Millwall climbed above opponents Blackburn and up to sixth in
the Championship table after registering a 2-0 win at Ewood
Chris Wood struck twice, his first powered in from 25-yards 19
minutes from time before James Henry sealed it at the death to
extend the Lions’ unbeaten league run to 10 matches.
Blackburn went into the game inside the play-off positions
having scored four at Peterborough last time out but Henning Berg’s
side had been goal-shy in front of their own fans with only nine
goals in their eight games at Ewood Park.
Millwall made the stronger start in a competitive opening and
striker Andy Keogh twice had the ball in the back of the net only
for both headers to be ruled out for offside.
At the other end Argentinian forward Mauro Formica tested
visiting goalkeeper David Forde before Ruben Rochina forced an even
better save from the Lions’ number one who dived full-stretch to
tip the ball behind for a corner following a 20-yard drive.
Wood, on loan from West Brom, then picked up the ball 20 yards
out but his stinging shot was parried by former England keeper Paul
Robinson before Grant Hanley hacked the ball to safety.
Blackburn started the second period strongly and striker Rhodes,
who was almost anonymous for the first 45 minutes, headed over from
12 yards before Martin Olsson nipped between two defenders to
strike an effort which deflected up and over the crossbar.
Manager Berg then looked to influence the game from the bench as
he introduced Manchester United loanee Josh King for his debut and
the 20-year-old striker almost made the difference as he forced a
fine save from Forde from 12-yards out.
Forde then parried from Rochina before Millwall made the
breakthrough. Striker Wood found space 25-yards from goal to thump
an unstoppable right-footed effort into the roof of the net.
The recalled James Henry then struck a powerful drive from
30-yards in the final minute to seal it as Millwall climbed into
the npower Championship playoff places, leaving Rovers with one win