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Blackburn   2 - 0   West Brom

Hoilett fires past Myhill
Canadian David Hoilett fires past West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill

By Alistair Magowan

Blackburn rode their luck to beat a battling West Brom as they moved up to seventh in the Premier League table.

West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas headed into his own net from David Dunn's cross on 41 minutes.

The impressive David Hoilett then burst on to a Nikola Kalinic lay-off to smash past Boaz Myhill to double the lead just after half-time.

But the visitors were unfortunate when Peter Odemwingie was brought down in the box only to be given a free-kick.

Blackburn midfielder Jermaine Jones fouled the Nigerian forward and television replays showed he was very close to spoiling his debut in an otherwise notable performance.

The hosts also had Paul Robinson to thank for a string of saves, three of them coming against Jerome Thomas, who gave Michel Salgado a torrid time down the left flank.

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Blackburn boss Steve Kean will be pleased with a scoreline that slightly flattered his team and he would have been impressed by Jones and Roque Santa Cruz who were both making their first starts for the club.

But for West Brom it was further evidence they are struggling to arrest a slide down the table where they are now three points above the relegation zone after their sixth loss in seven league matches.

Robinson played a huge part in thwarting manager Roberto di Matteo's side and was in action as early as the first minute when he saved Odemwingie's breakaway shot.

And the former England goalkeeper did well to block Thomas's effort soon after, in a battle which was to run throughout the compelling contest.

American international Jones, who signed from German side Schalke last week, was looking accomplished in the Rovers midfield with Hoilett and Martin Olsson also keen to penetrate down the flanks.

Blackburn's team spirit delights Kean

But even though that trio were the chief architects of the hosts' momentum, it was from the long throw-ins of Morten Gamst Pedersen that they produced their first clear chances of the game.

First, Olsson had a shot well saved by West Brom keeper Myhill after it came through a crowd of players, and then Chris Samba had two chances to score but his first shot was stopped and then he fired narrowly wide.

As half-time approached, Kean would have been content, but his side received a gift on 41 minutes to reward their superior endeavour.

Receiving the ball from Jones, Dunn found space between West Brom's midfield and defence to cross, only for Tamas to head into his own net.

Roque Santa Cruz, starting his first game since leaving Manchester City, was not far away from the unfortunate West Brom defender in that instance, and he was close to doubling the lead two minutes later when Myhill saved his shot after good work by Hoilett.

If the visitors were looking to get straight back into the game after half-time they were left further from their task when on 47 minutes Hoilett produced a blistering finish.

Pedersen fed Kalinic in West Brom's defensive third and his chested lay-off was met on the burst by the Canadian who pelted by Tamas and smashed the ball into the top of Myhill's net.

It was a wonderful way to restart the match, although many Blackburn fans would still have been settling into their seats, and Ewood Park was buoyant.

Di Matteo dismayed by ref penalty refusal

Thomas, so often West Brom's most positive attacker down their left side and up against Salgado, twice almost burst the bubble of excitement around the ground but he had two efforts superbly saved by Robinson.

Blackburn were the recipients of another dose of fortune when from another Thomas pass Odemwingie was brought down by Jones inside the penalty area, but referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free-kick which Chris Brunt slammed into the wall.

Despite a flurry of substitutions which ensured that the game set a new Premier League record for 22 nationalities being involved in the game, Di Matteo's team could not find a breakthrough.

They will now regroup before they take on Wigan on 1 February in a match which will be of vital importance to them.

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Sunday, 23 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 2-0 West Brom FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Tamas (og) 41
  • Hoilett 47

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    West Brom

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 24,057
    BLACKBURN
    WEST BROM

    Possession

    • Blackburn 52%
    • West Brom 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 12
    • West Brom 20

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 5
    • West Brom 4

    Corners

    • Blackburn 9
    • West Brom 9

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 4
    • West Brom 6
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:49 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:48 David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Brunt, blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 90:00+1:37 Effort on goal by Roque Santa Cruz from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 90:00+0:26 Jason Roberts takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas. 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 target.
    • 90:00+0:05 Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 87:58 The referee blows for offside against Jason Roberts. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
    • 87:38 Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:06 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
    • 84:09 Centre by Gabriel Tamas, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
    • 83:39 Somen Tchoyi sends in a cross, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
    • 82:13 Booking Jerome Thomas receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 81:09 Shot by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Blocked by Paul Scharner.
    • 80:58 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 80:29 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
    • 80:20 David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.
    • 79:21 Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 79:06 The ball is swung over by Roman Bednar, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:48 Shot from 25 yards from Chris Brunt. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 77:57 Gabriel Tamas takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley.
    • 77:21 Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Jones. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Jermaine Jones.
    • 75:01 Substitution Michel Salgado goes off and Grant Hanley comes on.
    • 75:01 Substitution Roman Bednar comes on in place of James Morrison.
    • 73:45 Centre by Marek Cech, save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 73:30 Shot by Chris Brunt. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 73:19 Shot from 20 yards from Somen Tchoyi. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
    • 72:04 James Morrison has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 71:52 The ball is sent over by Jerome Thomas.
    • 68:48 Jonas Olsson produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 67:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Jermaine Jones. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Chris Brunt.
    • 66:03 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 65:33 Unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Somen Tchoyi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 64:52 The ball is sent over by Somen Tchoyi.
    • 62:58 Substitution David Dunn goes off and Steven Nzonzi comes on.
    • 62:58 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Jason Roberts coming on for Nikola Kalinic.
    • 61:36 Corner taken by Chris Brunt, Roque Santa Cruz makes a clearance.
    • 61:12 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance. Shot from 20 yards by James Morrison. Blocked by David Hoilett.
    • 60:51 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 59:21 The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 58:29 The ball is delivered by Roque Santa Cruz.
    • 57:57 Martin Olsson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 57:46 Michel Salgado takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 56:10 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Somen Tchoyi coming on for Youssouf Mulumbu.
    • 54:29 Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
    • 54:23 David Hoilett delivers the ball, Gonzalo Jara gets a block in.
    • 53:01 Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Gabriel Tamas produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 52:47 Jerome Thomas takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 51:57 Centre by Gonzalo Jara.
    • 51:48 The ball is swung over by Youssouf Mulumbu, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:37 David Dunn sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Brunt.
    • 49:38 Peter Odemwingie is caught offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:39 Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
    • 48:08 Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by David Dunn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
    • 46:18 Assist by Nikola Kalinic.
    • 46:18 GOAL - David HoilettBlackburn 2 - 0 West Brom A goal is scored by David Hoilett from just outside the box high into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 2-0 West Brom.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:23 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, clearance by Martin Olsson.
    • 45:00+0:09 Paul Scharner takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 44:21 A cross is delivered by Jerome Thomas, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 43:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Gonzalo Jara.
    • 42:38 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
    • 42:18 Roque Santa Cruz takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 42:00 The ball is crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Chris Brunt.
    • 40:01 The ball is crossed by David Dunn, David Dunn provided the assist for the goal.
    • 40:01 GOAL - Gabriel TamasBlackburn 1 - 0 West Brom Gabriel Tamas heads into his own net. Blackburn 1-0 West Brom.
    • 37:30 Corner taken by Chris Brunt, Shot from just outside the area by James Morrison goes over the bar.
    • 37:17 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
    • 36:45 Youssouf Mulumbu takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Gael Givet gets a block in.
    • 36:26 Jerome Thomas has a drilled shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
    • 33:59 Christopher Samba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
    • 33:52 The ball is delivered by David Dunn.
    • 33:22 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 33:12 The ball is swung over by Roque Santa Cruz.
    • 32:13 A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 31:24 The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas, clearance by Martin Olsson.
    • 30:12 Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Boaz Myhill makes a save.
    • 29:58 The ball is sent over by Jermaine Jones, clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
    • 28:57 Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 28:17 Shot by Martin Olsson. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 27:34 The ball is delivered by Jermaine Jones, Marek Cech manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:44 Centre by Jermaine Jones.
    • 26:33 Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball.
    • 26:12 The ball is sent over by Jermaine Jones.
    • 25:52 The ball is crossed by David Hoilett.
    • 25:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Jermaine Jones. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 23:05 Paul Scharner challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick.
    • 21:11 Centre by Gonzalo Jara.
    • 20:46 David Hoilett has an effort at goal.
    • 19:56 Nikola Kalinic fouled by Jonas Olsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 19:45 Jerome Thomas produces a cross, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:18 Roque Santa Cruz fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
    • 14:08 The referee blows for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Paul Robinson takes the free kick. Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
    • 13:18 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Morrison from the right by-line.
    • 12:43 Effort from 12 yards by Jerome Thomas. Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 12:38 The ball is delivered by Jerome Thomas, Paul Robinson makes a save.
    • 11:45 Nikola Kalinic has a drilled shot. Blocked by Marek Cech.
    • 11:01 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, David Dunn takes a shot. Marek Cech gets a block in.
    • 10:28 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:20 David Dunn crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Brunt.
    • 7:10 Chris Brunt challenges Nikola Kalinic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 3:57 Centre by Martin Olsson.
    • 1:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jones on James Morrison. Chris Brunt produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 0:46 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt.
    • 0:31 Shot by Peter Odemwingie. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Barclays Premier League results

    23 Jan 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 23 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 22 29 48
    2 Arsenal 23 26 46
    3 Man City 24 17 45
    4 Chelsea 22 19 38
    5 Tottenham 23 6 38
    6 Sunderland 24 4 37
    7 Blackburn 24 -6 31
    8 Newcastle 23 3 30
    9 Bolton 23 3 30
    10 Stoke 23 0 30
    11 Liverpool 23 -1 29
    12 Blackpool 22 -6 28
    13 Everton 23 -2 27
    14 Fulham 23 0 26
    15 West Brom 23 -14 25
    16 Aston Villa 23 -14 25
    17 Birmingham 22 -10 23
    18 Wigan 23 -18 22
    19 Wolves 23 -17 21
    20 West Ham 24 -19 21

    see also
    Sunday's football photos
    23 Jan 11 |  Football
    Blackburn v WBA as it happened
    23 Jan 11 |  Football



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