Blackburn vs Millwall
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Blackburn scored their first goals from open play this year as they overcame Millwall 2-0 in 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 through a Derrick Williams piledriver in the very first half – his second of the season.
Tony Mowbray’s team had to weather a few periods of dominance out of their people that are competitive, however, the much better opportunities dropped to Blackburn, who were denied a larger margin of victory by the outstanding Bartosz Bialkowski.
After extending their unbeaten run to eight against the Lions However, Bradley Dack ‘s on ensured three points for Rovers who leapfrog their opponents at the league.
Millwall’s off form is an issue, 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 did likewise for Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
Both sides exchanged ancient long-range shots without a success however, also the hosts made the breakthrough in magnificent fashion in the 18th minute through an improbable source because the ball was played into the edge of the region from Greg Cunningham and Williams billed onto it until hammering an unstoppable strike to the right-hand corner.
The Lions responded favorably using Mahlon Romeo forcing Christian Walton to a save, along with Connor Mahoney’s inviting corner evading everybody.
However, the Blackburn captain dragged his attempt disappointingly wide although Rovers had the chance to stretch their lead when lovely footwork by Dack allowed him to slip Elliott Bennett the ball.
Millwall were indebted to Bialkowski early in the second half after he left two magnificent saves to keep his side in the contest.
He tipped Stewart Downing’s 25-yard drive off, before making an even better save to thwart Adam Armstrong, following the striker had bundled into a one-on-one repelling his close-range effort.
Ryan Leonard needed the hosts when the ball was played 20 yards out but he couldn’t quite keep his effort 29, worried 18 minutes from time.
And then Rovers made sure of the points at the 74th minute, ending a period of joint strain using a nice low ball across the face of the target from Darragh Lenihan and Dack was available to tap into his third of the year at the back post.
Bialkowski made another terrific save 12 minutes from time as Rovers broke at speed along with Joe Rothwell’s exact shot seemed destined for the bottom corner for its goalkeeper’s outstretched arm.