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Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Gillingham

Dominic Samuel's fifth goal of the season was enough for Blackburn Rovers as they shaded Gillingham at Ewood Park.

Samuel stabbed home from close range as Tony Mowbray's men continued their march up the table by recording back-to-back home league wins for the first time since March.

They struck a post late on, but one goal was enough to beat Gillingham, who had gilt-edged chances to score, but failed to hit the net for the seventh league game this term.

Rovers dominated the opening exchanges, but Samuel and Marcus Antonsson both sent efforts over.

The home side broke the deadlock when Charlie Mulgrew headed a corner into Samuel's path and he wriggled free to divert the ball home.

The Gills should have equalised before the break, but goalkeeper David Raya blocked Ben Nugent's shot from point-blank range.

Raya almost gifted Josh Parker a goal with an errant pass, and a frantic ending saw Derrick Williams hammer a shot against the post before the Blackburn stopper sensationally clawed away Elliott List's close-range effort.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 16Caddis
  • 25Downing
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 6Smallwood
  • 11Whittingham
  • 31Bennett
  • 23DackSubstituted forChapmanat 60'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 20AntonssonSubstituted forGladwinat 87'minutes
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forGrahamat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hart
  • 8Chapman
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 15Ward
  • 22Gladwin
  • 29Evans

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 33ByrneBooked at 11minsSubstituted forO'Maraat 59'minutes
  • 6Zakuani
  • 19Nugent
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 14Parker
  • 5Ehmer
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 28ClareBooked at 23minsSubstituted forListat 70'minutes
  • 11Martin
  • 10WilkinsonSubstituted forCundleat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 20Oldaker
  • 21List
  • 23Simpson
  • 24Cundle
  • 25O'Mara
  • 26Arnold
  • 29Starkey
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
10,844

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Gillingham 0.

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

Paul Downing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Gillingham).

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Foul by Ben Gladwin (Blackburn Rovers).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Gladwin replaces Marcus Antonsson.

Paul Downing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Attempt blocked. Lee Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gregory Cundle (Gillingham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Elliott List (Gillingham) with an attempt from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Ben Nugent (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Martin (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Gregory Cundle replaces Conor Wilkinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Dominic Samuel.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Sean Clare.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sean Clare.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

(Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury119201771029
2Wigan118122061425
3Bradford117221812623
4Peterborough116232217520
5Charlton116231915420
6Blackburn10613158719
7Scunthorpe11542115619
8Rotherham116052113818
9Blackpool115331613318
10MK Dons115241111017
11Fleetwood105141818016
12Southend114431618-216
13Oxford Utd114341814415
14Bristol Rovers115061723-615
15Portsmouth114251514114
16Walsall113441520-513
17Rochdale112541013-311
18Oldham113171726-910
19Doncaster112361114-39
20Bury112361217-59
21Wimbledon11236511-69
22Northampton11227816-88
23Gillingham11146615-97
24Plymouth11128719-125
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