THE post Steve Kean Ewood Park era started in disappointment this afternoon as Blackburn Rovers crashed 1-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, writes Laura Jayne Gorse.
Returning Blackburn Rovers fans were left disappointed today as a second half screamer from Wolves’ Bakary Sako left Rovers with their second successive home defeat of the season.
Wolves started well and Sako had an early shot in the 4th minute that forced Robinson into a save to his left hand corner.
Blackburn looked poor and gave the away side too much space in the middle of the park. Two minutes later Ebanks Blake had a shot that flew over the cross bar.
The home side had a glimmer of a chance on nine minutes when Kazim-Richards played in Rhodes, but the striker’s effort was saved easily by Carl Ikeme.
Rovers had a scare in the 14th minute as Kazim Richards went down seemingly in some considerable pain, only to jog it off minutes later.
Wolves continued to have the majority of the possession and against run of play; Rovers had a penalty shout turned down in the 16th minute. Jordan Rhodes looked to be pushed as he climbed to meet a Kazim-Richards cross, only for the ref to wave play on.
Minutes later Ebanks-Blake should have scored as he saw his header hit Paul Robinson's left post.
Rovers were in Wolves’s six yard box in the 22nd minute as Martin Olsson charged down the left side and delivered a low cross into the box. Kazim Richards left it for Rhodes, but the young striker was unable to reach it.
Rhodes had another chance before half time but his shot was blocked by two defenders. He managed to collect the rebound but his second shot was weak and Ikeme saved easily.
Fabio Nunes replaced Mauro Formica at the start of the second half, and the young Portuguese player made an immediate impact with a cross come shot in the 50th minute that had Wolves’ keeper back peddling backwards towards his goal.
Rovers never looked threatening after the break and Wolves had the better chances in the second half. Rovers needed three defenders to block Sako’s shot on 71 minutes. Moments later substitute Anthony Forde saw his shot fly wide of Rovers post.
Wolves’ persistence paid off though and when Danny Murphy lost the ball in the 76th minute, Sako let off a left-foot rocket that flew past Paul Robinson leaving the Rovers keeper no chance.
Rovers tried to push for an equaliser but their efforts came to nothing and they never looked like threatening the away sides lead.