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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 17 32
2 Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Brentford 18 31
5 Ipswich Town 17 30
6 Watford 17 29
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Cardiff City 18 26
12 Nottingham Forest 17 25
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 18 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7

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