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Tottenham   4 - 2   Blackburn

Tottenham goalscorers Gareth Bale (left) and Roman Pavlyuchenko
Bale (left) and Pavlyuchenko were key figures for Spurs

By Mandeep Sanghera

Tottenham got their Premier League campaign emphatically back on track with a comfortable win over Blackburn.

Gareth Bale headed Spurs in front before Roman Pavlyuchenko missed a chance when clean through and also failed to convert a penalty.

Pavlyuchenko atoned for his errors with a far-post header and strikes by Peter Crouch and Bale put Spurs out of reach.

Ryan Nelsen touched in a David Dunn shot and Gael Givet drove in an 18-yard strike as Rovers rallied late on.

But their efforts will be scant consolation for manager Sam Allardyce, who might have been hopeful of giving Tottenham a real test following his side's midweek victory at Newcastle.

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But Spurs turned the boos which rang out at White Hart Lane after their draw with Sunderland to cheers as they stayed within striking distance of the top four by playing with a swagger and style which is such a feature of their game when at their best.

Bale, who has been one of the revelations of the season, was again a key figure for the home side and the creativity, vision and trickery of Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric added another dimension to their attack.

Welsh winger Bale got the ball rolling for the home side when he produced a well-timed run to meet a Van der Vaart corner and steered in a near-post header.

Modric was then harshly booked for diving when he went over the outstretched leg of defender Michel Salgado in the box before Pavlyuchenko wasted two glorious opportunities.

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The Russian international, who can be as infuriating as he is impressive on other occasions, had only keeper Paul Robinson to beat after a poor backpass by Rovers defender Phil Jones, only to shoot high.

A foul by ex-Spurs stopper Robinson on Crouch then gave Pavlyuchenko a chance from the spot to extend Tottenham's lead, but he carelessly sidefooted wide.

However, when Bale sent over a cross to the far post, Pavlyuchenko found himself unmarked and guided a header past the over-worked Robinson.

Blackburn's best chances came when Nikola Kalinic produced a lovely turn and shot, which was beaten away by Heurelho Gomes, before Morten Gamst Pedersen had a strike cleared off the line by centre-back William Gallas.

Allardyce points finger at defence

But, when Givet dallied after a Pavlyucheko shot was parried to him by Robinson, Crouch robbed him of possession and shot into the roof of the net.

There was a touch of controversy about Tottenham's fourth as the ball appeared to strike Van der Vaart's arm during the move which led to Bale scoring from 12 yards.

Thereafter, Blackburn were playing for pride and Nelsen and Givet at least gave the scoreline a margin of respectability.

But Blackburn's efforts came too late and Spurs moved to within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City with the win.


Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan:
"At the moment Bale is a provider and he is also scoring goals.

"He is so positive going forward but he does a shift when we have not got the ball. He has the energy to do that.

"The way we played the game was fantastic. We played some great football."

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce:
"The game from my point of view as a defensive unit was diabolical and as an attacking unit very exciting.

"It's no good gifting the opposition four goals before you start putting the ball in the back of the net.

"We gave ourselves too bigger mountain to climb by not doing the basic defending right. We will just have to take it on the chin."

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 4-2 Blackburn FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Bale 16
  • Pavlyuchenko 42
  • Crouch 69
  • Bale 75
  • Nelsen 80
  • Givet 90

Tottenham

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 35,700
TOTTENHAM
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Tottenham 62%
  • Blackburn 38%

Attempts on target

  • Tottenham 12
  • Blackburn 8

Attempts off target

  • Tottenham 8
  • Blackburn 4

Corners

  • Tottenham 12
  • Blackburn 6

Fouls

  • Tottenham 11
  • Blackburn 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:14 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:24 Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale.
  • 90:00+2:14 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 89:13 GOAL - Gael GivetTottenham 4 - 2 Blackburn Gael Givet finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 4-2 Blackburn.
  • 88:18 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Raniere Sandro coming on for Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 87:53 Alan Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 87:25 Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 84:15 Substitution Rafael Van der Vaart goes off and Wilson Palacios comes on.
  • 82:57 Corner taken by David Dunn from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 82:41 Jason Roberts sends in a cross, El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Clearance by Younes Kaboul.
  • 81:50 Foul by Christopher Samba on Younes Kaboul, free kick awarded. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:24 David Dunn takes the direct free kick.
  • 81:24 Booking The referee cautions William Gallas for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:15 Jason Roberts fouled by William Gallas, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 80:33 Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 80:33 Booking The referee books El-Hadji Diouf for unsporting behaviour.
  • 80:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Gareth Bale.
  • Correction - 79:08 GOAL - Ryan NelsenTottenham 4 - 1 Blackburn Ryan Nelsen grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 4-1 Blackburn.
  • 79:08 Blocked by Ryan Nelsen. David Dunn provided the assist for the goal.
  • 79:08 GOAL - David DunnTottenham 4 - 1 Blackburn A goal is scored by David Dunn from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 4-1 Blackburn.
  • Correction - 78:38 Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Brett Emerton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. David Dunn takes a shot.
  • 78:38 Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brett Emerton.
  • 77:56 Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 76:15 Unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Brett Emerton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
  • 74:56 Rafael Van der Vaart provided the assist for the goal.
  • 74:56 GOAL - Gareth BaleTottenham 4 - 0 Blackburn Gareth Bale grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 4-0 Blackburn.
  • 74:52 Alan Hutton crosses the ball.
  • 74:18 Foul by Brett Emerton on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. William Gallas takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:37 The referee blows for offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:44 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 70:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brett Emerton by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Dunn, Benoit Assou-Ekotto manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:36 David Hoilett takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 68:10 GOAL - Peter CrouchTottenham 3 - 0 Blackburn Peter Crouch gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Blackburn.
  • 68:08 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 66:58 The offside flag is raised against David Hoilett. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 66:32 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 62:58 Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Christopher Samba results in a free kick. Jermaine Jenas takes the free kick.
  • 62:14 Substitution David Dunn comes on in place of Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 61:39 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Clearance made by William Gallas.
  • 61:04 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 54:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Emerton on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart. Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Blocked by El-Hadji Diouf. Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 54:06 Jermaine Jenas takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:06 Booking Caution for Christopher Samba.
  • 54:03 Handball by Christopher Samba.
  • 52:07 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a short corner.
  • 51:49 Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
  • 49:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Alan Hutton. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Rafael Van der Vaart gets a block in. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
  • 48:47 Christopher Samba takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 48:16 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, William Gallas makes a clearance.
  • 47:50 Short corner worked by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 47:16 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:32 Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 46:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Gallas by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 45:48 Luka Modric has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:10 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+1:53 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by William Gallas.
  • 45:00+0:53 Rafael Van der Vaart has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:00 Substitution Jason Roberts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nikola Kalinic.
  • 44:33 David Hoilett fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left wing, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:42 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale.
  • 43:33 Alan Hutton sends in a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 41:32 The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale,
  • 41:31 Gareth Bale provided the assist for the goal.
  • 41:31 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoTottenham 2 - 0 Blackburn Roman Pavlyuchenko finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn.
  • 41:00 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 40:40 A cross is delivered by David Hoilett, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
  • 38:04 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 36:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pascal Chimbonda by Gareth Bale. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:06 Substitution El-Hadji Diouf joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michel Salgado.
  • Correction - 33:31 Younes Kaboul challenges Nikola Kalinic unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 33:31 Unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Younes Kaboul results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 30:38 Penalty missed by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
  • 30:38 Jermaine Jenas fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 27:54 Effort on goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 26:16 Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Bale, Younes Kaboul produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 24:43 Booking The referee shows Luka Modric a yellow card.
  • 22:44 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Header by Christopher Samba from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • Correction - 22:31 Brett Emerton produces a curled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
  • 22:31 Effort on goal by Brett Emerton from 25 yards. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
  • 21:21 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen gets a block in.
  • 19:52 Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
  • 18:08 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, clearance made by Gael Givet. Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:39 The ball is crossed by Pascal Chimbonda, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
  • 15:50 The assist for the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 15:50 GOAL - Gareth BaleTottenham 1 - 0 Blackburn Gareth Bale grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn.
  • 15:25 The ball is delivered by Jermaine Jenas, clearance by Ryan Nelsen. Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart,
  • 13:09 Handball decision goes against Michel Salgado. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 12:25 Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Hutton on Pascal Chimbonda. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 11:35 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Michel Salgado.
  • 11:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Christopher Samba. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:45 Luka Modric takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
  • 9:06 Roman Pavlyuchenko delivers the ball, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:58 Christopher Samba fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:15 Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in. Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 6:38 Foul by Christopher Samba on Jermaine Jenas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
  • 4:44 William Gallas takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand upright.
  • Correction - 2:32 Shot from just outside the box by Gareth Bale goes over the bar.
  • 2:32 Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 1:44 Corner taken by Luka Modric, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 1:19 The referee blows for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:47 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Gael Givet gets a block in.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 12 23 28
2 Man Utd 13 11 25
3 Arsenal 12 13 23
4 Man City 13 5 22
5 Bolton 13 2 19
6 Tottenham 13 1 19
7 Newcastle 13 5 18
8 Aston Villa 13 -3 17
9 Sunderland 12 -1 16
10 Stoke 13 -3 16
11 Liverpool 13 -4 16
12 West Brom 13 -6 16
13 Everton 12 2 15
14 Blackburn 13 -3 15
15 Blackpool 13 -7 15
16 Fulham 13 0 14
17 Wigan 13 -11 14
18 Birmingham 13 -3 13
19 Wolves 13 -10 9
20 West Ham 13 -11 9

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