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Ewood Park (ATT 10,634) 29th January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Colchester United Colchester

Davison gifts Rovers win

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 29/01/05 4:54pm

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Aidan Davison's gift set Blackburn Rovers on their way to a 3-0 FA Cup fourth round triumph over Colchester United.

The U's had kept the Premiership side at bay until Davison missed Kevin Watson's backpass, allowing the ball to roll into the empty net.

Jemal Johnson's first senior goal doubled Rovers' advantage with a rare Dominic Matteo goal settling the game after the break.

Rovers began the better of the sides with Johnson and Morten Gamst Pedersen causing problems early on.

Robbie Savage was inches from opening the scoring with a free kick, while Brett Emerton's placed effort was collected by Davison.

The game then changed in the space of six minutes with Watson's own goal and Johnson's strike easing Blackburn's nerves.

Mark Hughes' men were in the driving seat for the remainder of the half with David Thompson coming close to adding a third.

The home side were three-up shortly after the interval when Savage's left sided free kick was flicked home by Matteo at the near post.

Rovers continued to create the better of the chances with Gamst Pedersen and Emerton both unleashing shots on goal from distance.

Thompson should have made it four when he sent a close-range shot against the crossbar, however, the effort would have been ruled out for offside.

Colchester battled bravely throughout, but never really tested Brad Friedel in the game and can have no complaints about the scoreline.

Team NameBlackburn RoversColchester United
Shots On Target74
Shots Off Target63
Blocked Shots31
Fouls Conceded1611
Yellow Cards10
Red Cards00


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