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Shot from a long way out by Phillip Bardsley goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Darren Bent.
Unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Titus Bramble takes the direct free kick.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Boudewijn Zenden has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Effort from outside the area by David Dunn goes wide right of the goal.
Martin Olsson fouled by Titus Bramble, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by David Dunn. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Mame Diouf produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Mame Diouf is brought on as a substitute for Benjani Mwaruwari.
The official flags Darren Bent offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The referee penalises Lee Cattermole for handball. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Titus Bramble from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ahmed Elmohamady. Boudewijn Zenden comes on in place of Steed Malbranque.
The official flags Benjani Mwaruwari offside. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
Benjani Mwaruwari has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Asamoah Gyan concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jones. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Benjani Mwaruwari is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, save made by Paul Robinson.
The referee blows for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Darren Bent results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Effort from just outside the box by Steed Malbranque goes over the bar.
David Dunn replaces Michel Salgado.
Benjani Mwaruwari on for Nikola Kalinic.
Nedum Onuoha leaves the field to be replaced by Asamoah Gyan.
The referee penalises Danny Welbeck for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, save by Simon Mignolet.
Steed Malbranque challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Brett Emerton has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Darren Bent produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Shot from just outside the box by Darren Bent misses to the left of the target.
Shot by Martin Olsson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot.
Foul by Martin Olsson on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Darren Bent produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Danny Welbeck fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick. Christopher Samba receives a red card.
Christopher Samba challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Welbeck takes the direct free kick.
Gael Givet fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick. Ahmed Elmohamady receives a yellow card.
Michael Turner fouled by Nikola Kalinic, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Turner takes the direct free kick.
Foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Phillip Bardsley, free kick awarded. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Michel Salgado. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Nedum Onuoha. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Headed effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Jordan Henderson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Simon Mignolet.
Michael Turner fouled by Nikola Kalinic, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick. Nikola Kalinic is shown a yellow card.
Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Michael Turner results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
Effort from inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the left of the goal.
The official flags Nikola Kalinic offside. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Mignolet by Christopher Samba. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Jordan Henderson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, save by Simon Mignolet.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Phillip Bardsley on Nikola Kalinic, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Nikola Kalinic fouled by Titus Bramble, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Brett Emerton concedes a free kick for a foul on Phillip Bardsley. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet. Booking for Brett Emerton.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Nzonzi. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Lee Cattermole handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jones on Phillip Bardsley. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
Nikola Kalinic is caught offside. Titus Bramble takes the indirect free kick.
The match has kicked off.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Dunn in line for Rovers return
David Dunn is expected to play some part for Blackburn when Sunderland visit on Monday.
Dunn has recovered from a hamstring strain but Vince Grella is still missing with the same problem.
Keith Andrews is also out after having an operation on a groin injury while Ryan Nelsen is a doubt with a thigh problem.
Darren Bent is a major doubt for the Black Cats.
The striker returned from England duty with a groin injury and manager Steve Bruce is hoping he can shake off the problem over the next 48 hours, although record signing Asamoah Gyan is on stand-by.
Loan signing Danny Welbeck, who was ineligible for the game against parent club Manchester United, returns to the squad, while Kieran Richardson, Anton Ferdinand and John Mensah have all shaken off hamstring injuries and like Craig Gordon (broken arm), are back in contention.
David Meyler (knee) is back in light training but is still some way away from playing, while Fraizer Campbell (also knee) remains a long-term absentee.
Ahead of the match, Bruce launched a passionate defence of Blackburn counterpart Sam Allardyce amid the ongoing debate over reckless tackling.
Allardyce's approach has been questioned by Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy, who singled out his team, Wolves and Stoke for criticism over the physical nature of their play.
While the Black Cats boss knows exactly what to expect when he sends his team into battle with Rovers, he insists Allardyce's reputation is unwarranted.
He said: "The reason, I have said repeatedly, the Premier League is like it is is the competitiveness of it.
"If we take it away, we will end up like leagues in France and Spain and Italy where, if I take you to a game, it is just all technique and there is no real physical element.
"It is half the pace our games are at and if we take away that element, we will take away what we have got in this country, which is a fantastic competitive division.
"I think I speak for Sam and every other manager, none of us want to go and send a team out that will physically hurt anybody else, that is absolute nonsense.
"I don't know where Danny's comments have come from or why he has chosen to do that. His manager Mark Hughes, for instance, had a Blackburn team that was very competitive.
"This Premier League is the way it is and the biggest spectacle that is beamed around the world because of the competitive nature of it, and if we take that away, we will just end up like everybody else."
Samba sees red in Sunderland stalemate
Blackburn had captain Christopher Samba sent off in a disappointing goalless draw with Sunderland at Ewood Park.
Samba saw red in first-half stoppage time after bringing down Danny Welbeck just before the Black Cats forward could burst into the box.
Darren Bent, who started the game having shaken off the injury which forced him out of England's match against Montenegro, had earlier wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring, and the visitors were unable to make their man advantage count after the break as it finished all square.
Both sides have struggled for goals this season and there was little here to suggest that is going to change any time soon.
After a scrappy opening, Ahmed Elmohamady guided a header into Lee Cattermole's path, who cut into the box and went down claiming Gael Givet had fouled him. Referee Lee Probert waved play on, with replays suggesting any contact had been minimal.
Morten Gamst Pedersen nearly opened the scoring around the quarter-hour mark with a swerving, dipping free-kick that Simon Mignolet - again preferred in goal for the Wearsiders to Craig Gordon - managed to tip over the bar.
Moments later El-Hadji Diouf sent a low cross into the danger zone which Titus Bramble intercepted, before Welbeck saw an acrobatic attempt go well wide.
Bent then squandered a good opportunity, the Black Cats' top scorer latching on to a long ball after a mistake by Gael Givet but shooting weakly at Paul Robinson in a one-on-one situation.
Pedersen called Mignolet into action again with another free-kick from almost the same position as before, the Belgian keeper getting his fist to the delivery.
Diouf was next to send a useful ball into the box which Nikola Kalinic headed the wrong side of the post.
The Senegalese player then showed his more petulant side, raising his hand to Phil Bardsley's face and fortunate to get away without a booking.
There was no such respite for Samba in first-half stoppage time though after he brought down Welbeck just outside the box.
The Rovers skipper was given his marching orders, with Bardsley striking the resulting free-kick against the wall and Bent firing the rebound wide.
Bent misdirected a header from Elmohamady's cross at the start of the second half, while Pedersen's free-kick caused a scramble in the Sunderland box which neither Kalinic nor Jones could finish off.
Both managers attempted to bolster their attacking options by throwing on forwards, with the Black Cats' record signing Asamoah Gyan replacing Nedum Onuoha.
Rovers boss Sam Allardyce introduced Benjani Mwaruwari for Kalinic, as well as David Dunn, who came on in place of Michel Salgado.
The visitors had a chance soon after as Robinson rushed out to slide the ball away from Bent. It fell to Steed Malbranque but the Frenchman could not get his effort on target.
Benjani wriggled free and unleashed a shot that soared high and wide and Bramble was also unable to find any accuracy with a volley.
Diouf then almost managed to get on the end of a weak back-pass by Elmohamady but Mignolet arrived in time to beat him to the ball.
Benjani had to come off after sustaining a knock and Mame Biram Diouf was sent on, while Boudewijn Zenden, who had come on for Malbranque, got a header on target which Robinson saved.
The newly-introduced Diouf tried a snapshot that did little to trouble Mignolet and Gyan went closer with a curling shot that slipped narrowly wide.
Zenden also had a speculative shot towards the end but the game had been petering out for some time by then and a 0-0 draw seemed the only fair result by the final whistle.
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