Blackburn Rovers faced off with Carlisle United in the First Round of the Carabao Cup yesterday, and they dispatched of their opponents easily at Brunton Park. Rovers ran out 5-1 victors, putting their name into the hat for the Second Round draw tomorrow night.
Blackburn Rovers named a strong side, with striker Adam Armstrong making his second debut after joining from Newcastle United on a permanent basis. Youngster Lewis Travis also started for Rovers, after a successful pre-season. New signing Joe Rothwell made his first start after suffering from injury throughout pre-season, he joined from Oxford on a three year deal in June.
Rovers fans were impressed with the team news:
Good strong line up and another chance for Dack & Palmer to continue their promising early partnership. Like this side so COYB!!
— Jonathan Lobb (@JonathanLobb) August 14, 2018
Rovers took the lead after just two minutes, as Armstrong scored the first of the night. The ball was rolled to the youngster from 12 yards out, and he fired the ball into the top corner, much to the liking of their fans:
That’s the Adam Armstrong we all know and love ❤️
— Shadie (@shadiebrfc_) August 14, 2018
Blackburn doubled their lead just four minutes later, as Carlisle keeper Joe Fryer fumbled a cross. Star man Bradley Dack pounced on the loose ball and made it 2-0.
Carlisle struck back through former Everton forward Hallam Hope, bringing The Cumbrians within a goal of levelling the scoreline.
Bloody good goal. Get him signed up big Tony!!!
— M A R T I N S H A W (@mstrailstar) August 14, 2018
However, Carlisle’s glimmer of Hope didn’t last long. After 34 minutes, Bradley Dack made it three in typically spectacular fashion. The playmaker spun and hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards out. The keeper was at full stretch, but the ball flew into the top corner.
— Matt Howard (@Matt_brfc) August 14, 2018
Loanee Kasey Palmer made it number four in a scintillating first half display, leaving Carlisle United with no hope of coming back into the game. Carlisle midfielder Regan Slater was given the ball under pressure, and Dack poked the ball away from Slater. The ball fell to the feet of Palmer, who coolly slotted the ball beyond the keeper.
What is going on here!!!!
— Michael Murrant (@Murrant81) August 14, 2018
Ten minutes after the restart, Dack and Armstrong linked up once again. Rovers played the ball around midfield patiently, before Dack’s sumptuous through ball cut through the Carlisle defence, leaving Armstrong to fire home his second of the game.
multi multi million pound player, the best. well done Brad
— geoff guest (@GeoffGeoffguest) August 14, 2018
Blackburn had more chances to score, with Bradley Dack coming close to sealing his hat trick twice. The playmaker saw a long range effort tipped onto the bar, and another effort from distance was saved well by Fryer.
Blackburn Rovers keeper David Raya denied Carlisle late on, saving from Devitt and Campbell, but the final score ended at 5-1 to Rovers, as they progressed to the next round of the Carabao Cup. They’ll be keen to emulate this performance as they head west to play Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.