, so glad i was forced by the missus to go to Chester Zoo with my kids as by al accounts not the best game to watch.

  • Guys, I come in peace! Thought you edged it, but like us, you didn’t have many ideas going forward. We had one or two chances, paricularly the one for Carlton Cole in the first half. Not sure about the pen, but have seen them given. Andrews is not premier league standard. Your sub looked good.

  • 3 points would have been great but the main aim was to get some points on the board. Plus the best result in ages against our bogey side. Like the idea of Benjani. Is this truth or rumor

  • Not the best of results (or matches) but we’ve had a bit of a West Ham curse in recent years haven’t we so at last we didn’t lose and now have a point on the board. Our home matches are going to be very important to us this season so this is two points dropped.

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