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Ewood Park (ATT 21,996) 13th August 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

Blackburn 1

M Formica (20)


Wolves 2

S Fletcher (22)
S Ward (47)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:59 pm, August 13th 2011

  1. Thanks for tuning in and stay with us for post-match reaction from both camps.

  2. The full-time whistle goes and Stephen Ward's second-half winner claims the points for Wolves at Blackburn.

  3. 90+3

    Rovers' fans are flooding for the exits.

  4. 90

    We're into injury time. It's only a matter of minutes before Wolves have claimed a fully-deserved win.

  5. 90

    Third and final change for Wolves with Hunt going off. Maierhofer has come on for the visitors.

  6. 88

    Wolves are looking so dangerous on the counter-attack. Hunt has time and space, but lashes a left-footed shot wide.

  7. 84

    Rovers have made their third and final change with goal-scorer Formica going off and he's replaced by Blackman.

  8. 84

    Decent attempt by Goodwillie. He controls nicely in the penalty area before sending a right-footed curler just wide of the far post.

  9. 80

    Wolves have won a pressure-relieving corner. That will please McCarthy.

  10. 76

    It's all Rovers. Wolves are just inviting pressure on themselves. Their earlier composure seems to have deserted them.

  11. 75

    Defensive switch for Wolves now as Elokobi comes on for the lively Jarvis.

  12. 74

    Wolves very much on the back foot now as Rochina slashes a left-footed effort just wide.

  13. 73

    Rovers are at least exerting pressure now. Dunn tries his luck from distance, but it's high and wide.

  14. 72

    Second change for Rovers with Goodwillie coming on for Gamst Pedersen.

  15. 71

    Jarvis wins a corner for Wolves. A third would kill this one off. However, Ward's header floats wide of the far post.

  16. 70

    Summer signing Goodwillie is on the sidelines receiving instructions, expect him to be introduced by Blackburn shortly.

  17. 65

    Blackburn are putting Wolves on the back foot, but Hennessey has had nothing to do in the second half.

  18. 61

    Doyle is perhaps a touch lucky to escape a booking for bringing down Rochina.

  19. 60

    An hour of the game played and Wolves are looking in control. They are retaining possession well. Roberts' frustration boils over and he is booked.

  20. 57

    Without looking to put the kiss of death on Wolves they are looking comfortable to the back at the moment.

  21. 54

    Hoilett fails to punish O'Hara for his woeful clearance. Rovers win a corner, but Formica heads over.

  22. 52

    Formica wins a corner from Johnson as Rovers look to get themselves back in the match.

  23. 51

    Fletcher has the chance to pull the trigger, but he opts to control the ball allowing Blackburn to clear.

  24. 48

    GOAL! Wolves are in front! It's a horrible penalty from Doyle. However, the visitors keep the ball in the danger zone and Ward eventually volleys home. Super strike.

  25. 47

    Penalty for Wolves as Salgado brings down Jarvis.

  26. 46

    Blackburn get the second half underway!

  27. The teams are back out for the second half. Rovers have made a change with Rochina replacing Emerton.

  28. The half-time whistle goes and it's all square at Ewood Park at one a piece with Fletcher cancelling out Formica's opener.

  29. 45+2

    Wolves are pressing late on in the half, but O'Hara again scuffs his shot wide.

  30. 44

    Little happening at the moment with half time approaching.

  31. 42

    Emerton's inswinging cross is headed behind for a corner by Berra.

  32. 38

    Emerton is now booked for hauling down Fletcher. Looked a bit of a harsh one.

  33. 37

    O'Hara should have done better there as he scuffs his left-footed effort from distance. It was well off target.

  34. 36

    Blackburn are putting the visitors under pressure, but McCarthy's defence is staying strong.

  35. 35

    Some excellent defending from Berra halts Roberts' run. He also prevented the home side from winning a corner.

  36. 32

    Johnson of all people attacks Doyle's cross into the box, but it's over Robinson's goal. Wolves are looking the better side at the moment.

  37. 28

    That would have been some goal! Hunt skips past Nzonzi, but with only Robinson to beat he blazes over. Good build-up play by the visitors.

  38. 27

    It is end to end here as Stephen Hunt sends a shot over. I can see there being plenty more goals in this one.

  39. 26

    Gamst Pedersen floats a free-kick over after Roberts was brought down by Henry.

  40. 25

    Jarvis' corner is met by Fletcher, but this time the double act were unable to test Robinson.

  41. 25

    Doyle wins a corner for Wolves.

  42. 23

    Jarvis stands up the ball to the back post and Fletcher heads home superbly to level matters. Game on!

  43. 23

    GOAL! Wolves are level through Fletcher.

  44. 22

    Wolves again respond. Their attack is halted when Stearman is booked for diving attempting to win a penalty.

  45. 21

    Roberts does well to hold up the ball from a long clearance. He feeds in Formica who send a shot back across Hennessey, who cannot prevent the ball from crossing the line.

  46. 21

    GOAL! Blackburn have scored through Formica.

  47. 19

    Roger Johnson is booked for a lunge on Gamst Pedersen. Looked a bit of a soft one as the Norwegian went down easily.

  48. 18

    Sadly for the home side Gamst Pedersen's effort is over hit, so Formica is unable to do anything with it at the back post.

  49. 17

    Rovers have back-to-back corners. Can they make this second one pay?

  50. 16

    Not much to report from Ewood. Plenty of probing going on, but no immediate signs of a goal. Commentators curse coming on?

  51. 14

    Rovers squander a chance from a corner as Dunn's inswinging effort is gathered by Hennessey.

  52. 13

    Hoilett is looking lively for the home side. Blackburn seem to be settling now. Doyle is back on the pitch after having his head strapped up.

  53. 12

    Doyle is now down for Wolves after an accidental clash of heads with Rovers defender Nzonzi.

  54. 9

    Another chance for Wolves but O'Hara's right-footed volley is straight at Robinson. It was easy for the ex-Tottenham man to make the save there.

  55. 7

    Wolves go straight up the other end, however, their attempt is not really a cross or shot as the ball rolls wide of the far post.

  56. 5

    So nearly an opener for Blackburn! Hoilett connects with a back-post, but somehow Hennessey prevents the ball from crossing the line.

  57. 4

    Blackburn are trying to put the visitors under pressure. They have a throw-in deep into Wolves territory.

  58. 2

    Plenty of head tennis so far in the middle of the park between the two teams. Nothing for either keeper to save as yet.

  59. 1

    Wolves get the contest underway!

  60. Summer signing Goodwillie is on the bench for Rovers today. I suspect he will be thrown in at the deep end if the home side need a late goal.

  61. The teams are out on the pitch. We're just a few minutes from kick-off here at Ewood Park.

  62. Team news for the Ewood Park clash!

  63. Blackburn boss Steve Kean has given Argentina striker Mauro Formica his first Premier League start but central defenders Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen are both ruled out.

  64. New boy Roger Johnson has been handed the captain's armband by Wolves boss Mick McCarthy for his new side's Premier League opener at Blackburn. The former Birmingham defender is joined by Kevin Doyle in the starting line-up after Doyle shrugged off the knee injury which kept him out of midweek international duty.

  65. Both sides are tipped to struggle but home advantage makes Rovers favourites to get off to a winning start at 6/5. Wolves are 23/10 and the draw is available at the same price. Rovers big money purchase David Goodwillie is 11/2 to be first goalscorer and 6/4 to score anytime.

  66. The teams are in for today's Ewood Park match!

  67. Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Hanley, Nzonzi, Olsson, Emerton, Dunn, Pedersen, Hoilett, Formica, Roberts. Subs: Bunn, Rochina, Blackman, Goodwillie, Ribeiro, Anderson, Henley.

  68. Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)



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