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Ewood Park (ATT 22,314) 4th December 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Blackburn 3

D Dunn (29)
B Emerton (43)
R Nelsen (55)

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Wolves 0

Blackburn thrash sorry Wolves

McCarthy's men sink to bottom

Last Updated: 04/12/10 5:57pm

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Roberts: Assist

Roberts: Assist

Blackburn moved up to eighth in the Premier League table after a comfortable 3-0 win against Wolves at Ewood Park.

Man of the match: Ryan Nelsen. Rock at the back as his team kept a clean sheet and he even grabbed the third goal to just edge out Paul Robinson for the MOM award. Goal of the match: Brett Emerton's smashing right-foot strike after bursting past the Wolves defence to latch on to great hold up play by Jason Roberts. Save of the match: Paul Robinson pulled off several top drawer saves to keep Wolves at bay. The best came in the 77th minute when he got to the ground quickly to beat away Stephen Hunt's volley. Talking point: Plenty of Wolves fans are calling for Mick McCarthy's head. Is it time he left Molineux?

Sam Allardyce called on his players to bounce back from last weekend's drubbing at Manchester United and they managed it in style after a convincing performance which consigned Wolves to the foot of the division.

David Dunn headed in the 29th-minute opener before Brett Emerton lashed home from inside the area to give his side a 2-0 half time lead.

Wolves, who now hold the division's worst defensive record, were the architects of their own downfall and were punished for more sloppy defending when Ryan Nelsen prodded home the third after the break.

The determined visitors looked for a consolation but could not find a way past some inspired goalkeeping from Blackburn stopper Paul Robinson.

Magic

McCarthy's men had started superbly with Matt Jarvis bringing a first-minute save out of Paul Robinson and both Stephen Ward and Ronald Zubar rattling the woodwork.

Jarvis cut inside the flat-footed Michel Salgado and hit a rising shot which was parried well by Robinson, who found himself back in action with less than five minutes on the clock.

Robinson tipped Stephen Ward's low drive against the post and after Rovers failed to clear Zubar scooped in an effort which hit both the crossbar and the post before rebounding to safety.

But in a surprisingly high-octane start Rovers also fashioned a good chance when El Hadji Diouf wriggled his way to the by-line and sent in a cross which was tipped off the head of Pedersen.

The visitors failed to build on their early momentum and were made to pay in the 29th minute when Pedersen's long corner was flicked back by Nelsen and met by Dunn in the six-yard box.

Dunn's firm header was frantically booted clear by Kevin Doyle but referee Howard Webb had no hesitation in deeming the ball had crossed the line - a decision TV replays proved correct.

Unfazed

Wolves seemed unfazed and came close two minutes later when Robinson could only parry a fine long-range drive by midfielder Nenad Milijas.

Christophe Berra flicked another dangerous Pedersen set-piece inches past his own post but the visitors continued to show promise on the break with Jarvis and Doyle constantly probing.

But Rovers extended their lead in the 42nd minute when Roberts raced onto a long ball by Salgado and flicked the ball cleverly into the path of Emerton, who swept home a fine left foot shot.

Wolves forced a pair of early second-half corners which came to nothing then substitute Stephen Hunt's run into the box was intercepted by Gael Givet.

But yet again it was a Pedersen free-kick which teed up Rovers' third, his left foot set-piece curling around the Wolves wall and finding Nelsen who prodded home.

Confidence seemed to be draining from the visitors with Jarvis electing to cross rather than go for goal himself after picking up a long cross-field punt from Kevin Foley.

And Rovers looked more likely to extend their advantage with Roberts thwarted in his bid to race clear in the 63rd minute by a marginal offside decision.

Deficit

Pedersen's set-piece magic temporarily deserted him when he fired a free-kick high over the crossbar in the 68th minute, then Phil Jones beat two defenders but failed to get his shot off in the box.

George Elokobi came close to reducing the deficit for Wolves in the 71st minute when he was fed by Jarvis and fired a rising left foot shot which Robinson did well to parry.

Wolves came close again on 77 minutes when Hunt met a Jarvis cross with a powerful low drive which was kept out by a superb one-handed save by Robinson.

And Hunt was denied again deep into injury time when his twisting shot from just inside the box was once again brilliantly tipped out for a corner by Robinson.

Blackburn RoversTeam StatisticsWolverhampton Wanderers
3Goals0
21st Half Goals0
6Shots on Target7
4Shots off Target6
1Blocked Shots1
8Corners11
9Fouls13
6Offsides0
0Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
68.6Passing Success72.2
16Tackles10
75Tackles Success70
42Possession58
39.6Territorial Advantage60.4

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