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The Hawthorns (ATT 23,414) 7th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Probert

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

West Brom 3

M Olsson (og 7)
M Fortune (69)
L Ridgewell (85)

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Blackburn 0

A Modeste (S/O 89)

Baggies punish Rovers

Olsson own goal and Fortune and Ridgewell efforts seal victory

Last Updated: 07/04/12 6:09pm

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A Martin Olsson own goal and second-half efforts from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell saw West Brom beat Blackburn 3-0 to take a giant step to safety and keep Rovers in the relegation mire.

Man of the match: Ben Foster. Pulled off a magnificent double save when the score was 1-0 to keep his side in front. Goal of the match: Liam Ridgewell's. The defender headed his first goal for the Baggies from a curling Graham Dorrans free-kick to seal the victory. Shot of the match: Yakubu hit a powerful drive just over from the edge of the box in the second period. Save of the match: Foster pulled off a magnificent double save to deny Yakubu and Orr to keep his side in front. Moment of the match: As above - if Rovers had equalised they might have gone on to win with the momentum they had at the time. Talking point: The Baggies should now be safe but it is worrying times for Rovers.

Olsson sliced his clearance from a Gareth McAuley header into his own net on seven minutes to put the Baggies ahead.

Rovers pressed hard for an equaliser after the break and Ben Foster pulled off a magnificent double save to deny Yakubu and Bradley Orr.

Fortune (69) and Ridgewell (85) then scored to seal the points for the Baggies before Rovers' day got even worse when substitute Anthony Modeste was sent off at the death for violent conduct.

It was West Brom's first win in five league games and took them to the 39-point mark, while for Rovers a third successive defeat means they remain in the bottom three.

The visitors enjoyed large spells of possession with Junior Hoilett impressing and causing problems.

But Blackburn found on-loan Albion goalkeeper Foster in inspired form and he produced several fine saves.

Fortune again led the Albion attack in fine style with his power and pace and deserved his fifth goal of the campaign, while Youssouf Mulumbu anchored the midfield.

Threaten

Albion were the first to threaten and Jonas Olsson's header flew past the post from a Chris Brunt corner.

The home side applied the majority of the early pressure and McAuley had a shot blocked on the edge of the box.

West Brom forced four corners in the first seven minutes - and from the last of them they took the lead. McAuley headed Chris Brunt's ball into the box back across goal and Rovers defender Martin Olsson only succeeded in slicing the ball past Paul Robinson into his own net.

Rovers started to get a foothold in the game and leading scorer Yakubu almost played in David Dunn with a reverse pass but Graham Dorrans was alert to the danger and tidied up.

Martin Olsson tried to make amends for his error with an inviting cross for Orr to run onto, but he could not keep his far-post header down.

Scott Dann powered a header straight at former Birmingham team-mate Foster from Orr's cross from the right flank, before Hoilett curled an effort wide from 20 yards out and Foster clung onto Dunn's low attempt.

The hard-working Fortune teed up Mulumbu, but his shot lacked power and Robinson saved comfortably.

Offensive

Blackburn began the second half on the offensive and Morten Gamst Pedersen made clean contact on a Jason Lowe centre but his header flew straight at Foster.

Dann became the first player to be booked after 51 minutes for holding back Peter Odemwingie.

Mulumbu's misdirected pass almost presented Yakubu with an equaliser but Foster reacted quickly and raced out of his area to hack the ball clear.

The former England goalkeeper then produced a superb double save to keep his side in front, first getting down to his left to deny Yakubu and then reacting quickly to block the follow-up effort from Orr.

Rovers were now in the ascendancy and Yakubu was only just too high with a powerful drive while Foster held onto a long-range attempt by the impressive Hoilett.

But against the run of play Fortune doubled Albion's lead after 69 minutes.

Brunt dispossessed Yakubu and picked out Fortune at the far post with a low cross. He had time to steady himself before driving the ball past Robinson.

Hoilett continued to probe for Rovers but Foster held onto his curling attempt, and with five minutes left Albion added a third as Ridgewell scored his first for the club when he headed home an inswinging Dorrans free-kick.

Modeste's act of frustration in the final seconds capped a miserable day for Steve Kean's side.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsBlackburn Rovers
3Goals0
11st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target7
6Shots off Target5
2Blocked Shots4
8Corners4
7Fouls9
7Offsides2
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards1
77.7Passing Success80.5
15Tackles11
93.3Tackles Success72.7
47.2Possession52.8
51.5Territorial Advantage48.5
399Total Passes467
25Total Crosses16
152Lost Balls142
55Recoveries41
46.21st Half Poss.53.8
45.92nd Half Poss.54.1

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