Blackburn   3 - 1   Fulham

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Morten Gamst Pedersen opens the scoring Morten Gamst Pedersen opened the scoring with a trademark free-kick

Blackburn survived the early sending-off of Yakubu to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since September with a valuable win.

Striker Yakubu saw red midway through the first period for a recklessly high challenge on Danny Murphy.

But the home side went ahead through Morten Gamst Pedersen's curling free-kick before David Dunn's low shot.

Damien Duff fired in for Fulham but Mauro Formica completed victory with an excellent late third.

Kean delighted with Blackburn win

The three points sees Rovers climb up to 17th in the table and offers the prospect of some respite for under-pressure manager Steve Kean.

Kean has come under attack from sections of the home support all season and some Rovers fans staged a 24-hour protest against the club's owners outside Ewood Park before kick-off.

Without the formidable presence at the back of captain Chris Samba, who was reportedly suffering from illness but who stated this week that he wants to leave the club, the home side were slow to settle and Bobby Zamora could have headed Fulham ahead when he struck the post from 10 yards.

Yakubu was then dismissed for a crude challenge as he competed with Murphy for a bouncing ball, the Nigerian striker catching the former England man well above his knee.

Kean and Yakubu were furious at the decision but the striker - who has scored 13 goals this season - now faces a damaging three-match ban.

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Blackburn are the first team in Premier League history to fail to keep a clean sheet in any of their opening 21 games of a campaign, a feat Norwich replicated less than 15 minutes later

David Goodwillie was introduced up front as Blackburn looked to pose a threat on the counter, and for all their possession Fulham failed to make their man advantage count.

Zamora was close to getting on to the end of a John Arne Riise cross before Philippe Senderos was denied by a superb save from Paul Robinson.

Rovers took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Dunn won a dubious free-kick when he was sandwiched between two challenges, and Pedersen was able to fire the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Yakubu (left) challenges Danny Murphy Yakubu saw red for this foul on Danny Murphy

Kean's side then shocked Fulham by doubling their advantage inside a minute of the restart.

Dunn played the ball into Goodwillie inside the box, and when his shot was blocked by Riise, Dunn cracked home from just inside the area.

Fulham finally upped their game and had a Clint Dempsey effort disallowed for offside as he headed in Riise's free-kick before Duff struck against his former club.

The Republic of Ireland winger collected Murphy's pass on the right of the area and was allowed to shoot through Martin Olsson's legs and into the far corner.

Blackburn - without a home win since Yakubu struck all four past Swansea at the start of December - could have crumbled, but to their credit they began to take charge of the game.

Blackburn loss a missed opportunity - Jol

The impressive Junior Hoilett went close to a third but his shot was saved by David Stockdale, while the busy Steven Nzonzi and Pedersen nullified any Fulham threat with excellent performances in midfield.

Fulham boss Martin Jol brought on Andrew Johnson - reportedly a transfer target for Rovers - but it was the home side who again threatened when Goodwillie shot wide.

And the hosts got the third goal their second-half showing deserved when Nzonzi lofted a clever pass over the top of a square Fulham backline, substitute Formica letting it bounce before dispatching a left-footed half volley across Stockdale and into the net.

Fulham manager Martin Jol:

"We knew before the game Blackburn would fight for their lives but after the first half-hour we were the better team.

"At 2-0 down it was difficult but with our offensive quality I thought we would at least get a draw.

"They played with a lot of energy and we struggled to close them down."

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 3-1 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Pedersen 45+4
  • Dunn 46
  • Formica 79
  • Duff 56

Blackburn

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: TaylorAtt: 18,003
BLACKBURN
FULHAM

Possession

  • Blackburn 41%
  • Fulham 59%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 11
  • Fulham 7

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 4
  • Fulham 10

Corners

  • Blackburn 0
  • Fulham 9

Fouls

  • Blackburn 14
  • Fulham 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:05 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+1:41 Unfair challenge on Grant Hanley by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:59 Mauro Formica is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.
  • 90:00+0:33 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 90:00+0:08 Steven Nzonzi has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 88:11 Mauro Formica challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 86:01 Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:01 Substitution Kerim Frei leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Davies.
  • 86:01 Booking Philippe Senderos is given a yellow card.
  • 85:54 Foul by Philippe Senderos on David Hoilett, free kick awarded.
  • 85:34 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Mauro Formica results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:13 Philippe Senderos sends in a cross, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 84:46 Danny Murphy delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
  • 83:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Jason Lowe. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy. Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 80:42 The ball is swung over by Stephen Kelly, Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
  • 80:10 The ball is crossed by Kerim Frei, David Hoilett makes a clearance.
  • 78:38 Steven Nzonzi provided the assist for the goal.
  • 78:38 GOAL - Mauro FormicaBlackburn 3 - 1 Fulham Mauro Formica scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-1 Fulham.
  • Correction - 77:53 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 77:53 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross.
  • 77:24 Centre by Stephen Kelly, blocked by David Hoilett.
  • 76:38 David Goodwillie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 74:52 Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 74:52 Booking The referee shows Morten Gamst Pedersen a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Damien Duff.
  • 73:45 Header from close in by Bobby Zamora misses to the right of the goal.
  • 73:31 Unfair challenge on Kerim Frei by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kerim Frei.
  • 72:39 Substitution Andrew Johnson is brought on as a substitute for John Arne Riise.
  • 72:39 Shot on goal by John Arne Riise from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 72:33 The ball is swung over by Kerim Frei, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:57 Bryan Ruiz sends in a cross, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 70:04 Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauro Formica. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 68:29 David Stockdale takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:29 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Mauro Formica coming on for David Dunn.
  • 68:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Hanley on Philippe Senderos.
  • 67:50 John Arne Riise gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:44 The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly, clearance by Grant Hanley.
  • 67:01 Centre by Kerim Frei, blocked by Jason Lowe. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kerim Frei, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
  • 65:51 Bobby Zamora produces a cross, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
  • 64:46 The ball is sent over by Bobby Zamora.
  • 64:08 David Hoilett takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.
  • 60:16 The ball is swung over by Kerim Frei, Clint Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 58:59 The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
  • 58:03 Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 57:09 The ball is sent over by Kerim Frei, Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by David Hoilett.
  • 55:17 Danny Murphy provided the assist for the goal.
  • 55:17 GOAL - Damien DuffBlackburn 2 - 1 Fulham Damien Duff finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 2-1 Fulham.
  • 55:04 Bobby Zamora sends in a cross.
  • 54:20 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:00 Shot by Morten Gamst Pedersen from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 53:22 David Hoilett takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.
  • 52:41 Damien Duff has an effort at goal.
  • 51:47 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff to the near post, clearance made by David Goodwillie.
  • 49:43 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick. John Arne Riise takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. The referee blows for offside against Clint Dempsey. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 48:50 The ball is crossed by Clint Dempsey, save by Paul Robinson. Effort on goal by John Arne Riise from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 47:59 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 47:21 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kerim Frei from the left by-line, clearance by David Goodwillie.
  • 45:57 David Goodwillie takes a shot. John Arne Riise gets a block in.
  • 45:56 Assist on the goal came from David Goodwillie.
  • 45:56 GOAL - David DunnBlackburn 2 - 0 Fulham A goal is scored by David Dunn from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 2-0 Fulham.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:24 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+3:19 Assist by David Dunn.
  • 45:00+3:19 GOAL - Morten Gamst PedersenBlackburn 1 - 0 Fulham Morten Gamst Pedersen finds the net with a shot from the free kick. Blackburn 1-0 Fulham.
  • 45:00+2:23 Foul by Bryan Ruiz on David Dunn, free kick awarded.
  • 45:00+1:10 Clint Dempsey takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 44:37 Bryan Ruiz challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 43:12 The ball is crossed by Stephen Kelly, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Clint Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:12 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 41:09 A cross is delivered by Kerim Frei, save by Paul Robinson. Clint Dempsey challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 39:46 Danny Murphy challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 39:41 The ball is swung over by Stephen Kelly, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
  • 37:39 David Hoilett challenges Bryan Ruiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Danny Murphy, Philippe Senderos takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Outswinging corner taken by Bryan Ruiz, Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:58 Jason Lowe takes a shot. Blocked by David Goodwillie.
  • 36:42 Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, Danny Murphy gets a block in.
  • 35:17 Substitution Moussa Dembele goes off and Kerim Frei comes on.
  • 31:54 Centre by David Hoilett, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.
  • 30:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bryan Ruiz by Morten Gamst Pedersen. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:55 Substitution David Goodwillie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Radosav Petrovic.
  • 28:36 Moussa Dembele crosses the ball, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
  • 28:25 The ball is sent over by John Arne Riise.
  • 26:34 John Arne Riise produces a cross, Grant Hanley gets a block in.
  • 25:53 David Dunn takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.
  • 24:52 The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.
  • 22:33 Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:33 Sent off Ayegbeni Yakubu dismissed for serious foul play.
  • 22:26 Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 21:47 Centre by Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora takes a shot.
  • 20:43 The ball is swung over by Danny Murphy, clearance by Grant Hanley.
  • 20:02 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:53 The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.
  • 16:47 Ayegbeni Yakubu is ruled offside. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 11:33 Foul by Radosav Petrovic on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Philippe Senderos takes the free kick.
  • 11:17 Martin Olsson produces a cross, Stephen Kelly gets a block in.
  • 10:49 David Hoilett takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
  • 9:52 David Dunn challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
  • 8:29 Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by David Stockdale.
  • 7:11 David Dunn takes a shot. Blocked by Philippe Senderos. David Hoilett takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
  • 4:50 Stephen Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 4:31 The ball is delivered by Bryan Ruiz, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 3:56 Short corner worked by Damien Duff.
  • 3:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Steven Nzonzi. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:40 Moussa Dembele fouled by Radosav Petrovic, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:14 The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. David Stockdale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:40 Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. Direct free kick taken by Radosav Petrovic.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 14 Jan 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 20 40 48
2 Man Utd 21 32 48
3 Tottenham 21 18 46
4 Chelsea 21 15 40
5 Arsenal 20 8 36
6 Liverpool 21 6 35
7 Newcastle 20 4 33
8 Stoke 21 -9 30
9 Norwich 21 -4 28
10 Everton 21 -4 25
11 Sunderland 21 3 24
12 Aston Villa 21 -4 24
13 Swansea 20 -3 23
14 Fulham 21 -6 23
15 West Brom 21 -10 22
16 Wolves 21 -14 18
17 Blackburn 21 -12 17
18 QPR 20 -16 17
19 Bolton 21 -21 16
20 Wigan 20 -23 15

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