Saturday April 9, 2011 Day 32 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 1 Birmingham City

  • Hoilett 45’
  • Bowyer 32’

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  1. Honours shared at Ewood

    Honours shared at Ewood

    Blackburn came from a goal behind to earn a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Birmingham in their Premier League clash at Ewood Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+8' FULL TIME! That's the final moment of the match, after two LENGTHY halves of football at Ewood Park! It's the draw that neither side would have wanted before the match, but Birmingham more or less played for it in that second half. Thanks for joining out LIVE coverage!
    • 90+8' The ball is whipped into the box... and headed clear. A blue and white shirt loops the ball back into the box, and DUNN HEADS JUST WIDE!
    • 90+7' Robinson hoofs a long ball downfield, which becomes a corner after strong play from Benjani in the box
    • 90+5' Dunn back on the ball, and threads the ball through two defenders on his way into the box. He is penalised for a foul on Carr as he tries to slide and keep the ball in play, and we're into the final seconds off the five minutes initially added on in this match
    • 90+4' Dunn takes two or three niggly fouls on the edge of the box, before finally losing control of the ball. To the midfielder's disbelief, the referee waves play on
    • 90+3' After a lengthy wait, we're back underway! Barry Ferguson does look to be ok, but he's finally gone off the pitch and Blackburn have the ball
    • 90' We're still waiting for play to get back underway here, as Ferguson continues to receive treatment
    • 89' Ferguson goes down on the edge of the box now, after an aerial challenge with Dunn. The Blackburn man stays up, the Birmingham man goes down
    • 88' Samba nods down a high long ball to Emerton on the edge of the box, who SHOOTS! Well over the bar
    • 87' Foster pings a long goal kick towards Jerome on the left touchline, but the striker miscontrols and it's a Blackburn throw
    • 86' The ball is swept towards the back stick, but again the blue and white shirts just can't get onto the end of it
    • 85' Pedersen holds the ball up wide left for Rovers, and Carr comes steaming in with a horrible late challenge. Blatant yellow, that
    • 84' Benjani goes down under pressure in the Birmingham box, but the referee gives nothing
    • 82' The ball pinballs around the Birmingham box from the free kick, before rebounding out to Dunn on the edge of the box! Dunn lifts a clever ball over the top of the defence for Samba to chase, but Foster reaches it first
    • 81' Jones is barged over in the middle of the park by Larsson on the break, and the Birmingham man goes into the book
    • 80' The free kick is pinged towards the back stick... where Davies just keeps it in play with a desperate flick. Birmingham can't do anything with the ball though, and Blackburn break
    • 79' Pedersen is right back in the thick of things here - this time conceding a cheap free kick wide on the right
    • 78' The second corner is held by Foster, and hoofed up to the other end of the pitch
    • 77' Pedersen whips it in with his left... and FOSTER TIPS THE BALL OVER HIS OWN BAR! Awkward save for the keeper, but he does well to keep the ball out
    • 76' Four Rovers players stand over the free kick but - after a lengthy discussion - it's PEDERSEN! His rifled shot cannons off a number of legs and goes out for a corner!
    • 75' Benjani picks up the ball with his back to goal, before charging into Davies and going easily to ground! The referee signals a free kick right on the edge of the box, and Alex McLeish is furious
    • 74' Birmingham finally get a bit of time on the ball in the middle, with Dunn visibly wilting in the searing heat
    • 73' Pedersen swings in the cross... and SAMBA VOLLEYS OVER THE BAR! Decent chance again for the big centre-back, who just couldn't get his foot over the ball in time
    • 72' Emerton picks out Pedersen wide left, just inside the box. The Norwegian wins a corner for the hosts, who are still enjoying the lions' share of the chances
    • 71' Terrible news for Rovers fans, as Hoilett does appear to have picked up a hamstring injury. Play is restarted once Emerton gets onto the pitch, and Jones immediately goes into the book for one too many sloppy challenges in the middle of the park
    • 70' BLACKBURN SUB: David Hoilett off, Brett Emerton on
    • 69' It's all Blackburn now. The ball is clipped into the box from the left wing, Benjani takes a touch with his back to goal and SHOOTS ON THE TURN! Clipped awkwardly wide of the left post. Well-manufactured chance, but poorly taken
    • 68' Pedersen HITS IT! SAVED BY FOSTER AT HIS FAR STICK! Cracking fee kick from the midfielder, well saved
    • 67' The relief in the stadium is tangible as Hoilett returns to the pitch! Meanwhile, Pedersen stands over the free kick
    • 66' Salgado rolls the ball wide right to Hoilett, who is clumsily felled by Gardner. The Blackburn forward goes down holding his hamstring, and Craig Gardner is shown a yellow card...
    • 65' Pedersen lifts it in... and Foster holds well at the far stick. Quality goalkeeping
    • 64' Rovers win a corner, wide left
    • 62' BLACKBURN SUB: Roque Santa Cruz off, Benjani Mwaruwari on
    • 61' The Rovers keeper hoofs the ball forwards... but it eludes Samba and bounces straight out for a goal kick
    • 60' Rovers win a free kick just inside their own half, which Robinson charges forwards to take
    • 59' All three men are back to their feet, and are trotting off the pitch quite gingerly. Unbelievable scenes at Ewood Park - we've had more fallers here than there's been at the National!
    • 58' Dunn slams into a heavy challenge in the middle of the park, and he takes out Barry Ferguson and Phil Jones in the process! He stays down himself for good measure, and that's three players down!
    • 57' Rovers achingly close to taking the lead, but once again Santa Cruz just couldn't keep the header down
    • 56' Hoilett breaks into the right portion of the box again, and he digs out a cross to SANTA CRUZ AT THE BACK STICK! HEADED ONTO THE CROSSBAR!
    • 55' The Birmingham man looks to be ok, but is still clutching his ankle. Suffice to say, the fans aren't happy that Chris Foy hasn't ordererd him off the pitch
    • 54' Olsson hammers the ball upfield along the right wing, and it goes out off a red shirt. Blackburn have the throw, but will have to wait as Curtis Davies has gone down injured!
    • 53' Larsson to take... parried well clear by Robinson! Comfortable height for the keeper...
    • 52' Olsson launches into a clumsly challenge 20-odd yards from goal, and Birmingham have a free kick in a dangerous position!
    • 51' Dunn slams the ball over Foster's bar from the drop-ball, and we're still waiting for some football here!
    • 50' Carr goes in for a 50/50 with a raised arm into Pedersen, and the Rovers staff don't like it one bit. The crowd don't either, we're yet to see any football so far!
    • 49' The referee drops the ball, and we're back underway. Or not! Chris Foy takes a dislike to the way the game was restarted, and calls for the drop-ball to be retaken. Bizarre decision
    • 48' Hoilett just catches Stuart Parnaby late on the right wing, and the Birmingham man stays down
    • 47' Johnson's head injury at the end of the first half has forced his removal at half-time, then, with Curtis Davies coming on to replace him. Samba launches into a last-gasp slide on the left wing, conceding a throw in. He still doesn't look totally fit, the Blackburn defender
    • 46' We're underway in the second half! Blackburn playing from right to left, now
    • 46' BIRMINGHAM SUB: Roger Johnson off, Curtis Davies on
    • 45+8' HALF TIME! There goes the half-time whistle, and what a half of football that was! We've had two goals, rattling woodwork, defensive calamities, and a couple of controversial decisions from the officials! Join us in a few moments for another 45 minutes of frantic Premier League action!
    • 45+7' Roger Johnson was back on the pitch when the goal was scored, by the way, but was unable to get in the way of Hoilett's shot on the line
    • 45+6' GOOOAL! BLACKBURN EQUALISE ON THE STROKE OF HALF TIME! Liam Ridgewell takes far too much time on the ball at the back, and Hoilett nips in to steal the ball away! He races towards Foster, rounds him, and strokes the ball home from an acute angle. Brilliant finish - horrible defending!
    • 45+5' The drop ball is kicked back to Ben Foster, who hoofs the ball long in the Blackburn half
    • 45+4' The centre-half is back to his feet, after receiving lengthy treatment on the floor. He's clutching his left temple but has managed to walk off the pitch
    • 45+2' What a grandstand end to this half! Brilliant, last gasp defending from Birmingham, but Blackburn will be desperately disappointed that they haven't put away any of these headers! Johnson stayed down after going up for that header with Samba, however, and looks to be in real trouble. He took a knock to the head, and he's not moving at the moment
    • 45+1' Blackburn switch the ball from left to right, and the ball breaks for SALGADO! Blocked by Ridgewell! The ball cannons into the air, and SAMBA HEADS GOALWARDS! CLEARED OFF THE LINE!
    • 45' Hoilett almost picks out Santa Cruz with a ball in from the right, but it's cut out and stabbed behind for a corner!
    • 44' Larsson stands over the ball... AND CURLS IT ONTO THE INSIDE OF THE RIGHT POST! What a free kick! Robinson was completely stranded! Blackburn bundle the ball clear, and look to counter with Hoilett
    • 43' Birmingham move the ball back up the other end, and Gardner is clumsily felled by Dunn some 25 yards out! Free kick for the visitors, in a dangerous position
    • 42' The ball is lifted to the back stick, and SANTA CRUZ IS THERE! HEADED OVER THE BAR! Brilliant header from the striker, but he just couldn't keep the ball down
    • 41' Carr takes a tumble wide right for Birmingham, but the referee waves play on. Blackburn counter along the right wing
    • 40' Hoilett breaks clear on the right wing, and before reaching the byline. He tries to find Santa Cruz at the far stick... but his dinked ball curls out for a goal kick. Disappointing delivery
    • 39' Carr goes down after an innocuous 50/50 on the right touchline, but he's only awarded a throw for his troubles
    • 38' Headed clear, and Blackburn look to counter
    • 37' Birmingham have a corner - on the right...
    • 36' Things really aren't going Blackburn's way at the moment. Moments after going behind, Nelsen is forced off after appearing to pick up a niggle. The hosts look to have changed to a 4-3-3 as a consequence, but Samba's fitness has suddenly become even more important for Steve Kean!
    • 35' BLACKBURN SUB: Ryan Nelsen off, Jason Roberts on
    • 34' Blackburn look to counter straight away, and the ball is swung in from the right wing to SANTA CRUZ! Nodded just wide of the left post! Tricky chance for the Paraguayan, who glanced his headed half a yard wide
    • 33' That's cracking vision and skill from Jerome, but Blackburn aren't happy at all. Firstly, there was Gardner's challenge in the middle of the park at the start of the move, and secondly there's the question of whether Bowyer was offside or not! The officials gave neither, howeverm, and Birmingham's lead stands!
    • 32' GOOOAL! BIRMINGHAM TAKE THE LEAD! Blackburn's defence falls apart, and Birmingham score a potentially crucial goal! Craig Gardner leans into his man a little in the middle under a high ball, and plays right to Larsson. Larsson finds Jerome in the box, who clips a clever ball past Robinson from the touchline for Bowyer to nod in on the line!
    • 31' The corner is curled towards the far post... and well gathered by Foster. Strong goalkeeping
    • 30' Blackburn win a corner from the right, and have restarted this game at a high tempo!
    • 29' Samba hobbles off the pitch, and Chris Foy takes an age to blow his whistle and get play back underway! inexplicable refereeing, but Jerome eventually hoofs the ball up to Robinson from the drop-ball. Samba, meanwhile is on his feet on the sideline, and it looks like he'll be back on afterall!
    • 28' He's still down, the big congolese centre-back, and he might not be fit to continue!
    • 27' Samba leaps with Jerome under a high ball, and lands awkwardly on the side of his left foot. The Blackburn skipper stays down, and looks to be in some pain out there
    • 26' Swung in short to the near stick... AND HEADED BY SAMBA! The header is blocked at close range in front of the lane, and Birmingham scramble the ball clear! Blackburn looking typically dangerous from set-pieces early on here!
    • 25' Phil Jones wins a corner wide left, with a deflected cross. Foster was awfully positioned on the long ball, but thankfully for the Birmingham keeper, Jones couldn't capitalise
    • 24' The hosts knock the ball around the middle, looking to get some composure on the ball. Blackburn haven't conceded many goals at home this season - just 13. Only the top six have got a better record at home so far, can Birmingham find that spark to break through today?
    • 23' Sebastian Larsson finds Carr on the right, but the Brummy skipper hoofs the ball straight out of play once again. Plenty of intent from each side early on, but they're just lacking a bit of quality in the final third
    • 22' Olsson finds Pedersen, who dinks the ball into the box for the fullback to chase! Olsson controls the ball with a beautiful touch, but Johnson comes across with another immaculate challenge in the box and clears for Birmingham
    • 21' Headed clear from inside the box, but only as far as a Blackburn shirt and the ball is switched left to Olsson
    • 20' Michel Salgado with a throw high up on the right for Blackburn...
    • 18' It's getting a bit scrappy now, as Blackburn hoof the ball forwards again and Foster comes out to punch clear of the dangerously lurking Roque Santa Cruz
    • 17' The free kick is swung towards Phillips at the back stick, but the veteran striker's touch lets him down and the ball goes out for a goal kick. Phillips has scored four goals in his four starts this season, can he make it five today?
    • 16' Bowyer holds the ball up in the middle for Birmingham - who look very narrow at the moment - and Dunn clatters into him with a clumsy tackle. Free kick Birmingham, and another decent decision from referee Chris Foy!
    • 15' David Hoylett turns nicely some 25 yards out, and charges towards the Birmingham goal! Roger Johnson flies in with a desperate challenge, and he nicks the ball away cleanly for the visitors! Fabulous challenge
    • 14' Birmingham's throw goes straight out, however, and Blackburn can break!
    • 13' It's anyone's game at the moment, here! Blackburn try to play some keep-ball, but Olsson gives away a throw deep in his own half on the left wing
    • 12' Lofted into the box... and HEADED GOALWARDS BY RYAN NELSEN! The New Zealander's header is comfortably held by Foster, though, chest-high to his right
    • 11' Swung towards the back stick... and cleared by Blackburn. The hosts counter, and Lee Bowyer heads the eventual ball into the box behind for a Blackburn corner!
    • 10' Kevin Philips latches on to Foster's long hoof, and wins a corner from wide on the left
    • 9' A long Robinson kick goes all the way through to Ben Foster, as both teams look for the long ball
    • 8' Jones is caught on the ball inside his own half by Cameron Jerome, who goes storming off towards Paul Robinson's goal at blistering pace! He reaches the byline right of the goal, but his cross back across goal goes out of play. Goal kick
    • 7' Liam Ridgewell was the man beaten at the back stick then, and Samba really should have got the header on target
    • 6' Pedersen swings it in... AND IT'S HEADED JUST WIDE OF THE LEFT STICK BY CHRIS SAMBA! What a chance that was for Blackburn!
    • 5' Lee Bowyer collects a high ball just inside Birmingham's half, but the officials combine to give a free kick for handball...
    • 4' Birmingham captain Stephen Carr tries to lift in a cross from the right, but it's shanked awkwardly behind for a goal kick
    • 3' That'll be a real worry for Steve Kean, then - that was Olsson's first challenge of the match! Birmingham will surely look to exploit the defender's perilous position...
    • 2' Martin Olsson scythes into a late challenge in the middle of the pitch, and picks up a deserved yellow card inside two minutes!
    • 1' Blackburn move the ball quickly from the off. David Dunn drives along the right wing, and slips the ball inside to the unmarked Jermaine Jones! Jones reaches the edge of the area, slips over, but gets back onto his feet and SHOOTS! Wide of the left post! Cracking start from Blackburn
    • 1' We're off! Blackburn playing from left to right...
    • 14:55 The players are on the pitch - Blackburn Rovers in their traditional blue and white, with Birmingham decked out all in red. It's a glorious afternoon in the North-West, and we're moments away from kick-off at Ewood Park!
    • 14:50 And here's what outspoken former Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has recently said of his former charges: "I'm surprised because I've worked with those players, I know what they're capable of. They're a very good balance of young players and senior players together which is a good blend, particularly for the Premier League... You've got very good young players with lots of energy, lots of athleticism and you've got old, experienced players particularly for this stage of the season."
    • 14:50 Both teams are only two points clear of the relegation zone at the moment, but Blackburn boss Steve Kean doesn't want his side to give Birmingham any special treatment: "When you get to this stage of the season I don't think you can say Birmingham is any more important than Bolton or Arsenal (last week) because then you get into the tendency of writing games off... The players know how important each game is and see it as seven cup finals rather than two against Bolton and Birmingham."
    • 14:50 Birmingham are on a high themselves, mind you, after sneaking past Bolton last Saturday
    • 14:45 Blackburn will be brimming with confidence heading into today's match, after keeping Arsenal at bay in a goalless draw at the Emirates last week
    • 14:40 Birmingham, meanwhile, will have to make do without David Bentley (groin) and defender Martin Jiranek (toe) who have both failed to recover from their respective niggles. Another blow for the Blues is the absence of eight-goal leading scorer Nikola Zigic (groin and hip) and fellow striker Obafemi Martins (groin), whose chances of playing today had been rated at 50/50 by Alex McLeish. Birmingham team page
    • 14:35 Blackburn recall Morten Gamst Pedersen to the starting lineup, then, after the Norwegian recovered from the illness which forced him to miss last week's draw at Arsenal. The hosts are, however, without Vince Grella (Achilles - out for season), Keith Andrews (groin), and Steven Nzonzi (suspended). Blackburn team page
    • 14:30 BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Parnaby, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Jerome, Phillips. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Derbyshire, Fahey, Hleb, Mutch, Davies
    • 14:30 BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Jermaine Jones, Phil Jones, Pedersen, Dunn, Hoilett, Santa Cruz. Subs: Subs: Bunn, Emerton, Rochina, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Hanley, Diouf
    • 14:25 HEAD-TO-HEAD: Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City have met 105 times in the league. Blackburn have won 41, Birmingham 40 and 24 draws. They have met 13 times in the Premier League. Blackburn have won five, Birmingham five and three draws.
    • 14:20 Blackburn and Birmingham are level on points AND goal difference in the Premier League, so this could be a bit of a humdinger. Blackburn currently sit a place above today's guests in 14th place - courtesy of their better tally of goals scored - but Birmingham have a game in hand
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text commentary of the Premier League clash between Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City at Ewood Park!
  • Summary

    • 90+8' The ball is whipped into the box... and headed clear. A blue and white shirt loops the ball back into the box, and DUNN HEADS JUST WIDE!
    • 77' Pedersen whips it in with his left... and FOSTER TIPS THE BALL OVER HIS OWN BAR! Awkward save for the keeper, but he does well to keep the ball out
    • 73' Pedersen swings in the cross... and SAMBA VOLLEYS OVER THE BAR! Decent chance again for the big centre-back, who just couldn't get his foot over the ball in time
    • 69' It's all Blackburn now. The ball is clipped into the box from the left wing, Benjani takes a touch with his back to goal and SHOOTS ON THE TURN! Clipped awkwardly wide of the left post. Well-manufactured chance, but poorly taken
    • 68' Pedersen HITS IT! SAVED BY FOSTER AT HIS FAR STICK! Cracking fee kick from the midfielder, well saved
    • 56' Hoilett breaks into the right portion of the box again, and he digs out a cross to SANTA CRUZ AT THE BACK STICK! HEADED ONTO THE CROSSBAR!
    • 45+6' GOOOAL! BLACKBURN EQUALISE ON THE STROKE OF HALF TIME! Liam Ridgewell takes far too much time on the ball at the back, and Hoilett nips in to steal the ball away! He races towards Foster, rounds him, and strokes the ball home from an acute angle. Brilliant finish - horrible defending!
    • 45+1' Blackburn switch the ball from left to right, and the ball breaks for SALGADO! Blocked by Ridgewell! The ball cannons into the air, and SAMBA HEADS GOALWARDS! CLEARED OFF THE LINE!
    • 44' Larsson stands over the ball... AND CURLS IT ONTO THE INSIDE OF THE RIGHT POST! What a free kick! Robinson was completely stranded! Blackburn bundle the ball clear, and look to counter with Hoilett
    • 42' The ball is lifted to the back stick, and SANTA CRUZ IS THERE! HEADED OVER THE BAR! Brilliant header from the striker, but he just couldn't keep the ball down
    • 34' Blackburn look to counter straight away, and the ball is swung in from the right wing to SANTA CRUZ! Nodded just wide of the left post! Tricky chance for the Paraguayan, who glanced his headed half a yard wide
    • 32' GOOOAL! BIRMINGHAM TAKE THE LEAD! Blackburn's defence falls apart, and Birmingham score a potentially crucial goal! Craig Gardner leans into his man a little in the middle under a high ball, and plays right to Larsson. Larsson finds Jerome in the box, who clips a clever ball past Robinson from the touchline for Bowyer to nod in on the line!
    • 26' Swung in short to the near stick... AND HEADED BY SAMBA! The header is blocked at close range in front of the lane, and Birmingham scramble the ball clear! Blackburn looking typically dangerous from set-pieces early on here!
    • 12' Lofted into the box... and HEADED GOALWARDS BY RYAN NELSEN! The New Zealander's header is comfortably held by Foster, though, chest-high to his right
    • 6' Pedersen swings it in... AND IT'S HEADED JUST WIDE OF THE LEFT STICK BY CHRIS SAMBA! What a chance that was for Blackburn!
    • 1' Blackburn move the ball quickly from the off. David Dunn drives along the right wing, and slips the ball inside to the unmarked Jermaine Jones! Jones reaches the edge of the area, slips over, but gets back onto his feet and SHOOTS! Wide of the left post! Cracking start from Blackburn
    • 14:30 BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Parnaby, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Jerome, Phillips. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, Derbyshire, Fahey, Hleb, Mutch, Davies
    • 14:30 BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Jermaine Jones, Phil Jones, Pedersen, Dunn, Hoilett, Santa Cruz. Subs: Subs: Bunn, Emerton, Rochina, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Hanley, Diouf

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • C. Samba
      • R. Nelsen Substitution Out (35′)
      • M. Olsson Yellow Card
      • P. Jones
      • J. Jones Yellow Card
      • D. Dunn
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • R. Santa Cruz Substitution Out (63′)
      • D. Hoilett Goal Substitution Out (69′)

      Subs

      • J. Roberts Substitution In35′
      • B. Emerton Substitution In69′
      • B. Mwaruwari Substitution In63′
      • M. Bunn
      • M. Diouf
      • G. Hanley
      • R. Rochina
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster
      • S. Carr Yellow Card
      • L. Ridgewell
      • R. Johnson Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Parnaby
      • C. Gardner Yellow Card
      • B. Ferguson
      • S. Larsson Yellow Card
      • L. Bowyer Goal
      • K. Phillips
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • D. Murphy
      • C. Doyle
      • M. Derbyshire
      • C. Davies Substitution In45′
      • J. Mutch
      • K. Fahey
      • A. Hleb
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