Date:Sunday April 20 2008
Interview Length: 2 Min 30 Sec
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The tension could be felt all the way back in West London as fans across the country watched the late kick off at Ewood Park.
Chelsea had of course slipped up earlier in the week, meaning Manchester United were now leading the league by 2 points and a game in hand. With a vastly superior goal difference to boot, Avram Grant's side had to hope that the leaders' would somehow lose twice in their remaining four games prior to Ewood Park in order to throw the title race wide open again - and boy did they come close to their first target!
Roque Santa Cruz scored midway through the first half to give the home team the advantage, sweeping home from a throw in which caused havoc in the United penalty area. The visitors were hardly inspirational in the first half, with Carlos Tevez missing their best chance by scuffing what seemed to be a simple tap in.
Into the second half and it was a different story. Wave after wave of attacks from United saw them stopped time and again by the immense Brad Friedel, who pulled off a number of breath-taking stops in the Rovers goal. Penalty appeals were aplenty as United raised the pressure, with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the post on the hour as they continued their search for a way back in before Friedel's hand stopped a Tevez shot on the line.
But just as some fans may have thought it wasn't going to be their day, Fergie's men hit back on 88 minutes. Following another superb Friedel save, this time from substitute John O'Shea, Nani's resulting corner was flicked on by Paul Scholes and the late goal specialist Tevez was on hand to nod home from just a few yards out. It was nothing less than the current Champions deserved for their second half display, with Sir Alex Ferguson highlighting Tevez' record of netting his 4th late points saving goal of the season.
'Fergie' hailed the point and paid tribute to Blackburn's American goalkeeper, but above all else he was relieved his side salvaged something to keep the destination of the title in their own hands.
Chelsea will be most distraught at the result, despite not even playing, as hopes of just a two point gap going into the 'Season Settler' next weekend were washed away.
Date:Sunday April 20 2008
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