Stoke beats Blackburn 2-1 in Premier League

Peter Crouch scored twice in the first half to give Stoke a 2-1

victory at Blackburn and halt the host’s momentum following a

stunning win at Manchester United.

Rovers began well and Christopher Samba headed against the bar

before seeing a goal disallowed. But it was Stoke that took the

lead in the 17th minute through Crouch, and the tall striker added

a second on the stroke of halftime by finishing off a

counterattack.

Substitute David Goodwillie pulled one back with 21 minutes to

go, but it was not enough to prevent a third successive home defeat

for Blackburn, which beat United 3-2 at Old Trafford on

Saturday.

Ayegbeni Yakubu, who has scored 13 goals for Blackburn this

season, should have equalized in the 79th minute when a long

throw-in fell to the striker virtually on the goalline, but his

shot was blocked by Jonathan Woodgate and the rebound fell into the

arms of Thomas Sorensen.

After Stoke weathered an early storm, Dean Whitehead clipped the

ball into the area and Crouch chested it down and planted a volley

into the bottom corner for his 100th goal in league football.

Stoke had been pegged back in their own half for a substantial

period of time before adding the second, as Matthew Etherington ran

virtually from his own box before crossing for Crouch, who finished

the chance in a similar way to the first goal.

With rain pouring down in the second half, Blackburn’s goal came

after a corner was headed toward goal by Grant Hanley and

Goodwillie eventually turned it in just ahead of Yakubu for his

first Premier League goal.