Championship
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers2RotherhamRotherham United1
Craig Conway
Craig Conway scored Blackburn's opener with his first league goal of the season

Blackburn kept up their chase for a play-off place as Jordan Rhodes's late goal secured victory over Rotherham.

Midfielder Craig Conway gave Rovers the lead with a superb curling effort from 20 yards.

Rotherham were dominant after the break and deservedly drew level when Matt Derbyshire poked home Paul Green's low cross.

But Blackburn snatched victory when Rhodes stabbed home a loose ball after poor defending from the Millers.

The winner came two minutes after the hosts had hit the post through Rudy Gestede.

Rotherham still had time to find an equaliser but Green put a free header wide when presented with a golden chance.

Blackburn remain ninth, ten points behind the final play-off position, occupied by sixth-placed Brentford.

Rotherham drop to 19th, just three points above the relegation zone.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "It was a massive team effort, we picked up where we left off on Saturday. We saw that in the first half we were totally dominant.

"We showed fantastic spirit once we conceded the equaliser. It was fantastic resilience and togetherness from them and we just carried on and carried on.

"It was hard fought, but every game in the Championship is. We matched their effort and for long periods of the game we totally controlled."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "I don't see any reason why in the 33rd minute the referee doesn't give a penalty. It was a blatant handball. We are Rotherham, we don't get them, do we?

"We have been on the end of another atrocious decision, but we're used to it.

"We're Rotherham so people at the Football League possibly don't want us in the Championship, but we are going to fight to be here.

"It's my personal view, but I believe that. I just look at some of the decisions and people say they level out, but if they level out then we have got a lot to come, haven't we?"

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 6LoweSubstituted forBaptisteat 20'minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 10CairneyBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMarshallat 65'minutes
  • 25SpearingBooked at 53mins
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 11Rhodes
  • 9BrownSubstituted forGestedeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 7King
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Baptiste
  • 19Taylor
  • 39Gestede

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 16Richardson
  • 20Morgan
  • 4Arnason
  • 28Fryers
  • 17NewtonSubstituted forHammillat 51'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18PringleSubstituted forHuntat 51'minutes
  • 23SammonSubstituted forWardat 67'minutes
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 5Broadfoot
  • 8Frecklington
  • 10Bowery
  • 22Ward
  • 24Hammill
  • 30Hunt
  • 35Thompson
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
13,403

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Hammill (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Ezekiel Fryers (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Rotherham United 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Ezekiel Fryers (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede replaces Chris Brown.

  19. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United).