Blackburn Rovers recorded back to back wins for only the second time under Steve Kean following a fortunate 2-1 victory over Leicester City.
Summer signing Nuno Gomes opened his Rovers account with a fine strike before the dominant Leicester equalised after the interval through Jamie Vardy.
Morten Gamst Pedersen silenced his critics after his late goal snatched all three points for Steve Kean’s men.
Despite home advantage Blackburn failed to find their feet as Leicester dominated from start to finish.
David Nugent forced Paul Robinson into a world class save with a header from three yards out as the Foxes started to dictate the play. And when Scott Dann superbly blocked Andy King’s goal bound effort Rovers were hanging on.
But against the run of play it was Blackburn who took the lead. Jason Lowe evaded Paul Konchesky on the right wing before teeing up Nuno Gomes whose placed effort found its way through a crowd of players before nestling in the bottom of Schmeichel’s net.
Before the interval Robinson had to be at his best to deny David Nugent an equaliser as the striker tried his luck from distance, but it was easy pickings for the former England goalkeeper who comfortably saved.
The second half began how the first ended with Leicester dictating the play. David Nugent was once again denied as Robinson proved he is still one of England’s best between the sticks. Ben Marshall’s corner was headed low and hard by Nugent but Robinson instinctively sprawled to his right saving the effort.
Eventually Rovers cracked as Scott Dann’s failed back pass gifted Jamie Vardy the chance to go one-on-one with Robinson and the former Fleetwood striker finished superbly to give Leicester a much deserved equaliser.
Rovers looked nervous, and when Danny Murphy conceded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area Leicester were handed a fantastic opportunity to take the lead. Ben Marshall blasted the free-kick into the wall resulting in the ball falling kindly for Paul Konchesky whose left footed strike beat Paul Robinson but Danny Murphy was on hand to clear the ball off the line to safety.
Moments later Vardy thought he had won it for the Foxes but his header was ruled out for offside before Rovers broke with Rochina. The Spaniard’s strike was blocked and rebounded to Pedersen who calmly turned his marker before curling a right footed strike past Schmeichel to give Rovers an undeserved lead. Comically the Norwegian ran to the dugout and was handed a walking stick to aid his celebration following the comments of Global Advisor Shebby Singh who had branded Pedersen a pensioner, point proven.
As Leicester bombed forward in search of an equaliser Rovers should have doubled their lead. Rochina again broke forward at pace before finding Goodwillie on the right flank, the Scot cut inside before firing straight at the legs of Schmeichel with what was virtually the last kick of the game.
Seven points from a possible nine means Blackburn have recorded their most successful start to a campaign for over ten years and long may it continue.