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  • October 23, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 22786
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Blackburn 1-2 Tottenham: Van der Vaart scores twice to down plucky Rovers as fan pressure mounts on Steve Kean

Blackburn 1-2 Tottenham: Van der Vaart scores twice to down plucky Rovers as fan pressure mounts on Steve Kean

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Dutchman fires Spurs to an impressive away win which leaves Rovers rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with just one victory all season and the pressure firmly on

Two goals from Rafael van der Vaart condemned Blackburn to another home defeat as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory, which leaves the pressure mounting on Rovers boss Steve Kean.

Despite a strong performance from the home side they lacked quality in front of goal and were punished by two excellent strikes from Spurs’ Dutch forward. Mauro Formica had got his side back into the game before Van der Vaart struck to seal the points for the visitors.

Under pressure Blackburn boss Kean made three changes to the side who drew with QPR with Michel Salgado, Radoslav Petrovic and Scott Dann all dropping out of the team and Simon Vuckevic, Mauro Formica and Morten Gamst Pedersen coming into the side.

Aaron Lennon made his return in the league in place of Jake Livermore after coming through the midweek win over Rubin Kazan, and Sebastien Bassong came in for Ledley King who was ruled out with his troublesome knees.

Despite Blackburn creating some good chances it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Van der Vaart. Adebayor held possession up on the right wing and waited for Kyle Walker to surge passed him on the overlap, the young full back received the pass and flew past Givet before rolling the ball back to van der Vaart who calmly side footed the ball into the back of the net from 10 yards.

Minutes later they could have doubled their lead, this time they broke down the left wing with Gareth Bale, he rolled a low cross into the penalty area for Adebayor but Olsson got in front of the striker and very nearly caught Robinson off guard as he deflected the cross goalwards but the keeper was able to tip it over the bar.

Bale was starting to become a real influence in the game and eight minutes later another low cross found Adebayor but the strikers shot was well saved by Robinson.

Spurs had been dominating the game but in the 27th minute the hosts got themselves back into the game through Formica. Pedersen sent a free kick into the penalty area where Samba beat Parker and Kaboul in the air and the loose ball dropped to the Argentine who blasted it into the back of the net from 10 yards.

That goal ignited the crowd at Ewood Park but the team were still struggling to contain the impressive Spurs midfield and eight minutes later Luka Modric showed just why he so highly thought of in the game. The Croatian picked the ball up inside the Blackburn half and effortlessly ran away from Pedersen and Formica but his powerful shot was turned behind by Robinson.

Spurs began the second half in confident mood and were twice very close to going ahead in the 52nd minute through Modric and Bale. The Croatian received a pass on the edge of the penalty area but his powerful shot was pushed away by Robinson, the loose ball was collected by Lennon but Bale missed the ball from the wingers cut back.

Seconds later Van der Vaart doubled his tally and gave his side the lead again with a sublime finish from the edge of the area. Benoit Assou-Ekotto attacked Lowe down the left wing, he got a little bit of luck as the ball bounced to the Dutchman who sidefooted into the back of the net without even breaking his stride.

The introduction of Yakubu in the 69th minute seemed to really awaken Blackburn and the Nigerian had three good chances to get his side back into the game. The first came from a low cross but he managed to put his shot wide of the post, he then had two good headed opportunities but he was unable to test Friedel in the Spurs goal.

Tottenham maintained pressure on the top four as a result of this win, while relegation remains a real fear for Blackburn and their beleaguered boss.

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