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Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Hull City: Late goals secure home victory

Armstrong made his 150th senior appearance in the win over Hull
Adam Armstrong was denied inside the opening minute by George Long, but later scored with a stunning long-range strike

Three late goals against out-of-form Hull helped Blackburn strengthen their hopes of a play-off push.

Rovers dominated the visitors at Ewood Park but were shut out until the 73rd minute when Darragh Lenihan scrambled home his third goal in five games.

That was the signal for Blackburn to add two more goals in the space of seven minutes, with Adam Armstrong rifling in from 25 yards for his 10th Championship goal of the season.

Substitute Dominic Samuel then fired into the bottom corner to make it 3-0 and lift Rovers to within three points of the top six.

Hull goalkeeper George Long was called into action just 20 seconds into the game, blocking with his legs after Sean McLoughlin's careless air kick had presented Armstrong with the chance to shoot.

Long remained busy as the match progressed, scrambling away Bradley Johnson's diving header and diving to prevent Stewart Downing squeezing a free-kick in at his near post.

Hull held their own in the first half, but rarely looked likely to breach the Rovers defence, with a miscued Leo da Silva cross that almost caught out Christian Walton the closest they came to scoring.

The visitors got far closer soon after the restart as Jackson Irvine collected the ball 20 yards out and fired a curling effort that clipped the bar.

But Blackburn continued to pound away at the Tigers and finally found a way through when Johnson's header was blocked and Lenihan pounced from close range.

Hull were visibly deflated and failed to close down Armstrong, who doubled the lead with a screamer that left Long helpless as it zipped into the roof of the net.

Samuel took advantage of the tiring Tigers defence again just a minute later, slotting home a precise finish for his first goal of the campaign.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Lancs:

"I thought the intention was there first half - we could have been two up in two minutes. Adam (Armstrong) could have scored in 20 seconds.

"Ultimately we got the goals and that rewarded the possession and the endeavour. When the goals came I think it reflected the balance of the game.

"I knew they had injury problems and I thought we could play direct and bully their centre-halves, almost like League One days, but that ploy doesn't work for long.

"It worked early in this game and we created a lot of chances, but I felt we were getting frustrated, so we had to get some fresh legs on, start running in behind them more and stretching the game, which was what we did."

Hull City manager Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we had a couple of opportunities early on in the game that we didn't quite take.

"Blackburn are strong at home, they had some good opportunities but we stood firm.

"Second half I thought we started the game well for the first 15 minutes, we hit the cross bar and then they scored.

"We've lost the game to a set play, a world-class goal and an individual mistake today."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 17Bell
  • 27TravisBooked at 89mins
  • 4Johnson
  • 19DowningSubstituted forBuckleyat 83'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 31BennettSubstituted forSamuelat 60'minutes
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forBreretonat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 11Chapman
  • 12Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 18Davenport
  • 20Brereton
  • 39Buckley

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 37Da Silva Lopes
  • 16McKenzie
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 26ElderBooked at 36mins
  • 8BattySubstituted forBerryat 83'minutes
  • 18HoneymanBooked at 86mins
  • 11Maddison
  • 36Irvine
  • 43WilksSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 70'minutes
  • 27MagennisSubstituted forEavesat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Eaves
  • 13Ingram
  • 23Kingsley
  • 31Lewis-Potter
  • 38Bonds
  • 40Berry
  • 45Smith
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
11,888

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamHull
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home27
Away10
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Hull City 0.

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Booking

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. James Berry (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.

Attempt missed. Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

George Honeyman (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong tries a through ball, but Amari'i Bell is caught offside.

Foul by Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers).

Tom Eaves (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Stewart Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. James Berry replaces Daniel Batty.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Hull City 0. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Hull City 0. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a cross.

Offside, Hull City. Robbie McKenzie tries a through ball, but Tom Eaves is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Hull City 0. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sean McLoughlin.

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

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Batty.

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

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Eaves replaces Josh Magennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Keane Lewis-Potter replaces Mallik Wilks.

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Amari'i Bell with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Attempt missed. Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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