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  • Blackburn 3-0 Wolves: Dunn, Emerton, Nelsen scored

    Blackburn put last Saturday's humiliation behind them with a comfortable 3-0 Premier League win over struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ewood Park, Saturday 04/12/2010.

    Rovers bounced back from their 7-1 defeat at Manchester United with a comfortable victory that condemned Wolves to bottom place, dropping below West Ham on goal difference with the Hammers not in action.

    David Dunn headed home from close range on 29 minutes and Brett Emerton added a second just before the break, following good work by ex-Wolves man Jason Roberts.

    Ryan Nelsen sealed the points when he bundled home a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick 10 minutes after the restart and although Wolves came close through sub Stephen Hunt, ex-England keeper Paul Robinson was in superb form.

    The visitors flew out of the blocks and Matt Jarvis almost gave Wolves the perfect start when he cut into the Rovers box on two minutes, only to fire straight at Robinson.

    Minutes later, the ex-England number one had his woodwork to thank when Stephen Ward cracked a shot off the post before defender Ronald Zubar saw his turn and shot rebound off the upright.

    Mick McCarthy's men were left to rue the early misses as Rovers came back into the match.

    The returning Pedersen curled a warning free-kick just past Wayne Hennessey's post, but the keeper could do nothing when Nelsen nodded a far-post corner back across the box for Dunn to head home for his first goal of the campaign.

    Nenad Milijas almost replied instantly for Wolves with an awkward swerving, dipping shot that had Robinson scrambling to bundle away.

    But Rovers gave themselves breathing apace two minutes before the break.

    The onside Roberts brought down a long ball before holding off Steven Mouyokolo and laying the ball off to the onrushing Emerton. The Australian made no mistake to blast the ball beyond Hennessey into the top corner.

    McCarthy sent on supersub Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the second half, but Rovers were all but home and dry ten minutes after the restart.

    A poor Hennessey clearance led to another Rovers free-kick and as Pedersen curled it into the penalty spot, the unmarked Nelsen bundled the ball home.

    Jarvis showed why Wolves are struggling with a wayward shot after Milijas played him in, but George Elokobi did better to force Robinson into a superb reaction save as the ball took a deflection.

    Wolves sub Hunt looked a handful after he came on and pulled out another excellent stop from Robinson with 12 minutes remaining.

    With the game lost, the substitute kept going and was left holding his head in disbelief three minutes into stoppage time. Hunt did well to make room for the shot on the edge of the box and his left-footed dipper was going in before Robinson somehow tipped the ball over the bar.

    The win will do much to ease Sam Allardyce's nerves as he tries to impress the club’s new owners, but despite his own board’s assurances, McCarthy will be feeling the heat as his Wolves side prop up the table prior to West Ham's visit to Sunderland tomorrow.
    Ian Hare / Eurosport


    Blackburn Rovers: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Emerton, Jones, Pedersen, E H Diouf, Dunn, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Kalinic, Benjani, Hoilett, Hanley, Morris, M B Diouf.

    Wolverhampton Wanderers : Hennessey, Elokobi, Ward, Berra, Jarvis, Milijas, Mancienne, Mouyokolo, Zubar, Doyle, Foley. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, Bent, Winnall, Doherty.


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