Nelsen Breaks His Goal Duck Thanks to Lacklustre Wigan

illya mclellan@illya mclellan @illbehaviorNZSenior Analyst IApril 28, 2009

BLACKBURN, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 26:  Ryan Nelsen of Blackburn Rovers is mobbed by his team mates after he scored his team's second goal  during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park on April 26, 2009 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Big Kiwi defender Ryan Nelsen was finally able to convert a chance versus a somewhat mediocre Wigan the other day.

Previously he had struck the post around 4567 times for Blackburn since his move there in 2005.

Over the weekend he was able to put a neat little flick in the back of the net on the end of a free kick.

It was well known to many that he had been extremely keen on getting his first goal, and seeing the way in which he was mobbed by his team mates, it is evident that they were happy for him also.

The goal was also crucial to Blackburn remaining in the top flight and Nelsen has once again underlined the value he has brought to this team and Big Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce has done good things since taking over from Paul Ince, who seemed to be a bit of a fish out of water and probably needs a couple more years in the lower divisions before he can realistically compete to the managerial standard in the premier league.

For Blackburn Rovers, former winners of the Premier themselves and the only club other than Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea to have won it, they still have work to do and will look to stay up comfortably.

You would think that Allardyce will go to work in the objective of restoring Blackburn to the top half team that Hughes left them as.

Nelsen may even put a few more in the net in the new season heralding a new age for kiwi goal scorers in the premier league, maybe someone back home will even, some sweet day, name a sheep after him, we can only dream....

With a goal scoring center back like this, perhaps Blackburn will take the league by storm next season.

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