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
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
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.