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Blackburn Rovers 5-0 Wycombe Wanderers: Adam Armstrong scores hat-trick for hosts

Blackburn Rovers celebrate
Adam Armstrong (right) has scored five goals in his first four appearances in league and cup for Blackburn this season

Adam Armstrong's hat-trick and a first senior goal for Tyrhys Dolan helped Blackburn sweep past Wycombe for their first Championship win of the new season.

Armstrong scored twice either side of 18-year-old Dolan's goal as Rovers went 3-0 up inside 33 minutes at Ewood Park.

Darius Charles was sent off for Wycombe 12 minutes after half-time when Armstrong was sent through on goal, before Derrick Williams added a fourth.

Armstrong completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time to finish the rout.

It was a rude reminder for Wycombe of the step up in standard they face after winning promotion to the second tier via the League One play-offs last season.

Any hope of a comeback was ended shortly after the break as Charles pulled down Armstrong but, by then, Wycombe were already three goals down.

Blackburn took the lead after 16 minutes as Dolan was brought down in the penalty area and Armstrong, who scored 17 goals last season and netted in last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth, sent the spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.

Dolan, who joined Blackburn after not being offered a professional contract by Preston, then doubled the lead four minutes later at the second attempt after his first effort was well saved.

Armstrong added a third before half-time, finishing a swift counter-attack from a Wycombe corner by turning home Joe Rothwell's low cross.

Blackburn twisted the knife against 10 men as Williams poked home a shot that was palmed away following a corner and Armstrong then applied the coup de grace.

John Buckley's pass split Wycombe's tired defence and Armstrong slotted home for his hat-trick.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I said beforehand this is a dangerous game. I knew they would be difficult to play against, as it was for the first 10 minutes, nobody put a pass together.

"Adam was actually a bit disappointed because he could have scored more.

"The quality of the goals in the first half was fantastic and the strikers were clinical.

"Wycombe will give teams problems if they're not ready for what's coming. But I like to think they came up against a side whose intensity from the start of the season has been fantastic."

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"In the first 15 minutes we were in the game, but three chances for Blackburn and they scored all three and that's how it's going to be in the Championship.

"It's a positive this has happened now because I really want the boys to know what it's like to play in this league.

"We've been taught a bit of a lesson here today. That clinical prowess in front of goal blew us away."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Kaminski
  • 24Rankin-Costello
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Williams
  • 17Bell
  • 10HoltbySubstituted forDavenportat 79'minutes
  • 4Johnson
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forBuckleyat 68'minutes
  • 39Dolan
  • 7Armstrong
  • 20BreretonSubstituted forChapmanat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 11Chapman
  • 18Davenport
  • 21Buckley
  • 28Wharton
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Fisher

Wycombe

  • 1Allsop
  • 2Grimmer
  • 5StewartBooked at 34mins
  • 21CharlesBooked at 57mins
  • 3Jacobson
  • 8Pattison
  • 10BloomfieldSubstituted forIkpeazuat 63'minutes
  • 7Wheeler
  • 17Horgan
  • 23OnyedinmaSubstituted forFreemanat 77'minutes
  • 11KashketSubstituted forTafazolliat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Tafazolli
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 22Freeman
  • 25Samuel
  • 26McCarthy
  • 27Parker
  • 31Stockdale
Referee:
Peter Bankes

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home16
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 5, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 5, Wycombe Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Wheeler with a headed pass.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by John Buckley following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Wheeler.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Allsop.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by John Buckley.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Allsop.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Uche Ikpeazu (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 5, Wycombe Wanderers 0. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Buckley with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Rankin-Costello (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Buckley.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Wycombe Wanderers).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers).