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Blackburn Rovers 2 - Aston Villa 0

Premiership

Ewood Park

21/11/10 - 1.30pm

Attendance: 21,848

Referee: Oliver

Blackburn Rovers
2 - 0
Aston Villa
Pedersen (47, 66)
 
 
Venue: Ewood Park
 
Attendance: 21,848
The Teams
Robinson
 
 
 
Friedel
 
 
Samba
 
 
 
L. Young
 
 
Givet
 
 
46
 
Dunne
 
 
Nelsen
 
 
 
Clark
 
 
Salgado
 
 
 
Warnock
 
 
Jones
 
 
 
Downing
 
 
Dunn
 
 
 
Ireland
 
 
69
Pedersen
 
 
72
 
Bannan
 
 
E. Diouf
 
 
 
Hogg
 
 
81
Hoilett
 
 
64
 
A. Young
 
 
Roberts
 
 
 
Agbonlahor
 
 
78
Substitutes
Bunn
 
 
 
Guzan
 
 
Hanley
 
 
 
Lichaj
 
 
Morris
 
 
 
Lowry
 
 
Chimbonda
 
 
46
 
Pires
 
 
69
Goulon
 
 
72
 
Osbourne
 
 
Kalinic
 
 
 
Herd
 
 
81
M. Diouf
 
 
64
 
Delfouneso
 
 
78
Game Statistics
14
Goal Attempts
16
5
On Target
11
5
Corners
8
15
Fouls
10
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
47
%
53




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 21 2010

Time: 3:32PM

Your Comments

53% possession? yeah right lol
badge73
how can houiller not c that downing cannot play on the right and young shud dedefinately b playing on the right if we dont have albrighton available. stupid french ***** even MON would have got that right although he wouldnt have gotuch else right saying that
Avillian136
I completely disagree - Downing was really good again. Our problem was Hogg and Ireland never touched the ball and if they did they gave it away. Such a light-weight midfield. Honestly Ireland needs to shape up, 0 tackles and he passed the ball instantly to avoid the tackle giving it away half the time. No time for someone like that.
Astriel
man the lifeboats this ship is sinking
one match ban
I think the team and Houllier are heading decisively in the right direction. This could be the season I've been waiting for. A "transitional" season where we start to play proper football on the ground, making max advantage of out talented younsters would do me - but there is plenty of time to turn things round in the League and do better than that. We look with added punch up front as if we can challenge Lpool and Bolton for another 6th place finish - and this could then be the start of bigger things to come. Lets be clear, we were the better team in each of the last 3 away games and deserved more like 7 points rather than one. Throw in last weeks Villa Park robbery and we could be on the heels of the top 4 if the luck had run for us rather than against us. And that's before the benefits of further improvements from Gerard who massively impresses me. He is giving everyone a chance - but if you do not deliver you will not keep your place for long. He sees the game most fans see. Yes there are still downsides as to why we lost. Stupid free kicks unnecesarily given away continue - with Warnock a consistently guilty party. Gabby has not been seen enough for Houllier to judge and is been given his chance - but can only show that despite his undoubted plusses he adds to the team - being a clinical finisher is not one of them. The Fonz must get a proper run. He will deliver. He makes the right runs, he takes up the right positions - he just looks like a real striker to me. There is no one else and unless Gerard unearths someone in January he will be our best bet for this season - and certainly in my mind for the next half dozen games. Ireland needs to improve or he will be out. But so so many plusses. We are unlucky. We might easily lose to Arsenal next week, but should keep the faith. It will be followed by wins at the Sty and at home to the Albion , and we will press on from there. This is going to be a good season. We are going to progress. We are going to entertain. Well played Villa, we are on the right tracks.
stennyvilla
I agree with quite a bit of what Stenny says. I am positive, but we need to take as much pressure as possible off the kids. That comes with results. We were outmuscled today. No question that we played much the better football today, far more entertaining than Blackburn's approach BUT it is a result business and they won
krfeskivilla
I can't be so optimistic when I see us lose to sucker punches (free kicks, set plays) time and time again in the dying minutes of a half or a game. Warnock and Luke Young are guilty, so is Albrighton (twice recently) and if the manager doesn't sort that aspect out we don't have much hope. The other thing is our very poor record of scoring from our own set plays. Collins gets the occasional head to a ball but Dunne rarely does. We pump balls in the air time and time again for what? Certainly Downing is best on the left but he can play well on both wings with the right support. Ash Young is best in the middle of the play as he's our most creative player. But sort out our defence and give away goals please!
4thevilla
Downing was poor today on the right, ireland again nothing apart from a good link up first half. Noone stood out, mayaswell say that instead of going through everyone.
P.Avfc
I'm a Rovers fan, at the game today.. can't say we deserved the 2-0 but I think a 1-0 would have been fair.. you look good on the break, but when we sat back and let you play in front of us, you couldnt do much.. the size of our players compared to yours meant we took most of your crosses easily enough... Downing was quite good on the right I thought.. your CM let you down.. not physical enough for ours.. Someone in the mold of Mikel from chelsea, or Alex Song from Arsenal would be needed I think!
rover23
Ireland looks lazy to me. Doesn't want to get stuck in. Herd did more in 10 mins that Ireland did in 70. As for the rest I agree with stenny. The youngsters tried. TRIED. And that's good enough for me at the moment. And we passed our way from front to back. YAY!! football ... from foot to foot. I was so pleased how we played our way out of our own area in the first half. It got a bit ragged in the last 15, but rather that than O'Neill's hoof and run.
144wittonlane
all you o'neill haters are fools,think utd play good ball every game,last season very unlucky not to win a cup apart from a bad ref,great counter attack football under o'neill wish he was still here;[o'neill] i dont want to sell are best players,[board] no we need to money;[o'neill]grand go ***** yourselfs,class act.
kenner
^^^^move on please, ffs! new manager and bright new era if you would just only believe.
holte ender 1969
 

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