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Blackburn v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 26/08/2008

THE Mariners travel to perennial mid table finishers Blackburn Rovers in the hope of another Carling Cup upset and a much needed win for Buckley

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The Opposition


In 2001 the Mariners were well and truly beaten 4-1 in front of Sky cameras against a Blackburn side on their way to making an immediate return to the Premiership after their relegation the season previous. Seven years on and the two teams could hardly be further apart league status wise, financially, operationally and well in everything else you could probably think of. It’s a harsh reminder to us Town fans who remember that night in April as Luke Cornwall gave us a slight chance at 3-1. Now the Mariners face bigger, deeper wounds to our pride and footballing pedigree. As Blackburn reach for the Uefa Cup and are trying to build a team to maybe one day challenge the top four, us lot here look at a way to beat Brentford next time around.

The Team
Our friendly Wembley victor Mr Ince is well on his way to establishing himself as a top flight manager. From managing the not so mighty Macclesfield to the slightly more impressive Rovers in just two years is a great feat even for a man with Ince’s pedigree. Ince already had an incredibly strong squad when he arrived in the northwest as Mark Hughes had managed to build a team easily capable of competing in Europe at some stage. With the recent contract extension of fans' favourite Roque Santa Cruz pledging himself to the club for another four years things are looking good at Blackburn. The Pre-season acquisitions of Paul Robinson was as good a replacement as you can find for the sometimes unstoppable Brad Freidel but the departure of David Bentley will be on which still leaves some Blackburnites a little worried about the season ahead.

One to Watch
MortenGamst Pedersen. None of us know what sort of team Ince will plan to face us on Wednesday night. Ince may want a chance of a major bit of silverware in his first year and go out all guns blazing or he may remember we were pretty toothless at Wembley so maybe he can risk resting some of his elite. If we face some of his top players we will be in for a great game and one our squad should face up to strongly and if we have that challenge ahead of us none will be more closely watched then Morten Gamst Pedersen The Norwegian international is one of the creative sparks in a hard working side. His occasional eye for goal and amazing technical ability gives him an edge much needed in the Premiership. His passing can a split a defence instantly and with time on the ball Town best be awake.

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Team News (by Ryan Robinson)


  • Grimsby are hoping for an improvement from the last two games when they were an utter shambles.

  • Danny Boshell is expected to start in midfield and right back Robbie Stockdale could be a shock starter.

  • Burly defender Richard Hope is also pushing to prove himself for the game which should provide stability at the back again.

  • I'm expecting Taylor and Butler to start up front again as they have been looking like a solid partnership. I'm expecting Buckley to drop Heslop to the bench.
  • Blackburn are expected to put out a strong team as Former MK Dons manager Paul Ince will be looking to make it four Games unbeaten against the Mariners, With him saying on Rovers' web site "We want to win every game - it's as simple as that" and "the expectation is for us to go out there and stamp our authority on the game and that's what we will be out to do. It won't be easy, But we are looking forward to the tie"

  • He could also give a debut to new Austrian midfielder Vince Grella who he has signed tonight from Torino. Three other players have been handed squad numbers before tomorrow nights game, Youngsters Bryan Hodge, Alex Marrow and Marcus Marshall have been handed 31,36 and 37. These could play at least some part in the game.

  • A few players won't be playing tomorrow night though, due to injuries This includes Swiss international Johann Vogel, Martin Olsson and David Dunn are all expected to miss out. Paul Ince could Give Benni McCarthy a game alongside Carlos Villanueva who is expected to start.

  • Paul Ince is expected to choose between the following players: Robinson,Ooijer,Samba,Nelsen,Warnock,Emerton,Reid,Mokoena,Pedersen, Santa Cruz (Julio and Roque),Roberts,Brown,Tugay,McCarthy,Kizanishvili, Villanueva and Youngsters Simpson,Treacy,Judge,Derbyshire,Kane,Gallagher and Hodge. Whoever he chooses from will be sure to give the Mariners a tough game. I'm Expecting him to mix seniors and youngsters together.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    1GKPaul Robinson
    2DFAndré Ooijer
    3DFStephen Warnock
    4DFChristopher Samba
    5MFTugay Kerimoglu
    6DFRyan Nelsen (captain)
    7MFBrett Emerton
    8MFDavid Dunn (vice-captain)
    9FWRoque Santa Cruz
    10FWBenni McCarthy
    12MFMorten Gamst Pedersen
    13DFZurab Khizanishvili
    14MFJohann Vogel
    15DFAaron Mokoena
    16MFSteven Reid
    18FWPaul Gallagher
    19MFCarlos Villanueva (loan from Audax Italiano)
    21MFSergio Peter
    22DFDanny Simpson (loan from Manchester United)
    24MFKeith Treacy
    25MFAlan Judge
    26FWJulio Santa Cruz
    27FWMatt Derbyshire
    28DFTony Kane
    29MFMartin Olsson
    30FWJason Roberts
    32GKJason Brown
    33GKFrank Fielding
    35DFEddie Nolan
    ?MFVincenzo Grella
    ?FWRobbie Fowler
    ?GKOhad Levite (On Trial)

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have never won at Blackburn's ground in 30 attempts, and have only come away with a draw 9 times! The first meeting in 1889 set the trend when Town were dumped out the cup 3-0 by Rovers at Ewood Park.

    P 90 W 39 D 24 L27 F145 A 116

    Blackburn Head-to-Head (100th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 4 Blackburn 1 (Tue 24th April 2001)

    Towm were thumped 4-1 at home to Rovers in the third last game of the season, a season in which they managed to survive after winning the final home game 1-0 to Fulham.



    The Mariners will need a much-improved performance after their defeat on Saturday but we make a habit of good Carling Cup games maybe this can kick start everything

    Blackburn 0 Grimsby 1

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