Blackburn 3 Wolves 1: Dunn's my Gerrard, insists Rovers boss Allardyce
14 September 2009 10:37
David Dunn has frustrated supporters and managers alike during his career. A succession of injuries and a continued argument over his best position have not brought the reward and recognition it should for such a gifted player.
However, Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has asked the 29-year-old midfielder to play in 'the hole' and he certainly dug himself and his club out of one as he led ragged Wolves a merry dance. With pressure mounting on Allardyce to get the club's season up and running, it was Dunn's inspiration that helped him.
Allardyce even mentioned Dunn - scorer of Blackburn's third after goals from El Hadji Diouf and Jason Roberts - in the same breath as Steven Gerrard. High praise indeed. 'It looks like we have found a position for him,' said Allardyce. 'I was expecting to play 4-4-2 this season because it suited us, but all of a sudden Dunn's popped up and he's not only created goals this season but scored two himself.
'He is taking up a Steven Gerrard-type of role and he has blossomed into one hell of a creative player and goalscorer. The opposition find it difficult to mark him and, in turn, he finds a huge amount of space.'
Easing home: David Dunn celebrates his goal with team-mate Jason Roberts
Wolves were the architects of their own downfall and matters were not helped when George Elokobi and Ronald Zubar turned up 10 minutes late to a team meeting, forfeiting their places in the side.
Skipper Karl Henry acknowledged the shortcomings. 'That was poor,' he said. 'That was by far the worst we have played so far. We have been taught a lesson here. We need to be at full throttle.'
On the score sheet: Jason Roberts netted the second goal for the home side
The one bright spot for Wolves was the debut of Stefan Maierhofer. The Austrian is 6ft 7in and suggested in his second-half performance that he could become something of a cult figure, scoring a late consolation goal.
BLACKBURN ROVERS (4-5-1): Robinson 6; Jacobsen 6 (Salgado 85min), Samba 7 (Nelson 76), Givet 7, Chimbonda 6; Diouf 6, Andrews 7, Grella 7, Dunn 8, Pedersen 6 (Emerton 73, 5); Roberts 6. Booked: Andrews.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (4-4-2): Hennessey 7; Stearman 6, Mancienne 4, Berra 5, Hill 6; Halford 4 (Edwards 46, 5), Henry 5, Milijas 4 (Maierhofer 46, 6), Jarvis 5; Keogh 5, Doyle 5 (Surman 78). Booked: Stearman, Berra.
Man of the match: David Dunn.
Referee: Steve Bennett.
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