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Stoke   1 - 0   Blackburn

Jon Walters
Jon Walters starts his celebrations after putting Stoke ahead

By Owen Phillips

Jon Walters grabbed his first Premier League goal as Stoke beat Blackburn to go seventh in the table and take their unbeaten league run to four games.

Walters ran onto Matthew Etherington's astute pass following a Kenywne Jones flick-on and finished coolly.

Stoke were good value for their win and Etherington, who almost scored three other times, was key to their success.

Rovers played their part in an open game with Brett Emerton going closest when his shot was cleared off the line.

Had Blackburn scored then during their best spell before the break, Stoke's recent upturn would have been in serious doubt.

But unlike every previous Premier League match this term - where the Potters had fallen behind - they had the alien task of having to defend a lead.

Pulis pleased with Stoke progress

And they did it without too much trouble.

Much of the pre-match build-up had predicted a miserable spectacle between two sides with a reputation for a physical approach and long-ball football.

But after a worrying first few minutes where passes were pumped aimlessly forward and a long throw was hurled goalwards from near the halfway line, both teams started to offer glimpses of quality.

It was Stoke who showed first, with several fine passages of a play and a neat turn and curled 20-yard effort from Kenwyne Jones their best effort on goal.

Rovers also began to settle and only some smart thinking from Ryan Shawcross, who dropped back on his line to head clear Emerton's athletic dipping volley, prevented the visitors from taking the lead.

El-Hadji Diouf was also looking dangerous, especially against Stoke's makeshift right-back Robert Huth.

The German never looked comfortable out wide and was booked as he struggled to come to terms with his role.

Tony Pulis' men also looked threatening from their tried and trusted long-throw bombardment.

Allardyce blames defence for defeat

However the towering figures of Blackburn's central defensive duo Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen were well equipped to deal with Rory Delap's baliistics.

Stoke looked much more effective when they got the ball into the feet of wingers Jermaine Pennant and Etherington.

The former West Ham winger twice fired decent attempts into the side netting towards the end of the first half, first with a fierce strike from 18 yards and moments later a volley from Pennant's cross.

Phil Jones then went close for Blackburn at the other end in frantic spell, but his shot was blocked after an incisive move.

After the interval the excellent Etherington continued to pose the greatest threat and it was no surprise his involvement led to the crucial moment in the match.

The winger showed great touch to control Kenwyne Jones' flicked header and then released Walters with a well-weighted and perfectly-timed pass.

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Walters ran across his man and finished neatly beyond Paul Robinson, who did well to get a touch on the shot.

Etherington then had a free-kick well saved by Robinson and also saw the keeper pull off a top-class stop to keep out a left-foot cross-shot after a Walters through-ball.

The last 30 minutes saw Sam Allardyce's men desperately trying to force an equaliser but they barely threatened from open play and rarely looked like scoring from set-pieces.

And the Potters, who were in the bottom three before last Sunday's spirited comeback victory against Newcastle, maintained their composure to secure the points and keep their first clean sheet in the league this season.

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 1-0 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Walters 48

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Ref: H WebbAtt: 25,515
    STOKE
    BLACKBURN

    Possession

    • Stoke 50%
    • Blackburn 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Stoke 11
    • Blackburn 4

    Attempts off target

    • Stoke 7
    • Blackburn 3

    Corners

    • Stoke 8
    • Blackburn 6

    Fouls

    • Stoke 8
    • Blackburn 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:08 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+0:42 Glenn Whelan takes the outswinging corner, Robert Huth produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 90:00+0:02 Substitution Rory Delap leaves the field to be replaced by Glenn Whelan.
    • 88:55 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Marc Wilson coming on for Matthew Etherington.
    • 88:06 Direct free kick taken by Martin Olsson.
    • 88:06 Booking Rory Delap is cautioned.
    • 88:01 Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones.
    • 87:11 Header by Steven Nzonzi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 85:44 Substitution Morten Gamst Pedersen goes off and David Hoilett comes on.
    • 82:57 Ricardo Fuller has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 81:04 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 80:38 Michel Salgado fouled by Kenwyne Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:22 Kenwyne Jones produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 76:32 Substitution Ricardo Fuller replaces Jermaine Pennant.
    • 75:59 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington.
    • 74:41 Substitution Benjani Mwaruwari is brought on as a substitute for Brett Emerton.
    • 73:19 Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, Kenwyne Jones produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 73:05 Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
    • 71:36 Jonathan Walters is caught offside. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:55 Brett Emerton produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 66:52 Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 65:05 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jermaine Pennant.
    • 64:37 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
    • 62:06 Foul by Brett Emerton on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 61:23 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:18 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:47 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
    • 57:20 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 56:58 Martin Olsson challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 54:52 Martin Olsson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • 53:13 Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 53:13 Substitution Martin Olsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing El-Hadji Diouf.
    • 53:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Rory Delap.
    • 52:08 Matthew Etherington produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 52:08 Booking Steven Nzonzi shown a yellow card.
    • 51:21 Steven Nzonzi challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 47:44 Assist by Matthew Etherington.
    • 47:44 GOAL - Jonathan WaltersStoke 1 - 0 Blackburn Jonathan Walters grabs a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Blackburn.
    • 45:29 Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
    • 45:29 Booking El-Hadji Diouf is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:22 El-Hadji Diouf challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:03 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 44:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Sorensen by Christopher Samba. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 43:59 Unfair challenge on Mame Diouf by Abdoulaye Faye results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 43:05 Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
    • 39:28 Jermaine Pennant fouled by Gael Givet, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
    • 38:41 Phil Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 36:41 Steven Nzonzi challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:50 Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Close range header by Robert Huth goes over the bar.
    • 35:27 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 34:37 Shot from just outside the area by Matthew Etherington misses to the left of the target.
    • 33:14 Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 33:14 Booking Gael Givet is cautioned.
    • 32:44 Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant.
    • 28:59 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 28:39 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
    • 28:18 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
    • 27:31 El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:12 Mame Diouf challenges Abdoulaye Faye unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:41 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
    • 24:41 Booking Robert Huth is shown a yellow card.
    • 24:22 Robert Huth challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 23:43 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
    • 22:18 Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, Phil Jones makes a clearance.
    • 21:41 Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins.
    • 18:45 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 17:05 Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:21 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
    • 11:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Mame Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 9:59 Jermaine Pennant takes a short corner.
    • 9:39 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 7:49 Mame Diouf is ruled offside. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:16 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
    • 5:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Michel Salgado. Danny Collins crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 4:14 Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 2:16 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 2 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

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

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