Pedersen eager to cement place in Rovers line-up

Lancashire Telegraph: Morten Gamst Pedersen Morten Gamst Pedersen

MORTEN Gamst Pedersen has expressed his determination to show compatriot Henning Berg that he is worth a regular place in the Blackburn Rovers side.

Pedersen’s start at Burnley on Sunday was only his second in the seven games since Berg took over as boss and the midfielder (pictured left) may have to fend off competition from another Norwegian, Josh King, for a place in the starting line-up when Rovers host Championship leaders Cardiff City tonight.

King impressed when he replaced the 31-year-old as a 55th-minute substitute at Turf Moor but Pedersen is eager to secure regular football under Berg, despite admitting he did not produce his best display against Burnley or when he started the manager’s first game in charge at Crystal Palace.

“Of course, I want to play more, everybody wants to play,” said Pedersen. “For me it wasn’t my best game against Burnley or Palace but they were two tough games for us.

“When I’ve got on I’ve been doing well so you just have to try when you get the chance to show that you are good enough.

“If you ask a player if he wants to play he will say yes and he will not be happy to sit on the bench.

“I think that is the right attitude as a player. If you don’t have that there’s something wrong. You’re not going to be happy to sit on the bench, you’re going to be a little bit angry that you’re not involved.

“The most important thing is that we win games. We have a tough game now against Cardiff and it will be a good test for us.”

Pedersen grew up watching Berg play for the Norway national team and admits his own international ambitions will also be reliant on playing games – even if he knows helping Rovers revive their promotion challenge is the number one priority.

“To be honest I didn’t look so much at the defenders, it was more the players in front of him that I admired more!” admitted the midfielder, who has 74 caps for his country – only 26 less than the Rovers boss.

“But it’s a small country and when you get players who win the league with Blackburn, everybody knew who he was. He was probably one of the best defenders that Norway had when they did well.

“Of course I know I won’t get in the national team now sitting on the bench. But there are no games for a long time now so I just want to play, that’s the main thing.

“The most important thing is to get points here.”

Rovers have taken only six points from Berg’s first seven matches to slip to ninth in the table, four points from the play-off spots and 12 points behind Cardiff. But Pedersen believes Rovers still have the quality to go up.

“Of course we have the quality but when you are losing the code you have to get everything to click and get things working,” he said.

“We know when things work that we are really good. At Leeds in the first half, we should have been 4-0 up that day and we were unlucky not to be.

“But we can’t think that we are better than we are, we just have to work hard.

“Even if we finish sixth, as long as we go up that is the main thing. But it would be really nice to get one of the automatic promotion places.

“We are 12 points behind Cardiff, to win it would close the gap to nine and if we win the next game and they lose it is six. If you get back to back wins you can fly up the table.”

  • Andre Villas-Boas again insisted that he wanted to keep Brad Friedel at Tottenham ahead of their Europa League match against Panathinaikos last night. Friedel has been linked with a January return to Rovers but Villas-Boas says the American remains in competition with Hugo Lloris for a place in Spurs’ Premier League starting line-up.

“We are trying to hold on to our best assets and Brad is certainly one of them,” Villas-Boas said.

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10:01am Fri 7 Dec 12

cboyer says...

pederson has been out of form for too long now, in my opinion its time to give others a chance
pederson has been out of form for too long now, in my opinion its time to give others a chance cboyer

10:15am Fri 7 Dec 12

merlinrabbit says...

Although Pedersen made some good balls through on Sunday he couldnt beat his first man in crosses and free kicks. Having been out of the first team, being put back in for a massive fierce derby is a tough one to slot into. Although he has lost form, the others in midfield arent any better. Murphy and Etuhu are useless.
Although Pedersen made some good balls through on Sunday he couldnt beat his first man in crosses and free kicks. Having been out of the first team, being put back in for a massive fierce derby is a tough one to slot into. Although he has lost form, the others in midfield arent any better. Murphy and Etuhu are useless. merlinrabbit

11:36am Fri 7 Dec 12

tugaycomeback says...

Please let this be the last we hear about a Friedel return. Why it's crept into a post about Pedersen I've no idea but the whole thing will done nothing but unsettle our no.1 keeper, who we shouldn't have even been looking to replace.
Please let this be the last we hear about a Friedel return. Why it's crept into a post about Pedersen I've no idea but the whole thing will done nothing but unsettle our no.1 keeper, who we shouldn't have even been looking to replace. tugaycomeback

12:24pm Fri 7 Dec 12

eddie the eagle says...

Pederson is technicaly a decent player but he lacks pace and most of all fire in his belly .He is at a level but never seems to be able to find that extra gear when required.
Pederson is technicaly a decent player but he lacks pace and most of all fire in his belly .He is at a level but never seems to be able to find that extra gear when required. eddie the eagle

12:38pm Fri 7 Dec 12

J.C - Rishton says...

I have great respect for MGP both at as professional footballer and as a human being, however, I really do think it would be better for Morton and the club for Morton to move onto another challenge, probably the last in his illustrius career (same goes for Dunny and possibly even GG).

The club has a massively over-blown squad and must be losing millions - the old guard need to be shipped out to trim the squad size and free up places for the younger, up and coming players JL, F Nunes, King (if he signs permenantly) etc.

The old guard have had their time, and in the main, have served us well over many years but its time for the remaining "senior" players to make way - the 3 I have named above all have "1 more challenge" left in them and January would be an ideal time for them to leave Rovers and take-up that last footballing challenge.
I have great respect for MGP both at as professional footballer and as a human being, however, I really do think it would be better for Morton and the club for Morton to move onto another challenge, probably the last in his illustrius career (same goes for Dunny and possibly even GG). The club has a massively over-blown squad and must be losing millions - the old guard need to be shipped out to trim the squad size and free up places for the younger, up and coming players JL, F Nunes, King (if he signs permenantly) etc. The old guard have had their time, and in the main, have served us well over many years but its time for the remaining "senior" players to make way - the 3 I have named above all have "1 more challenge" left in them and January would be an ideal time for them to leave Rovers and take-up that last footballing challenge. J.C - Rishton

12:54pm Fri 7 Dec 12

RupertsReason says...

merlinrabbit wrote:
Although Pedersen made some good balls through on Sunday he couldnt beat his first man in crosses and free kicks. Having been out of the first team, being put back in for a massive fierce derby is a tough one to slot into. Although he has lost form, the others in midfield arent any better. Murphy and Etuhu are useless.
Good points merlinrabbit. Trippier had him in his pocket, with the roles being reversed when King came on. He is, like you say, far better than them 2 overpaid charlatans that unfortunately grace us with their unwanted presence in the centre of midfield. Mr Berg should give them both remedial Tackling and Marking training. 2 traits that most midfielders have.
[quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: Although Pedersen made some good balls through on Sunday he couldnt beat his first man in crosses and free kicks. Having been out of the first team, being put back in for a massive fierce derby is a tough one to slot into. Although he has lost form, the others in midfield arent any better. Murphy and Etuhu are useless.[/p][/quote]Good points merlinrabbit. Trippier had him in his pocket, with the roles being reversed when King came on. He is, like you say, far better than them 2 overpaid charlatans that unfortunately grace us with their unwanted presence in the centre of midfield. Mr Berg should give them both remedial Tackling and Marking training. 2 traits that most midfielders have. RupertsReason

1:45pm Fri 7 Dec 12

French Rover says...

Pedersens free kicks and corners used to be some of the best around even in the prem - but he does seem to have lost his way a little recently. I don't think he ever recovered from when BFS made him take almost every throw-in...bit like having a Rolls-Royce and using it to collect the bins.
Pedersens free kicks and corners used to be some of the best around even in the prem - but he does seem to have lost his way a little recently. I don't think he ever recovered from when BFS made him take almost every throw-in...bit like having a Rolls-Royce and using it to collect the bins. French Rover

1:51pm Fri 7 Dec 12

MxMave says...

tugaycomeback wrote:
Please let this be the last we hear about a Friedel return. Why it's crept into a post about Pedersen I've no idea but the whole thing will done nothing but unsettle our no.1 keeper, who we shouldn't have even been looking to replace.
LAUGH - Unsettle Robbo? Am I dreaming or didn't he provide his best display in years on Sunday vs Burnley? Boot has been firmly entrenched in ****.
[quote][p][bold]tugaycomeback[/bold] wrote: Please let this be the last we hear about a Friedel return. Why it's crept into a post about Pedersen I've no idea but the whole thing will done nothing but unsettle our no.1 keeper, who we shouldn't have even been looking to replace.[/p][/quote]LAUGH - Unsettle Robbo? Am I dreaming or didn't he provide his best display in years on Sunday vs Burnley? Boot has been firmly entrenched in ****. MxMave

2:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

merlinrabbit says...

J.C - Rishton wrote:
I have great respect for MGP both at as professional footballer and as a human being, however, I really do think it would be better for Morton and the club for Morton to move onto another challenge, probably the last in his illustrius career (same goes for Dunny and possibly even GG).

The club has a massively over-blown squad and must be losing millions - the old guard need to be shipped out to trim the squad size and free up places for the younger, up and coming players JL, F Nunes, King (if he signs permenantly) etc.

The old guard have had their time, and in the main, have served us well over many years but its time for the remaining "senior" players to make way - the 3 I have named above all have "1 more challenge" left in them and January would be an ideal time for them to leave Rovers and take-up that last footballing challenge.
I cannot agree with you about Givet. I rate him more highly than Hanley and Henley. He has a ferocity the others havent shown and isnt frightened to go in for a tackle. He always shows it means something to him. I frankly cant understand how they are getting in before him and he's a big miss in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]J.C - Rishton[/bold] wrote: I have great respect for MGP both at as professional footballer and as a human being, however, I really do think it would be better for Morton and the club for Morton to move onto another challenge, probably the last in his illustrius career (same goes for Dunny and possibly even GG). The club has a massively over-blown squad and must be losing millions - the old guard need to be shipped out to trim the squad size and free up places for the younger, up and coming players JL, F Nunes, King (if he signs permenantly) etc. The old guard have had their time, and in the main, have served us well over many years but its time for the remaining "senior" players to make way - the 3 I have named above all have "1 more challenge" left in them and January would be an ideal time for them to leave Rovers and take-up that last footballing challenge.[/p][/quote]I cannot agree with you about Givet. I rate him more highly than Hanley and Henley. He has a ferocity the others havent shown and isnt frightened to go in for a tackle. He always shows it means something to him. I frankly cant understand how they are getting in before him and he's a big miss in my opinion. merlinrabbit

2:26pm Fri 7 Dec 12

sean_brfc says...

I rate all three above Dann. He supposedly had his best game for us against Burnley. But frankly, that's not saying much. He continues to be a liability who is very uncomfortable on the ball and doesn't know what to do with it. If Givet were to get back in the team I'd leave the young ones in because at least they show some promise.
I rate all three above Dann. He supposedly had his best game for us against Burnley. But frankly, that's not saying much. He continues to be a liability who is very uncomfortable on the ball and doesn't know what to do with it. If Givet were to get back in the team I'd leave the young ones in because at least they show some promise. sean_brfc

3:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

ChrisDeBerg says...

Can we not just sell all the players that are on high wages but under performing (or haven't even played a first team game) and then buy back Phil Jones?
Can we not just sell all the players that are on high wages but under performing (or haven't even played a first team game) and then buy back Phil Jones? ChrisDeBerg

3:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

juanbbien says...

I can't understand the situation with Givet its only a few months ago that he was regarded as the main man in defence but for what ever reason he now seems to be struggling to get in a back four that is far from convincing.
I can't understand the situation with Givet its only a few months ago that he was regarded as the main man in defence but for what ever reason he now seems to be struggling to get in a back four that is far from convincing. juanbbien

4:42pm Fri 7 Dec 12

northern_light says...

Morten has played for Rovers since 2004 (8 years) and still some of you cant write his name correctly. MortEn Gamst PedersEn, not Morton Pederson :p The o-ending is usually in swedish names. Norwegian names usually ends with an e ) (Olsson and Hanson = typical swedish surname, Olsen and Hansen typical Norwegian) :)
Morten has played for Rovers since 2004 (8 years) and still some of you cant write his name correctly. MortEn Gamst PedersEn, not Morton Pederson :p The o-ending is usually in swedish names. Norwegian names usually ends with an e ) (Olsson and Hanson = typical swedish surname, Olsen and Hansen typical Norwegian) :) northern_light

12:47pm Wed 12 Dec 12

handyamBRFC says...

sorry but
we need to get rid of all players over 30ish
simply too old in todays football terms
were wasting money on them
as they cant last the 90 minutes
theyre more prone to being injured
and the're just too slow
BRFC are a very soft team to play against...Other teams love playing BRFC because they know we are soft having no hard , fast energetic players who are determined to play...!

and above all else they have little fire in their belly.
sorry but we need to get rid of all players over 30ish simply too old in todays football terms were wasting money on them as they cant last the 90 minutes theyre more prone to being injured and the're just too slow BRFC are a very soft team to play against...Other teams love playing BRFC because they know we are soft having no hard , fast energetic players who are determined to play...! and above all else they have little fire in their belly. handyamBRFC

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