Blackburn keep survival hopes alive
Superb strikes from Mauro Formica and Junior Hoilett gave Blackburn's survival hopes a mighty boost with a 2-0 victory over Norwich.
Formica volleyed home a Morten Gamst Pedersen cross on 40 minutes and four minutes after the break Hoilett let fly with a 25-yard screamer into the top corner.
Their goals brought an emphatic end to a run of five consecutive league defeats which had plunged beleaguered Steve Kean's men back into trouble.
Paul Lambert's Canaries looked flat-footed after last week's mauling by Manchester City and contributed little as Rovers took control from the start. Bradley Orr and Scott Dann went close but the tension was evident in boisterous calls for Kean's dismissal, which began early on.
James Vaughan had a half-chance for the visitors as the Rovers defence panicked, but at the other end Ryan Bennett had to hook clear to deny Hoilett.
Jonathan Howson came close for Norwich on the half-hour when his powerful long-range drive was tipped over by Paul Robinson.
But it was Rovers who managed to retain the upper hand, Ayegbeni Yakubu almost connecting with a dangerous cross from Pedersen. And the Nigerian had his side's best early chance in the 37th minute when Pedersen headed down and he attempted an overhead kick which struck the post.
Three minutes later Rovers grabbed the lead when Yakubu fed Pedersen on the right and the recalled Formica met the Norwegian's cross with a crisp sliding volley.
Rovers doubled their advantage shortly after the restart with Hoilett's seventh and best goal of the season, cutting in from the left flank and letting fly.
The visitors did briefly rally in the final quarter, Elliott Bennett's cross just eluding Elliott Ward, then Aaron Wilbraham bringing a fine low save out of Robinson.