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Rovers make Chelsea pay the penalty

December 3, 2009

Paul Robinson saves from Gael Kakuta to send Blackburn through

Blackburn 3-3 Chelsea
Blackburn win 4-3 on pens

Kalinic 9 Drogba 48
Emerton 64 Kalou 52
McCarthy (pen) 93 Ferreira 120+2

Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson was the hero as Rovers dumped Chelsea out of the Carling Cup on penalties at Ewood Park.

Rovers will now face Aston Villa for a place in the final against one of the two Manchester clubs.

The home side took the lead twice in a thrilling see-saw match, in which Chelsea were forced to play the latter part with ten men.

Nikola Kalinic opened the scoring for Rovers before goals from Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou put Chelsea ahead.

Benni McCarthy gave Blackburn an extra-time lead after a Brett Emerton cross had deceived the visitors’ back line to level matters in normal time.

Deep into extra-time, Paul Robinson misjudged a cross that allowed Paulo Ferreira to send the game to penalties.

Earlier, Carlo Ancelotti’s bold triple substitution backfired as Kalou limped off leaving the visitors with just nine outfield players.

“We are disappointed but I think that we did a very good job with 10 versus 11 – we played with spirit, with heart,” said Ancelotti. “I took a risk with three players coming on at half-time. It was a new line-up for us and sometimes it doesn’t work, but in second half it was better.”

Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is recovering from heart surgery. Temporary boss Neil McDonald said: “It didn’t deserve to go to penalties, we had the chances to win it before then. But Paul Robinson has made two fantastic saves in the shoot-out and we’re through, it’s great. We have come on strong and deserved to come through.”

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