Blackburn suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium this afternoon, to make it four losses out of their last seven Premier League games ending all hopes of gathering momentum to propel themselves out of the relegation zone. Stoke on the other hand ended the four match losing streak, notching their first win in five games.
Unsurprisingly Blackburn started the first half with plenty of urgency, but it was Stoke who dominated possession taking 62% to Blackburn’s 38%. Nevertheless, Kean’s men had their fair share of chances and had a total of six shots on target in contrast to Stoke’s one.
Somewhat against the early run of play, Blackburn conceded a goal just before the half hour after Steven Nzonzi was penalised for lashing out at Peter Crouch. The freekick was dispatched into the box by Jermaine Pennant and Rory Delap rose highest to nod it into the net.
However, Blackburn continued with some impressive passages of play and had a wonderful chance five minutes before half time, through a counter-attacking move, but Hoilett sent his shot over the bar. Indeed, Rochina unleashed a shot just before the half time whistle, but Sorenson was equal to it and made a comfortable save.
Immediately after the restart, Blackburn should have made it 1-1 when Rochina dribbled into the box and set up Formica, who scuffed his shot before Yakubu sent his shot wide.
Rochina had another chance on 52 minutes, when Hoilett delivered the ball into the box, but he sent his shot wide of the mark. Seconds later, Stoke threatened to go ahead when Etherington crossed for Huth, but he sent his header over the bar.
Ruben Rochina had a solid game, and the tricky Spaniard was once again a thorn in Stoke’s side when his pass found Hoilett, but the Canadian’s shot was saved.
Much to Blackburn’s dismay however, they failed to make their considerable amount of chances count and Stoke went 2-0 up on 57 minutes. Jonathan Walters laid off Glenn Whelan, whose shot from outside the box thundered into the net, making him the second Irishman to score in the fixture.
Desperate for a goal, Kean sent on striker Jason Roberts for midfielder Formica on 68 minutes, but it proved fruitless as Stoke immediately scored another goal to make it 3-0 to the Potters. A typical Stoke goal came on 70 minutes, stemming from a long ball out of defence from Marc Wilson, when Peter Crouch capitalised on slack defending and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
A consolation goal then came on the 85th minute when Rochina, who had a magnificent game, scored from outside the box to make the final score 3-1 to Stoke. It was too little to late for Rovers however, and despite showing some promising passages of play, they simply could not cope with Stoke’s uncompromising industrial efficiency.
Stoke Sorensen; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant (Whitehead 70), Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Walters, Crouch (Jones).
Subs: Begovic, Higginbotham, Jones, Fuller, Whitehead, Upson, Jerome.
Blackburn Robinson; Lowe, Hanley, Dann, Givet; Formica (Roberts 68), Nzonzi, Pedersen; Rochina, Yakubu, Hoilett.
Subs: Bunn, Petrovic, Blackman, Goodwillie, Vukcevic, Roberts, Henley