Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Derby County: Harvey Elliott hits winner as Rams relegation fears increase

Derby’s relegation worries deepened after Harvey Elliott’s strike condemned them to a dangerous 2-1 defeat at Blackburn.

Wayne Rooney’s aspect went forward towards the one staff in worse type within the final six video games when former Rovers loanee Tom Lawrence headed in from shut vary.

They seemed comfy for spells afterwards however gave away two delicate targets that turned the sport in Blackburn’s favour, via Sam Gallagher’s intelligent header simply earlier than the break – his seventh of the season – and Liverpool loanee Elliott marking his fiftieth senior look in type, profiting after Andre Knowledge needlessly surrendered possession.


Harvey Elliott pays tribute to Hillsborough victims after scoring the winner for Blackburn in a 2-1 victory over Derby.

These are worrying occasions for Rooney’s males who, regardless of a good efficiency, misplaced their fourth sport in 5 outings and stay fourth from backside, 4 factors above Rotherham who’ve three video games in hand.

Rovers can breathe a sigh of reduction after absolutely placing any lingering relegation worries to mattress following an encouraging second-half show specifically, which yielded their first win at Ewood for the reason that finish of January.

Blackburn captain Darragh Lenihan missed out with a groin pressure so Jarrad Branthwaite made his first begin since February. The Rams, in the meantime, welcomed again Matthew Clarke and Nathan Byrne.

Adam Armstrong’s Twentieth-minute free-kick was fantastically repelled by the outstretched David Marshall, and it proved essential as Derby went forward two minutes later when Graeme Shinnie’s wonderful left-wing cross was met by Lawrence, who powered in a close-range header.

Derby dominated a lot of the half, toying with Blackburn at occasions, and Patrick Roberts must have ended a slick transfer with a objective however curled narrowly huge.

They usually paid the worth three minutes earlier than the break when Barry Douglas curled in an inviting nook that Gallagher was afforded area to skilfully flick a header past Marshall.

Louie Sibley went near restoring the lead moments later with a left-foot drive, however Thomas Kaminski produced an excellent save, tipping it out for a nook.

Armstrong missed a hat-trick of probabilities throughout the first quarter-hour of the restart, with Marshall standing agency all thrice.

Marshall was crushed within the 66th minute when Knowledge misplaced the ball and Armstrong fed Elliott earlier than {the teenager} hammered into the bottom-right nook for his sixth this season.

Kaminski parried a rasping Lawrence free-kick into the trail of Byrne, whose effort cannoned off the publish 5 minutes later earlier than a fair higher save within the dying minutes noticed him fantastically tip away Colin Kazim-Richards’ downward header.

Byrne’s stoppage-time nook went agonisingly near going straight in, however Kaminski intervened earlier than the final play of the sport noticed Louie Watson go down within the field, leaving the Rams livid as the ultimate whistle blew.

What the managers stated…

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “I can not bear in mind taking part in with out the management that we usually had like that for a very long time, and but we received the sport. We may have scored much more, Adam (Armstrong) may have had a hat-trick tonight, and but they are a good soccer staff. Good construction in the best way they play. We’ll take the factors, transfer on, 4 to go.

“After we scored, it gave the staff a little bit of confidence, as a result of they got here with a gameplan. They performed a transition sport, dropped Lawrence in they usually had a entrance 4 that seemed like they might all break free within the first half. Hear, I am simply glad to take the factors. I feel they are a good aspect, they clearly must win a sport or two themselves earlier than the top of the season however there’s good indicators for them. For us, vital to get the 50 factors. We have got 4 video games to see what number of we are able to get to, doubtlessly one other 12.”

Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “I’ve seen the replay and it is probably the most clear penalty you would ever see. I did not have to see a replay. The place I used to be stood, the fourth official was stood proper beside me, the referee’s acquired an awesome view of it, and it is fully unacceptable, the choice to not give a penalty. Hear, I do know referees, it is a powerful job, I respect that. They get selections improper at occasions, however this one is totally unacceptable.

“If my gamers haven’t got a very good sport, do not do what you ask, I will cope with it and take motion to cope with that. I do not actually wish to go this route, however Alan Wiley has to take motion, as a result of that’s unacceptable. I’ve requested to talk to the referee calmly, I am not going to go in shouting and rant. All I needed is an evidence into how he cannot see it is a penalty. We did not need to lose the sport.”

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