December 3, 2011 by joshilan14
The pressured has been lifted slightly off Steve Kean following Blackburn Rover’s 4-2 win for his relegation threatened side over last year’s playoff winners Swansea City. All of Blackburn’s goals were scored by Nigerian striker Yakubu, who has now got 9 goals in 9 games for the club and that helped the club to get their second win of the season.
Blackburn opened the scoring in the tie described as a possible “relegation six pointer” come the end of the season when Yakubu smashed the ball into the top corner after a one-two with French defender Gael Givet. Leroy Lita headed in an equalizer for Swansea City after Europe’s statistically ‘most creative midfielder’ Mark Gower crossed the ball in. In the 40th minute, Blackburn suffered an injury setback when striker Ruben Rochina went off injured and was replaced by Montenegro international Simon Vukcevic. However two minutes into added time in the first half, Pedersen fired in a corner which was volleyed back into the box by Vukcevic and Yakubu was lurking at the back post to restore Blackburn’s lead. 12 minutes into the second half, Yakubu completed his hat trick when another Pedersen corner allowed him to score after a head on by Chris Samba. Their two goal lead didn’t last for long when substitute Luke Moore scored a tap in after Wayne Routledge shot was saved by Paul Robinson. Scott Sinclair then had a shot which went over the bar as Swansea were starting to mount a comeback but the chance of this happening was made harder when midfielder Joe Allen received a second bookable offence with 10 minutes to go. Substitute Simon Vukcevic was brought down for a penalty two minutes later in which Yakubu converted.
A win wasn’t enough to win over the Blackburn fans as many stayed behind to protest at Steve Kean’s managerial reign. Brendan Rodgers summed up his sides performance by saying “It was a very frustrating day because for large parts of the game we were in total control. It wasn’t just possession, it was penetration too, but we needed to defend better.” Swansea will need to add more steel to their defence and take their chances better and if they do that, safety should be assured but as for Blackburn, it could be a long season ahead for their fans but Yakubu could help them in their attempt to avoid the drop.
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