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Blackburn   2 - 0   Fulham

Chris Samba celebrates
Chris Samba's early goal proved decisive for Blackburn

By Nabil Hassan

Blackburn eased some of the pressure on manager Sam Allardyce with a much-needed victory over Fulham.

Chris Samba gave Blackburn the lead, poking the ball home from six-yards out after Damien Duff scuffed a clearance.

Fulham's Clint Dempsey then smashed an overhead kick against the bar before testing Paul Robinson with a low shot.

And Blackburn increased their lead after the break with Ryan Nelson's flicked header from Benni McCarthy's free-kick beating Mark Schwarzer.

Prior to Sunday, Blackburn had been without a victory in all competitions for 12 games, but this win pushed Allardyce's side five points clear of the relegation zone.

The game started slowly with Dempsey's header from a Stephen Kelly cross, which was straight at goalkeeper Robinson, the only early action.

606: DEBATE

Midway through the first-half the game sprang into life when McCarthy tested Schwarzer with a fierce drive from 20-yards which the Fulham keeper palmed away for a corner.

From the resulting kick, which McCarthy miss-hit, Duff on the near post knew little as the ball rebounded off him and into the direction of Samba who stabbed the ball past Schwarzer.

Allardyce pleased to see off Fulham

To their credit Fulham responded brightly with Dempsey crashing a stunning overhead kick against the bar before testing Robinson with a low effort from 12-yards after losing his marker with a turn Johann Cruyff would have been proud of.

Duff also forced a decent low save from Robinson with a swerving shot, while at the other end Martin Olsson tested Schwarzer with his 18-yard strike.

Blackburn increased their lead after the break and it was again McCarthy who was the provider, with the South Africa striker whipping in a fine free-kick, which an unmarked Taylor headed past Schwarzer at the near post.

Fulham's afternoon got worse when Dempsey was forced off with a knee injury - the American was later sent to hospital for a scan - while defender Paul Konchesky also went off with an ankle injury.

Hodgson wants Fulham to regain 'edge'

Even so the visitors were soon back on the attack and Robinson, who was having a fine afternoon, did well to save Zoltan Gera's half-volley from the edge of the area, which he saw late as it came through a crowd of players.

Fulham claimed a penalty when substitute Erik Nevland was pulled back by Samba as he raced through on goal but their appeals came to nothing as Blackburn held out for a victory that lifted them into 12th place.

The Cottagers have now not won in the Premier League since beating Manchester United just under a month ago, though Roy Hodgson's side remain eighth.


Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce:
"It has been a difficult period and it's nice to get a win after the run we've had. We've been drawing too many games.

"We got the first goal and for the first time in a long time we've got the rub of the green.

"It was a good time to score after half time and it is a big, big win. It is well deserved and one that will take the pressure of us.

"We had a good solid defensive unit today and the keeper pulled off a couple of saves when we needed.

"The performance was nice but it was all about the result today and we're pleased to get the victory."

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 2-0 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Samba 25
  • Nelsen 54

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: FriendAtt: 21,287
    BLACKBURN
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Blackburn 42%
    • Fulham 58%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 7
    • Fulham 9

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 4
    • Fulham 5

    Corners

    • Blackburn 3
    • Fulham 6

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 14
    • Fulham 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:27 The referee ends the match.
    • 89:54 Benedict McCarthy crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 89:54 Booking Zoltan Gera goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Gera on David Hoilett.
    • 85:30 Nikola Kalinic fouled by Aaron Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Benedict McCarthy from the free kick.
    • 84:44 Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:44 Booking Erik Nevland receives a yellow card.
    • 84:41 Erik Nevland challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 83:42 Erik Nevland is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:36 Benedict McCarthy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Stephen Kelly.
    • 81:36 Substitution Brett Emerton goes off and Michel Salgado comes on.
    • 81:36 Booking Chris Baird is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:28 Chris Baird challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 80:43 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 80:10 Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:22 The offside flag is raised against Erik Nevland. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 78:18 Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
    • 77:34 A cross is delivered by David Hoilett, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 76:37 Andrew Johnson takes a shot.
    • 74:59 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 74:19 Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 73:15 Stephen Kelly fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:31 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 71:16 Centre by David Hoilett, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 69:26 Substitution Keith Andrews joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Reid.
    • 69:10 The offside flag is raised against Benedict McCarthy. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 68:43 Brett Emerton is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 66:54 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 65:37 Shot on goal by Steven Reid from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 65:20 Benedict McCarthy takes a short corner.
    • 64:02 The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:50 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Erik Nevland coming on for Clinton Dempsey.
    • 59:20 Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 57:52 Substitution David Hoilett is brought on as a substitute for Gael Givet.
    • 56:50 Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner.
    • 56:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Ryan Nelsen. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 53:01 Assist on the goal came from Benedict McCarthy.
    • 53:01 GOAL - Ryan NelsenBlackburn 2 - 0 Fulham Ryan Nelsen finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Blackburn 2-0 Fulham.
    • 52:28 Martin Olsson fouled by Stephen Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is crossed by Benedict McCarthy,
    • 50:03 Steven Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 49:10 Stephen Kelly delivers the ball.
    • 47:18 Gael Givet takes a shot.
    • 46:43 Corner from the left by-line taken by Benedict McCarthy, clearance by Stephen Kelly.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution Toni Kallio comes on in place of Paul Konchesky.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:07 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+2:20 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 45:00+1:55 Benedict McCarthy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 45:00+1:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Olsson on Stephen Kelly. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:00+0:40 Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:23 Pascal Chimbonda crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen Kelly.
    • 43:21 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 40:17 The assistant referee signals for offside against Benedict McCarthy. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:24 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
    • 37:44 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 37:08 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.
    • 36:32 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 36:05 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 35:37 Foul by Andrew Johnson on Steven Nzonzi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 33:45 Foul by Benedict McCarthy on Paul Konchesky, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot.
    • 32:39 Handball by Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
    • 31:49 Andrew Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 30:26 Brett Emerton has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
    • 29:14 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Chris Baird has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 27:17 Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Konchesky from left channel, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 27:17 Booking Christopher Samba goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 27:14 Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson.
    • 26:22 Foul by Ryan Nelsen on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:20 GOAL - Christopher SambaBlackburn 1 - 0 Fulham Christopher Samba fires in a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Fulham.
    • 24:09 Corner from left by-line taken by Benedict McCarthy.
    • 23:48 Benedict McCarthy takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 22:35 Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 22:28 The referee blows for offside against Andrew Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 21:56 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
    • 21:30 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
    • 17:21 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 16:25 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
    • 15:27 Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 14:39 Martin Olsson produces a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 13:24 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Johnson. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 11:38 Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson. Clinton Dempsey takes the direct free kick.
    • 10:46 Centre by Damien Duff, clearance made by Pascal Chimbonda.
    • 10:18 Steven Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 9:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Zoltan Gera. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 8:14 Unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 4:30 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 2:17 Ryan Nelsen fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 21 34 48
    2 Man Utd 22 30 47
    3 Arsenal 21 32 45
    4 Tottenham 21 20 38
    5 Man City 21 12 38
    6 Aston Villa 21 11 36
    7 Liverpool 21 12 34
    8 Birmingham 21 2 33
    9 Fulham 21 2 27
    10 Everton 21 -4 26
    11 Stoke 21 -7 25
    12 Blackburn 22 -16 24
    13 Sunderland 21 -8 23
    14 Wigan 20 -21 22
    15 Burnley 21 -21 20
    16 West Ham 21 -9 19
    17 Wolves 21 -21 19
    18 Hull 21 -22 19
    19 Bolton 19 -12 18
    20 Portsmouth 20 -14 14

    see also
    Sunday's Premier League as it happened
    17 Jan 10 |  Football
    Sunday's football photos
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    Dempsey injury rocks Fulham & US
    17 Jan 10 |  Fulham



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