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White Hart Lane (ATT 35,798) 29th April 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: M Jones

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

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R van der Vaart (22)
K Walker (75)

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Last Updated at 6:05 pm, April 29th 2012

  1. 90

    It's all over and Tottenham have claimed a comfortable 2-0 victory over struggling Blackburn at White Hart Lane to move back into the top four as they keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. By contrast, Rovers remain three points behind fourth-bottom QPR following this dour defensive performance while they failed to even register a single shot at goal.

  2. 90

    Defoe blasts a shot from distance high into the crowd behind the goal.

  3. 90

    Giovani does well to keep the ball in play on the right wing before seeing his cross hacked to safety.

  4. 90

    There will be three minutes of stoppage time to play before the final whistle sounds.

  5. 89

    Still Tottenham stroke the ball around with Rovers' players sitting back and waiting for a cross to come into the crowded area.

  6. 88

    Van der Vaart applauds the fans as he's taken off to be replaced by Jermain Defoe.

  7. 87

    Bale's header from a van der Vaart cross goes well wide of the post.

  8. 86

    Sandro now leaves the field to a standing ovation as he's replaced by Jake Livermore.

  9. 85

    Van der Vaart drives into the box from the right but his low pass across the box is collected by Robinson after a bit of a scramble.

  10. 84

    Blackburn also make a switch with David Dunn being replaced by David Goodwillie.

  11. 84

    Spurs make a change with Giovani Dos Santos coming on to replace Lennon.

  12. 83

    Rovers fans will no doubt be fuming about their team's performance this afternoon and will want answers from Steve Kean over his tactics.

  13. 82

    Walker advances down the right wing but his low cross is cleared away by the visitors.

  14. 81

    It's just so easy for Tottenham in possession as they continue to push forward in search of a third goal.

  15. 80

    You'd think Blackburn would at least be trying to put Tottenham under a bit of pressure in the closing stages but it seems they are content to keep the goal tally down.

  16. 79

    Still no chances created in 80 minutes of football while they've not even attempted to get forward.

  17. 78

    Just compare Blackburn's approach today to that of Wigan's against the top clubs in recent weeks. That's probably why the Latics are set to stay up and Rovers are heading down.

  18. 77

    We can now safely say Blackburn's tactics have failed miserably this afternoon and another defeat is almost inevitable now.

  19. 76

    Walker's goal has blown away the tension here at White Hart Lane and surely now the points are safe for Spurs.

  20. 75

    GOAL WALKER - Unbelievable! Walker shows exactly why he was named the PFA's Young Player of the Year as he curls a superb free kick over the wall and into the top corner.

  21. 74

    Dunn brings down Lennon and Tottenham have a free kick around 40 yards out.

  22. 73

    Lennon is back involved in the action having left the field briefly for some treatment.

  23. 72

    Yakubu, who has hardly touched the ball today, is replaced by Anthony Modeste.

  24. 71

    Lennon is down hurt following a knock to his ankle and he might well have to be replaced.

  25. 70

    Bale's low drive from distance is straight at Robinson, who makes a comfortable save.

  26. 69

    Van der Vaart's delivers into the area but Gael Givet heads the ball away for the time being.

  27. 68

    Tottenham have a free kick around 30 yards from goal on the right after Pedersen fouls Walker.

  28. 67

    Rovers hoof the ball clear but there is nobody to even challenge for a header in Spurs' half.

  29. 66

    Blackburn have 11 men camped behind the ball, allowing Tottenham to pass it around at will.

  30. 65

    Yet again, more waves of attacks come to nothing due to a poor final pass. This time it's van der Vaart who lets his team-mates down while Modic also sees a hurried shot blocked.

  31. 64

    For all their possession, Spurs haven't actually created many clear-cut chances themselves. That's partly down to Blackburn having virtually all their team behind the ball but the hosts do lack composure in attacking positions.

  32. 63

    More rushed play from Spurs inside the box and Blackburn can hack the ball clear.

  33. 62

    Blackburn haven't created a single chance yet and poor old Yakubu looks a lonely figure up front.

  34. 61

    Tottenham come forward at pace down the right but the move ends with Bale drilling a low shot well wide of the post from just outside the box.

  35. 60

    Modric dives in on David Dunn in midfield and although he concedes a free kick, the yellow card stays in the referee's pocket.

  36. 59

    Modric drags a pretty tame low shot from distance well wide of the post.

  37. 58

    The atmosphere had fallen a bit flat to say the least but the home crowd have sparked back into life as they try to urge their side on.

  38. 57

    The Dutchman's delivery is headed away to the left before Rose's follow-up cross is cleared more effectively.

  39. 56

    Spurs earn their fifth corner of the match on the right wing which van der Vaart will take.

  40. 55

    Friedel has something else to do now - taking a free kick in Tottenham's half.

  41. 54

    It's quite a frustrating game for both sets of supporters. While Spurs fans won't be able to relax until a second is scored, the Rovers faithful will want their side to offer more in attack at some point. These tactics aren't getting them anywhere at the moment.

  42. 53

    Perhaps Blackburn are just trying to keep it at 1-0 for as long as possible before mounting a late bid for an equaliser.

  43. 52

    Goal difference is obviously important for both Spurs and Blackburn but any defeat for Rovers will surely leave them with too much work to do in order to survive. They've surely got to throw caution to the wind at some point.

  44. 51

    Spurs are back on the front foot but are finding it difficult to cut a way through this plucky Blackburn rearguard.

  45. 50

    Friedel awakes to find he has some work to do at long last, even if it is just stopping a deflected shot from going behind for a corner.

  46. 49

    Lennon gets hold of the ball on the right side of the box after Adebayor loses control before firing a drilled effort into the side netting.

  47. 48

    Walker curls in a cross from the right wing and Dann does really well to head clear. However, the ball ends up at the feet of Kaboul, who then slices a dreadful shot from distance well wide of the target.

  48. 47

    Modric threads a pass into the area but Adebayor can't quite get on the end of it and Blackburn clear.

  49. 46

    Tottenham get the second half under way against struggling Blackburn looking to stay in front and, as a result, move back into the top four.

  50. 1650

    Sky Bet now make Tottenham 1/12 to win this clash while Blackburn are priced at 25/1, with the draw available at 8/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your in-running bets.

  51. 45

    The half-time whistle sounds and Tottenham go into the break leading Blackburn 1-0 but it really should be more.

  52. 45

    Olsson's cross on the left wing is cleared by Kaboul as Rovers try to find an equaliser before the break.

  53. 45

    The will be just one minute of stoppage time to be played.

  54. 44

    Tottenham really should have scored more but, as previously mentioned, they just seem too panicky and rushed at the key moments. Despite all their dominance in possession, there's very little composure in the final third.

  55. 43

    This time van der Vaart's delivery to the near post picks out Gallas, who sends a flicked header against the bar.

  56. 42

    Although the initial corner is partially cleared, a follow-up cross from van der Vaart is headed back behind by Mauro Formica.

  57. 41

    A handball from Jason Lowe gives Tottenham a free kick and the resulting punt into the box is put behind for a corner.

  58. 40

    Blackburn lose possession down the left wing and give Spurs the chance to press forward.

  59. 39

    Spurs have eased up somewhat in the last few minutes but Blackburn are unable to carve out any opportunities.

  60. 38

    Robinson is quickly off his line to make a save at the feet of Rose, who was played in by a clever pass from Modric.

  61. 37

    Junior Hoilett looks to pounce on a defensive slip but William Gallas reacts well to ensure the ball gets back to Brad Friedel.

  62. 36

    The resulting ball into the box is poor and Rovers clear the danger with ease.

  63. 35

    The home fans are frustrated when Mike Jones awards a foul against Blackburn rather than playing the advantage with Bale clear on the left wing.

  64. 34

    Spurs continue to attack as if their entire season depends on getting a second goal while Blackburn keep virtually 11 men behind the ball.

  65. 33

    It's one-way traffic but as long as it stays only 1-0, Blackburn always have a chance of an equaliser on the counter.

  66. 32

    Sandro has another crack at goal from distance and once again it's blocked by a sea of bodies.

  67. 31

    Tottenham have been playing like a side desperate for a goal in the last five minutes of a must-win game. Although they have managed to open the scoring, they do look very rushed and are in danger of tiring themselves out.

  68. 30

    Adebayor shows neat close control to keep hold of possession inside the box before laying it back to Sandro, who sees his shot blocked.

  69. 29

    Bale does brilliantly on the right to fire in a cross which Robinson takes at the near post.

  70. 28

    Robinson punts the ball long into the box but the commanding Younes Kaboul heads away.

  71. 27

    Rovers have a chance to get a breather after earning a free kick in midfield.

  72. 26

    Van der Vaart curls his delivery into the box but Blackburn are able to get the ball clear.

  73. 25

    Tottenham win a corner on the left following good work from Adebayor.

  74. 24

    It's hard to see Rovers bouncing back based on the lack of attacking intent they've shown so far this afternoon.

  75. 23

    Lennon blazes his shot from outside the area high over the bar as a buoyant Spurs come forward looking for more goals.

  76. 22

    GOAL VAN DER VAART - After Bale's header from a cross on the right wing hits the bar after Dann's intervention, van der Vaart is there to poke the ball home from close range despite Dann's best efforts to claim he stopped it from crossing the line. A scrappy goal from the hosts but richly deserved after all their early pressure.

  77. 21

    Rose advances into space on the left wing but not for the first time his delivery into the box lets him down as the ball drifts behind for a goal kick.

  78. 20

    After leaving the field momentarily, Pedersen is back and the game continues.

  79. 19

    The game comes to a halt as Pedersen goes down hurt following a collision with Sandro.

  80. 18

    Spurs continue to swarm forward in numbers and keep the visitors on the back foot. On this occasion a cross from Danny Rose is hacked to safety, for the time being at least.

  81. 17

    Gareth Bale is involved in the action on the right as he sends in a cross which Blackburn manage to clear.

  82. 16

    Adebayor uses his arm to control a long punt forward and referee Mike Jones is well positioned to spot it.

  83. 15

    Lennon races clear down the left side of the box but his cross is too hard for van der Vaart to get on the end of.

  84. 14

    Morten Gamst Pedersen whips the cross into the box but Emmanuel Adebayor rises highest to head clear.

  85. 13

    Marcus Olsson capitalises on some sloppy defending from Kyle Walker to get down the left wing before winning a corner.

  86. 12

    Rovers have lost their last five games against Spurs and the early signs suggest it could become six in a row.

  87. 11

    The hosts continue to dominate possession and Blackburn are really hanging on right now.

  88. 10

    Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson makes a confident catch as a deep cross is sent into the box.

  89. 9

    Sandro rattles the bar with a ferocious strike from just outside the box, before a rushed Rafael van der Vaart prods the rebound wide.

  90. 8

    Rovers are struggling to get the ball out of their own half at the moment and it promises to be a real test of character for them to get anything out of today's showdown.

  91. 7

    Tottenham aren't playing like a side with just one win in their last nine Premier League outings but Blackburn are digging deep to prevent an early goal.

  92. 6

    Sandro embarks on a superb run as he powers his way through a number of Rovers bodies before his attempted cross is blocked and bounces back off him on its way behind for a goal kick.

  93. 5

    The resulting cross to the near post is comfortably dealt with by the Rovers defence, who clear their lines.

  94. 4

    Lennon's cross from the right wing is turned behind by Scott Dann for a corner as the hosts continue to pile on the pressure.

  95. 3

    Spurs are showing real intent to create chances in these early stages and already Rovers are being penned back.

  96. 2

    Luka Modric darts down the left side of the box before cutting a pass back across the face of goal for Aaron Lennon, who can only find the side netting. Great chance spurned by the hosts.

  97. 1

    Blackburn get this clash under way looking to pick up all three points in the battle to beat the drop, while their opponents are equally desperate for a win as they chase a top-four spot.

  98. 1558

    The players are out on the pitch for this crucial clash at White Hart Lane and kick-off is just moments away.

  99. 1538

    Richard Wells is predicting a 3-0 win for Spurs while James Pinnegar agrees as he writes: "Let's hope Spurs wingers play on the wings today, not in the middle as they played QPR. If they do with Ade up front could be a big win we need it. I reckon 3-0."

  100. 1532

    As you can see from the team sheets below, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has made four changes following his side's 1-0 defeat at QPR last weekend. Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor are all brought into the starting XI as Ledley King and Jermain Defoe drop to the bench while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker miss out through injury. Blackburn manager Steve Kean names an unchanged side from their 2-0 victory over Norwich. The referee is Mike Jones from Cheshire.

  101. The Tottenham team is: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Rose, Lennon, Modric, Sandro, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Saha, Giovani, Defoe, King, Livermore, Nelsen.

  102. The Blackburn team is: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Marcus Olsson, Formica, Dunn, Lowe, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu. Subs: Kean, Martin Olsson, Modeste, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Rochina, Goodwillie.

  103. 1530

    Sky Bet make Spurs 1/3 favourites to claim a much-needed victory today while Blackburn are priced up at 7/1, with the draw available at 17/4. Sky Bet's priceboosts include 9/1 on Spurs to win 3-0, Rafael van der Vaart to score first at 5/1 and 25/1 for Blackburn to win 2-1. Junior Hoilett is a tempting 10/1 to score the game's first goal. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.

  104. 1525

    Sixth-placed Tottenham find themselves three points outside the top four following a dismal run of form of so they really need a win today to stay firmly in the hunt for Champions League football next season. Blackburn will be equally desperate for victory at the other end of the table as they battle for survival. Steve Kean's side are three points behind fourth-bottom QPR, who have been thumped 6-1 by Chelsea today, so a defeat today will leave them in deep, deep trouble.

  105. 1515

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary from the Premier League clash between Tottenham and Blackburn at White Hart Lane. If you want to share your views before kick-off, which is at 1600 BST, then email me at christopher.hammer@bskyb.com.

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3 Arsenal 30 60
4 Manchester United 30 59
5 Liverpool 30 54
6 Southampton 30 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 30 53
8 Swansea City 30 43
9 West Ham United 30 42
10 Stoke City 30 42
11 Crystal Palace 30 36
12 Newcastle United 30 35
13 Everton 30 34
14 West Bromwich Albion 30 33
15 Hull City 30 28
16 Aston Villa 30 28
17 Sunderland 30 26
18 Burnley 30 25
19 Queens Park Rangers 30 22
20 Leicester City 29 19