Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Blackburn Rovers v Sunderland AFC

An on form Sunderland traveled to Ewood Park to play troubled Blackburn Rovers , last night 20th March 2012 with an 8:00pm kick off. Games such as this are notoriously difficult to play, as the struggling team sat on the bottom of the table are fighting for their lives and normally play their guts out in order to shift bad form. 

Martin O'Niels men at Sunderland had taken a dip in form earlier in the month but soon regained their fight for a top 6 position. Under pressure Steve Kean's men certainly had something to prove and on their home turf. To get the night started, players from both teams wore t-shirts with the message "Pray for Muamba" on them, a simple reminder that fellow professional players and the fans of football are still very much thinking of Fabrice. 

The gas got off a bit slow in my opinion, with Sunderland looking the better team in the fist 10 - 15 minutes, however things started to change quite quickly. The pace and tempo of the game picked up a notch or two and it wasn't long before Blackburn pressed home the message that they where not giving up Premiership Football. 

Junior Hoilett for Blackburn was the first to find the back of the net on the 58th minute to an almighty roar from the Ewood park fans, delighted after a nail bitting 58 minutes. It was imperative for Blackburn to maintain the lead as Sunderland never really looked threatening after the first goal, but sitting back and defending a lead is always a dangerous game to play. 

With 4 minutes left to the game, Blackburns Jason Lowe's laid in an almost perfect cross which found the boot of Yakubu who placed the ball neatly over the Sunderland goal line. Game Over. 

Blackburn Rovers 2 - 0 Sunderland A.F.C 

Paul Robinson 6
Scott Dann 6
Martin Olsson 6
Grant Hanley 6
Morten Gamst Pedersen 7
Marcus Olsson 6
Jason Lowe 6
Steven N'Zonzi 6
Mauro Formica 5
Yakubu 7
David Hoilett 8
Mark Bunn 
Gael Givet 
Bradley Orr * 4
David Dunn 
Radosav Petrovic 
Anthony Modeste 
David Goodwillie

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