Belfast Telegraph

Ten-man Rovers overcome Fulham

Ten-man Blackburn brilliantly clawed their way out of the relegation zone for the first time in four months with a 3-1 home win over Fulham.

The first red card of Ayegbeni Yakubu's nine-year career in English football midway through the first half seemed to add to beleaguered manager Steve Kean's woes.

But Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn struck either side of the interval, and despite Damien Duff pulling one back, substitute Mauro Formica sealed only Rovers' fourth league win of the season.

The latest fans' protest against owners Venky's outside the ground before kick off was but a sideshow, and completely forgotten about come the final whistle.

The supporters, though, are having their say with their feet as just 18,003 turned up at Ewood Park, the worst league crowd for many years. Those that stayed away, however, missed a rousing performance from Kean's side.

Fulham almost took the lead in the 21st minute when Bobby Zamora headed against the woodwork and soon after that Blackburn were reduced to 10 men when Yakubu was shown a straight red for his challenge on Danny Murphy

Despite that, it was Rovers who lead at the break when deep into stoppage time Pedersen curled in a low 20-yard free-kick.

Blackburn then needed just 56 seconds of the second period to double their lead as Dunn thumped in his first goal in almost a year.

Fulham were finally roused and, after Clint Dempsey saw a goal disallowed for offside, they made it 2-1 in the 56th minute when Duff slotted in from an acute angle.

It was Rovers who took the spoils, though, as they added a decisive third goal 11 minutes from time through sub Formica.


From Belfast Telegraph