Date: 8th November 2009 at 1:01am
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With both teams languishing in the relegation spots, Ex Rover Aaron Mokoena brought the lads from Portsmouth up to Ewood Park, in what is a true, 6 point match. Rovers had just come out of a horror October, and Sam Allardyce would be hoping for a change of fortunes.

In what could possibly be summed up as the worst half of football ever, Blackburn pelted the ball into the box time after time, whilst Portsmouth seemed more intent on hitting the flanks with the limited attacking possession. Rovers failed to create a scoring opportunity, whilst Portsmouth did have their chances. Vanden Borre, Kaboul and O’hara wasted half decent opportunities, slashing wide with their attempts at goal. Blackburn’s only threat looked to be from set pieces and throw ins, however, the men in blue and white kept committing the cardinal sin of fouling their marker.

Portsmouth did take the lead in the 30th minute. Jamie O’Hara picked the ball up from midfield, and unleashed a 30 yard shot, which swerved away from Robinson, into the bottom half of the net. 1-0 Pompey.

Blackburn showed no signs of intent, with Diouf and Gamst Pedersen spectators out on the sideline. Nzonzi and Emerton battled hard in the midfield, whilst Dunn and Di Santo werent as efficient as the past few weeks. The situation was almost made worse for Rovers in the 40th minute, a clash between Chimbonda and O’Hara almost became ugly as Pascal appeared to lash out at the goal scorer. Referee Andre Marriner opted to give both men yellow cards.

Half Time, Pompey 1-0. The Blackburn Rovers players were given a fond farewell of the pitch from the Ewood Faithful…

Sam Allardyce had also had enough, making the most radical and unforseen substitutions in the history of Blackburn Rovers, Sam Allardyce management and anything to do with the game really. Gamst Pedersen and Diouf were hooked, Dunny dropped into midfield, Roberts led the front line with Di Santo whilst my other boy Benni played the free role…..(hmmmmmm)

5 Minutes in and scores were level. Ryan Nelsen headed a cross into the box, Jason Roberts held the ball up and with the daftest of flicks, slotted the ball into the back of the net. 1-1.

Rovers started to up the pressure, with Dunn becoming more lively on the ball, Benni McCarthy up to his old tricks and the two generals in midfield Emerton and Nzonzi laying down the gauntlet. As for Portsmouth, O’Hara remained the key man, pulling the strings in midfield, with a couple of long range drives which almost caught out Paul Robinson.

The game rolled on, however Blackburn continued to pressure, and in the 73rd minute, the unlikeliest of scorers found the net. David Dunn sent in the most pin perfect cross, Ryan Nelsen’s powerful header from 6 yards left R Kelly look-a-like David James stranded. 2-1 Rovers. Nelsens second goal for Rovers sent the crowd into raptures.

The closest Pompey came to an equaliser was a lofted header from substitute Tommy Smith, however it skied over.

As time ticked down, Rover’s pressed for a third, and what a third it was, hopefully giving Sam Allardyce plenty of food for thought. Andrews, who just came on the pitch for Di Santo, threaded a ball out wide for Benni McCarthy. Benni took it down the flank, whipping in a delivery for Jason Roberts, who hit the back of the net for the second time….3-1 Rovers

From there on in, it was the Benni McCarthy show. Benni toyed with his markers, turning his man inside out repetitively. The faithful responded, with chants of Benni McCarthy echoing around the stadium

3-1 it Ended, well in Rovers….

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 6.5
Not much to do for Paul. DOnt think he would be happy conceding from 30 yards though. Could have done better but it did swerve a fair bit

Pascal Chimbonda 7
Look, the guy is great. He plays well, gets stuck in, and counters. But, his attitude is shithouse. Lucky not to get a red, which would of pretty much cost us the game

Ryan Nelsen 8
Ah, big Ryan, finds the net. Boy was he happy. Solid game in defence from the Admiral. Of to New Zealand to sleep with the sheep, oh, I mean qualify for the World Cup

Chris Samba 6
Good in defence, but way too many sloppy fouls in attack. We cant miss these chances, and he just really needs to stand his ground

Gael Givet 6.5
Rounded of a solid display from the back 4. Quietest of the 4, however wasn’t really tested by Portsmouths attack

Steven Nzonzi 7,5
Bargain buy of the season. What a talent this kid will be. Works hard, can actually control the ball and string a few passes. Well done

Brett Emerton 8
Mr Versatile. Playing in the centre of midfield, Emerton was almost back to his brutal best.

Morten Gamst Pedersen 3

El Hadji Diouf 4
Not as bad as Emo, but almost there

David Dunn 6.5
Not as effective as usual, Pompey did mark him with numbers, which shows some respect for the man

Franco Di Santo 6
Quiet game from the young man, not much ball to his feet.

Benni McCarthy 9
Call me biased, call me what ever you want. I dont care if he is 45kg over weight, walking on one leg with 3 meat pies in his hand, Benni on the pitch is better then no Benni at all. He played like he was out to impress, and hopefully Sam is more impressed then Mr Hart. Fantastic game from Benni

Jason Roberts 9
2 Goals from Roberts….Never thought I’d Say that. Credit to the big man, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and boy hasn’t he stamped his foot down for a starting spot.
Closed down the game.

Benni and JR
Can they be denied a starting spot? Di Santo has done nothing wrong, but, he hasnt got the goals. Time to bring the big boys in Sam!


18 Replies to “Supersubs on Fire for Rovers”

  • sorry for the late report lads…massive massive night for the sas, as some of you wil see once i upload the photos on facebook hehe

  • We played ***** in the 1st half and our second half performance wasnt that brilliant. Good move by sam to bring on benni and jr. We won because we wanted to win more

  • as well he should do as well. People cue up to take a shot when he gets it wrong so why shouldnt he? Good on you Sam… you won us the game today with your subs. First half Morten and Diouf were a load of turd, J-Rob and Benni were like men possessed with points to proved – and it worked a treat. We ran out worthy winners in the end.

  • He had no choice but to change that dreadful shower at half time, it was pure dross. A complete lack of any confidence, authority or football ability that got what it deserved…..0 – 1 at half time.

    The architect of this negative, school yard strategy was none other than Sam Allardyce. To talk of earning his wages, is at best crass he shouldn’t have started out with such a limited game plan against a team that was there for the taking, to then claim credit for changing it is total bull*****

  • Ryan off to NZ to sleep with the sheep? Well why not, our sheep are the most attractive in the world, baa none. We have a great chance of qualifying for the world cup, btw, just the home game against a very average Bahrain to go on the 14th – hopefully Nelsen can continue his goal scoring form for his country, and we’ll see him leading the side in SA.

  • I new that would draw you out of hiding! Wish you guys all the best mate, would be awesome for New Zealand to make the world cup, hopefully boost the profile of the sport out there, and get some well needed funding….

  • morten should be benched from now on. i won’t forget how big sam rallied the crowd and the huge grin benni mac and jrob had on their face after the 3rd goa. they were out to prove something for sure. l

  • A good three points for us – fortress Ewood again! But I agree with aadil4rovers and roversfan95 – we were poor and Pompey were worse! Sam has to get it right for 90 minutes not just for a half – but credit to him for changing things and getting the three points – I’m hoping that after ‘awful-cotober’ we’re now going to have ‘nice-november’!

  • One of the worst 45mins i have sat through i think! Dreadful, then like a different team in the second half. Please the back four looked stronger than past matches and i have to agree with Dominator MGP and EHD should be sent to the bench to think about what they have done(or maybe better saying what they didn’t do!)

    Hopefully against Stoke we keep a clean sheet, stop this conceeding the first goal nonsense, and start imporving the goal difference!!

  • I agree we were poor in the first half but in the second half IMo it wasnt we were poor they were worse its just we had to much for them to handle!

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