Rovers scrape past Tigers

Colin Kazim-Richards scored his second goal in as many games as a lacklustre Blackburn edged past Hull 1-0 at Ewood Park in the Championship.

Last Updated: 23/08/12 at 08:07

Kazim-Richards: Celebrates his winner

Kazim-Richards: Celebrates his winner

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

On-loan Galatasary forward Kazim-Richards broke the deadlock in the 77th minute on a night where under-fire Rovers boss Steve Kean received a familiar barracking from his own supporters.

Chances were at a premium throughout and the three centre-backs Steve Bruce selected for Hull were largely untroubled by Blackburn attacks lacking tempo and guile.

The visitors produced the only effort on target in the first half as Nick Proschwitz extended Paul Robinson in the Rovers goal.

But Kazim-Richards was on hand to follow up his strike in Saturday's opening draw at Ipswich after City failed to deal with Dickson Etuhu's teasing cross.

Subsequent chants of "1-0 and we want Kean out" underlined the fact the locals remain far from satisfied.

Veteran Portugal striker Nuno Gomes dropped to the Blackburn bench, while there was a debut for countryman Fabio Nunes as one of three changes made by Kean.

Corry Evans and Alex Bruce were on the field as substitutes when Hull netted the only goal against Brighton on the opening day and were rewarded with starts.

A measured pass from recalled Blackburn midfielder David Dunn released Jason Lowe down the right in the third minute and his cut back was steered wide from 12 yards by Kazim-Richards.

Nunes rode a rash challenge from Evans to produce dangerous cross that Alex Bruce hacked out the goalmouth.

Moments later Rovers again found joy down the left flank when Kazim-Richards glanced wide from Marcus Olsson's centre.

These were no more than half chances, though, with lone forward Kazim-Richards often cutting a forlorn figure among a well-stocked Hull defence.

As the chants of "Kean out" rumbled ever louder during the first Ewood Park contest since Blackburn's relegation from the Barclays Premier League, Hull fashioned a chance - Robinson pushing over after Sone Aluko set Tigers striker Proschwitz free in the area after 26 minutes .

There was another scare for Blackburn four minutes before half-time when centre-back Scott Dann produced an clumsy slice behind on the end of Liam Rosenior's searching cross from the right.

Upon the resumption another delivery from Hull wing-back Rosenior dipped over Robinson but Joe Dudgeon could only steer into the side netting at the back post.

Rosenior made a vital contribution at the other end midway through the half, decisively glancing Bradley Orr's cross behind with Kazim-Richards poised.

Rovers were now playing with a second striker after Gomes' introduction with an hour played, and the substitute had a hand when the winner arrived.

The 36-year-old chested down Etuhu's floated ball from the right and his prod across goal prompted a scramble, featuring an unsightly attempted scissor-kick from Olsson, which Kazim-Richards concluded by rifling home.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Danny Welbeck out of England game v Italy, Ryan Bertrand called up

Roy Hodgson has confirmed Danny Welbeck will miss England's friendly in Italy, while Ryan Bertrand has been called up.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe back running after untimely knee setback

Jordon Ibe remains hopeful of a return to the Liverpool first team this season after returning to light training at Melwood this week.

'Fine' Akinfeev grateful for support

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has thanked well-wishers for their support after being struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd against Montenegro on Friday night.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company