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 Post subject: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:06 am 
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The one time big spenders of Blackburn vs the New money, and boy have they spent it, Manchester City.

one thing is for certain Blackburn will be well organised as all/Most Allardyce teams are, City have certainly spent big but will take time to gel, with that in Mind Mystic Jarv predicts 1-1.


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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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Blackburn midfielder David Dunn has warned big-spending Manchester City that Rovers will "kick lumps" out of their star players on Saturday.

City, who have spent almost £100m on players this summer, begin their Premier League campaign at Ewood Park.

"It's important we do our best and kick lumps out of them - fairly of course," Dunn told the Daily Star.

"We must be strong and organised. The main thing is we will have to be really aggressive and knock them about a bit."

City manager Mark Hughes, who left Blackburn to take charge at Eastlands in June 2008, is expected to field several of his new multi-million pound signings on the opening day of the new season.


While former Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz is not in contention to face his old club because of injury, Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Barry and Kolo Toure are all expected to feature.

Dunn feels they could need time to settle, and hopes Blackburn can take advantage.

"I think it is a good time to play City," he added.

"Unfortunately we don't have the same resources. But what we do have is an even level on that pitch and as soon as the lads cross the white line the money doesn't really matter. It's about how much you want it."

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce also feels Hughes might struggle to bed in his new players into his expensively assembled side.

"A whole group of new players, or five or six new players, is certainly something that causes you a few problems," Allardyce explained.

For us it's about trying to spoil their party, being that they think that they can come to a place like Blackburn Rovers and beat us comfortably with that kind of spending

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"I've suffered it in the past myself at previous clubs where nine or 10 new players have come in and we've tried to play them all at the start of the season.

"While they have been very good players, there has been some disruption there.

"I hope that might be the case against Manchester City on Saturday. If it is, then we have to try and take advantage of that."

Expectations are high at City ahead of the new season but Allardyce is keen to give them as difficult a time as possible in their first game.

"Everybody will expect success instantly at Manchester City, that's the pressure they have got to live with," he said.

"For us it's about trying to spoil their party, being that they think that they can come to a place like Blackburn Rovers and beat us comfortably with that kind of spending.

"We're certainly going to go all out to make sure that's not the case."


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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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Good Old Big Sam, His tactics don't change much eh


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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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It would be awesome if several City players were out injured for the rest of the season because of this game. Hughes sacked. City not even in Europe. Huge exodus next season.

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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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at the front end they could robrably handle 3 long term injuried but if its at the back, after the window shuts where their teaem is Wafer thin they might struggle, I wonder if Jo's loan move has a re-call clause in it


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Roque Santa Cruz will miss the chance to make his Manchester City debut at former club Blackburn as the Barclays Premier League season begins on Saturday.

The £17.5million Paraguay striker is recovering from a knee operation and is expected to be out until September. Another new forward recruit, £25million man Emmanuel Adebayor, will be assessed after returning from international duty this week with a slight groin injury.

Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez is in contention to make his debut after overcoming a minor heel problem while Craig Bellamy (knee) should also be fit. Vincent Kompany (toe) will miss the start of the season while Michael Johnson (abdomen) is still at least two weeks away.

Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen will have a late fitness check ahead of the clash.

The New Zealand defender injured his knee in a pre-season match at Dundee United last weekend.

Christopher Samba, who was also taken off in that game, has made a full recovery from his hamstring strain, but Paul Gallagher is likely to miss out due to a similar problem.

New signing Gael Givet has returned to full training as has Vince Grella, but the Australian is unlikely to play due to a lack of match practice, and manager Sam Allardyce will not consider new striker Nikola Kalinic for the same reason.

Steven Reid and Brett Emerton are on the road to recovery from long-term problems, while David Dunn is also still out.

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Blackburn (from): Robinson, Brown, Jacobsen, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Khizanishvili, Warnock, Olsson, Diouf, Hoilett, van Heerden, Doran, Nzonzi, Andrews, Pedersen, McCarthy, Roberts, Di Santo.

Man City (from): Given, Zabaleta, Dunne, Toure, Ben Haim, Onuoha, Bridge, De Jong, Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Weiss, Robinho, Adebayor, Bellamy, Tevez, Richards, Garrido, Etuhu, Vidal, McGivern, Petrov, Benjani, Taylor.

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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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Blackburn v Man City

This will be such an interesting game because there are a lot of new faces for both sides.

With all the fantastic players City have signed, they still need to get used to playing together.

City probably need another centre-back, despite signing Kolo Toure, and it's probably going to be another two or three months before Hughes knows his best team.

Blackburn will have a number of new players making their Premier League debuts, so I think this game will be heading for a draw.

Verdict: 1-1


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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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Emmanuel Adebayor struck after only three minutes of his debut to help Manchester City make a winning start to the new Premier League season.

The £25m summer signing lashed in an 18-yard drive to open his City account.

Chris Samba's header was superbly saved by Shay Given, who also denied Benni McCarthy as Rovers responded well.

After the break Given kept out Jason Roberts's header and Robinho's shot was saved by Paul Robinson, before Stephen Ireland slotted in to seal the points.

After City's summer spending spree that brought in five players at a cost of almost £100m, the pressure was on for them to deliver on the pitch from the first whistle.

And that was virtually what they did as Adebayor wasted no time in continuing his great run of form against Rovers that had seen him score eight times against them for his former team Arsenal.

The Togo striker played the ball out wide to Shaun Wright-Phillips and when the winger cut back inside and rolled the ball square invitingly, Adebayor was there to drill home his shot that Robinson could only help into the net.

With Rovers clearly stunned, and their pre-match promise to kick lumps out of their opponents now needing a readjustment, City enjoyed a dominant 10-minute spell.

But once the dust had settled, Rovers hit back and began to run the midfield as Gareth Barry - another City debutant - struggled to cope as the only holding midfielder.

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Adebayor made a very quick impact on his Manchester City debut


And soon it became clear that for all City's potential in attack - such apparent strength in depth that Carlos Tevez was only on the bench - their problems at the back had not been solved.

Kolo Toure, City's third new boy in their starting line-up, and his central defensive partner Richard Dunne looked less than comfortable under a number of diagonal high balls.

Rovers debutant Steven N'Zonzi had a shot hacked away and Roberts lifted a volley over the bar from 12 yards after Blackburn worked a chance via a bout of head tennis.

Frailties in City's backline were again in evidence when Given and Dunne, and then Given and Toure, just about got away with mix-ups.

Rovers, though, could not take their chances. McCarthy struck a free-kick straight at Given and Samba's header was also kept out by the keeper.

Another well-worked move ended in McCarthy firing straight at Given as big-spending City found themselves firmly on the back foot.

The previously anonymous Robinho then announced his presence on the pitch when his drive from 18 yards was tipped over by Robinson.

Back came Rovers and when Keith Andrews' volley hit Dunne's arm there were loud shouts for a penalty but the referee waved them away.

A spell of driving rain after the break made conditions difficult and neither side could establish any rhythm or keep possession.

In fairness to City, they had also tightened up at the back and were no longer affording Rovers as much space to work in.

But one lapse of concentration almost cost the visitors when an unmarked Roberts headed through a crowd of players and it took another fine stop from Given to keep his side in front.

Shortly after, the enigmatic Robinho almost sealed it for City but his shot was brilliantly diverted by Robinson, who dived low to his right.

It was the last contribution by the Brazilian forward as he made way for Tevez to make his debut.

The Argentine, who joined for £25m in the summer, almost copied his strike partner Adebayor by notching on his debut but once again Robinson was equal to a testing shot.

Before that, Ireland ballooned over after great work by Bellamy who had launched a rapid counter attack.

And McCarthy fizzed over a 20-yard free-kick as Rovers desperately tried to salvage something from the game.

But late on, Ireland broke clear and bided his time before coolly converting at the far post to ensure City started the season - and their new era - with three points and an away victory that is already half the total they managed last season.


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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:
"I think it was very harsh," he said. "Our failing today was in the poor quality of our finishing.

"But their goalkeeper Shay Given also made one brilliant save after another and that kept them in the game.

"We should have gone in at half-time in front. In the second half we couldn't quite manage to achieve the same tempo. It is very disappointing."

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes:
"Many people might have been looking to see if we were going to fall flat on our face today and I thought we gave a great response.

"You saw great character from City today. If we continue to play with the character we showed today then we will keep progressing.

"We stood up to the challenge and we showed the qualities we will need."


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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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Nice to see Tevez starting :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: 15/08 - Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City - 15:00
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i've heard 3 pundits say now that City have to be taken seriously as challengers, the same pundits who were saying Hughes needs time and they shouldn't expect them to challenge just yet only a couple of days ago.

I didn't realise winning at Ewood park was quite that impressive


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