Tottenham Hotspur vs. Blackburn Rovers  2 - 0

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Premier League: Tottenham 2 Blackburn 0

29 April 2012 19:15

Tottenham moved back into fourth place in the Premier League after a comfortable 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at White Hart Lane.

Spurs dominated the game throughout the 90 minutes and thoroughly deserved the three points against a demoralised Blackburn side.

The hosts took the lead through Rafael van der Vaart midway through the first half, the Dutchman finding the net following a goal mouth scramble.

Harry Redknapp's men continued to press and eventually sealed the victory with 15 minutes to go thanks to a fantastic free-kick by Kyle Walker.

Spurs got off to a bright start and should have taken the lead inside the second minute through Aaron Lennon, but the winger got his feet in a muddle and squandered the chance.

The hosts dominated possession in the first quarter of an hour and were the width of a crossbar away from taking the lead, with Sandro firing a shot from 25 yards out and rattling the frame of the goal with Paul Robinson well beaten.

Blackburn found it difficult to get out of their half as they defended wave after wave of Tottenham attacks with Spurs continually exploiting space in the wide areas.

The breakthrough eventually came in the 22nd minute, as Blackburn's failure to clear a loose ball inside the penalty box resulted in Van der Vaart scoring from close range.

Lennon spurned a glorious chance to double the hosts' lead a moment later as he skipped across the pitch in a counter-attack and opted to take a shot that blazed wide when Emmanuel Adebayor was open.

Spurs wasted another chance to deservedly double their lead just before the break as William Gallas' header came off the bar.

Blackburn enjoyed their best spell of possession at the beginning of the second period but could not manage a meaningful attempt on goal.

Tottenham were soon on top again though as the visitors, despite being a goal down and in a perilous position in the relegation battle, failed to show any attacking impetus or desire to win the ball back.

Spurs had half chances to create some breathing space between the sides but both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric dragged their efforts wide from decent shooting positions whereas Blackburn had yet to manage a shot on goal.

The second goal eventually came in the 75th minute and it was well worth the wait for Spurs supporters.

Van der Vaart stood over a free-kick from 35 yards out, when suddenly Walker ran up to the ball and whipped a superb right-footed free-kick into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The spectacular swerve generated on the ball left Robinson with no chance of keeping it out.

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Premier League preview: Tottenham v Blackburn

28 April 2012 01:26

Tottenham continue their chase of a Champions League spot when they welcome Blackburn to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp's side are winless in four outings in all competitions, dropping to fifth in the English Premier League.

The in-form Newcastle United have moved into fourth, leaving Tottenham in danger of missing out on a Champions League place.

Tottenham, who are a point clear of Chelsea, are reportedly suffering from tiredness late in the campaign.

Strike duo Emmanuel Adebayor (13 league goals) and Jermain Defoe (10) have struggled to find form, while Gareth Bale has also struggled in 2012.

Since the start of February, Bale has managed just one assist and has failed to find the net.

But a clash against relegation-threatened Blackburn could be just what Tottenham need to give them a boost late in the season.

Tottenham, who could regain Adebayor from his hamstring strain, have won five straight league matches against Rovers, who are three points from safety.

Steve Kean's men have needed the good work of striker Yakubu (16 league goals), but the Nigerian has netted in just two of his last 10 league outings.

Blackburn midfielder David Dunn said on Thursday three cup finals awaited his team if they wanted to avoid the drop.

"The Wigan game a week after is a really big one. I would say that the next three fixtures are three cup finals for us," he told Sky Sports.

"I think this year everyone knows it has been a really testing season for us, both on and off the pitch.

"It is going to take a really big effort. At times on Saturday (in the 2-0 win over Norwich), we played OK. I didn't think it was the best we've played this season but we got a result.

"Certainly at this stage of the season a much needed three points is crucial."

A point would be a good result away at Tottenham before the vital relegation six-pointer against Wigan.

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Nelsen´s Rovers knowledge exploited

27 April 2012 03:20

Tottenham defender Ryan Nelsen has given his employers the rundown on his old side Blackburn ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash.

The New Zealand international spent eight years at Ewood Park before making the switch in the January transfer window. And after their defeat to QPR, making it a run of one win in nine games, Spurs could use some more points to keep their bid for Champions League football next season alive.

"The lads were down after QPR, but you have to go back to basics, get motivated and believe you can do the job," Nelsen told the club's official website.

"You have to take care of your own back yard and that starts against Blackburn. We have to win that game and it's probably a must-win game for Blackburn as well.

"Blackburn will be really up for it in the position they are in as well. It will be difficult game, we have to be completed ready for it and up for it, and I know we will be.

"There are some really good players there. Junior Hoilett is a fantastic prospect and we all know about Yakubu. He scores goals wherever he goes.

"They have some dangerous players, certainly, but so have we and we have to look at this game as a potential three points for us.

"It's a huge game for both teams, a must-win."

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