Saturday April 21, 2012 Day 35 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 2 - 0 Norwich City

  • Formica 41’
  • Hoilett 49’

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  1. Blackburn secure vital win

    Blackburn secure vital win

    Blackburn brought a run of five Premier League defeats in a row to an end with a 2-0 victory against Norwich. More

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    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Norwich City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with the weekend's other Premier League games, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+1 And that's it! Blackburn secure a vital win. 2-0.
    • 89' Blackburn really closing this one out - keep ball now.
    • 87' Pedersen looks to waste time in the corner but Howson dispossess him and Norwich launch another attack.
    • 85' Elliott Bennett's header at the far post is too far behind a colleague as Norwich continue to toil but you get the feeling that it will not be their day.
    • 83' Petrovic for Hoilett for the hosts and he gets a rapturous applause.
    • 81' Surman takes a heavy touch touch before hauling down Pedersen to bring a decent move to an end.
    • 80' Modeste rises highest to head wide. The next corner, also taken by Pedersen, is lofted to the back post but Dann's looping header drops just the wrong side of the post.
    • 78' Hoilett, who has been tremenous this half, breaks and wins a corner for some respite for the hosts.
    • 76' Anthony Modeste on for Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 74' Wilbraham controls a Pilkington knock down and draws a save from Robinson. The resulting corner is headed just wide by Ryan Bennett.
    • 72' Pilkington collects the ball on the edge of the Blackburn area and jinks this way and that before firing the ball across the box. The ball flashes across the six yard box but is a yard or so behind Wilbraham.
    • 70' Despite the score, the home faithful can't help but break into a chant of "we want Venky's out". Fair enough but they'd probably be better served gettng behnd the team at least until the final whistle.
    • 69' Blackburn are looking comfortable. They let the visitors have the ball in what are less dangerous areas and then press as soon as the ball moves past the halfway line. This is a really professional performance.
    • 68' Yakubu is again offside but there is a lot of space in behind that Norwich defence and you feel he'll get it right once and if he does that could be all three points.
    • 67' Wilbraham comes on for Holt as Norwich make their third and final change.
    • 66' However, having dropped a little deeper and inviting their hosts on to them, Blackburn are finding space in behind on the break.
    • 65' Blackburn have definitely dropped ten to fifteen yards and the Canaries are having much more of the play.
    • 64' Noriwch look a little brighter since the changes with Morison and Holt linking up well.
    • 62' David Dunn replaced by Martin Olsson as Steve Kean looks to consolidate.
    • 60' Wesley Hoolahan and James Vaughan are replaced by Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison for the visitors.
    • 59' A couple of changes from the visitors cominng up.
    • 58' A slight change in tactics from both sides as Norwich have more fo the ball but Blackburn look happy to allow the visitors the ball.
    • 56' Norwich having a little more of the ball now.
    • 54' Hoilett, having had a quiet first half, is a reformed man this half and he breaks again down the left but his cross is just too far ahead of Yakubu.
    • 52' Blackburn are a different side here. Olsson overlaps Pedersen and whips a ball to the back post. It has too much on it but Hoilett collects before winning a corner.
    • 50' Ruddy got a little bit of a hand to it but it was a wonderful strike.
    • 49' Hoilett with a pealer. He cuts insdie his marker before whipping an effort into the top corner past Ruddy from the edge of the area. 2-0.
    • 48' Dunn gives away an early free-kick. Surman, the left footer, swings it in and Givet does well to get his head to it.
    • 47' This is the only the fourth time Blackburn have lead at half-time in a home fixture - the preceding three resulted in all three points.
    • 46' Nowich start the second half trailing by a goal.
    • 45+2 That's it from the first half.
    • 45' Hoilett gives away a clumsy free-kick thirty yards out and to the left of goal. The big men are all up as Surman clips it to the back post but it drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 44' They need to consolidate now the hosts - get to half-time and plan for the second half.
    • 43' What a great time to take the lead.
    • 41' You have to give it to Rovers, they have upped the pressure as the half drew to a close and they deserve their lead.
    • 40' Yakubu finally breaks the offside trap, turns and feeds Pedersen who sweeps a cross to the back post for Formica to volley between the legs of Ruddy in the Norwich goal.
    • 38' CHANCE!!!! Hoilett beats hs man down the right and crosses to the back post for Pedersen, who elects to head back across goal. The header is behind Yakubu, who re-arranges his feet and attempts a bicycle kick. He fails to connect cleanly but wrong foots Ruddy but can only watch on as his effort strikes the post and goes wide.
    • 36' Holt looks to be climbing all over Orr but can't direct his header from Ryan Bennett's cross on target. Chance.
    • 35' Once again Pedersen's cross doesn't beat the first man.
    • 34' Pedersen then finds some space in behind Martin but Yakubu somehow manages not to get anything on the cross. Formica has his follow up shot blocked. Corner.
    • 33' Howson obstructs Ryan Bennett as the hosts look to break.
    • 32' Ryan Bennett heads the resulting corner wide. Having lost his man, he'll be disappointed with that.
    • 31' First bit of genuine quality there. Former Leeds man Howson picks the ball up and drives forward before striking a firm, swerving strike that Robinson does well to palm over.
    • 30' Blackburn, who are struggling for form and to get a foothold in this game, need to do better from set-piece situations.
    • 29' Blackburn break to win a corner. The delivery from Pedersen doesn't beat the first man and his throw in is claimed by Ruddy.
    • 28' Holt infringes at the resulting corner to take the pressure off the home side.
    • 27' Howson is beginning to see a little more of the ball and he begins to set a nice tempo. He works it wide to Elliott Bennett, who is hauled down by Dunn. Surman over the free-kick from just on the touchline. His perfectly flighted cross is headed clear for a corner by Dann.
    • 26' The opening goal is going to be curcial here as neither side have settled.
    • 24' Robinson does well to claim a deflected Holt cross but his long kick aimed at Hoilett is easily picked off by the Norwich back line and the Canaries construct their first move of note that culminates in a Drury cross being just out of the reach of Holt at the back post.
    • 22' Blackburn are having the better of the midfield battle and Yakubu, playing off the shoulder, again goes a fraction early. Offside but Norwich are playing a risky game.
    • 20' Blackburn are showing some composure now having started a little tentatively and they knock it around the back four before springing forward with Formica, who feeds Hoilett. The Canadian stings the palms of Ruddy from distance.
    • 19' Ruddy comes to claim the Pedersen corner and launches an immediate counter but Blackburn manage to win it back. They are now coming into the ascendancy.
    • 18' Blackburn put together their first period of concerted pressure and David Dunn's inswinging corner catches a Norwich head and whistles just past the post for a corner.
    • 17' Vaughan leads with an elbow and Friend has a word with the former Everton man as that is his second over zealous challenge in a matter of minutes.
    • 16' With both teams going from back to front very quickly, there has been very little in the way of good quality possession and neither side has been able to stamp their authority on the game. Norwich, though, have shaded it on account of the greater number of chances.
    • 15' The Norwich fans taunt their hosts with a rendition of "we are Premier League"
    • 14' Robinson is off his line smartly to deny Vaughan.
    • 13' Definite Martin handball! Steven Kean will be furious.
    • 12' Both sides playing very direct at the moment and Yakubu wins a free-kick from Ryan Bennett 30 yards out and left of centre. Pedersen clips the ball to the back post and the Blackburn players claim handball but Kevin Friend is unmoved. Looked a penalty there.
    • 10' Vaughan makes a hash of a pretty presentable volley. And Givet, the man who put the returning front man under pressure, is injured.
    • 8' Another corner for Blackburn and Pedersen again looks for Dann at the back post but Norwich clear. The visitors break and Hoolahan is scythed down on the left near the halfway line. The free-kick is clipped into the box and breaks to Holt on the edge - his effort bounces up in front of Robinson but he manages to push it wide.
    • 6' Blackburn break to win a corner but Dann's header back across goal is cleared and Norwich break. It has been a bit frantic thus far.
    • 4' Norwich have had two sights of goal already and it is little wonder that Blackburn have conceded 73 goals this season so far.
    • 3' Yakubu goes a fraction too early and the assistant referee’s flag is aloft to cut short the run of the home side’s top scorer. Norwich go long with the resulting kick and Scott Dann avoids the corner. Holt has a chance from the resulting throw but thrashes at it and the chance has gone.
    • 2' Norwich with an early corner – Holt rises highest, but, arching his head backwards, he can only head high and wide.
    • 1' And Friend, of Leicestershire, gets this one underway. Hoilett to Dunn and Blackburn go long straight away.
    • 14:55 The referee for today’s game at an empty looking Ewood Park is Kevin Friend.
    • 14:50 Despite being clear of the relegation mire, Paul Lambert expects nothing other than a strong finish from his side – who were tipped by many as relegation fodder this season. He had this to say: "I said it after last Saturday that I don't want the season to go out with a whimper. We want to keep trying to push on; to keep going. My main concern is that we keep going into games knowing we have to win them. We have four good ones to finish it off and this will be no different."
    • 14:45 Considering the magnitude of this game, how wise the timing of that protest is remains to be seen but it is ongoing.
    • 14:40 A brief consultation with the table shows the hosts are three points from safety with only four games remaining and that has prompted another protest from the home support prior to the game today led by the BRFC action group.
    • 14:35 But with QPR, Wigan and, to lesser extent, Bolton coming into form, will 35 points be enough to avoid the drop come May 13? Table.
    • 14:30 Despite that run, Steve Kean was in buoyant mood as he spoke to eurosport.yahoo yesterday about his side’s survival hopes: claiming another seven points will be enough to stay up. Video.
    • 14:25 Ewood Park invokes bad memories for the travelling support having seen Blackburn inflict their side’s heaviest Premier League defeat back in October 1992: a 7-1 mauling. But they’ll travel in confident mood to face a Blackburn side that are in the midst of their worst run since December 2008 when they lost five on the spin.
    • 14:20 The reverse fixture saw the Canaries fight back to claim a scarcely deserved 3-3 draw – a game in which Blackburn scored three goals from four shots on target. Report.
    • 14:15 Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie /// Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Surman, Hoolahan, Vaughan, Holt. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Pilkington, Fox, Wilbraham, Naughton.
    • 14:10 Paul Lambert, meanwhile, welcomes James Vaughan back into the match day squad following a lengthy injury lay-off but is without defenders Marc Tierney and Daniel Ayala.
    • 14:05 Teams news: Blackburn are without Grant Hanley who will miss the remainder of the season with an ankle ligament injury but top scorer Yakubu has shaken off a knee problem while Junior Hoilett is also available after a hamstring niggle.
    • 14:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City’s Premier League clash from Ewood Park, kicking off at 3pm.
  • Summary

    • 80' Modeste rises highest to head wide. The next corner, also taken by Pedersen, is lofted to the back post but Dann's looping header drops just the wrong side of the post.
    • 74' Wilbraham controls a Pilkington knock down and draws a save from Robinson. The resulting corner is headed just wide by Ryan Bennett.
    • 72' Pilkington collects the ball on the edge of the Blackburn area and jinks this way and that before firing the ball across the box. The ball flashes across the six yard box but is a yard or so behind Wilbraham.
    • 49' Hoilett with a pealer. He cuts insdie his marker before whipping an effort into the top corner past Ruddy from the edge of the area. 2-0.
    • 40' Yakubu finally breaks the offside trap, turns and feeds Pedersen who sweeps a cross to the back post for Formica to volley between the legs of Ruddy in the Norwich goal.
    • 38' CHANCE!!!! Hoilett beats hs man down the right and crosses to the back post for Pedersen, who elects to head back across goal. The header is behind Yakubu, who re-arranges his feet and attempts a bicycle kick. He fails to connect cleanly but wrong foots Ruddy but can only watch on as his effort strikes the post and goes wide.
    • 32' Ryan Bennett heads the resulting corner wide. Having lost his man, he'll be disappointed with that.
    • 31' First bit of genuine quality there. Former Leeds man Howson picks the ball up and drives forward before striking a firm, swerving strike that Robinson does well to palm over.
    • 24' Robinson does well to claim a deflected Holt cross but his long kick aimed at Hoilett is easily picked off by the Norwich back line and the Canaries construct their first move of note that culminates in a Drury cross being just out of the reach of Holt at the back post.
    • 20' Blackburn are showing some composure now having started a little tentatively and they knock it around the back four before springing forward with Formica, who feeds Hoilett. The Canadian stings the palms of Ruddy from distance.
    • 16' With both teams going from back to front very quickly, there has been very little in the way of good quality possession and neither side has been able to stamp their authority on the game. Norwich, though, have shaded it on account of the greater number of chances.
    • 12' Both sides playing very direct at the moment and Yakubu wins a free-kick from Ryan Bennett 30 yards out and left of centre. Pedersen clips the ball to the back post and the Blackburn players claim handball but Kevin Friend is unmoved. Looked a penalty there.
    • 3' Yakubu goes a fraction too early and the assistant referee’s flag is aloft to cut short the run of the home side’s top scorer. Norwich go long with the resulting kick and Scott Dann avoids the corner. Holt has a chance from the resulting throw but thrashes at it and the chance has gone.
    • 14:15 Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie /// Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Surman, Hoolahan, Vaughan, Holt. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Pilkington, Fox, Wilbraham, Naughton.
    • 14:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City’s Premier League clash from Ewood Park, kicking off at 3pm.

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