West Brom beats Blackburn 2-1 in Premier League
Peter Odemwingie’s late goal gave West Bromwich Albion a 2-1
victory at Blackburn to further increase the pressure on under-fire
Rovers manager Steve Kean.
The hosts fell behind in the 52nd minute when they failed to
properly deal with a corner and James Morrison smashed the ball
past Paul Robinson.
Scott Dann scrambled in an equalizer with 18 minutes to go, but
Blackburn were left empty-handed by Odemwingie’s 89th-minute
effort, as he went around several defenders before sending a strike
into the corner of the net.
This was a game Kean had had high hopes of taking all three
points from, but it was a disappointing performance from his team,
who remain 19th in the Barclays Premier League.
The Scot did not have to endure organized protests at a home
match for the first time in a few months, but Rovers fans still
made their unhappiness known, as chants of ‘Kean Out’ rang out
around the ground after Odemwingie’s goal.
The Baggies, meanwhile, are up to 13th after a deserved
The first chance of the game came to Odemwingie, who was
released on the left by Morrison, but having cut into the box, he
blazed the ball wide.
Odemwingie’s accuracy was also lacking at the 15-minute mark as
he glanced Chris Brunt’s cross wide when he should have done
Two minutes later Ayegbeni Yakubu almost found himself in on
goal at the other end, but could not stretch enough to make
meaningful contact with the ball, and Odemwingie then tried his
luck again, firing in an effort which Robinson turned around the
Blackburn survived a scare shortly after the restart when
Scharner sent a shot bobbling inches wide of Robinson’s post.
Their relief was short-lived though as a corner came off Nzonzi
to Morrison, who cracked a volley in from just outside the area to
make it 1-0.
Kean brought on Jason Roberts and Grant Hanley for Simon
Vukcevic and David Dunn, a move that drew cries of ”you don’t know
what you’re doing” from some Rovers fans.
But Dann drew Rovers level in the 72nd, bundling home the ball
after Christopher Samba headed on Robinson’s long kick.
There was another nervy moment for Blackburn as the ball
ricocheted around their box, but Robinson pounced on it and
Morrison then drove over the bar.
Odemwingie then delivered the late winner.