Points Shared at Ewood Park
After the fantastic news of Roque Santa Cruz new contract signing, Blackburn Rovers faced a determined Hull City squad, oozing with confidence after starting their premiership campaign with a win against Fulham. Blackburn made one change to their team, with Brett Emerton returning to the bench, Carlos Villanueava being the man to make way.
After a slow start to procedures, it was Hull who took the initiative, a brilliant movement on the right flank, with the ball being cut across goal. However, Fagan, who scored the winner for Hull last week, was unable to take the opportunity, leaving a frustrated Paul Ince demanding to know how the back line was easily breached. Rovers started to turn things around, with some brilliant work in the middle of the park by David Dunn, creating and directing play. Steven Reid placed him self in several good positions out wide, but his delivery was not of the best.
Morten Gamst Pederson had Rovers best chance of the opening exchange, blasting a half volley from 25 yards out narrowly wide of the post. On the 36th minute, Rovers took the lead. A Steven Reid through ball fell neatly for Jason Roberts, taking the ball into his stride, blasting it into the back of the net. 1 Nil Rovers.
Blackburns joy was shortlived though, with Hull equalising immediately. A deep cross from right half found Richard Garcia who scored one of the most clinical of headers, looping it over the hapless Paul Robinson. This capped of a brilliant week for Garcia, who made his Socceroo Debut against Aaron Mokoenas Bafana outfit. 1-1 Half time.
Brett Emerton was introduced at the break, replacing David Dunn who had picked up a knock. THe second half started of in a slow fashion...so slow i dozed of for about 15 minutes. However when i did wake up, i noticed the score was still the same so lets continue hehehe (sorry boss dozing on the job).
Blackburn could be deemed to be unlucky after the premier leagues youngest ever referee decided not to award a penalty after Santa Cruz shot took a clear deflection of the hand of a Hull defender. Roque almost scored 10 minutes later, with a strike narrowingly flying over the bar.
The game fizzed out to the final whistle, with both teams keeping their unbeaten start to the season on track
Paul Robinson 6
Ryan Nelsen 6.5
C Samba 6.5
Andre Oijer 6
Steven Warnock 7
David Dunn 7.5
Aaron Mokoena 7
Steven Reid 6
Morten Gamst Pedersen 7.5
Jason Roberts 8
Roque Santa Cruz 6
Brett Emerton 6.5
Sasmans Get Stuck into it or Else Award
Sasmans Award for outstanding Effort