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We Deserved A Point But Were Dunn and Dunne Over

Martin O'Neill departed from Ewood Park with a sense of frustration at our loss.

Speaking on the official site he described how we'd been 'perfect' away from home up until today and that he expected us to secure the win, or at the very least walk away with a share of the points.

He says how Gabby's opener was the perfect start we were after and that even at halftime he was still confident we would go out and take all 3 points and he sounds at a loss to why we didn't, offering:

'Perhaps we didn't create as many chances in the second-half as I thought we'd have done.'

Which of course is true. Carew was a non entity for the most part, the less said about the inclusion of Heskey the better - so we are already two players down in real terms.

Couple that with being over run again in the first half in midfield, so in the second half we take off a midfielder which will of course help wouldn't it.

The final half hour our chances really were long range efforts or corners, yet again, we had nothing creative through the middle. We aren't going to score many when the two target men we have - which should be ideal for wing play - seem scared to enter the penalty box and when you have nothing through the middle you get exactly what we did today. 5 chances on target in 90 minutes and an awe inspiring 5 chances off target.

Not creating many chances only works when you are tight in defence and you have a midfield taking charge. Again we didn't have that, and today we got the result we deserved.

'We were hoping to get something. Up until today we were perfect away from home. We were looking to continue in the same vein, but games here aren't easy.'

Yeah results have been working out for us, but we saw last season what happens when we rely on winning games 1-0, eventually the own goals and penalties stop and ergo so do our 3 points. If we continue in this vein and do not learn the lessons that should've been dealt with over 18 months ago we'll get the odd run of decent recents that makes everything thing we are Top 4 challengers and then we'll pick up results that we deserve and everybody come the end of the season will be talking about how close we came, how well we did to finish 6th again.

Or maybe we'll learn something, we'll start actually playing proper football and winning games convincingly and maybe, just maybe we won't throw away valuable points through sheer bloody mindedness and a 6th place finish could be a real achievement as opposed to last years capitulation of 4th place, then 5th place - basically an anti climax.

Monny also doesn't believe the sending off of Grella aided us much, saying it possibly galvanised Blackburn's resolve and we possibly tried to use a width advantage. That would be why Milner moved into the middle and Gabby and Heskey seemed glued to the left wing at the end then.

'I don't know whether it affected us in the sense that we tried to get a bit of extra width into the side to try and break through.'

That'll be enough from me though, I've promised the lads on the forum a night off.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 26 2009

Time: 8:12PM

Your Comments

ooo...another opportunity to use dreadful headlines! haha
arc1988
ooo...another opportunity to use dreadful headlines! haha
arc1988
I was slightly shocked today, but not as shocked as the lads on a chelsea coach on the way back from ewood did. hahaahahaha
..doctorwho..
I was slightly shocked today, but not as shocked as the lads on a chelsea coach on the way back from ewood did. hahaahahaha
..doctorwho..
haha you're so funny!
merlin
haha you're so funny!
merlin
and who won the penalty that downed you - Franco Di Santo :-)
merlin
and who won the penalty that downed you - Franco Di Santo :-)
merlin
Its OK we got Heskey.
col8
Its OK we got Heskey.
col8
Why were Chelsea on the way back from ewood too???
Ams78
Why were Chelsea on the way back from ewood too???
Ams78
Surprised it took Dunne so long to cost us points. (Haven't seen MOTD yet but I'm pretty sure he was at fault 4 both goals.) The 4-4-2 decision continues to baffle me when the facts show we play better as 4-5-1. But the fact that Heskey continues to put on a Villa shirt winds me up everytime I see it. It's unfair to the likes of Delfouneso, Harewood even James Collins that he gets any game time. I suppose if U make friends with the right people in the game you can clock up the minutes. (England staff rave about him so what do the fans who see him week in week out know?) We missed a player like Craig Gardner or Reo-Coker who isn't afraid to put a foot in. But keep the faith as I believe it's a blip.
StuLinney
Surprised it took Dunne so long to cost us points. (Haven't seen MOTD yet but I'm pretty sure he was at fault 4 both goals.) The 4-4-2 decision continues to baffle me when the facts show we play better as 4-5-1. But the fact that Heskey continues to put on a Villa shirt winds me up everytime I see it. It's unfair to the likes of Delfouneso, Harewood even James Collins that he gets any game time. I suppose if U make friends with the right people in the game you can clock up the minutes. (England staff rave about him so what do the fans who see him week in week out know?) We missed a player like Craig Gardner or Reo-Coker who isn't afraid to put a foot in. But keep the faith as I believe it's a blip.
StuLinney
^ Actually just seen MOTD on BBCIplayer, & Dunne was definitely to blame 4 both goals! Well done Dunney! Bring back Ciaran Clark. Or put Cuellar in middle & L. Young @ RB! & NO HESKEY!!!
StuLinney
^ Actually just seen MOTD on BBCIplayer, & Dunne was definitely to blame 4 both goals! Well done Dunney! Bring back Ciaran Clark. Or put Cuellar in middle & L. Young @ RB! & NO HESKEY!!!
StuLinney
Not saying that anyone is wrong - but MOTD commentators said Dunne was unlucky for the pen. Better beat Man C nes week otherwise looking like mid table!
RiF
Not saying that anyone is wrong - but MOTD commentators said Dunne was unlucky for the pen. Better beat Man C nes week otherwise looking like mid table!
RiF
No intention from Dunne but if you flail your arms above your head in the penalty area you're just asking for it...
Phartman87
No intention from Dunne but if you flail your arms above your head in the penalty area you're just asking for it...
Phartman87
i thought we were all dunne (or is it dunn) with them headlines !!
Lost_In_Ca
i thought we were all dunne (or is it dunn) with them headlines !!
Lost_In_Ca
No chance, I need something to keep me occupied. lol
mike_field
No chance, I need something to keep me occupied. lol
mike_field
MOTD commentators are tools......Dunne flailed his arms, the shot was goalwards, its a penalty. Great enjoyable game guys, unlucky and good luck witht he rest of the season
sasman
MOTD commentators are tools......Dunne flailed his arms, the shot was goalwards, its a penalty. Great enjoyable game guys, unlucky and good luck witht he rest of the season
sasman
mike_Field, headline should have been dunn and dunner. amazaing what i can come up with a few beers in me
Lost_In_Ca
mike_Field, headline should have been dunn and dunner. amazaing what i can come up with a few beers in me
Lost_In_Ca
Ah well thats the weekend Dunn and Dusted.
tomog
Ah well thats the weekend Dunn and Dusted.
tomog
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The Fear
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The Fear
how many games have we actually lost playing 4-3-3?? compare that to 4-4-2?
andrew144
how many games have we actually lost playing 4-3-3?? compare that to 4-4-2?
andrew144
Sorry guys but the better team on the day won. Best of luck for the rest of the season.
Mikey D
Sorry guys but the better team on the day won. Best of luck for the rest of the season.
Mikey D
Was never a penalty because the guy trying an overhead kick had his foot too high and was lucky he didn't take Dunne's head off. If that was Laursen or J Terry then there would have been blood spilt.
Villan444
Was never a penalty because the guy trying an overhead kick had his foot too high and was lucky he didn't take Dunne's head off. If that was Laursen or J Terry then there would have been blood spilt.
Villan444
we lose one game and suddenly it's all doom and gloom again??? yawn!!
Kuffit
we lose one game and suddenly it's all doom and gloom again??? yawn!!
Kuffit
no not for everyone kuffit, I didn't get carried away with the wins as the performances aren't 'there' yet and won't get carried away with a loss. We are going to have plenty of both (wins/losses) this season and at the end we'll have a far clearer picture imho as to where we are heading.
The Fear
no not for everyone kuffit, I didn't get carried away with the wins as the performances aren't 'there' yet and won't get carried away with a loss. We are going to have plenty of both (wins/losses) this season and at the end we'll have a far clearer picture imho as to where we are heading.
The Fear
For me, Dunne's protecting himself from a really high boot - had he not put his hand up, he'd have a face full of leather...
footy_fans
For me, Dunne's protecting himself from a really high boot - had he not put his hand up, he'd have a face full of leather...
footy_fans
disagree with sasman, if anything it was a high-foot from dunn ;) dunne was just protecting his face!
benji_starsky_avfc
disagree with sasman, if anything it was a high-foot from dunn ;) dunne was just protecting his face!
benji_starsky_avfc
Still you lost and to all teams Blackburn oh well someones got to finish mid table I guess.
TergeHauge
Still you lost and to all teams Blackburn oh well someones got to finish mid table I guess.
TergeHauge
Christs sake, we lost but is it really that bad? That pen wouldn't be given 9 times out of 10 and I'm sure we can allow a little mistake from Dunne every now and then because they all make them. I think he's done quite well these first few games. I'm feeling a lot better about this season than the last, especially with Downing still to come in. Still everytime I come on here I start to doubt my own beliefs about our team. We really are a short sited bunch. It's depressing to come on here these days. You lot are bad for happyness and you need to sort it out
PTP
Christs sake, we lost but is it really that bad? That pen wouldn't be given 9 times out of 10 and I'm sure we can allow a little mistake from Dunne every now and then because they all make them. I think he's done quite well these first few games. I'm feeling a lot better about this season than the last, especially with Downing still to come in. Still everytime I come on here I start to doubt my own beliefs about our team. We really are a short sited bunch. It's depressing to come on here these days. You lot are bad for happyness and you need to sort it out
PTP
No need for doom & gloom. We wasn't anywhere near our best, (haven't been all season) & got punished, simple as. It's a clear warning against assumption & especially complacency. Our team are mentality better prepared than last season, & especially our numbers are up in the squad to mount a decent challenge at whatever MO'Ns targets are. We've already picked up some points where we never last season. (Liverpool, +2 against Pompey & Fulham) so that is an improvement I suppose. The game against Citeh will B more of an indication of where we are at this season. It's going to be interesting ... & a very long, eventful season!
StuLinney
No need for doom & gloom. We wasn't anywhere near our best, (haven't been all season) & got punished, simple as. It's a clear warning against assumption & especially complacency. Our team are mentality better prepared than last season, & especially our numbers are up in the squad to mount a decent challenge at whatever MO'Ns targets are. We've already picked up some points where we never last season. (Liverpool, +2 against Pompey & Fulham) so that is an improvement I suppose. The game against Citeh will B more of an indication of where we are at this season. It's going to be interesting ... & a very long, eventful season!
StuLinney
To be honest, I think most people are upset at MON - not the team. The fact he refuses to play a 4-5-1 when CLEARLY it works for us, is shocking. To leave NRC out after all the wins, and play delph (who isn't the bees knees quite yet) is equally as shocking. He changes a winning formula to prove points to everyone that he is the boss - but the only thing he proves is how stubborn he is. The team knows it they play better in a 4-5-1 and so do we. Heskey on the left wing? Give me a break.
lucyryder
To be honest, I think most people are upset at MON - not the team. The fact he refuses to play a 4-5-1 when CLEARLY it works for us, is shocking. To leave NRC out after all the wins, and play delph (who isn't the bees knees quite yet) is equally as shocking. He changes a winning formula to prove points to everyone that he is the boss - but the only thing he proves is how stubborn he is. The team knows it they play better in a 4-5-1 and so do we. Heskey on the left wing? Give me a break.
lucyryder
 

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