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  • Date:09 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:28,426
  • Hoilett (45)
  • Bowyer (31)
Goal!

Live Commentary

98mins

Close range header by Christopher Samba misses to the right of the goal.

98mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the outswinging corner, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.

96mins

David Dunn concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Carr. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

95mins

Craig Gardner handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

91mins

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

89mins

Cameron Jerome concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

88mins

Christopher Samba produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

85mins

The referee cautions Stephen Carr for unsporting behaviour. Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Stephen Carr, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Dunn from left wing.

83mins

The ball is delivered by Kevin Phillips, Brett Emerton makes a clearance.

82mins

Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

81mins

The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Cameron Jerome manages to make a clearance.

80mins

Booking for Sebastian Larsson for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Sebastian Larsson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel.

78mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.

77mins

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post, save by Ben Foster.

75mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Curtis Davies on Benjani Mwaruwari. Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort direct from the free kick.

73mins

Effort from inside the six-yard box by Christopher Samba goes wide left of the target.

72mins

A cross is delivered by Brett Emerton.

71mins

Jermaine Jones is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips by Jermaine Jones results in a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

David Hoilett leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Emerton.

69mins

Centre by Jason Roberts, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

68mins

Benjani Mwaruwari produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

66mins

Booking for Craig Gardner. Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett. Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Ben Foster.

65mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, save made by Ben Foster.

63mins

Roque Santa Cruz leaves the field to be replaced by Benjani Mwaruwari.

63mins

The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson.

60mins

Barry Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Jones. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

59mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Gardner. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

56mins

David Hoilett produces a cross, Roque Santa Cruz takes a shot.

53mins

Jermaine Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.

52mins

Goal scored by David Hoilett from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Birmingham.

52mins

Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Jermaine Jones results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Paul Robinson makes a save.

48mins

Stuart Parnaby produces a cross, Phil Jones makes a clearance.

47mins

Michel Salgado takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.

46mins

The ball is crossed by Michel Salgado.

46mins

The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Curtis Davies on for Roger Johnson.

45mins

Centre by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.

44mins

A cross is delivered by David Hoilett, blocked by Stephen Carr.

43mins

Foul by David Dunn on Craig Gardner, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

42mins

David Dunn delivers the ball, Roque Santa Cruz has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

40mins

David Hoilett delivers the ball.

37mins

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.

36mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Lee Bowyer. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

35mins

Jason Roberts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Nelsen.

34mins

The ball is swung over by David Dunn, Roque Santa Cruz has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

32mins

Lee Bowyer scores a headed goal from close in. Blackburn 0-1 Birmingham.Cameron Jerome provided the assist for the goal.

31mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Ben Foster.

31mins

Centre by Jermaine Jones, Stuart Parnaby gets a block in.

26mins

The referee gives a free kick against David Hoilett for handball. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

25mins

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen to the near post, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.

24mins

Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Roque Santa Cruz. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

22mins

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

21mins

Foul by David Hoilett on Stuart Parnaby, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

18mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

17mins

Kevin Phillips sends in a cross.

16mins

David Dunn challenges Lee Bowyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Jermaine Jones makes a clearance.

11mins

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

11mins

Martin Olsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Lee Bowyer.

10mins

Sebastian Larsson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Jermaine Jones.

8mins

Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Ben Foster.

7mins

The ball is sent over by Cameron Jerome.

5mins

Lee Bowyer is adjudged to have handled the ball. Morten Gamst Pedersen sends in a cross, Christopher Samba has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

4mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Carr.

4mins

The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen.

2mins

Martin Olsson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Martin Olsson challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

1mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Jermaine Jones misses to the left of the goal.

Match Preview

Kean: Seven cup finals await Rovers Blackburn manager Steve Kean refuses to class Saturday's visit of fellow strugglers Birmingham as a "must-win" match in their bid to avoid relegation. With just seven games remaining and the club two points above the drop zone time is running out for teams to safeguard their future. And despite home matches being an obvious strength for Rovers - they have lost seven of the last 40 at Ewood Park - Kean stressed they cannot afford to pin their hopes on beating the likes of Birmingham and Bolton, with both high-flying Manchester clubs also yet to make the trip to east Lancashire. "They are all massive games," he said. "When you get to this stage of the season I don't think you can say Birmingham is any more important than Bolton or Arsenal (last week) because then you get into the tendency of writing games off. "We've also got Everton, West Ham and Wolves - they are all important and we have to be careful not to minimise the importance of any of them. "The players know how important each game is and see it as seven cup finals rather than two against Bolton and Birmingham. "We must get something out of every single game and that is the mindset we must adopt. "It could be the case we could be safe with two wins but what we have to do is add on. "I think it is inches which is going to make the difference, not yards, because there is so little between the teams. "We are two unbeaten at the moment and we have got a bit of momentum from fantastic effort from the lads." Having got what many considered a bonus point in the goalless draw at Arsenal last week, where they had midfielder Steven Nzonzi sent off, Kean wants to ensure his team are not distracted by that result. Rovers are above Birmingham only on goal difference and with five of their last seven meetings having been settled by the odd goal Saturday's encounter is likely to be closely-contested. "The squad is bright and bubbly because sometimes when you get a point at a place like the Emirates, where you have not done well for years, it almost feels like a win," the Rovers boss added. "It is keeping that focus on the next game, taking the confidence from the game before but not becoming lethargic or thinking because you have had a very good result against a team going for the championship that the next one is automatic - it is very far from that." Ben Foster believes Birmingham can guarantee Barclays Premier League survival if their proud defensive record stays intact for the remainder of the season. England keeper Foster said: "If you look at some of the teams around us, you'd say they are pretty good at scoring goals. "But they haven't got what we've got at the back. As easily as those teams can score, they can ship goals as well. "I think we've been pretty good at nicking the odd goal and grinding results out. "It's what we are about in a way and our defensive record is one of the best of the teams in the bottom half of the table. "Yes, we know we've got to score more goals and win more games. "But hopefully that kind of record at the other end of the pitch will see us through as well." Foster insists whoever holds their nerve in the final six weeks of the campaign will stay up. He said: "Coming towards the end of the season, the games are vital for everyone, it's going to be a bit scrappy and not beautiful football to watch. "It's about how you cope and do whatever you can to get the result. We've got some tough games - but they are games we'd like to think we can get something from." Blues boss Alex McLeish admits he will be relatively content if Carling Cup winners Birmingham end the season in 17th spot. He said: "What I would like to see is we don't lose any games between now and the end of the season. "It will probably be very difficult but we've got to have that mindset, have that attitude. "If we stay up by one goal, I'll be quite happy. I've always said we've got to get in the top 17." Defender Martin Jiranek and winger David Bentley are unavailable through injury which strikers Nikola Zigic and Obafemi Martins are rated 50-50.

Formation:4231Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

Formation: 442Manager: Alex McLeish

Birmingham

  • Paul Robinson
  • Michel Salgado
  • Christopher Samba
  • Ryan Nelsen
  • Martin Olsson
  • Jermaine Jones
  • Phil Jones
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • David Dunn
  • David Hoilett
  • Roque Santa Cruz
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Brett Emerton
  • Ruben Rochina
  • Benjani Mwaruwari
  • Jason Roberts
  • Grant Hanley
  • Mame Diouf

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Match Report

Rovers rally to hold Blues Junior Hoilett capitalised on a Birmingham defensive blunder to grab his side a point in a hard-fought Barclays Premier League relegation battle at Ewood Park that ended 1-1. Hoilett pounced on an error by Liam Ridgewell to burst clear and beat keeper Ben Foster in first-half injury time in a dramatic end to the opening period. Lee Bowyer had earlier put Blues in front with a header from point-blank range but the second half was nowhere near as dramatic, with both teams ultimately forced to settle for a point. Morten Gamst Pedersen recovered from the illness which forced him to miss Blackburn's heroic draw at Arsenal and replaced the suspended Steven Nzonzi, while David Dunn started against his old club in place of Brett Emerton with Steve Kean's men desperate for the points. The outcome was just as critical for Blues and boss Alex McLeish named an unchanged team, after strikers Nikola Zigic and Obafemi Martins both failed late fitness tests. Rovers carved out a fine chance in the opening seconds when Hoilett threaded a pass to Jermaine Jones in the box but the American slipped and his chance went begging. Barely a minute had gone before home defender Martin Olsson became the first man in referee Chris Foy's notebook for a sliding challenge on Sebastian Larsson. In a promising start by Rovers, captain Chris Samba came close in the fifth minute when he stooped to head a Pedersen free-kick just wide of Ben Foster's right-hand post. Ryan Nelsen headed a Pedersen corner into Foster's hands as the visitors struggled to get a grip on the game, offering little other than Cameron Jerome's scampering counter-attacks. Birmingham grabbed the lead out of nowhere in the 32nd minute when Bowyer headed them in front after a cross by Jerome. Birmingham came close to making it 2-0 two minutes before the break when Dunn fouled Craig Gardner and Larsson slammed the free-kick against the post. A nasty-looking injury to Roger Johnson meant a lengthy period of stoppage time, in which Rovers grabbed the equaliser. Hoilett dispossessed Ridgewell and raced clear to round Foster and slot home. Birmingham looked the better side early in the second half and Larsson once again came close from a free-kick which Robinson saved well. Rovers came close in the 55th minute when Hoilett turned in the box and crossed for Santa Cruz, who headed against the top of the bar. Rovers won a dangerous 75th-minute free-kick but Pedersen slammed a low shot into the Birmingham wall. Rovers once again looked more likely to win it but clear-cut chances were few and far between in a scrappy final 10 minutes in which both sides' frustrations grew.

Form Guide

    LDLLDD
  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • WLLDLW

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 21/08/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 24/03/2010
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 15/12/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 4 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 11/05/2008
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 07/10/2007
  • Birmingham
  • 2 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 19/04/2006

Top Scorers

Blackburn

  • N Kalinic 5
  • M Pedersen 4
  • C Samba 4
  • J Roberts 3
  • R Nelsen 3
  • B Mwaruwari 3
  • MB Diouf 3
  • D Hoilett 3
  • B Emerton 2
  • D Dunn 1
  • G Givet 1
  • M Olsson 1
  • S Nzonzi 1
  • G Hanley 1

Birmingham

  • N Zigic 5
  • C Gardner 5
  • L Ridgewell 4
  • C Jerome 3
  • L Bowyer 2
  • R Johnson 2
  • JA Beausejour 2
  • S Dann 2
  • K Phillips 1
  • K Fahey 1
  • A Hleb 1
  • S Larsson 1

Goals

Blackburn

    • Total goals 90
    • Goals per game 39
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 81
    • Goals per game 30
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 11 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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