<—END OF LOAD TAG—>
 
  • Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 35,474
Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

Defoe (45)

Pavlyuchenko (55)

Pavlyuchenko (85)

3 - 1

Tottenham Hotspur vs Blackburn Rovers

Team Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Sebastien Bassong
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric (Eidur Gudjohnsen, 89)
Niko Kranjcar
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Jermain Defoe (Peter Crouch, 82)

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson (Jason Brown, 26)
Christopher Samba
Gael Givet (Franco di Santo, 74)
Brett Emerton (Keith Andrews, 62)
Martin Olsson
Michel Salgado
Pascal Chimbonda
David Dunn
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Steven N'Zonzi
Nikola Kalinic

Match Report
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice as Tottenham moved a step closer to their Champions League ambitions with a 3-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers. Jermain Defoe opened the scoring just before half-time and Pavlyuchenko bagged a second-half brace, to make it eight goals in six games. Spurs should have gone ahead early on when Pavlyuchenko bobbled a shot over the bar after Benoit Assou-Ekotto had capitalised on some sloppy Blackburn defending. Gareth Bale continued his impressive form and often had the beating of Blackburn right-back Michel Salgado. He set up Pavlyuchenko, who again failed to hit the target from close range. Wilson Palacios then neatly found Defoe with a throughball but the England striker was denied by substitute keeper Jason Brown. Spurs got their breakthrough just before half-time when a Niko Kranjcar corner found Vedran Corluka, whose header glanced across the face of goal and Defoe provided the tap-in at the back post. Spurs extended their lead early in the second period. Luka Modric set off on the counter-attack and picked out Defoe, who unselfishly knocked the ball to Pavlyuchenko. The in-form striker fired a shot that squirmed underneath Brown, who should have done better in the Blackburn goal. Blackburn began to threaten and a ball across the box from Martin Olsson needed a better touch from Kalinic before Spurs broke away. Bale felt he should have had a penalty when he went down under the challenge of Salgado but referee Howard Webb waved play on. Blackburn got back in the game late on when Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner was met by the towering Christopher Samba to make it 2-1. Spurs won a free-kick minutes later and Bale pin-pointed Pavlyuchenko with a ball across goal but the striker squandered his shot. However, he was granted a second chance when Palacios picked out Bale to provide another telling cross for the Russian who could not miss. Samba then acrobatically cleared Pavlyuchenko's goalbound lob to deny the Tottenham man a hat-trick. Kalinic found the net but the striker was adjudged to have handled the ball and Spurs held out for a 3-1 win.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: TOTTENHAM 3-1 BLACKBURN. Spurs do their claims for fourth place no harm with victory against Rovers.

90

There will be three minutes of added time.

90

Nikola Kalinic's volley into the back of the net is ruled out for handball.

88
Substitution
 

Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Luka Modric.

88

Roman Pavlyuchenko's chipped effort is cleared off the line by Christopher Samba.

85
Goal
 

TOTTENHAM 3-1 BLACKBURN. Bale's low cross is slotted home by PAVLYUCHENKO.

83

Heurelho Gomes collects the ball from Franco di Santo's flick-on.

81
Substitution
 

Peter Crouch replaces Jermain Defoe for Spurs.

79
Goal
 

TOTTENHAM 2-1 BLACKBURN. SAMBA grabs a goal back with a header from Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner.

78

Roman Pavlyuchenko turns well but gives the ball away.

76

Wilson Palacios makes a great intervention to halt Nikola Kalinic's progress.

74
Substitution
 

Gael Givet is replaced by Franco di Santo.

72

Martin Olsson's cross is straight into the hands of Heurelho Gomes.

70

Pascal Chimbonda mis-controls the ball and it goes out for a throw-in.

68

Steven N'Zonzi's header is wide of the upright.

68

Spurs see a penalty appeal waved away following a Michel Salgado chellenge on Gareth Bale.

67

Nikola Kalinic flicks the ball on but Steven N'Zonzi can't latch onto the ball.

65

Spurs are on top in this game.

63

Luka Modric drags his shot wide as Spurs go looking for another goal.

61
Substitution
 

Keith Andrews replaces Brett Emerton.

59

Jermain Defoe looks to pass to Gareth Bale but can't find his man.

57

David Dunn's free kick is blocked by Michael Dawson.

54
Goal
 

TOTTENHAM 2-0 BLACKBURN. PAVLYUCHENKO shoots home from the edge of the area to double Spurs' tally.

54

Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner is headed away by Gareth Bale.

53

Morten Gamst Pedersen's free kick is headed away by Benoit Assou-Ekotto at the far post for a corner.

50

Roman Pavlyuchenko looks to play the ball forward but his pass is too strong.

48

Michael Dawson is alert to the situation to take the ball of the foot Nikola Kalinic in the area.

47

Jermain Defoe's 30-yard volley is high of the target.

Second half
 

Referee Howard Webb gets the second half underway.

Half time
 

Half Time: TOTTENHAM 1-0 BLACKBURN. Spurs go into the break with a deserved lead after enjoying the better of the first 45 minutes.

45
Goal
 

TOTTENHAM 1-0 BLACKBURN. DEFOE knocks the ball home at the back post after Vedran Corluka flicks on a corner.

43

Gareth Bale volleys away from Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw.

41

Jermain Defoe looks to have picked up a knock after a challenge with Christopher Samba.

39

Spurs have looked the more likely team to score in this half.

37

Jermain Defoe's first-time shot is saved low-down by Jason Brown.

35

Jason Brown gets fingertips to the ball to keep out a deflected cross.

35

Gareth Bale finds Jermain Defoe but the striker is forced away from the danger zone.

33

Gareth Bale tears down the left again but his cross is headed away by Christopher Samba.

31

Jermain Defoe looks incredulous after being ruled offside.

29

Gareth Bale cuts inside and bursts into the area but his shot is just wide.

27

Roman Pavlyuchenko ties himself up in knots as he looks to let the ball run through his legs.

24
Substitution
 

Paul Robinson has picked up an injury and is being replaced by Jason Brown.

23

Jermain Defoe shows good control but his shot is blocked.

22

Spurs are struggling to get into their stride against a well organised Rovers side.

20

Roman Pavlyuchenko fires wide from Gareth Bale's excellent cross.

19

Vedran Corluka makes a great challenge to dispossess David Dunn.

17

Gael Givet beats Jermain Defoe in the air and Blackburn look to attack.

15

The ball falls to Roman Pavlyuchenko but his volley is into the ground and wide.

13

Paul Robinson hoofs the ball forward but it lands ahead of Christopher Samba.

10

Steven N'Zonzi's strike is blocked.

9

Paul Robinson has to be alert after Steven N'Zonzi sells his back pass short.

8

Roman Pavlyuchenko's right-foot shot from 25 yards flies high and wide of the target.

6

Martin Olsson is receiving treatment after picking up a knock.

6

Morten Gamst Pedersen's free kick is just over the head of Christopher Samba.

6

Gareth Bale fires another ball into the area but the Rovers defence are equal to the challenge again.

4

David Dunn bursts forward but his resulting shot is blocked.

2

Gareth Bale's cross into the area is cleared by the Rovers defence.

1
Kickoff
 

Referee Howard Webb gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

David Dunn returns for Rovers following a calf problem.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe start upfront for the home side.