Blackburn 3- Derby 1
In the penultimate round of the premier league, Blackburn faced a struggling Derby County at Ewood Park. In what many had tipped to be a walk over for the boys in blue and white, it came to a surprise to many when Derby took the inititiave. After a comedy of errors by the Rovers defence, a quick release by Roy Carrol set Kenny Miller free, leaving behind shouts of offside, slotting the ball past Brad Friedel.
THis seemed to fire Rovers up, with Bentley and Gamst getting on the ball, firing the ball into the Derby box. Blackburns persistance paid of when in stoppage time, a powerful Morten Gamst Pedersen strike was parried by Roy Carrol, right into the path of the Parguayan Goal scoring machine, Roque Santa Cruz. 1 all at the break.
Sparky must of let loose in the sheds, with a horrible set of errors by the Derby defence, freeing up Jason Roberts, cooly slotting it in the net, 2-1 Rovers.
From here on, Rovers took charge, with Tugay being introduced, pulling the strings in the middle of the park with Gamst and Bentley playing either side. Blackburn really should of run away with the game, with Roberts missing 2 or 3 clear opportunities. Bentley could of tucked one away with Samba also coming close. The drought continues for the Admiral, with Nelsen almost bending in a left foot volley.
However, it was the man of the moment who tucked the third, Roque Santa Cruz latching on a cross with some part of his body, 3-1 Rovers.
Martin Olsson and Matt Derbyshire were introduced to seal of the game.
Good victory for the boys, we really should of cleaned up though.
Brad Friedel 6
Steven Reid 5
Ryan Nelsen 7.5
Chris Samba 7
Steven Warnock 8
Johann Vogel 6.5
Brett Emerton 7
Morten Gamst Pedersen 8
David Bentley 8
Jason Roberts 9 for Effort, 5 for FInishing
Roque Santa Cruz 8.5