A point is a point - looks like Watford defended like Lions throughout
If you can continue to take points from the Watfords of this league away from home then you won't go far wrong. I know you had a lead with minutes to go, but I would still say that is a point won and not 2 points dropped
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Rovers play well but lose at Old Trafford
On Saturday 10th September we played Manchester United at Old Trafford. Akpan replaced Aké, who is suffering from a bruised rib. Also, Oliver Shenton (19) replaced the injured Lee Evans.
We are beginning to play with more confidence and it certainly wasn't a walkover for Man Utd who have already lost to both Arsenal and Liverpool and who left Zlatan on the bench. In fact, Man Utd probably needed the win more than we did.
Rashford scored the only goal of the match just before half-time.
We played quite well. Shenton struggled, but the good news is that Steele is playing better every week. Henley, who was our weakest link last season, also played remarkably well. Nevertheless, the result was inevitable.
Next week, of course, it is all or nothing as Derby County visit Ewood Park and we shall finally play our first home game of the season!
We have collected one point so far, away to Watford, and so it would seem crucial that we beat Derby at home!
After the match it was decided that Lee Evans will return to Wolves. He is injured and his loan will expire before too long so that it is better for him to return to his own club and recuperate, rather than having us continue to pay his wages. This means that Shenton will probably get more game time.
Good performance, but I guess the result was inevitable. Big 6 pointer next though.
Is there a reason why you didn't fill the bench ? I would have thought that a reserve could step up as an emergency option.
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Last edited by samsami; 23-12-16 at 10:57 AM.
You always make me laugh when you never bother putting reserves on the bench. I know you don't plan on using them but surely always worth adding them just in case. Or if you are like 5-0 up, you could give them a rare run out?
Anyway - No shame in only losing 1:0, you're not getting hammered by the top teams so seem to be coping well so far.
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Solid performance - but need at least a point in the next game
Stuttering goalless draw at Ewood Park
On Saturday 17th September we finally played our first Premier League home game of the season in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 31,921. In comparison, last season we lost to Derby in the Championship (1-2) in front of a crowd of 20,259.
With Raya on international duty we needed Dorus de Vries for the bench, while Derby had Corry Evans play as central midfielder. And for the neutral observer it was undoubtedly an interesting game, with chances for both teams, but for the majority of fans the result was obviously a disappointment.
Derby was very keen to get the early goal and within two minutes they could already have scored, but Mason Bennett put the ball just wide. A few minutes later Weimann lifted the ball from 30 yards out ahead of Mason Bennett in the area. Bennett tried a volley but he put it narrowly over. The next chance was for us. Lens received the ball from Klavan, but he was surrounded by defenders and it went just over the bar.
And there were more shots on goal by Lens (5 in total) and by Marshall (twice) and even more attempts by Derby and especially by Mason Bennett and Will Hughes. However, time and time again Steele showed safe hands and inspired confidence for the defensive line in front of him.
The best chance was for Mason Bennett when Hughes hit the ball in search of his run and Bennett took the ball into the box. He shot hard and low and seemed certain to score, but the ball hit the upright and went out of play!
Lens also had a few good shots on goal but he wasn't lucky to-day and so the game ended in a sobering goalless draw.
In a way this was probably our best game of the season so far with Steele being named Man-of-the-Match. However, we still haven't won our first Premier League match yet and that is beginning to become a concern with at least some of the fans.
We have had some strong opponents already and there are more tough games to follow. Our next two home games will be against none other than Chelsea and Arsenal!!
But first we will be playing Reading in the EFL Cup. Perhaps a good opportunity to tank up on confidence before Chelsea visit Ewood Park.
Last edited by samsami; 24-12-16 at 08:55 AM.
Ugh - looked a feisty encounter and could have gone either way so unsure If a point gained or 2 dropped
Tough fixture list coming up. It as you say - chance to build confidence in next game
Last edited by samsami; 25-12-16 at 12:43 PM.
Rovers put League troubles aside to advance in EFL Cup
On Wednesday 21st September we played Reading in the EFL Cup 2nd Round in front of a crowd of just 13,870.
It was an opportunity to tank up on confidence before we face Chelsea in the League, but the question will always remain: Would we have advanced if El-Habsi had not brought down Henley in the area just before half-time? Until that particular moment Reading was the slightly better team, but when Al-Habsi had been sent off for his professional foul on Henley and Lens had sent Reading's substitute keeper, Jonathan Bond, the wrong way to score from the spot, things changed dramatically.
In the second half we fully controlled the game against ten-man Reading and we had no trouble finishing them off.
Bennett scored our second goal with a great strike; Akpan (who had just come on to replace Lowe) fired the ball in low and hard to score our third goal and in the dying seconds of the game even Flanagan found the net after a superb team move.
After the red card and the penalty it became almost too easy, especially with the home advantage, but hopefully this win will give our lads confidence for the tough games ahead of us.
In the third round we will shall face yet another opponent who we remember quite well from last year! And again we have the home advantage in that clash.
Much needed confidence win!
Could be the bit of luck in red card that can kick start a season
Good to see the goals spread around
Good 3rd round draw as well
Much needed win for confidence and good draw in next round
Nice to see goals spread around
That red card could be the bit of luck you need to kick start the season
Rovers hold toothless Chelsea to goalless draw
On Saturday 24th September Chelsea visited Ewood Park, just a few days after The Blues had returned from their Champions League Group Match in Belgium were they played Club Brugge and three days before they have to play Olympiacos. And perhaps that explains why they seemed somewhat uninspired to-day.
For us, we played in front of an extremely fanatical record-breaking crowd of 32,821(!) and I think our lads thrived on adrenaline for the full ninety minutes as they managed to hold our toothless opponents to a well-deserved stalemate.
Although Chelsea set their stall out to attack, the first chance was for Ben Marshall, from a free-kick, but Courtois pushed the ball away superbly. A few minutes later Éder blasted the ball towards the top corner, but Steele got down to turn the ball behind. Willian ran up to take the corner and Traoré got up above Henley and knocked down the ball for Éder, but once more Steele frustrated the Italian striker and got his body round the ball.
As the match progressed there were a handful of chances for either team, but nothing too spectacular. Our defence was solid and Steele played very well, and when Hazard blasted a banana shot from outside of the area and there was little Steele could have done, we were lucky that it went just over the bar.
The few times that we got a more or less decent scoring chance Courtois would show off his impressive skills, so that we never really came too close to scoring ourselves. In the end, what mattered was that this was our third clean sheet at in a row at Ewood Park!
It was a superb team effort and it's telling that it was Courtois who was actually named Man-of-the-Match.
We are still waiting for our first win in the Premier League, but this was an important result to-day and certainly more than we had dared to hope for.
But there is no rest for the wicked and next Saturday we have to play Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and on Wednesday it's Arsenal!
I think you strengthened your defence enough for the EPL but I wish you had someone to score a Goal once in a while... :p
Last edited by Alcoolix; 27-12-16 at 10:26 AM.
Great effort there v Chelsea (they look to be struggling) - could have nicked it as well
Goals do look the issue though and heaven forbid anything happens to Lens!
An incredible week for Rovers
Who would have thought that the week before the international break could have possibly ended the way it did? Even the pundit who (repeatedly!) said that our luck in the EFL Cup win against Reading could very well kick-start our season would never have imagined a scenario like this!
And it all began with a lost game at the King Power Stadium, just when we were expecting a good result. We leaned on our strong defence against Leicester City, but it was not enough and just before half-time Mardy scored for Leicester, who showed us in the second half that we are not the only team with a solid defence!
No matter how we hard we tried, it wasn't enough and Leicester were simply too clever for us, although Lens and Marshall both came close once or twice.
Our defence certainly wasn't to blame, but we do have considerable trouble finding the net.
Four days later, on Wednesday 5th October we played Arsenal in front of a crowd of 32,818 plus at least one major football god who was smiling upon us for the full ninety minutes.
It was a match no Rovers' player or Rovers' fan is likely to ever forget. Arsenal had a total off-day and everything Lens did simply turned into pure gold.
After just four minutes Lens tried a pot-shot at goal on his right foot and he scored!! Seven minutes later, after a cross-pass by Flanagan Lens let the ball drop before hitting a spectacular half-volley and for the second time he found the net!! And Arsenal just never recovered.
Undoubtedly they had hoped to set things straight in the second half but immediately Walcott had to go off injured and that was the straw that broke the camel's back. Bennett scored our third goal with a superb header and Lens completed his hat-trick with 85 minutes on the clock. It all seemed like a weird dream!
An unforgettable team performance with Lens and Bennett excelling!
So we finally did win a game and we won in style! And who knows what this season will bring yet?
Meanwhile, Stoke has decided to sell Oliver Shenton to Crystal Palace, so we shall now have to try and loan one or two other players in January. After all, our central midfield with Lowe and Shenton (or Akpan) is undoubtedly our weakest part as even the Arsenal game showed.
But for now we can rejoice in this unexpected victory and enjoy the short international break!!
Wow - what a result! Lens on fire
Weird how Utd/City/Arsenal/Chelsea all doing badly 2nd season into CM
Who's topping the league out of interest?
Tough one to take away at Leicester but I'm sure you would have taken 3 points from those 2 games
Just the manner of the win makes it that much sweeter
Last edited by Redknapp69; 28-12-16 at 01:16 PM.
That is some result. I didn't see it coming.
That defense is looking particularly solid
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What a first league win of the season! Worth the wait. Let's hope you can find some consistency and move away from the bottom three.