Spurs sneak victory at Ewood

Two goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart helped Spurs secure a hard fought 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The Dutch international put Spurs in the lead after a quarter of an hour but his strike was cancelled out when Mauro Formica equalised for Rovers.

However, Van Der Vaart sealed the victory 8 minutes after half time with a stunning strike that left Paul Robinson with no chance.

The early stages of this encounter were anything but pretty as Blackburn looked to impose themselves on their visitors with several bruising challenges in the opening minutes.

Spurs did manage to create an opening just six minutes in. Jason Lowe had to be alert to direct a low cross from Emmanuel Adebayor away from the lurking Gareth Bale.

At the other end David Hoillet looked most threatening for Rovers firing over from long range.

Bale than nearly turned provider for Adebayor but the striker was unable to get a foot on the Welshman’s fine cross. Just moments later it didn’t matter as Van Der Vaart put Spurs ahead.

Kyle Walker’s pace exposed Rovers down the right wing and the Dutchman coolly finished his cross from close range.

For the next few minutes, Spurs threatened to take the game away from Steve Kean’s side and nearly doubled their lead after 25 minutes, Robinson producing a fine save from Adebayor.

Just two minutes later Roves were level. Chris Samba fed Formica who finished well from inside the penalty area.

Suddenly, Rovers were on top and Freidal was forced to save from both Vukenic and Hoillet before Samba headed over from a free kick.

The half time whistle came just in time for Harry Redknapp’s side as they had a chance to regroup and catch their breath having been under the cosh for the last 15 minutes.

They were the better side to start the second half and were rewarded when Van Der Vaart took a pass from Assou Ekoto and fired a superb shot past Paul Robinson to put Spurs back in front.

Blackburn refused to give in and Friedal was forced to save after samba broke free at a corner. They missed another great chance to level after Hoillet beat three Spurs defenders and picked out substitute Yakubu who failed to finish.

Tottenham looked decidedly uneasy and Yakubu could have punished a mistake in defence by Kaboul. However he once again failed to find the target and Spurs fans were able to breathe easier.

Rovers continued to press but were unable to come up with an equaliser and Spurs were able to hold out for a victory, which moves them into the top five.



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