Belfast Telegraph

Van der Vaart sinks Rovers response

Rafael van der Vaart's brace earned a 2-1 victory for Tottenham at struggling Blackburn to increase the pressure on Rovers boss Steve Kean.

Another protest was staged outside Ewood Park by disgruntled Blackburn fans prior to kick-off, and the heat was turned up further on Kean when Van der Vaart put Spurs in front inside the opening quarter of an hour.

Kyle Walker beat Gael Givet for pace down the right and pulled the ball back for Van der Vaart, who slotted it past Paul Robinson.

The hosts equalised through Mauro Formica's fierce strike in the 28th minute.

Christopher Samba's knock-down from Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick came to the Argentinian, who smashed the ball home.

But Van der Vaart produced a brilliant winner from outside the box eight minutes after the restart.

He collected the ball when Benoit Assou-Ekotto's pass ricocheted off Simon Vukcevic and curled it delightfully beyond Robinson.

The result leaves Rovers bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just five points from nine games, and the calls for owners Venky's to dismiss Kean are only getting louder.

The club's supporters again made their unhappiness known after the final whistle, with a section in the Ronnie Clayton End remaining in their seats, unfurling `Kean Out' banners and chanting for the Scot to be sacked.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are up to fifth, their unbeaten run extending to six games in all competitions.


From Belfast Telegraph