Blackburn vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Blackburn scored their first goals from open play at home this year as they overcame Millwall 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.
The hosts have found goals hard to find so far in Ewood Park but they put the worries to rest with an performance that saw them take the lead through a Derrick Williams piledriver in the half – his second of the year.
Tony Mowbray’s team needed to weather some periods of dominance from their competitive people, however, the opportunities fell to Blackburn, who were denied a bigger margin of victory by the Bartosz Bialkowski.
But Bradley Dack ‘s on guaranteed three points for Rovers who leapfrog their competitors at the league after extending their unbeaten run to eight from the Lions.
Millwall’s off form is a concern, extending without a victory – the last of which arrived in March to eight.
Mowbray handed John Buckley his first league start for Rovers, while the Neil Harris of Millwall failed likewise for Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Jayson Molumby.
Both sides exchanged ancient long-range shots with no success however, also the hosts made the breakthrough in stunning fashion in the 18th minute through an unlikely source as the ball was played into the border of the area from Greg Cunningham and Williams billed onto it until hammering an unstoppable strike to the right-hand corner.
The Lions responded positively to this setback, together with Christian Walton being forced by Mahlon Romeo to a rescue, along with Connor Mahoney’s inviting corner frees everybody.
But the Blackburn captain retreated his effort disappointingly wide although Rovers had the chance to stretch their lead if beautiful footwork by Dack allowed him to slide Elliott Bennett the ball.
Once he made two magnificent saves to keep his side in the 23, millwall were indebted to Bialkowski in the second half.
He steered off the 25-yard drive of Stewart Downing, before making an even better save to thwart Adam Armstrong, after the striker had bundled through to a one off, repelling his campaign.
Ryan Leonard had the hosts once the ball was played 20 yards worried 18 minutes.
And Rovers made sure of the things in the 74th minute, ending a period of joint strain with a fine low ball across the face of the target from Darragh Lenihan and Dack was on hand to tap into his third of the season at the rear post.
broke at speed, bialkowski made another excellent save 12 minutes along with Joe Rothwell shot seemed destined for the bottom corner for its goalkeeper’s outstretched arm to deny him.