Blackburn Rovers 0 - 2 Millwall

Match info: Championship at Ewood Park

Date: 24/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: E Ilderton Att: 13,898

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers




Chris Wood 71
James Henry 90

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: November 24 2012, 20:06 GMT

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett signalled his intention to keep Chris Wood at the club after his second goal in as many games helped his side to a 2-0 win at Blackburn, a result that takes them above Rovers into the play-offs.

Chris Wood: At the double for Millwall
Chris Wood: At the double for Millwall

The New Zealand international, on loan from West Brom, produced a sumptuous piece of skill before unleashing an unstoppable long range strike after 71 minutes, and James Henry wrapped up the points in the final minute with an impressive long range strike that stretches Millwall's unbeaten League run to 11 games.

Jackett said of Wood: "He is doing very well and in a rich vein of form but I'm sure he'd be the first one to say that the partners he's had have been very good as well. Keogh and Henderson have really helped him out a lot.

"Obviously he is here until Christmas and it's an obvious one that we'd like it further. He's done very well for us and it is an obvious thing to say if we could get him at Millwall of course we would."

The Millwall manager also singled out praise for Wood's strike partner Keogh, who had two first half goals disallowed for offside.

"I felt Keogh was exceptional today," he said. "Henry and Wood will get the plaudits but I thought Keogh was our leader today with a lot of unselfish work that took us to a very good victory."

Blackburn manager Henning Berg is still looking for his first win at Ewood Park but thought the quality of shooting was the main difference between the sides.

"It's possible to stop it before Wood gets the ball," he said. "He doesn't have to get it in that position if we defend a bit better early on but as soon as he shoots it's very difficult to stop.

"It's a fantastic strike but we could have done better before that.

"The second goal, we lose the ball in the centre in midfield and again they got a shooting opportunity that he took well. The biggest difference between the teams was the shooting ability."

Berg was also pleased with Josh King, who made his first appearance off the bench after joining on loan from Manchester United.

"I think he did ok. He doesn't know the players and has hardly trained with us so we had to have a good look at him before he came on," he said.

"He got into some very good positions and had a great effort with his first shot."

Ruben Rochina went close early, with a low shot that David Forde did well to tip away, but Millwall were always dangerous and Keogh was denied a certain goal when Scott Dann blocked his goalbound strike.

Rochina continued his personal duel with Forde a minute later, with the goalkeeper marking his 200th League start with a fine low save from the Spaniard's drive.

Martin Olsson almost scored early in the second half when he beat two Millwall players on the left side of the area before unleashing a thunderous shot that produced a fine fingertip save from Forde.

Spanish playmaker Rochina again tried to break Forde's resistance after 65 minutes but though the goalkeeper could not hold the powerful effort, Millwall cleared their lines.

Millwall took the lead through a fabulous strike from Wood. First, he slid the ball through the legs of the onrushing Grant Hanley before letting fly from 25 yards with a shot that flew past Paul Robinson, dipping high into the net.

Rovers pressed but the points were wrapped in the last minute through another spectacular strike. This time it was Henry who found space 30 yards out before hammering the ball into the top left corner.

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