Pedersen puzzled over freeze fuss

BY foxsports • January 14, 2010

Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen admits he cannot understand the fuss over the big freeze, labelling the recent postponements as "strange".

The Norway international is used to to sub-zero temperatures and cannot understand why British people are making such a big deal of the recent spell of bad weather.

Pedersen cannot wait to get started in the rearranged Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Aston Villa on Thursday night after scoring in the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday.

He said: "The weather is no problem for me, though I do think it is strange that games are called off just because there is a little bit of snow around the stadiums.

"In Norway you can hardly see the stadium because of the snow when you are making your way there.

"But that is the way it is, as long as the pitch is green and playable I just want to play football.

"I've had an up and down season, there was a spell when I wasn't playing which you are never happy about.

"If you are happy sitting on the bench then you are doing the wrong job, you might as well start shuffling snow or something.

"I think my form in the last few weeks has been good and I want to continue that and hopefully get some more goals as well."

Blackburn are facing their sixth semi-final in eight years and Pedersen is desperate to pick up a winners' medal for a change.

"Wembley is one of the most famous stadiums in the world, " he said. "I've been there once before to watch a game - Arsenal v Barcelona in the Champions League.

"So it it would be nice to go there and play. We are so close, the next stage is the final, so of course you want do everything you can to get there.

"Yes it is going to be a tough game but we are confident as we have lost only twice at Ewood all season."

Pedersen is hoping for a repeat performance of the home league victory against Villa rather than an action replay of their FA Cup defeat.

"Villa have loads of pace, they have extremely good qualities, "he said. "They've got (Gabriel) Agbonlahor and (John) Carew is strong while (Ashley) Young and (Stuart) Downing deliver the ball well.

"They have good players, there is no doubt, but it is not impossible to beat them as we have shown before.

"We have to try to exploit their weakness and play to our strengths and punish them when we get the chance."

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