Blackburn 1-2 Tottenham
Two masterful strikes from Rafael van der Vaart increased the pressure on Blackburn manager Steve Kean.
The Dutchman slotted Spurs ahead with a neat side-foot finish from 12 yards following a superb run by Kyle Walker.
Rovers levelled as Mauro Formica fired into the top corner after Christopher Samba had flicked on a free-kick.
After the break Van der Vaart showed more composure to curl in nonchalantly from 20 yards, keeping Rovers level at the bottom of the table with Wigan.
Numerous Blackburn fans marched towards Ewood Park armed with a variety of banners, placards and posters all demanding the exit of Kean, who was presiding over his 30th match in charge but remains with only six victories.
The home side started positively, Junior Hoilett jinking through but firing well over, although two crucial interceptions were needed at the back, Jason Lowe denying Gareth Bale a certain goal then Gael Givet scrambling clear with Emmanuel Adebayor poised.
Spurs were far from their best but on the seventh anniversary of Bill Nicholson's death they did their legendary double-winning manager's memory proud with a delightful opening goal.
Adebayor freed Walker and the England international galloped clear along the right-hand touchline before cutting the ball back perfectly for Van der Vaart, who calmly slotted into the bottom corner.
Moments later it was almost two when Bale's inviting left-wing cross flicked off Martin Olsson and needed to be smartly tipped over by former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Bale was causing all manner of problems for the Rovers defence, running at them ruthlessly with terrifying pace, and he supplied an intricate square pass for Adebayor, but the on-loan striker scuffed his left-footed shot and Robinson was able to clear.
Rovers always looked dangerous from set-pieces and after giant centre-half Samba ruffled Tottenham feathers from a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick, Formica demonstrated superb technique and quick feet to drive in the loose ball from 15 yards.
A burst of speed from Luka Modric culminated in a low 25-yard shot that Robinson turned around the post and the fluctuating nature of the contest continued as the dangerous Hoilet cut in from the left and unleashed a stinging drive that was beaten out by Brad Friedel.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp must have retained hope his team's undoubted extra quality would have prevailed and when a loose ball fell to Van der Vaart, the talented Dutchman calmly stroked the ball beyond Robinson into the net.
Blackburn continued their aerial bombardment, Friedel spilling a long kick from Robinson, and the home side thought they might have had a penalty following confusion between Friedel and Benoit Assou-Ekotto when Formica went down under challenge from the Spurs left-back.
Friedel had some unsettling moments against his former club but tipped over expertly from Samba's back-header following an enormous Pedersen throw under the crossbar.
Yakubu was thrown into action and caused great problems with his muscular presence, if not his finishing.
With Spurs unable to kill the game off, Olsson crossed invitingly from the left but Yakubu steered woefully wide, leaving Rovers fans to intensify their protests inside the ground after the final whistle.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean:
"Not to even get a draw is tough. We gave it one almighty go, we're going to play worse than that and win.
"We had them rocking a bit and continued to keep the pressure on but if we keep playing like that we'll climb the table.
"Our game plan was good and we're gutted, I'm sure the fans will see that. Each supporter is allowed an opinion and I respect that but they were fully behind the team.
"I've got broad enough shoulders and I'll protect my players, we'll organise, get back out there again and win games.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"They never gave up, they're so strong at set pieces. All I said was don't give free-kicks away, big Samba comes up and heads every ball in the air, they really worked hard and the players have given everything for the manager, I think it's very unfair he should be getting criticised.
"That's five goals Rafa has scored in the last four games and it was a very difficult decision, I've got Adebayor up front and someone to play off him.
"Jermain Defoe has been in great form and is very unlucky not to be in the team but Rafa is a clinical goalscorer and this year he is capable of 20 goals.
"We've got an awful lot missing but we've been on a great run."
- 01 Robinson
- 03 Olsson
- 04 Samba
- 05 Givet
- 10 Formica (Yakubu - 70' Booked )
- 12 Pedersen
- 15 Nzonzi Booked
- 29 Vukcevic (Rochina - 70' )
- 35 Lowe Booked
- 23 Hoilett
- 30 Roberts Booked (Goodwillie - 82' )
- 13 Bunn
- 31 Hanley
- 14 Petrovic
- 19 Slew
- 20 Rochina
- 24 Yakubu
- 25 Goodwillie
- 24 Friedel
- 03 Bale
- 04 Kaboul
- 19 Bassong
- 28 Walker
- 32 Assou-Ekotto
- 07 Lennon (Rose - 70' Booked )
- 08 Parker
- 11 Van der Vaart (Defoe - 88' )
- 14 Modric
- 10 Adebayor
- 23 Cudicini
- 25 Rose
- 29 Livermore
- 30 Sandro
- 31 Townsend
- 09 Pavlyuchenko
- 18 Defoe
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +3:12
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner.90:00 +3:02
The ball is delivered by David Goodwillie, Kyle Walker manages to make a clearance.90:00 +1:35
Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +1:35 Booking
Booking The referee shows Ayegbeni Yakubu a yellow card.90:00 +1:23
Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric.86:58
Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.86:58 Substitution
Substitution Rafael Van der Vaart leaves the field to be replaced by Jermain Defoe.86:58
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker.84:40
David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.83:09
Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.82:00
Shot from close range by Ayegbeni Yakubu misses to the left of the goal.81:24 Substitution
Substitution David Goodwillie replaces Jason Roberts.79:51
Free kick taken by Luka Modric.79:51 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Jason Roberts for dissent.79:23
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric.78:13
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Scott Parker. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.76:39
Danny Rose fouled by Ruben Rochina, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.75:58
Shot from deep inside the area by Jason Roberts clears the bar.75:35 Booking
Booking The referee shows Danny Rose a yellow card.
Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Danny Rose results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.74:37
Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.73:01
Shot by Ayegbeni Yakubu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.72:16
Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.72:00
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen.71:07
Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.70:41
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth Bale.68:54 Substitution
Substitution Danny Rose is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Lennon.68:54 Substitution
Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu replaces Mauro Formica.68:54 Substitution
Substitution Ruben Rochina comes on in place of Simon Vukcevic.68:54
The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor.67:32
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a short corner.66:48
Corner taken right-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Martin Olsson.66:32
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.63:39
Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Inswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Foul by Jason Roberts on Brad Friedel, free kick awarded. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.62:45
Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Emmanuel Adebayor results in a free kick. Gael Givet takes the direct free kick.62:09
Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.62:09 Booking
Booking Jason Lowe is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.62:07
Jason Lowe challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick.59:45
The ball is swung over by Martin Olsson, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.56:34
Effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from just inside the area clears the bar.56:16
A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Brad Friedel manages to make a clearance.55:28
The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.54:01
Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.54:01 Booking
Booking Booking for Steven Nzonzi.53:56
Unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.52:06
Assist on the goal came from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.52:06 Goal scored
Goal! - Rafael Van der Vaart - Blackburn 1 - 2 Tottenham Rafael Van der Vaart grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Tottenham.51:29
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.46:26
Younes Kaboul gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick, Emmanuel Adebayor makes a clearance.45:34
Effort on goal by Emmanuel Adebayor from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.45:12
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:10 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.44:35
Gareth Bale fouled by Simon Vukcevic, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.44:17
Kyle Walker fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.42:49
The ball is crossed by Simon Vukcevic.40:16
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Sebastien Bassong. The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Header by Christopher Samba from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.39:49
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.38:16
Gareth Bale fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Gael Givet.37:18
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastien Bassong on Mauro Formica. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Brad Friedel.36:22
Gael Givet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Direct free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.36:03
David Hoilett takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.34:57
Rafael Van der Vaart takes the outswinging corner, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.34:36
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.33:47
Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.30:33
Centre by Jason Lowe.29:01
Corner from left by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.28:44
Simon Vukcevic takes a shot. Comfortable save by Brad Friedel.27:01
The assist for the goal came from Christopher Samba.27:01 Goal scored
Goal! - Mauro Formica - Blackburn 1 - 1 Tottenham Mauro Formica finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Tottenham.26:37
Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauro Formica. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball,25:05
Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.24:39
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.22:57
Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.21:41
David Hoilett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.20:33
Jason Lowe handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.20:05
Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.19:38
Foul by Mauro Formica on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick.16:49
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart.16:31
The ball is delivered by Jason Lowe.15:29
Centre by David Hoilett.14:14
The assist for the goal came from Kyle Walker.14:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Rafael Van der Vaart - Blackburn 0 - 1 Tottenham Rafael Van der Vaart gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham.13:22
Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.12:41
Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.10:30
Free kick awarded for a foul by Younes Kaboul on Jason Roberts. Strike comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Corner from the right by-line taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Mauro Formica takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in. Mauro Formica takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.9:52
The ball is crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart.8:48
Gareth Bale crosses the ball, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.7:44
Effort on goal by David Hoilett from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.6:35
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Olsson on Aaron Lennon. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.5:45
The ball is sent over by Emmanuel Adebayor, clearance made by Jason Lowe.4:39
Rafael Van der Vaart fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.3:38
Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.1:44
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Christopher Samba goes harmlessly over the crossbar.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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