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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Millwall

Tony Mowbray
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray saw his side frustrated in the second half by Millwall.

Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer produced a string of fine saves to deny Blackburn their first win since promotion back to the Championship.

Archer kept out Bradley Dack's free-kick and denied Danny Graham on a one-on-one either side of half-time, before producing an excellent stop from Joe Rothwell's strike.

Millwall had started well, hitting the post twice in the first half-hour through George Saville and Steve Morison.

But after Rovers' Darragh Lenihan saw a header hit the crossbar just before the break, they went on to have the best chances, only to be thwarted by Archer.

Both sides had drawn 2-2 on the opening weekend of the season after conceding late equalisers, with Millwall throwing away a two-goal lead late on against Middlesbrough.

But they did not seem to be suffering a hangover from that frustration as they largely bossed the opening stages.

Rovers - who were pegged back by Ipswich on their return to the second tier - were indebted to the woodwork initially, but recovered their poise as the match wore on.

However they could not find a way past Archer as the points were shared.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I think ultimately [I feel] frustration again at the second half performance. The first half was a non-event for us, really.

"I just said in there [the dressing room] that I think we got Millwall-ed in the first-half. Millwall play forward, keep it in, put it in your box, slow everything down - everything's like a set-play, really. It's like a slow build-up to everything and you have to play well, and unfortunately they could have scored a few goals.

"We pushed the reset button and went back to basics at half-time, and it was more like our team."

Millwall manager Neil Harris said:

"Jordan was man of the match for me, definitely. I thought the two close-up ones were really good, because he's facing a really good striker in Danny Graham.

"I think a strong team, a good dressing room, gets a point today at Blackburn on that second-half performance.

"A weak mentality team gets beaten, so I'm really pleased with the dressing room mentality. We got a clean sheet when we weren't very good."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forArmstrongat 67'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forRothwellat 64'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 31BennettSubstituted forTravisat 81'minutes
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 7Armstrong
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 24Nuttall
  • 25Downing
  • 27Travis
  • 32Conway

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forFergusonat 89'minutes
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 44mins
  • 23Saville
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forSkalakat 72'minutes
  • 9Gregory
  • 20Morison

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 11Ferguson
  • 13Amos
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 19Elliott
  • 25Wallace
  • 26Skalak
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
13,239

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Millwall 0.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Jake Cooper (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Jed Wallace.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Williams following a set piece situation.

Dangerous play by Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis replaces Elliott Bennett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jiri Skalak replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by James Meredith (Millwall).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Archer.

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Richard Smallwood.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Kasey Palmer.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kasey Palmer.

Offside, Millwall. James Meredith tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

goal

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