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Short corner worked by Matthew Etherington.
Unfair challenge on Thomas Sorensen by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
Short corner worked by David Hoilett.
Effort from 20 yards by Ruben Rochina. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Delap on Scott Dann. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Centre by Jason Lowe.
Foul by Jonathan Walters on Grant Hanley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Ruben Rochina grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 3-1 Blackburn.Assist by Steven Nzonzi.
Shot by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
Kenwyne Jones on for Peter Crouch.
Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
Effort from just outside the area by Steven Nzonzi goes over the bar.
Jonathan Walters produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Peter Crouch finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 3-0 Blackburn.Assist by Marc Wilson.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Dean Whitehead coming on for Jermaine Pennant.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Etherington.
Foul by Jermaine Pennant on Scott Dann, free kick awarded. Jason Roberts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mauro Formica. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Effort from 12 yards by Peter Crouch. Jason Lowe gets a block in.
Centre by Jermaine Pennant.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
Shot by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Robert Huth gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Glenn Whelan finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area high into the middle of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Blackburn.Jonathan Walters provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Ruben Rochina, David Hoilett takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
David Hoilett crosses the ball, Effort from inside the area by Ruben Rochina misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Ryan Shawcross. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The ball is swung over by Andy Wilkinson, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
Shot from 20 yards from Rory Delap. Blocked by Grant Hanley.
Ruben Rochina has a drilled shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a comfortable save.
The referee penalises Peter Crouch for handball. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Robert Huth.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Hoilett. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
The official flags Peter Crouch offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Effort on goal by David Hoilett from just inside the area clears the bar.
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, Scott Dann takes a shot. Clearance made by Robert Huth.
Shot from 20 yards by Ruben Rochina. Blocked by Robert Huth.
Effort on goal by Morten Gamst Pedersen from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Ayegbeni Yakubu is ruled offside. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
Scott Dann takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Huth gets a block in.
Foul by Rory Delap on Mauro Formica, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, save by Paul Robinson.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, clearance by Scott Dann.
Matthew Etherington produces a cross.
Peter Crouch fouled by Steven Nzonzi, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross, Rory Delap finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Stoke 1-0 Blackburn.Assist by Jermaine Pennant.
The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauro Formica on Jermaine Pennant. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Glenn Whelan on Steven Nzonzi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Shot by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Foul by Rory Delap on Ruben Rochina, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Mauro Formica fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post, Ryan Shawcross produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Shawcross. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Pulis calm amid losing streak
Tony Pulis has stressed it will not be "the end of the world" if Stoke's losing streak continues against Blackburn, pointing out that his team have come through blips in the past.
The Potters host Rovers in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off having been defeated in their previous four Barclays Premier League games, and last three in all competitions at the Britannia Stadium.
Those stats make for disappointing reading, particularly given that the Staffordshire outfit made such an encouraging start to the season, being beaten only twice in their opening 16 fixtures.
Stoke have been quite the success story in recent years, winning promotion to the top flight in 2008, finishing comfortably in mid-table in each campaign since and reaching last season's FA Cup final, which saw them qualify for this term's Europa League.
All of that has been achieved under the management of Pulis, who today emphasised that it has not been plain sailing for the entire journey.
The Welshman has encountered tricky spells with the Potters before and is not about to get carried away about this one.
"There have been occasions in the Premier League where we have had bad patches and bad runs," Pulis said.
"It has happened before, and I think the biggest thing in management is just making sure you approach things in the same manner.
"I'm no different to what I was when we got to Wembley last year.
"You look at what we have done this year - we have played eight games in Europe and we are unbeaten. If we had won on Saturday (they lost 3-2 at home to QPR) we would have been in the top 10 of the Premier League.
"You have to make sure you stay level-headed and get on with it.
"It's strange really - people keep saying this is a big game, or that is a big game.
"They are all big games, and if we win, brilliant. If we lose, it's still not the end of the world - and people try to make out that it is the end of the world."
Nonetheless, having seen the side concede 14 goals in four league games, Pulis is looking for a solid display at the back against Blackburn.
"We need to sort things out - we need to get some clean sheets," Pulis said.
"We need to work together as a team - it's not just the back four, it's everybody together.
"I think in the games that we've played at home, we've looked as if we are potent enough to score goals, but when you score two goals at home (as against QPR), you expect to win a game of football, not lose it."
Pulis has confirmed that Thomas Sorensen will keep his place in goal after coming into the starting line-up last weekend as a replacement for Asmir Begovic, who was at fault for two of the goals in the 5-0 loss at Bolton on November 6.
Striker Peter Crouch (groin) is an injury doubt, along with midfield pair Matthew Etherington and Rory Delap (both back problems), will undergo a late fitness test.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean says his new contract signed this week is a sign of the backing he enjoys from the club's owners.
Kean signed a new deal which does not extend the length of his contract but includes a pay rise - much to the anger of the section of the club's fans who have been holding protests at matches calling for him to be sacked.
Asked if he could understand why, with Blackburn second-from-bottom of the table, some supporters might think he was fortunate to be rewarded, Kean said: "No, the length of the contract is the same. I'm just delighted the owners have backed me and the players are totally behind what we are trying to do.
"I'm happy now to move on and piece together what we are trying to do."
With his own contract sorted, Kean is now trying to persuade in-demand winger Junior Hoilett to sign a new deal. The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has attracted interest from Arsenal and Tottenham but Kean said the Canada international is "desperate" to sign a new deal with Rovers.
"What we have to do as a club is make him a good contract offer and I think we have done that," Kean added.
"His parents and his representatives are speaking with the directors on a daily basis so hopefully they can push it over the line.
"The boy is desperate to sign and I went to Canada to speak to his father and mother myself."
Chris Samba and Martin Olsson are likely to miss out, Ryan Nelsen is back in training but not match-fit while David Dunn is suspended.
Jason Lowe is back from his ban, Michel Salgado is expected to have shaken off a knock picked up last weekend while keeper Paul Robinson is available despite receiving a gashed head against Wigan.
Potters heap misery on Rovers
Stoke ended a run of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats with a comprehensive 3-1 win as Blackburn's troubles continued.
Goals from Jermaine Pennant, Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch increased the pressure on Rovers manager Steve Kean, who has now won just six times in 34 league matches, as Ruben Rochina's late consolation had little impact.
Rovers remain mired in the bottom three and this performance highlighted why, despite Kean's insistence that they have not played badly this season.
Blackburn have just one victory this season and have taken only three points from their last eight games.
With form like that it is surprising that owners Venky's sanctioned a new contract, confirmed this week, for the Rovers boss.
Stoke may have lost their last two home games but the other pre-match statistics gave little encouragement to Blackburn and those figures only worsened on a blustery afternoon in the Potteries.
Rovers have now lost the last four meetings, although they finally ended a goal drought against the Potters which had lasted 599 minutes.
Understandably, considering both teams were low on form and confidence, there was little for the crowd to get excited about in the first half, which could be summed up in three incidents.
Two of those involved Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi and his flailing elbows which caught Ryan Shawcross and then Glenn Whelan in the head in separate incidents about three minutes apart.
The ball spent much of the time in the air, which was not a good ploy in the wind swirling around the stadium but did help in the creation of the opening goal.
Stoke's first genuine chance to threaten the Rovers goal came when Nzonzi's foul on Peter Crouch presented Jermaine Pennant with a free-kick from the right.
He produced a perfect delivery and Delap got in front of Gael Givet to divert a glancing header past goalkeeper Paul Robinson and inside the far post.
By contrast, Blackburn's first free-kick in a dangerous area was drilled straight into the wall by Pedersen and even when they did get a shot on target from Scott Dann's header Whelan comfortably cleared off the line under no pressure.
Blackburn should have equalised within a minute of the second half after Ruben Rochina had dribbled his way to the byline and cleverly backheeled to Mauro Formica but the Argentinian completely missed his shot from four yards.
There followed a brief interruption in play due to a number of black bin bags blowing across the pitch which could easily have represented some bizarre, ironic review of the game so far.
When the action resumed Robert Huth was left wondering how he missed the target as he powered a header wide from Matt Etherington's far post cross in the 54th minute.
But fortunately for Stoke they did not have long to rue that error as four minutes later Etherington picked out Jon Walters in the penalty area and he laid the ball off for Whelan, with the aid of a deflection from Dann, to drive home from 25 yards for his first goal since February 2010.
The match was wrapped up in the 72nd minute when Crouch clinically converted Marc Wilson's long ball into the Rovers penalty area with a left-footed shot.
Walters then fired wide from the other side of the penalty area as Stoke threatened to run amok.
When Rovers finally threatened it was too little to late as Rochina fired home from distance in the 86th minute after Hoilett had cut in from the left and Nzonzi had delivered the final pass for the Spaniard.
The final whistle brought relief for Stoke but more grief for Kean and his Blackburn team.
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