Blackburn beat the valiant Spartans

Blyth Spartans 0 – Blackburn 1 (FA Cup, January 5, 2009) Blackburn had a goal chalked off in the first half when Matt Derbyshire’s overhead kick was headed into his own net by Andrew Leeson, only for the linesman to rule it out for offside. It took almost an hour for Rovers to show their Premier League class until Carlos Villanueva, on a rare appearance, sweetly curled in a free-kick across the keeper into the far corner.