Wolves Hunted Down at Ewood Park
Fortress Ewood Park
Blackburn Rovers buried the demons of Old Trafford in style, with goals to David Dunn, Brett Emerton and Ryan Nelsen skyrocketing the blue and white halves up into the top half of the league table.
Sam Allardyce decided to reinstall Morten Gamst Pedersen and Gael Givet into the starting line up, at the expense of Harold Goulon and Pascal Chimbonda
Morten Gamst Pedersen
El Hadji Diouf
It all looked like disaster early on, as Wolves decided to hit Blackburn early, and test Paul Robinson's resolve after conceding 7 goals last week. However, from the early minutes, you just couldnt help to get a feeling that things would go our way today.
Matt Jarvis decided to take on Michel Salgado, rounding him easily, then powering a shot home, with Paul Robinson pulling off a fine save to push the ball to safety. Minutes later it was Stephen Wards turn, Robinson pushing the ball into the post. Zubar then had a go, desperately unlucky after beating the keeper, striking the crossbar and the far post!
Wolves just couldnt finish early on, and were made to pay from a Blackburn Rovers Set Piece. Morten Gamst Pedersen took the corner, lobbing a ball to the far 6 yard corner, Nelsen rose highest, heading back across goal, with David Dunn heading into the net. Wolves desperately cleared of the line, but Howard Webb and his assistant got it right, the ball clearly bouncing over the white stripe....
1-0 Blackburn (29th min)
Wolves didnt hold back though, in what was turning out to be an entertaining encounter. Kevin Doyle held his ground well against Chris Samba, whilst Matt Jarvis continued to be a thorn in midfield, moving the ball sharply and accurately. Robinson was called into action, a fine save from a drive from distance by Milijas.
Blackburn though took their chance when it came, and doubled their lead minutes before the break. Salgado sent the ball long, Jason Roberts out muscling his defender and taking a touch of the ball. Emerton scooped up on the inside, with Roberts teeing him up with a delightful backheel pass. Emerton made no mistake, burying it with his left foot.....
Blackburn 2-0 (43 min)
No changes made at the break.
Wolves again started the half the brightest. Early corners threatened the Rovers goal, however Samba and Nelsen were up to the task, clearing to safety. Michel Salgado was having a fine game down the flack, the 35 year old pulling back all the years, making delightful overlapping runs, and solid as a rock in defence.
David Dunns shift was over, with MB Diouf coming on in the 52nd minute, a sign of an attacking intent by Sam Allardyce, possibly in an attempt to appease his new boss.
Rovers went 3 up minutes later. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivered a dangerous free kick, with Ryan Nelsen pouncing ahead of the Wolves defence, poking home past Hennesey....
Blackburn 3-0 (55 min)
Many could of thought Wolves would have packed a brick wall to minimize the damage, however to their credit, Wolves created the best of the chances. Paul Robinson had other thoughts though, brilliantly parrying attempts from Doyle, Jarvis and Hunt (x2), insisting that Wolves would not score, and he would get his clean sheet bonus. Josh Morris and Benjani came on for Jason Roberts and EH Diouf
Blackburn should of made it 4 late on, with a 2 on 1 between MB Diouf and MG Pedersen. Diouf scooted away on the counter, however his crossfield pass forced Gamst to check back. The chance was still on though, however both players just couldnt hit it well, and the Wolves defence recovered in time to limit the scoring
3-0 Blackburn Full Time
What a world class display between the goals. If we conceded early, or even at 2-0, it would of boosted Wolves and changed the game, but Robbo was up to the task....Englands Number 1
Paul Robinson 10
Chris Samba 8
Ryan Nelsen 9
Michel Salgado 9
Gael Givet 7
Phil Jones 6
EH Diouf 7
Brett Emerton 9
MG Pedersen 9
David Dunn 7
Jason Roberts 9
MB Diouf 6
Josh Morris 6