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  • Steele, with Lszl playing in Cup matches.

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    I have dipped back in at exactly the right time. Congrats on the EFL win and a shame to drop some points there recently but still in the hunt and hopes high on completing that double.

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    HUGE HUGE win

    and deserved praise for Steele

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    Another 3 points, but the Rovers fans nails must be bitten to the bone. It's like watching the Arsenal of old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Another 3 points, but the Rovers fans nails must be bitten to the bone. It's like watching the Arsenal of old.
    I know mine are!


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    Go on, Steeley! Keep proving everyone wrong!

    Grimes and Chirivella have recently popped up with some key goals, good to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    Go on, Steeley! Keep proving everyone wrong!

    Grimes and Chirivella have recently popped up with some key goals, good to see.
    Yes it is. If the old Chirivella as we know him from his first period at Rovers is back then we might just have a chance.

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    Rovers beat Saints at Ewood Park

    Tottenham Hotspur used this past week to show friends and foes alike that they are still very much in the title race, no matter what some of the pundits have said or written about their so-called reduced title chances. On Saturday 11th April Spurs started by beating Hull City 3-1. On Wednesday 15th April they went on to crush Bolton Wanderers (0-5) which put them in second place. And on Saturday 18th Spurs demolished West Ham United (4-0)! So they secured nine points out of three games!

    In the meantime our only fixture during that nine-day period was the match at home against Southampton. And it wasn't easy - not by a long shot! But in the end we managed to win the game with Duelund and Chirivella both scoring important goals again!


    Saints played well and what's more, they created numerous scoring chances so that it came as no surprise that they found the net first when Rossiter shot hard and low and scored the opener for Southampton. In fact, we are lucky to have Steele as goalkeeper so that they only scored one single goal in the first half!

    In the second half we brought on Duelund for Sisto, who was clearly struggling to find his form. And Duelund played well again, although Southampton still remained more dangerous. But we have Steele! And then, with 72 minutes on the clock Duelund suddenly dribbled past Bertrand and took the ball past De Coster before skipping past the challenge of Van Dijk! And finally he shot for the top corner and scored with a fantastic strike!!

    After that fabulous goal we brought on Lens for Mahrez, who was not quite fit. We needed to keep the pressure on Saints! And sure enough, eight minutes after that substitution Akpoguma played the ball ahead looking for Fekir who brought the ball onto his chest and searched out Lens on his left. Lens nodded the ball on towards Chirivella who brought it inside the box and found the net with a vicious shot! Chirivella is finally delivering again!

    If truth be told Southampton could have - and frankly, they should have - won the game, but with a bit of luck we managed to change the tide just in time to win the match!
    Spoiler!

    Quite a few games were played on separate days between Saturday 11th April and Sunday 19th April because there were also various Cup games and a number of European games scheduled to be played that week.








    So some teams, like Tottenham Hotspur, played three games while others, like us, only played one game which had the following effect on the Premier League table. Spurs are now in second place after their three consecutive wins in just eight days. Chelsea remain the Premier League leaders while we are in fourth position, but we do have a game in hand - as do several of the other teams.

    For us there are still five games remaining and the first one of those will be the tough away game against Man City!

    Spoiler!

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    That man Steele will keep his place, right?

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    I voted for Laszlo, but I want to change my vote to Steele please

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    Need a steely performance (sorry) in the next game. 3 points from that would make the run in very interesting.

    That is a very tight league. You are one of 4 still in with a chance of the title, but 9th placed Newcastle could still get back in the European race and you could end up out of Europe. Every point is now going to be key.
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    Massively out played there so a great win, Chirivella proving useful again!
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    Looking good for the title!

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    I've got a feeling your name could be on the trophy here

    That was a ridiculous win where massiveky outplayed

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    Rovers stun Man City at the Etihad

    On Wednesday 29th April we played Man City at the Etihad Stadium and although we failed to produce even a single shot on goal in the first period and Man City scored the opening goal early in the second half, we eventually managed to seize control of the game so we could leave the Etihad with three important points in the bag!


    In the first half we were outclassed by our eager opponents. In fact, within five minutes San already looked certain to score, but Steele got his fingertips to the ball! And a little later Agero also had a great scoring opportunity. He struck the ball with fury, but it went high into the stand behind the goal. And there were further attempts at goal, but Steele showed safe hands.

    Something had to change so in the second half we brought on Duelund for Sisto and that made all the difference! Although, initially it did not look that way because with 55 minutes on the clock San received the ball from Moreno and he advanced on Steele and to the delight of the home crowd San calmly netted the well-deserved opener!

    However, barely a minute later Besic silenced the crowd when Martins Indi passed the ball into the area looking for our star player who trapped the ball nicely and moved in on goal before trying his luck and finding the net!!

    With less than half an hour remaining we brought on Grimes for Chirivella who was playing less well than he has been of late. Now we had barely made that substitution when De Bruijne drove the ball towards the goal, but Steele made yet another spectacular fingertip save to divert the ball wide!

    But we were the attacking team now. Fekir tried a pot-shot at goal, but he put it wide. And then it was Duelund's turn again. Fekir hit a 30 yard ball towards Duelund who controlled the ball on his chest and brought it forward. He effortlessly played the ball past Kompany and hit a fierce shot and found the net!!

    That was Duelund's tenth goal of the season and his most important goal so far! But then Besic had to go off injured. Chalobah replaced him, but although Man City also made a double substitution to try and score the equaliser our defence, and especially Martins Indi, was superb and we left the Etihad with the three points in the bag!

    Overall City were clearly the better team and in the first half they outplayed us, but apart from that one goal our defence was water-tight again; and Duelund played fantastically and was named Man of the Match!
    Spoiler!

    Now over the weekend Arsenal had already held Chelsea to stalemate and Spurs' spectacular winning streak had come to an end at Sunderland. And while we beat City at the Etihad on Wednesday, Arsenal lost to Crystal Palace!






    So after this week's results it seems fair to say that the Premier League title is now a four-horse race! Or rather, a three-horse race, since Spurs only have two games remaining and they just dropped points at Sunderland.

    Spoiler!

    The bad news is that our star player will be ruled out for the rest of this season.

    Chalobah will be the one to replace him, but at this stage of the season Besic is the one player we can't really afford to be out with an injury!


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    Great win against Man City! Have a feeling that this race will continue til the last game. Very exciting!

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    That win and the Arsenal v Chelsea draw could well be the turning point. It's now in your own hands, so perhaps you are marginally favourites. I'm not sure if that is a good thing as upto now you have done well as the underdogs coming in under the radar.

    How can you sell Duelund now ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    That win and the Arsenal v Chelsea draw could well be the turning point. It's now in your own hands, so perhaps you are marginally favourites. I'm not sure if that is a good thing as upto now you have done well as the underdogs coming in under the radar.

    How can you sell Duelund now ?
    Duelund will stay as long as he is happy. He is not mature enough - or consistent enough! - to be our main striker but does incredibly well as stand-in. Besides, next year we may play with two strikers. So he is still needed and his value is increasing

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    Your name is on the trophy - another game where you managed to get the 3 points whilst being the worse team

    Big blow Besic being out though

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    What a win! Shame they weren't the ones top of the table for you to overtake!

    Besic a big blow but you are tactically set up well to cope without him
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    Rovers held to a shock draw by the Hammers

    The season is drawing to a close now and on Sunday 2nd May we played West Ham United in front of a crowd of 32,983 but although we outplayed the Hammers, the match ended in a very frustrating 1-1 draw.


    We actually played one of our best games of the season and when Fekir put the ball in the six yard box and Chirivella scored a bullet header everyone expected an easy afternoon for us. Even when Lennon cancelled out Chirivella's opener after a great solo run that took him past both Nyambe and Martins Indi there was little reason to worry as we were by far the better team and created plenty of scoring chances.

    Duelund almost scored when he tried a low drive, only Howes did well to parry it. A little later Duelund had another opportunity and he struck the ball with fury but again Howes got his fingertips to the ball. Whalqvist powered a header at goal but he put it just over. And on and on it went.

    In the second half there were further attempts on goal by Mahrez, Duelund, Chirivella and even Whalqvist, but it simply wasn't meant to be. In fact, we could even have lost the game when Zaza collected the ball and hit a fierce shot and found the net, but it was ruled out as Delgado had strayed offside.

    Then again, when Clasie passed the ball into the area looking for Martins Indi, our defender headed the ball and scored, but this one was also ruled out as Fekir was offside.

    We had to win, we gave it everything, we did everything right, Fekir played exceptionally well again as right winger, but the ball did not go in.

    Like in our match at the Etihad Stadium Martins Indi was superb again and this time our left defender was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!

    So after having won some games lately which we probably did not deserve to win, this time we were the ones to massively outplay our opponents but not win the match. And it does not feel good! Especially because Man Utd played two games this weekend and they won both of them. And what's more, Chelsea also won their game.




    So after this weekend's fixtures it has most definitely become a three-horse race now!

    Spoiler!

    Meanwhile, Jon Flanagan has resumed full training. However, Martins Indi has been playing so well replacing Flanagan as full back that we have all confidence in him and Martins Indi will probably remain our first choice since Flanagan is leaving the club anyway this summer.


    And finally, Jason Lowe has completed his loan spell and has returned to Charlton. He made seven appearances while on loan and it was great to have him back for a few months!


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    Ouch. Losing Besic and drawing at home bodes ill for the title.

    We need things to totally go our way now...

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    Arrrrgh -very frustrating

    2 tricky games to take 6 points from coming up but if it goes to last day Bolton looks good

    Those lack of goals means you are a point worse off vs those above you

    But on the positive side CL footie looks secure which is an an amazing fest!

    Last home game v the gunners now - go out well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Arrrrgh -very frustrating
    2 tricky games to take 6 points from coming up but if it goes to last day Bolton looks good
    Those lack of goals means you are a point worse off vs those above you
    But on the positive side CL footie looks secure which is an an amazing fest!
    Last home game v the gunners now - go out well!
    It's the lack of goals (20 less than the top teams!) that makes it necessary to change our default formation, as long as we keep conceding less goals than them as well, of course!

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    Rovers denied by late Gunners goal

    On Wednesday 6th May we played Arsenal in front of a crowd of 32,951 and although we played well enough we once again created far too few scoring chances. And again we paid the price for it as this time we could not keep a clean sheet after we had finally scored the opener...


    So this is then the second match in a row which we should have won - but we let the game slip out of our grasp.

    We defended well enough and Chalobah, who replaced Besic, played fantastically so that Arsenal produced very few scoring chances. Only Alex Chamberlain came close when he attempted to hit the ball in low, but Steele pushed it away superbly. However, we only produced one single shot on goal ourselves.

    The game seemed to be heading for stalemate so deep into the second half we brought on Sisto for Mahrez who was running out of steam, and Flanagan for Martins Indi who had received a yellow card. And then, with fifteen minutes or so remaining we were finally successful! And it was none other than Chalobah who found the net by blasting the ball into the top corner!

    Obviously Arsenal switched to a more attacking style now and Alex Chamberlain almost scored when he used his right foot for a half-volley but his effort went inches wide. And so we looked like winning the game but then in the final match minute Arsenal levelled things when Alexis Snchez shot on the volley and scored to leave us gutted!

    We were the better team, but when Wahlqvist, Chalobah and Clasie are the only ones to produce a shot on goal you don't really deserve to win, no matter how well we play! Chalobah was named Man of the Match.
    Spoiler!

    There was some good news as well. Chelsea totally unexpectedly lost at home to Man City. But then again, Man Utd did not make any mistake and they demolished Sunderland to become the title favourites.




    Spoiler!

    There is no denying it. It would take a minor miracle now for us to repeat the success of 1995 which older fans will never ever forget. If there is one thing these last two games (in which we dropped four points in total) have shown us it is that we need more goals. About 20 of them, in fact.

    What Rovers need is a deadly striker duo like we had in those days, twenty-five years ago now!

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    Rovers lose at Everton

    On Wednesday 13th May we played Everton at Goodison Park and perhaps not surprisingly we were still struggling to find our form and lost the match. The early goal did not help, of course.


    Everton outplayed us in the first half. With just three minutes on the clock Haps brought the ball forward and he passed it to Lukaku who tried a volley, but it went just over the bar. However, barely two minutes later Letschert met the ball with a diving header and he did find the net!

    Our lads almost seemed lacklustre compared to a few weeks ago and it was Coleman who also almost scored with a header, but this time Akpoguma cleared the ball off the line. Lukaku was next to hit a ferocious left-footed strike, but the ball hit Nyambe and went wide. And there were several more scoring chances for Lukaku, also in the second half, but each time he was denied by Steele who played as well as ever.

    We created very few scoring chances ourselves so we brought on Sisto and Vera, who both played well enough, but even so we failed to find the net. Clearly the season is lasting too long for us...

    At least Steele was marvelous again, but a good goalkeeper and a near water-tight defence is simply not enough to win the Premier League.
    Spoiler!

    Meanwhile, Man Utd dropped two points at Newcastle, but they should still win the title. However, Man City has caught up with us as they defeated West Brom while Liverpool also won their game in hand.



    All of this means that we can not even afford to lose our final game of the season now; not with both Spurs and Liverpool breathing down our necks in the race for Champions League qualification!




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