Date: 19th October 2010 at 5:42am
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The dismissal of captain Chris Samba just before the break ended any hopes of a free flowing second half, with Blackburn holding on to claim a 0-0 scoreline against a Sunderland outfit who would be ruing early missed opportunities.

Ryan Nelsen and MB Diouf were left out of the starting line up, with Gael Givet and Nikola Kalinic replacing them respectively

Paul Robinson
Martin Olsson
Gael Givet
Chris Samba (C)
Michel Salgado
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Phil Jones
Steve Nzoni
El Hadji Diouf
Brett Emerton
Nikola Kalinic

With both teams equal on 8 points, it was expected that very little would seperate both outfits. The fixture started of in heavy rain, with sloppy touches from all involved. It did take approxiately 10 minutes for both teams to adust to the conditions, with long balls running metres too far from the wet turf.

Morten Gamst Pedersen almost snuck one in early for the home team. A free kick from 35 yards out was sweetly struck, with keeper Mignolet making a desperate lunge to tip it over. The ensuing corner saw a repeat corner which was cleared to safety. Good early pressure from Blackburn.

However it was Sunderland who had the best of the early chances, and best chance of the match! A long ball clearance from the Sunderland half totally bamboozled Gael Givet, allowing Bent to bring the ball down in his stride. The English international was through on goal, however Paul Robinson stood his ground, forcing a superb one on one save.

Diouf looked threatening down the left flank, whilst the same could not be said for Emerton, who whilst defending superbly, provided some dreadful deliviries on the right flank.

The game fizzed out until the dying moments of the half. Samba stumbled in the back, with Danny Welbeck through on goal. Samba then stumbled his man, and was correctly sent off by referee Probert after consultation with his assistant. Rovers were down to 10 men, and 0-0 at the break

The second half saw chances few and far between, with Blackburn happily sitting back and hunting on the counter, whilst Sunderland lacking any bite up front. Gyan came on to provide an extra attacking option, whilst Jones dropped into central defence to cover Samba.

Benjani came on for the luckless Kalinic, and it was a welcome back for David Dunn, with Salgado making way and Emerton dropping into right back. Sunderland though should have gone up on the 67th minute, a hacked clearing tackle by Robinson found Malbranque, however his effort floated over the goal. Gyan was next to take shot, however Robinson was up to the task, a blinder of a save.

Benjani then made way after picking up a head injury with MB Diouf coming on. Diouf did show some flair and trickery, but to no avail, 0-0 it finished!

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 8
As above

Gael Givet 5
Will be dissapointed by the number of errors in his game today

Chris Samba 5
Red card, early bath for the Captain

Martin Olsson 6
Rather quiet game, did try to attack on the overlap to no avail

Michel Salgado 7
Used all his experience and wisdom to shut out the Sunderland attack when needed.

Phil Jones 6
Solid game from Jonesy, lacking the final pass

Steve Nzonzi 6
Did what was needed, though should use his strength in attack a bit more

Gamst Pedersen 6
Faded in and out of the game, in the way he does best

El Hadji Diouf 7
Worked his rear end off, a good performance yet again

Brett Emerton 5
Knows he can do much, much better especially with his final delivery

Nikola Kalinic 6
Would of liked to have directed 1 or 2 attempts on target, no luck for the lad


10 Replies to “Ten Man Rovers Earn Point”

  • I only saw the first half but Kalinic did well the conditions taken into account. A bit more precisely headers as you write 🙂 ….cheers

  • Kalinic looked like bambi on ice, diouf worked well on both flanks and emo was awful, robbo kept us in it, jones great job especially following Samba getting thred! Salgado worked his ass off, no idea where the goals are gonna come from but a clean sheet at least.

  • Am I the only one who doesn’t think it was a red card? It was given because “it was a clear goal scoring opportunity” – however the player who fell to the ground rather easily didn’t even have the ball, he hadn’t even taken a touch of it – so how could he have a clear opportunity?!? I thought the decision was wrong and harsh at best. However, we again showed what a tough nut we are to crack at home – kept a clean sheet and got the point. A shame we didn’t get to take our chances. Robbo was excellent, as was ‘big’ diouf, and Samba till he was off. Solid performance by all and good to see Dunn back too.

  • Thought the game was crying out for Dunny to come on earlier. We did well to keep it tight with 10 men but we didn’t have any craft in the final third really. Hope Liverpool don’t find their form against us.

  • This makes the Liverpool match very interesting. Dunn will start for sure and hopefully more support for kalinic. Emo should be dropped based on this match so may be olsson would start on left flank if nelly comes back. hope we will take 3 pts like blackpool and everton

  • We really lacked any creativity and the big punt in the box is getting far too much predictable, good point in the circumstances, but we so needed 3 last night

  • was looking for a win, but after samba got sent off i was happy with a draw….we seemed to struggle to make chances in open play.

  • I dont think the boss waqnted to risk Dunn for too long as he is not match fit. The Samba sending off was annoying but one of those things… Wanted three points before the match started but given what happened just before half time one point feels like three. Samba is now suspended for three games I think 🙁

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