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Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Walsall

Blackburn produced a dominant display as they eased to victory against Walsall to climb into the top two of League One.

Danny Graham's first-half double put the hosts in control, but Joe Edwards replied for the visitors just before half-time.

However, Bradley Dack's strike extinguished any hopes of a Walsall comeback, who also had goalkeeper Liam Roberts to thank for keeping the score respectable.

The hosts flew out of the traps and netted after five minutes when Graham fired home from a tight angle.

Roberts produced a stunning reflex save to keep out former Walsall defender Paul Downing's header as Blackburn piled on the pressure, but the 23-year-old could do nothing when Richie Smallwood's pinpoint cross was headed home by Graham for his sixth goal in four home league games.

Walsall replied eight minutes before the break when Edwards shrugged off Ryan Nyambe before firing into the roof of the net, but Dack slotted from close range two minutes after restart to end a superb team move and put Rovers out of sight.

Adam Armstrong almost recorded his first Blackburn goal when rattled the crossbar in stoppage-time as Rovers extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 25Downing
  • 3Williams
  • 17Bell
  • 31Bennett
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forTravisat 84'minutes
  • 19PayneSubstituted forConwayat 64'minutes
  • 18Armstrong
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forSamuelat 79'minutes
  • 23Dack

Substitutes

  • 9Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 16Caddis
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 35Travis
  • 38Nuttall

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 15Kinsella
  • 24RobertsSubstituted forFlanaganat 45'minutes
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forShaibuat 45'minutes
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forKouhyarat 77'minutes
  • 4Dobson
  • 2Edwards
  • 20Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 16Shaibu
  • 17Flanagan
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 34Vann
  • 36Candlin
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
11,241

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Walsall 1.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis replaces Richard Smallwood.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dominic Samuel replaces Danny Graham.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Maz Kouhyar replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Justin Shaibu (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Jack Payne.

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jon Guthrie (Walsall) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Justin Shaibu (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 30th January 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan27186353134060
2Blackburn29178454272759
3Shrewsbury28177437201758
4Scunthorpe30149742301251
5Bradford30153124445-148
6Rotherham291451048361247
7Charlton2813783733446
8Peterborough2812794637943
9Portsmouth29133133433142
10Gillingham29101093432240
11Bristol Rovers29123144245-339
12Oxford Utd29108114443138
13Plymouth30108123339-638
14Doncaster30910113435-137
15Fleetwood29106134045-536
16Wimbledon2897122831-334
17Southend2997133549-1434
18Walsall2889113541-633
19Blackpool2989123440-633
20Northampton3096152850-2233
21MK Dons2879122940-1130
22Oldham3078154155-1429
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2855182143-2220
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