Wednesday February 2, 2011 Day 25 Finished Ewood Park

  1. Crouch heads Spurs to win

    Crouch heads Spurs to win

    Tottenham Hotspur shrugged off their FA Cup exit thanks to an early goal from Peter Crouch in a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 Thursday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4 And that's it! Spurs hang on to win but Blackburn gave them some test!
    • 90+3 Lucky escape for Spurs but Blackburn come again AND ANDREWS WITH THE SHOT but straight at Gomes!
    • 90+2 JUST OVER BY SAMBA! Great play by Blackburn, super flick wide by Benjani and a great cross from Hoilett but Samba's power header hit Jenas and flew over!
    • 90+2 Nelsen flicks a long ball on for Samba but there's Bassong to block it rebounds away for a goal kick.
    • 90+1 VdV's delivery is beyond the scuttling Lennon wide left.
    • 90' Van der Vaary draws a foul on halfway, from N'Zonzi, as he slows it down in the closing stages...
    • 89' Three minutes added time...
    • 88' Some fans are leaving so they can miss the rush. It's 1-0, and the trailing side are dominating!
    • 86' Spurs have a free-kick after Van der Vaart goes on a mazy run and is fouled by N'Zonzi.
    • 85' Assou-Ekotto brings it forward, in a very advanced position now as Lennon finds Sandro, who shifts it wide right to Palacios. Sandro on the ball but he lofts it aimlessly into the box. Poor. Should have kept possession or at least placed it near a Spurs man.
    • 84' Salgado pops up on the right wing again as Rovers press and press...
    • 83' A promising Rovers move breaks down as Andrews gets his Laudrup-dink all wrong after good work from Benjani to set him up on the edge of the box.
    • 82' Van der Vaart looks knackered. Surely he won't last much longer?
    • 81' BLACKBURN SUB: Benjani on for Diouf.
    • 80' Good cross from Salgado but no-one can reach it. Still with Blackburn as Spurs hang on here...
    • 79' All a touch scrappy now as Spurs shut down the channels with a 4-5-1 formation.
    • 77' SPURS SUB: Sandro on for Defoe.
    • 76' Chris Samba wanted to take that but Andrews asks him to get in the six-yard box... PEDERSEN SMACKS IT ON GOAL BUT GOMES PARRIES! Great pace on the free-kick but beaten out by the Brazilian!
    • 75' Corluka takes down Roberts on the edge of the box, he seemed to play the ball but the whistle goes. Pedersen will fancy this for sure!
    • 74 Gallas with another good block, as N'Zonzi and Roberts combine. Despite carrying a hip problem he has been superb.
    • 73' Salgado with a super cross that Diouf smacks on goal but a great save from Gomes again!
    • 72' More good play by Hoilett, somehow getting free of the Spurs defence on the left before digging a cross out from the byline, but Gomes arcs his back to claim.
    • 71' HOILETT FROM RANGE BUT PALMED AWAY BY GOMES! Great first-time effort from the young Canadian and an equally good save!
    • 70' Bassong with some poor defending to miss a header but Gomes claims.
    • 70' Lennon on the left cuts inside but then gets his pass to the overlapping Assou-Ekotto all wrong.
    • 69' N'Zonzi gets in a pickle and Van der Vaart slips Defoe in but Samba is big and strong and holds him up before clearing.
    • 68' Good play by Bassong to compensate for originally giving the ball away as he gets goalside of Roberts to clear.
    • 67' ROVERS SUB: Dunn is off for Pedersen. Boos accompany the removal of a local boy, which is silly as he's not delivered today and Pedersen offers a lot from set plays.
    • 66' Assou-Ekotto with the delivery from the free-kick, finally, but headed away.
    • 65' Samba has a finger problem, it looks like he dislocated it and is now putting it back in socket. Ow ow ow.
    • 65' BLACKBURN SUB: Jermaine Jones off for Steven N'Zonzi.
    • 64' Salgado with a foul on Lennon, giving Spurs a free-kick on the left.
    • 63' Samba is playing as a centre-forward now as he rises to meet a cross from Salgado, but the flick-on goes to Gomes.
    • 62' Van der Vaart is all on his own but wins a throw on the right. Corluka takes but somehow misses the massive target that is Crouch, straight to Nelsen.
    • 61' Poor corner to follow though, Rovers bring it clear but Gallas with a super interception from Hoilett. He seems okay now.
    • 60' Another good save from Robinson after Lennon's rasping shot takes a touch off Salgado! Very good save given the deflection.
    • 59' Gallas pulls up holding his leg... Surely not another defensive problem for Redknapp?
    • 58' That counter started by sloppy football from Jones after he gave the ball to Jenas, who found Lennon.
    • 57' SAVE BY ROBINSON! Defoe's long goalless streak continues as Lennon slices the Rovers defence apart, slipping him one-on-one with the ex-Spurs keeper, who makes a good low save but shouldn't have been given the chance.
    • 55' Blackburn with a spell of territory as they try to grasp this game back from Spurs...
    • 54' Yellow card for Corluka after he flies into the back of Roberts, then pulling him back as he tries to get away.
    • 53' Clever work by Crouch on the right to keep in a ball that was headed out, keeping the momentum with Spurs.
    • 52' Roberts and Palacios go shoulder to shoulder and the latter earns the free-kick.
    • 51' Van der Vaart swings in the corner but beyond the leap of Palacios and out for a goal kick. Palacios went too late.
    • 50' Spurs win a corner on the right afte a speedy break.
    • 48' Dunn to take this, on the right... He sends it far post but Andrews arrives too late, or the delivery is too quick depending on which way you look at it.
    • 47' Assou-Ekotto brings down Salgado on the edge of the area, clumsy from the Cameroon defender...
    • 46' The second half is underway and Rovers almost score as Diouf gets clear but Gomes rushes out to save!
    • - The opening goal today was Peter Crouch's second in the league this season, although he has scored plenty in Europe and is the main source of Rafael van der Vaart's goals.
    • 45+2 That is the whistle, Spurs 1-0 up at the break but Blackburn have been the better side - although Van der Vaart has been very impressive.
    • 45+1 Looks like Dunn fancies this one... Super ball in and it's going on target but Nelsen's flick diverts it wide!
    • 45' Gallas with a foul on Roberts on the edge of the box, left corner. Dangerous position...
    • 44' Two minutes added time being played...
    • 43' Defoe hesitates after Crouch's knock-down from Van der Vaart's excellent ball and Blackburn can clear...
    • 41' Spurs are starting to pass it about quite well now... Rovers are back in numbers.
    • 39' Rovers putting the pressure on but Spurs holding firm!
    • 38' Blackburn now have a corner on the right which Dunn pops on to the penalty spot but Nelsen heads just wide!
    • 36' JUST WIDE FROM DUNN! Super move, Olsson and Roberts combining on the left after Palacios gave it away, flicked inside to Dunn running through and a good first touch but he slips the finish across Gomes and just beyond the far post!
    • 35' Van der Vaart with a super ball wide to Corluka but his cross is poor.
    • 34' The free-kick amounts to nothing for Spurs.
    • 33' Jones is booked for a challenge on Defoe after giving the ball away. Harsh.
    • 30' Van der Vaart and Jenas over it, the Dutchman curls it over the wall but high with Robinson watching it all the way.
    • 29' Corluka aims a cross at Crouch but cleared. Defoe on Samba but the tackle from the defender is a bit late and Spurs have a free-kick on the edge of the box. Van der Vaart territory...
    • 28' Samba clears but only as far as Lennon. He takes on Salgado, cutting inside and keeping possesion but the move loses momentum.
    • 27' Gomes pumps it long downfield, Crouch flicks it on but the hosts clear.
    • 25' Assou-Ekotto does really well to rob Roberts on the Rovers right.
    • 24' A rare Spurs attack but Defoe is beaten to it by Olsson.
    • 23' Blackburn come again but Bassong is able to clear from Roberts.
    • 21' Crouch lucky not to be booked for a rough challenge on Andrews I think.
    • 20' Roberts with a flick on aimed for Samba galloping forward, but just beyond the Congolese.
    • 19' Shocking punch from Gomes and Hoilett lobs it back on goal but the keeper recovers to save, tipping it away! Another mare for the Brazilian...
    • 18' Seems like, after fouling Andrews, Jenas got a boot in the head from the Irishman. Ow.
    • 17' Jenas is down after a tangle with Andrews... It's a Rovers free-kick but Jenas is hurt...
    • 16' The corner comes in and there are all kinds of problems for Spurs as Crouch in the end hacks it away from goal!
    • 15' Hoilett on the run again wins a corner. He looks a promising player.
    • 14' Bassong does well to beat Crouch to a header from a VdV cross.
    • 13' Diouf gets in behind a sluggish Spurs defence but Gallas blocks his shot.
    • 12' Samba follows the ball back to Robinson after Defoe gets a rare touch...
    • 10' Rovers all over Spurs now as Olsson puts it across goal but wide after more good work from Hoilett.
    • 9' Hoilett now with an excellent ball but no-one gets a touch and Spurs survive!
    • 8' Diouf gets down the right flank, now Olsson puts in a tasty ball and Diouf flies in but a super defensive header from Bassong!
    • 6' Lennon beats two men on the left but reverts to type after cutting inside, putting a weak shot at Robinson.
    • 4' That was poor defending from Samba and Nelsen. Rovers shocked by that early strike.
    • 3' GOAL SPURS! Crouch with a header having got between the centre-backs at the back stick! Lennon, Corluka and Van der Vaart combining on the right, the Dutchman with the final ball in.
    • 2' Blackburn have started well, pressurising Spurs as Roberts wins a free-kick....
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 19:55 FACT: This is the 107th meeting between the sides. Tottenham have won 47 matches, Blackburn 36 and there have been 23 draws; Spurs have lost just two of their last 14 league matches against Blackburn.
    • 19:50 Harry Redknpp has vowed to splash the cash in the summer, having made a £35m deadline day bid for Giuseppe Rossi. "The chairman... wanted to bring someone in. There was no doubt that he wanted to do it. He wanted to get somebody in and if Daniel and Joe Lewis can find the right people they will have a go again."
    • 19:45 More Spurs news that you may have heard earlier today - Luka Modric is out for two weeks with surgery on his appendix.
    • 19:40 Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)
    • 19:35 SPURS TEAM NEWS: Spurs were woeful at the back in their 4-0 FA Cup loss. But the architect of their downfall - Michael Dawson - is suspended after his sending off, William Gallas starting in his place despite carrying an injury. So Woodgate is rushed on to the bench. Spurs start with two strikers, rare in recent months, with Defoe and Crouch supported by Van der Vaart. Oddly there are two keepers on the bench, Cudicini and Pletikosa.
    • 19:30 BLACKBURN TEAM NEWS: El-Hadji Diouf is no longer a Rovers player, shipped off to Rangers after his latest bit of controversy, but he'd been dropped beforehand and Junior Hoilett is doing well in his place. Nikola Kalinic and Benjani still can't get a start, while Roque Santa Cruz is not even on the bench. Jason Roberts leads the line, having signed a new contract.
    • 19:25 TEAMS - Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Andrews, Dunn, Jones, Hoilett, Diouf, Roberts; Subs: Bunn, N'Zonzi, Grella, Hanley, Pedersen, Benjani, Kalinic /// Spurs: Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Jenas, Palacios, Lennon, Van der Vaart, Defoe, Crouch; Subs: Cudicini, Pletikosa, Woodgate, Khumalo, Kranjcar, Sandro, Pavlyuchenko
    • 19:20 News that Jonathan Woodgate, who has barely played in two years, is on the bench for Spurs. So that hammering by Spurs still doesn't force Redknapp's hand totally.
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Blackburn v Spurs in the Premier League, kick-off at 8pm.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 Lucky escape for Spurs but Blackburn come again AND ANDREWS WITH THE SHOT but straight at Gomes!
    • 90+2 JUST OVER BY SAMBA! Great play by Blackburn, super flick wide by Benjani and a great cross from Hoilett but Samba's power header hit Jenas and flew over!
    • 76' Chris Samba wanted to take that but Andrews asks him to get in the six-yard box... PEDERSEN SMACKS IT ON GOAL BUT GOMES PARRIES! Great pace on the free-kick but beaten out by the Brazilian!
    • 73' Salgado with a super cross that Diouf smacks on goal but a great save from Gomes again!
    • 71' HOILETT FROM RANGE BUT PALMED AWAY BY GOMES! Great first-time effort from the young Canadian and an equally good save!
    • 60' Another good save from Robinson after Lennon's rasping shot takes a touch off Salgado! Very good save given the deflection.
    • 57' SAVE BY ROBINSON! Defoe's long goalless streak continues as Lennon slices the Rovers defence apart, slipping him one-on-one with the ex-Spurs keeper, who makes a good low save but shouldn't have been given the chance.
    • 46' The second half is underway and Rovers almost score as Diouf gets clear but Gomes rushes out to save!
    • 45+1 Looks like Dunn fancies this one... Super ball in and it's going on target but Nelsen's flick diverts it wide!
    • 43' Defoe hesitates after Crouch's knock-down from Van der Vaart's excellent ball and Blackburn can clear...
    • 38' Blackburn now have a corner on the right which Dunn pops on to the penalty spot but Nelsen heads just wide!
    • 36' JUST WIDE FROM DUNN! Super move, Olsson and Roberts combining on the left after Palacios gave it away, flicked inside to Dunn running through and a good first touch but he slips the finish across Gomes and just beyond the far post!
    • 19' Shocking punch from Gomes and Hoilett lobs it back on goal but the keeper recovers to save, tipping it away! Another mare for the Brazilian...
    • 10' Rovers all over Spurs now as Olsson puts it across goal but wide after more good work from Hoilett.
    • 8' Diouf gets down the right flank, now Olsson puts in a tasty ball and Diouf flies in but a super defensive header from Bassong!
    • 3' GOAL SPURS! Crouch with a header having got between the centre-backs at the back stick! Lennon, Corluka and Van der Vaart combining on the right, the Dutchman with the final ball in.
    • 19:25 TEAMS - Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Andrews, Dunn, Jones, Hoilett, Diouf, Roberts; Subs: Bunn, N'Zonzi, Grella, Hanley, Pedersen, Benjani, Kalinic /// Spurs: Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Jenas, Palacios, Lennon, Van der Vaart, Defoe, Crouch; Subs: Cudicini, Pletikosa, Woodgate, Khumalo, Kranjcar, Sandro, Pavlyuchenko

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • C. Samba
      • R. Nelsen
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Jones Yellow Card Substitution Out (64′)
      • K. Andrews
      • D. Dunn Substitution Out (67′)
      • D. Hoilett
      • J. Roberts
      • M. Diouf Substitution Out (82′)

      Subs

      • M. Gamst Pedersen Substitution In67′
      • B. Mwaruwari Substitution In82′
      • N. Kalinic
      • M. Bunn
      • S. N'Zonzi Substitution In64′ Yellow Card
      • V. Grella
      • G. Hanley
    • Starting line-up

      • Gomes
      • V. Corluka Yellow Card
      • W. Gallas
      • S. Bassong
      • B. Assou-Ekotto
      • J. Jenas
      • W. Palacios
      • R. van der Vaart
      • A. Lennon
      • P. Crouch Goal
      • J. Defoe Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • C. Cudicini
      • J. Woodgate
      • S. Pletikosa
      • N. Kranjcar
      • Sandro Substitution In76′
      • R. Pavlyuchenko
      • B. Khumalo
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