Blackburn stunned by Rotherham

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:26

Blackburn stunned by Rotherham

The Millers had gone five games without a win, although performances had been encouraging, but they put a much-needed three points on the board after an all-round dominating display.
They were helped by an early goal as Kari Arnason tucked home a loose ball in just the fifth minute and fortune was on their side 25 minutes later when Jason Steele’s clearance clattered into the legs of Luciano Becchio and bounced into the net to double the lead.
Steve Evans’ team, playing in League Two two years ago, were forced to stand up to some late pressure from Blackburn, but it was a test they passed with flying colours as they registered just a third clean sheet of the season.
Rovers were left to count the cost of a below-par first-half showing, though had they taken one of several second-half chances it could have been a different story.
Their inconsistent start to the campaign continues, though, with just one win from their last four games.
The visitors were up against a home team clearly up for it and the Millers made a flying start, surging into a fifth-minute lead.
Blackburn failed to clear a corner and it fell to Arnason, who calmly stroked home the loose ball for his first goal since March 2011.
The Millers were red-hot and could have gone further ahead but Lee Frecklington drove into the side-netting from an acute angle and Becchio headed Alex Revell’s cross just wide.
It had been a rousing performance from Evans’ men and they deservedly went two up just after the half-hour and it was a case of hard working paying off.
After losing the ball Ben Pringle tirelessly chased down Craig Conway, with the Blackburn man leaving his back-pass painfully short and Steele’s crashed the ball into the legs of Becchio and into the net.
It was the Argentinian striker’s second goal for the Millers, but he knew almost nothing of it with his back turned.
Blackburn were booed off at half-time and their manager Gary Bowyer could not have been happy either as his side came out with a renewed purpose after the break.
They could have got straight back into it had Shane Duffy not headed straight at Adam Collin, while Luke Varney had another effort with his head saved.
Rotherham looked to have weathered the storm and could have made the game safe just after the hour, but Steele produced a stunning fingertip save to deny Revell’s 20-yard thumping shot.
Revell was a man on a mission, desperate to break his duck for the season, and hooked just wide shortly after before heading over as the Millers enjoyed a respite from defending.
Blackburn knew it was not going to be their night when prolific marksman Jordan Rhodes, who hardly had a sniff all evening, inexplicably missed the target from just two yards.
Bowyer’s men had further chances as Pringle cleared Duffy’s header off the line, while Collin saved well from a deflected effort after a corner had not been cleared.
In the end the win could have been more convincing for the hosts, but Anthony Wordsworth saw his free header saved and then Becchio glanced over.

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