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Tuesday 20 March 2012

Battling Blackburn see off Sunderland

Junior Hoilett and Yakubu seal second successive win for Rovers

Junior Hoilett set Blackburn Rovers on the way to victory

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Sunderland

Junior Hoilett and Yakubu scored as Blackburn Rovers claimed their second successive win to move six points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Hoilett rifled in powerfully after Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet failed to get enough distance when punching away a long throw from Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Blackburn showed decent fight throughout the match and Mauro Formica was denied by a fine save from Mignolet.

Dong-won Ji could have levelled the match for Sunderland but sidefooted over the bar from inside the six-yard box late on and Yakubu headed in substitute Bradley Orr's cross to seal the points late on.

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Key Points

  • Hoilett fired in to put Blackburn ahead
  • Yakubu headed home late on to secure second successive Rovers win
  • Rovers move six points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone