Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers: Match Report

Rovers end their seven game winless streak after an impressive display away at Millwall defeating them 0-2.

A first half goal from Bradley Dack and a second half goal from Sam Gallagher helped the Blues secure the win to provide some comfort between them and a potential relegation fight.

Tony Mowbray made six changes from the team that lost 1-0 away at Reading in midweek, Joe Rankin-Costello and Gallagher returned from injury to replace newly injured Adam Armstrong and Ryan Nyambe. The other changes saw Barry Douglas, John Buckley, Tyrhys Dolan and Dack all come into the side replacing Amari’i Bell, Corry Evans, Joe Rothwell and Harvey Elliott.

A very quiet opening first 15 minutes to the game, neither team could keep possession in the final third long enough to create any real opening.

Just three minutes later Rovers managed to take the lead with the first chance of the game. Rankin-Costello ventured forward from right back, passed the ball into Dack on the edge of the box he wriggled past the defender to create an opening, his shot took a deflection which wrong footed Bartosz Bialkowski and found the roof of the net 0-1.

The away side really started to kick into the gear and carry on the momentum after that goal, the extremely lively Dolan found his way to the byline and fizzed the ball across goal but Ben Brereton couldn’t get a touch on the ball and it was cleared away.

Straight after Rovers won the ball back and found Dolan on the left hand side he took on his man and cut inside on his right foot, he fired towards goal which went narrowly over.

Pressure was all on Millwall at this point, the ball bounced out to Tom Trybull who tried his luck from distance, the ball swerved in the air and Bialkowski could only palm it in front of him before it was cleared.

Blackburn then controlled the rest of the half to go into the half leading 0-1.

Half Time: Millwall 0-1 Blackburn Rovers 

The second half started and it was Rovers on the front foot again, a short corner was worked to Dolan who laid it off to Dack but he was leaning back and consequently his shot went miles over the bar.

Gary Rowett had seen enough just 10 minutes into the half and completely changed system scrapping the three at the back and brining on target man Matt Smith.

Smith almost made an instant impact heading wide from a Scott Malone cross which he knew he should off done better from.

The hosts changing to a more attacking system saw spaces open up for Rovers going forward, Gallagher fed the ball through to Dolan who broke into the box worked himself a shooting angle but his effort was well saved by Bialkowski.

Millwall struggled to create many opportunities in this game one of their best came from a Malone free kick which Thomas Kaminski saved comfortably diving to his right.

Gallagher should off made it 0-2 when Buckley played him through but his shot was straight at Bialkowski, either side of the keeper and he would off struggled to keep it out.

Big appeals then came from Rovers for a penalty as Buckley made a brilliant run down the right hand side and played a great to Dack inside the area and was caught from behind by Ryan Woods but the referee gave a corner which was somewhat bizarre as it was either a penalty or goal kick.

However the away side did manage to double their lead 15 minutes from time, substitute Harvey Elliott picked out Dolan who’s shot was blocked but Rovers got a bit of luck as the ball ricocheted off Gallagher into an empty net 0-2.

Millwall went close to pulling a goal back a few minutes from time, Malone came flying forward from left back to fire an effort onto the post, the rebound was hit towards goal by Jon Dadi Boedvarsson and well saved by Kaminski to tip it out for a corner.

Rovers managed to see the game out and earn a well deserved victory and clean sheet to end what has been a torrid run of results.

The Blues are back in action on Tuesday as they welcome promotion chasing Swansea City to Ewood Park.

Full Time: Millwall 0-2 Blackburn Rovers

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