Blackburn Rovers res (h) Premier Reserve League North
at the Airport End.
Tommy Craig said:
Another week, another awful display from the reserves at Kingston Park. They've now gone 425 minutes without a goal and seldom looked like breaking their duck against opposition who were little better.
The only goal of the match came after 15 minutes when Blackburn's US-born striker Jemal Johnson wandered round Titus Bramble and rifled home a right foot shot from 15 yards past Tony Caig - the same player had netted twice against us in last season's away game.
Lewis Guy screwed his shot wide just after the hour when set up in a one-on-one with the 'keeper by Guy Bates, but Rovers came closest to doubling their lead as Paul Gallagher's swerving effort was blocked by a slightly fortunate Caig.
Ronny Johnsen limped from the fray midway through the first half after a heavy tackle, while reserve winger Alan O'Brien failed to begin his comeback after a broken leg, being withdrawn from the original squad list announced for this game.
Amongst those spotted in the seats were former Derby boss Colin Todd and our old pal Steve Bruce, watching their two sons (Andy and Alex respectively) playing at the heart of the Rovers defence. Todd and Bruce senior might as well have played for all the pressure we put their offspring under