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    You got lucky to get a point there!

    4 points minimum needed from next 2 games as your last few fixtures look tough on paper

    Crazy you are still only 2 points behind 4th!

    Steele for me but great the level of competition in that position

    BTW - how well is Nyambe playing? Seems to be on a storming recent run of ratings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    You got lucky to get a point there!
    4 points minimum needed from next 2 games as your last few fixtures look tough on paper
    Crazy you are still only 2 points behind 4th!
    The reason is that Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace. So we caught up a point, but Arsenal is now fifth.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Steele for me but great the level of competition in that position

    BTW - how well is Nyambe playing? Seems to be on a storming recent run of ratings!
    Steele's rating is going up every year (7.17, 7.36, 7.41 and this season 7.43)
    Nyambe is only 22 years old and his rating also goes up every year (6.74. 7.00 and this season 7.10)

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    Still in the hunt for that top 4.

    Plenty of surprises still to come I reckon!

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    About injuries - and other bits of news

    As it turned out, Steele will be out for about two weeks, so he will not be available when we play Bournemouth and Swansea, but he might be back from his injury just in time to play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Of course we have László so as long as he remains fit...



    Martins Indi has been banned for two matches, so he will miss the match against Bournemouth as well as the one against Swansea.



    Nathan Aké is out for just a few days with a bruised rib.

    Aké probably will not be fit in time for our next match against Bournemouth, which is just when we needed him because of Martins Indi's suspension.



    Then Chrivella will be out for no less than three weeks with a damaged shoulder. This means that Grimes will get a lot of game time again.

    Hopefully Grimes will deliver, just like he did a while back when Chirivella was injured.



    And finally, Martins Indi (who has been banned for the next two matches) will be out for a full month with a groin strain!

    So all of this means that both Aké and Martins Indi will miss our next game and we shall have to play with a makeshift defence against Bournemouth.



    In addition Nyambe, who was Man-of-the-Match against Stoke, turned up late for training on the day that Aké got injured...


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    good Lord, fun times at the physio's.

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    Eh? Nyambe is injured as well?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Eh? Nyambe is injured as well?!
    You're right, I got confused with all those injuries. All those groaning men here!
    The text above has been corrected.

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    Wow. Quite a loss of form since I've been away. I have to admit that I fancied you for one of the cups, but looks like in both games you came u against better teams on the day. There is still time to get that top 4 place although the current injury/suspension crisis is a bit of a concern. A chance for some of the more fringe players to show what they can do.
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    Rovers score again and defeat Bournemouth

    On Sunday 13th April we played AFC Bournemouth, the current number nineteen in the Premier League, at the Vitality Stadium and although they initially gave us a hard time we won the match as our forwards managed to find the net again!



    We had to face Bournemouth without Steele, Aké, Martins Indi and Chirivella, but then again, our opponents reside near the bottom of the table. However, even though we started well enough it was Bournemouth who scored the opener when Smith received the ball from Matthews and drove it low towards goal and found the back of the net! László did not have a chance!

    But as time went on we put our opponents under pressure and seized control of the game with two goals in less than five minutes! First Fekir skipped past Marsh and drove the ball in low on his right foot. Ted Smith could only parry it and Lens went for the follow up and scored! And a few minutes later a goal kick was taken by Smith and Fekir collected the ball, skipped past the challenge of Murray and tried a pot-shot at goal and scored his 25th goal of the season!!

    We started the second half with Chalobah for Nyambe and with Duelund for Clasie and we remained the better team. Fekir came close when he drove the ball in low, but Smith did well to get his fingertips to the ball. Duelund also had a great opportunity but he also was frustrated by Smith who proved to be a very good goalkeeper.

    On the other side, Bournemouth had one decent scoring chance when Wilson got free in the penalty area and struck the ball with fury, but László did fantastically to turn the ball away.

    In the final ten minutes Goldson had to go off injured and Williams was sent off after he pushed Besic away and so after the final whistle we could leave the Vitality Stadium with three precious points in the bag!

    And so our attacking line finally delivered again! Good old Lens was named Man-of-the-Match.
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    Some interesting results today! We are still in sixth position, but the gap between ourselves and Spurs and Liverpool has widened again. We are definitely not there yet but on the other hand, we're also very close to second place!




    Spoiler!

    So it will be Swansea next, at Ewood Park, and with five games remaining European football is well within our grasp now!

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    That loss for United and draw for City has suddenly closed everything up. 7 points behind and 5 to play, the title is not out of the question !

    That said, it is a tough run in. Other than Swansea they are all in the top half, so you might need to pass a few brown envelops to the referees to keep those red cards coming for your opponents
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    That loss for United and draw for City has suddenly closed everything up. 7 points behind and 5 to play, the title is not out of the question !

    That said, it is a tough run in. Other than Swansea they are all in the top half, so you might need to pass a few brown envelops to the referees to keep those red cards coming for your opponents
    That's why it is essential that we defeat Swansea at Ewood Park. Losing at Stamford Bridge is less problematic then.

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    I would say that beating Tottenham at Ewood will be the most important for getting European football as they are the closest contenders for 6th place. A victory at Stamford Bridge would help your chase for a Champion's league place, but with the top of the league so congested, every point is going to be vital.
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    Very important win and well deserved as well

    European football not far from being secured and still a real chance of CL which is crazy!

    Never easy down in South Wales and then the huge games come - but you're right - win the next and that should nearly have you there for European footie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Very important win and well deserved as well

    European football not far from being secured and still a real chance of CL which is crazy!

    Never easy down in South Wales and then the huge games come - but you're right - win the next and that should nearly have you there for European footie
    Yeah, we play Swansea (and Spurs) at home, but the other three games are all away games.

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    Yet more injuries as ten-man Rovers side hold on for stalemate against Swans

    On Wednesday 17th April we played Swansea City in front of a crowd of 34,217 without Jason Steele, Martins Indi and Chirivella. However, we have every faith in László, Wahlqvist and Grimes and so we counted on a relatively easy victory over Swans.

    But things don't always go as planned...



    Swansea started very cautiously, looking happy to get men behind the ball, but then again, we played cautiously as well. We very much needed to win this match but we certainly did not want to take any unnecessary risks.

    After about twenty minutes Swansea started to put less emphasis on defence and although that did not result in decent scoring chances, it did result in Besic being sent off after he squared up to Bradley!! A yellow card would have seemed more appropriate to us, but it's the referee who makes the final decision. So now we had to finish the match with ten men!

    And indeed, Swansea became stronger as we played without our defensive midfielder. And when Flanagan fouled Mowatt, trying to hold him back, he was shown a yellow card, but there were still no real scoring opportunities for the Swans, mostly because Wahlqvist did such a fantastic job man marking Báston. However, just before half-time Flanagan had to go off injured, so we brought on Aké to replace him.

    In the second half we started out with Chalobah as defensive midfielder and we brought off Fekir. We had no other choice. And it must be said that Chalobah did a great job supporting our defence, while László also played brilliantly again!

    And this time Swans did create scoring chances! Bradley swivelled on the ball and hit it towards DeAndre Yedlin in the area amd Yedlin powered a header at goal, but László got down to turn the ball behind. Moments later Bradley himself almost rifled the ball home, only László superbly tipped it round the post. And so, with our goalkeeper showing safe hands we withstood the pressure.

    But then Clasie also had to come off after picking up a knock! Duelund replaced him but the final ten minutes were rather tense. First Ince shot on the volley, but László did well to parry it. And with four minutes remaining a powerful header by Yedlin was superbly deflected by Wahlqvist and so, much to the crowd's relief the game ended in a goalless draw.

    Ferenc László was superb again. Not only did he kept a clean sheet but he was also named Man-of-the-Match. Wahlqvist also did fantastically, replacing the injured Bruno Martins Indi.
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    In a way this was another disappointing result, especially when you have counted on winning the match, but what can you realistically expect when you have to play with ten men for almost a full hour?

    Meanwhile, at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace lost 0-1 to Man City. With four games remaining we are still in sixth place, but we do have to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next.




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    Injuries galore at the end of the season

    Besic has been suspended for just one match, the one against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but at least he should be available again for our final three League matches against West Ham, Spurs and Everton.



    However, Flanagan will be out for about ten days. Fortunately we have Aké to replace him, but it's not as if we have an endless supply of defenders!



    And then there is Clasie. He will be out for no less than three weeks! Duelund replaced him against Swans, but this is really very unfortunate as Chirivella is also still injured.



    And to top things off, the day after the Swansea match Jeremain Lens suffered a bruised head in training! And we don't have anyone to replace him but Bilal and Bennett.



    So things can hardly get worse as we prepare to play Chelsea with no less than seven of our key players unavailable, mostly because of injuries. The only good news is that Steele, Besic and Lens should be available again after the match against Chelsea.


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    Jeeze that is an injury crisis. Funny how it is always important players and just when you need them most.

    If you can get anything from The Bridge then that is a huge bonus. I think that game will decide on whether you are going for the Champions League or Europa League places. If you can somehow grind out a win then it all gets very interesting.
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    Did well in the end to get a point

    Massively up against it injury wise now to go to Stamford Bridge - but at these time funny things happen!

    Can the replacements step up

    Securing any sort of European football is key now - the least you deserve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    That loss for United and draw for City has suddenly closed everything up. 7 points behind and 5 to play, the title is not out of the question !

    That said, it is a tough run in. Other than Swansea they are all in the top half, so you might need to pass a few brown envelops to the referees to keep those red cards coming for your opponents
    That was my first thought too. Another loss or two for United and other results going your way could put you right up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    That was my first thought too. Another loss or two for United and other results going your way could put you right up there.
    Yes, but we don't stand a change against Chelsea with all the injuries now. I expect we will lose that game so we could even end in seventh place.

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    Would Sir Alex have said "We don't stand a chance" ?
    Would Brian Clough have said "We don't stand a chance" ?
    Would Rinus Michels have said "We don't stand a chance" ?

    No.

    They would have fired their team up to put in 100%.
    They would have instilled a belief that their collective abilities would overcome the odds
    They would have constructed a plan for the downfall of the opposition.

    Where is your Churchilian spirit ?

    We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
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    Injuries or no, 4 wins wins the title. A boy can dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
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    We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
    Defend is what we do best

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    Injuries or no, 4 wins wins the title. A boy can dream.
    How about four goalless draws?

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