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Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Milton Keynes Dons

Jordi Gomez
Blackburn match-winner Jordi Gomez began his career at Spanish giants Barcelona

Jordi Gomez's stoppage-time free-kick clinched victory for Blackburn Rovers in a seesaw game with MK Dons.

Samir Carruthers put the visitors ahead with a curling left-foot shot, but Gomez headed Rovers level with the first of his double following a corner.

Elliott Bennett's low drive put the hosts in front for the first time, only for Alex Revell to square matters, slotting in Josh Murphy's cross.

Rovers won it as Gomez curled superbly over the wall to beat Cody Cropper.

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Robinson on Blackburn v MK Dons

It was a heartbreaking finale for Karl Robinson's side, whose relegation worries deepen after the side immediately below them in the Championship table, Rotherham, were 2-1 winners over Brentford.

For Blackburn, it was a second consecutive home league victory that lifted them to 18th after Fulham were beaten at Middlesbrough.

Rovers were booed off at the break, but their second-half performance was much improved, with goalkeeper Jason Steele needing to tip Jake Forster-Caskey's free-kick on to the bar before Carruthers' opener.

Even so, after a Dons revival that saw Dean Bowditch shoot into the side-netting and substitute Revell equalise, it needed a moment of magic from Spanish former Sunderland midfielder Gomez to seal just a fifth home league success of the season for Paul Lambert's men.

Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert on the winning goal by Gomez:

"Jordi Gomez, as I said before, has been terrific. Jordi plays the game as if it's really natural to him - all top players do that.

"He's technically excellent on the ball. Even his first goal was a brilliant header. The second goal was genuine world class. We're thankful that Sunderland have let him come (on loan).

"I am delighted obviously with the win. First half, we were nowhere near it. I expect better and demand better. Second half, yes.

"I know how players react and how they think and sometimes you can see what is going to happen but your legs don't carry you because you feel tired from the game.

"It wasn't until the second half when we got them in, changed the system, got more bodies around the ball and started to dominate the middle of the pitch."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"I thought we were excellent in our performance levels. We showed we move the ball really well but we work hard as well in and out of possession.

"Today what's cost us is schoolboy-error defending from a set-piece and they need to eradicate that themselves and need to learn their lessons.

"It's gut-wrenching as a manager when we're sat here with nothing.

"I think we've been robbed, and that's not being disrespectful to Blackburn Rovers. Everybody knows the respect I have for this football club, but I'm gutted."

Samir Carruthers
Samir Carruthers' opener for MK Dons was his first goal of the season

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forHenleyat 78'minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 29EvansSubstituted forGrimesat 51'minutes
  • 26LenihanBooked at 90mins
  • 31BennettBooked at 26mins
  • 9BrownBooked at 50minsSubstituted forJacksonat 61'minutes
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 8Watt
  • 15Ward
  • 16Grimes
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson

MK Dons

  • 22Cropper
  • 21Baldock
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 66mins
  • 16Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 8Potter
  • 44Forster-Caskey
  • 9Bowditch
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forMurphyat 61'minutes
  • 14CarruthersSubstituted forHallat 82'minutes
  • 28MaynardSubstituted forRevellat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Kay
  • 12Spence
  • 13Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 18Revell
  • 29Burns
  • 31Murphy
  • 38Hall
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
12,693

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, MK Dons 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, MK Dons 2.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, MK Dons 2. Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Darren Potter (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, MK Dons 2. Alex Revell (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

Attempt missed. Dean Lewington (MK Dons) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Walsh following a corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Attempt blocked. George Baldock (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Robert Hall replaces Samir Carruthers.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Ben Marshall because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Samir Carruthers.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, MK Dons 1. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Alex Revell replaces Nicky Maynard.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (MK Dons).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Cody Cropper.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, MK Dons. Darren Potter tries a through ball, but Nicky Maynard is caught offside.

Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Josh Murphy replaces Jonathan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Simeon Jackson replaces Chris Brown.

Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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