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Blackburn 2 Barnsley 1

Blackburn 2 Barnsley 1: Gomes steals winner as hosts stay top of Championship



21:11 GMT, 18 September 2012

Nuno Gomes struck a late winner for Blackburn, his fourth goal in as many games, to keep Steve Kean's side on top of the npower Championship.

The 36-year-old former Portugal international, a free summer signing from Braga, snatched all three points for his side with a close-range finish in the 85th minute to maintain Blackburn's 100 per cent home record.

But it was cruel on Barnsley, who
were the better side for long periods and took a deserved first-half
lead through former Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis.

On target: Gomes came off the bench to score the winning goal

On target: Gomes came off the bench to score the winning goal

Jordan Rhodes maintained his
impressive goalscoring since his 8million move from Huddersfield with
an equaliser against the run of play on the stroke of half-time.

It was Rhodes' third goal in as many
appearances for Rovers but the home side were fortunate to go in level
at the break, while the visitors appeared good value for the point they
had wrenched from them in the closing stages.

Defenders Grant Hanley and Martin
Olsson, midfielder Mauro Formica and striker Ruben Rochina all returned
to Blackburn's starting line-up, while Barnsley were unchanged from the
side that drew with Blackpool on Saturday.

Rhodes to success: The 8m signing scored his third goal in as many appearances

Rhodes to success: The 8m signing scored his third goal in as many appearances

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson
was forced into a sprawling early save to keep out Mellis' strike from
the edge of the penalty area and Tomasz Cywka fired in two long-range
drives as Barnsley signalled their intentions.

The home side responded when Hanley
headed Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner over the crossbar in the 15th
minute and Rhodes flashed a shot from inside the area just wide soon

Rochina's 20-yard effort was
routinely saved by Barnsley goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, but it was Robinson
who had to perform acrobatics when turning aside Barnsley striker Craig
Davies' goalbound shot from outside the area in the 24th minute.

Visiting defender John Stones and
forward Chris Dagnall both threatened in quick succession before Mellis
gave Barnsley a deserved lead in the 32nd minute.

Dagnall slipped the ball inside from
the right into the area and Mellis finished in style, crashing the ball
into the top corner from 12 yards.

Barnsley were good value for their
lead and midfielder Stephen Dawson spurned another chance in the 38th
minute, but against the run of play Blackburn equalised on the stroke of

Pedersen flicked on Bradley Orr's
free-kick into the area and Rhodes was quickest to react, pouncing on
the loose ball to sweep home a similar right-footed finish high into the
roof of the net.

Barnsley held the edge after the
restart. Rochina blazed over the crossbar but at the other end visiting
striker Dagnall went close with a header before goalscoring chances
dried up.

Marlon Harewood replaced Davies while Rovers manager Steve Kean sent on Nuno Gomes for Rochina with 24 minutes remaining.

Teenager Stones was forced off
injured in the 73rd minute before Harewood dragged a shot from the edge
of the area wide and Rhodes' effort from an identical position was held
by Alnwick.

Barnsley midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, on
for Dagnall and up against his older brother Dickson in the Rovers'
midfield, was just off target with a 20-yard shot, while Mellis was
wayward from even further out.

But just as the visitors looked set
to claim a point, Nuno Gomes popped up in the six-yard box to steer home
a cross from countryman Fabio Nunes with five minutes left.

Bristol City 3 Blackburn 5: Jordan Rhodes strikes in eight goal thriller

Bristol City 3 Blackburn 5: Rhodes gets off the mark as Kean's boys go top after thriller



16:45 GMT, 15 September 2012

Jordan Rhodes' first goals for Blackburn book-ended a sensational win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate and sent under-fire manager Steve Kean to the top of the npower Championship.

Kean once again had to contend with speculation over his future this week and will have been relieved to see his side claim three points they appeared to have squandered.

Albert Adomah gave City a flying start after 48 seconds but Rhodes linked up with Nuno Gomes to open his account before the half hour and returned the favour 10 minutes after half-time.

Bang bang: Jordan Rhodes struck twice for Blackburn

Bang bang: Jordan Rhodes struck twice for Blackburn


Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Louis Carey, Fontaine, Cunningham, Adomah, Skuse, Pearson, Woolford (Anderson 84), Taylor (Davies 71), Stead (Baldock 63).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Kilkenny, James Wilson, Elliott.

Goals: Adomah 1, Pearson 69, Baldock 83.

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Givet (Grant Hanley 37), Dann, Markus Olsson (Martin Olsson 22), Ribeiro, Etuhu, Murphy, Pedersen, Nuno Gomes (Rochina 78), Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Dunn, Formica, Jorge.

Goals: Rhodes 28, 90 Nuno Gomes 55, Rochina 81, Dann 90.

Att: 14,657

Ref: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

Stephen Pearson equalised for the hosts and Sam Baldock did likewise in response to a magnificent solo effort from fellow substitute Ruben Rochina.

But centre-back Scott Dann reacted quickest to lash home when Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner dropped on the penalty spot early in stoppage time and Rhodes made hay on the counter attack as City pushed for another leveller.

Blackburn reach the summit as the Championship's only remaining undefeated team, while Derek McInnes' City follow up consecutive wins with two straight losses.

Ryan Taylor returned to the Bristol City line-up to partner former Blackburn striker Jon Stead in attack, while Richard Foster deputised for the injured Mark Wilson at right-back.

Ex-City defender Bradley Orr was included in Kean's only change, Mauro Formica making way.

The home fans were sent into raptures by a goal from their side's first attack.

Stead was allowed space down the right channel to find Adomah, whose toe poke deflected into the bottom corner.

Rhodes and Nuno Gomes linked promisingly in attack as Rovers looked to responded and the former was thwarted by City goalkeeper Tom Heaton and full-back Greg Cunningham after being set up by his strike partner.

Thump: Scott Dann strikes late on

Thump: Scott Dann strikes late on

The Scotland international improved upon those near misses in the 28th minute, capitalising upon a slip from Robins centre-back Liam Fontaine to convert Bruno Ribeiro's through ball.

Either side of the goal Kean was forced into defensive changes as Markus Olsson and Gael Givet hobbled out of the action to be replaced by Martin Olsson and Grant Hanley.

Orr produced an excellent last-ditch block to deny Stead from close range as City looked to recreate their flying start to the first period, but Rovers took the lead in the 55th minute.

Dixon Etuhu combined with the impressive Danny Murphy to feed Rhodes, who turned provider on this occasion as Nuno Gomes found a composed low finish.

Opener: Albert Adomah opens the scoring for Bristol City

Opener: Albert Adomah opens the scoring for Bristol City

Just before the hour Stead headed over from Martyn Woolford's cross with his last act, as McInnes introduced Sam Baldock.

His side were level with 20 minutes remaining as Adomah danced past Olsson and Etuhu down the right to Pearson, who swept beyond Paul Robinson into the corner.

In response Kean threw on Rochina in place of Nuno Gomes and he made an instant impact with a devastating run from inside his own half, crowned with an exquisite finish into the top corner.

But fellow substitute Baldock had the final word as the Blackburn defence stood off and allowed him ample time on the edge of the area to fire past Robinson.

Both sides pushed for the win but Rovers' extra cutting edge – 8million-worth in the case of Rhodes – proved the difference.

Blackburn 2 Leicester 1: Match report

Blackburn 2 Leicester 1: Pensioner Pedersen scores to silence critics and maintain Rovers' unbeaten start



16:33 GMT, 25 August 2012

Morten Gamst Pedersen silenced his critics with a winner Blackburn barely deserved against an unfortunate Leicester side.

Rovers' global adviser Shebby Singh earlier this month labelled the Norwegian 'a pensioner' – something which was met with criticism from boss Steve Kean and the Professional Footballers' Association.

Singh apologised afterwards but this afternoon Pedersen, 30, rolled back the years with a superb 79th-minute strike – celebrated with the aid of a walking stick – which extended Blackburn's unbeaten start to the npower Championship season.

Old man: Morten Gamst Pedersen celebrates scoring their second goal with walking stick

Old man: Morten Gamst Pedersen celebrates scoring their second goal with walking stick


Blackburn: Robinson, Lowe, Givet, Dann, Markus Olsson, Ribeiro, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersen, Junior (Goodwillie 46), Nuno Gomes (Rochina 77).

Subs Not Used: Kean, Nunes, Formica, Jorge, Grant Hanley.

Booked: Murphy.

Goals: Nuno Gomes 33, Pedersen 79.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Marshall (Beckford 89), King, Drinkwater (Danns 76), Dyer (Knockaert 68), Vardy, Nugent.

Subs Not Used: Logan, Waghorn, James, Schlupp.

Booked: De Laet.

Goals: Vardy 55.

Attendance: 13,935

Referee: Robert Madley

Rovers had been far from impressive in collecting four points from their opening two games and the same could be said yet again.

The hosts were indebted to Paul
Robinson after the former England number one pulled off a superb save to
keep out a point-blank header from David Nugent.

And the dominant Foxes were made to
pay shortly after the half-hour mark as 36-year-old Nuno Gomes, a free
summer signing after being released by Portuguese side Braga, opened his
account in English football with a sweet finish from the edge of the

Jamie Vardy, who bagged 34 goals for
Fleetwood last term, took advantage of Scott Dann's mistake to level
matters soon after the restart, and then saw a header ruled out for
offside, before Pedersen had the final say.

Leicester flew out of the blocks but
it was City keeper Kasper Schmeichel who almost got caught out early on
by an unorthodox bounce off a slick surface at Ewood Park.

If there was a touch of fortune about
Schmeichel's let-off then there was nothing but quality about
Robinson's 12th-minute save at the other end.

Foxes frontman Nugent, a matter a
yards out, appeared certain to find the net with a header from Ben
Marshall's cross but Robinson somehow palmed the ball away.

Rovers, having made four changes with
David Dunn, Bradley Orr and Colin Kazim-Richards all injured, were
disjointed in the opening quarter and failed to match the intensity of
their visitors.

Off the mark: Nuno Gomes gets the first for Blackburn

Off the mark: Nuno Gomes gets the first for Blackburn

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An unmarked Vardy headed Liam Moore's
deep cross off target for Leicester before Dann made a last-ditch block
to deny in-form midfielder Andy King, searching for his third goal in
the season's opening three league fixtures.

But out of nowhere Blackburn took the lead in the 33rd minute.

Jason Lowe escaped Paul Konchesky
down the right and found Gomes, who had timed his run to perfection and
dispatched into the bottom corner with a neat finish from 18 yards.

The pattern of the game continued
after the goal and Nugent's drive was parried out by Robinson, but
Rovers maintained their lead going into the interval.

Good start: Steve Kean sees Blackburn continue their unbeaten start to the season

Good start: Steve Kean sees Blackburn continue their unbeaten start to the season

A frantic start to the second half saw Nugent denied again before Bruno Ribeiro also saw a header kept out at the other end.

And it was no surprise to see Leicester draw level in the 55th minute.

Rovers centre-back Dann was punished for defensive hesitancy as Vardy nipped in to finish from 12 yards out.

Vardy was then denied a 75th-minute second as his super header was wiped out by an assistant's flag.

And just two minutes later Pedersen
sealed an unlikely victory for Blackburn with a right-footed finish from
the left side of the penalty area – sending a clear message with his

Blackburn chief Shebby Singh vows to tackle "world"s most impossible job"

Outspoken Blackburn chief Singh vows to tackle the 'world's most impossible job'



21:54 GMT, 17 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

It hasn't taken taken long for the outspoken opinions that made Shebby Singh a household name across Asia to ruffle a few feathers in English football.

Singh, the man charged with guiding Blackburn Rovers back into the Premier League, global advisor to Indian owners Venky’s, and a popular television pundit, might have won himself some new friends by announcing at a fans’ forum on the eve of the Championship season that manager Steve Kean will be sacked if he loses three games in a row, but his unguarded comments about Kean and midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen have not gone down so well inside Ewood Park.

Shebby Singh: a man on a mission

Shebby Singh: a man on a mission

Singh has apologised publicly and personally to both men but the 51-year-old former Malaysia international and Asia’s answer to Alan Hansen is not about to change despite the controversy building around him.

‘I call a spade a spade,’ says Singh. ‘There is a job to do, a responsibility on my shoulders. It’s a fresh challenge and it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is.

‘As a football pundit we are most loved if we say nice things but we are most hated if we don’t. So be it.

‘ESPN Star Sports was televised across 21 countries, all of them football crazy. Man United v Liverpool can draw 250million viewers.

Under fire: Steve Kean (right) has seen his preparations hit

Under fire: Steve Kean (right) has seen his preparations hit

‘It will take a long time for some
people at the club to accept they have got an in-house pundit as a
global advisor who has been sent here to oversee the present and future
of the club.

‘I’ve never been too popular and I don’t think anything will change. But I will get the job done.

‘I saw them (Kean and Pedersen) personally first and apologised, and
then it was only right that I apologised in public. I’m wrong, I’m

‘Whether they accepted the apology or not, that’s not something I can determine.’

Singh was quite happy living in Singapore and delivering his opinions on
world football alongside his old ‘sparring partner’ Steve McMahon to
viewers every Monday night when Blackburn’s owners Venky’s asked him to
become their head of football development for Asia last summer.

Straight talking: Singh will not change his outspoken style

Straight talking: Singh will not change his outspoken style

After the club were relegated in May, Singh was given the title of
global advisor and parachuted into Ewood to work alongside Kean barely a
month after writing a newspaper column in Singapore calling for the
Scot to be sacked.

Before leaving a 15-year career in television to move to Lancashire’s
Ribble Valley, however, he asked his son Sonuljit, 22, for his opinion.

‘He’s my go-to man,’ says Singh. ‘We were having a chat about this and
he said, “do you know what you’ve done You’ve walked into the most
impossible job in the world!”.

‘That’s my son’s opinion of it. Yes, it’s a big challenge but the bigger
the better. It’s better to have tried and failed than never have tried
at all, that’s always been the way I approach life.

‘Please call me a student of the game. I’m not an expert or a guru, I’m
still learning the game. Football is my passion, my vocation, my hobby,
my everything.’

Singh’s honesty might attract controversy but it’s a breath of fresh air
to the fans who have been desperate for better communication with their
club since the Jack Walker Trust handed over control to India nearly
two years ago.

He is well aware of the criticism of the Rao family and their
matriarchal head Mrs Anuradha Desai – or ‘Madam’ who stood against her
brothers and spared Kean the sack at the end of last season – but he
insists the owners have learned from their painful introduction to
English football.

Target: Blackburn Rovers' Norwegian midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen

Target: Blackburn Rovers' Norwegian midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen

Money has been made available for eight new signings so far this summer,
meaning Blackburn are among the favourites to go back up at the first

‘I’ve come into this with my eyes wide open,’ says Singh. ‘We’re all
aware of the situation but we don’t like to bring it up. That’s the
promise I made to my bosses. It’s history. You can’t change history but
you can influence the future.

‘Madam has watched me on TV, she knows what I was saying and thinking. I
said things that had to be said, the same as what a lot of fans here
think. Coming here is a progression, not a new start for me.

‘I’ve been sent by the family to get promotion. When I met with them
this summer, Madam said, “Shebby, do what you have to do – I want
promotion”. I recall the moment because that’s the motivation.’

Singh holds up his mobile phone to reveal the motto on his Blackberry Messenger. It reads: ‘Promotion or die trying’.

‘It’s as simple as that for me,’ adds the man who had an 18-year playing
career for club and country in Malaysia. ‘Along the way if people get
upset, if people think that’s the train they don’t want to be on then

Fresh start: Blackburn's new signing Dickson Etuhu (centre) during training

Fresh start: Blackburn's new signing Dickson Etuhu (centre) during training

Singh insists that Venky’s have no intention of walking away from their investment.

‘A lot of people have underestimated the family,’ he says. ‘They are
here to stay. There is a way forward – it’s not the end of everything.

‘Yes, there’s a lot of a hurt which everybody feels and financially the
club has been hit. It’s been painful and detrimental to their name and
reputation, but there’s a stronger resolve now.

‘My bosses run a conglomerate, an empire. With their other business
entities, they trust people they put in place to get results.

‘Right until the end last season I think the owners were possibly
fearful of what might happen but they depended on the manager to have
told them that.

‘I have shouldered a lot of the pressure but certain things only time
will heal. Things like putting the squad together for Steve. I don’t
think we could have done any better.

‘The club has come down, Steve was the man in charge and still is. We
need to go back up. Now it’s time to step back because this is where the
football begins. Team selection and tactics entirely belong to the
manager, and we can only hope we get the right results.’

Blackburn might be out of the Premier League but, with Singh at the
helm, it’s unlikely they will be out of the spotlight for long.

Blackburn advisor apologises to Steve Kean

I'm sorry! Blackburn advisor issues grovelling apology to Kean and Gamst Pederson



10:59 GMT, 13 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Blackburn Rovers’ global advisor Shebby Singh has apologised to manager Steve Kean and Morten Gamst Pederson for comments made at a fans' forum.

Singh claimed that Kean would be sacked if Rovers lost three consecutive games at the start of the season.

He also criticised Gamst Pederson who he felt had 'lost his legs', but has since admitted his comments were misguided.

Under pressure: Steve Kean (right) has repeatedly come under fire

Under pressure: Steve Kean (right) has repeatedly come under fire

'I would like to send an apology to Steve Kean because some things were said on Saturday,' said Singh.

'I think they would have hurt Steve Kean’s feelings and for that I sincerely apologise.

'Some things are said in jest that don’t come across like that when repeated but I am not making excuses.

'I apologise for hurting any feelings.'

Singh felt Gamst Pederson had not been able to reinvent himself as a central midfield player.

Criticism: Midfielder Morten Gamst Pederson (right) was also targeted

Criticism: Midfielder Morten Gamst Pederson (right) was also targeted

'I would also like to apologise to Morten Gamst Pedersen for what was said. There are no excuses and Morten is a great character,' he added.

'My blunt honesty also sometimes upsets people and sometimes rubs people up the wrong way.

'I am making efforts to bring the club back to the fans and in trying to do that I have gone too far.

'I am trying to find the middle ground.'

Blackburn move for Fulham"s Dickson Etuhu and hot shot Jordan Rhodes

Blackburn move for Fulham midfielder Etuhu and hot shot Rhodes



22:03 GMT, 2 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Blackburn are close to signing Fulham
midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the London club in the
race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.

Etuhu, 30, is set to be reunited with
his old Fulham team-mate Danny Murphy at Ewood Park if the two clubs
can agree a fee of around 1.5million.

On the move: Fulham's Dickson Etuhu

On the move: Fulham's Dickson Etuhu

The Nigeria man is unsettled at Craven Cottage after just nine Premier League starts under Martin Jol last season.

It also looks likely Rhodes will choose Blackburn ahead of Fulham on a deal worth 35,000 a week.

If Fulham miss out, Jol could revive his interest in Evian striker Yannick Sagbo.

He is also tracking midfielder Carlos Sanchez. Blackburn are set to offload Morten Gamst Pedersen, Radosav Petrovic, Jordan Slew and Amine Linganzi.

London 2012 Olympics: Badminton farce at Wembley Arena

Badminton doubles descend into farce as Chinese and South Koreans both attempt to lose



21:05 GMT, 31 July 2012

Olympics 2012

The women's doubles competition at London 2012 descended into farce and scandal at Wembley Arena as two pairs appeared to deliberately start playing to lose.

Chinese top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang and the South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na were booed off after an extraordinary match in which players regularly served into the net or hit wide apparently on purpose.

Both pairs had already qualified for the last 16 and their actions appeared to be an attempt to manipulate the final standings in Group A.

Farce: Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) wanted to avoid playing their compatriots

Farce: Wang Xiaoli (right) and Yu Yang (left) wanted to avoid playing their compatriots

The reasons for both pairs wishing to do this were unclear but by ultimately losing the match, the Chinese now cannot play their compatriots and second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei until the final.

Tian and Zhao were sent off their natural path to the final as second seeds after losing to Denmark's Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen earlier in the day.

The downside to losing is that they could face a theoretically tougher quarter-final.

The Korean pair left court without speaking to waiting reporters to explain the reasons for their involvement in the fiasco after the 23-minute match.
Yu claimed she wanted to ease up ahead of the knockout phase.

She said: 'Actually these opponents really were strong. This is the first time we've played them and tomorrow it's the knockout rounds, so we've already qualified and we wanted to have more energy for the knockout rounds.

Victors: Kim Ha Na (left) and Jung Kyung Eun (right)

Victors: Kim Ha Na (left) and Jung Kyung Eun (right)

'Really, it's not necessary to go out hard again when the knockout rounds are tomorrow.'

The Korean pair won the match 21-14 21-11. The longest rally in the first game was just four strokes.

Match referee Thorsten Berg came on to court at one point to warn the players.

The farce continued later in the evening when another Korean pair, the third seeds Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, appeared to start playing up against Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.

Both pairs had also already qualified for the next stage from Group C, the connection with the earlier incident being that the pool winners would play Wang and Yu next.

The Korean pairs would play each other in the quarter-finals if Ha and Kim lost.

Berg returned to court and brandished the black card, which means disqualification, but after protests from the Indonesians it was rescinded and the match resumed.

London 2012 Olympics: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson star in sailing

Percy and Simpson star sailors for Team GB in a tricky day on the water



19:47 GMT, 30 July 2012

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Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were Great Britain's only standout performers on a tough second day of sailing for the Olympic hosts.

With Ben Ainslie faltering and none of the other Brits pulling up trees, the reigning Star gold medallists shone as they moved joint top of the overall standings.

Percy and Simpson picked up third and second-place finishes to put them at the top of the fleet alongside Norway's Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland Pedersen.

Let's go: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in action

Let's go: Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in action

'There is a long way to go but we did a bit better today on the results card,' Simpson said, having picked up an 11th and second on Sunday.

'We managed to catch up a bit today, although we had some bad first beats.

'I think we sailed quite well, but we just didn't seem to have a good boat speed at first.

'We made a bit a change for the last beat of the last race and found a lot more speed, which is great news going forward because we were a bit frustrated.

'That was the good news and downwind we were very fast, which is always a good get-out-of-jail card in these kind of conditions where it is very much a downwind race.'

While Simpson and Percy pressed on, Ainslie had a difficult time in the Finn class.

Strong display: Percy and Simpson racing in their Star class keel-boat

Strong display: Percy and Simpson racing in their Star class keel-boat

The 35-year-old failed to follow up an uncharacteristically good start to the Olympic regatta by ending the second day with sixth and 12th-place finishes.

Ainslie slipped to the bronze medal position behind France's Jonathan Lobert as a result, while Jonas Hogh-Christensen continues to lead the way having yet to finish a race below the Brit.

'It was a tough day. It wasn't very good at all,' Ainslie said.

'I was pretty frustrated with how I sailed so hopefully I will be better in the coming days.

'Everyone is having ups and downs. Jonas also had a bit of an issue in the second race [when he had to do a penalty turn].

'But as far as my own performance goes, I wasn't happy with that at all. I have to improve things for the rest of the week.'

Struggle: Ben Ainslie sails in the third race of the Finn class

Struggle: Ben Ainslie sails in the third race of the Finn class

The British athletes that began their Olympic campaigns today will also be looking for an upturn in fortunes.

Reigning Laser gold medallist Paul Goodison is a prime example, having ended his first day 17th in the standings.

The Yorkshireman finished 10th in his first race and ended a lowly 23rd in the second.

Goodison's disappointment was compounded further by news that fierce rival Tom Slingsby of Australia ends the day top overall after a first and second.

Frustrated: Ainslie said he hopes for better to come

Frustrated: Ainslie said he hopes for better to come

Britain's Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes also saw their London 2012 campaign get off to a difficult start as they picked up two 12th-place finishes.

Ali Young, making her Olympic debut, made a solid start on the first day of the Laser Radial class as she picked up a seventh and 10th, placing her ninth overall.

Meanwhile, in the women's match racing class, Lucy Macgregor's British team ended their second day of the round robin with defeat to Australia having earlier overcome Portugal.

Junior Hoilett exit could cost Blackburn 3m

Blow for Blackburn as Hoilett exit could cost relegated club over 3m



21:30 GMT, 25 May 2012

Blackburn face losing more than 3million on Junior Hoilett when he leaves Ewood Park at the end of his contract this summer.

Sources close to the winger have indicated that he is interested in a move to Germany – with Werder Bremen and Borussia Moenchengladbach among his admirers – although talks are also underway with two Premier League clubs.

On the move: Hoilett will leave Ewood Park this summer

On the move: Hoilett will leave Ewood Park this summer

Because Hoilett is 21 and came through Blackburn's academy system, they would be due up to 4m in compensation if he stayed in England.

However, different rules abroad mean that figure could be as little as 750,000 if he goes to the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile, Morten Gamst Pedersen has promised to see out the remaining two years of his contract despite Blackburn's relegation from the top-flight.

Blackburn 2 Norwich 0: Rovers grab a lifeline but fans are still unhappy

Blackburn 2 Norwich 0: Rovers grab a lifeline but fans are still unhappy



16:34 GMT, 21 April 2012

Superb strikes from Mauro Formica and
Junior Hoilett gave Blackburn's Barclays Premier League survival hopes a
mighty boost with victory over Norwich at Ewood Park.

Formica volleyed home a Morten Gamst
Pedersen cross on 40 minutes and four minutes after the break Hoilett
let fly with a 25-yard screamer into the top corner.

Happy days: Blackburn's David Hoilett, top, is hoisted aloft by teammate David Dunn

Happy days: Blackburn's David Hoilett, top, is hoisted aloft by teammate David Dunn


BLACKBURN: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn (Martin Olsson 62), Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett (Petrovic 82), Yakubu (Modeste 76). Subs Not Used: Kean, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie.

Booked: Dunn.

Goals: Formica 41, Hoilett 49.

NORWICH: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Surman, Hoolahan (Pilkington 59), Vaughan (Morison 59), Holt (Wilbraham 66). Subs Not Used: Steer, Johnson, Fox, Naughton.

Booked: Howson.

Att: 23,218

Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Their goals brought an emphatic end to a run of five consecutive league defeats which had plunged beleaguered Steve Kean's men back into the drop zone.

Kean had made two changes for the crunch encounter, bringing back Formica as well as Gael Givet, whom the manager had declared “not in the right frame of mind” prior to last week's loss at Swansea.

All week Kean had insisted his side's fighting spirit was undamaged, and it was a mark of their belief that they managed to ride out the difficult early pressure.

Paul Lambert's Canaries looked
flat-footed after last week's mauling by Manchester City and contributed
little as Rovers took control from the start.

Bradley Orr and Scott Dann came close
in the early stages but the tension was evident in boisterous calls for
Kean's dismissal, which began before 10 minutes were on the clock.

Vital strike: Blackburn Rovers' Mauro Formica, right, scores past Norwich City's goalkeeper John Ruddy

Vital strike: Blackburn Rovers' Mauro Formica, right, scores past Norwich City's goalkeeper John Ruddy

Get in: Mauro Formica celebrates after scoring

Get in: Mauro Formica celebrates after scoring

James Vaughan had a half-chance for
the visitors as the Rovers defence panicked in their own box, but at the
other end Ryan Bennett had to hook clear to deny Hoilett.

Jonathan Howson came close for
Norwich on the half-hour when his powerful long-range drive was tipped
over by Paul Robinson in the Rovers goal.

Angry: Disgruntled Blackburn supporters demonstrate against the club owners and manager before the game

Angry: Disgruntled Blackburn supporters demonstrate against the club owners and manager before the game

Disgruntled Blackburn supporters demonstrate against the club owners and manager

Disgruntled Blackburn supporters demonstrate against the club owners and manager

But it was Rovers who managed to
retain the upper hand, Yakubu almost connecting with a dangerous cross
from Pedersen in front of goal.

And the Nigerian had his side's best
early chance in the 37th minute when Pedersen headed down and he
attempted an overhead kick which struck the base of the post.

Three minutes later Rovers grabbed
the lead when Yakubu fed Pedersen on the right and the recalled Formica
met the Norwegian's cross with a crisp sliding volley past Ruddy.

Battling on: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean

Battling on: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean

Rovers doubled their advantage
shortly after the restart with Hoilett's seventh and best goal of the
season, cutting in from the left flank and letting fly past a helpless

The Canaries were offering precious
little in response as Rovers began to take a hold on the game, Hoilett
almost finding Yakubu in front of goal on 55 minutes.

The visitors did briefly rally in the
final quarter, Elliott Bennett's cross just eluding Elliott Ward, then
Aaron Wilbraham bringing a fine low save out of Robinson.

But Rovers seldom looked troubled by
the Norwich revival, and came close to a third 10 minutes from time when
substitute Anthony Modeste headed inches over from another Pedersen