Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal to win 4 - 3. Last weekend they drew 1 - 1 at QPR and they also gained a point at Fulham. They have lost their other three home games to Wolverhampton Wanderers (1 - 3) on the opening day, to Everton (0 - 1) and Manchester City conceding four second half goals. They have also lost at Aston Vila and Newcastle United. In the Carling Cup they have enjoyed home successes over Sheffield Wednesday and Leyton Orient.
In the Premier League, their leading scorer is Ayegbeni Yakuba who has two goals while Reuben Rochina has scored four in League (1) and Cup (3). Last week central defender and captain Christopher Samba who was reported to be a possible signing for Tottenham during the summer scored their goal at Loftus Road. Manager Steve Kean has been under pressure since taking charge from Sam Allardyce last December.
Recent Results at Ewood Park
Feb. 2011 Won 1 - 0 Crouch
For the second successive season, Peter Crouch was the match winner for Tottenham at Ewood Park. In the third minute he rose above the defence to head in a diagonal cross from Rafael Van der Vaart. A hard-working team performance and some good saves from Heurelho Gomes ensured that Spurs held out to take the three points.
Dec. 2009 Won 2 - 0 Crouch (2)
Two goals from Crouch secured victory for Spurs. The first came at the end of a first half which had seen Rovers in the ascendancy. Tom Huddlestone had attempted a long range shot which went awry and ended up as a perfect pass to Niko Kranjcar on the right. His cross was headed in off the bar by Crouch. The second was scored with seven minutes left when Crouch was put through by Jermaine Jenas, he advanced towards the penalty area to shoot past Paul Robinson. It was a hard-earned win which many previous Spurs teams would not have gained.
Apr. 2009 Lost 1 - 2 Keane
This was a match which Spurs dominated but lost in the final ten minutes as Blackburn were assisted by some debatable refereeing decisions. Robbie Keane had given Spurs an early first half lead which they held until late in the game. With ten minutes left the referee send Wilson Palacios off for a second bookable offence but two minutes poor defending at a corner gifted Rovers an equaliser. One minute from time rovers snatched an undeserved winner - Spurs had thrown away three points.
Apr. 2008 Draw 1 - 1 Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov put Spurs ahead after seven minutes but Blackburn levelled after half an hour. Spurs, having won the Carling Cup a few weeks earlier were in a run of poor results that lasted through to the end of the season.
Since 1996 when Spurs Won 2 - 0 at Blackburn on the opening day of the season with two Chris Armstrong goals they have started a run which has seem them lose on only three occasions in 14 games. They have won 6 times and drawn on 5 occasions with only three defeats. That win in 1996 also saw Gary Mabbutt break his leg and be out for the rest of the season.
Overall League record at Blackburn: