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West Brom   1 - 3   Blackburn

Kalinic scores
Nikola Kalinic sealed Blackburn's first win since the departure of Sam Allardyce

By Kevin Darling

Nikola Kalinic scored twice and was then sent off as Blackburn beat West Brom to give Steve Kean his first win as Rovers manager.

Kalinic struck after three minutes with a cool finish but Jerome Thomas bundled in Somen Tchoyi's cross to level.

Rovers took control with two headers from set-pieces, Kalinic converted the first and Mame Diouf also nodded home.

Kalinic later saw red for a rash tackle on Paul Scharner before Gabriel Tamas was dismissed for bringing down Diouf.

Rovers' victory came courtesy of two second-half goals from corners that would have made former manager Sam Allardyce proud - but it is his replacement Kean who will be taking the plaudits after masterminding his first win as a Premier League manager.

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Croat Kalinic was the game's star man but Rovers were also aided by some poor defending from West Brom, whose lapses at the back undid their excellent work on the ball and condemned Roberto di Matteo's Baggies side to a third straight defeat.

Rovers arrived in the Black Country in a certain amount of turmoil with Kean winless in his first two matches, including a home defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day where live chickens were used in fan protests at the club's new poultry-producing owners, the Venky Group.

But the visitors started the game in stunning fashion when Morten Gamst Pedersen dinked forward a clever looping pass and Kalinic beat the offside trap, surged into the box and beautifully placed the ball past goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Di Matteo unhappy with defensive 'switch off'

The Baggies almost hit back instantly when Graham Dorrans broke from midfield and pulled the trigger from 15 yards but Paul Robinson did superbly to tip the Scot's drive around the post.

In a frenetic opening to the game, Kalinic was unlucky not to grab a second when his curling effort narrowly missed the top corner, before James Morrison's 30-yard drive whistled past the post.

Morrison then played a pivotal role in West Brom's equaliser, powering through the middle and feeding Tchoyi, whose low, teasing right-wing cross was poked in by Thomas at the far post.

Rovers lost keeper Robinson to a calf problem at half-time and his replacement Mark Bunn, making his Premier League debut, was immediately called into action - pushing away a vicious Peter Odemwingie drive at the near post.

Blackburn then regained the lead with a simplest of set-piece goals - Pedersen floated in a corner, an unmarked Ryan Nelsen headed back across goal and Kalinic had the easy task of nodding home for his second of the match.

Kalinic could have sealed a hat-trick minutes later following a dreadful lapse from Carson, who passed the ball straight to the striker's feet yards from goal but the Croat failed to control it.

The visitors did not have long to wait for their third goal and once again they were helped by poor West Brom defending.

Replacing Allardyce was 'difficult' - Kean

Pedersen took a short corner and El-Hadji Diouf was given time to send in a cross for Mame Diouf to stoop and head home from close range.

A moment of madness from double goalscorer Kalinic put Rovers' fate back in the balance when the Croat caught Scharner with a late, dangerous lunge and was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd.

The inevitable Baggies onslaught followed as substitute Simon Cox saw his strike excellently parried by keeper Bunn, with Cox heading the rebound down into the ground and agonisingly over the bar.

Scharner then headed a Dorrans free-kick against the crossbar, with Tchoyi unable to turn in the follow-up as the Baggies saw their hopes of salvaging a point slip away.

Mame Diouf missed a chance to put the game to bed when he fired straight at Carson.

But the visitors' win was all but sealed when Diouf was hauled down by Tamas as he raced towards goal late on and the Romanian was duly sent off.


West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo:
"Today was bad defending. Generally we haven't conceded too many goals from set pieces but today we conceded two.

"We need to be better and pay attention defensively because you get punished very quickly.

"In the first half we got ourselves back into the game and created chances but it is difficult to win games if we concede all the time."

Blackburn manager Steve Kean:
"It is a buoyant dressing room. Today we showed our togetherness.

"Paul Robinson was feeling his calf but he wanted to give it a go and Michel Salgado was up all night being sick, but he wanted to play.

"To get a victory with lads that were a bit under the weather and to play the way we did against a very good West Brom team was fantastic, especially for the travelling fans."

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 1-3 Blackburn FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Thomas 17
  • Kalinic 3
  • Kalinic 53
  • Diouf 62

West Brom

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 24,440
WEST BROM
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • West Brom 55%
  • Blackburn 45%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 11
  • Blackburn 4

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 10
  • Blackburn 2

Corners

  • West Brom 8
  • Blackburn 5

Fouls

  • West Brom 9
  • Blackburn 13
  • Final Result
  • 94:52 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:09 Corner from the left by-line taken by Nicky Shorey, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 90:00+3:02 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans, Giles Barnes takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • 90:00+2:46 Simon Cox takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.
  • 90:00+1:16 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:52 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 90:00+0:04 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:25 Somen Tchoyi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. David Hoilett takes the free kick.
  • 86:58 Gabriel Tamas challenges Mame Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:58 Sent off The referee shows Gabriel Tamas a red card.
  • 82:22 Somen Tchoyi produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 81:20 Substitution Benjani Mwaruwari joins the action as a substitute, replacing El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 80:50 Shot on goal by Graham Dorrans from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 79:56 Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Grant Hanley results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Graham Dorrans, Paul Scharner takes a shot.
  • 78:58 Shot from just outside the box by Peter Odemwingie goes over the crossbar.
  • Correction - 78:27 Effort from 20 yards by Mame Diouf. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 78:27 Mame Diouf has a drilled shot. Comfortable save by Scott Carson.
  • 77:52 Foul by Giles Barnes on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:26 Booking Mark Bunn goes into the book for time wasting.
  • 75:14 Simon Cox has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 74:02 Foul by Brett Emerton on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • Correction - 73:24 Simon Cox takes a shot. Simon Cox produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar. Save by Mark Bunn.
  • Correction - 73:24 Substitution Gonzalo Jara leaves the field to be replaced by Giles Barnes.
  • 73:24 Simon Cox takes a shot. Header from deep inside the penalty area by Simon Cox goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 73:24 Substitution Gonzalo Jara leaves the field to be replaced by Giles Barnes.
  • 70:05 Paul Scharner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:05 Booking El-Hadji Diouf booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:09 A cross is delivered by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 68:28 Mame Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Paul Scharner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:53 Nikola Kalinic concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scharner. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 63:53 Substitution Simon Cox on for James Morrison.
  • 63:53 Sent off The referee sends off Nikola Kalinic for serious foul play.
  • 61:37 Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line. Assist on the goal came from El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 61:37 GOAL - Mame DioufWest Brom 1 - 3 Blackburn Mame Diouf finds the net with a headed goal from close range. West Brom 1-3 Blackburn.
  • 60:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
  • 59:13 Corner taken by Graham Dorrans, Mark Bunn makes a save.
  • 59:00 The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey, blocked by Mark Bunn.
  • 57:33 Graham Dorrans produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 56:25 Jerome Thomas fouled by Mame Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.
  • 55:40 A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 52:53 The assist for the goal came from Ryan Nelsen.
  • 52:53 GOAL - Nikola KalinicWest Brom 1 - 2 Blackburn Nikola Kalinic finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-2 Blackburn.
  • 52:42 Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf,
  • 52:17 Corner from left by-line taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 51:26 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line.
  • 51:26 Substitution David Hoilett is brought on as a substitute for Michel Salgado.
  • 47:37 David Dunn concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. Graham Dorrans delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 46:36 Short corner worked by Graham Dorrans.
  • 46:20 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Grant Hanley makes a save.
  • 45:38 The offside flag is raised against Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mark Bunn comes on in place of Paul Robinson.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:46 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:16 Short corner taken by Graham Dorrans.
  • 43:44 Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Graham Dorrans crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 43:44 Booking Michel Salgado is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 43:22 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, comfortable save by Scott Carson.
  • 42:34 Somen Tchoyi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 40:52 Ryan Nelsen challenges Peter Odemwingie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Graham Dorrans, Mame Diouf gets a block in.
  • 39:55 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf. Grant Hanley takes the free kick.
  • 39:19 Outswinging corner taken by Graham Dorrans, Brett Emerton manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:11 The ball is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 38:01 Paul Scharner fouled by Nikola Kalinic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
  • 34:36 El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross.
  • 33:35 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Scott Carson.
  • 31:35 Shot from just outside the area by Jerome Thomas misses to the right of the target.
  • 29:49 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Graham Dorrans.
  • 29:05 Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 27:57 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Graham Dorrans takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:14 Centre by Michel Salgado, save by Scott Carson.
  • 21:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Michel Salgado. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 20:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • Correction - 18:33 Martin Olsson fouled by Gonzalo Jara, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
  • 18:33 Gonzalo Jara concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:33 Booking The referee cautions Gonzalo Jara for unsporting behaviour.
  • 16:26 The assist for the goal came from Somen Tchoyi.
  • 16:26 GOAL - Jerome ThomasWest Brom 1 - 1 Blackburn Jerome Thomas gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 15:43 Effort from a long way out by James Morrison goes wide right of the target.
  • Correction - 14:41 Shot on goal by Nikola Kalinic from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 14:41 Effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 12:44 David Dunn has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 12:02 Foul by Jerome Thomas on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. Ryan Nelsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 9:56 Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 9:09 Corner from right by-line taken by Graham Dorrans.
  • Correction - 8:50 Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 8:50 Graham Dorrans produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 8:20 Michel Salgado concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 6:30 Jerome Thomas has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
  • Correction - 2:26 Assist by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 2:26 Assist on the goal came from El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 2:26 GOAL - Nikola KalinicWest Brom 0 - 1 Blackburn Nikola Kalinic scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Blackburn.
  • 1:04 Nicky Shorey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Morten Gamst Pedersen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:48 Paul Scharner challenges Nikola Kalinic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 18 22 38
2 Man City 20 16 38
3 Arsenal 18 17 35
4 Tottenham 19 6 33
5 Chelsea 18 17 31
6 Bolton 19 7 29
7 Sunderland 20 -1 27
8 Blackpool 17 -3 25
9 Blackburn 20 -5 25
10 Stoke 19 -1 24
11 Liverpool 17 -1 22
12 Everton 19 -1 22
13 Newcastle 19 -3 22
14 West Brom 19 -9 22
15 Aston Villa 19 -14 20
16 Birmingham 18 -3 19
17 Fulham 19 -4 19
18 Wigan 18 -14 19
19 West Ham 20 -13 17
20 Wolves 18 -13 15

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