Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromich Albion
From a neutral aspect, it isn't a mouth watering encounter. However from a fan's point of view, it is a clash that could determine the clubs season.
Rovers ran out comfortable winners at Ewood Park, courtesy of a comical own goal by baggie centre back Gabriel Tamas. However the match was truly won early in the second half, as rising star Junior Hoilett ripped in a ferocious shot from twenty yards out to double Rovers lead. A clever flick from Kalanic set up the young Canadian for his first premier league goal in rovers colours. His sheer pace ripped Albion's defence to pieces, and his ball control was sheer class. Rovers skipper Chris Samba kept the stability in Rovers defence well throughout the match, and diffused potential threats brilliantly. Debutant Jermaine Jones provided a degree of safety with his defensive midfield role, and bullied the Albion's midfield into wasting possession. Paul Robinson made three brilliant saves to keep Rover's ahead, tipping the ball just past the post from a fierce shot from Jerome Thomas.
Albion never threatened the 18 yard line. Albion were denied a certain penalty when referee Mark Clattenburg awarded a free kick to them, when Peter Odenwingie was clearly brought down in the area. Nevertheless, a wasted chance by Jerome Thomas summed up a miserable performance by West Brom, pulling them further into a relegation battle. Rovers however move up to 7th in the league, the first time they have ever hit the top 7 in three seasons. After the performance, Blackburn boss urged his team to continue their good run of form. " If we keep up this run of form that we're in, then we'll most likely finish off in the top half. If we get another three wins, then we can kick on."