Tottenham 2 Blackburn 0: Champions League hopes still alive as Spurs sweep aside woeful Rovers
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
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.
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)
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
Final run-in: Kean is still battling relegation while Redknapp has Champions League aspirations