Friday 18 October 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Blackburn Rovers came from behind to beat Burnley in the first Cotton Mill derby in the top flight since 1966.
The home crowd at a packed Ewood Park was silenced after just five minutes when Robbie Blake produced Burnley's first away goal in the Barclays Premier League with a wonderful curling 20-yard strike.
"As the saying goes, 'If your front two play well, the team plays well' "
It was an explosive start to a frenetic and entertaining match in which David Dunn equalised for his hometown club with a low drive within four minutes of their going behind, before Franco Di Santo – the 20-year-old Argentinian striker on loan from Chelsea – headed Blackburn into the lead on 21 minutes after capitalising on a mistake by goalkeeper Bruan Jensen, who fell when trying to deal with a cross into the area.
Pascal Chimbonda added a third goal for Rovers with a precise finish shortly before the interval and, although Chris Eagles provided a late goal for the visitors with a close-range effort in added time, it came too late to prevent defeat.
"Everything today went really well," said Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce, who paid tribute to Dunn and Di Santo for their part in the victory. "To come back from 1-0 down was a great achievement. As the saying goes, 'if your front two play well, the team plays well.' "
The win was no more than Rovers, who had lost 6-2 to Arsenal the previous week, deserved and, even though they would lose their subsequent two Barclays Premier League matches – 5-0 at Chelsea and 2-0 at Manchester United – results would improve to ensure they would finish the season in 10th.
Owen Coyle's charges would not finish the campaign so well and were relegated after finishing third from bottom, five points from safety, at the end of their first season back in the top flight for 33 years.
On This Day video feature: Juliano Belletti hits screamer in Chelsea victory >>