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Posted Wed 10 Feb 10 at 22:30 PM

Report: Rovers 1 Hull City 0

ROVERS made it three home wins on the trot after they defeated 10-man Hull City 1-0 at Ewood Park.

Martin Olsson's first Premier League on 16 minutes gave Rovers the victory, but the win was rarely in doubt in a match they dominated.

Hull's chances weren't helped by the unfortunate sending off of George Boateng midway through the first half, but in a game where Paul Robinson had been tested once, it made little difference.

The win sees Rovers move back up to 11th in the league table, with the teams above them now looking closer than the ones below.

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Following on from Saturday's disappointing display at the Britannia, Sam Allardyce made three changes for the visit of the Tigers. Already without Samba due to suspension, Allardyce dropped Franco Di Santo and Pascal Chimbonda to the bench with Michel Salgado, Keith Andrews and El-Hadji Diouf returning to the starting line-up.

Before play got underway there was a minute's silence in memory of John Taylor who tragically lost his life at Stoke City last weekend. Family photos of John were displayed on the big screen whilst his family watched on from the touchline. A bouquet of flowers rested on a seat in the Darwen End where John usually took his seat.

Once play got started it was Rovers who created the first chance of the game on seven minutes. A Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick was flicked on by Ryan Nelsen, but the ball looped towards goal, Boaz Myhill just managed to get his fingertips to touch it over the bar.

Two minutes later and Hull had an opportunity themselves from a free-kick. A ball played long into the area saw Jan Venegoor of Hesselink in too mcuh space, he headed back to Stephen Hunt who shot over acrobatically.

Another Pedersen free-kick from Pedersen had the Hull defence struggling, but Nelsen and Kalinić couldn't connect, El-Hadji Diouf hooked the ball back into the danger zone but Nzonzi could only find the side netting from a tight angle.

Rovers were then thankful for the athleticism of Paul Robinson in keeping Hull at back after Stephen Hunt skipped past two challenges before finding Vennegoor of Hesselink, the striker hit the ball first time only to see Robinson dive full length to his left to tip the ball around the post.

As the clock ticked past the quarter hour a ball up to Kalinić was laid back to Pedersen who sent Martin Olsson on the overlap down the left. The Swede controlled the ball brilliantly as he raced into the penalty area, taking the ball to the byline he looked for a Rovers player in the centre, but his low shot went through the legs of Boaz Myhill and into the corner of the net for his second goal of the season.

Despite being at left back, Olsson continued to be Rovers best outlet in terms of chances, from a Pedersen throw on 31 minutes the ball came out to Olsson who volley was sweet enough but straight at Myhill, then from another throw the Swede arrived to head narrowly wide.

With Rovers hunting a second they were handed a boost when the visitors were reduced to ten men. Battling for the ball in the centre of the Hull half, Pedersen went up for a header only to be hit from behind by the elbow of George Boateng. The Dutchman was immediately shown the red card.

On 42 Rovers somehow didn't double their lead, a Diouf corner missing out Kalinić at the near post and Nelsen at the rear as Hull just about survived at the end of the first half.

In contrast to the first half which saw a host of chances, the second was barren in comparison but the chances that did come, were the way of the home side.

Time after time Rovers wasted the opportunity to increase their lead. On 68 minutes an El-Hadji Diouf through ball picked out Brett Emerton, but he shot straight at Myhill.

Then there was another one for the 'how did we not just score?' column as from a Pedersen free-kick from the right, the ball skipped off a Hull head to arrive at an unmarked Gael Givet at the back post but Myhill somehow kept his header out, pushing the ball onto the crossbar.

Despite Rovers having a man advantage and having the better share of the chances, at 1-0 there was always the chance that the visitors could nick something.

But the Tigers created little in the way of openings, a free-kick from Amr Zaki which flew a yard over the bar, their only meaningful second half chance.

In this league victories are the name of the game and that is what Rovers celebrated. The win takes Rovers up to 11th on 31 points, well clear of the danger zone.

"There's only one John Taylor" chanted the Rovers supporters, the win was dedicated to him by Sam Allardyce.

ROVERS: Robinson, Salgado, Nelsen (c), Givet, Olsson, Diouf, Emerton (sub Roberts 70 mins), Nzonzi, Andrews, Pedersen, Kalinić (sub Reid 90 mins).

Subs not used: Brown (GK), Hoilett, Di Santo, Jones, Chimbonda.

HULL CITY: Myhill, Dawson (sub Zaki 67 mins), Gardner (c), McShane (sub Zayatte 67 mins), Fagan, Altidore, Hunt, Mouyokolo, Boateng, Vennegoor of Hesselink (sub Olofinjana 44 mins), Cairney.

Subs not used: Duke (GK), Barmby, Garcia, Kilbane.

Booked: Nelsen (Rovers), McShane, Altidore, Gardner (Hull)

Off: Boateng (Hull)

Attendance: 23,518

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