Monday, December 29, 2008

Weekend Roundup 12/27 - 12/28

Queen of the South - A very poor match for QoS saw them lose 1-0 to Dundee at home. After the match the manager had the following to say.

"I thought we were absolutely terrible in the first half - I was embarrassed. We just didn't show any commitment, any willingness to work and they out-passed us. Second half we showed a bit more spirit but the quality was shocking! I know confidence is a big thing in football but I wouldn't make that an excuse today."

"There's no doubt [that some of the players aren't good enough]. Four or five boys out and I'll change it next week - it's just not acceptable. I'll try my damnedest to get boys in who will work and show better quality."

As you can see, things are a bit tense at Palmerston Park these days. With only 1 point int he last 8 league matches the Doonhamers have fallen to 8th in the table, just avoiding the relegation playoff spot on goal differential. Things are going to have to turn around quickly if Queens wants to return to its early season dreams of promotion.

Blackburn Rovers - The Rovers played two relegation rivals in just over 48 hours after Christmas, and gave away a point to each of them, costing themselves 4 points int he process. On Friday Blackburn traveled to Sunderland in a quiet affair where neither team really threatened. In the last minute of stoppage time Jason Roberts rounded the keeper and had an open goal to score the match winner, and he somehow missed. The game ended as a scoreless draw.

As painful as that was, Blackburn did worse on Sunday when they hosted Manchester City and former Rovers manager Mark Hughes. The Rovers defense kept City in check most of the game, and Benni McCarthy scored just before half to give Blackburn the lead. The lead was doubled in the 83rd minute on a Jason Roberts goal and it seemed that Rovers had claimed 7 points from Allardyce's first 3 matches in charge. Disaster struck though, with City scoring in the 88th minute, then after an unexpected 4 minutes of stoppage time Robinho scored with almost the last kick of the game to steal a draw from a game Rovers should have won. The two draws leave Blackburn in 19th place, 2 points from safety. Hat they claimed the additional 4 points that they should have gotten they would climb up to 15th place, 2 points above the relegation zone and past both Sunderland and Man City.

CD Tenerife - Off for winter break this week

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