Last season Blackburn Rovers lost 7-1 to Manchester United and allowed Dimitar Berbatov to score a sensational five goals. This season the Rovers found themselves on the receiving end of the same scoreline but this time in hands of Arsenal, there was no five goal scorer today but Robin van Persie did get himself a hat-trick.
Van Persie got the scoring off in the 2nd minute with Theo Walcott providing the assist, Rovers equalized half an hour later through Morten Gamst Pedersen. It was game on at the Emirates, well at-least that’s what the traveling Rovers fans thought.
Arsenal hitman Robin van Persie restored the Gunners one goal lead four minutes later with Walcott being the provider once again. The big Dutchman went from scorer to provider two minutes later by setting up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with his first goal for the Gunners. Continue reading
Blackburn Rovers came into today’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford second from bottom of the table, with United starting to hit top gear and having won two matches 5-0 things were looking bad for Steve Kean and his Rovers.
Rovers didn’t follow the usual script of come to Old Trafford and lose, instead they came and got all three points today. A first half penalty from Yakubu and a second goal in the second half seemed to have doomed United to another loss at home but man on fire Dimitar Berbatov got a goal back 75 seconds after Rovers went up 2-0.
With The Reds’ in full control and dominating possession another goal was on the cards and it came once again from Dimitar Berbatov. Now levelled on goals everyone was expecting a winner to come for United but instead it was Grant Hanley who got the winner for his Rovers side after a goalkeeping error from David De Gea.
The goal took the wind out of the United sails but even though that happened they had opportunities to get level once again but some brave defending from the like of Samba denied them a third goal.
Manchester United have signed 19 year old defender Phil Jones on a 5 year deal for a reported £16.5 million. The England U-21 international passed a medical last week but the deal was delayed due to Blackburn Rovers seeking a further £3.5million for the services of the defender who’s contract had a £20 million buy out clause.
There were numerous reports that Liverpool had joined in the race for the defender and made a much improved offer £20 million but the defender told the club he’s only signing for the 19 time English champions. This wasn’t the first team that was after Jones’ services, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger held talks with the defender but he elected to join Manchester United the following day despite being offered more money to join the Gunners.
Carlo Ancelotti’s time at Stamford Bridge has come to an end after a season in Chelsea ended trophyless, the manager failed to deliver on the high expectations placed on him by owner Roman Abramovich. When Ancelotti was given the job he was expected to win them the Barclay’s Premier League and get Chelsea to the UEFA Champions League Finals and win it in the process. In his first season at the club the Italian managed to win the double of the Premier League & FA Cup, a first in the history of the club.
This season was all to different for the London based club as they stormed out the gates and were destroying their opponents in fashion and had opened up a nice lead at the top of the table but that didn’t last too long as the club started to have some slip ups. One of the major talking points of this season was the firing of Ancelotti’s assistant manager Ray Wilkins last November, the reason for Wilkins departure is still unclear.
Chelsea had become very inconsistent after a bright start to the season and lost their grip of pole position in the league, things were going from bad to worse for the Blues and rumors of the manager possibly losing his job started to surface. With Chelsea still competing in the Champions League winning it seemed to be Ancelotti’s lifeline at keeping his job as Chelsea manager. Anchelotti’s fortune took a u-turn as the Blues started to regain the form they showed in the earlier parts of the season and mounted a run towards regaining their league title while getting the right results in the Champions League aswell.
This resurgence was just what the manager needed as Chelsea cut a once 12 point gap between them and now Champions Manchester United down to 3 points, with Chelsea managing a controversial but important 2-1 victory over United at Stamford Bridge, giving Carlo Ancelotti another lifeline in the process. This resurgence took a blow when Chelsea were eliminated in the hands of Manchester United from the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate leaving the Blues with only the league to play for.
The final chance of Ancelotti keeping was ended once again in the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford after a 2-1 loss to the now Barclay’s Premier League Champions. Now six points behind United with two games left Chelsea’s title hopes were all but over as United only need one more point to secure a record 19th league title which they got at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers. During a press conference leading up to Chelsea’s final match of the season against Everton at Goodison Park Ancelotti said:
“The club have to judge my job, be objective. If they decide to change it’s not a problem. You won’t see me crying or doing something. I will accept the decision of the club and find another ‘solution.”
Chelsea went on to lose the match 1-0 to a Jermain Beckford goal, a goal which was the final blow to the career of Carlo Ancelotti as the manager of Chelsea, the Blues finished the season in 2nd place above Manchester City only goal differential. I’m sure Carlo Ancelotti won’t find it hard getting another job anytime soon and a return to Italy looks likely to be the place for him.
Diouf’s season long loan deal at Blackburn Rovers has gotten off to a bright start. Earlier in the week he led the Rovers to victory in the Carling Cup by scoring a hat-trick against Norwich City in a 3-1 victory. His new boss Sam Allardyce praised the player for his positioning awareness and said he looks like a natural goal scorer.
A few days later Diouf opened his league account by getting the equaliser against Arsenal seven minutes after the Gunners took the lead from a Theo Walcott goal. Diouf’s goal wasn’t enough to secure a point for Rovers who eventually lost the game 2-1.
I’m very happy that he has gotten off to a good start at Rovers and i’m hoping he keeps it up and carries on scoring goals especially against our title contenders.
On loan Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored a hat-trick against Norwich City in the Carling Cup at Ewood Park. Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce was delighted by Diouf’s performance after showing confidence in the striker by giving him a start.
“Diouf scored three very good goals but could have scored more than that – the easiest one he missed when he headed it on to the bar.
“A hat-trick for one of our players is always very encouraging and hopefully he can carry on scoring in the Premier League.
“But he took up lovely positions; for the first goal he drifts off to the far post, gets himself unmarked and waits for the flick-on and then runs in and taps it in.
“His third one he pulls away unmarked at the far post, Morten [Gamst Pedersen] floats in a lovely ball and he couldn’t really miss that one.
“He does look a natural goalscorer in that he drifts into the right positions and that is not coachable.
“If we put balls in those sort of areas he will get on the end of them and that is not what we have got really.”
Let’s all hope that this is a sign of good things for the striker and wish him all the best while he continues his season long loan deal
Mame Biram Diouf has joined Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers on a season long loan. Diouf scored on his home debut against Burnley in a 3-0 Manchester United win but has only managed 6 total appearances. The Senegalese striker signed with Manchester from Norwegian side Molde. This is a good move for him and i hope he gets plenty playing time and grab plenty goals aswell.