• Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: Molineux Stadium
  • Ref: Clattenburg, M
  • Attendance: 28,967
1 - 1

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers

Team Lineups

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
George Elokobi
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Michael Mancienne (Nenad Milijas, 66)
Kevin Foley (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, 79)
David Edwards (Chris Iwelumo, 37)
Stephen Ward, S
David Jones
Kevin Doyle

Blackburn Rovers

Paul Robinson
Gael Givet
Ryan Nelsen
Martin Olsson
Michel Salgado
Phil Jones
Morten Gamst Pedersen
Steven N'Zonzi
Yildiray Basturk (David Dunn, 46)
Jason Roberts (Franco di Santo, 86)
Nikola Kalinic (Keith Andrews, 57)

Match Report
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake climbed off the bench to put Wolves on the verge of Premier League safety as he earned them a point from a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers with his first touch of the ball. Ebanks-Blake had barely been on the pitch for 60 seconds when he headed home a cross from Stephen Ward in the 80th minute. The goal was also a personal milestone for Ebanks-Blake, who has spent most of the season on the bench. It was his first goal as a Premier League player in open play with his only other strike coming from the penalty spot against Aston Villa. Wolves are now seven points clear of the relegation zone with just two games remaining. They could still be caught by Burnley but that would need the Turf Moor side to win their final three matches and for Wolves to lose both of theirs - a combination that looks unlikely. Wolves had made hard work of securing a share of the spoils after falling behind to Ryan Nelsen's 28th minute strike. Nelsen's goal took Blackburn's points tally on the road this season to 11 - ensuring they still need two more to beat their previous lowest tally from away games in the top-flight of 12 set in 1998-99. Once Nelsen struck it was always going to be an uphill battle for Wolves due to their chronic lack of goals. They had failed to score in their previous four games and the strike from Ebanks-Blake was only their second in the last nine home games. Despite knowing what a win would mean, Wolves made a surprisingly low-key start to the game and it was not a surprise that Blackburn made the breakthrough. Wolves had a let-off in the 19th minute when Nikola Kalinic hit the post with a close-range header after a cross from Morten Gamst Pedersen. They survived a second scare after Steven N saw his header saved by Marcus Hahnemann. But their luck ran out when George Elokobi deflected a shot from N'Zonzi away for a corner. The resulting cross from Pedersen was missed by Hahnemann and Nelsen ghosted in to stab home his fourth goal of the season. Wolves toiled to find a way back into the game but they should really have drawn level in stoppage time at the end of the first half when Jody Craddock met a flick from Kevin Doyle only to blaze the ball across the face of goal at the far post. Craddock was again off target with a volley in the opening stages of the second half and when David Jones saw his free-kick fumbled around the post by Paul Robinson, it looked like their long wait for a goal would continue. But the decision to send on Ebanks-Blake proved an inspired one as his header from six yards beat Robinson and just crept inside the near post.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Wolves 1 Blackburn 1: Ebanks-Blake scores an 81st minute equaliser which looks like it might secure Premier League safety for Wolves in an exciting game. Nelsen had earlier given Blackburn the lead.

90

Pedersen comes in on his right foot and shoots, but it's a tame effort and it's no trouble for Hahnemann.

90

It's been a really good finish to this game - all it's missing is a winning goal from either side. There will be three minutes of added time for someone to grab one.

89

So nearly a winner for Blackburn but it hits the post. di Santo and Andrews exchange passes and Andrews fires left-footed from 12 yards, but it hits the upright.

86

Ebanks-Blake tries his luck from 20 yards but he drills it over the bar.

85
Substitution
 

Blackburn substitution: Final change of the day for the visitors and off comes Jason Roberts to be replaced by Franco di Santo.

84

Both sides seem to now be pushing forward for the win and the goal has really opened this game up. It could be an exicting final few minutes.

83

Roberts shoots left-footed from the left side of the area, but Hahnemann does well to make the save.

82

What an important goal that could turn out to be. Wolves will feel they are almost safe if they can hold onto this point now.

81
Goal
 

Wolves 1 Blackburn 1: What a substitution from Mick McCarthy. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was only on the field for a minute or so and he brings Wolves level. He gets his head to a cross and finds the bottom corner in off the post.

79
Substitution
 

Wolves substitution: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on to replace Kevin Foley.

77

You can't fault Wolves for their effort here. David Jones strikes from distance, left-footed on the volley, but the ball goes well over.

76

Decent pressure again from the hosts. Elokobi launches a long throw-in towards the Blackburn goal. Craddock flicks on as far as Doyle, but he can't turn and get his shot away.

75

Half chance for Wolves and Doyle should probably do better. The Wolves striker gets his head to a corner, but he fails to hit the target.

73

Long ball launched forward for Roberts, but the Blackburn man strays offside and Wolves earn a free-kick.

72

Milijas puts Andrews under pressure and forces a rushed clearance from the Blackburn man. Can Wolves force their way back into this?

70

Nenad Milijas gets on the end of a long punt upfield. He gets a chance to shot but drags his effort well wide.

69

Decent curling effort at goal from Pedersen, but Hahnemann is equal to it.

67

Dunn wins a corner for the visitors. It looks like they may have weathered the worst of the Wolves storm in this second half.

66
Substitution
 

Wolves substitution: Michael Mancienne comes off and on comes Nenad Milijas.

65

Rovers just look to take the sting out of the game and enjoy some possession. They've done very little as an attacking force in this second half, but they've not looked likely to surrender their one-goal lead.

63

Ward gifts possession to N'Zonzi who plays it forward for Roberts, but the flag goes up against the Blackburn striker.

61

The free-kick is teed up for Andrews, who fires at goal. His effort has the power, but not the accuracy and it flies over the bar for a goal-kick.

61

Hahnemann rushes out to collect the ball. He takes it off the foot of Craddock and this time he is penalised for handling a back-pass. Free-kick to Blackburn inside the Wolves area.

60

Dunn looks to send in a cross into the Wolves area, but he over-hits it and it sails away for a goal-kick.

59

It's been a decent second half spell for Wolves, but they have found goals really hard to come by this season and have struggled again this afternoon to craft any really good chances to get back on level terms.

58
Substitution
 

Blackburn substitution: Kalinic comes off and he makes way for Keith Andrews.

56

Another half chance for Wolves. Elokobi launches a long throw-in into the area which Robinson fumbles. Iwelumo looks to pounce but he can't get a clean strike away and Robinson gathers at the second time of asking.

55

More pressure from the home side. This time they force a goalmouth scramble following a corner and Phil Jones is forced to clear for the visitors.

54
Yellow Card
 

Pedersen slides in late on Elokobi and he receives the first yellow card of the afternoon from referee Mark Clattenburg.

52

Free-kick to Wolves within shooting range. David Jones takes. He gets it over the wall and Robinson is forced to save at the expense of a corner.

50

Pedersen ends up taking the throw short to Dunn. He crosses, but Wolves clear through Elokobi.

50

David Jones put the ball out of play for the home side and Pedersen will launch another long throw-in into the penalty area.

49

Zubar slices a clearance up and into the arms of Hahnemann. The visitors appeal for a free-kick but the play is waved on.

48

Good pressure from Wolves at the start of this half. They'll know that if Hull can't overcome their 1-0 deficit at Sunderland then a point will guarantee them a place in the top flight again next season.

47

Wolves like they're starting the second half in the same way as they ended the first. Doyle turns and shoots, but his effort is blocked.

46
Substitution
 

Blackburn substitution: Basturk is replaced by leading scorer David Dunn.

Second half
 

The home side get the ball rolling in the second half.

Half time
 

Wolves 0 Blackburn 1: Ryan Nelsen's close range effort gives Blackburn a one-goal lead at the interval. It's been a tight game with little in the way of clear-cut chances, but the visitors have shaded the action.

45

There will be one minute of added time at the end of this first half.

45

Wolves get a free-kick in a dangerous position. Craddock takes and it reaches Jones at the far post, but he can't control his volley and it goes away for a goal-kick.

44

Zubar is almost caught out with a short back-pass, but Hahnemann gets it to it clear.

42

Pedersen delivers a free-kick forward for Blackburn, but the Wolves defence all step up and a number of Rovers' players are cuaght offside.

41

Salgado handballs and Wolves are awarded a free-kick. It's looking like the visitors are going to see this through to half-time with a one-goal lead.

39

Craddock plays it out for a throw-in to Blackburn and Pedersen launches it into the Wolves area again.

37
Substitution
 

Wolves substitution: It looks like Edwards has picked up a knock and he's replaced by Chris Iwelumo.

35

Wolves try to play the ball forward for Doyle behind the Blackburn defence, but he's caught offside again.

33

The goal seems to have brought Wolves to life. Doyle plays the ball forward for Foley, goes for the return, but the flag goes up again. It's been a decent spell from the hosts.

32

Wolves try to come forward again, but Givet intercepts the ball as it comes forward and clears for the visitors.

31

Wolves look to get back on level terms. They put the ball in towards Doyle, but the flag goes up against the Wolves man as he goes for the header.

30

The visitors have certainly been decent value for their lead as we approach the half-hour mark. It's not been the most open Premier League, but Blackburn have shaded it.

28
Goal
 

Wolves 0 Blackburn 1: Corner at the other end to Blackburn. Hahnemann can't get to it and Nelsen shrugs off Craddock to turn it home from close range at the far post.

27

The corner is headed clear as far as David Jones, but his shot from a thigt angle can only find the side netting.

26

Doyle puts in a cross towards Edwards, who heads at goal, but it's deflected wide for a corner.

24

Wolves launch a long throw-in of their own into the Blackburn area. It's Elokobi who takes the throw, but they can't make anything of it and Blackburn clear.

23

Kevin Doyle tries to beat Gael Givet and claims a corner off of the Blackburn man, but only a goal-kick is given.

21

Stephen Ward bundles over Yildiray Basturk and Blackburn are awarded a free-kick inside their half. Robinson plays it forward long into the Wolves area. N'Zonzi gets his head to it but his effort doesn't trouble Hahnemann in the Wolves goal.

19

Chance immediately at the other end for Blackburn and the visitors are a whisker away from taking the lead. Olsson crosses for Nikola Kalinic who rises well, but sees his header go wide off the outside of the post with Hahnemann beaten.

18

Half chance for Wolves.Edwards has a chance to go for goal but opts to head back across towards Doyle, but his effort goes behind the Wolves striker and the chance goes begging.

17

Kevin Foley crosses from the right for Wolves and Ryan Nelsen is forced to head behind and concede the corner. The corner is played into the penalty area, but Pedersen heads away.

16

Salgado does well to shield the ball away and clear under pressure. Blackburn launch an attack at the other end, but Olsson fails to control the ball at the far post and the chance goes.

14

It's becoming a common theme for Blackburn - long throw-in into the box by Pedersen. This time it's Michael Mancienne who heads it clear.

11

It's been a pretty quiet opening to this match. Neither side have yet had an shot at goal.

10

Claims for a Blackburn penalty as Michel Salgado is bundled over in the area. The referee waves play on much to Salgado's disgust.

9

Wolves have another long throw-in from Pedersen to defend. This time though Marcus Hahnemann comes out to collect.

7

The throw-in goes into the Wolves penalty area, but Elokobi is there to clear again.

6

Blackburn win a free-kick inside the Wolves half which Pedersen takes. It's a poor delivery from the Blackburn man, with the ball headed easily clear by the first defender at the expense of a throw-in.

6

Martin Olsson sends in a deep cross towards the far post, but George Elokobi clears for Wolves.

5

It's been a positive start for the home side who will all but confirm their Premier League status with a win today.

4

Wolves come forward again, but David Edwards is caught offside and it's a free-kick to Blackburn.

3

Wolves launch their first attack, but the ball goes behind for a goal-kick to Blackburn which Paul Robinson takes for the visitors.

2

Pedersen tries to advance down the wing for Blackburn, but he runs it out of play and Wolves have a throw-in.

Kickoff
 

Rovers get this game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Blackburn have earned just 10 points away from home all season. Their lowest ever tally in a Premier League season is 12 and Sam Allardyce will no doubt already be planning on strengthening his squad to improve this next season.

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If Blackburn can keep a clean sheet this afternoon it will be their third consecutive shut-out away from home since ¬Ė a feat they¬íve not achieved since January 2006.

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In the head-to-head matches, Blackburn are unbeaten in the last five matches against Wolves. Their last defeat was back in 2000 in a game which Wolves won 2-1 at Molineux. Wolves' last defeat at home to Blackburn, however, came in October 1990.

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Blackburn, meanwhile, have only scored 11 times in 16 away games.

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The statistics point to a low ¬Ėscoring game this afternoon. The hosts have not scored in the last four games. They¬íve only notched up 10 goals at home all season and with 28 goals in 35 games they¬íre the lowest scorers in the top flight.

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Karl Henry is missing from the home side’s line-up as he completes his suspension.

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Christopher Samba (groin) and Brett Emerton (hamstring) both miss out through injury for the visitors. Matt Jarvis has also failed to recover from a thigh strain problem.

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Blackburn team line-up: Robinson, Nelsen, Jones, Givet, Salgado, Basturk, Nzonzi, Pedersen, Olsson, Kalinic, Roberts

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Wolverhampton Wanderers team line-up: Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Mancienne, Foley, Edwards, David Jones, Ward, Doyle