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  • Defoe (45), Pavlyuchenko (55), Pavlyuchenko (85)
  • Samba (80)
  • Date:2010-03-13
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:35474
  • Referee:Webb, H

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: TOTTENHAM 3-1 BLACKBURN. Spurs do their claims for fourth place no harm with victory against Rovers.

90mins

There will be three minutes of added time.

90mins

Nikola Kalinic's volley into the back of the net is ruled out for handball.

88mins

Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Luka Modric.

88mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko's chipped effort is cleared off the line by Christopher Samba.

85mins

TOTTENHAM 3-1 BLACKBURN. Bale's low cross is slotted home by PAVLYUCHENKO.

83mins

Heurelho Gomes collects the ball from Franco di Santo's flick-on.

81mins

Peter Crouch replaces Jermain Defoe for Spurs.

79mins

TOTTENHAM 2-1 BLACKBURN. SAMBA grabs a goal back with a header from Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner.

78mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko turns well but gives the ball away.

76mins

Wilson Palacios makes a great intervention to halt Nikola Kalinic's progress.

74mins

Gael Givet is replaced by Franco di Santo.

72mins

Martin Olsson's cross is straight into the hands of Heurelho Gomes.

70mins

Pascal Chimbonda mis-controls the ball and it goes out for a throw-in.

68mins

Steven N'Zonzi's header is wide of the upright.

68mins

Spurs see a penalty appeal waved away following a Michel Salgado chellenge on Gareth Bale.

67mins

Nikola Kalinic flicks the ball on but Steven N'Zonzi can't latch onto the ball.

65mins

Spurs are on top in this game.

63mins

Luka Modric drags his shot wide as Spurs go looking for another goal.

61mins

Keith Andrews replaces Brett Emerton.

59mins

Jermain Defoe looks to pass to Gareth Bale but can't find his man.

57mins

David Dunn's free kick is blocked by Michael Dawson.

54mins

TOTTENHAM 2-0 BLACKBURN. PAVLYUCHENKO shoots home from the edge of the area to double Spurs' tally.

54mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner is headed away by Gareth Bale.

53mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen's free kick is headed away by Benoit Assou-Ekotto at the far post for a corner.

50mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko looks to play the ball forward but his pass is too strong.

48mins

Michael Dawson is alert to the situation to take the ball of the foot Nikola Kalinic in the area.

47mins

Jermain Defoe's 30-yard volley is high of the target.

45mins

Referee Howard Webb gets the second half underway.

45mins

Half Time: TOTTENHAM 1-0 BLACKBURN. Spurs go into the break with a deserved lead after enjoying the better of the first 45 minutes.

45mins

TOTTENHAM 1-0 BLACKBURN. DEFOE knocks the ball home at the back post after Vedran Corluka flicks on a corner.

43mins

Gareth Bale volleys away from Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw.

41mins

Jermain Defoe looks to have picked up a knock after a challenge with Christopher Samba.

39mins

Spurs have looked the more likely team to score in this half.

37mins

Jermain Defoe's first-time shot is saved low-down by Jason Brown.

35mins

Jason Brown gets fingertips to the ball to keep out a deflected cross.

35mins

Gareth Bale finds Jermain Defoe but the striker is forced away from the danger zone.

33mins

Gareth Bale tears down the left again but his cross is headed away by Christopher Samba.

31mins

Jermain Defoe looks incredulous after being ruled offside.

29mins

Gareth Bale cuts inside and bursts into the area but his shot is just wide.

27mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko ties himself up in knots as he looks to let the ball run through his legs.

24mins

Paul Robinson has picked up an injury and is being replaced by Jason Brown.

23mins

Jermain Defoe shows good control but his shot is blocked.

22mins

Spurs are struggling to get into their stride against a well organised Rovers side.

20mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko fires wide from Gareth Bale's excellent cross.

19mins

Vedran Corluka makes a great challenge to dispossess David Dunn.

17mins

Gael Givet beats Jermain Defoe in the air and Blackburn look to attack.

15mins

The ball falls to Roman Pavlyuchenko but his volley is into the ground and wide.

13mins

Paul Robinson hoofs the ball forward but it lands ahead of Christopher Samba.

10mins

Steven N'Zonzi's strike is blocked.

9mins

Paul Robinson has to be alert after Steven N'Zonzi sells his back pass short.

8mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko's right-foot shot from 25 yards flies high and wide of the target.

6mins

Martin Olsson is receiving treatment after picking up a knock.

6mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen's free kick is just over the head of Christopher Samba.

6mins

Gareth Bale fires another ball into the area but the Rovers defence are equal to the challenge again.

4mins

David Dunn bursts forward but his resulting shot is blocked.

2mins

Gareth Bale's cross into the area is cleared by the Rovers defence.

1mins

Referee Howard Webb gets the game underway.

0mins

David Dunn returns for Rovers following a calf problem.

0mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe start upfront for the home side.

Match Preview

Tottenham's pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League this season steps up with the visit of Blackburn Rovers on Saturday lunchtime.

With ten games remaining the advantage is with Harry Redknapp's side in the race for Champions League qualification as they are in control their own destiny.

One defeat in their last 12 league games means that confidence is high at White Hart Lane heading into this weekend.

Liverpool's surprise defeat at Wigan on Monday night left the north London club sitting pretty in fourth spot and with one game in hand on their Merseyside rivals.

However, Manchester City and Aston Villa cannot be discounted and Redknapp knows that home games against mid-table sides like Rovers are must-win occasions.

Jermain Defoe missed last weekend's FA Cup sixth-round goalless draw against Fulham with a minor hamstring strain but is expected to return in place of Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Peter Crouch should keep his place and has fond memories of Blackburn after scoring both goals in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park in December.

However, it is in further back where Spurs are stretched as Ledley King (thigh), Jonathan Woodgate (groin), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), David Bentley, Jermain Jenas and Aaron Lennon (all groin) are all still unavailable.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has set his sights on a top-ten finish following an upturn in fortunes for Rovers of late.

Back-to-back victories over Hull and Bolton before a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on their last outing has seen the Lancashire club soar up to 12th place in the table on the 34-point mark.

They are now just one win away from virtually guaranteeing themselves top-flight football for next season and Allardyce is hoping his players can kick on after being freed from their shackles.

David Dunn, Brett Emerton, Franco Di Santo, Junior Hoilett and Yildiray Basturk all played for the reserves in midweek and Dunn in particular is pushing for a recall following injury.


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Match Report

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice as Tottenham moved a step closer to their Champions League ambitions with a 3-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers.

Jermain Defoe opened the scoring just before half-time and Pavlyuchenko bagged a second-half brace, to make it eight goals in six games.

Spurs should have gone ahead early on when Pavlyuchenko bobbled a shot over the bar after Benoit Assou-Ekotto had capitalised on some sloppy Blackburn defending.

Gareth Bale continued his impressive form and often had the beating of Blackburn right-back Michel Salgado. He set up Pavlyuchenko, who again failed to hit the target from close range.

Wilson Palacios then neatly found Defoe with a throughball but the England striker was denied by substitute keeper Jason Brown.

Spurs got their breakthrough just before half-time when a Niko Kranjcar corner found Vedran Corluka, whose header glanced across the face of goal and Defoe provided the tap-in at the back post.

Spurs extended their lead early in the second period. Luka Modric set off on the counter-attack and picked out Defoe, who unselfishly knocked the ball to Pavlyuchenko. The in-form striker fired a shot that squirmed underneath Brown, who should have done better in the Blackburn goal.

Blackburn began to threaten and a ball across the box from Martin Olsson needed a better touch from Kalinic before Spurs broke away.

Bale felt he should have had a penalty when he went down under the challenge of Salgado but referee Howard Webb waved play on.

Blackburn got back in the game late on when Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner was met by the towering Christopher Samba to make it 2-1.

Spurs won a free-kick minutes later and Bale pin-pointed Pavlyuchenko with a ball across goal but the striker squandered his shot. However, he was granted a second chance when Palacios picked out Bale to provide another telling cross for the Russian who could not miss.

Samba then acrobatically cleared Pavlyuchenko's goalbound lob to deny the Tottenham man a hat-trick.

Kalinic found the net but the striker was adjudged to have handled the ball and Spurs held out for a 3-1 win.

Tottenham Hotspur

Blackburn Rovers

Corners

56

Fouls

128

Goal attempts

Shots off target

84

Offsides

61

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