Blackburn vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Blackburn scored their first goals from open play this season as they overcame Millwall 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.
The hosts have found goals hard to come by so much in Ewood Park but they put the worries to rest with the performance which saw them take the lead through a Derrick Williams piledriver in the half of his second of the year.
Tony Mowbray’s team needed to weather a few intervals of dominance from their traffic that are competitive, however, the much better chances dropped to Blackburn, who were denied a margin of victory by the outstanding Bartosz Bialkowski.
After extending their unbeaten run to eight against the Lions, However, Bradley Dack ‘s tap-in overdue on ensured three points for Rovers who leapfrog their opponents in the league.
Millwall’s away form is an issue, extending without a success – the last of which came in March.
Mowbray given John Buckley his first league start for Rovers, while Millwall’s Neil Harris did similarly for Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
Both sides exchanged early long-range shots without a success however, also the hosts made the breakthrough in magnificent fashion at the 18th minute through an improbable source because the ball was played into the border of the region from Greg Cunningham along with Williams billed onto it before hammering an unstoppable strike into the right handed corner.
With Christian Walton being forced by Mahlon Romeo into a smart save the Lions responded positively to that setback, and Connor Mahoney’s inviting corner evading everybody.
However, Rovers had the opportunity to extend their lead when beautiful footwork by Dack allowed him to slip the ball however, the Blackburn captain dragged his campaign wide.
Millwall were indebted to Bialkowski in the second half once he left two magnificent saves to keep his side.
First, he steered Stewart Downing’s 25-yard driveway away, before producing an even better save to thwart Adam Armstrong, repelling his campaign after the striker had bundled into a one off.
Ryan Leonard needed the hosts when the ball was played with him 20 yards out but he couldn’t really keep his effort down concerned 18 minutes.
And then Rovers made sure of the points at the 74th minute, finishing a period of joint strain using a fine low ball across the face of the target from Darragh Lenihan and Dack was available to tap in his third of the season at the back post.
Bialkowski made another excellent save 12 minutes as Rovers broke in pace and Joe Rothwell’s precise shot appeared destined for the bottom corner, only for its on-loan goalkeeper’s outstretched arm to deny him.