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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Millwall

Blackburn celebrate against Millwall
Blackburn are undefeated in five games

Millwall's hopes of moving out of the Championship relegation zone suffered a huge blow as they lost to two late Blackburn goals at Ewood Park.

Rudy Gestede put Rovers ahead on 78 minutes with his 20th strike of the season after he latched onto a deep, left-wing cross.

And deep into injury time Jordan Rhodes made the game safe as he raced clear to slot past David Forde.

The result leaves Millwall four points adrift of safety with two games left.

It means interim boss Neil Harris's prospects of keeping the Lions in the second tier hinge on winning their final two games - against promotion-chasing Derby and Wolves - and hoping Rotherham do not win any any of their remaining three games.

They had chances to beat a Rovers side with very little to play for this season, with Martyn Woolford missing two opportunities and seeing another cleared off the line by Tommy Spurr.

But the London side had not won any of their last six away games, and Blackburn threatened when Chris Brown headed against the bar.

Paris Cowan-Hall squandered a one-on-one for the visitors before Gestede volleyed home late on, and Rhodes then finished off a counter-attack at the death.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer: "I've been saying all along, we've got a hell of a lot to play for still.

"We want to finish as high as we can and individuals have got personal targets to reach and hit and you saw two of them get on the scoresheet tonight.

"We could have had more, Tom Cairney's been wasteful in front of goal. He should have done better and we should have been cuter setting one or two up but overall we're pleased with the clinical finishing of the front two again."

Millwall boss Neil Harris: "I'm frustrated, definitely. Their two goalscorers have scored more goals than my whole squad so I think it's clear to see why they've won that game 2-0.

"We talk about the positives, how good we were, how many chances we created, but ultimately to win games of football you have to score goals.

"I thought the whole team was outstanding, the subs were outstanding.

"Spirit, we've got plenty of that, togetherness and desire, and ability in the squad but it doesn't change the result."

Millwall's Mark Beevers looks crestfallen
Millwall's Mark Beevers sums up his side's despair as they face the prospect of relegation

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 12Marshall
  • 3Spurr
  • 4KilgallonSubstituted forLenihanat 37'minutes
  • 14Olsson
  • 21TaylorSubstituted forCairneyat 71'minutes
  • 25Spearing
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 9BrownSubstituted forRhodesat 71'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Rhodes
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 26Lenihan

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 2Dunne
  • 35Nelson
  • 16Beevers
  • 21HardingSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 83'minutes
  • 11Woolford
  • 26Abdou
  • 10Bailey
  • 18GueyeSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 61'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 22O'Brien
  • 19FullerSubstituted forGregoryat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hooiveld
  • 7Martin
  • 9Gregory
  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 23Powell
  • 27Archer
  • 29Taylor-Fletcher
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
12,884

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away22
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Martyn Woolford (Millwall) because of an injury.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Millwall 0. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a through ball following a fast break.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Dunne.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Bailey (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Beevers.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan with a headed pass.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Dan Harding.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Mark Beevers.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Millwall 0. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford442671188493985
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn441615136155663
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall44913223769-3240
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
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