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FULL-TIME: Blackburn Rovers 1, West Bromwich Albion 2
Despite Steve Kean calling this one of a run of ‘winnable’ matches, a pathetic performance from Blackburn earned them nothing as West Brom left Ewood with 2-1 win.
With little attacking displays bar Robinson goal kicks, Rovers often found themselves plagued by poor passing and lack of possession.
Despite a respite from protests, Steve Kean still couldn’t escape a stadium hell bent on his sacking.
First-half saw only a handful of chances in either team’s direction as play switched quickly between the two.
Rovers’ attempts at build-up play were often marred by foul passing leading to the ball being given away.
With Mauro Formica, Simon Vukcevic and Yakubu providing most of the somewhat limited attacking play by Rovers the home side often lacked men forward.
Probably the best chance for Rovers came from a Pedersen free kick; forcing Ben Foster to tip the dipping shot over the bar.
More times than not, Rovers’ assaults on West Brom’s goal were often caught up in their defence before shots were fired.
Despite protests called off, the lack of any advantage in the first half of play still saw a section of fans spouting the very chant of ‘Kean Out’ as the half-time whistle sounded.
If it was only a small number of fans chanting before the half, the rest quickly joined in after West Brom took the lead in the 51st minute.
With a free kick taken by Brunt, a failed clearance by Steven Nzonzi fell into the path of James Morrison who hammered the shot past Robinson fifteen yards from the box, taking the Baggies 1-0 up.
Favour again turned against Steven Kean as he opted to switch Vukcevic for Jason Roberts and Dunn for Grant Hanley.
West Brom were beginning to find their rhythm, as Blackburn came under increasing pressure from the away side’s assaults.
However, things soon turned after a goal kick from Robinson was headed across goal by Samba to the advancing Scott Dann. At full stretch the centre-back managed to tip the ball past Foster to take things level and earn his debut goal for the club.
Despite the goal, Rovers were still looking shaky in their somewhat improvised defence however and with fifteen minutes on the clock there were still no signs of improvement from them.
With a free kick from Chris Brunt, West Brom looked to have their second goal as the visiting players swarmed the box to tip in yet another failed clearance, though luckily Robinson got there in the end.
With Blackburn almost posing little threat this half, Steve Kean made his final substitution of the match; with David Goodwillie replacing Rochina on the 78th minute.
A succession of mistakes and bad passing saw what little possession Rovers managed to grasp quickly given away bar the odd strikes hit at Ben Foster.
With two minutes to go Blackburn’s woes deepened as Peter Odemwingie broke in from the right to fire off a long-distance effort to fly straight past Robinson. With West Brom now 2-1 up, Ewood quickly erupted into shouts for the beleaguered Kean to go.
With even Robinson coming forward for Rovers’ final efforts in injury time, eve the extra man wasn’t enough to turn the scoreline to a draw.
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