Kalinic sees red in match-winning performance
Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic struck twice and was sent off as Blackburn Rovers gave Steve Kean his first win since being installed as caretaker boss with a 3-1 victory at West Brom in Tuesday`s Premier League clash.
Birmingham: Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic struck twice and was sent off as Blackburn Rovers gave Steve Kean his first win since being installed as caretaker boss with a 3-1 victory at West Brom in Tuesday`s Premier League clash.
The 22-year-old`s brace and one from Mame Diouf ended a run of three successive away defeats for Rovers and was a perfect response to the defeat by Stoke on Sunday which heralded Kean`s naming as manager for the remainder of the campaign in place of the popular Sam Allardyce.
Defeat for West Brom deepens worries about being involved in a long running relegation battle after a successful start to their campaign but Roberto di Matteo`s side have lost seven of their last 10 league matches and are only four points ahead of third from bottom Birmingham City.
Rovers struck early as Kalinic steamed onto the recalled El Hadji Diouf`s long ball, and calmly shot past Scott Carson in the third minute.
The hosts, though, replied a quarter of an hour later with a nicely worked effort as James Morrison started the move which saw him find Somen Tchoyi, whose cross was tucked away by Jerome Thomas past former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
West Brom enjoyed a period of domination but Kalinic broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 53rd minute as he tapped home Kiwi defender Ryan Nelsen`s header from playmaker Morten Gamst Pedersen`s freekick.
The visitors wrapped up the points nine minutes later when El Hadji Diouf, who appeared to have been energised by being dropped for the previous match, crossed and Mame Diouf headed into the net.
Not even Kalinic`s straight red card for a dreadful challenge on Austrian defender Paul Scharner could help West Brom get back into the match and indeed they too were down to 10 men by the end as Gabriel Tamas` professional foul on Mame Diouf saw Phil Dowd wield his second red card.