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    Blackburn Rovers vs Huddersfield Town, Tuesday 16 April, 19:45


    Salgado Is A Hero

    Tuesday sees Huddersfield Town make the sideways step across the Pennines to Ewood Park. Although we found the term “divisional rival” strange when the Huddersfield fans used to frequently use it, arguably they have been our main “divisional rival” this year due to us occupying the same sort of position in the table throughout the year, firstly at the top, then mid-table, and now down the bottom.

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    History

    Not as good as ours. Still impressive though. They were formed in 1908, and in that time have mostly played in the top two divisions, recently being promoted to the Championship after an 11 year absence. They were the first team to win the First Division three times in a row (which has since been replicated by Arsenal, Liverpool and United), which they did so in 1923/4, 1924/5 and 1925/6. They were also runners-up in the following two seasons. They’ve won the FA Cup on the one occasion, after a 1-0 victory against Preston in 1928. Incidentally, they knocked us out along the way that season, after a 1-1 draw at Ewood, we went back to their place and got pumped 5-0 in a third round replay. They also knocked out Burnley in the first round. We got revenge though as we beat them 3-1 in the final in 1928. They’ve also reached another 3 finals on top of those two, in 1920, 1930 and 1938, losing to Villa, Arsenal and Preston respectively.

    Our overall record against them is – Played 72, Won 29, Drew 23, Lost 20. And at Ewood it’s – Played 36, Won 17, Drew 12, Lost 7. Our last game against them at home was a 3-1 victory in the League Cup in 2005. Bellamy scored twice, Khizanishvili scored his first goal for us, and it was the game before our victory at Old Trafford that season.

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    Manager

    Mark Robins, formerly manager of Rotheram, Barnsley and Coventry, became their manager on February 14 of this year following the sacking of Simon Grayson. Since his appointment, they've played 12, won 4, drawn 2 and lost 6.

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    Players

    James Vaughn is apparently world-class according to everyone’s favourite Huddersfield fan. Although he’s only scored 9 goals in 29 league games for them this season. In fairness, in a great deal of those games he was probably stretchered off after 5 minutes. Apart from him, Jermaine Beckford can be a real handful on his day, their left back Dixon is solid, and also from what I’ve seen, the Northern Irish international, center-midfielder Oliver Norwood is a good player, as is a winger they have called Sean Scannell.

    Common links

    Jordan Rhodes used to play for them. Did enough there to command an 8 million pound transfer fee. Is he worth that much? Probably not, but he was to them, with his goals they probably would have finished mid-table, instead they could be going straight back down.

    Their former manager Simon Grayson also played for us. Anthony Pilkington was on our books as a youngster before later signing for them. Our third highest score in the Premier League (I think) Kevin Gallacher also had a brief stint there in 2002. Can’t find anyone else, maybe others can name some more.

    Another common link is their fans also hate Steve Kean, due to a perceived tapping-up approach made by him in the media when attempting to buy Rhodes. So fair play to them for that.

    Forgot I had agreed to write this and therefore haven’t had time to speak to any of their fans, so I've put this up now regardless as I imagine people are “anxious” to start discussing the game. Questions and answers from their fans will appear here in due course as I'm just sorting that out now.

    On the one hand, they’ll be fighting for their lives, although it's important to remember they are down the bottom for a reason. They have the worst goal difference in the league, -24, with a key reason for that being the 45 goals they have conceded on the road. Their away record in the Championship is played 21, won 7, drew 3, lost 11, scoring 22, conceding 45. However, anyone can truly beat anyone, especially in a 6 pointer such as this so things like this often go out the window. Victory at Wolves on Saturday proved they’re not going down without a fight. I’ll don’t really like the term “must-win game” apart from games when you literally have to win, such as the Wigan game at home last year, but this is definitely our most important match of the season in terms of trying to stay up.

    Favoured line-up

    ----------Sandomierski

    Kane---Dann---Givet---Rekik

    King---Dunn---Jones---Martin Olsson

    ----------Best---Rhodes

    Prediction

    2-1 Rovers. Rhodes with the winner. COYB!!!!!

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    My concern over Givet would be as to his lack of match fitness. When was it he came in after a long lay off previously, was it Blackpool away? He was extremely poor as I recall.

    The younger Rekik is more like to be sharper fitness wise and centre back is his preferred position albeit he has looked poor at LB. I don't think there's much to choose between picking either, both represent a gamble.

    Anyone but MGP for the suspended CKR please.

    Last time I saw him he was responsible for one of the gaols. Let's hope if he plays he's not holding a grudge.

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    Pedersen ! Why don't we just play with 10 men and have done with it.

    Apart from that I quite like Rog's team assuming we have to go with Morris due to injury concerns. I'd play Nunes instead of Pedersen though.

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    Apart from that I quite like Rog's team assuming we have to go with Morris due to injury concerns. I'd play Nunes instead of Pedersen though.

    Nunes is not even in the first team.

    I would play King in for CKR but it will probably be Markus Olsson. It seems he is back.

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    midfield is so bad i'd certainly have 5 in there posibly with 2 slightly more advanced, the isolation and lack of service rhodes gets is criminal purely because the opposition dominate midfield and posession week in and week out resulting in the only out being constant long balls

    I've every confidence in Rhodes and Dunn having the required composure to at least work the goalie i have absolutely none in CKR and King

    I can't pick 11 players from this squad good enough to comfortably win this, just hope we get the breaks

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    Huddersfield fans are up for it they've sold 2k, plus expecting a large pay on the night walk up. Very tricky this, hope for an early goal to settle the nerves. No doubt they'll be giving Rhodes stick so hope he bags the first.

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    Huddersfield fans are up for it they've sold 2k, plus expecting a large pay on the night walk up. Very tricky this, hope for an early goal to settle the nerves. No doubt they'll be giving Rhodes stick so hope he bags the first.

    And the second!!

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    If we had appointed Di Canio before Appleton I really think we would had been in a better situation. Do really think he would had played our foreigners the right way. I can see him doing well for Sunderland.

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    Could you really see Di Canio lasting more than half an hour in the presence of Shebby & Shagnew? He'd have thrown a proper Itallian strop, smacked one of them in the mouth and stormed off. Now there's something on Sky pay-per-view I would pay for!

    Anyway, back to tonight. Last home game this season I'll get chance to see, fairly hopeful of the 3 pts provided we go with Givet. I know he's 'highly rated' at City (football speak for "will somebody pay his wages for a few months please") but I don't have confidence in Rekik to put his boots on the right feet after his previous showings, never mind be a tower of strength in the heart of defence!

    Taking my daughter again who's been 'unbeaten' this season - 3 wins & a draw - so hopefully her good form will continue, although she's not happy that Jake Kean won't be playing (think she's a soft spot there, even though she's only 7).

    JR has scored in all 4 of those games so I'll go for 3-1 Rovers with a Rhodes brace and Best to break his duck.

    COYB

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    Could you really see Di Canio lasting more than half an hour in the presence of Shebby & Shagnew? He'd have thrown a proper Itallian strop, smacked one of them in the mouth and stormed off. Now there's something on Sky pay-per-view I would pay for!

    Anyway, back to tonight. Last home game this season I'll get chance to see, fairly hopeful of the 3 pts provided we go with Givet. I know he's 'highly rated' at City (football speak for "will somebody pay his wages for a few months please") but I don't have confidence in Rekik to put his boots on the right feet after his previous showings, never mind be a tower of strength in the heart of defence!

    Taking my daughter again who's been 'unbeaten' this season - 3 wins & a draw - so hopefully her good form will continue, although she's not happy that Jake Kean won't be playing (think she's a soft spot there, even though she's only 7).

    JR has scored in all 4 of those games so I'll go for 3-1 Rovers with a Rhodes brace and Best to break his duck.

    COYB

    My gf adores Jake Kean. I think it's a goalie thing, as she also loves Joe Hart, De Gea and (I think) me - I was a goalie whenever I played.

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    My gf adores Jake Kean. I think it's a goalie thing, as she also loves Joe Hart, De Gea and (I think) me - I was a goalie whenever I played.

    I hope you look more like Hart than the scrawny, lanky, bumfluff bearded De Gea (for your own sake)

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    I hope you look more like Hart than the scrawny, lanky, bumfluff bearded De Gea (for your own sake)

    Take out the muscles and have him box Mike Tyson for a bit, you have me :P

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    Well it's costing me and my mate a fair wedge to watch the game tonight . 12 hours overtime turned down in order to watch . Just got up and butterflies or indegestion ( who knows) are flowing. Going to nip the gym to pass time . I don't think anyone hates the venkyscum more than me but tonight IS important and could be the defining game in our teams famous history . Yes I want them out but no I don't want division 3 either and the death that would follow . Strangely tho I don't know whether its too many night shifts or insanity but I feel a good win coming tonight , no idea why ha.

    Ah we'll back on nights tommorow and a fridge of Stella for overnight awaits .

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    big turn out coming from the Town tonight. We always travel in good numbers but tonight is looking like many thousands are coming to roar the town on.

    http://www.htafc.com/news/article/club-news-hoyle-blackburn-comments-772790.aspx

    Up the Town!

    Many thousands ? You're sounding like a geordie with that talk lol Most likely to be about 3k maybe more which is good but to be honest i wouldn't expect much less. Owing to the farce surrounding our club you will be confronted with about 12k mute rovers fans :(

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    Can't make it tonight - kids clubbed together to get us Lion King tickets for our anniversary, when game was supposed to be Wednesday night! Third home game I've missed in 20 years.

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    Anyone who doesn't care about tonight's result should probably find something else to fill their time and forget all about the Rovers.

    Agree, if we lose this there's a very strong possibility we'll go down. We go down there's a very strong possibility we won't have a club left in a couple of seasons, then they'll have nothing left to care about.

    big turn out coming from the Town tonight. We always travel in good numbers but tonight is looking like many thousands are coming to roar the town on.

    Filling the Darwen End then?, you should work for Rovers PR. :lol:

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