Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
Match Reports, Updated:
Peter Odemwingie's winner just one minute from time gave West Brom a crucial 2-1 win at Blackburn to heap more pressure on Steve Kean.
Steve Kean was boosted by news that the Rovers fans would not be making an organised protest against his continued management of the side but his side failed to get going in a dire first half in which the few chances on offer all fell to West Brom. Peter Odemwingie's left footed cross was flicked narrowly wide by Shane Long before the pair combined again but Long's volley was kept out by Paul Robinson.
The game burst into life after the break when James Morrison's stunning 25 yard half volley scythed through a crowded penalty area to beat a stranded Paul Robinson in the 52nd minute.
West Brom should have gone on to take advantage of a vulnerable looking Rovers side but they sat back and invited the pressure which looked to have cost them when Chris Samba's flick on was hammered into the net by Scott Dann with eighteen minutes left on the clock.
However, as the game reached a dramatic climax the Baggies star man of last season came to the fore as Odemwingie cut inside and bent a superb left footed effort into the top corner of the net with only seconds of normal time remaining.
The result will be a huge boost for Roy Hodgson and his side but as the boos rang out for Steve Kean and Rovers at the final whistle it is hard to see it being a happy Christmas at Ewood Park.