West Brom secured all three points at the Hawthorns as they almost certainly secured their stay in the Premier League for another season. The Baggies strolled to a 3-0 victory as relegation strugglers Blackburn Rovers were plunged deeper in to the relegation dog fight.
Martin Olsson scored an early own goal before Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell secured all three points for the Baggies. In injury time Rovers substitute Anthony Modeste was shown a red card for violent conduct after a bust up with Albion defender Billy Jones.
The home side started brightest and were rewarded for their early pressure in the 7th minute. Chris Brunt’s corner was headed back towards goal by McAuley and Rovers defender Martin Olsson sliced his clearance in to the back of the Albion net past a helpless Paul Robinson.
Blackburn went in search of an equaliser and Martin Olsson’s cross from the left found Bradley Orr at the back post, but the defender’s header sailed well over the bar.
Rovers continued to threaten. First Scott Dann headed straight at former team-mate Ben Foster and then Junior Hoilett curled a shot wide from 20 yards out.
A series of good passes presented David Dunn with a glorious chance, but his low placed strike was easily saved by Foster.
After the interval Blackburn again went in search of an equaliser. This time Yakubu saw his tame effort comfortably saved by Foster.
The former England international was at it again just moments later with a world class double save. Foster brilliantly got down to save Yakubu’s low driving shot before quickly reacting to deny Orr with the rebound.
Yakubu then fired just over and Hoilett saw his strike again saved by the in form Ben Foster.
And typically against the run of play the Baggies doubled their lead. Yakubu was caught in possession by Brunt and his cross found Marc-Antoine Fortune unmarked, and the Albion striker composed himself to smash the ball past Paul Robinson doubling the home sides lead.
Five minutes from the end Albion added a third. Again another set piece carved open a poor Blackburn defence as Dorran’s free-kick was easily headed home by Liam Ridgewell gifting the defender his first ever goal for Albion.
Things went from bad to worse for Rovers, with just seconds left on the clock, substitute Anthony Modeste lashed out at defender Billy Jones and was instantly shown a red card.
Blackburn will be wondering how they did not get anything from this game, but a mixture of poor finishing and dreadful defending cost Steve Kean’s men dearly. And Albion can be thankful for Ben Foster’s heroics, who was by far man of the match.