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Blackburn Rovers 2-1 West Bromwich Albion: Struggling Rovers earn first win in six games

Bradley Dack scores for Blackburn
Bradley Dack's goal for Blackburn Rovers was his 10th of the season

Two goals in five second-half minutes saw struggling Blackburn beat high-flying West Bromwich Albion.

Charlie Mulgrew scored direct from a corner for the second time this season to give Rovers the lead seven minutes after half-time before Bradley Dack blasted into the top corner after a counter-attack.

Influential Baggies midfielder Harvey Barnes - who is being linked with a return to parent club Leicester City from his loan at The Hawthorns - was felled in the penalty area six minutes later, with Jay Rodriguez pulling one back from the spot.

Albion pushed for an equaliser, but their hopes were extinguished when Jake Livermore was sent off a clash with Lewis Travis three minutes from the end.

Livermore's second red card of the season will result in a four-game suspension for the England international.

The win was just the second since the start of November for Blackburn, who stayed 15th in the Championship, while the Baggies dropped one place to fourth as they lost for the first time in two months.

Danny Graham had a couple of early chances for Rovers in the first half, while Barnes had the best efforts for the Baggies.

Dack almost put Blackburn ahead at the break, but his low shot from 20 yards was parried by Sam Johnstone.

But the West Brom keeper could not reach Mulgrew's left-footed corner as he and a host of other players were left in a pile in the net after the opening goal was allowed to stand.

Albion had a chance to nick a point soon after pulling a goal back, but the influential Barnes saw an effort from the edge of the box blocked.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray: "It's not an accident that Charlie Mulgrew can bend the ball in the net from the corner flag and we had enough people get in front of the keeper.

"You probably don't believe that but we did work on it. If you've been to our games, you'll know he's been playing in the middle trying to head the ball in.

"But I made the decision last week that he's going to start taking them again from the right side with his left foot, and he has to shoot, and it worked.

"I am delighted for Charlie. It's another avenue for him to try and continue in his goalscoring vein - 14 last year, eight this year. It is a pretty amazing tool that he's got."

West Brom manager Darren Moore: "We went nine games unbeaten. We wanted to go 10. We've been on an impressive run of games, we were trying to chalk up our fifth away win this season (in succession), but it wasn't to be.

"All I've said initially is 'lads, get yourselves gone. Let's get home, back with your families, let's have 24 hours away from football' and we recharge and go again.

"I thought Blackburn were dogged with their work. In the first half both teams cancelled each other out then the two quick goals for Blackburn allowed them to hold on to something in the second half."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 31BennettBooked at 52mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 29Evans
  • 4ReedBooked at 90mins
  • 23DackSubstituted forConwayat 65'minutes
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forBreretonat 81'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forPalmerat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 25Downing
  • 32Conway
  • 35Grayson
  • 45Palmer

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 24AdarabioyoBooked at 41minsSubstituted forLivermoreat 61'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 25DawsonBooked at 77mins
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Gibbs
  • 10Phillips
  • 18BarryBooked at 90mins
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forBruntat 61'minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 19RodriguezSubstituted forHoolahanat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sako
  • 8Livermore
  • 11Brunt
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 34Harper
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
14,258

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Kasey Palmer replaces Danny Graham.

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Corry Evans.

Booking

Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Attempt saved. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Booking

Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Darragh Lenihan tries a through ball, but Ben Brereton is caught offside.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lewis Travis.

Booking

Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

Dismissal

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross following a set piece situation.

Wes Hoolahan (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Adam Armstrong.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Wes Hoolahan replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

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20Wigan2675142540-1526
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