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  1. Stoke City 3 Rovers 1 In a poor defeat against a nervous Stoke, there were only two real performers in this game as the voting seemed to indicate. Rochina polled 41.32% of the 121 votes and won the BRFCS Man of the Match award, more than likely based on his good strike which reduced the deficit and then another stinging effort moments later. Yakubu came second with 38.02% of the vote for his hard work and his good hold-up play. See the details of the vote here. View full article
  2. BRFCS MotM: Jermaine Jones [caption id=attachment_1994" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image courtesy of cn174][/caption]A new feature will be added to BRFCS from now on — it will be a chance to select your man of the match for each game. We will trial this for the last 4 games of the season (starting with the Bolton one) and next season we can hopefully have some structure around "our" player of the season. With a bit of luck we could maybe even start the annual BRFCS awards (let’s see how it goes). The first match that we have taken the vote for is last week's home game against Bolton — a vital win which will hopefully keep us up, and a massive 3 points in the bag. Although Martin Olsson stole the headlines with his toe-poked goal from the left hand side, the immense Jermaine Jones was the BRFCS Members' choice for Man of the Match, taking 46% of the vote and edging out Olsson, who had 40%. Jermaine Jones won the MotM award based on his energetic display, tracking back, throwing himself into tackles, as well as supporting attacks when possible. Also, for a change, our midfield actually bossed a game for once and much of this was down to Jones' all-action performance. There is no doubting that Jermaine Jones has proved a useful addition to our squad, especially in recent weeks, and this has now led to Kean saying that he wants to sign JJ on a permanent deal in the summer, and that Jones wants to stay, too. Check out the Man of the Match vote in the Rovers v Bolton match report thread. View full article
  3. 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. View full article
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Rovers v Stoke City

    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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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Manchester United v Rovers

    Manchester United 2 Rovers 3 It was a massive three points for Rovers in this one. You would be forgiven for expecting the Rovers to get hammered here given our form of late, yet Rovers turned the form book on its head and coped with injuries to several first-teamers well, coming away with three vital points following a 3-2 win. No doubt this wasn't a full strength United, but to be fair Rovers also had ten players missing and fully deserved the win for the effort given by each of the players. Once again the Yak hit two goals, one from a penalty and the second after jinking past Phil Jones before firing through De Gea's legs. It was enough to earn him the BRFCS Man of the Match award with 39% of the vote. In second place came winning-goal scorer Grant Hanley with 30.5% of the vote, and he again looked very assured in defence against the champions. A special mention I feel should also go out to Adam Henley, who despite his tender age and lack of experience coped very well with Nani and took 9.3% of the vote. See the details of the vote here.
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Liverpool v Rovers

    Liverpool 1 Rovers 1 In the Boxing Day game at Anfield, Mark Bunn showed that he is prepared to take his chance and put up a fight for the Rovers No.1 shirt with Paul Robinson. Following his crucial late save to deny Liverpool all three points, there was only going to be one winner of the BRFCS Man of the Match award for the match against Liverpool as Mark Bunn took 83.7% of the vote. Bunn also made several other decent saves in this game, where Rovers somehow held out for a point thanks to Charlie Adam's earlier own goal. See the details of the vote here.
  7. Liverpool 1 Rovers 1 In the Boxing Day game at Anfield, Mark Bunn showed that he is prepared to take his chance and put up a fight for the Rovers No.1 shirt with Paul Robinson. Following his crucial late save to deny Liverpool all three points, there was only going to be one winner of the BRFCS Man of the Match award for the match against Liverpool as Mark Bunn took 83.7% of the vote. Bunn also made several other decent saves in this game, where Rovers somehow held out for a point thanks to Charlie Adam's earlier own goal. See the details of the vote here. View full article
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

    Rovers 1 Bolton 2 The game against Bolton was a six-pointer clash between the bottom club and the second bottom club. The first half was dire from Rovers' point of view, with the Rovers offering very little going forward and going into the break 2-0 down. It needed a reaction and it got one, but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to take a point. Hanley took the BRFCS Man of the Match award in this Lancashire derby with 31.2% of the vote, which, considering how risky some fans have considered his play in the past, was commendable in such a big game. Hoilett came in second with 22.6% of the vote after his lively second-half display where he just kept running at the Bolton defence and trying to create a goal for Rovers. See the details of the vote here.
  9. Rovers 1 Bolton 2 The game against Bolton was a six-pointer clash between the bottom club and the second bottom club. The first half was dire from Rovers' point of view, with the Rovers offering very little going forward and going into the break 2-0 down. It needed a reaction and it got one, but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to take a point. Hanley took the BRFCS Man of the Match award in this Lancashire derby with 31.2% of the vote, which, considering how risky some fans have considered his play in the past, was commendable in such a big game. Hoilett came in second with 22.6% of the vote after his lively second-half display where he just kept running at the Bolton defence and trying to create a goal for Rovers. See the details of the vote here. View full article
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Sunderland v Rovers

    Sunderland 2 Rovers 1 Another defeat for an injury-ravaged Rovers, but trying to defend for 45 minutes without retaining possession is asking for trouble. Once again the fans were left frustrated with the result, which was in spite of the efforts of the big man at the back, Chris Samba. Samba took nearly 49.32% of the 146 votes to win the BRFCS Man of the Match award, while Mauro Formica finished second with 21.92%. See the details of the vote here.
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Rovers v Swansea City

    Rovers 4 Swansea City 2 Finally, Rovers got a much-needed win in an end-to-end game, with six goals, a red card and, more importantly, 3 points for Rovers. Only one man was going to be man of the match for this game, with Yakubu becoming the first Rovers player to score four goals in a Premier League game. Considering the goal machine that was Alan Shearer didn't manage it in his four seasons in the blue and white halves, it is quite a feat and one that hasn't been seen at the Rovers since Simon Garner did it in 1986. Plenty of other players played well in a decent team performance. However, four goals is always going to put you in the limelight and the Yak deservedly won the BRFCS Man of the Match award with 80.28% of the 213 votes. See the details of the vote here.
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Stoke City v Rovers

    Stoke City 3 Rovers 1 In a poor defeat against a nervous Stoke, there were only two real performers in this game as the voting seemed to indicate. Rochina polled 41.32% of the 121 votes and won the BRFCS Man of the Match award, more than likely based on his good strike which reduced the deficit and then another stinging effort moments later. Yakubu came second with 38.02% of the vote for his hard work and his good hold-up play. See the details of the vote here.
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Wigan Athletic v Rovers

    Wigan Athletic 3 Rovers 3 Another goalfest at the DW Stadium against fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic saw three goals each, a penalty and a red card ... oh, and that dodgy corner. Yakubu continued his goalscoring with two more goals and crucially put the penalty away deep into injury time for Rovers to take a point from the match. His contribution meant he took 27.86% of the vote, but it wasn't enough to get him the BRFCS Man of the Match award. Instead, the accolade went to Robbo, who, despite letting in two soft goals (arguably three), managed to get the Man of the match award for the first time this season with 32.14% of the vote, which no doubt was swayed by his willingness to stick his head where it hurts to win us the 96th-minute penalty. See the details of the vote here.
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Rovers v Chelsea

    A tough 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, one of the big boys, will perhaps be remembered most for the protesters' plane flying overhead calling for Steve Kean to be removed as manager. As for the game itself, Rovers didn’t play too badly but just couldn’t find the net. The winner of the BRFCS Man of the Match award for this one was Gael Givet, who gained a massive 46.74% of the vote, with Morten Gamst Pedersen coming in second with 28.26% of the vote. See the details of the vote here.
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    2011/12 Man Of The Match: Norwich City v Rovers

    A very good away performance at Carrow Road should have seen a win, but it has to be said that Lady Luck shone on Norwich in a cruel way for Rovers. The first bit of good fortune came by way of a dodgy deflection to make it 3-2 and then a terrible refereeing decision to award them a 93rd-minute penalty ensured that the spoils were somewhat undeservably spoiled. Despite conceding the last-minute, unfortunate penalty, Steven Nzonzi received the BRFCS Man of the Match award for the second game in a row, taking nearly 33% of the vote, with Ruben Rochina coming in second with 21% of the vote.
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