Blackburn ease to India win

Roberts bags double, as Rovers beat Pune FC

Jason Roberts: Striker scores a brace in Blackburn's 2-0 friendly win over Pune FC

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Blackburn Rovers marked the first appearance by an English Premier League side in India with a 3-0 success over Pune FC.

Jason Roberts scored either side of Ruben Rochina's goal for Blackburn, with all three strikes coming after Amas Edathodika's 16th minute dismissal.

Rovers, who are owned by Pune-based poultry firm Venky's, were without nine regulars, including Martin Olsson and Radosav Petrovic, who are on international duties this week.

Red card

The hosts were reduced to 10 men by the 16th minute, as Edathodika was sent off after two yellow cards for tackles on Junior Hoilett and Rochina.

Rovers went into the lead in the 35th minute, when Roberts beat goalkeeper Shahinlal Meloly from a narrow angle.

Rochina made it 2-0 soon after with a powerful left-footer, before Roberts tapped in a loose ball in the 76th minute.

The win would have come as some relief for Kean, whose dismissal had been demanded by angry Rovers fans even before last week's heavy 4-0 loss at home to high-flying Manchester City.