Blackburn Rovers suffered their second successive home defeat as Wolves stole all three points courtesy of Bakary Sako’s thunderous strike.

Interim boss Eric Black has taken just two points from a possible nine following the resignation of Steve Kean last week and this defeat will not boost his chances of getting the job on a permanent basis.

Off the field 17,034 fans made their way through the Ewood Park turnstiles, the highest so far this season, but on the field it was the same lacklustre performance which had deterred so many from the opening games of the season.

Wolves started the brighter of the two sides as Sako forced Robinson in to a sharp save with a fierce low drive.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake should have opened the scoring on 19 minutes but his header rattled the base of the post.

Eventually Blackburn decided to get involved, first Kazim-Richards fired over with an audacious volley from range before Jordan Rhodes had a penalty appeal waved away as the Scot went down under pressure from Richard Stearman but referee Nigel Miller was not interested.

Blackburn’s best chance of the half came five minutes before the interval. Jordan Rhodes reacted quickest to pounce on the loose ball following a goal mouth scramble and fired a powerful strike back towards goal but Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was equal to the strike.

After the interval substitute Fabio Nunes found the roof of the net with a mishit cross which nearly eluded Carl Ikeme.

Rovers were arguably the better side in the second half but failed to break down a stern Wolves defence, resorting to speculative long range efforts.

With 12 minutes remaining Wolves found a deserved breakthrough. Rovers failed to clear their lines from a cheap corner and the ball fell kindly to Bakary Sako on the edge of the area, the striker’s fine first touch enabled him to rocket the ball through a crowd of players and into the back of the net as Robinson was left rooted to the spot.

Typically Rovers resorted to route one football and came close to an undeserved equaliser, Nunes’ deep cross was met by Kazim-Richards at the back post but the striker, on his full return from injury, could only head wide when it looked easier to score.

With seconds on the clock Sako out muscled Givet on the half way line and beat Robinson from 40 yards out but saw his sensational effort harshly ruled out for a push on his fellow countryman.

The defeat for Blackburn leaves them four games without a win and with the international break looming the Rovers board face a crucial decision which could prove pivotal in the clubs future. In my eyes there is only one man for the job; experienced, organised, regimental  and a motivator, Mick McCarthy is the man Blackburn need to guide them back to the prestigious Premier League. Love him or hate him he will shake things up, so do what is right Venkys and go get Mick!


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