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  • Blackburn 1-0 Hull City: Boateng sent-off

    Martin Olsson's deflected first-half strike proved to be the only goal of the game as Rovers hung on to claim their seventh home league win of the season.

    George Boateng was dismissed six minutes before half-time for elbowing Morten Gamst Pedersen and the visitors, who are now winless on the road in 18 matches, never recovered.

    Hull looked nervous from the outset, which was unsurprising given their away record, and were given an early warning when Ryan Nelsen forced a brilliant save from Boaz Myhill.

    But the writing was on the wall and Rovers, looking to bounce back after their loss at Stoke, deservedly went ahead after 16 minutes. Olsson drove into the box and as it looked as though he overran the ball he somehow angled a drive from the tightest of angles that went in off Myhill's heels.

    Blackburn continued to press forward but were not rewarded for their fine build-up. Brett Emerton delivered a pinpoint cross only for Boateng to steal it from the impressive Nikola Kalinic just as the Croatian set himself.

    There was to be no repeat of Boateng's wonder goal against Manchester City as the Dutchman was shown a straight red to make Hull's task an even tougher one. Hull players remonstrated with referee Lee Probert and although Pedersen was caught with an arm, the sending off was a brave decision.

    Blackburn should have doubled their lead just before the break, El Hadji Diouf whipping in a corner which managed to evade everyone including an unmarked Nelsen at the far post.

    Paul McShane nearly became Hull's second villain of the night when he bizarrely swung an arm at the referee after being booked. And Hull's frustration was clearly evident when on-loan striker Jozy Altidore was booked for petulance.

    Chances were few and far between but Kalinic did his best to thrill the crowd with an attempted overhead kick. Emerton was then left to rue a glorious chance after being put through by Diouf but he shot straight at Myhill.

    Myhill was singlehandedly keeping the visitors in the game and pulled off a world class save from point blank range as Gael Givet's header looked certain to go in.

    Hull rallied late on but Blackburn stood firm to further frustrate Phil Brown and his side.
    Tom Walker / Eurosport



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