Date:Monday March 2 2009
Rovers reverted to a more familiar line up to the team that failed midweek in the Carling Cup. Roque was restored up front as the loan striker, with Steven Warnock dropping into central midfielder, David Dunn ruled out before the game.
Allardyce would of told his men of the importance of the game prior to kick of, with only a win being the option. Warnock decided to take things into his own hands, with a reckless challenge in the opening minute putting him on the Referees books, yellow card. It sure did look like we had a fiery encounter on the cards.
The first chance of the game fell to El Hadji Diouf, however he could not direct his header into the net, causing little trouble for stand in keeper Duke. Hull's first real chance came after a delightful throughball by Mendy, finding the path of Geovanni, who's first touch was no where near the quality we would expect. Geovanni later found the back of the net, but it was correctly ruled offside.
There was no denying Rovers in the 34th minute. Gamst Pedersen picked up the ball, darted outside the box, and his deflected shot looked to just need a regulation save from Duke, however the ball spun away, Duke had a howler, Roque pounced, laid it of to Warnock, who blasted it into the empty net, 1-0 Rovers.
Rovers doubled their lead only a minute later. A delightful flick by Morten Gamst Pedersen found the surging Steven Warnock, who charged at the goal. Warnock held his composure, slicing a delightful ball across goals to Keith Andrews, who pounced ahead of his marker, almost tearing apart the back of the net, Rovers 2-0.
Rovers almost had 3 in 3 minutes. Another delightful run by Warnock down the left flank was followed by a great delivery, which was cleared by Duke, centimeteres away from the outstreched Roque Santa Cruz. Rovers were in complete control.
Moments before the break, Turner was booked for a heavy collision on Englands number 1, Paul Robinson. Robbo, continued on, but couldnt come out for the second half, with Jason Brown replacing him. Rovers got of the brighter to the second half, a 20 yard effort from Grella was parried by Duke to safety.
Problems appeared for Hull City when Geovanni was substituted. He shook his head, waved his hands, and launched a water bottle, with the home crowd jeering manager Brown, who only a couple a weeks ago, was being hailed a genius. Further drama occured minutes later. A poor challenge by Gamst Pedersen was followed by a kick in the groin by Marney, who was instantly sent of. Gamst Picked up a yellow. Gamst should of treaded lightly, but 5 minutes later, he joined Marney in the sheds after another late challenge, picking up his second yellow card.
With both teams playing with 10 men, it was Hull City who managed to use the space more efficiently, pulling a goal back through Ashbee who volleyed home from a Mendy cross. El Hadji Diouf was in the thick of it minutes later. A great run down the right flank found Diouf impeded by Andy Dawson, yellow card. Diouf protested, believing he should of got a penalty, yellow card for Diouf. Allardyce rightly took Diouf of with Mokoena coming on the field to close the game down.
Hull almost stole a dramatic injury time equaliser, but Jason Brown was up to the task, pulling of a superb diving save after a ferocious drive by Turner. Final whistle blew, Hull City 1 Blackburn Rovers 2
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Date:Monday March 2 2009
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