Blackburn vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Blackburn scored their first goals from open play this year as they defeated Millwall 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship.
The hosts have found goals hard to come by so much at Ewood Park but they put the concerns to rest with an encouraging performance that saw them take the lead through a Derrick Williams piledriver at the first half – his second of the year.
Tony Mowbray’s team had to weather some intervals of dominance from their competitive visitors, however, the much better opportunities fell to Blackburn, who had been denied a larger margin of victory by the outstanding Bartosz Bialkowski.
However, Bradley Dack’s tap-in late on ensured three points for Rovers who leapfrog their competitors from the league after stretching their unbeaten run against the Lions to eight.
Millwall’s off form is a concern, stretching with no success – the last of which came from March to eight.
Mowbray given John Buckley his first league start for Rovers, while the Neil Harris of Millwall did similarly for Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
Both sides exchanged early long-range shots with no success however, also the hosts made the breakthrough in magnificent fashion in the 18th minute through an unlikely source because the ball was played into the border of the area by Greg Cunningham along with Williams charged onto it until hammering an unstoppable strike into the right handed corner.
With Christian Walton being forced by Mahlon Romeo to a smart save the Lions responded to this setback, along with Connor Mahoney’s inviting corner frees everybody.
However, Rovers had the opportunity to extend their lead when beautiful footwork by Dack enabled him to slide Elliott Bennett the ball but the Blackburn captain withdrew his effort disappointingly wide.
he left two magnificent saves to keep his side in the contest millwall were indebted to Bialkowski early in the second half.
He steered Stewart Downing drive off, before making an even better save to thwart Adam Armstrong, repelling his close-range campaign following the striker had bundled through to a one-on-one.
Ryan Leonard needed the hosts when the ball was played 20 yards away but he couldn’t really keep his effort down concerned 18 minutes from time.
And Rovers made sure of the things at the 74th minute, ending a period of concerted pressure with a nice low ball across the face of the target from Darragh Lenihan and Dack was available to tap his third of the season at the rear post.
Bialkowski made another terrific save 12 minutes broke at pace along with Joe Rothwell shot seemed destined for the bottom corner for its goalkeeper’s outstretched arm.