Liam Lawrence celebrates his second goal of the season
Stoke took a huge step towards securing their Premier League status as they deservedly overcame Blackburn thanks to Liam Lawrence's second-half goal.
Tony Pulis' side had created the pick of the chances before Lawrence latched on to a header from James Beattie and fired home at the Britannia Stadium.
Rovers pressed forward towards the end, but the Potters defence stood firm as the visitors ran out of ideas.
Stoke now move into 11th position, eight points clear of bottom three.
With their home form now to thank for 32 of their 39 Premier League points, the Britannia Stadium would not have been the destination of choice for a Blackburn side with 4-0 defeats in their last two away matches.
Stoke soon had the visitors pinned back as Glenn Whelan's shot ricocheted off Beattie and narrowly over.
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Beattie's strike partner Ricardo Fuller was also involved early on as he peeled on to the flank and sent a low cross skimming past Matthew Etherington's outstretched boot.
Morten Gamst Pedersen, still in search of his first goal of the season, thumped a volley over the bar and into the mocking Stoke fans beyond in a rare Rovers attack.
So ineffectual were the visitors in forward positions that it took an inexplicable mistake from Abdoulaye Faye to generate a degree of excitement from the 3,000-strong Blackburn away support.
The Senegalese defender put his head to a ball bouncing harmlessly through to Thomas Sorensen and the Danish stopper was forced to stretch suddenly to prevent it passing him.
A powerful effort from Pedersen thudding into Whelan's midriff had the Rovers players asking questions of referee Howard Webb, before Stoke had more vociferous appeals waved away.
As their pressure intensified, Beattie folded under an aerial challenge from Andre Ooijer but his persistent complaints went unheeded.
Danny Higginbotham then muscled his way in front of Aaron Mokoena to connect with a Lawrence corner, but saw the ball slid across his forehead and wide.
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