Rovers give Sheffield Wednesday a lifeline in the battle for survival after an uninspiring performance saw the home side emerge 1-0 victors.
Josh Windass scored the only goal of the game in the first half, Rovers dominate possession but continued to lack any conviction like in many games previous.
Tony Mowbray made five changes from the team that won 2-1 at home to Derby on Friday. Ryan Nyambe, Jarrad Branthwaite, Lewis Travis, Bradley Johnson and Lewis Holtby dropped out and in came Elliott Bennett, Darragh Lenihan, Corry Evans, Tom Trybull and Joe Rothwell.
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🔄 Five changes for #Rovers:
⬅️ Nyambe, Branthwaite, Travis, Johnson, Holtby
➡️ Bennett, Lenihan, Evans, Trybull, Rothwell
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) April 20, 2021
The first opportunity of the game fell the way of Rovers, Rothwell laid the ball off to Trybull who tried his luck from distance but Kieran Westwood was able to palm it behind.
Rovers with a couple golden opportunities to take the lead, Rothwell intercepted a stray pass in midfield he gave it to Adam Armstrong who then gave it to Harvey Elliott, the Liverpool loanee cut in on his left foot and disguised a beautiful pass through to Armstrong who decided not to shoot and instead square it across to Sam Gallagher who scuffed his shot and it went wide.
Another brilliant disguised pass from Elliott set Barry Douglas down the left hand side his cross was met by Rothwell but his header was comfortably saved by Westwood.
Despite dominating the first half Rovers fell behind eight minutes from the half. Adam Reach’s cross from the left dropped to Windass whose shot was deflected off Lenihan and wrong footing Thomas Kaminski 1-0.
Deflected strike from Windass to give us the lead!
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) April 20, 2021
Right on the stroke of half time Wednesday nearly double their lead. Reach attempts a powerful shot from the edge of the box which is well saved by Kaminski and then Lenihan manages to block the follow up from Joey Pelupessy.
Half Time: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
A very dull opening 20 mins to the second half saw Rovers make a quadruple change Ben Brereton, Stewart Downing, John Buckley and Lewis Travis came on for Elliott, Gallagher, Trybull and Evans.
Wednesday came forward again through Reach, he crossed in from the left the ball went all the way to Liam Palmer but his shot was drilled straight at Kaminski.
A fast counter attack from Rovers saw Brereton drive down and field and slide the ball to Armstrong on the left his first time ball found Buckley in the middle but his shot was tame and straight at Westwood.
The game continued to dwindle away and the Referee blew his full time whistle to end a pretty dull game of football.
Rovers next game sees them play Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park on Saturday.
Full Time: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Blackburn Rovers