BLACKBURN ROVERS 4 CITY 2
FA Barclays Premiership
17th September 2006
City Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Distin, Jordan, Sinclair, Barton, Hamann, Trabelsi, Dickov, Corradi – Subs Ireland(78), Samaras(62), Beasley(35), Hart(unused), Reyna(unused)
Blackburn Friedel, Emerton, Ooijer, Khizanishvilli, Neill, Bentley, Savage, Tugay, Pedersen, Jeffers, McCarthy – subs Mokoena(45), Nonda(45), Gallagher(85), Brown(unused), Peter(unused)
JOEY BARTON MAKES IT 1-1
WHAT THE PRESS SAID
SORT IT OUT, PSYCHO
Pearce was dismayed by City‘s wasteful finishing and hopeless defending at Ewood Park and he admits they must improve. “We gifted them too many goals and you can’t afford to do that at this level,” he said. “Couple that with the fact we created a héll of alot of chances, and we shot ourselves in the foot a little”.
…City should have been two or three up before Blackburn took the lead with their first effort on goal in the 17th minute, Joey Barton scooped a great chance over. while Trevor Sinclair, Paul Dickov and Micah Richards all went close.
The Blues were left to rue those misses when Morten Gamst Pedersen’s 25 yard free kick brushed against Sinclar beating City keeper Nicky Weaver. Barton was frustrated again when Lucas Neill headed his free kick off the line and City’s woe continued when Hatem Trabelsi’s first start was cut short when the Tunisian strained his groin.
He was re· placed by debutant DeMarcus Beasley. Barton saw a third effort saved by Brad Friedel before the Blues midfielder finally got his reward on 39 minutes when Bernado Corradi chested the ball down and Dickov sent him through to slot home his second of the campaign, Rovers hit back through another Gamst Pedersen free kick two minutes before the interval, and this time there was no doubt that it was his goal.
The Norwegian international swung in his free kick from 25 yards out on the right and to the embarrassment of City keeper Weaver, perhaps distracted by the run of Francis Jeffers. the ball bounced into the net. There was still time for City to score a comical equaliser just before half- time.
Andre Ooijer, who has not had the happiest of times since his switch from PSV Eindhoven, toe poked Corradi’s cross into his own net. City tired in the second half and Blackburn forged ahead on 66 minutes after a mistake by Richard Dunne. Dunne was caught out of position from Shabani Nonda‘s quick throw in and Pedersen squared the ball for Benni McCarthy to slot home his third goal in his last five games, City crumbled and. a minute from time. substitute Paul Gallagher scored from Brett Emertons pull-back to complete the visitors’ misery. DAVID ANDERSON WRITING FOR THE DAILY MIRROR 18TH SEPTEMBER 2006