The FA Cup - Fifth Round
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers4StokeStoke City1

Blackburn Rovers 4-1 Stoke City

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Blackburn 4-1 Stoke
  • Josh King had scored only once this season
  • Blackburn knock out second Premier League side
  • Mark Hughes suffers defeat on return to Ewood Park
  • Fourth Blackburn opponent sent off in three cup games

Josh King's hat-trick helped Blackburn shock 10-man Premier League side Stoke and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Peter Crouch reacted quickest to poke Stoke ahead from close range.

But Championship side Rovers were level when forward King, who had earlier hit the crossbar, made amends by flicking in the equaliser from a corner.

Geoff Cameron was sent off for bringing down King, with Rudy Gestede converting the penalty, before King raced clear to score twice with similar strikes.

It was an embarrassing return to Ewood Park for Stoke boss Mark Hughes who managed Rovers for four years, guiding the side to an FA Cup semi-final in 2007.

Current manager Gary Bowyer - youth team coach under Hughes - stated before the match that Hughes had "taken the club to another level".

He led the Lancashire side into Europe twice, leading them to seventh in the 2007-08 Premier League season before joining Manchester City.

Stoke defender Geoff Cameron sent off
Stoke played the second half with 10 men after Geoff Cameron's dismissal

Such has been Blackburn's plight since relegation from the top division in 2012, they now lie ninth in the second tier, reporting debts of £79.8m last month.

But after troubled times, the FA Cup has given the players and supporters something to cheer about, as they knocked out a second Premier League side in this year's competition.

They were behind after just 10 minutes though. Victor Moses swung in a corner which the home side were unable to deal with as Crouch stuck out a leg to finish from inside the six-yard box.

It was the only high point in an otherwise disappointing match for Stoke as Blackburn reacted positively with forward King causing numerous problems. However, he could only hit the bar from a presentable opportunity, before neatly nodding in the leveller.

Gestede fluffed a glorious chance just before the turning point of the match.

Former Manchester United forward King was barged over in the penalty area by last man Cameron - who received a straight red card - and Frenchman Gestede calmly slotted home his 14th goal of the season.

Bowyer's men were firmly in control and extended their lead further in the second half. King completed his treble in the space of four minutes - both with cool finishes after running clear of the Stoke defence.

Gestede had a header kept out by City keeper Jack Butland, and Craig Conway shot wide after a mazy run, as Blackburn progressed into the last eight.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It was a hell of a cup tie. We have immense pride for the supporters and it is a terrific result for the club.

"We were extremely disappointed to concede a soft goal but the lads bounced back from that.

"We will enjoy tonight but I said to the players, we have to focus on Cardiff for our next game. We would like another home draw but we will take each game as it comes."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"We were well beaten today, credit to Blackburn, they put the ball in good area and used the threats they had up front. We didn't deal with it all afternoon, we got our noses in front without really dictating Blackburn. We allowed them to get back into the game.

"We couldn't deal with the pair of them [Rudy Gestede and Josh King]. All in all, a poor performance from us.

"We wanted to progress and I couldn't emphasise the point enough in the lead up to the cup games, but we need to get our heads down this week and not let our season peter out."

Stoke striker Peter Crouch
Striker Peter Crouch scored twice in Stoke's previous visit to Ewood Park
Josh King scores for Blackburn
Forward Josh King flicked in a neat equaliser for the home side
Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede
Striker Rudy Gestede slotted home a penalty to give Blackburn the lead
Stoke manager Mark Hughes
Stoke manager Mark Hughes suffered an embarrassing defeat on his return to Ewood Park

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Eastwood
  • 2Henley
  • 22Duffy
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 19Taylor
  • 10CairneyBooked at 81mins
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 18minsSubstituted forEvansat 45'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forConwayat 11'minutes
  • 39Gestede
  • 7KingSubstituted forVarneyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 5Hanley
  • 11Rhodes
  • 16Varney
  • 29Evans
  • 30Steele
  • 32Conway

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Butland
  • 20CameronBooked at 45mins
  • 26WollscheidBooked at 41mins
  • 5MuniesaSubstituted forSidwellat 52'minutes
  • 2BardsleyBooked at 84mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 6WhelanBooked at 86mins
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forWilkinsonat 45'minutes
  • 18DioufBooked at 22mins
  • 13MosesSubstituted forAdamat 67'minutes
  • 25Crouch

Substitutes

  • 8Palacios
  • 16Adam
  • 21Sidwell
  • 23Teixeira
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 29Sørensen
  • 34Shenton
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
13,934

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 4, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 4, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  4. Post update

    Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Jack Butland (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Stoke City).

  8. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

  10. Post update

    Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Booking

    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

  13. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

  15. Booking

    Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Phil Bardsley (Stoke City).

  17. Post update

    Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Booking

    Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.