ihtd Posted February 28, 2007 Share Posted February 28, 2007 Sunday March 4th 2007 Kick Off 1:35pm (I'm Gonna Try & keep this short and sweet ) Round Two starts here. After the defeat last time out to Bolton, the lads have a chance at revenge away at the Breezeblock...sorry i mean the Reebok Stadium away in Horwich not Bolton, the Bolton fans don't take very kindly to be reminded about that for some reason. Ticket pricing for this game has become very much an issue for some fans, we charged them £15 and they repay us by charging us full price until last weekend when they had a change of heart and reduced their prices. Not down to the level we charged but after the expensive season we've had following Rovers around Europe, any discount comes as a blessing to me on my student budget. Rovers Last 5 Outings at The Reebok Sun Sept 11th 2005-Bolton 0 Rovers 0-A bore draw if i remember rightly infront of 24 405 fans Tue Dec 28th 2004-Bolton 0 Rovers 1- A fine winner by Paul Dickov from just outside the box infront of 27 038 fans. Sat Aug 23rd 2003-Bolton 2 Rovers 2-A great comeback by the Rovers capped by a late Dwight Yorke equaliser, i remember this match mostly for Friedel running and beating a notloB ballboy to the ball that he hoofed long for Yorke to get on the end of. This game was played infront of 27 423 fans. Sat Dec 7th 2002-Bolton 1 Rovers 1-Mostly remembered by Rovers fans for the legend that is Craig Short scoring the equaliser something like 3 minutes into injury time after the 90. Played infront of 24 556 fans Sat Mar 2nd 2002-Bolton 1 Rovers 1-Game in which Andrew Cole saw red after only 19minutes for retaliating to a shirt pull by Mike Whitlow. Goal for Rovers scored by the one and only Matt Jansen, Bolton's scored by that enigma of professional football Rod Wallace. Played infront of 27 203 fans. I have been harping on about how many fans these last five encounters have been played infront of because i wanted to see if i could find a trend in the decline in attendence even for local derby matches such as Rovers v Wanderers. Well apart from one match in late 2002, i cannot see a huge decline in attendence for this fixture, although in the space of 9months between the match in 2004 and the match in 2005, the crowd declined by just under 3 000 fans. It would interesting to see what attendence figures for this fixture over the next five years will be like. I got a few questions for us Rovers fans now; Is this a big game to you personally as a fan? I don't want the response all games are big because yes they are but some are still classed as bigger than others.Is this a match you would be willing to pay the typical Premiership price for?Is this really a derby match? I'd be really interested to hear people's answers to those three questions. The Previous Encounter Blackburn Rovers 0 Bolton Wanderers 1 The scoreline tells nothing about the match itself, but the most important thing it does tell, is that they took all 3 points. We can bitch and moan about how Zurab had a goal not given, how we had two penalties saved but at the end of the day, they came to a packed Ewood Park and took away all three points. Lessons should have been learnt from that day, e.g. we need a penalty taker who will put his foot through the ball and not try and over complicate things, we should have also learnt that we have the centre halves now to deal with the likes of Kevin Davies and Anelka. This defeat on Ocotber 22nd will have absolutely no bearing on when the two sides meet on Sunday, Bolton know they got very lucky to leave with three points. The one highlight of this match was the attendence at Ewood Park, more people turned out to see us play Bolton than when we played Manchester United (27 662 & 26 162 respectively). This is more than likely down to heavily reduced pricing, £15 a ticket anywhere in the ground, an intiative which created a great atmosphere in the ground for such a big game. Bolton's Key Players Kevin Nolan Bolton's captain and all round midfield engine, when Nolan plays well, so do Wanderers. IMO he should have had a shot in the England squad by now, if Joey Barton can get a go who is of similar ability to Nolan, so should Kevin. Good passer of the ball and also doesn't mind a potshot on goal from 25-30yards out. He is a very good player that i hope Mokoena keeps a good eye on when Sunday comes around. Kevin Davies Our 7+ million flop, Bolton's goal scoring, fouling machine. Davies has given away the most fouls this season in the Premiership, picked up a fair few yellow cards and a red card, yet has still managed to bag goals and lead the line for Wanderers. Their style of football suits Davies, if he were to be put into a total football team like Arsenal he would struggle, he loves to play off the last defender and use his body size to impose himself when chasing a long ball hoofed upfield by all of the Bolton starting line-up. Nelsen and Samba are going to be very busy on Sunday chasing down long balls and heading away cross field balls come Sunday. Jussi Jaaskelainen Try spelling that name after a few drinks Bolton's time served goal keeper, has been there since 1997 singed by their former manager Colin Todd, he has been their number one keeper for many a year now and rightly so, he is a very good shot stopper. He is one of those keepers that refuses to wear the number 1 shirt and instead wears the number 22 shirt. Hopefully our lads will keep him very busy on Sunday, preferably picking the ball out of the back of his own net. (I had posted a picture of Jussi but i'd exceeded my two picture limit per post, well you all know what he looks like anyway) Sunday's Encounter After the beating Bolton took last weekend away at Tottenham, Fat Sam will be looking for a response from his lads in this match and its rare that Bolton turn out two bad performances in a row, so we will be in for a very hard match. Everyone knows that Bolton like to hoof the ball upfield towards the strikers at the first opportunity, anyone who has never watched Bolton before may be in for a bit of shock as this is their main goal, get the ball to the strikers ASAP and in all fairness, it works for them and in a results orientated business, i've got to take my hat off to Fat Sam for that, he has his side playing football that wins matches. it may not be pretty and it may not be entertaining to watch but it gets them the three points. IMO if we play the way we played against Portsmouth, with both of our Wingers in Pedersen and Bentley looking to take on their man and cross for our strikers we could cause them many problems. If we make it a scrap we could come out on the wrong end of the result, saying that we are also a team known for liking to get stuck in and do the dirty work, we have players who aren't scared to put their foot in were it hurts. This is definately the sort of match we would love to have Robbie Savage playing in but if Mokoena keeps improving like over his past 2/3 matches we'll be okay, he likes a tasty challenge as well, Mr Arjen Robben can vouch for that. I got a feeling that both sides are going to cancel each other out in this match and it will end up a 1-1 draw, well that's what my head says anyway, my heart says Bolton 0 Rovers 4 to make up for the stick i've had for having two penalties saved last time out versus notloB. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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