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Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Blackburn's Sam Gallagher
Sam Gallagher is Blackburn's joint-top scorer this season with 11 goals

Sam Gallagher scored a stoppage-time winner to boost Blackburn's survival hopes with victory over QPR.

The visitors were almost ahead inside the first minute with Jamie Mackie forcing a save from Jason Steele.

And they felt aggrieved not to be ahead after an hour, when Conor Washington's header appeared to cross the line but was not given by the officials.

Gallagher then won it late on for Blackburn, tucking home his 11th of the season from Marvin Emnes' cross.

It was an electric start to the game for QPR, who saw Mackie and Joel Lynch both denied by Steele inside the opening five minutes, with a Massimo Luongo effort also blocked.

Conor Washington
Conor Washington appeals to referee Tony Harrington after his header appears to cross the line

Blackburn's only shot on target in the first half came via a Charlie Mulgrew free-kick, which was easily saved by Alex Smithies.

But the big talking point came on the hour mark, when Washington's 12-yard header hit the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line, however the officials disagreed despite QPR's protestations.

As the game looked destined for a stalemate, Gallagher's half-volley from Emnes' left-wing cross secured all three points for Rovers, who remain three points from safety but go above Wigan into 22nd.

QPR drop to 19th, following Nottingham Forest's win over Aston Villa, and are now just six points clear of the relegation places.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle: "The club, for a number of years, there has been loads of stuff going on. The bottom line is anybody who knows me knows how resilient I am, knows how focused I am.

"I totally understand the frustration (of fans) if you're at home, it's 0-0, you want to win the game, but there's still time to win.

"What was nice today, given there has been a number of times we've lost points late on, it was nice to turn that on its head and turn that one point into three.

"It was well earned because we were well worth the three points today. No doubt about it."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 3GreerSubstituted forAkpanat 70'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 6Lowe
  • 7Feeney
  • 31Bennett
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forMahoneyat 65'minutes
  • 19Gallagher
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forEmnesat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Emnes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21Akpan
  • 23Guthrie
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya

QPR

  • 1Smithies
  • 29FurlongBooked at 90minsSubstituted forLua Luaat 90+4'minutes
  • 5Onuoha
  • 6Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 24PerchBooked at 59mins
  • 15Wszolek
  • 21LuongoSubstituted forMorrisonat 78'minutes
  • 41ManningBooked at 80mins
  • 12MackieSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 9Washington

Substitutes

  • 2Freeman
  • 4Hall
  • 10Goss
  • 13Ingram
  • 17Smith
  • 28Lua Lua
  • 49Morrison
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
10,846

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Darnell Furlong.

Booking

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marvin Emnes with a cross.

Attempt missed. Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Washington with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers).

Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Ravel Morrison replaces Massimo Luongo.

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan replaces Gordon Greer.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Foul by Matt Smith (Queens Park Rangers).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor Mahoney replaces Craig Conway.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes replaces Danny Graham.

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Matt Smith replaces Jamie Mackie.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Conor Washington (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.

Booking

James Perch (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Perch (Queens Park Rangers).

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

goal

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7Norwich29144114840846
8Derby2913793022846
9Barnsley30136114844445
10Fulham291110846331343
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17Cardiff30106143444-1036
18Wolves2998123840-235
19QPR3097142942-1334
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22Blackburn2977153446-1228
23Wigan2867152433-925
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