PEAR­SON RAP FOR RAMS AS ROVERS RE­PLY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam All­sop

DERBY could find them­selves bottom of the Cham­pi­onship come Tues­day night and man­ager Nigel Pear­son ad­mits that they would have few com­plaints if it hap­pens.

Three goals in four sec­ond-half min­utes se­cured all three points for Black­burn at The iPro Sta­dium, with Derby hav­ing opened the scor­ing through Matej Vydra.

It was the Rams’ first home league goal of the sea­son as well as the striker’s first for the club, but Black­burn flipped the game on its head with Marvin Emnes and Danny Gra­ham se­cur­ing all three points and com­pound­ing Pear­son’s mis­ery in the process.

“If we were bottom af­ter Tues­day, it is where we would de­serve to be,” said Pear­son.

“We’re not in form. That sort of per­for­mance doesn’t buy us any time for peo­ple to stay in a pos­i­tive frame of mind with us.

“I am not happy with how we are con­duct­ing our­selves in games. To only have scored one goal at home in the league it gives you that il­lus­tra­tion of fear that trans­mit­ted around the whole sta­dium.

“I know that we’ve got play­ers who are ca­pa­ble but that is dif­fer­ent to be­ing able to per­form un­der pres­sure.”

The best chance of the first half fell to Ben Mar­shall, but af­ter Emnes was tripped in the box by Richard Keogh the Rovers star’s penalty hit the post and the vis­i­tors failed to con­vert the re­bound.

And Black­burn were made to rue that miss when Derby went ahead in the 69th minute through Vydra’s first goal in a Rams shirt.

But Black­burn and Emnes went straight up the other end and his shot de­flected off Richard Keogh and flew in past Scott Car­son.

And just min­utes later the vis­i­tors were in the lead. Emnes again was caus­ing prob­lems to a shell-shocked Rams de­fence and his cute through ball al­lowed Gra­ham to slide the ball home just four min­utes af­ter Vydra’s low fin­ish for the opener.

The home fans were surely aware that Gra­ham played 14 games for Derby on-loan from Mid­dles­brough in the 2005/06 sea­son and failed to score a sin­gle goal.

The hosts cre­ated sev­eral chances in the sec­ond half but found a stern Ja­son Steele in the Rovers goal. Ikechi Anya sent in an invit­ing cross for Vydra who pow­ered a header to­wards goal but Steele im­pres­sively tipped over the cross­bar.

Cyrus Christie, who was mak­ing his 100th ap­pear­ance for the Rams, also found the head of Vydra with an­other dan­ger­ous cross but this time his header went just over the bar.

It was Black­burn’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in the league and they will look to con­tinue their im­prove­ment against Sh­effield Wednes­day on Tues­day.

“We were cer­tainly wor­thy of all three points. Our work rate, our ap­pli­ca­tion and our qual­ity on the ball was ter­rific,” said Black­burn man­ager Owen Coyle.

“We ac­tu­ally felt we should have had a penalty be­fore we did. Scott Car­son brought Sam Gal­lagher down but it wasn’t given. We came in at half-time feel­ing a bit ag­grieved that we should have been in front, but know­ing if we per­formed in the same man­ner we would get a re­sult and the three points.

“Again we showed we are ca­pa­ble of com­ing from be­hind. We don’t want to be do­ing it ev­ery week but we cer­tainly know we have char­ac­ter and spirit.”

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