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FULL TIME: Blackburn Rovers 2 Leicester City 1
5:18pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in News
Morten Gamst Pedersen's late strike gave Blackburn Rovers their best start to a campaign for 12 years as they secured a fortunate 2-1 win over Leicester City.
It was a bright start for Leicester City, with the away team dominating the possession in the opening 5 minutes as they piled the pressure on Blackburn’s defence.
Rovers looked edgy at the back and when they did manage to scramble the ball out of their six- yard box, they failed to retain possession in the middle of the park.
In the 12th minute Rover’s resistance was almost worn down as Ben Marshall whipped a cross into the box that was met by David Nugents diving head.
Paul Robinson made a point blank save to keep the score level, although some may argue he knew little about it. Rovers’ first corner of the game came in the 19th minute courtesy of Leicester’s Paul Konchesky’s sloppy back pass. The opportunity passed Rovers by though as Markus Olsson blasted the ball over the bar into the crowd.
Rover’s inability to retain possession nearly cost them again in the 31st minute as Leicester’s Andy King shot from just outside the six yard box. A Scott Dann deflection prevented the home side from going one nil down. It wasn’t looking great for the home side but then in the 34th minute, against the run of play Blackburn broke the deadlock.
Dickson Etuhu broke up a Leicester move and sent Jason Lowe away down the right. Lowe made a driving run and after wriggling past a last gasp tackle from Leicester’s right back, he squared the ball back to the edge of the 18 yard box for Nuno Gomes to fire a shot into the bottom right hand corner of Kasper Schmeichels goal.
With Blackburn one nil up the crowd seemed to be ignited and encouraged the home side to drive forward.
But sloppy possession once again nearly cost Rovers their lead. A powerful David Nugent shot from just outside the 18 yard box was well saved by Paul Robinson as the keeper flung himself down to his right hand side to see the ball safely out for a corner.
Leicester started the second half in the same vain as they finished the first and within 6 minutes of the restart they were nearly on level terms. Marshall’s corner was swung in and once again David Nugent managed to get his head on the ball to fire a shot at the foot of Robinson’s right hand post. It didn’t take long for the away side’s pressure to pay off and in the 56th minute Wes Morgan drove a long ball down the pitch towards Blackburn’s box.
A miss timed Givet header left Scott Dann stranded and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy took full advantage as he slid the ball past Paul Robinson’s left hand side.
Leicester continued to make chances with the closest coming on 65th minutes. A Paul Konchesky shot was blocked on the line by Danny Murphy who had given a free kick away just 2 minutes earlier on the edge of Rovers 18 yard box.
Leicester did manage to get the ball in the net ten minutes later. A cross was whipped in from the right hand side and Vardy flicked a header over Robinson into the top right corner, only for it to be ruled off side.
Then, much like in the second half, Rovers produced a goal against the run of play, thanks to a brilliant piece of skill from Morten Gamst Pedersen in the 79th minute.
Ruben Rochina’s powerful shot ricocheted high into the air and being the quickest to react; Pederson brought the ball under control with his left foot and with his right, curled a shot past the sprawling Kasper Schmeichel.
Although both sides tried to create chances in the last 15 minutes, Rovers managed to see the game out and secure their second successive victory in as many games at Ewood Park this season.