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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Man Utd v Blackburn
Morten Gamst Pedersen scores twice as Blackburn pull off a shock win

BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's a report from the Premiership clash between Man Utd and Blackburn at Old Trafford.

Man Utd 1-2 Blackburn

Georga Makin

Today may well have been declared World Fair Play Day by Fifa, but United could be forgiven for thinking that their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford by Blackburn Rovers was anything but a fair result.

United dominated the first half with plenty of pressure from Smith, Ronaldo and Scholes. Only Bellamy seemed to be putting on any pressure at the other end.

Blackburn had a penalty waived away on the half hour and perhaps justice was done three minutes later when Pedersen scored from a free-kick just outside the penalty area.

The hosts must have left the pitch at half-time wondering what they had to do to score, with several missed chances.

The second half began with a renewed enthusiasm from United with Ronaldo just missing the head of Van Nistelrooy as Blackburn goalie Friedel watched it whistle past the outside of his post.

10 minutes into the second half and a double United substitution brought on Bardsley and Rooney, who, like the fans, must have been wondering why he had not started. Within minutes Rooney had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled offside.

Frustrated United fans pleaded with the team to 'attack, attack, attack' and on 67 minutes Rooney set up Van Nistelrooy with a well-made chance to equalise. This lifted both the fans and the team and once again the pressure was on Blackburn.

But an uncharacteristic defensive error by Scholes in the 81st minute handed Pedersen the opportunity to get his second of the match and steal the points from United.

By the end of the game some of the United players looked as though they'd done 90 minutes of end-to-end action against one of the early Premiership contenders, but they hadn't.

In the match programme Sir Alex Ferguson said that they were going to build on what he regarded as a decent start to the season. After today, Ferguson should not be too disheartened because they were without doubt the better team. Sometimes the game is just not fair.

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