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Blackburn   1 - 0   Everton

By Chris Charles

Tim Howard
Tim Howard looks on in despair after gifting Blackburn their goal

A horrible blunder from Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard gifted Blackburn the points at Ewood Park.

The American inexplicably dropped the ball when he came to collect a cross in the 14th minute and Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic nipped in to score.

Everton plugged away for the equaliser but, although their passing was neat, they lacked a cutting edge up front.

Blackburn stuck to their task well but Paul Robinson needed to be at his best at the death to deny Phil Jagielka.

Ewood Park was bathed in sunshine before the match as Rovers paid tribute to benefactor Jack Walker on the 10th anniversary of his death, and Walker would have been proud of the way his team acquitted themselves.

They had a great chance to open the scoring with three minutes on the clock when Morten Gamst Pedersen put Martin Olsson clean through on goal. The Swede lofted the ball over the on-rushing Howard but it comfortably cleared the bar.

Team performance pleases Allardyce

The home side were dealt a big blow when David Dunn was forced to leave the action after just nine minutes with what looked like a groin strain, sustained as he stretched to make a challenge.

The injury-plagued midfielder cut a frustrated figure as he was replaced by Steven Nzonzi.

Everton, wearing their new lurid pink away shirts, played a patient passing game but their attacking threat was easily blunted by the Blackburn defence, while 18-year-old Phil Jones was particularly impressive for Sam Allardyce's side in the middle.

Everton's back four, on the other hand, were looking a little shaky, although it was Howard who gifted Rovers the opener on 14 minutes.

The American came to collect a cross but the ball wormed out of his grasp and into the path of a grateful Kalinic, who tucked it into the empty net.

As the first half wore on, Everton began to pose more of a threat and Tim Cahill had their first shot on target, but Paul Robinson was quickly down to snuff out the danger.

It was all Everton now, with Leon Osman next to home in on goal. The winger wriggled his way towards the Blackburn penalty area and won a free-kick just outside the box after being halted by a stray boot.

Mikel Arteta's kick was deflected behind off the wall, but from the resultant corner, Marouane Fellaini back-heeled the ball into the path of Steven Pienaar, whose shot was dropped by Robinson.

The former England number one, who retired from international football at the start of the week, was relieved to see his defenders clear the threat.

Rovers began the second half in the ascendancy, with Jones again at the heart of the action, this time driving forward 60 yards before the move broke down. The teenager, who made his England Under-21 debut against Uzbekistan on Tuesday, looks an exciting prospect.

Everton continued to press for an equaliser but after seeing wayward shots from Jagielka and Arteta, Toffees boss David Moyes decided it was time for a change, bringing on debutant Jermaine Beckford - signed on a free from Leeds in the summer - for Osman.

Allardyce responded by taking off goalscorer Kalinic and introducing Mame Biram Diouf, on loan from Manchester United.

Moyes remains optimistic despite defeat

The Senegal frontman made an immediate impact, using his electrifying pace to good effect, and was denied his first goal by a combination of Howard and the offside flag.

Diouf was involved again minutes later, freeing Jones on the left. The youngster cut in, but was stopped by a last-ditch tackle from Sylvain Distin as he prepared to shoot.

Rovers went even closer soon after, Steven Nzonzi heading over from El-Hadji Diouf's pinpoint cross when perhaps he should have done better.

A minute later, a cheeky chip from Mikel Arteta caused mayhem in the Blackburn defence. Three times substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov looked as if he was going to score but Rovers somehow scrambled it clear.

Everton almost snatched an equaliser right at the end, but Robinson did well to palm away Jagielka's stinging effort, ensuring Blackburn got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 1-0 Everton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Kalinic 14

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 25,869
    BLACKBURN
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Blackburn 42%
    • Everton 58%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 3
    • Everton 12

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 5
    • Everton 5

    Corners

    • Blackburn 1
    • Everton 3

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 19
    • Everton 14
    • Final Result
    • 94:06 The match has kicked off.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:46 Jermaine Beckford has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
    • 90:00+1:44 Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Brilliant save by Paul Robinson. Effort from 12 yards by Jack Rodwell. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 90:00+1:11 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 90:00+0:42 The ball is delivered by Phil Neville, save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 90:00 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 88:55 Headed effort from inside the box by Jack Rodwell misses to the right of the target.
    • 87:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:14 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
    • 85:39 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
    • 85:24 El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, save by Tim Howard.
    • 84:03 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 81:37 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 80:05 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 79:31 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
    • 78:40 Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 77:47 Header by Steven Nzonzi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 77:03 Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:03 Substitution Marouane Fellaini goes off and Jack Rodwell comes on.
    • 77:03 Foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded.
    • 76:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:44 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 75:06 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 74:18 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 73:50 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 73:43 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 72:46 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 72:46 Substitution Louis Saha leaves the field to be replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 72:41 Attacking throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
    • 72:16 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
    • 72:02 Mame Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:38 Attacking throw-in by Sylvain Distin (Everton).
    • 71:06 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
    • 70:55 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
    • 70:14 Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:14 Booking Michel Salgado is given a yellow card.
    • 70:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Michel Salgado.
    • 69:30 Louis Saha takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 68:21 Shot from deep inside the area by Ryan Nelsen clears the bar.
    • 67:41 Phil Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line.
    • 67:17 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 66:50 The offside flag is raised against Mame Diouf. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
    • 66:31 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 66:14 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
    • 65:27 Phil Jones challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 64:48 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mame Diouf. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
    • 63:56 Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Leighton Baines.
    • 63:56 Booking Tim Cahill is shown a yellow card.
    • 63:51 The referee gives a free kick against Tim Cahill for handball.
    • 63:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Michel Salgado. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 61:06 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 60:26 Shot by Phil Jones from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 59:28 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 59:28 Substitution Mame Diouf on for Nikola Kalinic.
    • 59:04 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 57:55 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 57:55 Substitution Jermaine Beckford on for Leon Osman.
    • 57:55 Mikel Arteta has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 57:08 Attacking throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
    • 56:34 Shot by Phil Jagielka missed to the left of goal.
    • 56:15 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 55:51 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 54:53 Foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 53:49 El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:07 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
    • 52:37 Defending throw-in by Gael Givet (Blackburn).
    • 51:59 Handball by Tim Cahill. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 51:25 Unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:52 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 50:04 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 48:49 The official flags El-Hadji Diouf offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
    • 47:53 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 47:27 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 46:10 Leighton Baines challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Tim Howard.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:29 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 45:00+0:34 El-Hadji Diouf challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00 The match has reached half-time.
    • 44:41 Michel Salgado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
    • 42:12 Foul by Steven Pienaar on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
    • 41:23 Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 41:23 Booking Booking for Morten Gamst Pedersen for unsporting behaviour.
    • 41:15 Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick.
    • 39:34 Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 39:05 Attacking throw-in by Mikel Arteta (Everton).
    • 38:11 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 37:25 Foul by Mikel Arteta on Phil Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 35:15 Foul by Phil Jones on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line. Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 34:06 Louis Saha takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 32:28 El-Hadji Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 31:52 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 31:44 Centre by Phil Neville, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 30:40 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • 30:27 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
    • Correction - 29:18 Leon Osman takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 29:18 Shot by Leon Osman (Everton) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Christopher Samba (Blackburn). Shot by Tim Cahill (Everton) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 28:16 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 27:42 Nikola Kalinic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 27:14 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
    • 25:12 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 24:46 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 23:42 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 21:34 Foul by Phil Jones on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
    • 20:33 Shot from close range by Nikola Kalinic clears the bar.
    • 19:27 Unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 19:08 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 18:53 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 18:47 The ball is crossed by Leon Osman.
    • 17:57 Unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:20 Steven Nzonzi challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:37 Louis Saha concedes a free kick for a foul on Christopher Samba. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 15:38 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:54 GOAL - Nikola KalinicBlackburn 1 - 0 Everton Nikola Kalinic finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Everton.
    • 12:51 The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 12:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Sylvain Distin. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 9:35 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 8:35 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Steven Nzonzi coming on for David Dunn.
    • 6:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Saha on Christopher Samba. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 6:41 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 6:24 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 5:26 Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 4:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Leighton Baines. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 4:03 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
    • 3:15 Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).
    • 2:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Louis Saha on Gael Givet. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:41 Effort on goal by Martin Olsson from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 1:27 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 0:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christopher Samba on Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 1 6 3
    2 Blackpool 1 4 3
    3 Aston Villa 1 3 3
    4 Wolves 1 1 3
    5 Blackburn 1 1 3
    6 Birmingham 1 0 1
    7 Sunderland 1 0 1
    8 Bolton 1 0 1
    9 Fulham 1 0 1
    10 Man City 1 0 1
    11 Tottenham 1 0 1
    12 Arsenal 0 0 0
    13 Liverpool 0 0 0
    14 Man Utd 0 0 0
    15 Newcastle 0 0 0
    16 Stoke 1 -1 0
    17 Everton 1 -1 0
    18 West Ham 1 -3 0
    19 Wigan 1 -4 0
    20 West Brom 1 -6 0

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