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  • Date:23 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:22,786
  • Formica (27)
    Formica (27) Formica (27)
  • Van der Vaart (14) Van der Vaart (52)
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94mins

Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

94mins

Centre by David Goodwillie, Kyle Walker manages to make a clearance.

92mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Luka Modric. Ayegbeni Yakubu receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Steven Nzonzi. (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Jermain Defoe coming on for Rafael Van der Vaart. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.

85mins

David Hoilett takes a shot. Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.

84mins

Shot from just outside the box by Gareth Bale goes over the crossbar.

82mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

82mins

David Goodwillie replaces Jason Roberts.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Steven Nzonzi. The referee books Jason Roberts for dissent. Luka Modric takes the free kick.

79mins

Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.

77mins

Foul by Ruben Rochina on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

76mins

Effort on goal by Jason Roberts from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

76mins

Danny Rose booked.

76mins

Martin Olsson fouled by Danny Rose, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

75mins

Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.

74mins

Effort on goal by Ayegbeni Yakubu from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

73mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouled by Jason Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

72mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

72mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Brad Friedel.

71mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Bale.

69mins

Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ruben Rochina replaces Simon Vukcevic. Ayegbeni Yakubu replaces Mauro Formica. Danny Rose replaces Aaron Lennon.

68mins

Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

67mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Martin Olsson.

67mins

Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

64mins

Christopher Samba takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Foul by Jason Roberts on Brad Friedel, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

63mins

Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Gael Givet takes the free kick.

63mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Lowe on Gareth Bale. Caution for Jason Lowe. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.

60mins

Martin Olsson sends in a cross, Benoit Assou-Ekotto makes a clearance.

57mins

Effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

57mins

The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Brad Friedel.

56mins

Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

54mins

Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Nzonzi receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.

53mins

Goal scored by Rafael Van der Vaart from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

52mins

Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

47mins

Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, Emmanuel Adebayor makes a clearance.

46mins

Shot from inside the area by Emmanuel Adebayor clears the bar.

46mins

Scott Parker fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.

45mins

Foul by Simon Vukcevic on Gareth Bale, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Christopher Samba results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

43mins

The ball is crossed by Simon Vukcevic.

41mins

Sebastien Bassong concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Christopher Samba misses to the left of the goal.

40mins

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.

39mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from left wing, clearance by Gael Givet.

38mins

Mauro Formica fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Brad Friedel.

37mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Givet on Rafael Van der Vaart. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.

37mins

David Hoilett takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.

35mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line to the near post, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.

35mins

Luka Modric takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.

34mins

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.

31mins

Centre by Jason Lowe.

30mins

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

29mins

Simon Vukcevic takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.

27mins

Foul by Scott Parker on Mauro Formica, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Goal scored by Mauro Formica from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Christopher Samba.

26mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

25mins

Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

23mins

The offside flag is raised against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

22mins

David Hoilett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

21mins

Jason Lowe is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

21mins

Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Parker.

20mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Mauro Formica. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.

17mins

Outswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

17mins

Jason Lowe sends in a cross.

16mins

David Hoilett delivers the ball.

15mins

Rafael Van der Vaart finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham.Kyle Walker provided the assist for the goal.

14mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

13mins

Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

11mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Younes Kaboul on Jason Roberts. Morten Gamst Pedersen has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Mauro Formica takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul. Mauro Formica takes a shot. Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.

10mins

The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart.

9mins

Centre by Gareth Bale, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.

8mins

David Hoilett takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

7mins

Aaron Lennon fouled by Martin Olsson, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.

6mins

A cross is delivered by Emmanuel Adebayor, clearance by Jason Lowe.

5mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Indirect free kick taken by Luka Modric.

4mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

2mins

Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Christopher Samba goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

Match Preview

Kean focussed on Spurs clash amid further fan protests Blackburn manager Steve Kean insists he is concentrating on kick-starting his team's season this weekend despite the backdrop of another fans protest looming. Sunday's match at home to Tottenham will see an organised group of supporters march to Ewood Park prior to kick-off and stage a 45-minute sit in after the match. It will be third successive home game fans have called for Kean to be sacked with the team bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Questions about the protest were ruled off-limits at the manager's pre-match press conference but that will not prevent further debate about Kean's position. This week striker Ayegbeni Yakubu insisted all the players were fully behind Kean, who has won just six of his 29 league matches in charge, and the Rovers boss welcomed that public support. "It is nice when your players give you a little bit of backing," said the Scot. "I know what my players are like - they are a great bunch of lads who work their socks off. "We will go out and be fully committed to getting three points against Tottenham but it is always nice when the boys voice togetherness, not just about me but about each other." Organisers of the protest claim their voice is not being heard within the club - not necessarily over the future of Kean but generally - despite a group being invited to India earlier this month to meet owners Venky's. "The supporters have no desire to protest but while the club continues to have no dialogue with supporters we feel we have little choice," Glen Mullen, one of the organisers, said in a statement to Press Association Sport. "The fans want unity from both the club and management to include the unity of supporters. "We are very concerned we find ourselves staging a protest for the third home game on the trot and feel the club and management team could have brought these protests to an end if they had shown a willingness to communicate." Rovers defender Michel Salgado will miss out after a recurrence of a hamstring injury. The Spaniard aggravated the problem in last weekend's 1-1 draw at QPR and his absence means Jason Lowe is expected to fill in at right-back. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told Blackburn fans to lay off Steve Kean and instead focus on backing their manager. Redknapp, who takes his team to the north-west on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, thinks barracking his opposite number is a counter-productive move. "It's always a shame when that (protests) happens to anyone," Redknapp said. "They need to get behind their team at the moment. That's more important. "He is working hard and the fans need to stick with their team. It's their club and you have to keep supporting your team." Despite their poor form, the Lancashire club's only victory this season came against Arsenal - something which Redknapp treats as a warning sign his team should use to guard against complacency. He added: "You don't go to Blackburn and get too many easy games. They beat Arsenal there this year so we have to make sure we don't underestimate the opposition." Spurs' form against the weaker teams in the division cost them a place in the Champions League last season, but they have rectified that this year by beating Wolves and Wigan on the road. "If we are going to be a team that is going to be up there this year, we have to go and win these sort of games," Redknapp said. "We did it at Wigan and Wolves, and we could have won at Newcastle had we not conceded with a couple of minutes to go." The Spurs boss will recall the likes of Rafael van der Vaart, Parker and Gareth Bale after they were rested for Thursday's 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan. Aaron Lennon and Sandro came through 70 minutes of the game as they stepped up their recovery from their respective groin and calf injuries, and should be available. Redknapp is not blessed with options in defence, however, with injuries to Ledley King, Vedran Corluka, Michael Dawson and William Gallas meaning Sebastien Bassong and Younes Kaboul are the club's only fit centre-backs.

Formation:433Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

Formation: 442Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

  • Paul Robinson
  • Jason Lowe
  • Christopher Samba
  • Gael Givet
  • Martin Olsson
  • Simon Vukcevic
  • Steven Nzonzi
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen
  • David Hoilett
  • Jason Roberts
  • Mauro Formica
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Radosav Petrovic
  • Jordan Slew
  • Ruben Rochina
  • Ayegbeni Yakubu
  • David Goodwillie
  • Grant Hanley

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Match Report

Van der Vaart at the double in Spurs win Rafael van der Vaart's brace earned a 2-1 victory for Tottenham at struggling Blackburn to increase the pressure on Rovers boss Steve Kean. Another protest was staged outside Ewood Park by disgruntled Blackburn fans prior to kick-off, and the heat was turned up further on Kean when Van der Vaart put Spurs in front inside the opening quarter of an hour. The hosts equalised through Mauro Formica's fierce strike in the 28th minute, but Van der Vaart produced a brilliant winner from outside the box eight minutes after the restart. The result leaves Rovers bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just five points from nine games, and the calls for owners Venky's to dismiss Kean are only getting louder. The club's supporters again made their unhappiness known after the final whistle, with a section in the Ronnie Clayton End remaining in their seats, unfurling `Kean Out' banners and chanting for the Scot to be sacked. Tottenham, meanwhile, are up to fifth, their unbeaten run extending to six games in all competitions. Kean made three changes to his side from the 1-1 draw at QPR with Formica, Simon Vukcevic and the fit-again Morten Gamst Pedersen coming into the first XI. For Spurs, Aaron Lennon, Kyle Walker and Sebastien Bassong were the only survivors from the team that had started Thursday's Europa League victory over Rubin Kazan, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Van der Vaart, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Scott Parker - who was named as captain - among those restored to the side. Rovers skipper Christopher Samba made the first attempt at goal, sending a looping header over the bar, before Pedersen delivered a long-throw into the box which Brad Friedel managed to punch away while back-pedalling and Junior Hoilett drove forward before firing over. At the other end the visitors were looking threatening, though, and after Jason Lowe and Gael Givet had made important interceptions to avert the danger, Tottenham broke the deadlock. Walker beat Givet for pace down the right and pulled the ball back for Van der Vaart, who slotted it past Paul Robinson. Spurs continued to press, with a Bale cross diverting off Martin Olsson to bring a save out of Robinson and the Blackburn goalkeeper then getting down to save at the feet of Adebayor. Rovers appeared vulnerable, but just before the half-hour mark they were suddenly level as Samba's knock-down from Pedersen's free-kick came to Formica, who smashed the ball home. The goal gave the hosts a lift and Vukcevic saw a strike tipped wide by Friedel before Lowe whipped a ball across the box that Jason Roberts was just unable to get on the end of. Modric called Robinson into action with a shot from outside the area, but Blackburn finished the first half strongly, with Friedel batting away an effort from Hoilett and the ball going inches wide when Samba and Younes Kaboul rose together to meet Pedersen's free-kick. At the start of the second half it was Tottenham who began the livelier, Adebayor scuffing an effort high and wide and Robinson parrying a Modric shot, with the follow-up crossed by Lennon but completely missed by Bale. There was nothing wrong with Van der Vaart's accuracy moments later as the Dutchman netted his second of the afternoon, collecting the ball when Benoit Assou-Ekotto's pass ricocheted off Vukcevic and curling it delightfully beyond Robinson. Blackburn looked to make a swift response and, after Friedel had made a hash of dealing with a long kick direct from Robinson and then a cross from Pedersen, Steven Nzonzi blazed over. Vukcevic went down in the box under the attentions of Assou-Ekotto but referee Stuart Attwell waved play on, and Olsson put a cross into the danger zone which nobody was able to finish. Friedel then touched a Samba header over the bar, but Tottenham went close soon after as Robinson blocked a firm strike from Modric. Kean made a double substitution in a bid to give fresh impetus to his attack, with Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Ruben Rochina coming on for Formica and Vukcevic. Yakubu was straight into the thick of the action, narrowly failing to convert a Samba header from close range and then sending a shot wide from Hoilett's cross. Roberts put a header on to the roof of the net and Rovers knew their luck was out when Yakubu met Olsson's cross in front of goal, only to skew his attempt horribly off-target.

Form Guide

    LDWLLD
  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • LWWWWD

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 1
  • Tottenham
  • 02/02/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Blackburn

  • A Yakubu 2
  • M Pedersen 1
  • C Samba 1
  • M Formica 1
  • D Hoilett 1
  • R Rochina 1

Tottenham

  • J Defoe 3
  • E Adebayor 3
  • R Van der Vaart 2
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • G Bale 1
  • K Walker 1

Goals

Blackburn

    • Total goals 27
    • Goals per game 9
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Tottenham

    • Total goals 31
    • Goals per game 13
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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