Thursday 14 February 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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Two goals from Craig Bellamy ensured Blackburn Rovers beat Sunderland 2-0 to move up to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table.
The former Newcastle United striker gave Rovers the lead after converting Morten Gamst Pedersen’s deflected cross, before making the match safe in the second half from Sergio Peter’s delivery.
"You saw the value of Craig and the quality that he gives us," Mark Hughes, the Balackburn manager, said. "It's important we keep him fit for the rest of the season. You can see the apprehension in opposite defences when he's around."
Sunderland had chances to open the scoring, notably from Kevin Kyle and Nyron Nosworthy, but as befitted a side that scored the fewest goals that season - 26 - they failed to convert them.
"That's the difference between winning and losing games," Mick McCarthy, the Sunderland manager, said.
Victory put Blackburn in the ascendancy, and their sixth-place finish qualified them for the UEFA Cup. Bellamy scored 13 goals in the 2005/06 Barclays Premier League campaign, and managed to net 79 times in a career that also included spells with Newcastle, Coventry, Liverpool and West Ham.
The Welshman is now plying his trade with Cardiff City, who are top of the Championship as they pursue promotion to the Barclays Premier League for the first time.
Sunderland finished bottom of the Premier League in the 2005/06 season. Their 15 points was a record low, until Derby County beat it with 11 two seasons later. Sunderland bounced back and they have been ever-present in the top flight since securing promotion in 2008.
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