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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Birmingham City

Tony Watt
Scotsman Tony Watt joined Blackburn from Charlton in January

Two goals in three first-half minutes helped Blackburn ease to victory and dented Birmingham's play-off hopes.

Tony Watt scored his first league goal for Rovers with a smart turn and finish from Shane Duffy's header.

The hosts doubled their lead when Danny Graham slotted in from keeper Jason Steele's ball forward after City's Clayton Donaldson was denied a penalty.

Birmingham improved in the second half, but Jonathan Grounds' drive against the woodwork was as close as they came.

The win was Blackburn's fourth consecutive home league win - the first time they have managed that for six years.

Defeat means Birmingham, who have slipped further away from the top six, have now won just once in the last 10 on the road, and have a solitary away victory in 2016.

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert: "Watt's goal was a brilliant bit of skill. He's a strong lad, I think he's just got to get fitter, for himself as well.

"He does things that are unexpected and gets people off their backsides and his goal was very good.

"I think Danny Graham has been fantastic, him and Jordi (Gomez). The biggest compliment I can give those two, coming from a Premier League club, is they've fitted in brilliantly, and are playing ever so well."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "The most decisive 10 seconds of the match, if not the season in some ways.

"I'm going to have to temper my words very carefully, just because we're managers and we live and die by the officials' decisions sometimes.

"I just asked the referee the question: why on earth would he go down? He's about to score. There's no benefit to him going down whatsoever, and I think the referee felt as though he went down easily."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 29EvansBooked at 60mins
  • 26LenihanBooked at 73mins
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGrimesat 50'minutes
  • 31BennettBooked at 45mins
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forBrownat 86'minutes
  • 8WattSubstituted forJacksonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Brown
  • 15Ward
  • 16Grimes
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3GroundsBooked at 45mins
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forFabbriniat 45'minutes
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forBuckleyat 64'minutes
  • 20Toral
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 79'minutes
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 7Fabbrini
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 23Spector
  • 26Davis
  • 30Buckley
  • 32Shotton
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
12,774

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matt Grimes (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Danny Graham.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Diego Fabbrini.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Jacques Maghoma.

  16. Post update

    Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Hanley.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley362011557292871
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Brighton361714549341565
4Hull34197848202864
5Derby361612847321560
6Sheff Wed361414850361456
7Cardiff36141394740755
8Ipswich351510104442255
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston361213113333049
11QPR361114114342147
12Wolves361210144550-546
13Nottm Forest351112123331245
14Reading351111134141044
15Leeds351014113440-644
16Blackburn351013123532343
17Brentford35127164855-743
18Huddersfield36119164749-242
19Fulham36813155561-637
20Bristol City36910173257-2537
21MK Dons3699183048-1836
22Rotherham36105214059-1935
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton36414183560-2526
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