Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Wolverhampton
Jason Roberts’ stellar second-half performance helped
Roberts’ slight touch on Gael Givet’s header was enough to steer Rovers’ second past Wayne Hennessey, and he did all the hard work to tee up his side’s third for David Dunn.
El-Hadji Diouf had celebrated his return to the starting line-up by giving his side a 19th-minute head-start when he raced clear and slotted the opener through Hennessey’s legs.
It was the emphatic response required by Rovers to concern over their bite in front of goal after their first three league games yielded the sorry statistic of just a single strike.
And it could have been more against a
But for all Rovers’ application the visitors were left to wonder what might have been after Christophe Berra missed the simplest of chances in the fifth minute after Paul Robinson spilled a Greg Halford cross.
That was to prove the best chance of a trying afternoon for the visitors as the home side gradually took a grip on proceedings thanks to Dunn’s relentless prompting and the energy of Roberts and Diouf up front.
Diouf repaid Sam Allardyce’s faith when he took advantage of a blunder by Michael Mancienne whose mis-timed challenge gave the Senegal man a clear run on goal.
Diouf managed to hold his nerve but only just as he hit a low shot which squirmed through the unfortunate Hennessey’s legs and bobbled into the net to put the home side in front.
The goal visibly restored Rovers’ confidence and they almost grabbed a second in the 31st minute when Dunn ran at the defenders and laid the ball off to Andrews whose shot was well blocked by Hennessey.
Things briefly looked brighter for the visitors at the start of the second period as Mick McCarthy’s substitutions took effect and Stefan Maierhofer drove wide then almost got on the end of a lofted cross from Kevin Doyle.
But Rovers effectively sealed the points in the 57th minute when Givet met Dunn’s corner with a powerful header which might have been heading for Hennessey’s hands had Roberts not got the slightest of touches as it passed.
It was Roberts’ turn to feel robbed of a goal eight minutes later when he barged past the advancing Hennessey before stumbling and leaving Dunn to slot home Rovers’ third from point-blank range.
As Rovers began to revel in the late summer sun Andrews forced a superb save out of Hennessey from a set-piece and crashed another effort against Berra in the box.
But the way his side caved in after Rovers’ second will be of concern to