Blackburn Rovers moved closer to the relegation trap door as they suffered defeat to Tottenham on Sunday. Steve Kean’s men were completely outplayed and the former Premier League Champions look set to join Wolves in the Championship next season.
How Blackburn only conceded twice is beyond me, Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring after Gareth Bale’s header rebounded off the bar and Kyle Walker doubled the lead with a wonderful curling free-kick.
Many were expecting Blackburn to take the game to a Tottenham as the relegation strugglers were looking to draw level on points with fellow strugglers QPR, instead the Lancashire side sat back encouraging endless waves of Spurs pressure.
Within the first couple of minutes Blackburn nearly fell behind. Luka Modric’s bursting run down the left evaded Bradley Orr, and the midfielder was able to blast the ball across the box to find Lennon unmarked at the back post but the winger could only find the side netting, a let off for Blackburn.
Tottenham’s passing was crisp and their movement was lively, but Blackburn did not help themselves as they constantly squandered possession in key areas of the pitch.
The home side continued to dominate but could not find the net. First Sandro saw his rifling strike rattle the crossbar before Lennon blazed over from 12 yards out.
Blackburn were living dangerously and eventually they cracked. Gareth Bale’s header bounced off the cross bar and van der Vaart pounced quickest to fire Spurs in to a much deserved lead.
Before the half Spurs continued to control possession and nearly doubled their lead through Gallas but his header again hit the Rovers crossbar.
As the half time whistle went Gael Givet and Emmanuel Adebayor swapped shirts much to the confusion of the watching fans.
After the break Spurs continued to dominate as Blackburn failed to trouble their former player Brad Friedel in the Tottenham goal, the Lancashire side became the first Premier League club in 8 years to not register a single shot. A statistic which summed up the Rovers display, poor!
Sandro completely ran the show in the middle of the park, replacing the injured Scott Parker, the Brazilian maintained Tottenham’s quick tempo which constantly stretched a poor Blackburn side. And eventually Spurs were rewarded for their persistence and hard work when they doubled their lead.
Kyle Walker’s long range free-kick nestled in the top corner of the goal as Robinson was left helpless.
The Blackburn display was embarrassing, they lacked courage and determination and went down waving a white flag. Nobody would have guessed Blackburn were fighting to stay in the league because their performance was absolutely dreadful. You can blame the manager as much as you want, because on the day his tactics were very poor, but we also have to look at the players wearing the Blackburn shirt.
Not one of them can honestly say they gave 100% against Tottenham and for that reason Blackburn deserve to go down as the teams around them continue to show the fight and desire needed to stay in the world’s most prestigious football league.
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