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Stoke City 1-2 Blackburn Rovers: Sam Gallagher condemns Michael O'Neill's side to consecutive defeats

Bradley Dack
Bradley Dack turns in his 10th goal of the season to put Blackburn ahead

Blackburn made it back-to-back defeats for Michael O'Neill's Stoke after Sam Gallagher's late winner gave the visitors a 2-1 victory.

Bradley Dack scored his 10th goal of the season after 13 minutes to put Rovers ahead at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke were much improved after the break and equalised when James McClean's corner struck Corry Evans and went over the line for an own goal.

However, they were not level for long, with Gallagher slotting home the winner from Elliott Bennett's cut-back just three minutes later.

Both sides created openings in the early stages but it was the visitors who took the lead through their top-scorer Dack.

Stewart Downing's deep corner was headed back across goal by Darragh Lenihan and Dack pounced after Tosin Adarabioyo's effort had been blocked.

Stoke struggled to create any openings in response, with an off-target 30-yard effort from Joe Allen showing the home side's frustration.

However, O'Neill's side came out strongly in the second half, with Tom Ince and Sam Clucas both going close.

Their improved performance saw them snatch an equaliser with just nine minutes to go, after McClean's corner caused havoc and crossed the line off the unfortunate Evans.

But they could not cling on to a point and Gallagher's winner handed O'Neill his second defeat in five days, after winning his opening two games in charge.

Blackburn's third win in a row sees them move into the top half of the table, while Stoke remain second from bottom.

Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill:

"We had a lack of belief as an individual and collective and we need to get back to that. We have to have the belief to go on the pitch and show we are capable of playing.

"We are in a fight and that is the reality of it. We are going to have to play under this pressure for the rest of the season and we need to get used to it.

"We need players who are ready to perform physically and mentally and who can deal with the situation."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"It was a hard-earned win, but we deserved it. We have found it hard on the road this year, but we don't have negative thoughts away from home.

"If you can retain the ball and make the crowd grumble it can increase the anxiety for Stoke and we did that well.

"We are on a good run at the moment and confidence between the two sides today may have been the difference."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 12Carter-Vickers
  • 6Batth
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3WardSubstituted forPowellat 78'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 38WoodsSubstituted forHoganat 63'minutes
  • 22Clucas
  • 7InceSubstituted forDioufat 63'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 18Diouf
  • 19Gregory
  • 20Hogan
  • 25Powell
  • 27B Ndiaye
  • 32Federici

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 19Downing
  • 29Evans
  • 27Travis
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forBennettat 52'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forHoltbyat 71'minutes
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forGallagherat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Johnson
  • 9Gallagher
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 20Brereton
  • 22Holtby
  • 31Bennett
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
22,292

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Goal!

Own Goal by Corry Evans, Blackburn Rovers. Stoke City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Sam Gallagher.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Powell with a headed pass.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt blocked. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt saved. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

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

Foul by Scott Hogan (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Nick Powell replaces Stephen Ward.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Holtby replaces Joe Rothwell.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mame Biram Diouf with a cross.

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

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

Offside, Stoke City. Sam Vokes tries a through ball, but Scott Hogan is caught offside.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Scott Hogan replaces Ryan Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Tom Ince.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Sam Gallagher replaces Danny Graham.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Adam Armstrong.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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4Nottm Forest1895424141032
5Bristol City198833127432
6Preston189453122931
7Brentford1993729141530
8Swansea198652420430
9Sheff Wed198562618829
10Cardiff197752725228
11Blackburn198382627-127
12Hull197573026426
13Millwall196852325-226
14Derby196762025-525
15Birmingham197481924-525
16QPR197482837-925
17Charlton196582626023
18Reading186392223-121
19Huddersfield194692231-918
20Middlesbrough193881627-1117
21Luton1952122540-1517
22Wigan1944111731-1416
23Stoke1942132033-1314
24Barnsley1926112138-1712
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