West Brom beats Blackburn 2-1 in Premier League
Updated: December 17, 2011, 13:32
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BLACKBURN, England(AP) Peter Odemwingie's late goal gave West Bromwich Albion a 2-1 victory at Blackburn to further increase the pressure on under-fire Rovers manager Steve Kean.
The hosts fell behind in the 52nd minute when they failed to properly deal with a corner and James Morrison smashed the ball past Paul Robinson.
Scott Dann scrambled in an equalizer with 18 minutes to go, but Blackburn were left empty-handed by Odemwingie's 89th-minute effort, as he went around several defenders before sending a strike into the corner of the net.
This was a game Kean had had high hopes of taking all three points from, but it was a disappointing performance from his team, who remain 19th in the Barclays Premier League.
The Scot did not have to endure organized protests at a home match for the first time in a few months, but Rovers fans still made their unhappiness known, as chants of 'Kean Out' rang out around the ground after Odemwingie's goal.
The Baggies, meanwhile, are up to 13th after a deserved victory.
The first chance of the game came to Odemwingie, who was released on the left by Morrison, but having cut into the box, he blazed the ball wide.
Odemwingie's accuracy was also lacking at the 15-minute mark as he glanced Chris Brunt's cross wide when he should have done better.
Two minutes later Ayegbeni Yakubu almost found himself in on goal at the other end, but could not stretch enough to make meaningful contact with the ball, and Odemwingie then tried his luck again, firing in an effort which Robinson turned around the post.
Blackburn survived a scare shortly after the restart when Scharner sent a shot bobbling inches wide of Robinson's post.
Their relief was short-lived though as a corner came off Nzonzi to Morrison, who cracked a volley in from just outside the area to make it 1-0.
Kean brought on Jason Roberts and Grant Hanley for Simon Vukcevic and David Dunn, a move that drew cries of "you don't know what you're doing'' from some Rovers fans.
But Dann drew Rovers level in the 72nd, bundling home the ball after Christopher Samba headed on Robinson's long kick.
There was another nervy moment for Blackburn as the ball ricocheted around their box, but Robinson pounced on it and Morrison then drove over the bar.
Odemwingie then delivered the late winner.