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EPL: Blackburn beat Sunderland, move out of relegation zone

March 21, 2012 10:39 IST
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Blackburn Rovers moved clear of the Premier League relegation zone with a deserved 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday.

Junior Hoilett opened the scoring in the 58th minute, latching on to a weak punch from Sunderland goalkeeper Simone Mignolet to volley the ball into the net from the edge of the area.

Blackburn Rovers' Junior Hoilett (centre) celebrates after scoring against Sunderland during their English Premier League match on TuesdayStriker Yakubu sealed victory for Rovers four minutes from time, heading home from close range following a fine cross by substitute Bradley Orr.

Blackburn stayed 16th in the table but moved six points ahead of Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers who occupy the bottom three spots in the 20-team standings.

Second-placed Manchester City host Chelsea on Wednesday seeking to close a four-point gap on leaders Manchester United while third-placed Tottenham Hotspur welcome Stoke City, Arsenal travel to Everton and Liverpool entertain QPR.

Photograph: Nigel Roddis / Reuters

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