1864roverite Posted April 25, 2010 Share Posted April 25, 2010 The first Bank Holiday of May 2010 sees Rovers take on Arsenal for the early evening kick off, a match that will also be live on ESPN as well as being broadcast worldwide on International TV. Some 2 yrs ago, Rovers took a bold step and appointed a black manager called Paul Ince as the man to take them forward after the departure of Mark Hughes. He was seen as one of the most brightest young managers in the English game and his appointment made for interesting reading. A man trophy laden with successes at Manure, Inter and Liverpool not to mention heroical with England. A man to lead from the front and a man to follow into battle (apparently). So watching his first ever media conference I cringed when he said that he would be in trouble WHEN he took Rovers into the bottom 3. We all know too well what happened next. Some 3 months ago, Modes asked for volunteers for match reviews and I volunteered for this game, jokingly suggesting that it may well be Rovers last match at home in the Premiership, due to our then predicament in the league. Well fellow Rovers fans we can all rest assure knowing that the lowest we can finish this season is 13th, we doubled the dingles and have watched gleefully as our enemy have now departed the cash laden Premiership settling for a season in the Championship and then perhaps league 1 to follow. So then. The final home game has arrived and what a journey it has been. I am not trying to outdo Bob Flemming with an overall view of the season because he can do it far better that I ever could, what I want to do is simply gloss over what for me has been a good but mixed season with the biggest WHAT IF scenarios attached. My summary is that Rovers lost vital points in the following games when we really should have done better. Sunderland - a - loss 2-1 wham - h - draw 0-0 fulham - a - loss 3-0 stoke - h - draw 0-0 hull - a - draw 0-0 brum - a - loss 2-1 spuds - h - loss 2-0 wigan - a - draw 1-1 Liverpool - a - loss 2-1 pompy - a - draw 0-0 everton - h - loss 2-3 Wolves - a - draw 1-1 Successes include doubling Burnley and the dingles although our away form has been truly awful As Rovers embark on a match with probably the best footballing team in England, we find ourselves unable to fall below 13th spot, the starting point for Rovers budgetting. the situation could and should have been so much better but there are many many scenarios that we could paint and have to go with what we have got. Onto Monday. Arsenal will arrive knowing 3rd spot is not yet in the bag. They have players with a multitude of talents but seem to be suffering from a case of confidence withdrawal. Maybe its the fact the world cup is almost upon us and they have switched off or maybe its because they really cannot hack travelling to teams who are prepared to fight, just like Wigan showed last week. Rovers will gross a massive bonus of some £500,000 due to the fact we have become somewhat of a tv darling and we go into the game knowing Liverpool, Chelsea and Manure have ALL failed to win at Ewood this season. I wonder of Rovers can make it a full house ? We can also expect yet another 26000 plus crowd, as it stands Arsenal have sold just over 2900 tickets and thus ensure that our average home gate is in excess of 25000. That just has to be a remarkable success for a club of our size. It is difficult to predict which Arsenal team will arrive. In goal Almunia has been injured and woeful. In defence, they have injuries but it has to be said in Vermaelen they have a quality player. he has been injured so it looks like Sol and 1 other in the middle. In midfield they have an engine to be envied of. No fabregas but there will be plenty of skill in the likes of Diaby and Song. Up front they have skill in abundance, van Persie is back whilst Walcott remains the fastest enigma I have ever seen. Quality one minute then utter shyte the next. We have seen how they can destroy a team with football and this is what concerns me as a Rovers fan. Football wise, they knock spots off Chelsea and the other biug clubs but they do have a frailty that Rovers could exploit. Wigan have done it so why cant we ? What will also be interesting is how Arsene Whinging French TW£T will label Rovers in the pre match build up. Will it be THUGS or will it be a different story this time ? Sam, if your after tips take it from us, the supporters. Under no circumstances should you play Keith Andrews. Send him on gardening leave or give him to Burnley as a leaving present. We need effort and guile to beat this lot as well as a lot of luck. As we sign off from Ewood for this season we can reflect on all the positives. A semi final appearance once more and participation in the game of the season. 3 home defeats all season. Unbeaten against the top 4. Doubling the dingles. Dingles relegation. An average home gate of 25000 and the cheapest season tickets around. Rovers are simply the best and are in our blood. Sam has turned the club around ande it will be very interesting to see what happens in the summer. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy the final home game of what has been a successful season. Oh yes, the result ? Well I cant predict which teams will show their faces so I will go for a draw, 0-0. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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