Hero Adam comes on strong for Mow­bray

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By DAVID HYDE

ADAM ARM­STRONG played the role of su­per­sub as Black­burn pro­duced a smash-and­grab raid on Mill­wall.

An aw­ful game was head­ing for a goal­less draw un­til Tony Mow­bray sent on Arm­strong in the 74th minute.

He set up the open­ing goal in the 86th minute and then broke away to score Rovers’ sec­ond 60 sec­onds later.

Mill­wall’s Tom El­liott went down clutch­ing his arm in­side the open­ing 45 sec­onds. Af­ter a de­lay for treat­ment, the tall striker was re­placed by Steve Mori­son.

Nut­tall was clipped by Jake Cooper as he tried to reach Bradley Dack’s through­ball in the 11th minute but play was waved on.

There was an­other early change in the 24th minute but this time ref­eree Robert Jones was forced off in­jured, point­ing to his left calf, with fourth of­fi­cial Gavin Ward tak­ing his spot.

“You’re not fit to ref­eree,” sang the Black­burn fans as Jones limped away.

In a rare mo­ment of goal­mouth ac­tion, Cooper met a Ryan Leonard corner in the 38th minute but sent his header well wide.

Ai­den O’Brien headed tamely wide for the Li­ons in the 52nd minute from a Shane Fer­gu­son cross while Leonard forced David Raya to push a long-range drive away in the first shot on tar­get just af­ter the hour mark.

Black­burn threw an­other striker into the mix when Danny Gra­ham re­placed Craig Con­way in the 64th minute with Jack Rod­well nod­ding over a Har­ri­son Reed corner soon af­ter.

Ryan Tun­ni­cliffe, a for­mer Rovers loa­nee, then fired high and wide from a tight an­gle just in­side the area in the 82nd minute.

Out of noth­ing, though, Black­burn went in front. An off­side-look­ing Arm­strong got to the by­line and pulled the ball back for Joe Nut­tall to force an own goal from Shaun Hutchin­son.

A minute later it was 2-0. Lewis Travis won the ball in mid­field and found El­liott Ben­nett, who slid Arm­strong into space. He cut in­side and his curl­ing ef­fort went in at the far post.

IM­PACT: Adam Arm­strong

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