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Tottenham Steal the Points at Ewood

An early third minute goal by Peter Crouch, breaking his goal scoring drought (does every striker in the EPL manage to do this against us or what....) gave Tottenham the advantage, and they held onto it despite several efforts from the home team.

Nikola Kalinic and Gael Givet were left out of the team as Ryan Nelsen and MB Diouf played their respective roles. Keith Andrews was also given his first EPL start of the season, finding himself in front of the out of sorts Morten Gamst Pedersen.

After a brief welcome from the new Blackburn Rovers supporters, and a fast start by Martin Olsson, it was a lofted ball by Van Der Vart which set up the Tottenham goal. Floating in at the back post, Peter Crouch lept over Chris Samba, his perfectly timed header evading the reach of Paul Robinson, and into the back of the net. 1-0

Martin Olsson continued to be the main threat for Rovers after the early goal, his pace and trickery down the left flank was causing all sorts of mayhem. However, Rovers had no end product after 3 spectacular crosses evaded the front men, who refused to gamble and make the required run.

Tottenham threatened on the counter, with the pace of Aaron Lennon and Jermaine Defoe unsetteling Michel Salgado in defence. Long range efforts from Van Der Vart and Lennon tested Robbo early, but the Spuds could not extend their lead.

Not that they needed to, as it appeared Gomes was doing his share for Tottenham inbetween the sticks. A good reflex save off a David Dunn drive followed a parried effort as Hoillet made a surge into the box. Rovers just couldnt find the back of the net, despite several attempts at goal.

Jermaine Jones managed to hold the midfield steady, however could be accused of dallying on the ball, after conceding it easily 2 or 3 times. Nelsen missed wide from a header, whilst a last minute free kick was deflected wide by Nelsen. 1-0 Tottenham at the break

The second half continued in similar fashion. Jones split the defence with a throughball, but MB Diouf couldnt finish, striking into Gomes. A school boy error from Salgado followed, putting Lennon through, who found Defoe, but Robinson ensured Rovers would still be in the game, saving the effort.

Blackburn brought on Gamst and Nzonzi to freshen up the midfield, with Morten taking over from Dunn on set pieces. The Norweigan appeared on song tonight, moving the ball well, a powerful shot well saved by Gomes.

Blackburn continued to pepper the goal, with Hoillet forcing Gomes into a stunning save, repeating the dosage after a Diouf effort. Samba had a late chance to force a draw, but his header was deflected over.

Blackburn would be ruing the missed opportunities, a home loss to Tottenham

1-0




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The Journalist

Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 2 2011

Time: 10:56PM

Your Comments

I see 'arry has loaned that many of the team out, we had two keepers on the bench tonight. With a combined age of 70yrs old. Some ******** squad hes destroying there!
Morgan.
We have 8 international players unavailable due to injury and one suspension - Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Alan Hutton, Youness Kaboul, and Steven Pienaar.
mellowchaos
Spurs got very lucky they were outplayed for most of the match and if we had a striker who could finish we would of won comfortbaly
glen9mullan
on the other hand, we didn't do enough going forward and our energy level dropped in the second half. certainly not pushing hard enough.
DommyWalker
I haven't seen the game yet but I thought Steve Kean got this one wrong. I couldn't understand why Roberts was playing I can't see how he fits in to our new attacking style. he simply doesn't score the goals. Niko or Benjani would've been a better option for me. It sounds like we were unlucky not to get something out of the game though so hopefully we can get back on track against Wigan.
ITSALLROVER
Were were terrible & are wrecked with injurys yet you still couldnt beat and never looked liked doing so. We didnt steal the points you gave them to us you were poor i thought!
HuddersfieldYiddo
Are you Spurs fans blind?! 18 shots to 6? Gomes pulled out 3 storming saves and your team that you put out was still worth 5 times what ours was? God and you moan when people call you arrogant!
Mikey Delap
Well said Mikey
BigNumber5
have to say, I thought we were rather fortunate to get all three points last night.
oxfordspur
It was not easy but to say spurs stole the points is a little naive and ignores the events of the game in my opinion. Spurs went ahead after 3 minutes which puts the onus on Blackburn to force the issue and take the points away from us which never really materialised. There was some good play infront of our defence and midfield but never any 'backs against the wall' defending, incisive attacking or amazing saves from Gomes, it was relatively 'comfortable' in the end. In a boxing match Blackburn would have probably won on points but after conceding I don't think you did enough to earn one in a football match
Phartman87
Arrogant? Just because i thought you were poor? We were shocking and have the mother of all injury crisis' so stop pretending you were unlucky. We were there for the taking fellas!
HuddersfieldYiddo
unlucky, but a loss is a loss. lets hope our luck turns this weekend
retroflair31
You must have very high standards if you thought we were poor and stop blaming your injury crisis - the team you put out most teams would kill for!! We were unlucky.. use you eyes and watch what happened. We weren't poor you were fortunate.
Mikey Delap
With all the spurs players out - and being at homw we should have won.
FreidelNo.1
rednap!!! and his over hyped team will whinge about anything and everything, can't believe he's short of players as he must have bought and sold more players than an accountant on the stock market. and that's how he treats his players!! why they think he's great I'll never know, spurs were very, very lucky. It's great to see Rovers playing good football the wins will come very soon!!!!!
Fellrunner
 

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