By Alan Duffy
West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Blackburn Rovers – Premier League – 7th April 2012
Blackburn looked to have turned the corner in recent months, following a number of decent results, but another defeat, this time at the Hawthorns, sees Steve Kean’s side slip back into the drop-zone.
West Brom were good value for the win, attacking the visitors from the off with re-recalled striker Marc-Antoine Fortuné impressive up front. The Baggies were already a goal up inside seven minutes, when Blackburn defender Martin Olsson put through his own net from a Gareth McAuley header. The home side continued to press but couldn’t find another goal in the first-half.
Rovers improved after the break, with Baggies ‘keeper Ben Foster forced into a number of superb stops. However, eventually the second goal came for the home side when Fortune’s impressive display was rewarded with a goal. Then, with just five minutes left, Liam Ridgewell headed home from a Graham Dorrans free-kick to complete the victory.
Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors when sub Anthony Modeste was sent off for his silly reaction to a challenge from Billy Jones.
The win was West Brom’s first in five games while for Rovers, their third defeat on the trot sees them back in trouble.