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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.

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



Formation 4-4-2

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


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

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 6Kay
  • 12Spence
  • 13Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 18Revell
  • 29Burns
  • 31Murphy
  • 38Hall
Simon Hooper

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamMK Dons
Shots on Target

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, MK Dons 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

  13. 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.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Robert Hall replaces Samir Carruthers.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

As It Stood

6Sheff Wed341413750351555
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
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