Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Rovers thump sorry Wolves

David Dunn
David Dunn

Ryan Nelsen rounded off an excellent afternoon for Blackburn with his 55th-minute strike as sorry Wolves slumped to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Ewood Park.

Nelsen poked home from a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick to add to first-half strikes from David Dunn and Brett Emerton as Rovers cruised to victory.

Mick McCarthy's men had started superbly, with Matt Jarvis bringing a first-minute save out of Paul Robinson and both Stephen Ward and Ronald Zubar rattling the woodwork.

The visitors failed to build on their early momentum and were made to pay in the 29th minute when Pedersen's long corner was flicked back by Nelsen and met by Dunn in the six-yard box.

Dunn's firm header was frantically booted clear by Kevin Doyle but referee Howard Webb had no hesitation in deeming the ball had crossed the line - a decision TV replays proved correct.

Rovers extended their lead in the 42nd minute when Jason Roberts raced onto a long ball by Michel Salgado and flicked the ball cleverly into the path of Emerton, who swept home a fine left foot shot.

Wolves forced a pair of early second-half corners, which came to nothing, then substitute Hunt's run into the box was intercepted by Gael Givet.

But yet again it was a Pedersen free-kick that teed up Rovers' third, his left foot set-piece curling around the Wolves wall and finding Nelsen, who prodded home.

Wolves came close to claiming a consolation through Hunt - but he was twice brilliantly denied by Robinson late on.

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