Monday January 2, 2012 Day 20 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Stoke City

  • Goodwillie 69’
  • Crouch 17’, 45’

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  1. Crouch double earns Stoke victory

    Crouch double earns Stoke victory

    Peter Crouch scored twice as Stoke City beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the Premier League at Ewood Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Stoke City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Tuesday morning (UK only).
    • FT Lee Mason blows up for full-time and Stoke have earned all three points at Ewood Park thanks to Peter Crouch's first half double. It's finished Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Stoke City.
    • 90+4' Shotton takes his time over a defensive throw-in as the visitors look to run down the final few seconds.
    • 90+3' Nzonzi is announced as man of the match at Ewood Park. Crouch gets it in my book, thanks to his two superbly taken goals.
    • 90+2' It's all hands to the deck for Stoke as Blackburn pile on the pressure.
    • 90+1' Goodwillie earns Blackburn a corner. It's another great delivery but Stoke scramble clear yet again.
    • 90' There will be five minutes added time.
    • 89' We're into the final 60 seconds of normal time; have Blackburn got anything left in the locker?
    • 88' Pedersen lines up a shot from the free-kick... which goes miles over the bar. He struck the ball cleanly but failed to get any dip once it was over the wall.
    • 88' STOKE SUB: Whitehead makes way for Diao.
    • 87' Goodwillie stays strong to hold the ball up and force a foul to give Blackburn a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Stoke will make a change first...
    • 87' Blackburn are struggling to get hold of the ball, with Stoke happy to run down the clock.
    • 86' A huge cheer goes up around Ewood Park as Pedersen slips near the technical area and takes out Blackburn boss Steve Kean!
    • 85' Shotton sends in an outswinging cross from the free-kick but only a Blackburn head can meet it to clear.
    • 84' STOKE SUB: Delap comes on for Whelan.
    • 83' Crouch expertly holds the ball up near the corner flag and eventually forces a foul to win his team a free-kick.
    • 82' Stoke are briefly down to 10-men as Shawcross has a small cut above his eye and needs to change his shirt.
    • 81' Rochina is booked for bringing down Shawcross just outside the Stoke box.
    • 80' STOKE SUB: The visitors make their first change, with Jerome replacing Etherington.
    • 79' So close for Blackburn! Samba flicks on a corner at the near post and Yakubu pokes the ball goalwards but has his point-blank effort cleared off the line by Woodgate!
    • 78' Yakubu turns his man midway inside the Stoke half to make it three-on-two but his pass to Goodwillie is a touch heavy and the Rovers goalscorer can't get a shot off.
    • 77' Yakubu is flagged for offside.
    • 76' Rochina delivers a dangerous cross but Sorensen does well to bravely punch clear.
    • 74' BLACKBURN SUB: Rochina finally comes on, in place of Dunn.
    • 73' Walters goes down in the box under Samba's challenge but the referee's having none of it.
    • 72' Rochina is also ready to come on but is being made to wait as Mike Dean had a problem with the electronic board and the game's now back underway.
    • 71' BLACKBURN SUB: Givet comes on for Lowe.
    • 70' GOAL! Blackburn halve the deficit! Hanley's header from a corner is going in but Goodwillie stops it for some reason before eventually poking home after a scramble on the line.
    • 69' Blackburn created plenty of chances in the first 45 minutes, depite going two behind, but the home side have been much less effective in front of goal in this second half.
    • 68' Formica does well to take the ball off Wilson before working a yard of space to cross, but his delivery is headed clear.
    • 66' Pedersen rises on the penalty spot but his flicked header evades the outstretched boot of Goodwillie.
    • 65' Shawcross and Crouch are waiting to meet the throw but instead it falls to Yakubu, who clears with a side-footed volley.
    • 64' Hanley's mis-kicked clearance gives Stoke the chance to send another long throw into the box.
    • 63' The attendance at Ewood Park is 20,615.
    • 62' Crouch, in search of a hat-trick, shoots from the right-hand corner of the box and watches his arrow-straight effort go just wide!
    • 61' Stoke are happy to patiently knock the ball around in midfield.
    • 60' There's chaos in the six-yard box after a long throw! The ball eventually drops to Goodwillie, but he can only meet it on the rise and shoots over.
    • 59' BLACKBURN SUB: Petrovic is replaced by Goodwillie.
    • 58' It looks like Blackburn are preparing to make a change...
    • 57' Yakubu's pass to Pedersen is overhit but the Norwegian manages to slide in and put the ball out for a throw, rather than a Stoke goal-kick.
    • 56' Hanley's late challenge on Shotton earns a yellow card. That was right in front of Tony Pulis and the Stoke boss went mad.
    • 55' Petrovic looks to slide a pass through to Henley but the ball's underhit.
    • 54' The free-kick's played sideways across the halfway line before a cross if floated into the box but Samba's there to head clear.
    • 53' Shotton is fouled by Henley to give Stoke a free-kick on the right wing.
    • 52' Stoke also completed the league double over Blackburn last season, winning 2-0 away and 1-0 at home.
    • 51' A cross from the right falls to Crouch but he only has a split-second to react and sends his instinctive volley over.
    • 49' Blackburn cause problems in the Stoke box once again, with a loose ball eventually falling to Pedersen past the back post, but he slices his shot wide.
    • 48' What have Rovers got up their sleeve in this second half? It's another huge 45 minutes for Steve Kean's side...
    • 47' Shotton delivers a huge throw into the box but it's headed clear unchallenged at the first attempt.
    • 46' Blackburn get the second half underway...
    • HT Lee Mason blows up for half-time and it's Blackburn 0-2 Stoke at the break.
    • 45' That really was a superb finish from Crouch, after excellent work by Etherington. A classic counter-attack goal.
    • 44' GOAL! Stoke double their lead - and it's Crouch again! Etherington starts a blistering counter-attack, beating his man on the left wing before chipping a pin-point cross to Crouch, who expertly brings the ball down and shots past Bunn.
    • 42' Blackburn have won five of Steve Kean’s 20 Premier League games in charge of the club at Ewood Park, a win percentage of 25%.
    • 41' They may be behind, but Blackburn fans can take heart from the fact their team are giving Stoke's defence a good workout.
    • 40' Samba rises to nod a cushioned header back to Yakubu, who spins on the penalty spot and plants his shot just wide!
    • 39' Dunn produces a lovely Cruyff turn before being tripped to win a free-kick on the right wing.
    • 38' Shotton drifts offside on the right flank and the lino's flag is straight up.
    • 37' Stoke are now two away from scoring their 50th Premier League away goal.
    • 36' A smart interchange on the edge of the box sees Yakubu lay the ball to Formica, who squares to Dunn, but his low shot is too close to Sorensen.
    • 34' The aerial bombardment continues, with Pedersen floating in a long free-kick which is hooked clear at the second attempt.
    • 33' There's panic in the Stoke box once again, with Sorensen punching clear to the edge of the box before spilling the subseqent chip to the back post. The Stoke keeper quickly gathers the ball, however, and wins a free-kick after being tripped by Yakubu.
    • 32' The free-kick's chipped in to the box and Woodgate nods clear for a corner.
    • 31' Huth is the first player to go into the referee's notebook after a late challenge on Dunn.
    • 30' Wilson does well on the left to win a corner after being confronted by two Rovers players. Bunn fails to catch the resulting cross but Nzonzi is on hand to clear.
    • 29' Pederson flings in a long throw which flies straight into the arms of Stoke keeper Sorensen.
    • 28' Yakubu chases a long ball down the right channel but Huth steps across to clear for a throw.
    • 27' Stoke clear and go on to win a corner of their own. Samba rises to head the danger away.
    • 26' Shawcross' weak headed clearance falls to Samba, who does well to bring the ball under control before firing a low shot which Sorensen tips around the post.
    • 24' Blackburn cause problems in the air again but Stoke survive and the ball is eventually hacked clear.
    • 23' Samba and Shawcross tangle in the Stoke box but there's no foul, but Blackburn do win a corner.
    • 22' Blackburn have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League this season so it should come as no surprise that they've conceded here. The key question is, how will Rovers respond?
    • 21' Crouch sets himself up for a 25-yard volley and has Bunn scrambling across his goal to make the save. The England international is brimming with confidence.
    • 20' Crouch has now scored more goals against Blackburn - 7 - than any other Premier League club.
    • 19' That was Crouch's 100th league goal, and it was a finish worthy of such a landmark.
    • 18' GOAL! Stoke lead! Walters chips a lovely ball into the box and Crouch brings it down on his chest, outmuscling Samba in the process, before firing a superb finish past Bunn.
    • 17' Walters' delivery from the corner is excellent but Samba's there to head clear.
    • 16' Shotton delivers one of his trademark long throws which Hanley heads behind for a corner.
    • 14' Shotton picks up the ball in the right channel and pushes forward before unleashing a fierce shot which goes just wide of the upright.
    • 13' Pedersen wipes the ball in preparation for a long throw but then puts the ball straight out for a goal-kick.
    • 12' Stoke have won five and lost none of the last six Premier League matches against Rovers and Blackburn have failed to score in five of the matches in that run.
    • 11' Wilson cuts in from the left and shoots but his ambitious effort is always rising and goes comfortably over.
    • 10' Dunn exchanges passes with Yakubu just outside the box but then fires his low shot straight at Sorensen.
    • 9' Blackburn have made their mark early on, however; twice getting the better of the visitors from set-piece situations. No many sides do that to Stoke!
    • 8' That looked a harsh decision as Samba done little wrong when getting past Shawcross, so referee Lee Mason must have seen a foul on Sorensen.
    • 7' Sorensen comes to meet the corner, doesn't reach it, and Samba nips in at the back post to head home! Goal! No! It's been ruled out for a foul!
    • 6' The corner comes in and Samba heads against the bar before Stoke clear for another corner.
    • 5' Sorensen has to be quick off his line to clear for a corner with Yakubu lurking.
    • 4' "You're getting sacked in the morning," is the early chant from the Stoke City fans. It's a little early for that, perhaps?
    • 3' Hanley rises to head clear but inadvertently nods the ball to Shotton, who whips in a terrific low ball from the right but again there's no Stoke attacker to meet it.
    • 2' Shotton gets forward quickly and fires in an early cross but there are no Stoke players in the box to meet it.
    • 1' And we're off! Stoke get the game underway...
    • 14:55 The teams are out, including Blackburn hit man Yakubu, who has scored seven Premier League goals at Ewood Park this season. No player has reached double figures at home for the club in 14 years – since Kevin Gallacher (12) and Chris Sutton (10) in 1997-98. Just a few minutes until we're off and running...
    • 14:50 Ok, there are just 10 minutes until kick-off, so let's have your predictions. Can Blackburn kick on from their win at Old Trafford? Or will Stoke's fine season continue with victory at Ewood Park?
    • 14:45 Rovers have won just one of the last six Premier League matches at Ewood Park – a 4-2 victory over Swansea in December. That said, Stoke have won only one of their last seven league away matches in the north-west.
    • 14:40 Stoke won 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium when the clubs met in November. Delap, Whelan and Crouch scored for the hosts, before Rochina netted a late consolation for Blackburn.
    • 14:35 Steve Kean makes one change to the side that beat Man Utd, with Dunn coming in and Rochina dropping to the bench, while Tony Pulis has made four changes to the starting XI that drew with Wigan, adding Woodgate, Shotton, Whelan and Whitehead in place of Wilkinson, Pennant, Delap and Palacios.
    • 14:30 BLACKBURN ROVERS: Bunn, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Henley, Nzonzi, Formica, Dunn, Petrovic, Pedersen, Yakubu... Subs: Kean, Morris, Givet, Vukcevic, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie /// STOKE CITY: Sorensen, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch, Walters... Subs: Begovic, Jones, Diao, Pennant, Upson, Delap, Jerome
    • 14:25 Stoke ended 2011 with a 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic at the Britannia. Here's how it unfolded... Wigan snatch point at Stoke
    • 14:20 Blackburn go into this afternoon's fixture with renewed confidence after their remarkable 3-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve. Read our match report and watch the goals again... Blackburn claim famous win over United
    • 14:15 Welcome to LIVE minute-by-minute text commentary of the Premier League clash between Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.
  • Summary

    • 86' A huge cheer goes up around Ewood Park as Pedersen slips near the technical area and takes out Blackburn boss Steve Kean!
    • 79' So close for Blackburn! Samba flicks on a corner at the near post and Yakubu pokes the ball goalwards but has his point-blank effort cleared off the line by Woodgate!
    • 70' GOAL! Blackburn halve the deficit! Hanley's header from a corner is going in but Goodwillie stops it for some reason before eventually poking home after a scramble on the line.
    • 62' Crouch, in search of a hat-trick, shoots from the right-hand corner of the box and watches his arrow-straight effort go just wide!
    • 51' A cross from the right falls to Crouch but he only has a split-second to react and sends his instinctive volley over.
    • 49' Blackburn cause problems in the Stoke box once again, with a loose ball eventually falling to Pedersen past the back post, but he slices his shot wide.
    • 44' GOAL! Stoke double their lead - and it's Crouch again! Etherington starts a blistering counter-attack, beating his man on the left wing before chipping a pin-point cross to Crouch, who expertly brings the ball down and shots past Bunn.
    • 40' Samba rises to nod a cushioned header back to Yakubu, who spins on the penalty spot and plants his shot just wide!
    • 36' A smart interchange on the edge of the box sees Yakubu lay the ball to Formica, who squares to Dunn, but his low shot is too close to Sorensen.
    • 26' Shawcross' weak headed clearance falls to Samba, who does well to bring the ball under control before firing a low shot which Sorensen tips around the post.
    • 21' Crouch sets himself up for a 25-yard volley and has Bunn scrambling across his goal to make the save. The England international is brimming with confidence.
    • 18' GOAL! Stoke lead! Walters chips a lovely ball into the box and Crouch brings it down on his chest, outmuscling Samba in the process, before firing a superb finish past Bunn.
    • 14' Shotton picks up the ball in the right channel and pushes forward before unleashing a fierce shot which goes just wide of the upright.
    • 10' Dunn exchanges passes with Yakubu just outside the box but then fires his low shot straight at Sorensen.
    • 7' Sorensen comes to meet the corner, doesn't reach it, and Samba nips in at the back post to head home! Goal! No! It's been ruled out for a foul!
    • 6' The corner comes in and Samba heads against the bar before Stoke clear for another corner.
    • 14:30 BLACKBURN ROVERS: Bunn, Lowe, Samba, Hanley, Henley, Nzonzi, Formica, Dunn, Petrovic, Pedersen, Yakubu... Subs: Kean, Morris, Givet, Vukcevic, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie /// STOKE CITY: Sorensen, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch, Walters... Subs: Begovic, Jones, Diao, Pennant, Upson, Delap, Jerome

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