Blackburn Rovers vs Watford: Match Report

Five successive defeats for Rovers now leaves them looking over their shoulders instead of pushing for the play-offs as Watford leave 2-3 victors at Ewood Park. 

Goals from Joao Pedro, Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema saw Watford leave Ewood Park victorious as they continue their push for promotion.

Harvey Elliott and Ben Brereton gave Rovers hope during the game but the score is very fortunate on the home side as Watford dominated the majority of the game.

Tony Mowbray made four changes from the team that lost 1-0 away at Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Barry Douglas returned at left back for Amari’i Bell, Corry Evans made his first start after being out injured for a long period of time replacing Jacob Davenport, Joe Rothwell and Bradley Dack also came in for the injured Sam Gallagher and Brereton who drops to the bench.

Three minutes into the game Rovers came forward with some nice link up play between Adam Armstrong,  Elliott and Dack allowed Rothwell to have a shot from the edge of the box but it was straight at the Watford keeper.

A foul by Everton loanee Jarrad Branthwaite gave a Watford a free kick on the edge of the box, Tom Cleverley stepped up to take it but he fired it over the bar.

The hornets then created the best chance of the half thus far as Thomas Kaminski saves well from Sarr as his shot looked destined for the bottom left hand corner.

Two minutes the later and it was the visitors that managed to take the lead, terrible defending from the Rovers backline as one simple hooked ball over the top leaves Joao Pedro clear on goal to lift it over Kaminski to make it 0-1 Watford.

Rovers looked for an instant reply as Armstrong raced down the pitch and fired a shot on his left foot which just flashed wide of the top-right hand corner.

It was the away side that really started to dominate this game with two chances in quick succession the first came from Sarr as he was played in by Cleverley but his shot was saved by Kaminski.

Dan Gosling then fired over the bar as the ball fell to him on the edge of the box from a corner.

Watford did manage to make it 0-2, another mess at the back from Rovers, Kaminski manages to save the first shot from Pedro but Sarr then fired in the rebound for his 8th goal of the season.

Rovers managed to get a goal back just a few minutes after Watford doubled their lead, Rothwell deserves the credit his press won the ball back high up the pitch, he found Dack who was cut out but the ball fell to Elliott who somehow managed to fire in from a tight angle to get Rovers back in this game 1-2.

Half Time: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Watford 

Rovers managed to get themselves back into the game with that late Elliott strike which was perhaps unwarranted after Watford dominated the majority of the half.

Second Half: 

It was the visitors with the first chance of the second half as Sarr crossed the ball into the box and it fell to Sema at the back post who’s volley was well saved by Kaminski.

15 minutes into the second half Watford restored their two goal lead, the hornets came forward with numbers, played their way through the Rovers defence, the ball was rolled to Sema who shot across goal and found the bottom right hand corner 1-3.

The home side looked to respond instantly once again, a poor Cleverley pass came to Armstrong he sprinted down the left hand side and his shot was turned past the post for a corner.

With 15 minutes left of the game Watford continued to dominate proceedings as Blackburn struggled to create any real momentum to get back into the contest.

Then somehow from nothing Rovers managed to get a goal, substitute Stewart Downing whipped a corner to the back post where other substitute Ben Brereton was there to fire home 2-3.

One minute from time and the home side had a glorious chance to equalise, Downing whips a delicious ball to the far post to Branthwaite who miss hit the initial shot but the follow up from Branthwaite was brilliantly save by Daniel Bachmann.

Watford however, we’re able to hang on for the win making it four victories in a row for the away side but five successive defeats for Rovers.

Rovers are back in action this Saturday as they face Mowbray’s former team Coventry City at Ewood Park.

Full Time: Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Watford





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