Sunday, 7 October 2012

Sako Strike Ruins Rovers Party as Wolves Go Third

Bakary Sako
Bakary Sako piledriver killed off Blackburn’s plans to celebrate Steve Kean’s exit with a three-point party.

The Wolves midfielder struck with 12 minutes left of a mind-numbingly dull clash, to fire his side up to third in Championship.

And his strike in this 1-0 win dampened the spirits of a home crowd expecting a right old knees-up in their first home game since Kean left Ewood Park.

The Scot’s decision to exit last week ensured the bearpit atmosphere that had been dogging games here was a thing of the past.

Unfortunately, so were the wins that had jetted Rovers into the top six.

Caretaker boss Eric Black’s brand of football would surely cure insomnia but he thought the result was harsh.

Black said: “I don’t know whether we did enough to win but we certainly did enough not to lose it.

“I thought it was a nil-nil to be honest. We should have had a penalty when Jordan Rhodes was felled.

“He’s a nice lad, perhaps too nice because he might have appealed. We rely on the referee to make those decisions and we need one or two things to go for us.”

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken came to Ewood with an injury-ravaged team that lost Kevin Doyle in Friday’s training session.

He confessed to having gone from Plan A to Plan C preparing for the game – at least he had a plan.

The Midlands side were unlucky not to go ahead early on when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hit the post with his header.

But their domination was rewarded when Sako struck with a thunderous drive on 78 minutes. Blackburn failed to clear a corner and when Forde’s shot flew off Rhodes’ foot, the big Frenchman tried his luck.

He took a steadying touch before smashing a drive just inside the post.

Colin Kazim-Richards wasted the best chance to level, nodding a Fabio Nunes cross the wrong side of the post as Rovers slumped to a second home loss on the spin.

Boss Solbakken said “Sako took it brilliantly. There were a lot of players. I don’t think he could have put it anywhere else."

No comments:

Post a Comment