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Orr hopeful that Rovers have learnt Emirates lesson

AS far as debuts go, Bradley Orr’s Blackburn Rovers bow was almost as bad as it gets.

Now, a little more than a year on the Liverpudlian right back returns to the scene of the crime looking to exorcise a few ghosts and earn a place in FA Cup folklore.

Rovers’ 7-1 Premier League defeat at the Emirates Stadium last season was a glimpse of Arsenal at their best, as the likes of Robin van Persie, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott tore Steve Kean’s men to shreds.

Arsene Wenger’s class of 2013 may be without Van Persie, now plying his trade at Manchester United, but Orr knows from first hand experience the damage some of the other squad can inflict.

Rovers travel to the Emirates for this afternoon’s FA Cup fifth round tie on the back of a four-match unbeaten streak and looking to spring the latest shock in this season’s competition.

Orr said: “That was a rude awakening to the task ahead. What can you say? We got battered on the day. We went down to 10 men and they just ran amok. Van Persie was unplayable as were probably six or seven others.

“It’s devastating, because it’s a massive dent in your personal pride, because you want to do as well as you can.

“You don’t mean to go out and get on the end of a batterring.

“Sometimes you are just chasing shadows like we were in that game and hopefully it’s not more of the same. We can adapt and do a lot better than we did when we played there last time.”

Rovers are hopeful the Gunners will have their minds elsewhere tomorrow, with a Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich just a few days away, but Orr knows whoever plays will be the toughest yet for Michael Appleton’s men.

“They are a top club,” he said. “With top European players who have all won a lot throughout their careers, so it’s going to be a massive test.

“But it’s in the middle of the Champions League games so you don’t know what team they are going to play. They have a lot of talent and strength in depth even if it’s young lads that come in.

“They have the top young lads in Europe because you know the scouting network that Arsenal have got.

“It will be tough but it’s a nice distraction from the league, something that we can go and enjoy playing at a fantastic stadium at a top club and see how we adapt and adjust to that.”

Arsenal’s FA Cup final misery in 2001, when they lost to Liverpool in the final, was a sweet moment for Orr, in the crowd as fan that day.

And he travels to London dreaming of inflicting more cup misery more a decade on.

“The Owen final in 2001, I remember it very well,” he said. “I went, it was in Cardiff. They had the invincibles team with Henry and Vieira.

“Being a Reds supporter it was great on the day. We got battered for most of the game and Owen pops up and wins it for you.”

As a Rovers player, Orr is hoping that the midweek draw with a Brighton side who share a similar style with Arsenal, will reap its benefits.

Orr added: “We’re looking forward to Saturday against another team that likes to keep loads of possession and make you work so it’s another big test for us.

“A win? That’s the dream scenario. Why would we want another game, a replay?

“I think we’ve got eight games in 30 days so we don’t want to make it nine.”

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8:21am Fri 15 Feb 13

owd nick says...

Pick a decent team, give the fans going down something to shout about, and if we get beaten 7-1 again, so what.

If we come away with a draw or better I wonder if Dangerous Dave will show his backside at Darwen Circus? lol
Pick a decent team, give the fans going down something to shout about, and if we get beaten 7-1 again, so what. If we come away with a draw or better I wonder if Dangerous Dave will show his backside at Darwen Circus? lol owd nick
  • Score: -1

8:25am Fri 15 Feb 13

A Darener says...

The result doesn't really matter. What does matter is the display. Here is the chance for Blackburn Rovers to show the football world that the Kean era is OVER! That with MA we are getting back to normal. The fans going to the game have the chance to put right the bad image the media and clubs have of them. All the negativity over the last two years can now be replaced by 90 minutes of vocal support for the team.

Get into 'em!
The result doesn't really matter. What does matter is the display. Here is the chance for Blackburn Rovers to show the football world that the Kean era is OVER! That with MA we are getting back to normal. The fans going to the game have the chance to put right the bad image the media and clubs have of them. All the negativity over the last two years can now be replaced by 90 minutes of vocal support for the team. Get into 'em! A Darener
  • Score: 11

10:25am Fri 15 Feb 13

ChrisDeBerg says...

A Darener wrote:
The result doesn't really matter. What does matter is the display. Here is the chance for Blackburn Rovers to show the football world that the Kean era is OVER! That with MA we are getting back to normal. The fans going to the game have the chance to put right the bad image the media and clubs have of them. All the negativity over the last two years can now be replaced by 90 minutes of vocal support for the team.

Get into 'em!
We would be showing everyone if it was being televised!! They'll show Everton Vs Oldham in prime time Saturday TV but not a 3pm kick off with better Prem and C'ship teams! Pffffft!!

RTID
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: The result doesn't really matter. What does matter is the display. Here is the chance for Blackburn Rovers to show the football world that the Kean era is OVER! That with MA we are getting back to normal. The fans going to the game have the chance to put right the bad image the media and clubs have of them. All the negativity over the last two years can now be replaced by 90 minutes of vocal support for the team. Get into 'em![/p][/quote]We would be showing everyone if it was being televised!! They'll show Everton Vs Oldham in prime time Saturday TV but not a 3pm kick off with better Prem and C'ship teams! Pffffft!! RTID ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 4

10:28am Fri 15 Feb 13

baz58 says...

ChrisDeBerg wrote:
A Darener wrote:
The result doesn't really matter. What does matter is the display. Here is the chance for Blackburn Rovers to show the football world that the Kean era is OVER! That with MA we are getting back to normal. The fans going to the game have the chance to put right the bad image the media and clubs have of them. All the negativity over the last two years can now be replaced by 90 minutes of vocal support for the team.

Get into 'em!
We would be showing everyone if it was being televised!! They'll show Everton Vs Oldham in prime time Saturday TV but not a 3pm kick off with better Prem and C'ship teams! Pffffft!!

RTID
Totally agree!
[quote][p][bold]ChrisDeBerg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: The result doesn't really matter. What does matter is the display. Here is the chance for Blackburn Rovers to show the football world that the Kean era is OVER! That with MA we are getting back to normal. The fans going to the game have the chance to put right the bad image the media and clubs have of them. All the negativity over the last two years can now be replaced by 90 minutes of vocal support for the team. Get into 'em![/p][/quote]We would be showing everyone if it was being televised!! They'll show Everton Vs Oldham in prime time Saturday TV but not a 3pm kick off with better Prem and C'ship teams! Pffffft!! RTID[/p][/quote]Totally agree! baz58
  • Score: 1

10:33am Fri 15 Feb 13

srvp28 says...

A good cup run does wonders for team morale and individual confidence. However, I feel that should we nick a draw it will mean another game in an already too hectic schedule. If we didn't have so many games coming up I'd be more than happy for Rovers to pack the midfield, soak up the pressure and try to nick a goal on the break. That way, if they're unable to get a goal they've still got a good chance of earning a replay at Ewood.

However, because we've got a lot of crucial league games coming up I'd rather we set out to win - all or nothing. The defence has looked pretty solid since Appy came in but our attackers have looked a bit cagey, nervous almost. If Rekik is signed in time I'd play him at left-back and push Martin Olsson forward. Marcus does a lot of running but his final ball isn't as good and his shooting is more hit-and-hope than placement. It'll be interesting to see who plays wide-right. Campbell is cup-tied so I'd guess that Kazim-Richards will push forward with Pedersen coming back in. Personally, I'd prefer to have Pedersen play in the centre with Murphy, retain Kazim-Richards wide-right and start Nuno Gomes just behind Rhodes.

Either way, it's going to be a tough game. We need to get behind the whole team from the first whistle to the last, even if we go behind. Considering everything that's happened, the boys have done fantastic to even get this far.
A good cup run does wonders for team morale and individual confidence. However, I feel that should we nick a draw it will mean another game in an already too hectic schedule. If we didn't have so many games coming up I'd be more than happy for Rovers to pack the midfield, soak up the pressure and try to nick a goal on the break. That way, if they're unable to get a goal they've still got a good chance of earning a replay at Ewood. However, because we've got a lot of crucial league games coming up I'd rather we set out to win - all or nothing. The defence has looked pretty solid since Appy came in but our attackers have looked a bit cagey, nervous almost. If Rekik is signed in time I'd play him at left-back and push Martin Olsson forward. Marcus does a lot of running but his final ball isn't as good and his shooting is more hit-and-hope than placement. It'll be interesting to see who plays wide-right. Campbell is cup-tied so I'd guess that Kazim-Richards will push forward with Pedersen coming back in. Personally, I'd prefer to have Pedersen play in the centre with Murphy, retain Kazim-Richards wide-right and start Nuno Gomes just behind Rhodes. Either way, it's going to be a tough game. We need to get behind the whole team from the first whistle to the last, even if we go behind. Considering everything that's happened, the boys have done fantastic to even get this far. srvp28
  • Score: 6

11:44am Fri 15 Feb 13

bypass06 says...

Full credit to all the fans going down,
Especially the ones who forked out for Brighton.
For their sake i hope we put on a decent display.
We have also sold out our allocation 1400.
Full credit to all the fans going down, Especially the ones who forked out for Brighton. For their sake i hope we put on a decent display. We have also sold out our allocation 1400. bypass06
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bluerob says...

You never learn Bradley, the first thing you should have done when you arrived back at Ewood was to apologise to the fans for your comments at the end of last season.
Isn't it also time you learnt to pass the ball to one of your own players instead of hoofing it .
You never learn Bradley, the first thing you should have done when you arrived back at Ewood was to apologise to the fans for your comments at the end of last season. Isn't it also time you learnt to pass the ball to one of your own players instead of hoofing it . bluerob
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Fri 15 Feb 13

MxMave says...

This is like the 4th Orr article in a week. Has he taken over Angews role?
This is like the 4th Orr article in a week. Has he taken over Angews role? MxMave
  • Score: 1

9:50am Sat 16 Feb 13

French Rover says...

I heard that he is the team Orr-ator...
I heard that he is the team Orr-ator... French Rover
  • Score: 1

9:58am Sat 16 Feb 13

dangerous dave says...

bluerob wrote:
You never learn Bradley, the first thing you should have done when you arrived back at Ewood was to apologise to the fans for your comments at the end of last season.
Isn't it also time you learnt to pass the ball to one of your own players instead of hoofing it .
At least one poster on here is spot on about Orr - not like others such as Owd Nick with their head in the sand and would'nt see the truth about the way the club is run if it hit him in the face - yes Orr is in for another pasting today !!!!!!!
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
[quote][p][bold]bluerob[/bold] wrote: You never learn Bradley, the first thing you should have done when you arrived back at Ewood was to apologise to the fans for your comments at the end of last season. Isn't it also time you learnt to pass the ball to one of your own players instead of hoofing it .[/p][/quote]At least one poster on here is spot on about Orr - not like others such as Owd Nick with their head in the sand and would'nt see the truth about the way the club is run if it hit him in the face - yes Orr is in for another pasting today !!!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM dangerous dave
  • Score: -2

10:02am Sat 16 Feb 13

dangerous dave says...

owd nick wrote:
Pick a decent team, give the fans going down something to shout about, and if we get beaten 7-1 again, so what.

If we come away with a draw or better I wonder if Dangerous Dave will show his backside at Darwen Circus? lol
Orr should do his talking on the field where it counts - but of course he cant he's Division 1/2 calibre - and Owd Nick understand this I want success at Ewood as much as anyone but have a different view point to you!!!!!
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Pick a decent team, give the fans going down something to shout about, and if we get beaten 7-1 again, so what. If we come away with a draw or better I wonder if Dangerous Dave will show his backside at Darwen Circus? lol[/p][/quote]Orr should do his talking on the field where it counts - but of course he cant he's Division 1/2 calibre - and Owd Nick understand this I want success at Ewood as much as anyone but have a different view point to you!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM dangerous dave
  • Score: -1

11:44am Sat 16 Feb 13

MatthewCA says...

7-1 loss is due to Givit went out with a RED card and they played pace and power to finish us in an angry mood.

This is history, we will change the plate now, today we will win 2-1 today.
7-1 loss is due to Givit went out with a RED card and they played pace and power to finish us in an angry mood. This is history, we will change the plate now, today we will win 2-1 today. MatthewCA
  • Score: 1

11:51am Sat 16 Feb 13

French Rover says...

dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Pick a decent team, give the fans going down something to shout about, and if we get beaten 7-1 again, so what.

If we come away with a draw or better I wonder if Dangerous Dave will show his backside at Darwen Circus? lol
Orr should do his talking on the field where it counts - but of course he cant he's Division 1/2 calibre - and Owd Nick understand this I want success at Ewood as much as anyone but have a different view point to you!!!!!
OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM
you are way out of ORR-der as usual DD....
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Pick a decent team, give the fans going down something to shout about, and if we get beaten 7-1 again, so what. If we come away with a draw or better I wonder if Dangerous Dave will show his backside at Darwen Circus? lol[/p][/quote]Orr should do his talking on the field where it counts - but of course he cant he's Division 1/2 calibre - and Owd Nick understand this I want success at Ewood as much as anyone but have a different view point to you!!!!! OUT WITH THE LOT OF THEM[/p][/quote]you are way out of ORR-der as usual DD.... French Rover
  • Score: 1

2:01pm Sat 16 Feb 13

vicn1956 says...

Did the manner of the defeat have anyhing to do with the much maligned and wonderful Kean ORR?
Did the manner of the defeat have anyhing to do with the much maligned and wonderful Kean ORR? vicn1956
  • Score: 0

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