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Tottenham   3 - 1   Blackburn

Jermain Defoe
Defoe celebrates scoring his 23rd goal of the season

By Aimee Lewis

Tottenham strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League with a comfortable win against Blackburn.

Spurs squandered plenty of chances before Jermain Defoe pounced, tapping in at the back post after Vedran Corluka had flicked on from a corner.

Roman Pavlyuchenko doubled the score with a long-range shot which bounced underneath goalkeeper Jason Brown.

Christopher Samba's header halved the deficit, but Pavlyuchenko sealed victory with a tap-in from six yards.

Tottenham were rarely troubled as they secured a third straight Premier League win which moved the Londoners three points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester City, albeit having played two games more than their rivals, who visit Sunderland on Sunday.

Redknapp praises Bale and Pavlyuchenko

Indeed, excluding Liverpool, Spurs have played more games than all the teams chasing the coveted final Champions League spot, but they are undoubtedly a team in form.

Tottenham should have gone into the break with more than a goal advantage, with striker Pavlyuchenko scuffing a volley wide early on and then failing to divert a menacing Gareth Bale cross on target, even though he was just yards from goal.

The majority of Tottenham's attacking threat came from Bale, with the Welshman whizzing past Rovers' 35-year-old full-back Michel Salgado with ease to provide plenty of ammunition into the box.

Blackburn, recently criticised by Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez for their pragmatic style, perhaps did not quite play with the flair of Barcelona - not many do - but, in the first half at least, the team from Lancashire did seem to have been released from their shackles.

That might be because the threat of relegation does not seem to be quite so imminent, or because David Dunn, Pascal Chimbonda and Brett Emerton, the more adventurous players in Rovers' squad, had returned to the starting line-up.

Allardyce bemoans 'generous' display

Rovers had their chances. Martin Olsson should have at least found the target when Chimbonda cut back a great ball from the left wing, while Dunn, who seemed to be barged off the ball by Corluka, had a decent penalty appeal turned down by referee Howard Webb.

It all seemed to be going to plan for the visitors until the predatory Defoe sprung into action late in the first half to score his 23rd goal of the season.

The odds were against a Blackburn fightback, bearing in mind they have won only one game away from home this season, and their task was made all the more difficult when Pavlyuchenko doubled Spurs' lead after the break.

In a blistering counter-attack, Defoe found Pavlyuchenko, whose low shot from the edge of the area squirmed underneath Brown.

Tottenham perhaps should have been awarded a penalty when Bale was brought down by the tormented Salgado, but referee Webb instead awarded Blackburn a goal-kick, which was greeted by a cacophony of boos from the home fans.

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Bale had another penalty appeal turned down, in what was an eventful match for the referee, before Rovers clawed a goal back when Samba jumped unchallenged at the back post to head home a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner.

However, Pavlyuchenko settled any Spurs nerves when he converted a terrific Bale cross from close range for his seventh goal in his last five appearances.

Nikola Kalinic seemed to have pulled a goal back with a terrific turn and shot into the top corner, but referee Webb deemed the Croatian had fouled Michael Dawson in the build-up to the strike.


Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"I felt coming here was going to be a very difficult game, people expect you to win and it doesn't always work out that way.

"They're a difficult side, they're in good form so to pick up three points is great for us.

"Gareth Bale is such an outstanding player. People forget he's only a boy. When I came here I felt he needed to learn the game, I didn't feel he'd really been taught the game.

"He had natural ability, but there was so much of his game that needed working on. I feel he's matured, he's progressed, he's got stronger and he just looks a fantastic player."

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce:
"We've been very generous to Tottenham and unfortunately that generosity has cost us getting anything out of this game.

"It really was disappointing because overall we had a lion's share of the play.

"When we review the game and review the decisions, we have to and work as hard as we can to make them right because it's committing hari-kari almost.

"It's gifting them the goals rather than them using their ability and their talents to get the ball in the back of the net."

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 3-1 Blackburn FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Defoe 45+1
  • Pavlyuchenko 55
  • Pavlyuchenko 85
  • Samba 80

Tottenham

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: WebbAtt: 35,474
TOTTENHAM
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Tottenham 51%
  • Blackburn 49%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 7
  • Blackburn 7

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 7
  • Blackburn 3

Corners

  • Tottenham 5
  • Blackburn 6

Fouls

  • Tottenham 12
  • Blackburn 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:14 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:37 Gareth Bale produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Jason Brown.
  • 90:00+2:12 Shot from 25 yards by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Steven Nzonzi gets a block in.
  • 89:09 Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Nikola Kalinic results in a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:08 Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
  • 88:08 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen comes on in place of Luka Modric.
  • 88:08 The assistant referee flags for offside against Niko Kranjcar.
  • 88:01 Niko Kranjcar decides to take the corner short.
  • 87:44 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
  • 87:08 Foul by Franco Di Santo on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:16 Header from close in by Steven Nzonzi misses to the left of the goal.
  • 84:41 Assist by Gareth Bale.
  • 84:41 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoTottenham 3 - 1 Blackburn Roman Pavlyuchenko finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 3-1 Blackburn.
  • 83:54 Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale from left wing.
  • 81:17 Substitution Jermain Defoe goes off and Peter Crouch comes on.
  • 79:25 Morten Gamst Pedersen provided the assist for the goal.
  • 79:25 GOAL - Christopher SambaTottenham 2 - 1 Blackburn Christopher Samba finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Tottenham 2-1 Blackburn.
  • 79:04 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line,
  • 78:32 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 77:41 Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. Free kick taken by Jason Brown.
  • 75:38 Franco Di Santo decides to take the corner short.
  • 74:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Gareth Bale. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:29 Substitution Gael Givet goes off and Franco Di Santo comes on.
  • 68:41 Header by Steven Nzonzi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 67:44 Jermain Defoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda. Keith Andrews takes the free kick.
  • 65:53 Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 64:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Michel Salgado takes the free kick.
  • 63:57 Luka Modric produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • Correction - 61:04 Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 61:04 Substitution Brett Emerton goes off and Keith Andrews comes on.
  • Correction - 61:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Nzonzi on Luka Modric.
  • 61:04 Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
  • 61:04 Substitution Keith Andrews is brought on as a substitute for Brett Emerton.
  • 61:04 Luka Modric fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 59:14 Roman Pavlyuchenko is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Brown takes the free kick.
  • 56:29 Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. David Dunn produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 55:55 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
  • 54:27 Jermain Defoe provided the assist for the goal.
  • 54:27 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoTottenham 2 - 0 Blackburn Roman Pavlyuchenko scores a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn.
  • 53:27 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gareth Bale.
  • 52:16 Unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.
  • 49:12 Jermain Defoe is caught offside. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.
  • 48:29 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 47:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Jason Brown.
  • 47:18 Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 46:08 Vedran Corluka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:22 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:40 Assist on the goal came from Vedran Corluka.
  • 45:00+0:40 GOAL - Jermain DefoeTottenham 1 - 0 Blackburn A goal is scored by Jermain Defoe from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn.
  • 45:00+0:18 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Niko Kranjcar,
  • 40:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Nikola Kalinic. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
  • 37:37 Niko Kranjcar challenges Pascal Chimbonda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gael Givet.
  • 36:51 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.
  • 36:31 Centre by Gareth Bale, save made by Jason Brown.
  • 35:01 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 31:54 The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
  • 30:01 Gareth Bale has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
  • 27:33 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermain Defoe. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.
  • 27:17 Handball by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Niko Kranjcar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:28 Substitution Jason Brown is brought on as a substitute for Paul Robinson.
  • 20:21 Shot by Nikola Kalinic. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
  • 19:35 Close range effort by Roman Pavlyuchenko goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 18:07 Vedran Corluka challenges Brett Emerton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
  • 15:05 Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 13:07 Unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Vedran Corluka results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:39 Niko Kranjcar takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 11:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Michael Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
  • 10:51 Effort from 12 yards by Martin Olsson. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 8:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Wilson Palacios. Shot comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, Wilson Palacios gets a block in.
  • 7:28 Shot from long range by Roman Pavlyuchenko misses to the right of the goal.
  • 5:22 Foul by Vedran Corluka on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 3:52 Nikola Kalinic fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
  • 2:30 David Dunn takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.
  • 1:55 Corner from the left by-line taken by Niko Kranjcar, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 0:18 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 29 42 64
2 Arsenal 30 38 64
3 Man Utd 29 43 63
4 Tottenham 29 25 52
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 29 16 48
7 Aston Villa 27 16 46
8 Birmingham 29 -1 44
9 Everton 29 4 42
10 Fulham 28 3 38
11 Stoke 29 -5 36
12 Blackburn 29 -17 34
13 Bolton 30 -18 32
14 Sunderland 28 -8 30
15 Wigan 29 -30 28
16 West Ham 29 -12 27
17 Wolves 29 -24 27
18 Burnley 30 -32 24
19 Hull 29 -34 24
20 Portsmouth 28 -23 19

see also
Saturday's football as it happened
13 Mar 10 |  Football
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13 Mar 10 |  Football



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