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Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Oriol Romeu replaces Ramires.
Strike by Fernando Torres from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Foul by Raul Meireles on Martin Olsson, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left wing, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Effort on goal by Morten Gamst Pedersen from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Raul Meireles concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Raul Meireles goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Grant Hanley takes a shot. Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. David Hoilett gets a block in. The ball is sent over by Ramires.
David Hoilett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Alex takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Ashley Cole for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Mata leaves the field to be replaced by Raul Meireles. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Mauro Formica concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Morten Gamst Pedersen receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mikel takes the free kick.
David Dunn crosses the ball, clearance by Ashley Cole.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Petr Cech makes a save.
Alex gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Dunn. Caution for Gael Givet. Daniel Sturridge shown a yellow card. Shot on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, Frank Lampard gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole.
Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. David Dunn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ruben Rochina. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Mauro Formica takes a shot. Ramires manages to make a clearance.
Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
Alex takes a shot. Gael Givet gets a block in.
Foul by Grant Hanley on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Grant Hanley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Juan Mata takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance by Gael Givet.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Alex.
Ramires challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Mauro Formica takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
Ramires takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet. Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Ruben Rochina.
Grant Hanley takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Ayegbeni Yakubu fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, save by Petr Cech.
Jason Lowe is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jason Lowe receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
The ball is swung over by David Hoilett, clearance by Alex.
Ramires produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Juan Mata. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by David Hoilett, save by Petr Cech.
Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Mikel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Frank Lampard scores a headed goal from close range. Blackburn 0-1 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic.
Juan Mata crosses the ball.
David Hoilett crosses the ball, clearance by Mikel.
Mauro Formica produces a cross, Mikel makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel from the left by-line to the near post, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson, clearance made by Alex.
Grant Hanley on for Christopher Samba.
Fernando Torres is brought on as a substitute for Florent Malouda.
Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Gael Givet results in a free kick. Alex takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ruben Rochina. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against David Hoilett. Free kick taken by Alex.
Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
The referee blows for offside. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
Ayegbeni Yakubu is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex.
Unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Juan Mata results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Ramires. Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Daniel Sturridge.
The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Frank Lampard takes a inswinging corner.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Ruben Rochina goes wide left of the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Petr Cech.
David Hoilett fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Effort from outside the box by Florent Malouda goes wide right of the target.
Mauro Formica gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Christopher Samba. John Terry takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Ramires.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Sturridge, save by Paul Robinson.
Pedersen predicts tough time for Chelsea
Morten Gamst Pedersen believes Ewood Park will be a tough place for Chelsea to change their fortunes as Blackburn have rediscovered their "fighting spirit".
Andre Villas-Boas' side slumped to a 5-3 home defeat against Arsenal on Saturday before they were held to a disappointing draw by Genk in the Champions League.
Both Chelsea and Blackburn have added distractions off the pitch, with some Rovers fans still protesting for the sacking of manager Steve Kean, while the Blues have been the focus of media attention in the wake of the racism allegations against John Terry.
However, Pedersen is confident Blackburn's luck is about to change after some strong performances.
Rovers ended Newcastle's unbeaten start to the season in their 4-3 Carling Cup win before a stoppage-time penalty denied them victory over Norwich in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
"We have to take the positives and look forward," the central midfielder said.
"All last week we played three good games against Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich and probably should have a few more points on the table.
"If you work hard over a season it will even out. It's about time now. It's different if you play a poor game and don't get anything but when you're playing well and you actually know that something's going on.
"We're improving in training, people are fresh and the fighting spirit is there.
"It's going to be an interesting game on Saturday because we are going to be a tough team to beat at Ewood.
"You know they've had a tough week as they lost to Arsenal at home so they'll want to bounce back.
"We need the points and we want to show everyone at Blackburn Rovers what we are made of.
"We beat Arsenal, we beat Newcastle at home, we had a good game against Tottenham as well so I think Chelsea know it's going to be a tough game."
The Norway international denied protests by a section of Blackburn fans, who are demanding for Kean to go, have affected the team.
"Our football has spoken for itself in the last week and the last few weeks," Pedersen said.
"Everyone who has been on the pitch has shown commitment to Blackburn and worked hard."
Andre Villas-Boas has accused Blackburn fans of showing a lack of respect to Steve Kean.
Rovers boss Kean has faced a series of protests calling for his head this season and there looks set to be another one during the club's latest home game.
Chelsea have had problems with their own supporters in recent days following a successful revolt against Roman Abramovich's plans to buy the freehold of Stamford Bridge and the disgraceful taunting of Anton Ferdinand by some fans during Wednesday night's Champions League game at Genk.
The Blues have also had to contend with the John Terry racism inquiry which looks set to drag on and more than one Football Association fine.
On top of all that, back-to-back Barclays Premier League defeats have left the Londoners nine points behind leaders Manchester City.
So a trip to a club who are arguably in just as much turmoil after winning only one league game all season could be the ideal tonic.
But Villas-Boas said: "It would be wrong to think like that.
"Blackburn are a team that are going through ups and downs in terms of emotions - losses and draws at home; a public that have shown a bit of disrespect for their manager.
"Steve is my friend and I have high respect for what he's done.
"It's been going emotionally up and down at Blackburn.
"When a team is like that, you know the team can put up a proper challenge. We have to be up to our best again."
Villas-Boas admitted Rovers fans had the "right to an opinion" but questioned whether it was a fully informed one.
He added: "The owners and Steve live every day with that squad and know what they are capable of. This is not available to the fans.
"There is belief in that squad that they can turn things around.
"Their run in the Carling Cup shows that. I believe that he can do a good job.
"Of course, managers are always questioned by the results.
"That's fair in a business where people want to be successful. But I believe they are on the right track."
Villas-Boas believes the same about his own Chelsea project as he bids to prevent his side's recent slump becoming a full-blown crisis.
The Blues have not lost three Premier League games in a row since 1999 and failure to win on Saturday could see them drop out of the top four.
Lampard sees Blues past Rovers
Frank Lampard directed a second-half header past Paul Robinson as wobbly Chelsea clung onto a precious clean sheet to secure a 1-0 win at Blackburn.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas knew his side could not countenance any more dropped points after two consecutive Barclays Premier League defeats including their 5-3 loss to Arsenal.
And while Lampard did the business by stooping to nod home a low Branislav Ivanovic cross on 50 minutes, struggling Rovers had numerous late chances to claim at least a draw.
In a stirring reaction to Lampard's opener, Rovers poured forward with both Grant Hanley and Ayegbeni Yakubu bringing fine saves out of visiting goalkeeper Petr Cech.
And with four minutes left on the clock Ivanovic almost gifted Rovers a point when his attempted clearance from a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner ricocheted back off the underside of the crossbar.
Ultimately the result left Rovers rooted in the bottom three while a plane circled Ewood Park trailing a banner which bore the slogan `Steve Kean Out'.
The airborne distraction had provided the only memorable moment of a tepid first half in which Chelsea were restricted to a first-minute effort from Daniel Sturridge which was saved by Robinson.
Blackburn almost went ahead in the ninth minute when Mauro Formica cut in from the right and crossed for Yakubu who stretched to prod the ball wide under pressure from the advancing Cech.
Cech required seven minutes of treatment for a facial injury in the resulting clash with the striker, during which time the Chelsea medical team worked to stem the flow of blood.
When play resumed, it was the home side who continued to press forward with confidence, with the increasingly impressive Ruben Rochina blazing wide from 20 yards.
The lively Sturridge failed a win a penalty when he fell under the challenge of Christopher Samba in the box, then moments later his cross from the left was just too strong for Juan Mata in front of goal.
Sturridge was caught narrowly offside racing onto a through-ball from Malouda then Lampard blazed over from 20 yards after a cross from Ivanovic.
Villas-Boas, desperate not to drop points which could leave them even further adrift of the Premier League summit, replaced the ineffective Malouda with Fernando Torres at the break.
But Rovers started the second period in lively fashion with Hoilett crossing in the box towards Formica, whose chance was foiled when Terry stabbed the ball away.
The visitors grabbed the lead in the 50th minute with only their second shot on target. Ivanovic turned inside Hoilett on the right and crossed for Lampard who directed a low header past Robinson.
But Rovers should have equalised four minutes later when Cech parried a Pedersen free-kick into the path of Hanley, who drilled the rebound straight into the prostrate keeper.
As the game belatedly sprang into life, Ramires had a goal-bound effort blocked in the box by Jason Lowe, then Lampard fired a long-ranger which was tipped over by Robinson.
Chelsea's defensive frailties were evident again in the 67th minute when Yakubu wriggled between Alex and John Terry before hitting a curling shot which Cech saved well.
Rovers had yet another chance to equalise in the 70th minute when Rochina found Formica in the right side of the Chelsea box and while his shot beat Cech it was booted clear by Ramires.
Then came Rovers' big chance four minutes from time when Pedersen swung in a corner and the ball ricocheted off the back of Ivanovic's head and against the underside of the bar.
Chelsea should have wrapped the game up in injury time when a one-two between Torres and Cole gifted the Spaniard the simplest of chances which he somehow spooned over the bar.
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