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Blackburn   0 - 1   Tottenham

Peter Crouch
Crouch rose superbly above Samba and guided home a fine header

By Kevin Darling

Peter Crouch's early header secured Tottenham's first win in five matches as they edged out Blackburn and kept the pressure on the top four.

Crouch nodded home Rafael van der Vaart's cross in the third minute and the visitors defended their lead well.

Heurelho Gomes made smart stops from Junior Hoilett and Mame Biram Diouf as Rovers rallied after the break.

Jermain Defoe then fired straight at Paul Robinson before Christopher Samba missed a late chance to rescue a point.

Tottenham's fifth clean sheet of the season, and the first achieved without key centre-back Michael Dawson, keeps them three points behind Chelsea in the race for a Champions League spot.

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The visitors were nowhere near their buccaneering best and were indebted to Gomes for a string of saves in the second half, but manager Harry Redknapp will be delighted with the gritty display from a side missing several of its best players.

It was also the perfect response to the north Londoners' humiliating 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Fulham three days earlier, which had threatened to send Tottenham's hugely promising season off the rails.

Much had been made of Spurs' burgeoning treatment table before the match, with Redknapp naming two goalkeepers on the bench, but it was one of the beneficiaries of Tottenham's injury problems who opened the scoring.

Only three minutes were on the clock when Crouch, recalled to the starting line-up, rose above Samba and directed Van der Vaart's pinpoint cross past Robinson to score his second Premier League goal of the season.

The gangly hitman's other strike was also against Blackburn back in November, and added to the double he scored at Ewood Park in Tottenham's victory there last season.

Kean credits Spurs keeper Gomes

Rovers responded well to falling behind with the pacy Hoilett twice going close, first having a shot blocked by Vedran Corluka and then seeing Gomes tip his effort wide.

The visitors withstood the burst of pressure and the half soon descended into a scrappy affair as Spurs showed little inclination to add to their lead and Rovers, while enjoying plenty of possession, failed to trouble Gomes.

The closest they came was a fizzing David Dunn drive that flew narrowly wide and Ryan Nelsen's attempt to convert a Dunn free-kick, also off target.

The home side fashioned a better opportunity just after the restart, Diouf beating the offside trap and forcing a good stop from Gomes.

But the chance failed to herald an increase in the tempo of the match, which ambled along uneventfully until it was momentarily ignited by two fine pieces of play from Aaron Lennon.

The Tottenham winger made a surging 60-yard run from just outside his own box to the edge of Blackburn's area, where he slid the ball to Defoe whose effort was charged down well by Robinson.

Redknapp says top four finish will be tough

Lennon then created a chance for himself, cutting inside from the left before unleashing a fierce right-footed strike that ex-Tottenham keeper Robinson did well to tip over.

It sparked Rovers belatedly into life, with Gomes called into action three times in a five-minute Blackburn bombardment.

The Brazilian keeper first turned Hoilett's 20-yard strike wide with a fingertip save, then made an even better stop to deny Diouf from 12 yards, before standing firm to beat away a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick.

Spurs then appeared to be closing out the match comfortably until injury time, when Samba's goalbound header from Hoilett's cross was diverted just over the bar by a vital touch from Jermaine Jenas.

And there was still time for Keith Andrews to fire an effort straight at Gomes as Spurs clung on for a scrappy, but significant, victory.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Crouch 3

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 23,253
    BLACKBURN
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Blackburn 44%
    • Tottenham 56%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 9
    • Tottenham 5

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 8
    • Tottenham 1

    Corners

    • Blackburn 4
    • Tottenham 4

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 14
    • Tottenham 11
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+3:28 The match has reached full-time.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:59 Header by Christopher Samba (Blackburn) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham). Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn). Shot by Keith Andrews (Blackburn) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 90:00+1:30 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 90:00+0:14 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) from left channel, resulting in open play. Foul by Peter Crouch (Tottenham) on Michel Salgado (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, passed.
    • 89:37 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
    • 88:54 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 87:57 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Peter Crouch (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham) from right channel, passed.
    • 86:23 Foul by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) on Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 86:23 Booking Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 85:54 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 85:34 Shot by Martin Olsson (Blackburn) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.
    • 85:19 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 83:13 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 82:13 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 80:54 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham). Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 80:54 Substitution Blackburn substitution: Mame Diouf replaced by Benjani Mwaruwari (tactical).
    • 80:38 Cross by Christopher Samba (Blackburn), clearance by William Gallas (Tottenham).
    • 78:11 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 77:38 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 77:18 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 76:12 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) to centre, comfortable save (caught) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 75:45 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 75:17 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Jermain Defoe replaced by Raniere Sandro (tactical).
    • 73:41 Foul by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham) on David Hoilett (Blackburn). Free kick taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) from left channel (18 yards), save (parried) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham). Header by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 72:00 Shot by Mame Diouf (Blackburn) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), brilliant save (parried) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 71:43 Foul by Peter Crouch (Tottenham) on Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) from own half, passed.
    • 71:28 Cross by David Hoilett (Blackburn), save (caught) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 71:04 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 69:45 Shot by David Hoilett (Blackburn) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), fantastic save (parried) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 68:08 Defending throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 67:05 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by William Gallas (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 66:54 Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 66:25 Substitution Blackburn substitution: David Dunn replaced by Morten Gamst Pedersen (tactical).
    • 65:24 Shot by Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Christopher Samba (Blackburn). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 63:31 Foul by Michel Salgado (Blackburn) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham). Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from left wing, clearance by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn).
    • 63:31 Substitution Blackburn substitution: Jermaine Jones replaced by Steven Nzonzi (tactical).
    • 61:58 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) on Mame Diouf (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Keith Andrews (Blackburn) from right wing, passed.
    • 61:27 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 60:25 Shot by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped over) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn). Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) to centre, clearance by David Dunn (Blackburn).
    • 60:01 Foul by Jason Roberts (Blackburn) on Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by William Gallas (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 59:05 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 58:12 Foul by Jermaine Jones (Blackburn) on Peter Crouch (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from right channel, passed.
    • 58:07 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 57:03 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn). Shot by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Christopher Samba (Blackburn).
    • 56:38 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 56:29 Defending throw-in by David Hoilett (Blackburn).
    • 53:14 Foul by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham) on Jason Roberts (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 53:14 Booking Vedran Corluka (Tottenham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 52:54 Cross by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham), clearance by David Dunn (Blackburn).
    • 51:30 Foul by Jason Roberts (Blackburn) on Wilson Palacios (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from right channel, passed.
    • 51:18 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 50:31 Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham).
    • 49:23 Foul by Michel Salgado (Blackburn) on Aaron Lennon (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 48:13 Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 48:07 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 47:27 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 46:29 Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) on Michel Salgado (Blackburn). Free kick crossed right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 45:40 Shot by Mame Diouf (Blackburn) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 45:15 Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:00+2:21 The match has reached half-time.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:22 Foul by William Gallas (Tottenham) on Jason Roberts (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn) from left channel, header by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 43:52 Cross by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), clearance by Christopher Samba (Blackburn).
    • 41:44 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 41:24 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 41:13 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 40:36 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 40:02 Header by Jason Roberts (Blackburn) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), blocked by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 39:14 Foul by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) on David Hoilett (Blackburn). Free kick crossed right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn) from left wing, save (punched) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 38:23 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham). Foul by Peter Crouch (Tottenham) on Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 37:34 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn) to near post, header by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.
    • 36:51 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 36:36 Shot by David Dunn (Blackburn) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 35:22 Cross by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham), clearance by Ryan Nelsen (Blackburn).
    • 34:54 Shot by David Dunn (Blackburn) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 34:12 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 33:16 Foul by Jermaine Jones (Blackburn) on Jermain Defoe (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from right channel, passed.
    • 33:16 Booking Jermaine Jones (Blackburn) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:15 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 31:54 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 31:25 Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 29:55 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
    • 28:40 Foul by Christopher Samba (Blackburn) on Jermain Defoe (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
    • 27:43 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 24:53 Defending throw-in by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham). Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn) on Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 24:16 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 22:40 Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn) on Wilson Palacios (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 22:18 Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 22:07 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 21:45 Shot by David Dunn (Blackburn) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.
    • 21:29 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 20:00 Foul by Peter Crouch (Tottenham) on Keith Andrews (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 19:35 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 16:33 Foul by Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham) on Keith Andrews (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play. Shot by David Hoilett (Blackburn) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham). Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn).
    • 16:12 Attacking throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 14:23 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by David Dunn (Blackburn). Shot by David Hoilett (Blackburn) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), clearance by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 13:54 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 13:32 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 12:44 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 12:06 Shot by Mame Diouf (Blackburn) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham).
    • 11:28 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 11:13 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 11:02 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 10:46 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • 10:16 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 9:52 Cross by Martin Olsson (Blackburn), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 9:17 Goal kick taken long by Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham).
    • 8:51 Cross by David Hoilett (Blackburn), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 8:09 Handball by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 7:16 Cross by Martin Olsson (Blackburn), clearance by Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham). Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 5:12 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 4:59 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 4:48 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 4:34 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
    • 4:08 Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
    • Correction - 3:00 Assist by Rafael Van der Vaart.
    • 3:00 Assist (cross) by Rafael Van der Vaart (Tottenham) from right channel.
    • 3:00 GOAL - Peter CrouchBlackburn 0 - 1 Tottenham Headed goal by Peter Crouch (Tottenham) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham.
    • 1:44 Foul by Jason Roberts (Blackburn) on Wilson Palacios (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Wilson Palacios (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
    • 1:16 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 0:53 Attacking throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
    • 0:16 Defending throw-in by Vedran Corluka (Tottenham).
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    As it stood on 2 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 24 32 54
    2 Arsenal 24 27 49
    3 Man City 25 17 46
    4 Chelsea 24 25 44
    5 Tottenham 24 7 41
    6 Sunderland 25 2 37
    7 Liverpool 25 2 35
    8 Bolton 25 0 33
    9 Blackburn 25 -7 31
    10 Newcastle 24 2 30
    11 Stoke 24 -2 30
    12 Fulham 25 0 29
    13 Blackpool 24 -9 28
    14 Aston Villa 25 -15 28
    15 Everton 24 -3 27
    16 West Brom 24 -14 26
    17 Birmingham 23 -10 24
    18 West Ham 25 -17 24
    19 Wigan 25 -19 23
    20 Wolves 24 -18 21

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