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[Archived] News Article -> 2011/12 Man Of The Match: Rovers v Stoke City

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Rovers 1 Stoke 2

Following on from the buzz of taking three points from the home of the champions, protests subsided, the fans stuck behind the team 100% through a game for the first time in ages and "hopes" were raised that Rovers could somehow start to climb out of danger on the back of an excellent three points at Old Trafford.

However, it all went wrong. It was inevitable that Peter Crouch would score against us again, as he always seems to; however, when he hit his second just before half-time, it was a bitter pill to swallow and effectively killed the game. The game could have been so very different had the referee not cancelled out Samba's early header, but replays suggest that Yakubu held the keeper back from trying to collect the ball.

In the second half Rovers improved a bit but couldn't find two goals, only one coming, this time from Goodwillie, who bundled home from close range.

The Man of the Match award was always going to go in the favour of Morten Gamst Pedersen, who took 27.5% of the vote for that tackle on Steve Kean... For those of you who missed it, it is


Second place once again went to the Yak, who worked hard and had a shot cleared off the line late in the second half. Yakubu took 20.3% of the vote.

See the details of the vote here.

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