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Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Hanley. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Mauro Formica for handball. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.
Steven Nzonzi has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauro Formica on Clint Dempsey. Strike comes in from Danny Murphy from the free kick.
Philippe Senderos challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Philippe Senderos receives a caution. Kerim Frei goes off and Simon Davies comes on. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauro Formica on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Philippe Senderos delivers the ball, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Jason Lowe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy. Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line to the near post, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, Grant Hanley makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Murphy, clearance by Gael Givet.
Centre by Kerim Frei, David Hoilett manages to make a clearance.
A goal is scored by Mauro Formica from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-1 Fulham.Assist by Steven Nzonzi.
A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, blocked by David Hoilett.
Shot from just outside the box by David Goodwillie misses to the right of the target.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Morten Gamst Pedersen receives a yellow card. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Header from close range by Bobby Zamora misses to the right of the goal.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Kerim Frei. Kerim Frei takes the free kick.
John Arne Riise takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar. Andrew Johnson comes on in place of John Arne Riise.
A cross is delivered by Kerim Frei, clearance by Martin Olsson.
The ball is crossed by Bryan Ruiz, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Brede Hangeland challenges Mauro Formica unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Philippe Senderos fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick. Mauro Formica replaces David Dunn. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by John Arne Riise. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Stephen Kelly delivers the ball, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.
Centre by Kerim Frei, Jason Lowe gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kerim Frei, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Bobby Zamora, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
Centre by Bobby Zamora.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.
Kerim Frei produces a cross, Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Clint Dempsey goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance made by Grant Hanley.
Clint Dempsey produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Kerim Frei, Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by David Hoilett.
Damien Duff gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 2-1 Fulham.Danny Murphy provided the assist for the goal.
Bobby Zamora delivers the ball.
Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.
Shot by Damien Duff.
Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by David Goodwillie.
Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick. John Arne Riise takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save. The official flags Clint Dempsey offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is sent over by Clint Dempsey, save by Paul Robinson. Shot from inside the area by John Arne Riise clears the bar.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Dunn by Bryan Ruiz. Morten Gamst Pedersen finds the net from the free kick from 18 yards. Blackburn 1-0 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from David Dunn.
Corner taken by Kerim Frei, clearance made by David Goodwillie.
Effort from just outside the area by Clint Dempsey goes over the target.
David Goodwillie takes a shot. Blocked by John Arne Riise. David Dunn gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 2-0 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from David Goodwillie.
Foul by Bryan Ruiz on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Kelly crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Clint Dempsey misses to the left of the goal.
Morten Gamst Pedersen has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Kerim Frei, save by Paul Robinson. Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, clearance made by Gael Givet.
David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Danny Murphy delivers the ball, Philippe Senderos takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the left by-line, clearance by Jason Lowe.
The ball is crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Danny Murphy gets a block in.
Kerim Frei replaces Moussa Dembele.
The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.
Radosav Petrovic leaves the field to be replaced by David Goodwillie.
The ball is sent over by John Arne Riise.
John Arne Riise sends in a cross, blocked by Grant Hanley.
David Dunn takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.
Martin Olsson produces a cross.
Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. The referee red cards Ayegbeni Yakubu for serious foul play. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora takes a shot.
Corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, clearance made by Gael Givet.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly, clearance made by Jason Lowe.
The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
Radosav Petrovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, blocked by Stephen Kelly.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
David Dunn challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, David Stockdale makes a save.
David Dunn takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in. David Hoilett takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
David Hoilett fouled by Stephen Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Bryan Ruiz, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Damien Duff.
Damien Duff fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Radosav Petrovic results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Ayegbeni Yakubu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Radosav Petrovic.
Kean sees big chance to escape bottom three
Blackburn manager Steve Kean admits this weekend's Barclays Premier League fixture schedule looks promising for his team - but is taking nothing for granted.
Rovers, currently bottom of the table, host Fulham while fellow strugglers Bolton (18th) and Wolves (16th) are at Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.
Sunday then sees 17th-placed QPR travel to high-flying Newcastle before second-bottom Wigan take on leaders Manchester City at the DW Stadium on Monday night.
A win could take Blackburn out of the relegation zone if other results go their way and Kean feels there is a "very good chance" Rovers will have their heads above water so long as they seal the three points against the Cottagers.
Having seen his side spring a surprise in recent weeks by drawing 1-1 at Anfield and winning 3-2 at Old Trafford, though, the Scot knows it is risky trying to predict how games will go and insists the focus simply needs to be on the job at Ewood Park.
"We know some of the teams around us have got difficult fixtures this weekend," Kean said. "We also know there can be upsets, though, because people probably looked at our last two away games (in the league) and thought we weren't going to get anything.
"What you can guarantee is looking after your own results.
"We will go into the Fulham game with lots more people available, a good training week under our belt and we know if we can get a positive result, there is a very good chance that we can climb out of the bottom three with plenty of games to go."
Blackburn are set to have several key players back, with goalkeeper Paul Robinson (calf), winger Junior Hoilett and central midfielder David Dunn (both hamstring) all in line to make their returns from injury having been in full training this week.
Captain Christopher Samba - who Kean says is not for sale - is also fit again after sitting out the FA Cup defeat at Newcastle last weekend due to an ankle knock and tight hamstring.
After the encouraging results on the road, Rovers were brought crashing back down to earth in their last league outing by a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke.
Fulham boss Martin Jol has praised Blackburn's board for sticking with under-fire Kean.
Owners Venky's and Kean have come under fire from unhappy fans, leading to calls for both to leave the Lancashire outfit.
Jol admits he has never seen anything like it before during his career in professional football and admires the owners for their backing of Kean.
"It is an awkward situation," the Fulham manager said. "Most of the time the club, the board and the owners will give in after a couple of week and we, the managers, are gone.
"But they have stuck with him and you get a different situation.
"I think this could be the first time probably in the history of the Premier League that a board stuck with their manager [under such pressure]. How many times will that happen?
"You need time for development as well as results, which is not a good combination.
"Of course as you saw with QPR it is a tough job and people have to make decision like that."
Jol was referring to Neil Warnock's sacking as QPR manager earlier this week after a string of poor performances.
Warnock claims he would have kept the R's in the Premier League and Jol believes Kean can do the same if Blackburn stick with him.
"I feel for any manager that is under pressure," he said. "He, of course, needs time.
"He does not necessarily have a young team but there are a few good youngsters there. I think they have been a bit unfortunate.
"Hopefully they will let him get on with his job and then you will see, with his younger players and Yakubu up front, they will be fine."
Jol does not necessarily agree this is a good time to be playing Rovers.
"Every game is different," he said. "If you saw them over the last four or five games they were always on the fringe of doing something good, but then they conceded a goal and that was awful for them.
"But it is not easy to play at Manchester United and if you saw that match, they played a 4-5-1 and came away with a good result.
"If you let them play, they have good players on the ball.
"For us we need to be efficient and score one or two goals and then, of course, we are in with a chance."
Jol will have Simon Davies (back) and Andrew Johnson (groin) available while Dickson Etuhu will be assessed ahead of the match.
Rovers on the up after vital win
Ten-man Blackburn brilliantly clawed their way out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for the first time in four months with a 3-1 win over Fulham.
The first red card of Ayegbeni Yakubu's nine-year career in English football midway through the first half seemed to add to beleaguered manager Steve Kean's woes.
But Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn struck either side of the interval, and despite Damien Duff pulling one back, substitute Mauro Formica sealed only Rovers' fourth league win of the season.
QPR and Wigan still have to play this weekend, but the fact Rovers sit 17th after this game will at least give Kean encouragement.
The latest fans' protest against owners Venky's outside the ground before kick off was but a sideshow, and completely forgotten about come the final whistle.
The fans, though, are having their say with their feet as just 18,003 turned up at Ewood Park, the worst league crowd for many years.
Those that stayed away, however, missed a rousing performance from Kean's side, who were spurred into action after Yakubu's dismissal.
Bobby Zamora had just planted a header on to the angle of bar and post from a Damien Duff right-wing cross when the complexion of the game changed, albeit in Rovers' favour.
Kean could be seen mouthing 'That's a disgrace' towards referee Anthony Taylor, but the Cheshire official brandished the red card.
In going for a loose ball with Danny Murphy, Yakubu was high with his right boot, and to add to his indiscretion his studs were showing, catching the Fulham midfielder on his right knee.
It means Rovers will be without their leading scorer for the next three matches, all in the league against Everton, Newcastle and Arsenal, with the middle fixture of those on home soil.
Despite that, it was Rovers who went into the break with the lead, and perhaps rightly so as Fulham showed little invention with the extra man.
Zamora did come within inches of turning home a low ball into the six-yard box from Moussa Dembele, and Paul Robinson made a superb save six minutes from the break.
That saw the England international at his best in clawing away a goal-bound header from Philippe Senderos after the defender was allowed to rise unchecked on to a free-kick from Murphy.
But in the fourth minute of injury time Pedersen stroked home his third goal of the season, curling a low 20-yard free-kick beyond the outstretched grasp of David Stockdale after Bryan Ruiz had brought down Dunn.
If Martin Jol had given his players a roasting during the break, it had virtually no time to sink in because just 56 seconds into the second half Blackburn doubled their lead.
Steven Nzonzi's initial drive inside the area was blocked by John Arne Riise, however, the rebound fell to Dunn who struck a piledriver of a shot beyond Stockdale for his first goal since February 5 last year.
Fulham were finally roused, and four minutes later they thought they had pulled one back, only for Clint Dempsey to be narrowly flagged offside in heading home a save from Robinson who had initially palmed away a stinging effort from Riise.
Less than six minutes later, though, they were back in the game, and all too easily at that.
When Murphy played a pass out towards Duff, who was outside the area and 20 yards from goal at that point, there appeared to be no danger.
Duff, however, eased his way into the box and from an acute angle stroked a right-foot drive beyond a static Robinson for his fifth goal of the season, and second in successive games.
Rovers, though, should have restored their two-goal cushion in the 65th minute, only for Stockdale to beat away Junior Hoilett's 12-yard effort after being teed up by Pedersen.
With less than 20 minutes remaining Jol threw on Blackburn target Andrew Johnson for Riise, sacrificing a defender for a striker in a bid to salvage something from the game.
But in the 79th minute it was Rovers who grabbed the next goal with 69th-minute sub Mauro Formica beating Stockdale with aplomb from 12 yards after being played in by Nzonzi.
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