Stoke City’s cruised to their first home Barclays Premier League win since October to compound Blackburn Rovers’ problems.
Rory Delap and Glen Whelan’s deflected strikes gave Tony Pulis’ men the lead, before Peter Crouch put the home side on cruise control.
Ruben Rochina scored a stunning late consolation, but defeat swells the pressure on Steve Kean.
With Stoke having conceded 14 goals in their last four league games and Blackburn without a win since September and under increasing pressure from supporters, who were planning renewed protests over the current ownership structure and their refusal to part with manager Kean.
Rovers’ luck wasn’t too change as Stoke hit the front before the half-hour as Delap headed home Jermaine Pennant’s free-kick.
Mauro Formica could have equalised but missed-kicked Rochina’s back-heel after two minutes of the second-half.
Just ten minutes later and the Potters punished the Premier League strugglers with a decisive second, as Whelan’s deflected shot flew beyond Paul Robinson.
The England stopper was powerless to stop Crouch make it three, as Jon Walters held off Scott Dann and the former Tottenham Hotspur striker tucked the ball away.
Rochina scored a consolation goal with four minutes left, and the flew beyond Thomas Sorenson, but the defeat leaves Rovers in the bottom three and keeps the pressure on Kean.
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