- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

LONDON (AP) - Blackburn stunned 10-man Tottenham on Saturday, rallying with two late goals for a 2-1 victory that boosts the club’s bid to stay in the Premier League.

Spurs took the lead on Robbie Keane’s 30th-minute penalty kick, but the match turned in the 80th when Wilson Palacios was sent off after being booked twice in 90 seconds for challenges on David Dunn.

Blackburn’s Benni McCarthy tied it two minutes later from close range. Substitute Andre Ooijer netted the winner in the 87th when Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes failed to deal with El-Hadji Diouf’s corner kick.

“The referee made a diabolical decision by sending Wilson Palacios off,” Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. “It had a big effect losing a midfield player who had possibly been our best player.”

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce said a penalty should not have been awarded against his team when defender Gael Givet handled a cross from Aaron Lennon.

Later Saturday, Liverpool was at Fulham and looking to regain top spot from Manchester United until at least Sunday when the defending champions host Aston Villa.

Alan Shearer was taking charge of Newcastle for the first time Saturday, requiring a victory over third-place Chelsea to give the Magpies a chance of emerging from the relegation zone.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas returned against Manchester City after more than three months out with a knee injury.

Also Saturday, it was: Bolton vs. Middlesbrough; Hull vs. Portsmouth; West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke; and West Ham vs. Sunderland.


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