Blackburn Captain Misses Newcastle Match


Blackburn will be without their New Zealand captain Ryan Nelson tomorrow, after being sent off after 53 minutes, in Wednesday’s disastrous game against Aston Villa, when the Lancashire club went down 4-0 at home.

Nelson is one of several excellent buys manager Mark Hughes has made at Blackburn since taking over from Graeme Souness in September, 2004, after the Scot left for his 18 month management adventure at Newcastle United.

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Mark Hughes – has done very well at Blackburn Rovers

The New Zealander was rather harshly sent off on Wednesday night, and it certainly didn’t help Blackburn, who sank to their worst defeat of the season. Aston Villa scored three of their four goals while Nelson was off the field.

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes addressed the situation today:

“Everybody has got to move on, and I feel there is a real determination among the players to get this result out of their system.”

“Even in patches of the game you could see that we are a good side – and we have got the opportunity to put things right at the weekend.”

Andre Ooijer is the player likely to partner Chris Samba in the center of Blackburn’s defense, and Andre has not looked too steady when we’ve seen him in the past. But maybe he is now better acclimatized to the Premiership these days, we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

As far as the Blackburn team for tomorrow’s vital game goes, we would expect Mark to shake it around a bit from Wednesday evening. Steven Reid is pushing for a start, after coming on for a while against Villa.

Hughes may also switch his strikers around to give England Under-21s international Matt Derbyshire a start, and leave out either Benni McCarthy or Roque Santa Cruz up front.

But both teams will be wanting all three points, after both have suffered bad defeats in their most recent home games. If the Newcastle players turn up tomorrow and give it 100%, we think we may be in for a pleasant surprise. But – we hope we’re in for a pleasant surprise, is probably closer to the truth.   😀

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7 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Nov 30, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Do we care, we still need to beat them no matter who they play.

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 30, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Nope, we need to turn up and start playing well……

    This season the team has not been at the races and its time to use the players in their correct positions, dominate possession and hopefully win.

    We’re better than Blackburn man for man and need to show it by winning every 50-50 ball and giving the ball to Viduka and Martins in the opponents penalty area and not in our half…..

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  • Graham

    Nov 30, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    well thats a good start. now if another 3 or 4 of the blackburn team drop out we may be in with a chance!

    But in all honesty – i’ve got a funny feeling about this game – neck on the line and 2-0 win for NUFC…. now where’s my medication?

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 30, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Graham………..i accidentally took your medication…..sorry mate……..but i think i took to much………….i have visions of a 3-0 victory with Barton scoring he’s first………………..

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  • Hammy

    Nov 30, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Hughes has quietly done a solid if unspectacular job at Blackburn, in his early reign he received a lot of criticism for having a “dirty” team but they have added a bit of football to the mix with some shrewd buys, Hughes does not have the pressure of expectation heaped on his shoulders so I think we’ll do well to get a point.

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  • Graham

    Nov 30, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonking – you need to get to the doctors…..and quick!

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  • Leo

    Nov 30, 2007 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #7

    im glad he isnt playing because hes good, but christopher samba is awesome….

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