Blackburn Rovers vs. Swansea City  4 - 2


Premier League: Blackburn 4 Swansea 2

3 December 2011 18:31

Blackburn striker Yakubu struck all four goals in their 4-2 win over Swansea at home, to ease pressure on under-fire manager Steve Kean.

The Nigerian struck a brace in each half, much to the delight of manager Kean.

Hosting the league's worst away team statistically was the only possible tonic to turn around Blackburn's results, amid consistent calls from Rovers fans to evict Kean from the managerial role.

But it was Swansea that produced the game's first chance, as winger Scott Sinclair curled an attempt wide of the target.

Despite the Welsh club's control of the match early, it was the hosts who struck first on 20 minutes, predictably from a counter-attack.

Gael Givet cut back to Yakubu, who struck a left-foot strike into the far corner in a sensational finish.

On 34 minutes, the Welsh club broke Blackburn's deep resistance with a long cross right-side from Mark Gower.

Leroy Lita chose placement over power as he leaped backwards inside the six-yard box, to cushion the ball into the far corner with an equalising header - their first goal in four league matches.

Rovers went ahead once more in first-half stoppage time, with Yakubu heading in from close range off Simon Vukcevic's volley into the danger area.

Similarly to the first half, Blackburn scored against the run of play with Yakubu poaching typically after the robust Chris Samba created disarray inside the visitors' box.

The Nigerian headed home from close range after Samba laid down Morten Gamst Pedersen's header to claim the hat-trick.

Swansea pulled a goal back on 66 minutes when Luke Moore cleaned up the rebounded save from substitute Wayne Routledge's shot.

But Yakubu ensured Rovers of a deserved victory from the penalty spot late, after Vukcevic was clearly fouled by City defender Neil Taylor in the area.


Premier League preview: Blackburn v Swansea

2 December 2011 00:17

Protests against Blackburn manager Steve Kean are set to continue when Rovers entertain Swansea City on Saturday.

A 3-1 loss to Stoke City on Saturday extended Blackburn's winless streak to eight Premier League matches and Kean is sure to attract more vitriol at Ewood Park against the Swans.

Songs, banners and demonstrations against Kean and the club's Indian owners, Venky's Group, have been ongoing throughout the season and even when Blackburn banned 'Kean Out' banners against Chelsea, Rovers fans still found a way to vent their anger.

During the match - which was Blackburn's last at home, ending in a 1-0 defeat - Blackburn fans organised for a plane to fly over the stadium with the message 'Kean Out' clear for all to see.

But that is not the end of the protests, with Blackburn fans printing thousands of yellow T-shirts with '100 percent Rovers, 0 percent Venky's and Kean' branded on them for supporters to wear at the Swansea match, with a mass walkout also planned at some stage of the match.

"These protests will be the most intense since they started nearly three months ago as the supporters continue their efforts to try to save the club from ruin," organisers Glen Mullan and Simon Littler said.

On the pitch, Rovers are in as much crisis as they are off it.

They have shipped 23 goals in their last nine matches and have not kept a clean sheet in 16 Premier League encounters, with their defence now the second-worst in the division.

What would frustrate Kean immensely is the fact that his side are not having problems scoring goals, with the likes of Yakubu and Junior Hoilett playing a key role in a side that has bagged 17 goals in 13 Premier League games this season, which is five more than Swansea.

Youngsters Ruben Rochina and Mauro Formica appear to possess the talent needed to help Blackburn stay up, but at the ages of 23 and 20 respectively - and the fact that both are playing their first season in England - means they are perhaps not best suited to a relegation dogfight.

Rovers are hopeful of welcoming back Chris Samba and Martin Olsson for the Swansea match in the first meeting between the two sides since March 1984.

Swansea have lost just one of their last five matches, that being a 1-0 loss to Manchester United, and Brendan Rodgers' side have acquitted themselves well this season.

The Welsh outfit have struggled for goals but they should be presented with several opportunities against a confidence-shot Blackburn side.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25