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Blackburn   3 - 1   Portsmouth

Jason Roberts
Roberts came on at half-time and helped turn the game on its head

By David Ornstein

Jason Roberts scored two as Blackburn came from behind to claim a crucial victory which keeps Portsmouth bottom of the Premier League.

Jamie O'Hara provided the highlight of a dour first half when he lashed home from 30 yards to put Portsmouth ahead.

Blackburn were level shortly after the break as half-time substitute Roberts poked in after Ryan Nelsen's knockdown.

Nelsen headed the hosts in front from David Dunn's corner and Roberts turned in a third from Benni McCarthy's cross.

Roberts and McCarthy were introduced by Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce at the interval and there can be little doubt that their introduction turned the game on its head.

The win was Blackburn's first in three league matches and it moves them up to 13th, yet for long periods it seemed as though they would be plunging further towards the relegation zone.

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Portsmouth, who stay rooted to the foot of the table, had looked on course for their third successive victory in all competitions and fourth match without defeat.

But their defence crumbled in the second half and once Roberts levelled matters on 53 minutes, they looked resigned to the inevitable.

With both teams struggling at the wrong end of the table a frenetic start should have been expected.

But the lack of quality on display was all too evident and that rendered goalscoring chances few and far between early on.

More often than not that ball was being pumped aerially and, even when it was kept on the ground, countless passes went astray.

Blackburn's most threatening route to goal appeared to be the long throw of Morten Gamst Pedersen, while Portsmouth's preferred option was hopeful strikes from long range.

Fortunately for the visitors, and the game, it was one such effort which broke the deadlock.

Allardyce delighted after Pompey win

O'Hara collected Aruna Dinadane's pass in acres of space and skidded a drive into Paul Robinson's bottom left-hand corner.

Robinson may feel he could have done better and it was not the first time in recent weeks the England hopeful has been beaten from distance.

The home fans were quick to voice their disapproval and although Blackburn began to push for an equaliser, Portsmouth comfortably repelled everything thrown their way and looked threatening on the counter-attack.

Allardyce responded to his team's inept first-half display by replacing the ineffective Pedersen and El-Hadji Diouf with Roberts and McCarthy.

Suddenly the Blackburn supporters were re-energised and the players responded by laying siege to the Portsmouth goal.

They were back on level terms when Nelsen cushioned Dunn's corner down for Roberts to spin Frederic Piquionne and nudge his finish past Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.

Hart frustrated by set-piece goals

The visitors threatened sporadically - O'Hara going close with a clever curling effort - but Blackburn were firmly in the ascendancy.

Now full of confidence and determination, they began to flood forward in search of a second goal and it duly arrived when Nelsen met another Dunn corner with a thumping header.

There were question marks over referee Andre Marriner's decision to award a corner, but there was no excuse for Portsmouth's slack marking.

And any hope Pompey had of snatching a point evaporated when the superb Dunn fed McCarthy on the left and, after the South African fizzed in a precise low centre, Roberts got ahead of Mark Wilson to finish with a side-foot at the front post.


Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:
"The first 45 minutes was well below out best and we haven't seen that at home this season. I can forgive them at the end because we've won the game.

"The quality we were looking for in the first half we got in the second. The substitutions have paid dividends and it's the quality of our three goals today that has made the difference.

"It was the most crucial game for us this season because of the position we and Portsmouth are in and with the international break coming up.

"Even at 2-1 anything could have happened. The third goal killed them off and I was delighted.

Portsmouth manager Paul Hart:
"If you don't defend set pieces against Blackburn you are really in trouble, but we had defended them magnificently in the first half and played well.

"We were in control and they had put us in no real trouble. I don't think we've been undone by any great genius, we've been done on set pieces.

"We've made a lot of progress. I think the problems we had in the summer were well documented.

"This is a setback but we're used to picking ourselves up and we'll do it again."

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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Roberts 53
  • Nelsen 73
  • Roberts 86
  • O'Hara 15

Blackburn

Substitutes

Portsmouth

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 23,110
BLACKBURN
PORTSMOUTH

Possession

  • Blackburn 54%
  • Portsmouth 46%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 6
  • Portsmouth 3

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 4
  • Portsmouth 6

Corners

  • Blackburn 8
  • Portsmouth 5

Fouls

  • Blackburn 12
  • Portsmouth 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:12 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+1:59 David Dunn is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Anthony Vanden Borre takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nwankwo Kanu. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:32 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie O'Hara played to the near post, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 85:43 Benedict McCarthy sends in a cross,
  • 85:40 The assist for the goal came from Benedict McCarthy.
  • 85:40 GOAL - Jason RobertsBlackburn 3 - 1 Portsmouth Jason Roberts grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth.
  • 84:29 Foul by Marc Wilson on Jason Roberts, free kick awarded. David Dunn delivers the ball, Shot by Ryan Nelsen. Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Benedict McCarthy from the left by-line to the near post, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:01 Substitution Keith Andrews comes on in place of Franco Di Santo.
  • 82:04 Benedict McCarthy takes a shot. Marc Wilson gets a block in. Corner taken by Benedict McCarthy from the left by-line, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
  • 80:09 Jason Roberts fouled by Tal Ben-Haim, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Pascal Chimbonda.
  • 78:34 Franco Di Santo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David James.
  • 77:19 Substitution Aaron Mokoena leaves the field to be replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.
  • 76:31 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Pascal Chimbonda gets a block in.
  • 75:31 Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. David James takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 74:52 Frederic Piquionne produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 74:52 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Frederic Piquionne goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 74:18 Short corner taken by Michael Brown.
  • 72:08 Assist on the goal came from David Dunn.
  • 72:08 GOAL - Ryan NelsenBlackburn 2 - 1 Portsmouth Ryan Nelsen finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Blackburn 2-1 Portsmouth.
  • 71:49 Corner taken right-footed by David Dunn to the near post,
  • 70:49 Jamie O'Hara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 69:40 Unfair challenge on Michael Brown by Franco Di Santo results in a free kick. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:13 Centre by Jamie O'Hara. Jamie O'Hara takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Jason Roberts makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara played to the near post, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:02 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 66:43 A cross is delivered by Anthony Vanden Borre, Pascal Chimbonda manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:24 Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:24 Booking Michael Brown is cautioned.
  • 65:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Michael Brown.
  • Correction - 62:11 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 62:11 Shot from just outside the box by Jamie O'Hara goes over the bar.
  • 61:36 Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benedict McCarthy. David Dunn takes the direct free kick.
  • 60:57 The official flags Christopher Samba offside. Free kick taken by David James.
  • 60:27 Unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:25 Jason Roberts delivers the ball, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
  • 56:45 Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:45 Booking Booking for Kevin-Prince Boateng for unsporting behaviour.
  • 56:38 Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen.
  • 55:31 Foul by Frederic Piquionne on Pascal Chimbonda, free kick awarded. Pascal Chimbonda takes the free kick.
  • 54:51 Jamie O'Hara sends in a cross, clearance made by Pascal Chimbonda.
  • 53:57 Kevin-Prince Boateng fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick. David Dunn challenges Aaron Mokoena unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
  • 52:38 The assist for the goal came from Ryan Nelsen.
  • 52:38 GOAL - Jason RobertsBlackburn 1 - 1 Portsmouth Jason Roberts scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Portsmouth.
  • 52:31 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Dunn.
  • 51:34 Anthony Vanden Borre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benedict McCarthy. Free kick crossed right-footed by Benedict McCarthy from right channel, Frederic Piquionne makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 49:52 Substitution Tommy Smith on for Aruna Dindane.
  • Correction - 49:52 Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Jamie O'Hara, Younes Kaboul has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
  • 49:52 Substitution Tommy Smith on for Aruna Dindane.
  • 49:52 Kevin-Prince Boateng fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Jamie O'Hara, Header from close range by Younes Kaboul clears the bar.
  • 49:39 The ball is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 47:59 David Dunn takes a shot. Save by David James.
  • 47:22 Corner taken right-footed by David Dunn from the right by-line, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
  • 45:44 Foul by David Dunn on Marc Wilson, free kick awarded. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Benedict McCarthy is brought on as a substitute for El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Jason Roberts coming on for Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:59 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:27 The ball is crossed by Aruna Dindane.
  • 45:00+0:50 The assistant referee signals for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 45:00+0:28 Franco Di Santo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 43:48 Younes Kaboul concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. Gael Givet restarts play with the free kick, The ball is delivered by Ryan Nelsen, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 43:48 David Dunn fouled by Younes Kaboul, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Nelsen, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Brett Emerton. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 40:36 Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 40:36 Booking Caution for Ryan Nelsen.
  • 40:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 39:53 The official flags Franco Di Santo offside. David James restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:55 Effort on goal by Aaron Mokoena from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 38:08 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:58 Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:58 Booking Gael Givet goes into the referee's book.
  • 36:49 Gael Givet challenges Aruna Dindane unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 35:52 Younes Kaboul fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David James.
  • 35:18 Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:18 Booking The referee shows Pascal Chimbonda a yellow card.
  • 35:03 Booking The referee books Jamie O'Hara for unsporting behaviour.
  • 34:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 32:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mokoena on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from David Dunn.
  • 31:02 The ball is sent over by Pascal Chimbonda, Headed from the edge of the area by El-Hadji Diouf goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 29:30 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
  • 29:13 Brett Emerton crosses the ball, save by David James.
  • 28:57 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
  • 28:19 The ball is delivered by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
  • 27:12 Corner from right by-line taken by David Dunn.
  • 26:37 Tal Ben-Haim challenges Pascal Chimbonda unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Dunn crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Anthony Vanden Borre.
  • 25:36 Pascal Chimbonda fouled by Jamie O'Hara, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:04 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Dunn. Younes Kaboul restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:43 David Dunn crosses the ball, save by David James.
  • 20:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Nelsen on Aruna Dindane. Free kick crossed by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 17:27 The ball is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 16:25 Headed effort from the edge of the area by El-Hadji Diouf goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 14:59 Assist by Aruna Dindane.
  • 14:59 GOAL - Jamie O'HaraBlackburn 0 - 1 Portsmouth A goal is scored by Jamie O'Hara from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Portsmouth.
  • 13:54 Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Givet. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 13:19 Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on David James. Direct free kick taken by David James.
  • 11:37 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, David James makes a save.
  • 10:01 Kevin-Prince Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 8:11 Corner taken right-footed by David Dunn from the right by-line, save by David James.
  • 7:38 Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. David Dunn takes the free kick.
  • 5:57 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 5:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Franco Di Santo. David James takes the indirect free kick.
  • 4:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Franco Di Santo. David James takes the free kick.
  • 2:42 Foul by Brett Emerton on Aruna Dindane, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick. Long range shot from Younes Kaboul misses to the left of the target.
  • 1:40 Pascal Chimbonda takes a shot. Blocked by Tal Ben-Haim. The assistant referee flags for offside against Franco Di Santo. David James takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Premier League results

7 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 5-1 Bolton R
Blackburn 3-1 Portsmouth R
Man City 3-3 Burnley R
Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland R
Wolverhampton 1-4 Arsenal R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 11 20 27
2 Arsenal 11 22 25
3 Man Utd 11 12 25
4 Tottenham 12 6 22
5 Aston Villa 12 8 21
6 Man City 11 7 20
7 Liverpool 11 9 18
8 Sunderland 12 1 17
9 Stoke 11 -2 16
10 Burnley 12 -10 16
11 Fulham 10 0 14
12 Wigan 11 -9 13
13 Blackburn 11 -11 13
14 Everton 10 -3 12
15 Birmingham 11 -4 11
16 Bolton 11 -9 11
17 West Ham 11 -3 10
18 Wolverhampton 12 -10 10
19 Hull 11 -16 8
20 Portsmouth 12 -8 7

see also
Saturday football as it happened
07 Nov 09 |  Football
Saturday football photos
07 Nov 09 |  Football


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