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Deadly duo do it again!

Posted on 13 March 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko struck again as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Deadly duo do it again!

Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko struck again as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-1 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

'JD' tucked away the opening goal in first half injury time while 'Pav' fired home from 20 yards 10 minutes into the second half before securing another valuable three points with the third goal five minutes from time.

Pavlyuchenko's double made it seven goals in his last five matches while Defoe now has 23 for the campaign - his best-ever for a season.

Blackburn, who came into the match in good form, kept fighting and gave us a fright when Christopher Samba headed home for 2-1 in the 80th minute. However, Pavlyuchenko made sure the points went to the right home as we were by far the better team over the 90 minutes.

The win made it 10 matches unbeaten in all competitions at the Lane and, most importantly, got the points on the board early as the battle for fourth spot continues in the Barclays Premier League.

Harry Redknapp made one change to last weekend's draw at Fulham with Defoe back up front alongside Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch dropping to the bench.

We were once again without the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and Ledley King so Luka Modric maintained his place in central midfield with Gareth Bale wide left and Benoit Assou-Ekotto at left-back.

The first half was all about Bale, who tormented former Real Madrid great Michel Salgado and created a host of chances.

Wilson Palacios and Sebastien Bassong made a couple of early blocks from Blackburn breaks before the first serious chance after 16 minutes. It came from our left, but this time Assou-Ekotto showed great persistence to get away from Salgado and drag the ball back for Pavlyuchenko, who fired just wide.

Bale soon left Selgado in his wake and cut the ball back for Pavlyuchenko again, but the Russian striker's radar was slightly off and the ball fizzed just wide.

Blackburn suffered a blow when ex-Spur and fans favourite Paul Robinson hobbled off injured with 25 minutes on the clock and he replaced in goal by Jason Brown.

Brown soon had the familiar sight of Bale bearing down on him and this time the Welsh international seemed caught between a shot and cross, zipping the ball across the face of goal.

Assou-Ekotto's cross was deflected just wide by Gael Givet and Brown did well to get down to a Defoe shot after he'd taken Modric's pass and shifted left of Christopher Samba.

The board went up for two minutes of added time as we won a corner on the left. Niko Kranjcar hit an inswinger, Vedran Corluka glanced on at the near post and Defoe was there to apply the finish a yard out. Perfect timing.

Rovers enjoyed decent possession at the start of the second half without really looking like breaking through and we caught them on the breakaway for the key second goal.

Modric led the break down the left and passed inside to Defoe, he rolled into the path of Pavlyuchenko who controlled and took aim - his 20-yarder flew through Brown and home, 55 minutes on the clock.

The next chance arrived after 64 minutes via a delicious pass from Palacios, who spotted Modric's dart from left of centre into the box and found him, but the Croatian fired wide.

Bale's next run forced Pedersen to dive in - contact was made, but loud penalty appeals were waved away.

Sam Allardyce made his third and final substitution to introduce striker Franco Di Santo for defender Givet and he soon carved out a chance for strike partner Nikola Kalinic, who got his angles all wrong 12 yards out.

Blackburn maintained a foothold in the game and got a goal back in the 80th minute when Samba climbed high at the far post to power home Pedersen's corner. It wasn't over yet.

Peter Crouch entered the fray for Defoe but, thankfully, any late nerves were settled by Pavlyuchenko, who was in the right place at the right time to slide home Bale's low cross with five minutes remaining.

He might have had a hat-trick as well as Crouch got above the advancing Brown and his header fell to Pavlyuchenko, who lobbed towards goal and was only denied by a spectacular clearance from Samba.

The final chance fittingly fell to Bale, who bombed into the box again and smashed a shot that Brown did well to beat away.

That would have been the icing on the cake for the 35,474 crowd, but three points and another fine display will no doubt suffice!

Spurs: Gomes; Corluka, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Palacios, Modric, Bale; Pavlyuchenko, Defoe (Crouch, 82). Subs: Alnwick, K Walker, Kaboul, Livermore, Rose, Gudjohnsen.

Blackburn Rovers: Robinson (Brown, 25); Salgado, Samba, Givet (Di Santo, 74), Chimbonda; Emerton (Andrews, 62), Dunn, Nzonzi, Olsson, Pedersen; Kalinic. Subs: Roberts, Diouf, Basturk, Hoilett.