Sunday, 11 November 2012

Marlon King's Goal Frustrates Blackburn Boss Henning Berg

Dickson EtuhuMarlon King ruined Blackburn boss Henning Berg’s homecoming by ­nicking a point for Birmingham.

Berg was back at Ewood Park for the first time since his playing days a ­decade ago.

And he must have thought it would be a triumphant return when Ruben Rochina dispatched a penalty following an early Blackburn blitz.

But King netted almost immediately to frustrate the Norwegian.

The Rovers boss, still waiting for his first win, said: “I felt we should have had the points.

“At our best we caused them a lot of problems but just lacked that extra quality in the last third.

“We need to stay together and all pull together in the right direction. I am happy with the mindset and attitude.

“I was really happy with the welcome and it was good for the fans to get behind the team. It is a shame we could not give them the result they would have liked.”

In truth, his side should have been out of sight after just 15 minutes.

Marcus Olsson was the first to fluff a chance, ­dragging a shot wide ­following Rochina’s pass.

Danny Murphy opened up Birmingham’s defence again moment later with a pass to Jordan Rhodes.

The £8million hitman strode past Jack Butland and was ­preparing to celebrate the opener when Steven Caldwell appeared on the scene to block his shot.

And Lee Clark’s men continued to backpedal as Rovers pounded on with their early onslaught – until they finally cracked.

Mauro Formica darted in behind David Murphy and was clattered into as he tried to cross in the 12th minute.

Birmingham did not argue with the decision and Rochina rolled the ­penalty home. Berg could not have asked for a better start.

It was short-lived, though, as the visitors capitalised on poor defending to level.

Chris Burke was given too much space and his cross caused chaos in the Rovers box.

Wade Elliot missed his header – but the ball span off Scott Dann for Nikola Zigic to fire against the post. King was quickest to react and charged in to bang home the leveller.

Rhodes almost put his side ahead after 54 minutes – he headed Martin Olsson’s cross past Butland only to see defender Paul Robinson clear.

The young England keeper ­then ­produced a stunning stop to tip away Formica’s chip with 20 minutes left.

Ravel Morrison felt he deserved a late penalty but neither side could force a clincher.

Clark said: “Both teams could have taken all three points.

“I was actually glad the penalty happened when it did because it gave us a wake-up call.”

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