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Blackburn Rovers 2 - Bury 0

19 February 2018

After an uncomfortable opening 45 minutes for the hosts, Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn managed to secure two second-half goals to send them to the top of Sky Bet League One, as the former Premier League Champions ended Bury's unbeaten run under Ryan Lowe. 

Danny Graham took his tally to 10 in the league for the season, getting on the end of a superb Bradley Dack cross not long after the restart. Just a quarter of an hour later, Adam Armstrong doubled the lead after a defensive error presented him with an open goal.

Rovers had started the opening minutes of the game well, however, chances were limited after some good defending from the Shakers. The only real chance for Blackburn came after a ball high in the air was avoided by Nathan Cameron, who let Clarke take the lead, he missed the ball, but Ripley was equal to Graham’s effort.

The Shakers came forward themselves early doors, Ismail had a good chance to find Miller in the box, but his cross was too deep. Miller did get a chance for himself, but a speculative 25-yard attempt didn’t trouble Spaniard David Raya in The Rovers’ goal.

After spells of solid defending from The Shakers in the opening half an hour, Ryan Lowe’s side still managed to craft some good chances, mainly through the pace and trickery of Danny Mayor down the left-hand side.

The best chance of the half for the hosts fell to Elliott Bennet, as he found acres of space in behind the Bury defence on the left, but Peter Clarke did tremendously well to block the effort, as the ball looped up and landed on the roof of the net.

The best chance for The Shakers in the opening 45 minutes fell to Josh Laurent, the Wigan loanee picked the ball up around 30-yards from goal, after skipping past a couple of defenders, Laurent let a fierce right-footed shot off, but it was only whiskers wide of the post! The chance came after yet another piece of superb pressing from George Miller.

The first half ended the same way it started, with Nathan Cameron stopping a Rovers attack. The Shakers will have been the happier of the sides, with the Ewood faithful becoming more and more frustrated as the half went on.

HT: Blackburn Rovers 0 - Bury 0

The Shakers started the second half extremely well, with Laurent coming close with a left footed shot from inside the box, but it took an exceptional block from Rovers’ skipper Charlie Mulgrew to deny Laurent.

Lowe’s side came forward again, Danny Mayor carried the ball forward, he had options in the form of George Miller but decided to go alone, but his effort was blocked by Rovers’ back line.

It took Mowbray’s men 6 minutes to open the scoring in the second half. Danny Graham laid the ball off to the right to Bradley Dack, Graham then made his way into the area to get on the end of a dinked Dack cross, Graham’s header was too good for Ripley as the ball found the bottom corner.

The Shakers responded well, just minutes later, Harry Bunn picked the ball up in his own half, he charged forward unchallenged, despite his brilliant run, Bunn couldn’t get enough bend on the ball as the effort was agonisingly wide of Raya’s post.

Not long after the hour mark, Rovers had doubled their lead, Adam Armstrong capitalised on a defensive error as an Elliott Bennet cross was deflected, and appeared to be going out of play, but Cameron kept the ball alive, only to see Armstrong poke the ball home before he could get the ball clear.

Bury still came forward in the closing stages of the game, a fantastic dummy from Neil Danns allowed substitute Jay O’Shea to get on the ball on this right-hand side, he managed to find Miller with the cross but Raya was equal to the effort.

The Shakers will be disappointed to not take anything from the game as they matched a side at the opposite end of the table to them for large parts of the game.

FT: Blackburn Rovers 2 - Bury 0


Blackburn Rovers: David Raya, Derrick Williams, Richie Smallwood, Danny Graham (Marcus Antonsson 62’), Charlie Mulgrew ( C ), Amari’i Bell (Ryan Nyambe 67’), Adam Armstrong, Bradley Dack, Darragh Lenihan, Corry Evans (Jack Payne 62’), Elliott Bennett

Unused Subs:Jayson Leutwiler (GK), Dominic Samuel, Paul Downing, Willem Tomlinson


Bury: Connor Ripley, Greg Leigh, Danny Mayor, Phil Edwards (Jay O’Shea 77’), Zeli Ismail (James Hanson 67’), Josh Laurent (Andrew Tutte 77’), George Miller, Nathan Cameron, Neil Danns ( C ), Harry Bunn, Peter Clarke

Unused Subs: Joe Murphy (GK), Adam Thompson, Chris Maguire, Stephen Dawson.

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