After Chelsea emphatically dispatched QPR in the earlier kick off, Tottenham were under pressure to beat relegation threatened Blackburn at White Hart Lane on Sunday 29th April 2012. Anything but a win would see Spurs fall to 6th place and see their Champions League hopes slip. Blackburn needed to capitalise on QPR’s defeat, as a win for them would take them level on points with QPR and Bolton in the fight for survival.
Despite having such a huge incentive, Rovers failed to impress in London. Rafael van der Vaart put Spurs into the lead in the 22nd minute, smashing the ball home after Gareth Bale’s back post headed rebounded off the bar. This was the Dutchman’s 10th league goal of this campaign and it very much set the tone for the match. Spurs, particularly van der Vaart and Luka Modric, played excellent pass and move football, dominating the game. The woodwork saved Blackburn and their ‘keeper Paul Robinson twice, as Sandro and Gallas both came close to getting on the score sheet.
However, the lead was eventually doubled when right-back Kyle Walker curled a free-kick from over 25 yards past the diving Robinson. The spectacular striker capped off an impressive performance from Spurs, as the game ended 2-0.
The lacklustre effort from Blackburn could have sealed their fate for the season. With a home game against their in-form relegation strugglers Wigan and a trip to Chelsea on the last day, Rovers could be condemned to Championship football next year. As for Spurs, they jumped back into the Champions League place after Newcastle’s slip up. However, this could all be in vein if Chelsea are victorious in the Champions League final. Spurs will be looking to catch their London rivals Arsenal to guarantee their place in Europe’s top competition.
WinkBall reporters spoke to fans at White Hart Lane before and after Sunday’s game.