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Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Sam Gallagher
Blackburn Rovers' Sam Gallagher has scored five goals this season

Struggling Blackburn Rovers sealed a valuable victory thanks to a first-half Sam Gallagher double against Nottingham Forest, who finished with 10 men.

Gallagher put them ahead early on when he coolly slotted home past Forest keeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Gallagher doubled his tally before the break from close range after Corry Evans laid the ball to him.

Damien Perquis managed a late reply before Hildeberto Pereira was sent off for a second yellow card.

Stojkovic came up for a free-kick in the hopes of an equaliser, but Craig Conway pounced on the counter-attack and was brought down by Pereira who picked up a second booking.

The result means Blackburn lift themselves out of the Championship relegation places as they moved from 23rd to 21st.

Forest slip a place to 16th and have won just once in their past eight league matches.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle: "I've been an admirer of Gallagher for years. We had to work hard to get him here.

"He's not the finished article. He's willing to listen, learn, you see the pace he's got and he can score goals. He's not ready yet but I think in time he's going to be a very good player.

"We took one point from five games with all the turmoil at the start, (but) I think that's 10 points from the last six games.

"We're a decent team in the Championship so what we've got to do is show that level of consistency, which we have been doing."

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier: "We started very badly in the first half. For me we lost the game in the first half. I don't know why that's happened.

"We prepared very well and after Birmingham (3-1 win on Friday night) we had confidence. But it's a handicap for us if you play only 45 minutes of the 90.

"The second half was better and we are closer to a goal at the end, but it's not sufficient to play only one half."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 75mins
  • 4Hoban
  • 5Williams
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forMulgrewat 71'minutes
  • 23Guthrie
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 19GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forFeeneyat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 9Stokes
  • 11Samuelsen
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 21Akpan
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 17PereiraBooked at 90mins
  • 5MillsBooked at 90mins
  • 27Perquis
  • 2Lichaj
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forKasamiat 25'minutes
  • 8Cohen
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forDumitruat 44'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 11OsbornSubstituted forAssombalongaat 74'minutes
  • 39Vellios

Substitutes

  • 6Traore
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 12Dumitru
  • 22Kasami
  • 28Lam
  • 30Henderson
  • 37Grant
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
10,462

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home8
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Booking

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) for a bad foul.

Foul by Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest).

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

Booking

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Marvin Emnes.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest).

Danny Guthrie (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Nicolao Dumitru is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Apostolos Vellios with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Nicolao Dumitru (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.

Hildeberto Pereira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga replaces Ben Osborn.

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest).

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle1391327111628
2Norwich138322618827
3Brighton13742179825
4Huddersfield12813149525
5Birmingham136521914523
6Bristol City136252015520
7Sheff Wed126241414020
8Brentford135441912719
9QPR135441618-219
10Reading135441418-419
11Fulham134631617-118
12Ipswich13454109117
13Leeds135261315-217
14Barnsley135172322116
15Wolves134451616016
16Nottm Forest134362325-215
17Aston Villa132831314-114
18Burton133551618-214
19Preston124261416-214
20Derby13355710-314
21Blackburn133371421-712
22Wigan132561315-211
23Cardiff123271020-1011
24Rotherham131391432-186
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