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

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