Blackburn vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Blackburn scored their first goals from open play this season as they defeated Millwall 2-0 at the Sky Bet Championship.
The hosts have found goals hard to find so much in Ewood Park but they put those concerns to rest with an encouraging performance that saw them take the lead via a Derrick Williams piledriver at the half of his second of the season.
Tony Mowbray’s team had to weather some intervals of dominance out of their traffic that are competitive, but the opportunities dropped to Blackburn, who were denied a larger margin of victory by the Bartosz Bialkowski.
However, Bradley Dack’s tap-in late on ensured three points for Rovers who leapfrog their opponents after extending their unbeaten run to eight.
Millwall’s off form is a concern, stretching without a success – the last of which came from March.
Given John Buckley his first league start for Rovers, while the Neil Harris of Millwall failed likewise for Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
Both sides traded ancient long-range shots without a success however the hosts made the breakthrough in magnificent fashion at the 18th minute through an improbable source as the ball was played to the edge of the region from Greg Cunningham along with Williams charged onto it until hammering an unstoppable strike into the right-hand corner.
Together using Mahlon Romeo forcing Christian Walton into a smart rescue the Lions responded favorably to that setback, and Connor Mahoney’s inviting corner evading everybody.
But Rovers had the opportunity to extend their lead when footwork by Dack enabled him to slide the ball to Elliott Bennett but the Blackburn captain withdrew his effort wide.
After he made two magnificent saves to keep his side millwall were indebted to Bialkowski early in the second half.
He steered the 25-yard driveway of Stewart Downing away, before producing a much better save to thwart Adam Armstrong, after the striker had bundled through to a one time, repelling his close-range effort.
Ryan Leonard had the hosts concerned 18 minutes from time when the ball was played 20 yards.
And then Rovers made certain of the points in the 74th minute, ending a period of joint strain with a fine low ball across the face of the goal from Darragh Lenihan and Dack was available to tap his third of the season at the rear post.
As Rovers broke at speed bialkowski made another save 12 minutes from time along with Joe Rothwell shot appeared destined for the bottom corner, just for the goalkeeper’s outstretched arm to deny him.