Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Bromwich Albion – Match Review

Peter Odemwingie heaped further pressure on Blackburn boss Steve Kean scoring with just a minute left to secure a deserved win for West Brom to move five points clear of the relegation zone.

The Nigerian, who has suffered a frustrating season so far, pounced in the 89th minute to smash the ball home from the edge of the area to leave Rovers cursing their luck once again. It was the second week in a row that Kean’s side have been beaten by a late goal with Sunderland scoring twice at the death last Sunday with Odemwingie staging his own smash-and-grab this week. It was a well earned win for the Baggies who took the lead through James Morison just after half time before Scott Dann levelled for the hosts to give supporters hope of another home success. The pressure is now firmly back on Kean’s shoulders with reports suggesting he has only two games to save his job with the former coach winning just seven times since taking over last December.

He won’t have been happy with how his side started the game with the away side dominating possession and should have taken the lead with Odemwingie glancing Chris Brunt’s cross wide. Blackburn steadily grew into the game and had chances of their own with Jason Lowe scuffing a shot wide before Yakubu saw his strike saved by Ben Foster before being caught offside three times as he tried to snatch the lead for his side. Morten Gamst Pedersen then curled a free kick just over the bar after Paul Scharner as the opening forty five minutes ended goalless. It would be a different story after the break with Albion taking the lead just seven minutes after the restart with Morison smashing a superb volley past Paul Robinson from just outside the penalty area after Rovers only half cleared a corner.

The home side needed a response and resorted to the long ball game to try and get themselves back into the game. Surprisingly it proved to be a very shrewd mood by Kean as Dann equalised with 18 minutes remaining steering home Christopher Samba’s knockdown to put Rovers on course for a crucial point. However, despite restarting parity it was West Brom who went in search of a winner and with time quickly running out Morison tried his luck from range but saw his fizzing strike turned away by Robinson. The visitors continued to press and had to wait until the dying embers before snatching victory as Odemwingie cut in from the right before curling a superb effort into the net. It was a goal that puts even more pressure on Blackburn and their boss to beat Bolton on Tuesday night in what will be a huge relegation six-pointer for both sides.

 


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