- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, June 20th 2020
- Ewood Park
Dave Barton reports from Ewood Park
Report: Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Bristol City
Saturday, June 20th 2020
Bristol City suffered defeat at Blackburn Rovers despite taking the lead through Jamie Paterson.
A header from Tommy Rowe’s cross put the Robins in front but Corry Evans’ cross found its way into the net before Tosin Adarabioyo and Adam Armstrong took the game away from them.
The defeat puts City down to ninth place, still just two points off the play-offs with eight games of the campaign remaining.
Lee Johnson’s side took the field 105 days after their last competitive game, the 1-1 draw at home to Fulham. Blackburn pressed hard in the first 15 minutes at Ewood Park but City were alert to any danger, though Pedro Pereira and Han-Noah Massengo were booked for their trouble.
The Robins found their feet and countered, Jamie Paterson and Famara Diédhiou finding space on the left to cross but Blackburn cleared the danger.
The first clear chance came when Ben Brereton passed the ball right to Elliott Bennett on the edge of the box and his shot was saved low by Dan Bentley.
Blackburn had another chance minutes later when Darragh Lenihan headed over from a free-kick.
But it was City who broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Korey Smith unlocked the defence to find Famara Diédhiou. The striker held the ball up and freed Tommy Rowe, whose cross found Paterson and his header proved too much for Christian Walton, despite the keeper getting his hand to the ball.
However, just three minutes passed when at the other end it was Bentley on the end of misfortune as Evans’ cross went in untouched at the far post.
Johnson made a double substitution at half-time with Jack Hunt replacing Pereira, who picked up a thigh strain, and Nahki Wells, who had been suffering from a calf strain that restricted his training, coming on for the booked Massengo.
Blackburn almost took the lead when Tomas Kalas’ backpass to Bentley was short and Hunt was forced to smash the ball away.
The home side went ahead in the 60th minute when Adarabioyo curled the ball past Bentley despite him getting a hand to the ball.
Blackburn could have had a third when substitute Danny Graham pounced on a loose ball, he fed fellow sub Adam Armstrong but thein-form Rovers man put the ball over.
But Armstrong made no mistake when he was freed on the left and he cut inside Kalas and curled the ball past Bentley to put the game beyond doubt.
City now face Sheffield Wednesday at home on Sunday, June 28th with live coverage available on Robins TV for Season Card holders only.
- Corry Evans (37') , Tosin Adarabioyo (60') , Armstrong (71')
- Joe Rankin-Costello, Lewis Holtby, Corry Evans, Sam Gallagher, Ben Brereton
- Paterson (34')
- Pedro Pereira, Tommy Rowe, Han-Noah Massengo, Niclas Eliasson, Famara Diédhiou