Blackburn 1 Stoke 2: Peter Crouch double halts Rovers' brief revival
A first-half brace from Peter Crouch earned Stoke victory at Ewood Park as Blackburn failed to build on their stunning victory over Manchester United. Rovers began well and Christopher Samba headed against the bar before seeing a goal disallowed but it was Stoke who took the lead in the 17th minute through Crouch. The big striker grabbed his second on the stroke of half-time by finishing off a Stoke break and, although substitute David Goodwillie pulled one back with 21 minutes to go, it was not enough to prevent a third successive home defeat.
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