Blackburn Rovers Vs Luton Town: Match Report

A late Adam Armstrong header sees Blackburn Rovers walk away with back to back 1-0 victories moving them up to 8th place in the table.

A game were chances were few and far between looked destined to end as a stalemate until some brilliant play within between Lewis Holtby and Sam Gallagher set up Armstrong to score in the 85th minute.

Luton gave the Rovers defence a late scare at the end but were denied by a sensational Barry Douglas block and the linesman’s flag, as Rovers kept back-to-back clean sheets and a ninth clean sheet of the season to move up to eighth in the table.

Tony Mowbray made two changes from last weeks victory over Middlesbrough with Stewart Downing making his 750th career appearance and Ben Brereton coming in for the injured Bradley Johnson and Jacob Davenport.

It was a quick start from the home side, Adam Armstrong had a glorious chance just three minutes in as he was played through on goal but he couldn’t quite get the ball out of his feet and the Luton defence managed to get back and block the shot.

It was Rovers who continued to attack as Joe Rothwell and Barry Douglas link up well on the left hand side and manage to find Brereton who was playing more centrally and his effort was well blocked.

Armstrong then tried to turn provider as he put a fine cross into a dangerous area but no one was there to threaten the goal.

Harvey Elliott then had a chance himself to give Rovers the lead, he brought down a Rothwell pass before driving towards goal were he cut onto his left foot but his shot was well over.

Luton had their first real breakaway of the game the lively Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu but a fantastic tackle from Everton loanee Jarrad Branthwaite stopped him in his tracks.

Half Time Blackburn Rovers 0-0 LutonΒ 

This marked the sixth successive Ewood fixture without a goal in the first half.

It was the home side who started the second half the brighter as just a minute in Armstrong collected the ball near the corner flag skipped pass Sonny Bradley before shooting towards goal but it was a comfortable save for Simon Sluga in goal.

A sloppy pass from Lewis Travis allowed Luton to break forward through James Collins but Rovers captain Darragh Lenihan came in with a well timed block.

Travis then picked up a yellow card for a foul on Kiernan Dewsbury Hall 25 yards from goal but the on loan Leicester man fired the subsequent free kick over the bar.

After a spell on the back foot Mowbray had seen enough, making a quadruple change on the hour as Lewis Holtby, Tyrhys Dolan, Bradley Dack and Sam Gallagher were all introduced.

Dolan looked to add a spark to the game, as all four subs combined as Dack found Gallagher who’s cross found Holtby who lost his footing but the ball fell to Dolan but his shot was well blocked and deflected out for a corner.

Most of Rovers joy came from the left hand side as Douglas and Dolan linked up well before Dolan cut inside onto his right foot before slicing his shot miles wide of the goal.

It was then Luton’s turn attack as Dewsbury Hall fired a shot straight 25 yards out at Kaminski who held on.

It was Rovers who made the breakthrough late on in the match, as the referee rolled the ball to Holtby for the drop ball after Bradley went down injured and Holtby caught Luton napping and his cross found Gallagher who nodded it to Armstrong who headed it home for only his second headed goal of his career.

It was then heart in mouth time for Rovers fans as Luton whipped in a free kick, Douglas managed to make a sensational goal line clearance before they fired in the rebound but the linesman had other ideas as he put his flag up for offside.

Rovers managed to see out the remaining few minutes of the game to get the three points which takes them up to 8th in the table three points behind Bournemouth in 6th.

Rovers are back in action next weekend as they travel to QPR.

Full Time Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Luton Town

 

 

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