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Blackburn remain bottom despite first point

FULHAM 1 BLACKBURN 1

Glenn Moore

Published 12/09/2011 | 05:00

a first point of the season for Blackburn Rovers was not enough to lift them off the bottom of the Premier League table, nor is it likely to quell the unrest surrounding the position of manager Steve Kean.

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Not that the mood at Craven Cottage is much happier. Fulham have failed to win any of their first four matches, scoring twice, and are also in the relegation zone.

Blackburn took the lead through Ruben Rochina -- the most creative player on the pitch -- and his 32nd-minute goal was superbly struck.

The visitor's lead lasted six minutes before Bobby Zamora brushed Gael Givet aside then curled a shot inside the far post.

Rovers 'keeper Paul Robinson later denied Danny Murphy and Clint Dempsey but Fulham, as boss Martin Jol admitted, "lacked a cutting edge."

Fulham climbed well clear of trouble last season after a poor start but recovery this year cannot be assumed. While for Blackburn, Kean insisted: "We were excellent today. I'm confident we'll finish in the top half."

Now, that will be a surprise. (© Independent News Service)

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