American Exports: Jones can't prevent loss to City
AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones worked a solid full shift as Blackburn suffered a late 1-0 home loss to Manchester City on Monday.
The Schalke loan item will sit out Rovers' next match after picking up his fifth yellow card for an early second half tug-down of the free-running Mario Balotelli. Due to three Joe Hart saves and a 75th-minute Edin Dzeko strike, Blackburn are now winless in 10 EPL matches and just a point clear of the trap door.
Down in the Championship, Norwich City defender Zak Whitbread notched a long ball assist before leaving on 57 minutes with a hip knock in a thrilling 3-2 home win over Derby County.
Canada forward Simeon Jackson completed his hat trick near the death to maintain the Canaries' one-point edge in the second automatic promotion slot with two games to play. US Under-20 forward Conor Doyle was an unused sub for the visitors.
Robbie Findley worked 25 active minutes as Nottingham Forest took control of the last promotion playoff spot with a 3-2 win at Bristol City. The former Real Salt Lake man twice sent teammate Robert Earnshaw in alone, only for the chances to be squandered.
Eric Lichaj and Leeds United slipped to three points behind the Reds for sixth place with a lackluster 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.
In Danish SAS Liga action, Clarence Goodson marshaled the back as Brøndby stayed two points shy of a Champions League berth by humbling Randers FC 4-0. The west-of-Copenhagen crew have now held their opponents scoreless for the last 232 minutes the US international has been on the field.
Across the water in Norway's Tippeligaen, Mikkel Diskerud worked an industrious 90 minutes as Stabæk moved level on points with third place thanks to a 3-1 defeat of Fredrikstad.
Josh Gatt worked 25 relief minutes as Molde FK made it two straight wins with a 3-1 decision at Brann. Defender Sean Cunningham dressed for the victors, but did not feature.
Next door in the Allsvenskan, Örebro ace Alejandro Bedoya forced a pair of good point blank saves and went into the book over 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw with guests Helsingborgs.
Finally, in Germany's 2.Bundesliga, David Yelldell turned two drives off his post, but it was not enough in a 1-0 loss to league leaders Hertha Berlin.