Blackburn Rovers recorded their first win of the season as they edged past Hull in what was a scrappy affair.
Colin Kazim-Richards scored the only goal of the game and his second in as many matches following a goal mouth scramble.
Rovers controlled possession early on but rarely threatened in what was a tedious first half. Kazim-Richards came close for Rovers as Jason Lowe provided a low cross from the right but the Turk failed to hit the target as he fired into the side netting.
Steve Kean’s men retained possession well in comparison to last season but lacked the cutting edge that was needed to break down a stout Hull defence. And for all Blackburn’s early possession it was the away side who created the best chance of the first half. Sone Aluko released striker Nick Proschwitz whose effort was tipped over the bar by Paul Robinson in the Rovers goal.
After the interval Hull came close again as Liam Rosenior’s floating cross looped over Robinson but Joe Dudgeon failed to convert the chance as he headed into the side netting, much to the relief of the former England goalkeeper.
Half way through the second half Nuno Gomes replaced David Dunn and the striker made an instant impact. Dickson Etuhu crossed from the right and found the Portuguese unmarked at the back post, his strike was charged down and the ball fell to Marcus Olsson, but the Swede failed to convert from three yards out when it looked easier to score than miss, however his blushes were spared as the ball fell kindly to Colin Kazim-Richards and the Turkish international made no mistakes to give Blackburn the lead.
Even with Rovers leading Steve Kean received the typical angry reception with chants of “”1-0 and we want Kean out” echoing around Ewood Park.
Goal scorer Kazim-Richards was then replaced as the Turk went down with an injury following a challenge on the half way line.
With the clock ticking down Hull bombed forward in search of an equaliser, first Aaron Mclean headed over from a Hull corner before Sone Aluko saw his free-kick sail wide of the mark as Hull lacked any real quality in the final third of the pitch.
Rovers held on for the three points in what was a disappointing display by both teams. A lack of clear cut chances and full blooded challenges did nothing to advertise one of the most competitive leagues in the world, it really was poor viewing.
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