Blackburn Rovers (Away)
Premier League

Wednesday 2nd February 2011

Sorry, but I have not had time to do a preview of the game.

PREDICTION : -    Blackburn Rovers    1      Tottenham Hotspur    2

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


BLACKBURN ROVERS :  - Phil Jones (out - knee); Roque Santa Cruz (out - groin); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (out - groin); Tom Huddlestone (out - ankle); Luka Modric (out - appendicitis); Michael Dawson (out - suspended 1 of 1); Younes Kaboul (out - knee); Gareth Bale (out - back); - (-);


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Blackburn Rovers   0    Tottenham Hotspur   1      (Half-time score : 0-1)

Premier League
Venue :  -  Ewood Park
Wednesday 02nd February 2011
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   23,253
Referee :  Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Blackburn kicked off and played towards the Darwen end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Dry, cold
Teams : - 
Blackburn Rovers :

  1  Robinson

27  Salgado
  6  Nelsen
  4  Samba
  3  Olsson

  2  J. Jones       (15  Nzonzi 64     )
17  Andrews
  8  Dunn  (12  Pedersen 67)
Diouf  (21  Benjani 81)

23  Hoillett
30  Roberts

Unused subs: 
13  Bunn
31  Hanley
11  Grella
  9  Kalinic

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

22  Corluka     
19  Bassong
13  Gallas  (c)
32  Assou-Ekotto

  7  Lennon
  8  Jenas
12  Palacios
11  van der Vaart

15  Crouch 
18  Defoe  (30  Sandro 76)

Unused subs: 
37  Pletikosa
39  Woodgate
36  Khumalo
21  Kranjcar

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of
Blackburn Rovers

  Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Blackburn Rovers


Tottenham Hotspur

Crouch 3

Cards : -  
Blackburn Rovers

Jermaine Jones (foul)  34
Nzonzi (kicking ball away)  87  


Tottenham Hotspur  

Corluka (foul) 54  


Match Report : -  
Never a very entertaining place, Blackburn on a cold Wednesday night is no place for the faint of heart.  And so it proved, as Spurs turned in a gutsy, is slightly sloppy performance in winning 1-0 at Ewood Park to take them over 40 points for the season and keep them in fifth spot in the Premier League table.

With all the talk about big money transfers, neither side splashed out too much in the window and Spurs were without Steven Pienaar, who had been knocked unconscious in training by fellow South African Bongani Khumalo.  Added to that, Luka Modric has been operated on for an appendix removal and that left Spurs light in midfield as well as at the back. Jenas and Palacios were paired in midfield, with Lennon out wide on the left, with van der Vaart nominally on the right, although he had his usual licence to roam.  William Gallas came back in despite his hip injury and Corluka replaced Alan Hutton at right back.

From the kick off, Blackburn went forward, but the move broke down on the edge of the box and Tottenham moved the ball through midfield, playing out to Corluka, who knocked it back to Rafael van der Vaart.  Looking up, he knocked a diagonal ball into the box and found Peter Crouch coming in from the far post to rise above the hulking shape of Christopher Samba, putting his header from outside the six yard box across Paul Robinson's dive and into the net to give Spurs a third minute lead.  it was the sort of goal that we all hoped we would see Crouchy score, but too often the ball is played in flat or at a height that doesn't give him to opportunity to get a run on his marker.

So, with an early goal and Blackburn not having come back to win a game they have lost the first goal in, it perhaps played into Tottenham's hands with their penchant for playing on the break.  Especially as Gareth Bale had great joy against Michel Salgado in previous meetings and although the Welshman was also missing with his back injury, Lennon might have thought he was on a good thing.  And so it proved when he took the Spaniard on and beat him on the inside, but his finish left Nelsen the opportunity to get across him to get in the way of his effort.

Spurs were expecting a response form Blackburn and their attacks seemed to come down their left wing, with Junior Hoilett and Martin Olsson both getting round the back and putting the ball across the face of goal without any blue and white shirted striker making a move to get on the end of it.  When Corluka got to a loose ball as Hoilett was poised to shoot, Tottenham were grateful to the Croat and then a few minutes later, our keeper Gomes hashed a punch to a long Robinson free-kick and then had to scramble and leap to his right to push wide Hoilett's volley that he struck into the ground.  Another corner lead to Crouch hacking the ball away as it dropped in the six yard box in front of goal.

In between Jermaine Jenas had to have treatment for a head injury picked up when Keith Andrews managed to stamp down on the back of the Spurs midfielder's scalp.

David Dunn had three good shooting chance sin the first half, with one set up by Jason Roberts that he side-footed three feet wide when he should have hit the target, with the second straight at Gomes and the third curled round the keeper but also wide of the goal to Gomes' left.  During this spell between the 22nd and 37th minutes, Spurs only had one shot on goal, with van der Vaart hitting a free-kick from just outside the area onto the top of Robbo's net after Samba had gone right through the back of Defoe.

Nelsen's free-header flew wide when he was well-placed and Gomes needed to move backwards very quickly and then did well to push off to dive sideways to push away Roberts' header as it looked like it might just beat him in the flight.  The New Zealand defender Nelsen had another chance to score an equaliser just before the break, when Dunn's injury time free-kick was put in with pace and the centre half tried to divert it on target, but his touch took it wide, much to the Spurs fans' relief. 

There was not a great deal to talk about at half time, with the game suffering from a malaise where neither side had a real grip on it.  Blackburn did a lot of pushing on and Spurs had spells of possession and didn't do well enough with it, turning the ball over far too easily on a number of occasions.

The crappy World Cup samba music of Dario G is still popular in Blackburn and even on a chilly February night it could not bring a whiff of summer football to Ewood Park.  Try as they might, Rovers made early second half efforts to get back on par with Spurs.  And so it proved, with American midfielder Jermaine Jones putting Mame Diouf through the middle with a clear run on Gomes, but Heurelho stood firm and with the pressure on the striker, he hit his shot straight at the Brazilian.

With the game getting a bit bogged down, there were few other openings until in the 58th minute, Aaron Lennon took a cleared ball on the edge of his own box and set off on a run the length of the pitch.  Reaching the edge of the Blackburn box, he sipped the ball to his left to put Defoe in on goal, but in keeping with his recent form, his shot found the body of Robinson as he came out rather than dinking it over him, which used to be such an easy task for the little England striker. 

Within minutes, Lennon was at it again, this time cutting in from the left wing inside Salgado and firing a shot from the 18 yards out that had Robinson reaching up and pushing over the bar with his outstretched hand.  Rovers were thankful to Nelsen, who just got in the way to deflect Jermaine Jenas' shot wide of the goal in the 66th minute, as the Spurs man made a good run into the box.

Between the 70th and 76th minutes Gomes made three very good saves.  First off, he got down to his left to get a hand to push the ball out wide from a 25 yard low drive from Hoilett and then he was diving the same way to deny Diouf, who spun to meet Salgado's low ball into the box and his powerful shot was beaten out by the Spurs keeper.  Then, lastly, a crude challenge on the edge of the box gave Morten Gamst Pedersen a chance to use his free-kick skills and he thumped a shot that ripped past the wall and Gomes got a hand and a face to it, but he kept it out and the ball was cleared away.

As the three minutes of added time was signalled by the fourth official, Spurs knew there wasn't too long to hang on, but a high ball came in and Samba had a free-header, but the ball hit Jenas and somehow went over the top.  From the corner, Gomes punched out and although Spurs tried to clear it, the ball dropped for Andrews, who made a good contact with the ball, but his shot went head high straight at Gomes and the goalie caught it, but not before it looked like he was going to throw it into his own net !!

Panic over, the game came to an end and Spurs had taken a valuable three points that finally took them over the 40 point line for the season.  It was not a great performance, but in a way, it was, with Spurs having to battle against a physical team, which they will have to do all over again on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers.  A clean sheet was an important boost, with the defence hit by injury and the way the midfield put in a lot of work to track back, with players who do the dirty work not always getting recognition, was excellent.

So, does this herald a new type of Tottenham.

One that can grind out results, as well as sweep sides away with their attacking football.

Well, probably not, but it is a good result in isolation.

When results come week after week, then we know it will be a new Tottenham and one which might bring silverware.

Steve Clinton


Fan Reaction : -







Other scores this weekend :
Arsenal 2 Everton 1 Tuesday
Birmingham City 2 Manchester City 2 Wednesday
Blackpool 1 West Ham United 3 Wednesday
Bolton Wanderers 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Wednesday
Fulham 1 Newcastle United 0 Wednesday
Liverpool 2 Stoke City 0 day
Manchester United 3 Aston Villa 1 Wednesday
Sunderland 2 Chelsea 4 Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion 2 Wigan Athletic 2 Tuesday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 24 15 9 0 56 24 54 +32
2 Arsenal 24 15 4 5 50 23 49 +27
3 Manchester City 25 13 7 5 39 22 46 +17
4 Chelsea 24 13 5 6 46 21 44 +25
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 24 11 8 5 34 27 41 +7
6 Sunderland 25 9 10 6 30 28 37 +2
7 Liverpool 25 10 5 11 33 31 35 +2
8 Bolton Wanderers 25 8 9 8 35 35 33 0
9 Blackburn Rovers 25 9 4 12 31 38 31 -7
10 Newcastle United 24 8 6 10 36 34 30 +2
11 Stoke City 24 9 3 12 28 30 30 -2
12 Fulham 25 6 11 8 26 26 29 0
13 Blackpool 24 8 4 11 35 44 28 -9
14 Aston Villa 25 7 7 11 28 43 28 -15
15 Everton 24 5 12 7 28 31 27 -3
16 West Bromwich Albion 24 7 5 12 31 45 26 -14
17 Birmingham City 23 4 12 7 23 33 24 -10
18 West Ham United 25 5 9 11 27 44 24 -17
19 Wigan Athletic 25 4 12 9 22 41 23 -19
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 6 3 15 24 42 21 -18



Position before the match :  5th
Position after the match :  5th
Position after the mid-week games :  5th


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