Stoke ends run of losses with win over Blackburn
Stoke ended a run of four straight Premier League defeats on
Saturday with a 3-1 win over struggling Blackburn.
Rory Delap put Stoke ahead in the 28th minute with a header to
the far post from Jermaine Pennant’s flat free kick, and Glenn
Whelan made it 2-0 with a low shot that took two deflections on its
way into the net.
Peter Crouch further extended Stoke’s lead 14 minutes later
following some poor defending by the visitors, who still have not
won in the league since their single victory over Arsenal more than
two months ago.
Ruben Rochina got a goal back for Blackburn with four minutes
Rovers manager Steve Kean has now won just six of 34 league
matches with the club and, despite signing an improved contract
this week, has been widely criticized by fans with the team
stranded in the bottom three.
Stoke’s first real chance came when a foul on Crouch gave
Pennant a free kick on the right. Delap got in front of Gael Givet
to divert a glancing header from the kick past goalkeeper Paul
Robinson and inside the far post.
Stoke defender Robert Huth headed wide before Etherington picked
out Jon Walters in the penalty area. The midfielder laid the ball
off for Whelan to drive a 25-meter (yard) shot for his first goal
since February 2010.
Crouch wrapped up the win when he converted Marc Wilson’s long
ball into the Rovers penalty area with a left-footed shot.
When Rovers finally threatened, it was too little too late as
Rochina fired home from distance in the 86th.