Football: Ostenstad Ensures Forward Movement ; Blackburn Rovers 2 Ostenstad 11, Duff 90 Fulham 0 Half-Time: 1- 0 Attendance: 18,543
Slater, Richard, The Independent (London, England)
WITH THE wannabes waiting in the wings, Tony Parkes' rejuvenation of beleaguered Blackburn continues apace. Both Colin Todd and Colin Hendry watched from the stands, each having expressed a desire to be part of the rebuilding of Jack's dilapidated house.
Since the club remain tight-lipped on the subject of a long-term replacement, their pres- ence in itself means little other than to the gossip-mongers. However, they will have been impressed by the tenacity and, for much of the game, quality of the home side's play, and whoever Jack Walker does eventually hire will more likely reflect on Blackburn's last two performances against top-six opposition, which have garnered four points, than on the dismal start to the season under Brian Kidd.
Paul Bracewell, meanwhile, is left scratching his head in bemusement at Fulham's current form - one win in their last eight - which, while his side remain in the hunt for the play-offs, far from suggests their early promise will be converted into a successive step up.
For a brief period yesterday he had five strikers on display, so desperate was the urge to salvage something from the game. While his five-man midfield had been squarely outplayed by the combative endeavours of Lee Carsley and the particularly impressive Jason McAteer, the bypassing of the central zone was folly and stretched Fulham to a point which gave Damien Duff the opportunity to seal victory with an injury-time volley.
"It gave us so much space to play in," said Parkes, relieved after steering the club he has been associated with for three decades to their first win in 10 outings. …