Blackburn see off Millwall at Ewood

Blackburn grabbed their second win of the month at home to Millwall this afternoon. In a tight first half Jordan Rhodes gave the home side the lead with a fantastic finish after a long ball, the striker left Mark Beevers stumbling and rifled the ball across David Forde with aplomb. Millwall equalised minutes before half-time when Steve Morison crossed unselfishly to his strike partner Martyn Waghorn, and he had the simple task of sliding the ball home. Millwall might have led at the break if not for a great last ditch tackle from Grant Hanley denying Waghorn.

The second half was more entertaining and Rovers took the lead when Ben Marshall scored his first goal for the club, heading in Tommy Spurr’s cross. David Dunn, on his 351st appearance for the club, scored the third with a header off Ben Marshall’s corner. Milwall made the last few minutes nervous for Blackburn after Simon Eastwood in the Blackburn goal missed a corner leaving a tap-in at the backpost for Steve Morison. Millwall almost completed the comeback if not for a fine Eastwood save from Morison. But it wasn’t to be and Rovers pick up three points as both sides head into the Christmas period.

v Millwall

Blackburn Rovers

Eastwood Excellent first half save, but at fault for second goal. Otherwise steady. 6
Henley Solid at the back again. 7
Dann Played a part for second goal, comfortable performance. 7
Hanley Great tackle end of first half, usual commanding performance. 7
Spurr Not troubled defensively, outstanding going forward, assist. 9
Taylor Deserves his place in the team, tenacious and two good efforts. 7
Lowe Quiet game. 6
Cairney Keeps the ball extremely well, quietly effective. 7
King Another excellent performance, crossing improving and pace is invaluable. 8
Marshall Outstanding performance, finally showing his ability. Best crosser at the club. 9
Rhodes Took his goal very well, good movement. Could have scored more. 8

Substitutions

Dunn Grabbed a goal, showed his creativity in his fifteen minutes. 8
Gestede Not enough time to make impact. 6

Millwall

Forde Not at fault for goals, made some good saves. 7
Dunne Solid, stretchered off. 6
Robinson Good first half, struggled second half. 6
Beevers Struggled with Rhodes and King’s pace. 6
Malone Quiet game. 6
Feeney Poor game, booked. 5
Trotter Passing was excellent, tried hard and played a role in first goal. 7
Abdou Quiet, made no impact. Booked. 5
Woolford Dangerous and had some decent opportunities. 7
Waghorn Scored but disappeared second half. 7
Morison Good game, always chasing and Millwall’s best player. 7

Substitutions

Easter Made no impact. 6
Keogh Made no impact. 6
Hoyte Not enough time to make an impact. 6

 

Man of the Match

Spurr 2nd MOM in a row at home, oustanding again, can always be relied on 9

 

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About Author

Sal is currently studying an MA in Sports Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University after graduating two years ago with a degree in Sports Science. He'd like to say writing about Blackburn Rovers would be just as good as playing for them but it probably isn't. It does, however, give him a chance to tell you his version of events down at Ewood and the Football League in general.