Belfast Telegraph

Odemwingie downs Blackburn

Peter Odemwingie's late strike secured a 2-1 victory for West Brom at Blackburn to make it an unhappy one-year anniversary for under-fire Rovers manager Steve Kean.

The hosts fell behind in the 52nd minute when they failed to properly deal with a corner and James Morrison smashed the ball past Paul Robinson.

Scott Dann scrambled in an equaliser with 18 minutes to go, but Blackburn were left empty-handed by Odemwingie's delightful 89th-minute effort.

The first chance of the game fell to Odemwingie, who was released on the left by Morrison, but having cut into the box he blazed the ball wide. Odemwingie's accuracy was also lacking on the quarter-hour mark, as he glanced Chris Brunt's cross wide.

Two minutes later, Ayegbeni Yakubu almost found himself in on goal at the other end, but could not stretch enough to make meaningful contact with the ball, and Odemwingie then tried his luck again, firing in an effort that Robinson turned around the post.

Blackburn survived a scare shortly after the restart when Paul Scharner sent a shot bobbling a few inches wide of Robinson's post.

Their relief was short-lived, though, as an Albion corner came off Steven Nzonzi to Morrison, who cracked a volley in from just outside the area to make it 1-0.

Dann then got away with an error of judgement, inadvertently lobbing Robinson when trying to play the ball back to his goalkeeper and he was grateful to see the ball bounce wide.

The former Birmingham defender made a far more positive contribution in the 72nd minute as he drew Rovers level - Christopher Samba headed on Robinson's long kick and Dann was on hand to bundle home.

Odemwingie then delivered the late hammer blow, dribbling around several men before curling a beauty into the corner of the net.


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