Belfast Telegraph

Rovers drop fears deepen

West Brom banished fears of relegation from the Barclays Premier League and pushed Blackburn closer to the drop via Martin Olsson's own goal and second-half efforts from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell in a 3-0 win at the Hawthorns.

Olsson sliced his clearance past Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson for the opener after seven minutes before Fortune and Ridgewell wrapped up the points for Roy Hodgson's side.

Rovers substitute Anthony Modeste was sent off in injury time for violent conduct after kicking out in retaliation at Albion defender Billy Jones.

West Brom forced four corners in the first seven minutes - and from the last of them they took the lead.

Gareth McAuley headed Chris Brunt's ball into the box back across goal and Rovers defender Olsson only succeeded in slicing the ball past Paul Robinson into his own net.

Olsson tried to make amends for his error with an inviting cross for Bradley Orr to run onto, but he could not keep his far-post header down.

Blackburn began the second half on the offensive and Morten Gamst Pedersen made clean contact on a Jason Lowe centre but his header flew straight at Ben Foster.

The former England goalkeeper then produced a superb double save to keep his side in front, first getting down to his right to deny Ayegbeni Yakubu and then reacting quickly to block the follow-up effort from Orr.

Against the run of play Fortune doubled Albion's lead after 68 minutes. Brunt dispossessed Yakubu and picked out Fortune with a low cross. He had time to steady himself before driving the ball past Robinson.

With five minutes left Albion added a third as Ridgewell scored his first for the club when he headed home an inswinging Graham Dorrans free-kick, and Modeste was sent off for kicking out at West Brom's Billy Jones in injury time to cap a miserable day for Steve Kean's side.

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