Competition: English Premier League.
Referee: Mr S.W. Dunn (
Rod Wallace fights shy of publicity, preferring to let his
boots do his talking for him, and they certainly did in an explosive seven goal
The quicksilver Wallace, whose Press interviews are as rare
as a blank sheet at
In between those strikes there had been three others. Robert Molenaar had put United two up with a fierce volley from Kelly’s seventh minute corner-kick, but Kevin Gallacher’s screamer after nine minutes and a Chris Sutton penalty in the sixteenth minute had squared the match at two each. Only five minutes after Wallace’s second goal, Hopkin, thanks to fine approach work from Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, found the time and space to settle himself and pick his spot before duly firing in his first goal for United.
United held a 4-2 advantage after just twenty-four minutes play, but their lead was cut again when Martin Dahlin swivelled neatly to hit a firm low angled drive past Nigel Martyn after thirty-four minutes, and the seven goals had made it a feast of entertainment for fans and television viewers alike.
However, an incident packed ninety minutes also saw seven
bookings, six of them for United players, including
young Australian midfielder Harry Kewell, who was
sent off in the second half for a second yellow card offence.
George Graham had said that his men would not wilt in the
face of a
Rod Wallace looked like a player on fire and his display was first class, especially in the first half when his pace and skills were frequently in evidence, but there was another very promising display from the eighteen-year-old Harry Kewell, who seemed destined to become a top class player. It was a pity that he found himself sent off twelve minutes from the end for twice rolling the ball back at a free kick when Rovers attempted to gain a few yards. “The referee could have had a few words with him. That’s in the spirit of the game, but to send him off like that is laughable.” said Graham.” Kewell is only a young lad and I don’t think that the referee knew he had even booked him earlier”.
Despite the efforts of Chris Sutton and Martin Dahlin, Rovers could not pull level again and United, packing their defence to cover the loss of Kewell, held out for their second win of the season.
Rod Wallace shows poaching skills to score United’s first goal
Robert Molenaar gets the second goal
Rod Wallace slots in his second and United’s third goal
David Hopkin gets the United fourth goal and celebrates
Rod Wallace (2) Robert Molenaar and David
Hopkins scored the
Kevin Gallacher, Chris Sutton and Martin Dahlin replied for Blackburn
Gary Kelly was involved in the first two goals, Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink was involved in the third, and Harry Kewell was unnecessarily sent-off
Tim Flowers was in goal for Rovers Patrick Valery and Jeff Kenna were the full-backs
Stephane Henchoz and Colin Hendry were the centre-backs
Future United player, Jason Wilcox, Gary Flitcroft and Lars Bohinen were in midfield with Kevin
Gallacher, Chris Sutton and Martin Dahlin the strikers
Anders Andersson, Tim Sherwood and Damien Duff were the substitutes