The 11v11 goal of the week was scored by Yakubu for Blackburn Rovers against Queens Park Rangers.
Along with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ heavy defeat to West Bromwich Albion, the win against fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers lifted Rovers out of the bottom three, but where would they be without their leading scorer?On his return from a three-match ban, Yakubu’s 15th minute opener took his season total to 14 goals.Taking control of Steven Nzonzi’s flick-on with an amazingly deft touch for such a big man, surrounded by QPR defenders, the former Everton hitman spun and fired a right-foot shot into the bottom corner.Worth his considerable weight in gold to Rovers’ worrying cause, manager Steve Kean was fully of praise for his burly striker:
Our Premier League Performance of the Week goes to Blackburn Rovers for their New Year’s Eve win at Manchester United.
- The scene seemed perfectly set at Old Trafford for United to celebrate manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday as, if defeat was avoided, they would return to the top of the Premier League.
- With 11 defeats in the 18 league games in 2011-12, it also seemed like the old year would end in familiar fashion for crisis-club Rovers.
- Having amazingly led 2-0, another familiar pattern appeared to emerge as United drew level after 62 minutes.
- However, against the odds, Steve Kean’s team pulled off arguably the biggest shock win in Premier League history with youngster Grant Hanley’s first senior goal.
- According to the bookies, Rovers
This week's performance of the week goes to Yakubu Aigegbeni for his four goals for Blackburn Rovers in the 4-2 win against Swansea City.
- With the the backdrop of the on-going protests against the club’s owners and management, Yakubu’s four goals earned Blackburn Rovers a crucial win against Swansea City at Ewood Park.
- The hostile atmosphere continued even after his first goal as there were audible jeers from the home crowd when the former Everton striker celebrated the opener with boss Steve Kean.
- The Rovers fans may have been more forgiving if they had known that it was the 30th time that Yakubu has scored the opening goal in a Premier League game and hasn’t been on the losing side in any of them.
This week's suspensions list includes Blackburn Rovers Steven Nzonzi who admitted an FA charge of violent conduct following an incident Ryan Shawcross during the match at Stoke City last Saturday.
Midfielder Ross Draper misses Macclesfield Town's FA Cup trip to Chelmsford City and Macc's following two games after their appeal following his red card at Barnet was rejected.
One Match Ban (03/12)