Blackburn Rovers 2 - 0 Bristol City

Match info: FA Cup - 3rd Rnd at Ewood Park

Date: 05/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: N Miller Att: 5,504

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Danny Murphy 7
Grant Hanley 58


Bristol C

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 18:59 GMT

Caretaker manager Gary Bowyer was full of praise for captain Danny Murphy after he struck early to help Blackburn beat Bristol City 2-0 in the FA Cup third round.

Danny Murphy celebrates his goal
Danny Murphy celebrates his goal

Murphy's first goal for Blackburn at Ewood Park set Rovers on their way after seven minutes and Grant Hanley pounced on the hour mark as they made it three consecutive victories.

Bowyer paid tribute to his captain's response in the days following the sacking of Henning Berg.

"It was a great start for us and a good strike from Danny. Since myself and Terry (McPhillips) have come in and had to look after the team, Danny has been brilliant," Bowyer said.

"His support for us has been magnificent and we can't praise him enough. His goal was good and he reminded the lads yesterday that he's won the FA Cup with Liverpool so he's been great for the lads and he's been great for us. We'd be daft not to call on his experience."

Bowyer also responded to reports that West Ham have bid £2 million for Martin Olsson and said more money would be needed.

"I haven't heard about the bid. It will have gone to the board first but in my opinion that is not enough. He's worth more than that. I wouldn't want to lose him. The football club needs and we're striving to get back into the Premier League but if a good offer comes in, it's up for the board to decide."

Bristol City boss Derek McInnes described the goals conceded as 'gifts' after his side lost their second consecutive away game. They have not won an FA Cup tie since 2007.

"It didn't feel like a proper cup tie. It was strange, and I felt that we've gifted Blackburn both goals but certainly the first goal is crucial," McInnes said.

"We give the ball away in an area we know we have to handle the ball well because Blackburn are a counter-attacking team, and want to get you on the back foot.

"Certainly the goal they scored from, we should be dealing with. I felt second half, we made changes to freshen things up.

"We brought three substitutes on quite early but we lose a second goal from the second part of a set play and that's another gift. It's a messy goal. I don't think Blackburn have had to work too hard for both of their goals."

City have not kept a clean sheet in any game this season and it was the same old story after only seven minutes.

Murphy intercepted a poor Mark Wilson pass and strode forward before unleashing a 25-yard drive that Tom Heaton got a hand to but could not keep out.

Rovers have not lost a home FA Cup game at this stage for five years and always looked likely to keep the record up. Colin Kazim-Richards forced Heaton into a fine save low down after an effort with the outside of his boot.

Despite a poor first half, Ryan Taylor almost equalised in injury time, but his header was well tipped over by Jake Kean.

The first second-half chance produced a goal for Rovers just before the hour. A corner was half cleared to Ruben Rochina, who floated a lovely ball to Scott Dann on the right of the area. He managed to poke the ball across the box and his defensive partner Hanley got ahead of Greg Cunningham to stab home.

Heaton produced a super stop 10 minutes from the end to keep the score down. Martin Olsson waltzed past two players before firing in a low shot from the left and the goalkeeper showed great reflexes to parry behind.

Heaton made another save minutes later when Rochina slipped in Kazim-Richards on the left but he stood firm and blocked the shot as Rovers threatened to run riot.

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