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Marc Wilson gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-2 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Ricardo Fuller.
Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Andy Wilkinson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Michel Salgado takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Marc Wilson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kenwyne Jones. Ricardo Fuller concedes a free kick for a foul on Michel Salgado. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Ricardo Fuller replaces Jermaine Pennant.
David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Brett Emerton produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Robert Huth. Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Grant Hanley takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Asmir Begovic.
Glenn Whelan replaces Matthew Etherington. Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, Morten Gamst Pedersen manages to make a clearance. Kenwyne Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen. Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen. Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Booking for Matthew Etherington for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Etherington on Brett Emerton. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Foul by Mame Diouf on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Grant Hanley. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Ryan Nelsen fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Robert Huth misses to the left of the goal.
David Hoilett is brought on as a substitute for David Dunn.
Jermaine Pennant is cautioned. Unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Jermaine Pennant results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Robert Huth.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen, blocked by Kenwyne Jones.
Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball, clearance made by Michel Salgado.
Mame Diouf takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Mame Diouf takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
Robert Huth challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Mame Diouf gets a block in.
Martin Olsson fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Grant Hanley challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Etherington restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Huth grabs a headed goal from close in. Blackburn 0-1 Stoke.Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, assist by Matthew Etherington.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The first half comes to an end.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
The referee books Ryan Shawcross for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Ryan Shawcross booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Ryan Shawcross. Grant Hanley takes the direct free kick.
Nikola Kalinic is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance. Grant Hanley takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Andy Wilkinson shown a yellow card. Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Danny Collins on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
David Dunn challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Etherington from right channel.
Martin Olsson fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Pennant. The ball is delivered by Ryan Nelsen, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Pennant. A cross is delivered by Ryan Nelsen, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on David Dunn. Free kick taken by David Dunn.
Brett Emerton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Martin Olsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Dean Whitehead. Ryan Nelsen takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Brett Emerton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Brett Emerton concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory Delap. Matthew Etherington has an effort direct from the free kick, Gael Givet gets a block in. Mame Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Huth. Jermaine Pennant restarts play with the free kick. Jonathan Walters is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson. Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
Close range shot by Matthew Etherington goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Nikola Kalinic produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Nikola Kalinic has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
Rory Delap crosses the ball.
Mame Diouf handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Pennant. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
Kenwyne Jones fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Huth produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Brett Emerton gets a block in.
The match has kicked off.
Steve keen on three new faces
New Blackburn manager Steve Kean is hoping to make at least three new signings in the January transfer window.
The 43-year-old former first-team coach was given the job until the end of the season on Wednesday after a trip to India to meet executives from owner's, Venky's, who have pledged to fund new acquisitions next month to counter the club's injury problems.
Midfield is an area of particular concern after teenager Phil Jones suffered a serious knee injury in the 1-1 draw with West Ham last weekend to join Vince Grella, Steven Nzonzi and Keith Andrews on the sidelines.
Jones is expected to miss most of the rest of the season while striker Jason Roberts will also be out for at least a month with a hamstring problem.
Kean, who will take charge of the team for the first time when Stoke visit Ewood Park on Boxing Day, said: "You're always better doing your business in the summer but needs must.
"Obviously we've got a few injury problems and the owners said if I wanted to go and sit with the scouting department over the next day or two and put together a list, give it back to them, and hopefully they can get a few people to help the squad and strengthen us in areas where we're a little bit weak.
"It's not to replace the guys, it's to help, and then when they come back everybody's going to be fighting for positions, which can only be helpful and encouraging for the club. I think we'll be looking at at least three players to come in in those areas."
Kean was put in temporary charge last week following the surprise sacking of Sam Allardyce and assistant Neil McDonald, which was widely condemned both inside and outside Ewood Park.
Captain Christopher Samba was the latest player to make public his dissatisfaction with the situation, but the 26-year-old went further than his colleagues and was quoted declaring his intention to leave the club.
Kean admitted the defender's future at Rovers is in doubt, especially after hearing from his agent that Samba has been seeking a move for a year, but he is hoping he can now restore a sense of stability among the players.
He continued: "I'm disappointed if he has been quoted without speaking to anyone at the club. I spoke to the chairman last night and he's definitely not handed in a written transfer request and he's not made a verbal transfer request to anybody.
"Maybe he's a little bit annoyed or a little bit confused about the way the club's going. Like everybody else, I'll sit him down and tell him what the plans are.
Samba will probably not be involved following his outburst, he would have been a doubt anyway with an ankle problem.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is grateful he does not have to work in the environment at Blackburn.
Pulis has no such worries at the Britannia Stadium, where he receives the unequivocal support of owner Peter Coates as he tries to establish the Potters in the Barclays Premier League for the long term.
He was saddened by the way Allardyce - and even Newcastle's Chris Hughton before him - were dispensed with but admits modern football is changing.
"Football is a funny old world. You need results as a manger and the disappointing think with Chris and Sam is that they were getting results and still got the sack," said Pulis.
"As a manager if results don't go your way you know eventually things will change but when it is not a result-related decision that is when it is very disappointing.
"We have always said we are very fortunate as a club and a community to have a local person and local business involved in Peter Coates and (his business) Bet 365 who subsidise this club
"I am just very pleased to be at this club with Peter and the family being in charge.
"I think we have been a very stable club for nearly five years and it is also a club where everyone seems to understand where we are trying to get and what we are trying to do and financially it is run in a proper manner."
Last weekend's postponed match at Arsenal has been a blessing in disguise for Pulis as it has allowed a couple of players to fully overcome their injury problems.
Forward Jon Walters has been the major beneficiary as he was suffering with flu last week and was a doubt for the trip to the Emirates Stadium.
Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has regained full fitness after being troubled by an elbow injury and a couple of other niggles but will find it difficult to dislodge Asmir Begovic.
Stoke sour Kean's day
Steve Kean's coronation as the new Blackburn boss turned sour at Ewood Park as goals from Robert Huth and Marc Wilson saw Stoke triumph 2-0 to snap their run of three Barclays Premier League games without a win.
Huth opened the scoring with a powerful 51st-minute header from a Matthew Etherington corner and Wilson wrapped up the points by knocking home the simplest of chances in injury time.
And Kean will know it could have been much worse for his side with Etherington missing an early sitter and Kenwyne Jones forcing a wonder save out of Paul Robinson late on.
For all the new Rovers' owners heady predictions, the defeat made it clear that Kean's more immediate concern is sorting out the future of unsettled stars like defender Christopher Samba.
Rovers looked susceptible to set-pieces all afternoon and Huth grabbed the lead by darting ahead of the static Mame Biram Diouf to power home Etherington's corner.
It was rich reward for Tony Pulis' men who looked the better side throughout and shaded a dismal first period made memorable only by Etherington's astonishing 14th-minute miss.
Ryan Shawcross rose highest in the box to nod on a Rory Delap long throw and find Etherington, only for the midfielder to tap the ball across the face of goal from point-blank range.
Brett Emerton poked a half-chance wide for Rovers after 20 minutes from a cross from the left by Martin Olsson, who was by far the home side's best player on the flank.
With the bitingly cold weather not helping, both sides struggled to fashion clear-cut openings but the visitors created a couple of opportunities just past the half-hour mark.
First the impressive Jon Walters, back from a bout of 'flu, came close in a scramble before Huth's header in the box from a Jermaine Pennant free-kick was booted clear by Gael Givet.
A poor first half ended with a spate of bookings with Stoke's Andy Wilkinson and Shawcross, and Rovers' Nikola Kalinic all finding themselves yellow-carded for poor challenges.
Huth broke the deadlock with the goal that was impressive for its simplicity, charging in front of the static Diouf to angle Etherington's corner past Robinson.
Rovers belatedly stirred, the busy Givet close to connecting to a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick then Diouf heading into Asmir Begovic's hands from an Emerton cross.
But the visitors came close to adding a second in the 64th minute when Delap wriggled clear on the right and sent in a superb cross to Dean Whitehead, whose header was caught by Robinson.
Three minutes later Stoke countered swiftly through Pennant and his cross from the left found Jones, whose close-range header was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Robinson.
Jones wriggled through a static Rovers rearguard before being pushed into touch by Robinson as the home fans began to show their frustration with their side's display.
Begovic punched clear under pressure from a Pedersen corner and with time running out Emerton thumped in a long-range effort which was deflected out for another set-piece.
From it, youngster Grant Hanley saw his firm header well saved by the increasingly busy Begovic, then Diouf fumbled a shooting chance in the box after being set up by Michel Salgado.
To compound the agony for Kean, Stoke wrapped up the win in injury time when substitute Ricardo Fuller crossed for Wilson to knock home the simplest of chances.
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