Saturday August 13, 2011 Day 1 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Formica 20’
  • Fletcher 22’
  • Ward 48’

  1. Wolves battle past Blackburn

    Wolves battle past Blackburn

    Wolves came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park in their first game of the Premier League season. More

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    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
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    • 90+4' The full time whistle blows.
    • 90' Wolves throw on Maierhofer in replace of Hunt. Out ball!
    • 90' Nzonzi is booked for a late challenge on Foley. Deserved.
    • 89' Dunn gets on the end of a one-two before crossing towards Goodwillie. Hennessey is off his line in a flash to punch the ball to safety.
    • 88' Olsson poorly heads a ball back into midfield. Hunt picks it up and advances towards the Blackburn penalty area. He ignores the run of Doyle before shooting. It's dragged wide.
    • 87' Wolves look content on holding this lead. They down show any great desire in going forward at all now. Hennessey has been untroubled today, but the hosts are sure to throw everything at Wolves now.
    • 86' Goodwillie battles superbly with Elokobi down the right and wins the ball before crossing. Berra recovers to clear. The home fans are rightly encouraged by the Scottish striker.
    • 85' Blackburn introduce Nick Blackman for his Premier League debut. Formica makes way.
    • 84' CHANCE!! First chance for Goodwillie. The striker receives the ball with his back to goal and turns quickly before shooting. It sails wide.
    • 83' Hunt's ball in is nearly met by the diving head of Ward. Hanley is down well to clear. Great defending for the youngster.
    • 82' Henry, Foley and Doyle link well down the right - stretching the Blackburn defence. Doyle's cross is deflected out for a corner.
    • 81' Doyle is looking to cross from the right. Two defenders look to make the challenge and Foley completelty deserts his team mate. Doyle concedes a throw-in.
    • 80' Hunt's corner is cleared to Henry on the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder tries a trick but forgets the ball. Wasted.
    • 79' Olsson is under pressure from Doyle in his own half. The defender flicks the ball past the striker who committs a foul. Needless, really.
    • 78' Elokobi feels to clear twice and allows Goodwillie to cross from inside the box. Johnson's sliding challenge deflects the ball out for a corner.
    • 77' Elokobi does indeed come on. Jarvis makes way which will mean that Ward will push up to left midfield.
    • 76' CHANCE!! Hoilett advances down the left before cutting inside. The winger squares the ball to Rochina on the edge of the penalty area. The substitute shoots first time. Just wide.
    • 75' George Elokobi is being readied on the touchline. The presence of the huge defender will help to shore up the Wolves defence as Blackburn search for an equaliser.
    • 74' There's a bit of a scramble in the Wolves box from Dunn's cross. Foley is there to clear to safety.
    • 73' Blackburn take off Pedersen and replace him by David Goodwillie.
    • 72' The corner is met by Ward on the six yard box but the defender can only head high and wide.
    • 71' Jarvis bursts down the right and looks to take on Olsson. The Blackburn man does well to put the ball out for a corner.
    • 70' The visitors have lost their way slighty, following a very good spell in the game. Doyle goes down the right and has Fletcher to aim at. The cross is poor.
    • 69' Both sides are pumping the ball long. It's pretty unattractive stuff. Goodwillie is being primed for his PL debut.
    • 68' The game is a little scrappy at the minute. Neither side can really get a hold of it at the minute...
    • 67' Roberts is constantly shouting at the referee and linesman. He's already been booked and may just be making up the managers mind of who to take off.
    • 66' Nzonzi has a free header on the six yard box following the corner. It is shocking. No placement, no power.
    • 65' Hoilett bursts down the left but Johnson stays with him every step of the way. Blackburn win a corner.
    • 64' O'Hara's ball is met by Johnson who crosses to the far post. Hanley does well to flick away to safety. Good defending.
    • 63' Nzonzi is put under real pressure from Doyle. The striker gets between the defender and the ball and is awarded a free-kick. Nzonzi is fortunate not to be booked.
    • 62' The Blackburn players are appealing for every little niggle and slight challenge at the minute. They're not happy out there.
    • 61' Roberts is booked for a poor challenge on Johnson.
    • 60' Rovers are really under pressure now. Steve Kean needs to do something to get his side back into this game. Goodwillie?
    • 59' Jarvis collects the ball on the edge of the penalty area and does superbly well to play the ball out to Foley. The defender, who has been excellent since coming on, produces a poor cross.
    • 58' Hanley is facing his own goal and has nowhere to go. Fletcher keeps pressure on the youngster who does very well to win a throw-in for his side.
    • 57' Salgado gets down the right and crosses without looking. Somebody should be in the box. But they're not. Poor.
    • 56' Wolves are really on top at the minute. They're stroking the ball around with real confidence.
    • 55' Wolves play it well down the right flank. Hunt, Doyle add Foley link well to earn a corner.
    • 54' The corner is sent into the box. O'Hara tries a backheel to clear but gets it completely wrong. Hoileet fires wide.
    • 53' Hoilett is released down the right by Dunn. Ward is on hand to make the challenge.
    • 52' Formica breaks. The striker bares down on goal but Johnson is across to clear for a corner. Pedersen's set piece sails out for a goal kick.
    • 51' Foley crosses from the right. It's a fantastic ball and beats Nzonzi. Fletcher opts not to head at goal and decides to take a touch in the box. It's cleared.
    • 50' Hunt gets down the left and skips past two challenges before crossing. Hamley is across to clear for a corner.
    • 49' Stearman is replaced by Foley. The defender was suffering from a lower-back problem.
    • 48' GOAL FOR WOLVES!! The ball is failed to be cleared following the penalty. It falls to Ward on the edge of the penalty area. The defender volleys into the bottom corner.
    • 47' MISSED PENALTY!! Doyle goes to Robinson's left. The keeper makes the save.
    • 47' PENALTY TO WOLVES!! Fletcher breaks through the centre before giving Jarvis the ball on the left of the box. The winger takes on Salgado, who makes a rash challenge, conceding the penalty.
    • 46' Emerton has been replaced by Ruben Rochina.
    • '46 The second half is under way.
    • 45+2' The first half comes to an end.
    • 45' Wolves have got in some very good positions today - in between the left back and the left centre-half. Hunt looks to play the pass but Fletcher isn't on the same wavelength.
    • 44' Blackburn look to be finishing the half the better team, but as I say that Dunn misplaces a pass which allows the visitors to break. Salgado is back to make the foul on Doyle.
    • 43' Olsson takes on Stearman down the left. He turns the defender inside-out before crossing. The ball is hit too deep and saisl out for a throw-in.
    • 42' Henry and Hunt are all over Formica following the corner. The striker doesn't make too much of it but it was clumsy.
    • 41' Blackburn play the ball around on the edge fo the Wolves penalty area. It is shifted out wide to Emerton who crosses well. Johnson heads clear for a corner.
    • 40' Wolves break following a long Pedersen throw. O'Hara goes down the left but struggles to find a pass. The midfielder goes down the line for Doyle but Nzonzi is on hand to clear.
    • 39' Nzonzi, who has looked like a midfielder playing at centre back for most of the first half, defends well and ushers the ball out for a goal kick following a long ball from Berra.
    • 38' Emerton goes into the book for pulling Fletcher back during a Wolves break.
    • 37' Hennessey goes long for Doyle. Nzonzi heads away but only as far as O'Hara who is standing 25 yards from goal. The midfielder takes one touch before shooting. It flies wide.
    • 36' Dunn is booked for a fouls on Doyle on the half way line.
    • 35' Pedersen is sent into the box with a lovely ball over the top. Pedersen's first touch wasn't great but would have allowed him to shoot. The midfielder opts to cross where the ball is cut out.
    • 34' Doyle's bandage has slipped off his head. The cut is still bleeding and he has been sent to the touchline in order to get it reapplied.
    • 33' Roberts does well on the right and looks to take on Berra. The defender recovers well to win a goal kick.
    • 32' Salgado crosses from the right touchline. Johnson and Roberts challenge for the ball. The defender wins the battle and clears well.
    • 31' Johnson cuts out a great ball and breaks down the field. The ball gets shifted across to the right where Doyle crosses. The centre-back latches onto the ball but heads over.
    • 30' Hamley plays a lofted ball over the top for the chasing Roberts. The keeper is out but tries to usher the ball out for a goal kick. Roberts makes a challenge on the keeper but is unable to prevent the ball going out.
    • 29' Jarvis is now down the left. he checks his run before crossing. Nzonzi does well to get a head on it. Pedersen is back to clear up.
    • 28' Salgado loses the ball on the edge of the Wolves penalty area. The visitors look to attack but a few slack passes allow Blackburn to recover. Hunt then produces a lovely bit of skill on the edge of the area before shooting. Just over.
    • 27' Hunt cuts in from the left and chooses to ignore Jarvis who has overlapped. The shot sails over.
    • 26' Pedersen has a shotfrom 35 yards following the free kick. It flies miles over the bar. Dreadful, that!
    • 25' The makeshift Blackburn defence looks vulnerable today. Wolves will look to take advantage whenever possible.
    • 24' Jarvis' corner is met by Fletcher. The striker mis-times his jump and can't get a clean header.
    • 23' Doyle does well to keep the ball in on the left touchline and wins a corner. Great play from the striker.
    • 22' GOAL FOR WOLVES!! They've been the better side in the last few minutes since Blackburn scored the opening goal. Stearman sends Jarvis down the right. The winger crosses to the far post where Fletcher beats Salgado in the air to head into the top corner. Poor defending.
    • 21' Stearman is booked for a rather unconvincing dive. He's expecting contact but doesn't get it. Shocking.
    • 20' GOAL FOR BLACKBURN!! Formica scores on his Premier League debut. Roberts latches on to a long ball and holds off two challenges before sending Formica into the box. The striker shoots from the left and beats Hennessey.
    • 20' Berra clears the free kick. It drops to the feet of Emerton, who is standing 30 yards from goal. The Australian volleys over.
    • 19' Oooh. Poor tackle. Johnson is late on a tackle with Hoilett. It's his first foul but it's not great. The captain is booked.
    • 18' Pedersen's resulting corner is poor. It's hit too long where Formica is unable to steer his header on target.
    • 17' Dunn's corner goes through everybody in the sexi yard box before flicking off Johnson's head and going out for another corner.
    • 16' Pedersen and Hoilett link up well down the left. The latter gets to the byline before crossing. Stearman clears for a corner.
    • 15' Formica is going to have a bit of trouble with the two big centre-halves today. The striker hasn't won a single header as of yet. The hosts will need to play it in to his feet.
    • 14' Pedersen's corner is dangerous. Hennessey looks to come and claim but misjudges the flight of the ball. Fortunately for the keeper, the ball drifts to safety.
    • 13' Hoilett bursts down the right and looks to cross. He shows too much of the ball to Berra and is tackled.
    • 12' Doyle has been taken to the sideline. His head is bleeding and will need to be strapped up before can come back on.
    • 11' Doyle is down after a clash of heads with Nzonzi. He's receiving treatment on the pitch.
    • 10' Hunt and Salgado are having a tough battle at the minute. There's been a few big tackles thrown in. That will be an interesting match-up today.
    • 9' Hunt crosses from the left. Nzonzi clears, but only as far as O'Hara on the edge of the box. The midfielder volleys towards goal but his right-fotted effort is poor. Robinson claims.
    • 8' Hunt looks to have been put through as he bares down towards the penalty area. Nzonzi, who is playing at the back comes across to cut the ball out.
    • 7' Blackburn's passing hasn't been up to scratch as of yet. The hosts have been guilty of giving away possession rather easily...
    • 6' Jervis cuts in from the left before firing at goal. It flashes wide of the left post. The winger is claiming a corner but the ref awards a goal.
    • 5' Pedersen crosses from the right towards the far post when Hoilett is waiting. The striker flicks the ball towards goal. GOAL?? No. It looks close but Hennessey claws it away.
    • 4' Berra is under pressure from Roberts when facing his own goal. He clears it for a throw-in.
    • 3' Wolves aren't giving the hosts a second on the ball. Whenever a Blackburn player is in possession, they are quickly surrounded by a gold shirt.
    • 2' Henry, who has been stripped of the captaincy this season, is penalised for a foul on Emerton.
    • 1' The first half of these two's Premier League season is under way. Wolves kick off.
    • 14:58 The two sets of players are now on the pitch. Kick off is just moments away.
    • 14:55 There is a lot of pressure on Rovers' new striker David Goodwillie this season as no Blackburn player scored more than five league goals last term - Wolves' top scorer in the Premier League was Steven Fletcher, who scored 10.
    • 14:50 Blackburn lost 14 of the 16 league matches in which their opponents scored first last season.
    • 14:45 The hosts did the double over Wolves last season - their 3-0 win at Ewood Park in December was Sam Allardyce's last home game in charge.
    • 14:40 Now for some quick match stats ahead of the game: Blackburn are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Wolves, a run stretching back 11 years.
    • 14:35 This game could have been played in the Championship today, had results gone differently on the last game of the 2010/11 season, which is when these two last played. Wolves survived thanks to Birmingham and Blackpool conceding late goals in dramatic fashion.
    • 14:30 Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has managed to recover from a knee injury and will be raring to get off the mark. New signing Roger Johnson has been put straight into the side after making his move from Midlands rivals Birmingham.
    • 14:25 Blackburn are struggling at the back today as Chris Samba has failed to recover from a groin injury while Ryan Nelsen is still feeling the after-effects of knee surgery.
    • 14:20 BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nzonzi, Olsson, Emerton, Dunn, Pedersen, Hoilett, Formica, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Ribeiro, Anderson, Henley /// WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, O'Hara, Henry, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Hammill, Milijas, Foley, Maierhofer
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Blackburn Rovers' first match of the season against Wolves at Ewood Park.
  • Summary

    • 88' Olsson poorly heads a ball back into midfield. Hunt picks it up and advances towards the Blackburn penalty area. He ignores the run of Doyle before shooting. It's dragged wide.
    • 84' CHANCE!! First chance for Goodwillie. The striker receives the ball with his back to goal and turns quickly before shooting. It sails wide.
    • 76' CHANCE!! Hoilett advances down the left before cutting inside. The winger squares the ball to Rochina on the edge of the penalty area. The substitute shoots first time. Just wide.
    • 66' Nzonzi has a free header on the six yard box following the corner. It is shocking. No placement, no power.
    • 54' The corner is sent into the box. O'Hara tries a backheel to clear but gets it completely wrong. Hoileet fires wide.
    • 48' GOAL FOR WOLVES!! The ball is failed to be cleared following the penalty. It falls to Ward on the edge of the penalty area. The defender volleys into the bottom corner.
    • 47' MISSED PENALTY!! Doyle goes to Robinson's left. The keeper makes the save.
    • 47' PENALTY TO WOLVES!! Fletcher breaks through the centre before giving Jarvis the ball on the left of the box. The winger takes on Salgado, who makes a rash challenge, conceding the penalty.
    • 37' Hennessey goes long for Doyle. Nzonzi heads away but only as far as O'Hara who is standing 25 yards from goal. The midfielder takes one touch before shooting. It flies wide.
    • 31' Johnson cuts out a great ball and breaks down the field. The ball gets shifted across to the right where Doyle crosses. The centre-back latches onto the ball but heads over.
    • 28' Salgado loses the ball on the edge of the Wolves penalty area. The visitors look to attack but a few slack passes allow Blackburn to recover. Hunt then produces a lovely bit of skill on the edge of the area before shooting. Just over.
    • 22' GOAL FOR WOLVES!! They've been the better side in the last few minutes since Blackburn scored the opening goal. Stearman sends Jarvis down the right. The winger crosses to the far post where Fletcher beats Salgado in the air to head into the top corner. Poor defending.
    • 20' GOAL FOR BLACKBURN!! Formica scores on his Premier League debut. Roberts latches on to a long ball and holds off two challenges before sending Formica into the box. The striker shoots from the left and beats Hennessey.
    • 5' Pedersen crosses from the right towards the far post when Hoilett is waiting. The striker flicks the ball towards goal. GOAL?? No. It looks close but Hennessey claws it away.
    • 14:20 BLACKBURN: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nzonzi, Olsson, Emerton, Dunn, Pedersen, Hoilett, Formica, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Ribeiro, Anderson, Henley /// WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, O'Hara, Henry, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Hammill, Milijas, Foley, Maierhofer

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