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Blackburn   0 - 2   Stoke

Robert Huth
Huth scored the first of Stoke's goals with a powerful header

By Peter Scrivener

Stoke recorded a third consecutive Premier League win over Blackburn with a convincing victory at Ewood Park.

Matthew Etherington incredibly missed from inside one yard as Stoke shaded a first half lacking in any real quality.

But after the break, Robert Huth nodded in Etherington's corner to put City 1-0 up and deep in injury time, Marc Wilson rifled in a second from 10 yards.

Blackburn's best chance fell to Grant Hanley but his back-post header was palmed round the post by Asmir Begovic.

The last time the teams met in December at Ewood Park was almost two years ago to the day, on the occasion of Sam Allardyce's first match as Blackburn manager.

Rovers won that game 3-0 but any thoughts of repeating that scoreline in their first game since new boss Steve Kean was put in charge until the end of the season, looked unlikely after a poor first half.

Kean unhappy with 'crucial' first goal

The home side failed to test visiting keeper Begovic, with Nikola Kalinic and Hanley both dragging long-range efforts well wide.

Stoke should have taken the lead through Etherington, but the winger inexplicably missed from inside one yard.

The chance came after a long throw in by Rory Delap on the Stoke right was flicked on to Etherington by Ryan Shawcross, but he somehow skewed a left-foot volley at the back post across goal and past Paul Robinson's left-hand upright.

A spate of three yellow cards in four minutes - to Blackburn's Kalinic and Stoke duo Andy Wilkinson and Shawcross - all for over-exuberant challenges, helped awaken an understandably quiet Ewood Park in time to go for a warming half-time beverage.

And whatever was said in the dressing rooms at the break certainly worked as both teams began the second half with more purpose.

Stoke pressed first and forced their first corner of the match after a couple of Delap's throw-ins caused consternation in the Rovers defence.

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And Huth became the first player to score an away goal in the six Premier League games between these sides when he rose to meet Etherington's resultant cross at the near post and flick it into the far corner with tremendous power.

Blackburn's response was swift and Morten Gamst Pedersen saw a free-kick drift narrowly wide after Begovic misjudged the flight, while Diouf had two tame efforts saved by Stoke's Bosnian stopper.

However, the visitors, who have not lost any of the seven games in which Huth has scored, looked the more likely to add to their tally with Etherington becoming increasingly more influential down their left.

In what would prove to be his final contribution before limping off injured, the wide man provided crosses for Dean Whitehead and Kenwyne Jones but both had their headers well saved by Robinson.

The England keeper then stood up well as Jones burst through to shepherd the striker wide and nullify the danger.

Rovers spent much of the last 20 minutes camped in the Stoke half but they only had a Hanley header, which Begovic pushed round the post, to show for their endeavours.

Pulis pleased to bounce back

And they were made to pay when Wilson smashed in his first goal for Stoke with a neat turn and shot after Ricardo Fuller picked him out in the penalty area.

For Stoke it was a first Premier League victory on Boxing Day, while for Rovers it was only their second defeat in 16 Premier League outings on the day after Christmas.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 0-2 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Huth 51
    • Wilson 90+3

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 25,440
    BLACKBURN
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Blackburn 49%
    • Stoke 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 8
    • Stoke 9

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 4
    • Stoke 2

    Corners

    • Blackburn 5
    • Stoke 3

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 12
    • Stoke 20
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:08 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+2:27 Ricardo Fuller provided the assist for the goal.
    • 90:00+2:27 GOAL - Marc WilsonBlackburn 0 - 2 Stoke Marc Wilson finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-2 Stoke.
    • 90:00+1:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Andy Wilkinson. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 88:41 Michel Salgado fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:41 Substitution Marc Wilson is brought on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones.
    • Correction - 86:47 Michel Salgado takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 86:47 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 84:37 Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 83:23 Substitution Jermaine Pennant leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Fuller.
    • 82:54 David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 80:58 Shot by Brett Emerton. Blocked by Robert Huth. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Grant Hanley takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:38 Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 74:00 Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance. Foul by Kenwyne Jones on Ryan Nelsen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 74:00 Substitution Glenn Whelan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matthew Etherington.
    • 72:14 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen. Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 71:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Brett Emerton. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing.
    • 71:01 Booking Matthew Etherington shown a yellow card.
    • 69:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Mame Diouf. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Grant Hanley. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth challenges Ryan Nelsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 66:31 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 64:41 Substitution David Hoilett on for David Dunn.
    • 63:46 Jermaine Pennant concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:46 Booking Jermaine Pennant is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 62:40 Centre by Matthew Etherington, Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 59:33 Mame Diouf fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen, blocked by Kenwyne Jones.
    • 59:00 Foul by Dean Whitehead on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 58:06 Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
    • 57:34 Mame Diouf takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 56:58 Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 56:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on David Dunn. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:39 Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Blocked by Mame Diouf.
    • 52:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
    • 51:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Grant Hanley. Matthew Etherington takes the free kick.
    • 50:08 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, assist by Matthew Etherington.
    • 50:08 GOAL - Robert HuthBlackburn 0 - 1 Stoke Robert Huth scores a headed goal from close in. Blackburn 0-1 Stoke.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:00 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:45 Nikola Kalinic fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
    • Correction - 43:43 Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 43:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Grant Hanley.
    • 43:43 Booking Ryan Shawcross is cautioned.
    • 42:25 Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 42:25 Booking Nikola Kalinic receives a caution.
    • 40:39 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Kenwyne Jones manages to make a clearance. Grant Hanley has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
    • 39:57 Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:57 Booking The referee shows Andy Wilkinson a yellow card.
    • 38:37 Mame Diouf fouled by Danny Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Asmir Begovic.
    • 37:31 Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Dunn. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
    • 33:13 David Dunn challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 31:56 Jonathan Walters fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
    • 29:46 Martin Olsson fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 28:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Pennant. Ryan Nelsen crosses the ball, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
    • 28:26 The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Pennant. Ryan Nelsen delivers the ball, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
    • 27:33 Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
    • 27:10 David Dunn fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Dunn.
    • 25:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Emerton on Jermaine Pennant. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:58 Gael Givet fouled by Jermaine Pennant, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 24:45 The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
    • 22:35 Jermaine Pennant fouled by Martin Olsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 21:52 Dean Whitehead challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Nelsen takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:15 Shot by Brett Emerton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 16:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Brett Emerton. Shot comes in from Matthew Etherington from the free kick, Gael Givet gets a block in. Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Mame Diouf results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson. Unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:22 Matthew Etherington produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 11:56 Nikola Kalinic has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 10:45 Nikola Kalinic has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 9:45 The referee blows for offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 8:53 The ball is swung over by Rory Delap.
    • 4:55 Mame Diouf is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
    • 3:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Pennant. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 3:38 The ball is sent over by Jermaine Pennant, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
    • 1:42 Kenwyne Jones fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Robert Huth from the free kick, blocked by Brett Emerton.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 17 22 37
    2 Man City 19 12 35
    3 Arsenal 17 15 32
    4 Chelsea 17 19 31
    5 Tottenham 18 4 30
    6 Bolton 19 7 29
    7 Sunderland 19 1 27
    8 Stoke 18 1 24
    9 Newcastle 18 -1 22
    10 Liverpool 17 -1 22
    11 Blackpool 16 -5 22
    12 West Brom 18 -7 22
    13 Blackburn 19 -7 22
    14 Everton 18 -1 21
    15 Aston Villa 18 -10 20
    16 Wigan 18 -14 19
    17 Birmingham 17 -3 18
    18 Fulham 18 -6 16
    19 West Ham 19 -13 16
    20 Wolves 18 -13 15

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