Friday 28 April 2017

Dunn mixes good with bad for battling Rovers

Blackburn 2
Birmingham 1

Graham Chase

DAVID DUNN'S spell at Birmingham is best remembered for an attempt at an extravagant flick that caused him to fall on his backside, but he showed his former side what he is capable of last night with two contrasting goals to continue Blackburn's fine home form.

Dunn drove the hosts in front and, after he was involved in furious exchanges with team-mate Michel Salgado, and James McFadden had levelled for Birmingham, the Rovers midfielder then headed in from a yard out.

Now up to 11th in the table, his team have lost just once in their 16 home games this season.

Only Wolves have failed to score on more occasions than Blackburn this season, so it came as some relief for them to find the net with just four minutes gone.

Chris Samba's enormous punt up-field was headed away by Birmingham defender Roger Johnson, but only as far as Dunn, who took one touch on the run before sweeping the ball past Joe Hart.

Hopeful efforts from Craig Gardner and Barry Ferguson were all that Birmingham could manage in the remainder of the opening period but Dunn had a second effort ruled out after Salgado bundled Lee Bowyer over.

Frustration at that incident may have been the reason for the exchanges between Dunn and Salgado that incongruously required El-Hadji Diouf to take on the role of peace-maker.

Ten minutes after the interval, Birmingham drew level when McFadden drove a free kick past the end of a poorly positioned Blackburn wall and into the corner of the net.

Then, from a Diouf corner that Birmingham felt should have been a goal kick, Dunn showed he is just as talented with his head as he jostled with Ireland's Stephen Carr at the near post to glance in from a yard out. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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