Date: 3rd December 2011 at 11:11pm
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As the saying goes…Feed the Yak and he shall score, and indeed he did as the Rovers target man delivered the goods, inspiring Blackburn to a 4-2 home victory against a spirited Swansea outfit.

In a massive boost for Blackburn, Chris Samba returned to martial the defence, with Jason Lowe and David Dunn returning to the first team.


Lowe, Dann, Samba, Givet

Rochina, Dunn, Gamst, Hoillet



A quiet opening quarter from both teams indicated that the team with the joint worst home form and the team with the worst away record might just be happy to settle for a point apiece. Oh how wrong we were.

The fixture burst into life 20 minutes in. Yakubu managed to hold the ball, allowing Gael Givet to dart through on the overlap. The Frenchman then took it to the by-line dragging two markers towards him. Just as it had looked like he had taken a touch too many, a neatly played pass found the unmarked Yakubu, who side-footed from the 18 yard box into the top far corner of the net….1-0 Blackburn

Motivated by the early goal, Blackburn continued to apply the pressure. Mauro Formica held his position well as the man in the whole, linking up with Yakubu up front whilst also dropping back to become the extra man in midfield. Rochina was finding space down the right flank whilst Junior Hoillet appeared to be a touch off the pace down the left.

It was not all Rovers though as Scott Sinclair and Leroy Lita managed to threaten and create space themselves, using the width of the pitch before using their pace to trouble the Rovers wingers.

Old habits came back to haunt Blackburn, as despite maintaining the majority of the possession, Swansea found the fault in the Rovers defence. Gower was provided too much space down the right flank, a deep cross was pounced upon the unmarked Leroy Lita who had escaped Chris Samba to head into the far post, and the back of the net…1-1

Swansea then took the ascendancy as Scott Sinclair continued to prove to be a thorn in the Rovers defence, his fast footwork and sheer pace turning Givet and Co onto their back foot. However on several occasions, the final ball often went lacking as Swansea looked the stronger leading into the break.

A late corner for Rovers gave the home side something to cheer about. Morten Gamst Pedersen sent in the cross which was cleared into the path of Simon Vukcevic, the Montenegro international a subsitute for Ruben Rochina, who volleyed it goal wards. Yakubu, in the right place at the right time, poked his head out and diverted the ball into the back of the net, giving Blackburn a 2-1 lead into the break.

Blackburn came out for the second half in search for a third goal. Mauro Formica came close, pulling the trigger and striking wide from distance, whilst Yakubu thought he had his hat-trick after calmly slotting hope as Vukevic threaded a through ball, however the assistant referee spoiled the party, correctly ruling Yakubu offside.

Yakubu was not to be denied minutes later as another set piece proved costly for Swansea. Gamst Pedersen sent it in once again, Chris Samba leaped highest, heading back across goal where Yakubu pounced, heading home from 4 yards to earn his hat-trick and give Blackburn a 3-1 lead.

Mauro Formica was up to all his tricks, skinning and spinning past his marker at all times, feeding Junior Hoillet on the hour mark who should of made it 4. However a lack of confidence/motivation appeared to show as Junior decided to cut back in, rather than take the shot on goal and was well shut down by the scrambling Swansea defence.

Thoughts of Norwich and Newcastle started to roll in the Rovers fans minds as Swansea pulled it back to 3-2 with 20 minutes to go. Wayne Routledge’s shot on goal was parried by Paul Robinson, into the path of Luke Moore who slotted home from 6 yards out, his first league goal in 3 years.

Swansea pressured but it was a counter attack from Blackburn which ensured the game would be settled. Hoillet darted away after Rovers cleared a corner, Allen crossed paths with the Rovers winger, bringing him down and earning a second yellow, Swansea reduced to 10 men.

The resulting free-kick saw the match put beyond doubt. Vukevic found some space down the right side of midfield, working his way into the box before being brought down by Neil Taylor. Yakubu stepped up and calmly slotted it into the right corner, 4-2 Blackburn.

Their was still time for Paul Robinson to pull off a save for the camera’s, a Scott Sinclair attempt forced Robinson to pull off a finger tip save. Yakubu made his way off the pitch to a standing ovation as he was replaced by Jason Roberts, Rovers managing to hold out for a much needed 4-2 victory

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 6
Would be dissapointed to ship another 2 goals into the net, but a flurry of saves late in the match ensured Rovers kept the points. Almost got onto the score sheet as well!

Jason Lowe 6
Started off slowly as Sinclair looked to have the better of him. But once he held off Sinclair rather then marking him off his shoulder he managed to nullify the threat

Scott Dann 7
A much more secure performance from Dann. Held his position with the guidance of Samba, and read the game well

Chris Samba 7
One error all game, letting Lita go unmarked. Apart from that, was brilliant and shows his importance on the pitch

Gael Givet 6
Forced back onto the left side of defence, Givet put in a good shift, a brilliant run setting up the first Rovers goal

Frustrating at times, brilliant at other times. Worked his socks off, but would be dissapointed with his distribution

David Dunn 5
Same as Morten. Distribution was poor but made a few very important interventions

Ruben Rochina
Looked a constant threat until his knock…fingers crossed

Junior Hoillet 4
His mind is elsewhere, lets just hope its not a move in January

Mauro Formica 9
Best game in the Rovers Jersey. Moved the ball superbly in attack, tracked back on every occasion to become the extra man in midfield and made some cracking tackles

Yakubu 10
A rare 10. MOM

Simon Vukevic
Came out in a face mask, and scared his opponents away. 2 assists and a solid shift

Radosav Petrovic
Came on to shore things up late on, and did just that, winning some important aerial challenges
Little time to impress


10 Replies to “Blackburn 4 Swansea 2”

  • Have a word with the protesters – it’s a joke. Support the team, if they give half as much energy as they do through the protest to actually supporting the team, you may find the teams fortunes changing.

    Great result today.


    Co-editor @VitalSwansea

  • Excellent effort from all the lads today – there were the usual problems of leaving too much space in midfield and sitting back far too much when we were ahead in the game but other than that a deserved win. Formica was absolutely excellent and did the tracking back that Hoilett and Rochina rarely do. Good to see Vukcevic coming back into it as well 🙂

  • For the first time I have seen the team on NZ television. I think the protesting appears to have lost its way and has become pointless. There is a danger that the protesting will damage the club more than Kean. Clearly the players rate him, perhaps they will be helped with support rather than boos.
    Archery ….Auckland NZ

  • I though Formica was excellent, considering I wouldn’t have picked him because he’s been poor in recent games as well so I was happy to see him up his game. He did get tired towards the end but he put in a good shift. If he works on his fitness he will get better. The Yak was clinical, once again proving any fickle doubters wrong. The first Rover ever to bag 4 in a PL game speaks for itself.

  • Just 1 or 2 things to add. Dunn 5? That much? I’d give him a 3. He gave the ball away conceded free kicks because he’s to slow and not fit enough. Hoilett although mind being other places and has been that way for months thoguht he had an ok game and a 6 for me. Elsewhere Samba apart from losinf Lita for Swanseas 1st goal played well and looked up for the game, I had my doubts on Samba’s mind and if he was up for it in previous games. Think Simon should get a run in the team now as he looked pretty good, loved the mask. Overall a good win over a team that will be in the bottom 5 at the end of the season

  • OK humble pie time. Good result although I never thought Kean could have managed one that was not a gift. It was his player the Yak that got the goal. If he can go on a run he can win over the fans. The boos after the Yak scored actually had me feeling embarrassed. If they lose then boo but if they win use common sence. We will lose nxt weekend but imo we should not boo after the farse that was the susport today. As a protest against the owners just dont show up hit them in the pocket. What today did was get at the players

  • A good performance and an excellent result against a toothless team destined in my opinion for the championship….Yakubu’s finishing was sublime, Formica’s best game in a Rovers shirt and i thought the partnership between Dann and samba looked promising. Dunn was poor….I have not been the greatest supporter of all of the protests but i actually thought they got it right on Saturday….lets be honest 1) Swansea were / are average to say the least and 2) one good performance does not eclipse the need for change or the bigger picture!!..The home fans constantly showed their support for the players and their cause but also maintained the opinion that Kean is NOT the answer….Any person commenting on this issue who is not a Rovers fan and has not been through the last 12 months with us should really keep quiet!! They do not know how it feels and cannot understand.

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