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Blackburn player ratings

Shay Given - Some solid saves under pressure but flapped at a couple of long balls. 6.5

Micah Richards - As impressive display as he has posted for some time. Justified his selection. 7

Kolo Toure - Brought composure to the back line and could be a key player. 7.5

Richard Dunne - Solid enough apart from one or two moments. The Lescott chase won't have been ended though. 6

Wayne Bridge
- A good start to the season from another maligned player from 2008/09. Also attacked well. 7

Gareth Barry - Pulled plenty of strings in midfield. His versatility could be vital this season. 7.5

Stephen Ireland - A little subdued at times in a less advanced role than usual. Still creative though and added a cool finish. 7

Shaun Wright-Phillips - Good all-round performance in both defence and attack. Clever ball for the opening goal. 7

Robinho - Isolated too often out wide. Lively once he moved inside but substituted for Tevez. 6

Craig Bellamy
- No surprise to see him in the side. Brought plenty of energy to the front line. 7

Emmanuel Adebayor - A superb finish but his all-round play and presence in attack led to an impressive debut. 8


Carlos Tevez
- Injection of pace and energy once he came on late in the game. 6.5