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Blackburn   3 - 0   Wolverhampton

Morten Gamst Pedersen, Brett Emerton and El-Hadji Diouf
Emerton (centre) celebrates Rovers' second at Ewood Park

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers increased the agony for Wolverhampton Wanderers and boss Mick McCarthy with a convincing victory at Ewood Park.

McCarthy's side faded after a bright start as they sunk to the bottom of the Premier League with a graphic demonstration of the defensive weakness that has dogged their season.

Wolves looked to be building on the confidence gained from a win against Sunderland that ended a run of four straight defeats as they started in style with both Stephen Ward and Ronald Zubar striking the woodwork.

But Blackburn soon showed why the visitors have not kept a clean sheet since April and ran out comfortable winners.

David Dunn headed Rovers in front after Wolves failed to deal with Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner, and Brett Emerton added a second after Jason Roberts proved too strong for Steve Mouyokolo.

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Wolves were exposed again on 55 minutes when Nelsen turned Pedersen's free-kick past Wayne Hennessey.

McCarthy's did threaten towards the end as Blackburn closed out the win, with keeper Paul Robinson saving splendidly from George Elokobi and twice from substitute Stephen Hunt - but this will have provided no consolation for the dejected McCarthy as the game was well out of reach at that stage.

In contrast, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce will be highly satisfied at how his team responded with a show of character following their 7-1 defeat at Manchester United, their worst top-flight loss in 63 years.

There was little hint of the frailty to come as Wolves opened in buoyant mood by taking the attack to Rovers instantly - and were desperately unlucky not to see their early adventure pay dividends.

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Wolves were cursing the woodwork twice in the space of seconds in the fifth minute, first when Ward's low shot struck a post and then when Zubar's curling effort bounced to safety off both the bar and the upright.

Blackburn took advantage of the reprieve to take the lead on 29 minutes as Dunn's header just crawled over the line after Nelsen headed Pedersen's corner back into the six-yard box.

And just before the interval, Emerton delivered a hammer blow to Wolves' hopes of a revival in a moment that summed up the defensive weaknesses McCarthy must address. Roberts wrestled Mouyokolo off the ball far too easily and cleverly found Emerton, who struck an emphatic finish high past Hennessey.

McCarthy made a positive double change after the break, sending on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Hunt for Mouyokolo and Michael Mancienne but Wolves were further behind before they had any opportunity to make an impact.

Rest pays off for Allardyce and Blackburn

The visitors were again incapable of dealing with a routine set piece. Pedersen's free-kick was hardly the sort to cause horrors, but they failed to react and allowed Nelsen to arrive unattended to steer a simple finish out of Hennessey's reach.

Blackburn were in the mood to make the scoreline even more convincing, and Hennessey was forced to block with his legs after Phil Jones rampaged into the penalty area past a succession of defenders.

Wolves did gave Blackburn an anxious moment with 19 minutes left when Elokobi tested Robinson with an angled drive from 20 yards, but the former England keeper was up to the challenge.

Robinson was in action again with an even better save on 79 minutes, diving low to his right to claw away Hunt's shot when it looked destined for the corner.

Hunt tested Robinson once more in stoppage time before Hennessey made one last save from Pedersen.

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 3-0 Wolves FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Dunn 29
  • Emerton 43
  • Nelsen 55

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: H WebbAtt: 22,314
    BLACKBURN
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Blackburn 48%
    • Wolves 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 7
    • Wolves 7

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 3
    • Wolves 3

    Corners

    • Blackburn 8
    • Wolves 11

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 9
    • Wolves 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:15 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:56 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:41 Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 90:00+2:06 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:49 Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 90:00+1:14 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 90:00+1:04 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 90:00+0:52 The ball is sent over by Stephen Ward, Josh Morris makes a clearance.
    • 89:37 Mame Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Foley.
    • 87:00 Unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right channel, clearance made by Gael Givet.
    • 85:50 Centre by Stephen Hunt, Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a block in.
    • 85:23 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, Brett Emerton makes a clearance.
    • 85:19 Kevin Foley sends in a cross, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 85:05 Short corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line.
    • 84:59 Kevin Foley crosses the ball, blocked by Mame Diouf.
    • 84:40 George Elokobi crosses the ball, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
    • 83:45 Gael Givet fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:45 Booking Caution for Stephen Hunt.
    • 82:37 Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 81:47 Substitution Benjani Mwaruwari joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jason Roberts.
    • 81:36 The ball is delivered by Kevin Foley, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:24 Effort from inside the area by Kevin Doyle misses to the left of the goal.
    • 77:51 Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Gael Givet.
    • 77:31 Centre by Kevin Doyle, Effort on goal by Stephen Hunt from 12 yards. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 76:42 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
    • 75:23 The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:17 Matthew Jarvis fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
    • 71:54 Mame Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:54 Substitution Josh Morris on for El-Hadji Diouf.
    • 70:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Stephen Hunt misses to the left of the goal.
    • 70:08 George Elokobi takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 69:36 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:29 Centre by Kevin Doyle, Christopher Samba gets a block in.
    • 68:43 Phil Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
    • 67:12 Mame Diouf fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick.
    • 67:12 Booking Christophe Berra is cautioned.
    • 65:45 Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
    • 65:39 Stephen Ward delivers the ball, blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 64:21 Stephen Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Emerton. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
    • 63:47 The referee blows for offside against Mame Diouf. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 62:45 The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 62:31 The ball is sent over by Kevin Foley, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 61:32 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
    • 61:02 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 60:34 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is caught offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 58:38 The offside flag is raised against Brett Emerton. Ronald Zubar takes the free kick.
    • 58:09 Kevin Foley delivers the ball, Michel Salgado manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:03 A cross is delivered by Stephen Hunt, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:19 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 54:36 Kevin Foley concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. The assist for the goal came from Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 54:36 GOAL - Ryan NelsenBlackburn 3 - 0 Wolverhampton Ryan Nelsen scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 53:22 El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 52:34 Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, El-Hadji Diouf manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:22 Substitution Stephen Hunt replaces Michael Mancienne.
    • 51:22 Substitution David Dunn goes off and Mame Diouf comes on.
    • 50:55 Kevin Doyle crosses the ball, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
    • 48:25 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, David Dunn manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:52 Jason Roberts is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 47:27 Ronald Zubar challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:41 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is brought on as a substitute for Steven Mouyokolo.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:14 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ronald Zubar by Jason Roberts. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:40 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 44:35 The ball is swung over by Michel Salgado, blocked by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 44:20 The ball is swung over by Michel Salgado, Kevin Foley makes a clearance.
    • 43:30 Foul by Brett Emerton on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Gael Givet.
    • 43:23 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball.
    • 42:03 Assist on the goal came from Jason Roberts.
    • 42:03 GOAL - Brett EmertonBlackburn 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Brett Emerton gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Blackburn 2-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 38:24 Jason Roberts is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 37:29 The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 36:31 George Elokobi challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 35:01 Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:25 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by George Elokobi.
    • 33:32 Michel Salgado fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ronald Zubar manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:40 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Stephen Ward.
    • 32:11 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
    • 30:52 Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Michel Salgado. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:35 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 30:19 The referee gives a free kick against El-Hadji Diouf for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.
    • 28:33 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Ryan Nelsen provided the assist for the goal.
    • 28:33 GOAL - David DunnBlackburn 1 - 0 Wolverhampton David Dunn scores a headed goal from close range. Blackburn 1-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 25:30 Ryan Nelsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Steven Mouyokolo takes the free kick.
    • 25:23 Brett Emerton produces a cross, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
    • 24:59 The ball is delivered by Michael Mancienne, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 24:00 Steven Mouyokolo challenges Jason Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 23:37 Centre by George Elokobi.
    • 22:03 El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross.
    • 19:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Foley on Gael Givet. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Michael Mancienne. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.
    • 16:08 The referee gives a free kick against Matthew Jarvis for handball. Shot on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick.
    • 14:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas by Brett Emerton. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
    • 13:31 Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brett Emerton. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 11:50 Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Foul by Christopher Samba on Kevin Foley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 11:41 The ball is delivered by David Dunn, Ronald Zubar gets a block in.
    • 11:03 El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross.
    • 10:43 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 10:13 Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
    • 10:07 Morten Gamst Pedersen sends in a cross, clearance by George Elokobi.
    • 8:53 Effort from inside the area by Brett Emerton misses to the left of the target.
    • 8:29 Kevin Foley sends in a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:40 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf.
    • 7:30 Brett Emerton sends in a cross, Ronald Zubar manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:49 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 5:10 Shot by Ronald Zubar from deep inside the penalty area hits the post.
    • 4:35 A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Stephen Ward takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 4:11 The referee blows for offside against David Dunn. Ronald Zubar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:42 The ball is crossed by Brett Emerton, Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
    • 1:46 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:11 Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 0:31 Kevin Doyle crosses the ball, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Arsenal 16 16 32
    2 Man Utd 15 19 31
    3 Chelsea 16 19 30
    4 Man City 16 9 29
    5 Tottenham 16 3 26
    6 Bolton 16 5 23
    7 Stoke 16 0 21
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    14 Birmingham 16 -2 18
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    19 West Ham 15 -12 12
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