Nelsen hails excitable Diouf

Blackburn centre-back Ryan Nelsen has leapt to the defence of team-mate El-Hadji Diouf following the unsavoury scenes that marred Blackburn’s late victory over Spurs on Saturday.

Senegal international Diouf delivered the corner that resulted in Rovers' late winner at Ewood Park, with his energetic celebrations in front of the away supporters angering Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

The former Bolton and Sunderland man had to be restrained repeatedly before continuing his celebrations elsewhere. However, Nelsen has hailed Diouf’s impact since his arrival in January.

“Diouf’s an emotional guy,” he said. “He brings a lot of personality to the team and I mean that in the right way. Since he’s come here he has been fantastic, a real breath of fresh air.”

Diouf has been booked 58 times and sent off on three occasions in just under 200 Premier League appearances since joining Liverpool in 2002, but Nelsen believes the forward is the type of player who can help keep Blackburn up.

“You have to understand that he is cut from a different mould to a lot of us. But to me that’s awesome,” the New Zealander said.

“He’s a fantastic lad and wants to win so badly when he’s on the field. Players like him are infectious.”

Blackburn's dramatic 2-1 win against Spurs eased their relegation fears, moving them up to 14th place, five points clear of the drop zone.

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