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Ewood Park (ATT 23,218) 21st April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Norwich City Norwich

Blackburn 2

M Formica (41)
J Hoilett (49)

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Last Updated at 4:52 pm, April 21st 2012

  1. FT

    It's all over! Blackburn have claimed a vital win here at Ewood Park. Formica and Hoilett with the goals. Norwich were not at the races today. Thanks for your company

  2. 90+2

    Pilkington has been bright since coming on for Norwich. He skips down the right but with only one man to aim at in the box, his cross is cleared

  3. 90

    The fourth official indicates four minutes of added time

  4. 89

    Givet comes across and snuffs out a promising Norwich attack. The Frenchman has been rock solid today

  5. 87

    More frustration for Norwich and their fans as the final ball fails to go to a man in yellow inside the box. It looks like the points are heading Blackburn's way here...

  6. 85

    Ward gets in at the back post for Norwich but rather than opting to score he looks for Morison, but can't find him

  7. 83

    Hoilett gets a standing ovation as Petkovic replaces him

  8. 80

    Blackburn almost make it 3-0 when Dann heads narrowly wide from a corner

  9. 79

    Blackburn are keeping the ball well and running down the clock nicely. The Canaries are running out of time at Ewood Park

  10. 76

    Yakubu's shift is over and he's replaced by Modeste

  11. 74

    The resulting corner is met by Ryan Bennett and his volley flashes inches wide of both the post and Wilbraham, who was so close to getting on the end of it

  12. 73

    Norwich continue to press and Robinson reacts well to keep out Wilbraham's low shot on the turn

  13. 72

    Pilkington wriggles into the box, crosses, but it evades Wilbraham, who was completely unmarked

  14. 70

    The Norwich fans are trying to lift their team but they can't get the ball! Rovers are knocking it about very nicely and remain in total control

  15. 67

    A final throw of the dive from Paul Lambert as Wilbraham replaces Holt

  16. 66

    Blackburn have taken the life out of the game since the second goal and Norwich don't look like scoring whatsoever. This would be a big win for Rovers with Bolton and Wigan currently drawing

  17. 64

    Rovers continue to press and force another corner, however the delivery from Pedersen is poor and Norwich clear

  18. 62

    Martin Olsson replaces Dunn for Rovers

  19. 61

    Norwich have improved since the changes. Morison and Holt will play together up front and Blackburn can expect plenty of long balls into the box now

  20. 59

    A double change for Norwich as Vaughan and Hoolahan are replaced by Morison and Pilkington

  21. 55

    Hoilett is running the show now. Norwich are firmly on the back foot and struggling to make any impression in the Rovers box

  22. 53

    Another scare for Norwich as Hoilett races down the left wing before crossing just ahead of Yakubu, who would have had a simple tap-in had he got there

  23. 51

    That goal has lifted the crowd no end and Blackburn are beginning to play with a swagger. Chants of 'Kean Out, still echo around Ewood Park, though...

  24. What a strike from Hoilett. Cutting inside, there didn't seem much danger, however his fizzing right-foot curler sailed into the top corner. Rovers lead 2-0!

  25. 49

    HOILETT! 2-0 Rovers

  26. 47

    Surman's dangerous free-kick is headed away by Givet with Holt lurking

  27. 46

    Norwich, attacking their large away following, get the game back under way...

  28. Back out

    Here come the players. Stay tuned for second half updates...

  29. HT

    Blackburn lead 1-0 at the break thanks to Formica's well-taken volley

  30. 45

    Norwich win a free-kick in a dangerous position and Surman's delivery is perfect, however Holt and Ryan Bennett get in each other's way and the ball sails out for a goal-kick. The Canaries will be wondering how they are losing this...

  31. 43

    Norwich respond well but Surman's pass is just too short for Holt, who would have been clean through

  32. A superb cross from Pedersen is met on the volley by Formica and Ruddy is beaten from close range. Top class finish from the Rovers attacker and Blackburn are ahead

  33. 41

    FORMICA! 1-0 Rovers!

  34. 38

    Post! Yakubu comes so close for Rovers. Hoilett crossed, Pedersen nodded back across goal, however Yak sliced his attempted overhead kick and it trickled on to the post!

  35. 37

    Chance! Holt heads wide at the back post after getting above Orr. Robinson was beaten

  36. 36

    End-to-end stuff yet again here in the last couple of minutes. You feel a goal is around the corner, who for, i'm not so sure!

  37. 34

    Howson is cautioned for a tug with Rovers threatening to break

  38. 33

    Ryan Bennett meets Surman's inswinging corner but heads wide. Another great chance for the visitors

  39. 32

    Howson drives at the Blackburn defence before unleashing a ferocious left-foot shot which Robinson does well to palm over the bar

  40. 30

    Formica continues to cause Norwich problems down the right. He finds space and Drury does well to divert his goal-bound shot away for a corner

  41. 29

    Norwich win a corner from the resulting free-kick but Ryan Bennett is penalised for a foul

  42. 28

    Dunn picks up the first yellow card of the game after hacking down Elliott Bennett

  43. 25

    Better from the Canaries. Holt and Drury both deliver dangerous crosses from the left but Vaughan is just unable to get on the end of either

  44. 23

    Rovers are certainly winning the midfield battle at present. The stronger frames of Dunn and Lowe are outmuscling Hoolahan and Howson. Yakubu strays offside when he looked to be through

  45. 21

    Blackburn are certainly growing in confidence here. They are targeting the Norwich left-back Drury. Hoilett skips by him, curls dangerously into the box and Ruddy is lucky to see his spillage bounce off Ward and away to safety, just!

  46. 19

    So close! Rovers come within a whisker of breaking the deadlock when a dangerous, curling cross takes a touch off a Norwich head and flashes wide

  47. 18

    Norwich will have to keep a closer eye on Dann. The big centre half is causing them all sorts of problems from set-pieces. Ryan Bennett has been tasked with marking him so far but he may need some more help...

  48. 16

    It's turned rather scrappy in the last couple of minutes after a lively start. Still pretty even at Ewood Park

  49. 14

    Robinson saves Rovers there. Vaughan looked to be in but the former England stopper was quickly, and bravely out to dive at the striker's feet and win the ball

  50. 13

    Formica slices a left foot shot horrible wide from the edge of the area. Norwich fans then taunt Blackburn with a chant of 'There's only one Keano' much to the displeasure of the home fans

  51. 11

    An injury to Givet, nothing serious I might add, brings about a break in play. Rovers win a free-kick deep in the Norwich half when play resumes

  52. 9

    A snapshot from Holt forces a sprawling save from Robison. The ball comes back in and falls perfectly to Vaughan on the penalty spot but he takes a complete air shot! Huge chance for Norwich goes begging!

  53. 8

    Whoever selected minute No.8 for the first 'Kean Out' chants of the day can collect their winnings

  54. 7

    Another brave header from Martin averts the danger. Such an open start here

  55. 6

    Hoilett forces another corner. Rovers cranking it up...

  56. 5

    It's very open in the early stages here. Formica breaks down the right and Russell Martin has to be on his mettle to head behind for a corner with Pedersen closing in

  57. 4

    It's all yellow at the moment, as Coldplay once sang... Holt has another half chance blocked inside the box and Elliott Bennett then fires wide from 20 yards

  58. 3

    Blackburn make an early break into the Norwich half but Yakubu is flagged for offside. It's a huge boost for Rovers to have their Nigerian marksman fit for this game

  59. 1

    Norwich start brightly and James Vaughan wins an early corner. Surman delivers and Holt, unmarked, heads over from six yards! Great chance early for the visitors

  60. Protest

    Not much in the way of a 'protest' to report, well inside the stadium anyway. Negativity from the home supporters will do their team no good as Rovers aim to stop a run of five successive defeats.

  61. 14:45

    The sun is shining at Ewood Park and we are around 15 minutes from kick-off. It really is do-or-die for Blackburn today and three points is absolutely key if they are to survive. Norwich, however, can relax. Their top-flight status has been assured and Paul Lambert's men have been one of the surprise packages of the season.

  62. Norwich: Ruddy, R Martin, R Bennett, Ward, Drury, Surman, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Howson, Vaughan, Holt.

  63. Teams

    Blackburn: Robinson, Givet, Dann, Lowe, Orr, Olsson, Pedersen, Dunn, Formica, Hoilett, Yakubu.

  64. 14:30

    Hello everyone and welcome to text commentary of Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City from Ewood Park!

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