Blackburn vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Blackburn scored their first goals from open play in the home this year as they overcame Millwall 2-0 from the Sky Bet Championship.
The hosts have found goals hard to find so much in Ewood Park but they put those worries to rest with the encouraging performance that saw them take the lead through a Derrick Williams piledriver in the half – his second of the season.
Tony Mowbray’s team needed to weather some periods of dominance out of their traffic that are competitive, but the chances dropped to Blackburn, who had been denied a larger margin of victory by the Bartosz Bialkowski.
After stretching their unbeaten run to eight from the Lions, However, Bradley Dack ‘s on ensured three points for Rovers who leapfrog their competitors at the league.
Millwall’s off form is a concern, extending with no success – the last of which arrived from March to eight.
Mowbray handed John Buckley his first league start for Rovers, while the Neil Harris of Millwall failed similarly for Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
Both sides traded ancient long-range shots with no success however the hosts made the breakthrough in magnificent fashion in the 18th minute through an improbable source because the ball has been played into the border of the area by Greg Cunningham and Williams billed onto it until hammering an unstoppable strike into the right handed corner.
Using Christian Walton being forced by Mahlon Romeo to a smart rescue the Lions responded to that setback, also Connor Mahoney’s inviting corner frees everybody.
However, the Blackburn captain pulled his attempt wide although Rovers had the chance to extend their lead if footwork by Dack allowed him to slide the ball.
After he left two magnificent saves to keep his side in the 23, millwall were indebted to Bialkowski early in the second half.
He steered Stewart Downing’s 25-yard driveway off, before making a much better save to thwart Adam Armstrong, repelling his effort following the striker had bundled into a one off.
Ryan Leonard needed the hosts worried 18 minutes when the ball was played 20 yards out but he couldn’t really keep his effort down.
And then Rovers made certain of the points in the 74th minute, ending a period of joint strain with a nice low ball throughout the face of the goal from Darragh Lenihan and Dack was available to tap into his third of the year at the rear post.
Bialkowski made yet another terrific save 12 minutes from time as Rovers broke at speed along with the exact shot of Joe Rothwell appeared destined for the bottom corner for its on-loan goalkeeper’s outstretched arm to deny him.
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