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Neil Redfearn could replace Keith Hill at Barnsley

Redfearn could return to old club Barnsley to replace sacked Hill as manager

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22:37 GMT, 30 December 2012

Former Barnsley winger Neil Redfearn is among contenders to replace Keith Hill as the Championship club's manager.

Redfearn, 47, is currently coaching at Leeds.

Former assistant David Flitcroft, 38, has been put in caretaker charge following Hill's dismissal on Saturday.

Wanted man: Neil Redfearn could return to Barnsley to replace Keith Hill

Wanted man: Neil Redfearn could return to Barnsley to replace Keith Hill

Hill left the club after recording a home defeat against Blackburn.

Josh King, Ruben Rochina and Jordan Rhodes secure the win to cancel out Stephen Dawson's 76th-minute goal.

Caretaker: David Flitcroft (left) has taken the reins at Barnsley after Hill was dismissed on Saturday

Caretaker: David Flitcroft (left) has taken the reins at Barnsley after Hill was dismissed on Saturday

Blackburn 1 Cardiff 4: Bluebirds stretch lead at the top

Blackburn 1 Cardiff 4: Bellamy dreaming again as Bluebirds stretch lead at the top

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23:22 GMT, 7 December 2012

Old boy Craig Bellamy enjoyed a
goalscoring return to Blackburn as Cardiff cantered four points clear at
the top of the Championship.

The Welshman edged his side back in front five minutes after Josh King had cancelled out Mark Hudson’s.

Four-star: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff's second

Four-star: Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring Cardiff's second

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Nunes 70), Etuhu, Lowe, Markus Olsson (Kazim-Richards 46), King, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Kean, Givet, Pedersen, Rochina, Vukcevic.

Booked: Martin Olsson, Hanley, Lowe.

Goal: King 51.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Noone (Kim 69), Conway, Cowie, Whittingham, Bellamy (Mason 80), Helguson (Gestede 90).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Gunnarsson, Lappin.

Booked: Hudson, Noone, Helguson.

Goals: Hudson 34, Bellamy 55, Mason 84, Kim 85.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 12,460.

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Cardiff went on to make their ascendancy count with substitutes Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung scoring in the final six minutes.

Bellamy, 33, said: ‘I was so fortunate to win a trophy with Liverpool last season but if I can finish my career by getting Cardiff to the Premier League with Cardiff it might be a dream come true.’

Cardiff were on top from the start and there was little doubt they would take their current run to 16 points from a possible 18 on offer. Their constant harrying of Rovers midfield ensured they quickly won back possession and they used it effectively once in control of the ball.

Defender Hudson gave them a 30th-minute lead by heading in his fourth goal of the season from Craig Noone’s cross.

King levelled at the start of the second half, converting a intelligent pass on the turn from substitute Colin Kazim-Richards.

But parity was short-lived. Bellamy, who had hit the bar in the first half, swapped headers with Heidar Helguson and angled a shot home.

Helguson grew increasingly influential and it was his work as a link man that set up Cardiff’s grandstand finish.

Flying high: The Bluebirds are now four points clear at the top of the Championship

Flying high: The Bluebirds are now four points clear at the top of the Championship

His header allowed Mason to run
through and shoot past Robinson before his square ball picked out
Bo-Kyung to fire into the corner.

The defeat extended Rovers’ poor form under new boss Henning Berg.

The Norwegian is yet to see his team
win at home in four attempts and one victory in eight games overall has
seen the side plummet down the table.

Berg admitted: ‘Cardiff were a better
all over. They had better finishing and defended better than us. The
way we used the ball in first half is way off where we want to be. We
can play better.’

Rout: Kim (left) completed the scoring

Rout: Kim (left) completed the scoring

Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1: match report

Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1: Berg still in search of first win after tense draw on home debut

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17:51 GMT, 10 November 2012

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17:51 GMT, 10 November 2012

Henning Berg is still waiting for his first win as Blackburn boss as his home debut ended all square after an enthralling encounter against Birmingham.

Berg enjoyed many a battle with opposite number Lee Clark during their top-flight playing days and they went head-to-head in the dugout at Ewood Park in front of 14,919 fans – only 1,000 up on average from games under Steve Kean and caretaker boss Eric Black this term.

The Norwegian started his Rovers reign with one point from two away games and a draw this afternoon was the right result on the balance of play.

Waiting game: Henning Berg (right) is still searching for his first win as Blackburn boss

Waiting game: Henning Berg (right) is still searching for his first win as Blackburn boss

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson,
Formica, Etuhu, Murphy (Lowe 84), Markus Olsson (Nunes 71), Rochina (Vukcevic 61), Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Orr, Pedersen, Nuno Gomes.

Goals: Rochina 13 pen.

Birmingham: Butland, Spector, Caldwell, Robinson, Murphy,
Burke (Ambrose 90), Morrison, Mullins, Elliott, Zigic (Redmond 75), King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Lovenkrands, Hancox, Diop.

Booked: Morrison, Spector.

Goals: King 17.

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

Attendance: 14,919

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Spaniard Ruben Rochina handed Rovers a
deserved early lead from the penalty spot after David Murphy felled
Mauro Formica but, crucially, Birmingham pulled level almost immediately
courtesy of Marlon King's ninth goal of the season from close range.

Both sides could indeed have clinched
all three points but it was not to be, with Birmingham now 19 attempts
without victory at Ewood Park stretching back to 1968.

Blackburn were undoubtedly the dominant side from the off.

Blues skipper Steven Caldwell denied
Jordan Rhodes after Jack Butland had raced out of his area
unnecessarily, before Rochina fired wide from 12 yards when well placed.

It was no real surprise when the hosts took the lead after 13 minutes.
Full-back Murphy brought down Formica in the area and Rochina stepped up to send Butland the wrong way from the spot.

But Birmingham pulled level almost immediately with their first real attack.

Chris Burke's cross was met by a
combination of former City defender Scott Dann and Wade Elliott and the
ball fell to Nikola Zigic, whose effort came back off a post and King
was on hand to tap home from two yards.

The goal inspired the visitors and Ravel Morrison brought a save out of Paul Robinson before King fired narrowly wide.

Rovers passed up a great chance to
retake the lead from Rochina's corner as the game flowed from end to
end, with Blues very much now in proceedings.

Danny Murphy struck the side-netting
from distance on the half-hour mark before both sides saw goals
rightfully ruled out for offside.

Catch me if you can: Ruben Rochina tries to find a way past Hayden Mullins

Catch me if you can: Ruben Rochina tries to find a way past Hayden Mullins

Markus Olsson was presented with a
clear opportunity to put Blackburn in front on the stroke of half-time
but he could only fire wide.

Zigic headed wide from Burke's cross
at the start of the second half when the towering 6ft 8in Serbian should
really have done better.

Rhodes was next to threaten at the
other end as his header was cleared off the line by Blues defender Paul
Robinson in impressive fashion.

His Blackburn namesake got down well
to deny marauding City full-back Murphy, while Rovers were being
constantly dogged by the offside flag in the final third.

Formica brought a good save out of
England prodigy Butland with former Three Lions stopper Robinson showing
what he could do to turn away Burke's effort from distance.

Robinson then tipped over Hayden
Mullins' 81st-minute strike from 30 yards before substitute Nuno Gomes'
impressive effort flew over amid a breathless conclusion to proceedings.

Dann came within inches of a late winner against his former employers but a point apiece was just reward.

Huddersfield 2 Blackburn 2 – match report

Huddersfield 2 Blackburn 2: Town fight back to deny old-boy Rhodes on return

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23:59 GMT, 6 November 2012

Rival bosses Simon Grayson and Henning Berg were both left feeling aggrieved after a dramatic injury-time equaliser by Lee Novak salvaged a point for Huddersfield on Jordan Rhodes' return to the John Smiths Stadium.

A controversial second-half penalty for Blackburn, awarded by referee Roger East, proved the main bone of contention, with Huddersfield manager Grayson berating the Barclays Premier League official and opposite number Berg insisting he had got it right.

Denied: Town secured a point with a last-minute equaliser

Denied: Town secured a point with a last-minute equaliser

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Woods, Peter Clarke, Lynch, Dixon, Scannell, Norwood (Lee 60), Southern, Clayton, Hammill (Ward 59), Novak.

Subs not used: Bennett, Gerrard, Wallace, Arfield, Robinson.

Booked: Novak, Lynch, Clayton.

Goals: Novak 15, 90.

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Formica (Rosado 82), Murphy, Etuhu, Markus Olsson, Rhodes, Rochina (Vukcevic 78).

Subs Not Used: Kean, Orr, Pedersen, Raheem Hanley, Ribeiro.

Booked: Dann.

Goals: Rhodes 43,Murphy 55 pen.

Attendance: 14,597

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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Danny Murphy converted it to put
Blackburn ahead, after Rhodes cancelled out Novak's opener with a
typically-clinical finish in the 43rd-minute, but Grayson at least had
the consolation of a point-saver in the fourth and final minute of added
time.

‘Decisions like that can change a
team’s entire season, and he got it entirely wrong,’ fumed Grayson.
‘Everyone could see that, because it was so obvious Joel Lynch got a
touch to the ball to put it out for a corner.

‘I actually like this referee, but he
had a major decision to make, and he didn’t get it right. In fact, he
was poor all round tonight with all the big decisions that needed
making.’

Berg was just as adamant Markus
Olsson had been fouled and was unhappy over the last-second leveller,
after pointedly tapping his watch at East as the ball was hoisted into
the Blackburn area.

‘I hope no-one is trying to make out the penalty should not have been given,’ said the recently-appointed Blackburn manager.

Familiar face: Rhodes returned to Huddersfield

Familiar face: Rhodes returned to Huddersfield

‘I know there were a few complaints
at the time, and it is difficult to be sure from the dug-out. But I have
seen a video of the incident, and there is no doubt Markus got to the
ball first and had his heels clipped by the Huddersfield defender. It
was a stonewall penalty.

'To be fair to the referee, it turns
out their late equaliser came with exactly three seconds left. He could
have blown, and equally the linesman could have flagged for offside
against Novak.

'If the ball had flicked off one of
Blackburn’s players, he would have been five yards offside. As it
happens, it brushed the head of Dickson Etuhu, so the linesman was
right.

'But you needed to study the video to
see that, so you tell me how the linesman could have been so sure. I
can’t complain, because it was a correct decision, but nine times out of
10 in that situation, the flag would have gone up.

'All that shouldn’t have mattered,
though. We did more than enough to have won, and we would have done if
we had just kept the ball better for those last few seconds.'

Blackburn 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Blackburn 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Hanley earns Black first win in charge

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22:34 GMT, 24 October 2012

Eric Black celebrated his first win as caretaker boss but it may be his last as Blackburn close in on a new manager.

The club confirmed that interviews will begin before the end of the week, and global advisor Shebby Singh is understood to have lined up a big name with an extensive Premier League track record after fans threatened to rebel if he continued his pursuit of inexperienced former Blackburn players like Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay.

'We understand that many fans are feeling frustrated,' said Singh. 'But we said from the outset that we would not be rushed into an appointment. This is too big a decision for that. All we ask for is a little patience.'

Winner: Grant Hanley scores Blackburn's goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Winner: Grant Hanley scores Blackburn's goal against Sheffield Wednesday

Match facts

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson (Pedersen 74), Lowe, Dunn (Rochina 34), Etuhu, Grant Hanley, Rhodes,
Kazim-Richards (Murphy 83).

Subs Not Used: Kean, Formica, Nuno Gomes, Rosado.

Booked: Lowe, Kazim-Richards.

Goal: Grant Hanley 5.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Taylor, Llera, Jones (O'Grady 89),
Antonio, Semedo, Barkley, Corry (Rodri 76), Jermaine Johnson, Madine.

Subs Not Used: Davies, Maguire, Mattock, Pecnik, Mayor.

Booked: Llera.

Att: 13,782

Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

Black had urged owners Venky’s to install the new man as soon as possible after overseeing a disappointing run of three draws and a defeat since Steve Kean quit last month.

But at least Black had something to smile about on Wednesday night after an early goal from unlikely scorer Grant Hanley lifted Blackburn back into the top-six.

Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, returning to action five days after he was attacked in the Yorkshire derby against Leeds, was beaten in the fifth minute when David Dunn swept past Ross Barkley on the left and pulled the ball back for central defender Hanley to stab home from close-range.

Ruben Rochina impressed after coming on as a first-half substitute for Dunn and was twice denied by five saves from Kirkland, while Morten Gamst Pedersen saw a deflected free-kick cleared off the line by Miguel Llera late on.

Happy days: Blackburn celebrate scoring against Wednesday

Happy days: Blackburn celebrate scoring against Wednesday

Wednesday, who are now without a win in 10 games, forced Blackburn to defend for long periods without troubling Paul Robinson nearly enough and should have equalised in the first half when Michail Antonio raced clear on goal only to skew his effort wide of the far post under pressure from Scott Dann.

Lewis Buxton and Jermaine Johnson also went close but defeat left Dave Jones’s side in the bottom three.

‘We fell asleep for the first 10 minutes but apart from that I thought we absolutely pulverised them,’ Jones said. ‘We did everything but put the ball in the net.’

Black admitted that his side looked nervous, saying: ‘We have to resolve this feeling of anxiety which invites pressure, but hopefully this will make a difference.’

Meanwhile, Blackburn are close to signing Stoke striker Cameron Jerome on loan after he became surplus to requirements following the arrival of Michael Owen.

Blackburn 0 Wolves 1: Match report

Blackburn 0 Wolves 1: Soko goal sinks Rovers as fans flock back to Ewood

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16:36 GMT, 6 October 2012

Wolves striker Bakary Sako's spectacular strike 12 minutes from time ensured Blackburn's first home game of the post Steve Kean era ended in defeat.

A crowd of 17,034 was comfortably Rovers' highest of the season as hoards of disgruntled fans returned to Ewood Park to mark the end of Kean's deeply unpopular reign.

But they were subjected to a lacklustre performance as caretaker boss Eric Black stuck with the five-man defence that secured a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest in midweek, leaving forwards Jordan Rhodes and Colin Kazim-Richards to probe manfully with little service.

Take that: Wolves Bakary Sako celebrates with Anthony Forde after scoring the winning goal for his side

Take that: Wolves Bakary Sako celebrates with Anthony Forde after scoring the winning goal for his side

Match facts

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Formica (Nunes 46), Grant Hanley, Murphy, Lowe (Etuhu 72), Kazim-Richards, Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Dunn, Pedersen, Rochina, Nuno Gomes.

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Stearman (Forde 53), Johnson, Berra, Foley, Davis (Zubar 61), Doumbia, Henry, Ward, Sako, Ebanks-Blake (Batth 87).

Subs Not Used: McCarey, Nouble, Jonsson, Margreitter.

Booked: Henry, Sako.

Goal: Sako 78.

Attendance: 17,034

Referee: Nigel Miller

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Rhodes had claims for penalties rejected in each half and his strike partner spurned Rovers' best chance shortly after Sako's magnificent long-range effort left goalkeeper Paul Robinson with no chance.

Stale Solbakken's Wolves leapfrog their opponents to go third on the back of three consecutive wins on the road, while Blackburn fall to ninth with no victory in four matches.

Wolves started the brighter of the two sides and Sako drew a fine early save from Robinson, firing a loose ball through a crowd of defenders.

Moments after a robust challenge from Karl Henry on Kazim-Richards went unpunished, Rovers had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Nigel Miller when Rhodes went to ground under the attentions of Richard Stearman.

The visitors should have taken the lead in the 19th minute, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake thudding a header against the post from Kevin Foley's cross.

Happy man: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken celebrates at the end of the game

Happy man: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken celebrates at the end of the game

Kazim-Richards almost found a vital touch at the end of Martin Olsson's teasing left-wing cross before the Blackburn striker was clattered on the knee with half an hour gone – Henry failing to escape a booking on this occasion following a heated altercation.

Rhodes' poachers instincts were on display five minutes before half-time when he collected the scraps from a goalmouth scramble to force a reaction stop from Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.

The Scotland international striker had another penalty shout turned down early in the second half when he grappled with Roger Johnson and continued to look like Rovers' main threat despite little ammunition.

In the 51st minute Blackburn winger Fabio Nunes mishit a cross that landed on the top of the net with Ikeme scrambling.

Wolves got bodies in the way of speculative efforts from Bradley Orr, Danny Murphy and Kazim-Richards before the visitors regained the attacking impetus they showed in the first half.

Substitute Anthony Forde might have done better when he curled beyond the far post following excellent work from Sako.

In he 78th minute, Sako decided to do the work himself to glorious effect.
Blackburn only partially cleared a corner and the ball fell to the Frenchman, who took a fine first touch to engineer space and rifled a superb 25-yard effort beyond Robinson.

Rovers almost levelled moments later when Nunes produced a delicious cross that caused confusion between Ikeme and Wolves centre-back Christophe Berra, but Kazim-Richards could not direct his close-range header goalwards.

As the hosts belatedly committed men forward, Forde burst forward on the counter attack in stoppage time but blazed wide with only Robinson to beat and fellow substitute Ronald Zubar unmarked.

David Goodwillie set to leave Blackburn Rovers

Flop Goodwillie set to leave Blackburn after just one season in England

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22:09 GMT, 8 July 2012

Blackburn are ready to offload striker David Goodwillie just 11 months after signing him for 2.25million.

Manager Steve Kean wants to cash in having bought Leon Best and Nuno Gomes to compete with Ruben Rochina and youngsters Jordan Slew and Nick Blackman.

The Scotland international scored just four goals in 24 games in all competitions last season.

Flop: Goodwillie scored just four goals in his first season in England

Flop: Goodwillie scored just four goals in his first season in England

Chelsea 2 Blackburn 1: Blues finish sixth

Chelsea 2 Blackburn 1: Champions League final confidence boosting win for sixth-place Blues

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16:09 GMT, 13 May 2012

John Terry and Raul Meireles put their Champions League agony aside as Chelsea warmed up for Saturday's final by winning their last Barclays Premier League game of the season.

Terry and Meireles – who are suspended for next weekend's clash with Bayern Munich – both found the net within three first-half minutes against already-relegated Blackburn.

Ayegbeni Yakubu's 18th goal of the season halved the deficit but Chelsea ended their poor league campaign on a high in what could be caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo and striker Didier Drogba's final home game at the club.

Leading from the front: Captain John Terry (right) put Chelsea in the lead

Leading from the front: Captain John Terry (right) put Chelsea in the lead

Match facts

CHELSEA: Turnbull, Hutchinson (Torres 69), Ivanovic, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Meireles, Ramires, Malouda (Ferreira 43), Sturridge, Lukaku (Drogba 54). Unused subs: Hilario, Cole, Romeu, Piazon.

Goals: Terry 31, Meireles 34

Booked: Bertrand

BLACKBURN: Kean, Henley, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Formica (Morris 46), Lowe, Pedersen (Rochina 70), Marcus Olsson, Hoilett, Yakubu (Goodwillie 75). Unused Subs: Usai, Modeste, Grella, Petrovic.

Goals: Yakubu 60

Referee: Lee Mason

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The supporters made their feeling
about the pair clear by chanting 'There's only one Di Matteo' and
'Didier Drogba, we want you to stay', but that may not be enough to
convince billionaire owner Roman Abramovich to sign them up.

Di Matteo rested all of his likely
line-up for the Champions League final, with his other two suspended
players – Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic – also starting, while Romelu
Lukaku and Sam Hutchinson made their full league debuts.

The Italian, who may need to win next
weekend to keep his job, picked a team that emphasised the dead-rubber
nature of today's match, with Chelsea already guaranteed sixth position
and relegated Rovers 19th.

But there were a few players in the
Blues side playing for places in Saturday's squad, one of whom, Florent
Malouda, caused chaos in the Blackburn box with a fine cross inside two
minutes.

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull then went a
little way to redeeming his performance in Tuesday's 4-1 thrashing at
Liverpool with a fine tip over from Jason Lowe's deflected drive.

On the rise: Romelu Lukaku beats Blackburn's Gael Givet (right)

On the rise: Romelu Lukaku beats Blackburn's Gael Givet (right)

A poor touch onto a ball over the top
let down Daniel Sturridge, Lukaku misdirected a header from a corner
and also failed to bundle his way past Blackburn debutant Jake Kean as
Chelsea continued to threaten.

Kean denied Lukaku again in the 20th
minute with a fine save as he slid in to convert a low cross from
Sturridge, who got his header all wrong moments later from the Belgian's
cross.

Half-hearted chants of 'Kean out!'
were directed at Blackburn boss Steve Kean throughout the opening
quarter, with Chelsea in complete control.

Putting the boot in: Morten Gamst Pedersen (right) thwarts Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge

Putting the boot in: Morten Gamst Pedersen (right) thwarts Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge

A goal looked inevitable and it
arrived in the 31st minute after Terry decided to get involved in the
Blackburn half before bursting into the box to power a header from
Lukaku's excellent cross into the top corner.

It was 2-0 three minutes later as
Michael Essien got around the back of the Blackburn defence far too
easily before squaring for Meireles to drill into the bottom corner from
18 yards.

Lukaku nearly set up a third goal six
minutes from half-time when Kean saved well from Ramires, who almost
danced his way through moments later.

The race is on: Lukaku (left) fights for the ball with Givet

The race is on: Lukaku (left) fights for the ball with Givet

Unlike Kean, Di Matteo was enjoying
vociferous backing from his club's fans, who also applauded the arrival
of Paulo Ferreira for Malouda two minutes before the break.

Blackburn withdrew Formica for Josh
Morris at the restart and the new man arguably had their best chance
when he side-footed tamely at Turnbull.

But Chelsea had already gone close again through a lovely turn and shot from Sturridge, while Lukaku had also dragged wide.

Wave of confidence: Meireles acknowledges the Stamford Bridge crowd after scoring Chelsea's second

Wave of confidence: Meireles acknowledges the Stamford Bridge crowd after scoring Chelsea's second

That was the striker's final
significant contribution as Di Matteo sent on Drogba for what could be
the Ivory Coast star's farewell to Stamford Bridge.

A chorus of 'Didier Drogba, we want you to stay,' immediately rang out at Stamford Bridge.

The home fans were silenced on the
hour mark when Yakubu pulled a goal back, glancing home Scott Dann's
header from a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner.

Blues brothers: Terry (right) leads the celebrations after giving Chelsea an early lead

Blues brothers: Terry (right) leads the celebrations after giving Chelsea an early lead

Although they were almost cheering again when Ramires lifted the ball onto the crossbar after pouncing on a loose header.

Kean tipped Sturridge's deflected
half-volley wide before Fernando Torres came on for Hutchinson, and
Pedersen was withdrawn for Ruben Rochina for the final 20 minutes.

David Goodwillie arrived for Yakubu
after Sturridge horribly miscued a volley, the striker making amends
with an excellent cross that just evaded Ryan Bertrand.

Chelsea were cruising to victory, and
although Bertrand was booked in the final minute for tugging back
Olsson, Sturridge should have made the game safe when he chested wide
from three yards.

Raul's pals: Meireles is engulfed after scoring the second

Raul's pals: Meireles is engulfed after scoring the second

Tottenham 2 Blackburn 0: Champions League hopes still alive as Spurs sweep aside woeful Rovers

Tottenham 2 Blackburn 0: Champions League hopes still alive as Spurs sweep aside woeful Rovers

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16:52 GMT, 29 April 2012

Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker strikes sent Tottenham back into the Barclays Premier League top four as they beat relegation strugglers Blackburn 2-0 at White Hart Lane.

Spurs dominated for long spells, creating a number of chances and took the lead after Van der Vaart was on hand to tap the ball home after Gareth Bale's initial header came back off the bar.

The woodwork came to Blackburn's rescue on two other occasions, with Sandro's rasping drive bouncing back off the bar and William Gallas' near-post header going the same way.

Dutch courage: Van der Vaart's effort was correctly judges to have crossed the line

Dutch courage: Van der Vaart's effort was correctly judges to have crossed the line

MATCH FACTS

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon (Giovani 84), Modric, Sandro (Livermore 86), Bale, Van der Vaart (Defoe 88), Adebayor.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Saha, King, Nelsen.

Goals: Van der Vaart 22; Walker 75.

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann (Goodwillie 84), Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu (Modeste 72).

Subs not used: Kean, Martin Olsson, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina.

Attendance: 35,798

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

And the points were sealed in the
76th minute when Walker's stunning 30-yard free-kick found the top
right-hand corner of Paul Robinson's goal.

The win moved the north Londoners in fourth, four points behind third-place rivals Arsenal but have a game in hand.

More to follow…

Over the line: Van der Vaart's shot just crosses the line and he wheels away to celebrate (below)

Over the line: Van der Vaart's shot just crosses the line and he wheels away to celebrate (below)

Over the line: Van der Vaart's shot just crosses the line and he wheels away to celebrate (below)


Piling on the pressure: Spurs had a raft of opportunities to build a big lead

Piling on the pressure: Spurs had a raft of opportunities to build a big lead

Piling on the pressure: Spurs had a raft of opportunities to build a big lead


Up and over: Walker fires home his stunning free-kick to seal the points

Up and over: Walker fires home his stunning free-kick to seal the points

Up and over: Walker fires home his stunning free-kick to seal the points


Final run-in: Kean is still battling relegation while Redknapp has Champions League aspirations

Final run-in: Kean is still battling relegation while Redknapp has Champions League aspirations

Tottenham v Blackburn live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Tottenham v Blackburn – follow the action from White Hart Lane as it happens

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15:05 GMT, 29 April 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Tottenham host Blackburn at White Hart Lane to conclude Sunday's action. Harry Redknapp's side will be desperate to arrest their alarming slump in form but they face a Rovers side fighting for their top-flight lives.

SPURS 0 BLACKBURN 0

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor.

Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, King, Livermore, Nelsen.

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu.

Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

4 mins: Scott Dann concedes a corner which Van der Vaart plays in but Dann is on hand to clear. Poor effort from the Dutchman to be honest.

3 mins: Tottenham have certainly started brightly. They have to take advantage of Newcastle's defeat, particularly playing at home.

2 mins: Spurs should be in front. Luka Modric races to the byline and crosses for Aaron Lennon at the far post but the winger somehow puts the ball wide.

1 min: Off and running…

4.00pm: Seconds away from kick off at White Hart Lane…

3.55pm: What does everyone think about Steve Kean He's taken an unnecessary amount of abuse, for sure, but he is not a good manager. Not in the slightest. Too much credit given to him just because he's refused to quit.

3.50pm: Tottenham of course were seen as title challengers at one stage of the season but face a fight to finish in the top four now. A win this afternoon however would take them above both Chelsea and Newcastle. Surely they can beat Steve Kean's beleaguered Blackburn. Surely

3.45pm: Difficult to see this game replicating the goal fest we have just witnessed Stamford Bridge as Chelsea thumped QPR 6-1. But again, both sides need the points for very different reasons.

Blackburn are slowly but surely losing their battle to beat the drop but a win today would bring them level with QPR but they need to win by four goals to leapfrog them and into 17th place.

3.40pm: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp makes four changes following his side's 1-0 defeat at QPR last weekend as he looks to inject new life into a team with just one win in their last nine Barclays Premier League outings.

Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor were all brought into the starting XI as Ledley King and Jermain Defoe drop to the bench and Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker miss out through injury.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean names an unchanged side from their 2-0 victory over Norwich.

Rovers have lost their last five games against Spurs but a win could see them exit the bottom three on goal difference.

3.35pm: The teams are in:

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, King, Livermore, Nelsen.

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

3.30pm: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of Tottenham's clash with Blackburn.

Tough times: Tottenham have slumped during the second half of the season

Tough times: Tottenham have slumped during the second half of the season