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Friday 18 October 2013

On this day in 2009: Rovers win Cotton Mill derby

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Blackburn felling Burnley in a five-goal derby

  • Robbie Blake gives Burnley a surprise lead against Blackburn Rovers

  • Franco Di Santo equalises for Rovers following an error by goalkeeper Brian Jensen...

  • ... and the Argentinian Chelsea loanee wheels away in delight

  • Di Santo shares his joy with the elated Ewood Park faithful

  • Pascal Chimbonda's cool finish gives the hosts a two-goal lead

  • El-Hadji Djouf whips up the crowd in an electric East Lancastrian derby atmosphere

  • Burnley's Chris Eagles pounces to reduce the deficit in the last throes of the match

  • Sam Allardyce commended the display of his strikers after the 3-2 win rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

18 October 2009 – Blackburn 3-2 Burnley

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' "
Sam Allardyce

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.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Blackburn clinched a thrilling Cotton Mill derby victory