Date: 2nd March 2009 at 12:06am
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Rovers reverted to a more familiar line up to the team that failed midweek in the Carling Cup. Roque was restored up front as the loan striker, with Steven Warnock dropping into central midfielder, David Dunn ruled out before the game.

Allardyce would of told his men of the importance of the game prior to kick of, with only a win being the option. Warnock decided to take things into his own hands, with a reckless challenge in the opening minute putting him on the Referees books, yellow card. It sure did look like we had a fiery encounter on the cards.

The first chance of the game fell to El Hadji Diouf, however he could not direct his header into the net, causing little trouble for stand in keeper Duke. Hull’s first real chance came after a delightful throughball by Mendy, finding the path of Geovanni, who’s first touch was no where near the quality we would expect. Geovanni later found the back of the net, but it was correctly ruled offside.

There was no denying Rovers in the 34th minute. Gamst Pedersen picked up the ball, darted outside the box, and his deflected shot looked to just need a regulation save from Duke, however the ball spun away, Duke had a howler, Roque pounced, laid it of to Warnock, who blasted it into the empty net, 1-0 Rovers.

Rovers doubled their lead only a minute later. A delightful flick by Morten Gamst Pedersen found the surging Steven Warnock, who charged at the goal. Warnock held his composure, slicing a delightful ball across goals to Keith Andrews, who pounced ahead of his marker, almost tearing apart the back of the net, Rovers 2-0.

Rovers almost had 3 in 3 minutes. Another delightful run by Warnock down the left flank was followed by a great delivery, which was cleared by Duke, centimeteres away from the outstreched Roque Santa Cruz. Rovers were in complete control.

Moments before the break, Turner was booked for a heavy collision on Englands number 1, Paul Robinson. Robbo, continued on, but couldnt come out for the second half, with Jason Brown replacing him. Rovers got of the brighter to the second half, a 20 yard effort from Grella was parried by Duke to safety.

Problems appeared for Hull City when Geovanni was substituted. He shook his head, waved his hands, and launched a water bottle, with the home crowd jeering manager Brown, who only a couple a weeks ago, was being hailed a genius. Further drama occured minutes later. A poor challenge by Gamst Pedersen was followed by a kick in the groin by Marney, who was instantly sent of. Gamst Picked up a yellow. Gamst should of treaded lightly, but 5 minutes later, he joined Marney in the sheds after another late challenge, picking up his second yellow card.

With both teams playing with 10 men, it was Hull City who managed to use the space more efficiently, pulling a goal back through Ashbee who volleyed home from a Mendy cross. El Hadji Diouf was in the thick of it minutes later. A great run down the right flank found Diouf impeded by Andy Dawson, yellow card. Diouf protested, believing he should of got a penalty, yellow card for Diouf. Allardyce rightly took Diouf of with Mokoena coming on the field to close the game down.

Hull almost stole a dramatic injury time equaliser, but Jason Brown was up to the task, pulling of a superb diving save after a ferocious drive by Turner. Final whistle blew, Hull City 1 Blackburn Rovers 2
Massive Win
Need I explain how important this 3 points are to the Premier League survival of our club. We are actually out of the drop zone now, whilst Hull City have been clawed back, only a couple of points seperating them from safety and relegation. Another big game this week, this time Everton visit us, who we have had plenty of success against. SHould be a cracking game


15 Replies to “Rovers Climb out of Drop Zone”

  • Sorry bout the ratings lads, was watching the game through methods which cant be mentioned lol, saw about 20 minutes of the 90, which really were the first 5, the 2 goals, and the last 10, guess i got the good parts. WHAT A SAVE BY BROWN!!!!!!!!!!

  • the match was played at 7:30am here in the US. i was not going to watch the broadcast having gone out the night before, but i was woken up from my dream seeing rovers lost 2-0. i jumped out from my bed right away and happy to find that we were up 2-0 indeed…hehe

  • nice article Sas… in my nightmares we are always up by a lot and lose in extra time lol… great win and what a great feeling when the final whistle blew. Hopefully we can continue this form because we have some tough opposition ahead

  • Jason Brown looked like an absolutely class act yesterday. Not only did he make a couple of really great saves – but I remember a couple of times he came and claimed the ball confidently where other keepers might have flapped….

    Good to see some fierce passion from Andrews too. After his goal he looked absolutely delighted. Hull fans gave him a good reception as he played for them in the Championship I believe?….

    Still, great great news! Since I wrote the article about our run of games, I’m growing more and more confident that I am wrong. Everton minus Arteta – we can do one over. Liverpool and Arsenal’s campaigns are both coming off the rails. Come on the Rovers!!

  • This was a very good win for us – Sam’s first away win as well? We now need to keep the pressure on the teams around us by winning at home to Everton on Wednesday. If we keep playing like we did on Sunday we’ll be fine. – Well done the lads.

  • A strong perfromance. Defensively solid, a good focal point in santa up front and the midfield working their backsides off. Nice to see and a HUGE win!

  • newcastle was at home when we beat them under sam, that was our first away win since september, and was vitally important

  • It seems years ago that win against the Geordies away. To be fair we have been close on a number of occassions to that away win and it was well deserved when it came.

  • Massive, massive three points for us and anything less wouldn’t have been enough. This good work can’t go to waste now and we need to build on this win.

  • No doubt it was a massive three points.. and more importantly it has sucked a whole host of teams right back into the mix and we still have a game in hand on most of them. Another three points against Everton on Wednesday please!!!

  • If we can get something from Everton adn Fulham it can be the platform to safety. With that win against Hull we have sucked Tottenham, Newcastle, Hull and Pompey right back into it…

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