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  • Date:02 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:23,253
  • Crouch (3) Crouch (3)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

Christopher Samba takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in. Morten Gamst Pedersen decides to take a short corner. Keith Andrews takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

91mins

Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Rafael Van der Vaart, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick. Unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

88mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Vedran Corluka takes the free kick.

87mins

Steven Nzonzi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.

86mins

Martin Olsson has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

81mins

Mame Diouf leaves the field to be replaced by Benjani Mwaruwari.

81mins

The ball is crossed by Christopher Samba, clearance made by William Gallas.

77mins

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, save by Paul Robinson.

76mins

Raniere Sandro joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermain Defoe.

74mins

Foul by Vedran Corluka on David Hoilett, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, save by Heurelho Gomes. Header by Ryan Nelsen from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

72mins

Mame Diouf takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a brilliant save.

72mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Ryan Nelsen takes the free kick.

72mins

David Hoilett crosses the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.

70mins

David Hoilett takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a fantastic save.

68mins

Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Free kick taken by William Gallas.

67mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen comes on in place of David Dunn.

66mins

Jermaine Jenas takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Lennon from the left by-line.

64mins

Jermaine Jones goes off and Steven Nzonzi comes on. Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Aaron Lennon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.

62mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mame Diouf. Keith Andrews takes the direct free kick.

61mins

Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart, David Dunn manages to make a clearance.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by William Gallas.

59mins

Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Jermaine Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

58mins

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.

54mins

Vedran Corluka goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Vedran Corluka challenges Jason Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

53mins

The ball is sent over by Vedran Corluka, clearance by David Dunn.

52mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Wilson Palacios. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

51mins

Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take the corner short.

50mins

Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.

47mins

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Michel Salgado, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Dunn.

46mins

Mame Diouf takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by William Gallas. Centre by David Dunn, Headed effort from inside the box by Ryan Nelsen misses to the right of the target.

46mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermain Defoe. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

44mins

Jermain Defoe sends in a cross, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

41mins

Jason Roberts takes a shot. Vedran Corluka gets a block in.

40mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Rafael Van der Vaart. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Dunn, save made by Heurelho Gomes.

39mins

Peter Crouch challenges Ryan Nelsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

38mins

Corner taken by David Dunn played to the near post, Header from close range by Ryan Nelsen misses to the right of the goal.

37mins

Effort on goal by David Dunn from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

36mins

Centre by Vedran Corluka, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.

35mins

David Dunn takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.

34mins

Jermaine Jones goes into the book. Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Jermaine Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

29mins

Christopher Samba challenges Jermain Defoe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rafael Van der Vaart.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas by David Dunn. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

23mins

Unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios by David Dunn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.

22mins

David Dunn has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

20mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Keith Andrews. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Jermaine Jenas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Andrews. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson. David Hoilett takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes. Corner taken short by David Dunn.

15mins

Short corner taken by David Dunn, David Hoilett takes a shot. Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.

13mins

Mame Diouf takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.

10mins

The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson.

9mins

The ball is swung over by David Hoilett.

9mins

Rafael Van der Vaart handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

8mins

Centre by Martin Olsson, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.

3mins

Peter Crouch finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Rafael Van der Vaart.

2mins

Jason Roberts challenges Wilson Palacios unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wilson Palacios takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Roque Santa Cruz will be out for a couple of weeks with a groin strain and miss Blackburn's match against Tottenham. Ryan Nelsen and Gael Givet will have late fitness tests and manager Steve Kean will not throw transfer deadline day signings Mauro Formica and Ruben Rochina into the fray. El-Hadji Diouf moved to Rangers and is not included and there could be a start in attack for Nikola Kalinic.

Jonathan Woodgate could complete a shock comeback from 14 months of injury hell after Tottenham's injury crisis deepened with the news that Ledley King requires an operation on his groin injury. King has not played since limping out of the 2-1 victory at Fulham last October.

The injury was initially only thought to be minor and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was confident that the 30-year-old, who has been plagued by knee problems throughout his career, would not need an operation. However, Redknapp confirmed ahead of the game at Blackburn that the centre-back does need to go under the knife and will be out for some time, further reducing his options in defence.

Younes Kaboul (knee), Michael Dawson (suspension) are out and William Gallas is struggling with a hip problem, meaning that Woodgate could make his first appearance since picking up a serious groin injury in November 2009.

Woodgate has only played two practice matches since his return and Redknapp admits he is taking a huge risk by considering fielding the former Real Madrid man.

"Woodgate is back in my squad which is a massive gamble for me, the club and for him," Redknapp said.

"He could start. I have got him in my mind to throw him in at the deep end. I'll have a think about it today and see how he goes in training. He's not played a game of any significance yet but he is in my mind because he is such a fantastic player.

"I'm dreaming that he can come in and be somewhere near what he was straight away, which is not easy. We have some key, very important players missing so we have been pushed into pushing Woodgate in way in advance of what I should be."

Redknapp spent the majority of transfer deadline day holed up in his office at Tottenham's training ground trying to add at least one name to his squad. In the end there were no arrivals at White Hart Lane, despite bids to sign Charlie Adam, Phil Neville, Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi and Atletico Madrid duo Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan.

Spurs are thought to have lodged an audacious club-record £38.5million bid for Aguero, but the Argentina forward opted instead to renew his contract with the Spanish side. Redknapp admitted that his chances of signing the 22-year-old star were very slim.

"There was never a chance of getting him really was there?" he said. "It sounded good but it wasn't going to happen."

Other big-money signings among Tottenham's rivals - namely Chelsea's double capture of Fernando Torres and David Luiz and Liverpool's of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez - have made Tottenham's push for a place in next year's Champions League much harder, according to their manager.

"The more you look at it, the more you realise just how tough it is," Redknapp said.

"A month ago, people were saying that Chelsea were going to drop out of the top four and suddenly Mr Abramovich said, `I don't think so' and went out and bought two unbelievable players. I could see them being very close to winning the championship. Liverpool could be pushing for top four now too. I wouldn't write them off."

Tottenham are understood to have made a £250,000 move for Everton captain Neville before upping their bid to £500,000 on Monday. Everton boss David Moyes described Tottenham's initial bid for his captain as "insulting and disrespectful" and Redknapp regrets not making an approach for the defender earlier in the window.

Redknapp said: "We could have tried earlier and for David to sell him on the last day was difficult for him. He was quite right not to sell him."

Tottenham also made a last-ditch attempt to sign Blackpool's Adam, but the move fell through because two of the club's main shareholders did not sign the necessary paperwork to sanction the £7million deal. Redknapp did not rule out making another bid for the midfielder this summer.

"You never know. We'll see how we go and what the rest of the season brings," he added.

Formation:442Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

Formation: 442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Paul Robinson
  • Michel Salgado
  • Christopher Samba
  • Ryan Nelsen
  • Martin Olsson
  • Keith Andrews
  • David Dunn
  • Jermaine Jones
  • David Hoilett
  • Jason Roberts
  • Mame Diouf
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Nikola Kalinic
  • Vincenzo Grella
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • Steven Nzonzi
  • Benjani Mwaruwari
  • Grant Hanley

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Match Report

Crouch keeps Spurs on course Peter Crouch`s fourth-minute goal was enough to keep Tottenham in sight of a Champions League place with a 1-0 victory against Blackburn. It was a huge boost for manager Harry Redknapp given how many of his players were either injured or suspended. Crouch got the all-important goal when he rose above Chris Samba and headed Rafael van der Vaart`s cross into the corner. Tottenham defender William Gallas shrugged off a groin injury and took his place in the team alongside Sebastien Bassong, meaning Jonathan Woodgate was only needed for bench duty. Anurudha Desai, chairwoman of the club's owners Venkys, took in her first Blackburn match and in a message to fans thanked them for their support. Tottenham were without new signing Steven Pienaar after he suffered concussion during a training session yesterday. However, despite their injury problems the visitors made a perfect start and took the lead in the fourth minute. Tottenham won a free-kick 20 yards out in the 29th minute after Samba had upended Jermaine Defoe as he tried to skip into the area. Van der Vaart stepped up but only succeeded in flighting his effort over the bar. Back came Blackburn and Heurelho Gomes again looked uncomfortable when he dropped a shot from David Dunn, only to recover just in time. Dunn then came close to scoring in the 36th minute, clipping his effort wide of the post following a sweeping move involving Martin Olsson and Jason Roberts. Tottenham were being pinned back and a minute later Ryan Nelsen headed wide following a corner from Dunn, before Vedran Corluka almost headed into his own net after Roberts had flicked the ball on. The visitors were finding it hard going trying to hang on to their lead with Redknapp a constant visitor to his technical area. They launched a quick counter attack in the 43rd minute when Van der Vaart tried to release Aaron Lennon but he was crowded out in the penalty area. Blackburn again came close to equalising in stoppage time when Nelsen got on the end of Dunn's free-kick but headed over. Van der Vaart delivered a cross into the area and Crouch got above Samba and headed into the corner. Samba was left distraught after a good start to the day when it was confirmed he had signed a contract extension until 2015. Blackburn responded and Jermaine Jones saw his effort blocked and the rebound fell to Junior Hoilett. However his effort was cleared by Crouch carrying out his defensive duties. Tottenham suffered another scare when Gomes flapped at a long ball from his opposite number and it fell to Hoilett but he hit it into the ground. This was a good spell by Blackburn and Dunn's instinctive shot from the edge of the area went narrowly over the bar. Blackburn started the second half brightly and Gomes palmed away a shot by Mame Biram Diouf from an acute angle following Jones' throughball in the 46th minute. Although Tottenham were finding it hard going they continued to look good on the counter-attack. And in the 55th minute Corluka delivered a good ball to the back post but Samba got the better of Crouch to head clear. A minute later Jermain Defoe squandered a great chance following a surging run by Lennon through the heart of Blackburn's defence. Lennon laid the ball off to an unmarked Defoe but his effort was beaten away by Robinson. Lennon was becoming increasingly influential and Paul Robinson reacted superbly to turn the winger's thunderbolt over the bar in the 61st minute. Blackburn manager Steve Kean then freshened things up four minutes later by bringing on Steven Nzonzi for Jones, who looked tired. However, Kean's idea to bring off Dunn two minutes later and bring on Morten Gamst Pedersen did not go down too well with a section of the crowd. Blackburn stepped up the pace and Gomes came to Tottenham`s rescue twice in quick succession. He kept out a powerful effort by Diouf in the 72nd minute, and three minutes later blocked a driven free-kick from Pedersen. Then Jenas got a vital touch in stoppage time to divert Samba`s goalbound header to safety. end

Form Guide

    LWLWLW
  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • WWWLDD

Last Meetings

  • Tottenham
  • 4 - 2
  • Blackburn
  • 13/11/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 3 - 1
  • Blackburn
  • 13/03/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 19/12/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 04/04/2009
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 23/11/2008
  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 05/04/2008

Top Scorers

Blackburn

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

Tottenham

  • R Van der Vaart 7
  • G Bale 7
  • R Pavlyuchenko 5
  • A Lennon 3
  • A Hutton 2
  • P Crouch 1
  • T Huddlestone 1
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • S Bassong 1

Goals

Blackburn

    • Total goals 68
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Tottenham

    • Total goals 69
    • Goals per game 32
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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