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Blackburn win edges Hull closer to drop

Blackburn 1 Hull City 0

Sam Allardyce's Blackburn hauled themselves eight points clear of the relegation zone and left Hull deep in trouble with a hard-fought win at Ewood Park.

Blackburn got the game's only goal in the 16th minute when Martin Olsson's effort was deflected in by goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.

The visitors then had George Boateng sent off towards the end of the first half and they were unable to get back in the game. Hull are now just a point outside the bottom three.

Before the match, a minute's silence was held to mark the death of a Blackburn supporter at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and players wore black armbands.

Blackburn thoroughly warranted their victory and almost took the lead after just six minutes when Boateng was hauled back for a challenge on Nikola Kalinic.

Blackburn opened the scoring after Morten Gamst Pedersen set Olsson scampering away down the left. The full-back's shot from the by-line got a final touch off Myhill, for an own goal.

The home side maintained the momentum and Olsson smashed a volley at Myhill in the 30th minute after a clearance from Steven Mouyokolo fell at his feet.

The visitors again found themselves on the back foot in the 54th minute when Olsson released Steven Nzonzi but he dragged his effort wide.

There was little respite for Hull and Kalinic sent an ambitious half-volley wide.

Then a cross from Pedersen was deflected by Hull striker Jozy Altidore but Myhill was alert and made the save, as Blackburn settled for a one-goal win.

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