Blackburn Rovers (Away)
Premier League

Sunday 19th November 2006

Sorry, but a busy home life has prevented time for a preview, but I will go with a score-line of

PREDICTION : -  Blackburn Rovers  1  Tottenham Hotspur   2

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


BLACKBURN ROVERS :  Zurab Khizanishvili (suspended); Morten Gamst Pedersen (rib); Lucas Neill (hamstring); Jason Roberts (foot); Stephen Reid (back); Ryan Nelsen (hamstring); Peter Enkelman (ankle); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Jermaine Jenas (calf); Calum Davenport (groin); Paul Stalteri (knee); Lee Barnard (foot); Anthony Gardner (knee); Pascal Chimbonda (knee); Mido (knee); Aaron Lennon (knee); - (-); - (-); 


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Blackburn Rovers   1   Tottenham Hotspur    1      (Half-time score : 0-1)

Premier League
Venue : -  Ewood Park
Sunday 19th November 2006
Kick Off :  4.00 p.m.
Crowd :   18,083
Referee :  Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent)
Weather :  -  Chilly, dry and rain towards the end of the match
Teams : - 
Blackburn Rovers :


Ooijer (c)

Bentley (Peter 85)

Nonda (Mokoena 65)
McCarthy (Jeffers 87)

Unused subs: 

Tottenham Hotspur :


King (c)

Davids (Malbranque 46)

Defoe (Berbatov 83)

Unused subs: 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Blackburn Rovers

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Blackburn Rovers

Tugay 23

Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe (pen) 62

Cards : -  
Blackburn Rovers


Tugay (foul) 60

Tottenham Hotspur 

Mido (foul)    

Ghaly (foul) 90 

Match Report : -  
It is hard to recall such a time when Spurs lacked an urgency away from home and in this draw, the fact that they had such a large proportion of the chances on goal and played for a large part of the game against ten men makes the dropping of two points all the more galling.

All the missed chances Mido had and snatched at, the two shots Defoe took in the first half that brought a save and a worrying moment from Friedel as an effort dipped just over the bar and the tries that Davids had that never looked like getting on target.  it was another match when we made enough opportunities to win and spurned them.

Blackburn managed a goal of stunning proportions.  Just when Spurs thought they were safe and King had cleared with a good header, Tugay was there ... about 25 yards out ... to thunder a volley past Robinson, leaving the England keeper with no chance.  It was a goal out of nothing and although the home side had pressed, they didn't really look dangerous.

Spurs had to do something at the break and Davids' withdrawal might mean he gets ticked off and leaves in January.  It might not be a great loss, as when everyone is fit, he is a little bit surplus to requirements.  Malbranque came on and although he didn't do too much, he ran in the right areas and looked to pass others in.  Among all this young Tom Huddlestone had another impressive game, but needs to make more of his presence in the midfield for Spurs.

Just after the hour, the game turned Tottenham's way ... or should have done.  A slick move from the back saw Lee play in Ghaly and as he ran into the area, he flicked the ball over Tugay's head and the trailing leg of the Turkish midfielder took the Spurs man's standing leg and the ref gave a penalty.  After consulting with his linesman, he pulled out the red card for Tugay and Blackburn faced a leveller and being a man light.  Despite the best efforts of Savage and Friedel to delay the kick, Defoe kept his calm and buried the spot-kick low to the keeper's right and it was 1-1.

As usual we struggled against the ten men. I don't know why other clubs can make it work to their advantage, but Blackburn pushed forward and a cheeky back-flick by McCarthy nearly undid Tottenham.  both full backs had chances to put Spurs ahead, with Lee hitting a rising shot from 30 yards well over and Assou-Ekotto slicing an effort wide.

Phil Dowd had booked Mido halfway through the first half and it looked as though the Egyptian would be the one to depart the pitch early, but in injury time at the end of the match, his fellow countryman Hossam Ghaly went up for the ball and was adjudged to have led with his arm on Gray and he was shown a red card.  When Martin Jol had the temerity to dispute the decision he too was pointed in the direction fo the stand.

It was an ignominious end to a match that promised much, but ended with players facing up to each other and the ref getting an escort off the pitch.  A draw was the result that the match probably deserved, but it left a bad taste in the mouth.

The away dilemma continues and with Jol likely to be banished to the stand for a few matches, it will be harder to make a difference to the team.  However, they should be able to take that responsibility themselves and take the initiative to make teams fear us and not the other way around.




Reaction : -



Some of you may of heard me on 606 on Radio Five Live.  As I expected many Spurs fans thought I was mad.  They then poured out excuse after excuse after excuse as to why we are not doing well.  Do they not understand excuses count for nothing.  MJ can stay but in 12 months I have no doubt MJ will be gone.

Why ??

Three years ago we sacked Glenn Hoddle.  We waited nine months for the dream team to arrive and that lasted a few games.  MJ has now been in control just over 24 months. Last season despite the fact that we were in fourth spot for four months MJ managed to **** it up !

1-0 up at the Library he took off Lennon and the Scum drew.  Psychologically, if we had won that game, there was no way the Scum would have come back.  West Ham wouldn't have mattered ! Not us.  Not Spurs.

Then full of expectancy we start the season with a game at Bolton.  Completely out-muscled.  It has continued.  Three goals scored away from home in a third of the season.  Although we beat Chelski brilliantly and nobody was happier than me, we have dropped back sharply in two weeks.  Unable to beat Blackburn, Reading, Watford, etc. means we are in the bottom half of the table and when we lose Ledley King, Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Defoe how mad will I have been then ??


First of all, I don't usually have time for deluded Charlton Athletic fans such as Alan O'Brien, but, for him, I'll make an exception.  Now, now, Alan, I understand that you're frustrated at your team being rooted to the bottom of the Premiership, but that's no excuse for you to start posing as a Spurs fan.  I got in there first son, 24 years ago, so keep your criticisms for the Valley and keep your nose out of my business.  Spurs business.

Speaking of, I felt that the boys played really well today and should've taken all three points, but for some poor finishing from Mido, admittedly someone that I've been championing for awhile.  The Egyptian played well and gave the Rovers defence problems, but just couldn't take his chances.  I don't think it helped having Defoe alongside him, as the England man was again ineffective.  It was good that he converted  the penalty, not just for Spurs but for his confidence.  Maybe it will represent a turnaround in fortune for Defoe and the goals will start coming.

However, the likelihood is that Keane and Berbatov will reclaim their spots in attack come Thursday.  It's the right thing to do, as Berbatov has saved his best performances for Spurs in the UEFA Cup.  I fully agree that the man is class, but his game is suited to Europe, not the cut and thrust of the Premiership.  That's all I was saying.  You need to show urgency in league games and that's something Mido gave us today, even though it almost cost us a penalty and red card, via inadvertent handball.  He showed desire, commitment, that he wanted to represent us. 

If he'd taken his chances, it would've been hard for Jol to drop him this Thursday.  On the other hand, MJ could try the two big men in tandem, albeit unlikely. 

The midfield is interesting right now, with no Jenas or Lennon, and Ghaly available
for one more game before suspension.  Now, I'm not knocking him here, but Zokora was
hit and miss today.  His passing was at once exquisite and sloppy, his tackles excellent but few and far between. Most worryingly, he was shrugged off the ball too easily and perhaps could've supported the attack more than he did, especially with Huddlestone covering the back four.  A good example of this was late in the game when Defoe made a good run in behind the Rovers backline and sent in a good cross, only for it to be missed by the two Spurs players in the box.  What it could've done with was for Zokora to have made the run into the box, like Lampard does for Chelski.  It must be said though that Zokora and Huddlestone bossed the midfield today.  They're showing the signs of a good partnership, but need more games together to really gel. 

Either side of them, it was desperate stuff, seeing O'Brien's boy Ghaly trying to cut it on the right flank was painful.  As was the case last week, his only meaningful contribution was winning the penalty.  He did do one other significant thing by getting sent off, meaning we don't have to put up with him for a couple of league games.  In that same incident, the hapless ref dismissed MJ from the touchline in a move that was clearly done to send the crowd home happy.  There are too many refs like that now.

On the left, we had Davids who actually played OK and was more disciplined than
usual with his passing and tracking back.  It wasn't a bad half for the Dutchman and
I was surprised that he came off, but it worked out in the end. Malbranque was full
of running, but didn't really see much of the ball, not enough to make an impact.  At least the Frenchman looks fit and hungry now and could be set for a run in the side.  At the back, Assou-Ekotto was very sound and composed, clearing his lines well
and defending confidently.  Once again though, a black mark against him is his lack
of attacking and a conviction when he does attack.  One such moment was when BA-E got on the end of a sweet Spurs move, at an angle, only to miscue his volley.  It was a
great chance and the least he could've done was hit the bloody side-netting !

King and Dawson were rock steady again and the Blackburn goal was great, neither man could be blamed for it.  I think that the goal came against the run of play, because
Rovers hadn't really got out of their own half, never mind create a chance, when
Tugay scored.  Spurs finished the half strongly and could've gone into the break 2-1

It's another day, another lesson for this rather young Spurs side and more
points dropped.  Here's hoping for another great European night for Spurs and that I
don't become a cloak-and-dagger Charlton Athletic fan like Mr O'Brien.

S J Wightman

As gutted as I am about our poor away form as anybody, does "Martin" have the answer ? 

Now I don't want to get into any stupid arguments (I can have enough of them with gooners) but if Martin Jol is not the answer who the hell is ?

I for one don't want to see him go, but I want to see some fight from the players.

We haven't played that bad, but not that good either.  I don't mind the losing if I can see some effort.  We knew it would be difficult to surpass last season's effort, but if the team cant do it let's at least get behind them. 

I have seen the glory and I know I will again.
Come on you Spurs.

Richard Cook


This is not strictly reaction to the game Mr Witmen it would seem more that we a re getting into a quarrel - sorry Ed.

Apparently I support Charlton, mmm, interesting choice, I don't have a particular problem with Charlton actually - it's great when we come back from 2-0 down to win!

Then there's you're ahem - 'column', to be honest I didn't even bother to read it - it probably doesn't relate to the real spurs team or contain any valid points anyway!

Now to some more positive stuff...

Blackburn on Sunday was a bit of a mish mash really, we passed the ball well and made them run around a lot but without ever really having the cutting edge to really get through them apart from the goal which was a well crafted move (I thought SJ) and was definitely a penalty (you could see on the replay that Tugay's trailing leg had taken out Ghaly (who apparently shouldn't be on the pitch - SJ - so we would have lost 1-0 or more if it wasn't for his clever control!) the sending off I wasn't quite so sure of but wasn't going to turn it down. Ghaly's ending off was an absolute disgrace (did you have a word in the refs ear SJ?) - on Sky Andy Gray started ranting in his usual anti-spurs like way until the replay came up and he started saying ' here it comes - watch the elbow [replay shows nothing] and... Silence Andy Gray lost for words - BECAUSE HE DIDNąT ELBOW THE MAN !

Blackburn whinge whinge and try to unsettle Spurs, MJ should have nutted the ref !  Game rolls out 1-1 a point away from home which is a good starting point to build on and I'm happy. It would seem I have more patience than you SJ and don't expect Spurs to win 10 -nil every time. Just as a parting shot SJ how long have you been going to the Lane ? Wouldn't have started going in the last couple of years by any chance ?

Love you.

Alan O'Brien

I read the 'column'

Yes Davids did OK apart from being totally outpaced and outclassed by Robbie Savage et al!

BEA - picking holes in him again I see, well apparently every full back Spurs by needs to be able to shot like Wayne Rooney on the volley ! There's a reason why WR cost Ł20M ! and BEA didn't.

And where was you're boy Mido when the chances came ? Now I like Mido he had a great season last year but hasn't quite managed to get up a head of steam as yet so for that reason I wouldn't play him away from home - we're creating very few chances as it is  and we can't afford to carry someone who isn't 'in-form'.

Ghaly is no more a wide player than Jenas is but should he complain Gallas style then at being played out of position or should he do his best, cut inside and create a great shooting chance leading to a penalty award ?



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Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 1 Newcastle United 1 Saturday
Chelsea 1 West Ham United 0 Saturday
Everton 1 Bolton Wanderers 0 Saturday
Manchester City 3 Fulham 1 Saturday
Middlesbrough 0 Liverpool 0 Saturday
Portsmouth 2 Watford 1 Saturday
Reading 2 Charlton Athletic 0 Saturday
Sheffield United 1 Manchester United 2 Saturday
Wigan Athletic 0 Aston Villa 0 Sunday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 13 11 1 1 29 6 34 +23
2 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 23 7 31 +16
3 Portsmouth 13 7 2 4 19 11 23 +8
4 Arsenal 12 6 4 2 20 7 22 +13
5 Aston Villa 13 5 7 1 15 9 22 +6
6 Bolton Wanderers 13 6 3 4 12 12 21 0
7 Everton 13 5 5 3 17 11 20 +6
8 Reading 13 6 1 6 15 18 19 -3
9 Wigan Athletic 12 5 3 4 16 14 18 +2
10 Liverpool 13 5 3 5 14 15 18 -1
11 Fulham 13 4 5 4 14 19 17 -5
12 Manchester City 13 4 4 5 10 15 16 -5
13 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 13 4 4 5 10 15 16 -5
14 Middlesbrough 13 4 3 6 10 16 15 -6
15 Blackburn Rovers 13 3 4 6 11 17 13 -6
16 West Ham United 13 3 2 8 9 16 11 -7
17 Newcastle United 13 2 4 7 8 15 10 -7
18 Sheffield United 12 2 4 7 8 18 10 -10
19 Watford 13 1 6 5 10 19 9 -9
20 Charlton Athletic 12 2 2 8 7 17 8 -10



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