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Spurs overcome Blackburn 1-0
London, Nov 23 (Agencies):
Published on 23 Nov. 2008 11:40 PM IST
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Tottenham moved out of the Premier League's bottom three with a victory over Blackburn, who had defender Martin Olsson sent off on 39 minutes. Aaron Lennon was Spurs' inspiration and he set up the winner when he robbed Olsson, went on a run and cut the ball back for Roman Pavlyuchenko to slot in. Pavlyuchenko almost grabbed a second when his glancing header hit a post. Olsson was dismissed when he brought down his tormentor Lennon and received his second yellow card of the match. The 20-year-old Swede had no answer to Lennon's direct running and suffered a horribly embarrassing afternoon. The signs were initially encouraging for Blackburn as Tottenham's recent Achilles heel, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, again looked vulnerable. Gomes dropped Rovers' first corner and was never convincing throughout - and even the home fans cheered ironically when he did make a clean catch. It was clear that Spurs' best form of defence would be to attack, and in Lennon they had a potent weapon. And when the winger nicked the ball off Olsson and cut the ball back after sprinting to the byeline, Pavlyuchenko cracked in a shot to justify his return to the starting line-up. The Russian was only denied a second by the foot of the post after he met David Bentley's free-kick with a glancing header. Yet there was the feeling that Rovers were not completely out of it, and Benni McCarthy might have done better than to volley over the bar from 12 yards. Back came Spurs, again in the shape of Lennon, who shot wide after another strong run. The next time Lennon ventured forward, he jinked past Olsson, who brought him down and promptly saw red. Tottenham's one-man show continued when Lennon smashed a fierce drive that former Spurs keeper Paul Robinson did well to save with his body despite the ball taking a deflection. Straight after the break, Rovers created a half-chance when Roque Santa Cruz did well to crouch down and direct a header on target but Gomes was equal to it. And despite their numerical advantage and greater share of possession, Tottenham were struggling to kill the game off. Tom Huddlestone tried his luck with two long-range shots that blazed over as Tottenham's nerves began to show. Substitute Frazier Campbell should have eased their anxiety but he nodded a good chance wide when unmarked. In the end one goal proved enough for Tottenham to move out of the relegation zone, while Blackburn have now failed to win in eight league games. Saturday’s Results Aston Villa 0-0 Man Utd Chelsea 0-0 Newcastle Liverpool 0-0 Fulham Man City 3-0 Arsenal Middlesbrough 1-3 Bolton Portsmouth 2-2 Hull Stoke 1-0 West Brom

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