Sunday January 23, 2011 Day 24 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

  • Tamas 41’ (o.g.)
  • Hoilett 47’

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  1. Rovers riding high after win

    Rovers riding high after win

    Blackburn Rovers moved up to seventh in the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' Brunt's strike hits the wall and the final whistle goes! Blackburn Rovers move up to seventh in the table!
    • 90+3' West Brom have one fianal chance to get on the scoresheet with a free-kick on the edge of the box. Brunt and Scharner both fancy it...
    • 90' Three minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 87' West Brom are finding no new solutions to the problem that is Rovers' defence. Thomas remains their only real threat, and he has gone quiet since the withdrawal of Salgado.
    • 85' Roman Bednar’s arrival helps set a new Premier League record! This match has had 22 different nationalities participate in it. If Di Matteo brings on Holland’s Gianni Zuiverloon, the tally will rise to 23. If not, the new record will remain at 22. (Infostrada)
    • 83' Thoams scampers across the edge of the box and goes down under a challenge from Samba... referee Mark Clattenburg books the West Brom winger for diving!
    • 81' A poor touch from Jara allows Hoillett to strike fromt he same range as where he scored his goal... this time the effort is blcoked.
    • 80' Blackburn clear and the break could be on now. Roberts coems forward but Tamas stops him in his tracks.
    • 79' The corner did not yield a chance but Brunt has a shot from distance blocked and West brom earn another set piece.
    • 78' Givet makes a mess of his clearance under pressure and Tchoyi wins West Brom a corner.
    • 77' Before you ask, Hanley is Scottish, as is Morrison, so we have to hope West Brom make one more change to break that record.
    • 76' Blackburn substitution: Grant Hanley replaces Salgado.
    • 74' Thomas's early ball into the box is intercepted by Robinson before Odemwingie and Tchoyi can follow up on it.
    • 72' Thomas once again has the beating of Salgado, but his cross is overhit and doesn't find a team-mate.
    • 71' Hoillett and Santa Cruz both show great drive and determination to keep possession in the West Brom half. That's something that is lacking from West Brom's performance here.
    • 69' Brunt strikes the ball, and fair smashes it right into the wall!
    • 68' Jones brings down Odemwingie on the edge of the box... free-kick only! That seemed to have taken place inside the area, but there are no protests from the West Brom players...
    • 67' A promising West Brom counter attack here. Brunt sweeps the ball into the path of Thomas, who once more gets past Salgado and gets ready to shoot, but Robinson does brilliantly to come off his line and smother the effort!
    • 66' Tchoyi is penalised for a foul on Jermaine Jones on the wing, perhaps a little harshly.
    • 64' Blackburn substitutions: Steven N'Zonzi and Jason Roberts replace Kalinic and Dunn. Grenadan striker Roberts means we're up to 21 nationalities. One more for a new Premier League record!
    • 63' Lovely lay-off from Pedersen, but the ball runs out of play as there is confusion between Olsson and Hoillett.
    • 62' The set piece is headed back intot he path of Morrison, who sees his strike blocked behind for another corner.
    • 61' Odemwingie's shot is deflected into the side netting for a corner to West Brom.
    • 59' West Brom have now gone 21 matches without keeping a clean sheet in the Premier League. )Opta)
    • 58' Salgado lines up a strike from range that is beaten away by Myhill.
    • 57' West Brom substitution: Somen Tchoyi replaces Mulumbu. Tchoyi's introduction makes Cameroon the 20th nationality to be represented. One more and we equal the Premier League record.
    • 56' The second ball coems in and Olsson does enough to stop Santa Cruz getting to it. yhil gathers gratefully.
    • 55' Pedersen's corner is floated invitingly but West Brom clear.
    • 54' Nice football down the left from ROvers and Hoillett wins a corner.
    • 53' West Brom on the counter now. Blackburn have plenty back as Thomas once more comes inside and blasts a shot on goal that Robinson turns round the post with his fingertips! Cracking strike, great save!
    • 51' Pedersen hurls in another long throw. It's punched away by Myhill but Blackburn have got West Brom penned in at the moment.
    • 50' Roberto di Matteo looks concerned in his technical area. His team look in danger of extending their poor run to one win in seven.
    • 49' Hoillett is the first Canadian to score a Premier League goal since Newcastle United’s David Edgar on 28 Dec 2008. (Infostrada)
    • 48' Hoillett's first ever Premier League goal has given West Brom a lot of work to do now.
    • 47' GOAL!! An absolute cracker from David Hoillett! The Canadian surges forward at great speed, skips away from Tamas and fires a ferocious strike past Myhill!
    • 46' The second half has kicked off!
    • 45+1' The whistle blows for half-time and while Tamas's own goal was unfortunate, Blackburn have been the better side.
    • 45' Brunt spies Scharner's run and slips in a weighted through ball... Samba sees the danger and slides in to block Scharner's shot.
    • 44' West Brom suffer a scare as they defend two Blackburn corners, but they emerge unscathed.
    • 43' Santa Cruz lets the ball run across him and goes for the near bottom corner... another good save by Myhill!
    • 42' Tamas, who got sent off in the 3-1 defeat to Rovers at The Hawthorns in December, has now scored an own goal for them in the return fixture!
    • 41' GOAL!! Dunn swings in a cross from the right aimed at Kalinic but Gabriel Tamas gets his head to it first and steers it past his own keeper!
    • 39' A disappointing set piece from the Baggies, as it's volleyed off target by Morrison.
    • 38' Thomas again leaves Salgado for dead and gets into the Blackburn box. His shot is blocked and it loops up and hits the side netting. Corner to West Brom...
    • 37' West Brom have only won one of the nine Premier League meetings with Blackburn. (Opta)
    • 35' The initial corner is cleared but Dunn finds Santa Cruz inside the box, and he lays it off for Samba to strike... flashed just wide of the near post! Don't think Myhill would have got there had it been on target.
    • 34' Hoillett hares forward and he's got Santa Cruz with him. The Paraguayan is fed the ball and his cross is blocked at the expense of a corner. Blackburn bossing this now.
    • 32' The starting lineups in this match feature 19 different nationalities. It has a considerable potential towards a nationality record for a Premier League match. On 24 October 2009, Chelsea vs Blackburn (5-0) started with 17 different nationalities and finished with a record 21 different nationalities having played a part in it. (Infostrada)
    • 31' Plenty of patient build-up play from West Brom as they look for a way through the Rovers back line, but they are stuck on the edge of the box.
    • 30' Here come Blackburn again and Chris Samba turns on the edge of the area and shoots... another fine low save by Myhill!
    • 29' Pedersen slings in a lpng throw. Santa Cruz chests it down and it's teed up for Olsson to strike... saved by Boaz Myhill! He must have seen that late too!
    • 28' Olsson sends in a decent cross that Marek Cech has to glance out of Kalinic's path with a header.
    • 26' Great skill from Hoillett (I believe the modern parlance is 'tekkers'). He juggles the ball on his head inside the West Brom area, before shaking off his marker and getting his cross in from the byline. Unfortunately it doesn't find a team-mate in a scoring position.
    • 25' Great work ethic from Hoillett, who tracks back to help his defenders and intercept a pass inside the final third.
    • 24' Pedersen's strike doesn;t come close to clearing the West Brom wall, and the visitors clear.
    • 23' Scharner brings Dunn down on the edge of the box as the Blackburn midfielder got ready to shoot. This is well within Pedersen range...
    • 21' POSSESSION: Blackburn 52%-48% WBA.
    • 20' Thomas is shown inside by Michel Salgado and then leaves the veteran full-back on his backside, but tries one trick too many and allows Blackburn to set themselves up to deal with his eventual cross.
    • 19' West Brom have won one and lost five of their last eight Premier League away games. (Opta)
    • 18' Morrison pings a good-looking ball forward for Odemwingie, but Gael Givet reads it well and heads clear.
    • 17' Pedersen fires in the free-kick, but West Brom deal with the header back across goal.
    • 16' A late tackle on Santa Cruz from Scharner in midfield. Referee Mark Clattenburg has words with the Austrian midfielder, who is fortunate to escape a booking.
    • 14' Rovers clear the corner with usual aplomb. West Brom retain possession.
    • 13' Paul Scharner manages to get in front of Robinson as the keeper tries to claim a cross. He plays it back to Jerome Thomas who goes for goal... turned behind for a corner!
    • 12' This time the set piece is floated out to Dunn on the edge of the box. The ball is slightly behind and by the time he takes a touch and strikes, the West Brom defence are alert to it and make the block.
    • 11' Jonas Olsson has to slide in and make a tackle at the byline at the expense of a corner. Pedersen's delivery is put behind for another.
    • 10' David Dunn puts in his fair share of defensive work with a tackle on Mulumbu to stop West Brom's progress up the field.
    • 9' Roque Santa Cruz scored seven goals in a total of 30 Premier League appearances for Blackburn at Ewood Park. His only goal in his last 11 home matches for them came in a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in December 2008. You'd think it would have been more than that, wouldn't you?
    • 7' Olsson makes a surging run down the left but Youssouf Mulumbu tracks him all the way and shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 5' HEAD-TO-HEAD: Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion have met 109 times in the league. Blackburn have won 45, West Brom 38 and there have been 26 draws. (Infostrada)
    • 4' Rovers have their first foray forward now as Nikola Kalinic roams forward. The move ends with Martin Olsson's wayward cross going out for a goal kick.
    • 3' Brunt's free-kick hits a Rovers defender and loops into the air. The ball is cleared for a throw.
    • 3' James Morrison wins a free-kick off Junior Hoillett in a position ideal for Chris Brunt to have a shot...
    • 2' West Brom's first corner of the match results in a goal kick, and Rovers can get themselves together after that early scare.
    • 1' Right away Morten Gamst Pedersen's mistake sees Peter Odemwingie gallop through and fire in a solid strike that Paul Robinson has to turn round the post for a corner!
    • 1' West Brom kick off and get this show on the road!
    • 15:58 The teams are out on the field. We're almost ready to go...
    • 15:55 Key defender Ryan Nelsen is ruled out by a knee injury while Blackburn bad boy El-Hadji Diouf has been dropped to the bench.
    • 15:50 Our stats gurus at Infostrada have just let us know that West Brom are starting with players of 11 different nationalities this afternoon. They managed the feat once before, against Wigan in May 2009.
    • 15:45 Today's referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
    • 15:40 We could be in for a fiery match: Blackburn have had a player sent off in the last three Premier League games against West Brom.
    • 15:35 Rovers scored three goals from just four shots on target in their 3-1 win at the Hawthorns last month. Can the Baggies take revenge?
    • 15:30 The big news is that Roque Santa Cruz starts in Blackburn's first match since Steve Kean signed a long-term deal last Friday.
    • 15:25 TEAMS - Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Dunn, Jermaine Jones, Pedersen, Hoilett, Kalinic, Santa Cruz /// Wset Brom: Myhill, Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Cech, Brunt, Mulumbu, Thomas, Scharner, Morrison, Odemwingie
    • 15:20 West Brom will come into the match full of confidence after their rollicking 3-2 win over Blackpool last week - and given that they are just three points clear of the relegation zone a victory today would be a massive relief.
    • 15:15 Blackburn could leap up to the nosebleed-inducing heights of seventh in the Premier League with a victory today.
    • - Good afternoon, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Premier League clash between Blackburn and West Brom.
  • Summary

    • 67' A promising West Brom counter attack here. Brunt sweeps the ball into the path of Thomas, who once more gets past Salgado and gets ready to shoot, but Robinson does brilliantly to come off his line and smother the effort!
    • 53' West Brom on the counter now. Blackburn have plenty back as Thomas once more comes inside and blasts a shot on goal that Robinson turns round the post with his fingertips! Cracking strike, great save!
    • 47' GOAL!! An absolute cracker from David Hoillett! The Canadian surges forward at great speed, skips away from Tamas and fires a ferocious strike past Myhill!
    • 45' Brunt spies Scharner's run and slips in a weighted through ball... Samba sees the danger and slides in to block Scharner's shot.
    • 43' Santa Cruz lets the ball run across him and goes for the near bottom corner... another good save by Myhill!
    • 41' GOAL!! Dunn swings in a cross from the right aimed at Kalinic but Gabriel Tamas gets his head to it first and steers it past his own keeper!
    • 38' Thomas again leaves Salgado for dead and gets into the Blackburn box. His shot is blocked and it loops up and hits the side netting. Corner to West Brom...
    • 35' The initial corner is cleared but Dunn finds Santa Cruz inside the box, and he lays it off for Samba to strike... flashed just wide of the near post! Don't think Myhill would have got there had it been on target.
    • 30' Here come Blackburn again and Chris Samba turns on the edge of the area and shoots... another fine low save by Myhill!
    • 29' Pedersen slings in a lpng throw. Santa Cruz chests it down and it's teed up for Olsson to strike... saved by Boaz Myhill! He must have seen that late too!
    • 1' Right away Morten Gamst Pedersen's mistake sees Peter Odemwingie gallop through and fire in a solid strike that Paul Robinson has to turn round the post for a corner!
    • 15:25 TEAMS - Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Dunn, Jermaine Jones, Pedersen, Hoilett, Kalinic, Santa Cruz /// Wset Brom: Myhill, Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Cech, Brunt, Mulumbu, Thomas, Scharner, Morrison, Odemwingie

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado Substitution Out (76′)
      • C. Samba
      • G. Givet
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Jones
      • M. Gamst Pedersen
      • D. Dunn Substitution Out (64′)
      • D. Hoilett Goal
      • N. Kalinic Substitution Out (64′)
      • R. Santa Cruz

      Subs

      • J. Roberts Substitution In64′
      • B. Mwaruwari
      • M. Bunn
      • S. N'Zonzi Substitution In64′
      • E. Diouf
      • M. Diouf
      • G. Hanley Substitution In76′
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Myhill
      • G. Jara
      • G. Tamas Own Goal
      • J. Olsson
      • M. Cech
      • Y. Mulumbu Substitution Out (57′)
      • P. Scharner
      • J. Morrison Substitution Out (76′)
      • C. Brunt
      • J. Thomas Yellow Card
      • P. Odemwingie

      Subs

      • N. Shorey
      • S. Carson
      • S. Tchoyi Substitution In57′
      • S. Cox
      • Pablo
      • G. Zuiverloon
      • R. Bednár Substitution In76′
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