Sunday October 23, 2011 Day 9 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Formica 28’
  • van der Vaart 15’, 53’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Tottenham Hotspur
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    • 90+4 That's it! Despite much Blackburn pressure, Spurs hold on for the win.
    • 90+3' The Rovers fans are leaving in their droves. A penny for the thoughts of Kean.
    • 90+2' Yakubu gives away a needless foul on Modric and is booked for his troubles.
    • 90+1' Adebayor fails to control a long ball forward as the fourth official holds up a board with four extra minutes on it.
    • 88' Olsson gets a tackle in on Parker as Spurs look to break.
    • 87' Two-goal hero Van der Vaart is replaced by Defoe for the last few minutes.
    • 86' N'Zonzi gives away a foul on Walker and Spurs will look to eat some seconds up here.
    • 84' Spurs have found it tough to deal with Blackburn's set-pieces today.
    • 82' Yakubu puts a great chance wide after making contact with an excellent cross from Olsson.
    • 81' David Goodwillie replaces Roberts as Kean attempts one last throw of the dice.
    • 79' Spurs enjoying some much needed possession now.
    • 77' A rare sight indeed, as Modric misplaces a pass and the ball goes out of play.
    • 76' Spurs are under the cosh at the moment as Roberts sees an effort land on the top of the net.
    • 75' Rose is booked for a late challenge on Olsson.
    • 74' Rochina sees his shot blocked in the area after Hoilett causes more havoc down the right.
    • 72' Yakubu fires wide at the near post after Hoilett leaves van der Vaart and Ekotto in his wake down the right.
    • 70' Yakubu immediately goes close for Rovers, but the ball goes out for a corner.
    • 70' Danny Rose comes on for Lennon as Spurs make a substitution of their own.
    • 69' Yakubu and Ruben Rochina are brought on in place of Formica and Vukcevic for Rovers.
    • 68' Hoilett's ball is too long for Roberts at the other end.
    • 66' Modric almost makes it 3-1 as Robinson is forced to push his dipping shot away for a corner. The former Spurs stopper has been solid today.
    • 65' Rovers passing it around well, but Modric breaks up their attack.
    • 63' Friedel tips Samba's header over the bar after a long throw from Pedersen.
    • 61' Lowe is booked for pulling back Bale.
    • 60' Kean has plenty to mull, but he can't fault his players for effort here.
    • 59' Olsson's cross is cleared away by Ekotto. Rovers still posing a threat.
    • 57' Parker has two team-mates to cross to in the area but he manages to miss both of them.
    • 56' Friedel punches the ball away and N'Zonzi blasts the rebound high over the bar. Panic in the Spurs area.
    • 55' Adebayor is flagged for offside.
    • 54' N'Zonzi receives the first yellow card of the game for a foul.
    • 51' GOAL! BLACKBURN 1-2 TOTTENHAM Van der Vaart caresses the ball past Robinson from the outside of the area after collecting the ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 49' This has been spirited stuff from Blackburn who may now fancy their chances of conquering the other half of north London.
    • 48' Olsson can't quite keep Pedersen's long ball in and Spurs have a goal kick.
    • 47' Kaboul is penalised for a foul on Roberts who has been a real nuisance to the two Spurs centre-backs today.
    • 46' And we are underway again at Ewood Park.
    • 45+1' That's half-time. An entertaining half, with Rovers recovering well from the blow of conceding a goal in the first 15 minutes.
    • 45+1' Adebayor can't control Bale's long pass and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 43' Parker gets a tackle in on Olsson who was surging down the left.
    • 42' Ugly passage of play with a few misplaced passes, but Rovers have the ball back now and are looking far more dangerous.
    • 40' Samba heads a free-kick from Pedersen just past the post.
    • 39' Adebayor controls but his shot is blocked by Olsson.
    • 38' There is a lovely ebb and flow to the game.
    • 37' Bassong penalised for a foul on Roberts. Free-kick Blackburn, but Friedel holds on.
    • 36' Hoilett cuts inside Walker and his effort is beaten away by Freidel. It's a thrilling game at Ewood.
    • 34' Luka Modric eludes Pedersen and Formica and unleashes a low goal-bound shot that is pushed around the post for a corner by Robinson.
    • 33' Robinson has to be alert to clear a poor backpass.
    • 31' Tottenham try to regain a measure of control.
    • 30' Lowe's cross just eludes his teammates at the far post.
    • 29' Amazing what a goal can do and there is now more zest to Rovers' play.
    • 28' Now Rovers are looking more lively as Friedel pushes Formica's shot into the side netting.
    • 27' GOAL BLACKBURN 1-1 TOTTENHAM Argentinian playmaker Formica fires the ball into the roof of the net after Spurs fail to clear!
    • 26' Formica is brought down in the centre circle by Parker.
    • 24' Another foray down the left from Bale results in the Welshman crossing for Adebayor whose shot is just pushed away by Robinson!
    • 23' The flag goes up for offside against Adebayor. He was just off.
    • 22' Blackburn have conceded more fouls than any other team in the Premier League this season.
    • 21' Simon Vukcevic's attempt at a backheel goes out for a throw.
    • 19' Steven N'Zonzi's shot is comfortably dealt with by Brad Freidel.
    • 18' After a decent Rovers opening, Spurs are now well on top.
    • 16' Spurs almost 2-0 up as Bale's cross is nearly put into his own net by Olsson. Paul Robinson is forced to tip the ball over.
    • 14' GOAL! 1-0 TOTTENHAM A lightening quick counterattack from Spurs sees Adebayor release Kyle Walker down the left. The defender burrows his way into the penalty area and crosses for Van der Vaart who neatly side foots into the bottom left corner!
    • 13' Sebastian Bassong stays strong against Roberts and puts the ball out for a throw.
    • 12' Mauro Formica's shot deflects off Kaboul for a corner.
    • 11' Pedersen smacks it into the wall.
    • 10' Younes Kaboul fouls Jason Roberts and Rovers have a free-kick.
    • 8' Panic at the other end as Gael Givet just manages to intercept a cross from Gareth Bale, with Adebayor lurking.
    • 7' Excellent run from David Hoilett who goes past Scott Parker into the area, before firing over the bar.
    • 6' Jason Lowe makes an important clearance inside the Rovers area.
    • 5' And now Pedersen fouls Van der Vaart in the centre circle. Referee Stuart Atwell has his card marked already.
    • 4' Morten Gamst Pedersen is penalised for a foul on Parker. Free-kick to Spurs.
    • 2' Spurs captain Scott Parker gets in an early tackle on Martin Olsson, but Christopher Samba heads the resulting corner over.
    • 1' How Kean needs a win in this fixture, with just one against Spurs' north London rival Arsenal so far this season.
    • 1' We're off and underway at Ewood Park!
    • 14:55 Redknapp says he quite fancies signing Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. As long as City pay a large chunk of his wages of course... https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/23102011/63/redknapp-d-tevez-tomorrow.html
    • 14:50 Roman Pavlyuchenko has scored four goals in just three Premier League appearances against Blackburn, but he starts on the bench with Jermain Defoe. Rafael van der Vaart will play just off Emmanuel Adebayor in the Spurs attack.
    • 14:45 Rovers have scored just five goals in their last six Premier League games against Tottenham, all of them in the 80th minute or later.
    • 14:40 After the final whistle here there will be a 45-minute sit-in whatever the result, with fans unhappy at Kean’s record of just six wins in his 29 league matches since taking over from Sam Allardyce. The Rovers faithful also want the club to be more open in communication with them.
    • 14:35 Spurs make two changes from the side that drew at Newcastle last week, with Sabastien Bassong and Aaron Lennon replacing Ledley King and Jake Livermore.
    • 14:35 Blackburn manager Steve Kean is without the services of the injured Michel Salgado and Scott Dann. Simon Vukcevic makes his first Premier League start, while Morten Gamst Pedersen and Mauro Formica also come into the side.
    • 14:30 BLACKBURN ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Vukcevic, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett, Roberts, Formica. Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Slew, Rochina, Yakubu, Goodwillie, Hanley. /// TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Friedel, Walker, Bassong, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor . Subs: Cudicini, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Townsend, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.
    • 14:20 Spurs manager Harry Redknapp reckons Blackburn fans should lay off manager Steve Kean, despite only five points from the first eight games. "It's always a shame when that (protests) happens to anyone," Redknapp said. "They need to get behind their team at the moment. That's more important. He is working hard and the fans need to stick with their team. It's their club and you have to keep supporting your team."
    • 14:15 Blackburn enter this fixture with only goal difference keeping them off the foot of the table. Spurs, meanwhile, can go fifth with a win.
    • 14:00 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Tottenham's trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers.
  • Summary

    • 82' Yakubu puts a great chance wide after making contact with an excellent cross from Olsson.
    • 72' Yakubu fires wide at the near post after Hoilett leaves van der Vaart and Ekotto in his wake down the right.
    • 70' Yakubu immediately goes close for Rovers, but the ball goes out for a corner.
    • 66' Modric almost makes it 3-1 as Robinson is forced to push his dipping shot away for a corner. The former Spurs stopper has been solid today.
    • 63' Friedel tips Samba's header over the bar after a long throw from Pedersen.
    • 57' Parker has two team-mates to cross to in the area but he manages to miss both of them.
    • 56' Friedel punches the ball away and N'Zonzi blasts the rebound high over the bar. Panic in the Spurs area.
    • 51' GOAL! BLACKBURN 1-2 TOTTENHAM Van der Vaart caresses the ball past Robinson from the outside of the area after collecting the ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
    • 36' Hoilett cuts inside Walker and his effort is beaten away by Freidel. It's a thrilling game at Ewood.
    • 34' Luka Modric eludes Pedersen and Formica and unleashes a low goal-bound shot that is pushed around the post for a corner by Robinson.
    • 28' Now Rovers are looking more lively as Friedel pushes Formica's shot into the side netting.
    • 27' GOAL BLACKBURN 1-1 TOTTENHAM Argentinian playmaker Formica fires the ball into the roof of the net after Spurs fail to clear!
    • 24' Another foray down the left from Bale results in the Welshman crossing for Adebayor whose shot is just pushed away by Robinson!
    • 16' Spurs almost 2-0 up as Bale's cross is nearly put into his own net by Olsson. Paul Robinson is forced to tip the ball over.
    • 14' GOAL! 1-0 TOTTENHAM A lightening quick counterattack from Spurs sees Adebayor release Kyle Walker down the left. The defender burrows his way into the penalty area and crosses for Van der Vaart who neatly side foots into the bottom left corner!
    • 7' Excellent run from David Hoilett who goes past Scott Parker into the area, before firing over the bar.
    • 14:30 BLACKBURN ROVERS: Robinson, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Vukcevic, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Hoilett, Roberts, Formica. Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Slew, Rochina, Yakubu, Goodwillie, Hanley. /// TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Friedel, Walker, Bassong, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor . Subs: Cudicini, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Townsend, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.7 8
      Defenders
      Yellow Card 3.9 5
      5.8 7
      4.5 6
      5.1 7
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 4.9 6
      Substitution Out70′ 4.6 5
      4.6 7
      Strikers
      5.9 7
      Goal Substitution Out70′ 5.6 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out82′ 4.4 7
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ Yellow Card 7.1 5
      Substitution In82′ 4.3 6
      Substitution In70′ 5 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.9 8
      Defenders
      6.9 7
      6.6 7
      6.6 7
      6.6 6
      Midfielders
      6.4 7
      7.2 7
      Substitution Out70′ 6.1 6
      Goals ×2 Substitution Out88′ 7.8 8
      7.4 7
      Strikers
      7.4 6
      Subs
      Substitution In88′ 7.6 6
      Substitution In70′ Yellow Card 6.7 6

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