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Blackburn Rovers 4-2 Rotherham United

Craig Conway
Craig Conway has three goals this season, Blackburn's top scorer along with Anthony Stokes

Blackburn came from a goal down to beat fellow strugglers Rotherham and earn their first league win of the season.

Danny Ward slotted the Millers in front but Rovers levelled when Craig Conway found the top corner from 20 yards out.

Conway teed up Marvin Emnes to stroke the hosts ahead before Ben Marshall bent in to double their lead just 15 seconds into the second half.

Ward headed his second at the near post to apply pressure but Emnes set up Sam Gallagher to tap in and seal victory.

The points lift Owen Coyle's side off the foot of the Championship table on goal difference, just a point below Rotherham who slip to 21st.

Ward's strikes were the first away goals of the season for Alan Stubbs' team, who also hit the bar when a Blackburn player headed on to his own bar from Greg Halford's long throw.

Rovers also struck the woodwork when Gallagher powered a header against the bar from a Conway cross.

The Millers' wretched record at Ewood Park continues, losing on 13 of their last 15 league visits - their last victory there coming in September 1979.

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle: "The most important thing today was to win.

"It was important we got the three points, but it was the manner of the performance and how we won.

"We started the game brilliantly, we could have been two goals up, and from that we concede a counter-attack goal from two very good players.

"It would have been easy to feel sorry for yourself but we continue to play the same way, whether we're 1-0 up or 1-0 down. Even at 3-2, it would have been easy to get nervous but they picked themselves up and we scored a wonderful fourth goal."

Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs: "First and foremost, we have to cut out basic, fundamental mistakes that we're making.

"I can't think of any goals that we've conceded where teams have completely cut us open. We're significantly contributing to our own downfall by making basic mistakes and we're getting punished.

"It's the manner of the goals that's the disappointing thing. You're just asking defenders to do their jobs."

REACTION: Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs speaks to BBC Radio Sheffield

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 3GreerSubstituted forWhartonat 81'minutes
  • 4Hoban
  • 5Williams
  • 10Marshall
  • 29EvansBooked at 41minsSubstituted forLenihanat 82'minutes
  • 23Guthrie
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forSamuelsenat 90+3'minutes
  • 17Emnes
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Byrne
  • 11Samuelsen
  • 21Akpan
  • 26Lenihan
  • 33Raya
  • 34Wharton

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 2KellyBooked at 90mins
  • 18Fry
  • 16Wilson
  • 3MattockBooked at 58mins
  • 11Taylor
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 50'minutes
  • 24AdeyemiBooked at 70minsSubstituted forVaulksat 75'minutes
  • 21AllanSubstituted forYatesat 51'minutes
  • 37BrownBooked at 66mins
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 4Vaulks
  • 7Forde
  • 8Frecklington
  • 12Price
  • 14Ball
  • 22Newell
  • 39Yates
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
10,699

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 4, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 4, Rotherham United 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Martin Samuelsen replaces Craig Conway.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 4, Rotherham United 2. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

Booking

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Gallagher with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isaiah Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Rotherham United 2. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Kelly with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Darragh Lenihan replaces Corry Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Wharton replaces Gordon Greer.

Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks replaces Tom Adeyemi.

Attempt saved. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Booking

Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United).

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kelvin Wilson (Rotherham United).

Booking

Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Booking

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Kelvin Wilson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United).

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich8521139417
3Newcastle85031661015
4Barnsley85031911815
5Birmingham8431106415
6Brentford8422135814
7Brighton8422106414
8Reading8422910-114
9Fulham834186213
10Wolves8332109112
11Ipswich833287112
12Bristol City83231211111
13Nottm Forest83231617-111
14Sheff Wed8323911-211
15Leeds8314911-210
16QPR83141014-410
17Burton8233121209
18Aston Villa81528808
19Preston8206712-56
20Derby813427-56
21Rotherham8134920-116
22Wigan81251012-25
23Blackburn81251017-75
24Cardiff8125614-85
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