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The Den (ATT 8,607) 23rd April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Ward

Millwall Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

Millwall 1

K Osborne (14)

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Blackburn 2

D Jones (56)
J Rhodes (pen 78)

Championship: Blackburn pick up vital three points after 2-1 win at Millwall

Last Updated: 23/04/13 11:23pm

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Jordan Rhodes: Secured victory from the spot

Jordan Rhodes: Secured victory from the spot

Blackburn took a huge step towards Championship survival after Jordan Rhodes' penalty secured a vital 2-1 win at Millwall.

Rovers and Millwall were heading for a point apiece after David Jones' freak goal had cancelled out Karleigh Osborne's first-half opener for the hosts.

But with 12 minutes to go referee Gavin Ward adjudged Danny Shittu had tripped Grant Hanley inside the penalty area.

Millwall protested long and hard, claiming Hanley had dived, but Rhodes kept his nerve to tuck in his 27th goal of the season.

Lions skipper Shittu continued his protest after the final whistle and was shown a second yellow card followed by a red by referee Ward.

It meant Rovers leapfrogged Millwall into 15th spot, five points above the relegation zone with two matches left.

The Lions led through defender Osborne's first goal for the club, but should have been further ahead by the time Rovers levelled, as Jack Smith and James Henry had already seen efforts fly just wide before Osborne struck in the 14th minute.

Hanley was booked for lunging in at Liam Feeney and, from the free-kick, Henry found the head of Mark Beevers at the far post, whose header back across goal was blocked but it fell to Osborne, who swivelled like a striker before lashing the ball into the net from eight yards.

Rovers lost striker Colin Kazim-Richards to injury early on and barely threatened until the final 10 minutes of the first half.

And in stoppage time a fierce 25-yard drive from Jones was heading for the top corner until Lions goalkeeper David Forde got a fingertip on it to make a superb save.

But the equaliser came in the 56th minute when Jones swung a corner towards the near post which squirmed past Rob Hulse and into the net, leaving the on-loan QPR striker with his head in his hands.

Forde made another good save from Dunn but was furious when referee Ward pointed to the spot in the 78th minute. Both he and Shittu were booked for their protests before Rhodes sent Forde the wrong way.

Osborne could have snatched a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time but his shot was kept out by the legs of Grzegorz Sandomierski as Rovers held out for a crucial win.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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