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Result: Millwall 0-2 Blackburn: Visitors end winless streak at The Den

Bradley Dack and Sam Gallagher scored for Rovers at The Den.

Blackburn claimed their first win in eight Sky Bet Championship games with a 2-0 victory over Millwall at The Den.

Deflections were ultimately the undoing of Millwall as Bradley Dack’s 20-yard strike gave Rovers the opener and a ricochet off the returning Sam Gallagher sealed the win in the second half.

After an uneventful first 15 minutes, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock with the first shot of the match.

Midfielder Dack picked up the ball on the edge of the box and after feinting to shoot on his left, cut back and let rip with a right-footed shot that deflected off Shaun Hutchinson giving Bartosz Białkowski no chance.

Millwall looked lost for ideas going forwards and nearly put more pressure on themselves when Białkowski’s attempted clearance hit Tyrhys Dolan in the box but the ball just ran away from Ben Brereton, who was coming back from an offside position.

Blackburn had one more chance to extend their lead before the break when Barry Douglas curled a set-piece in with his left foot and Gallagher did well to get up highest and meet it, but his header looped well over the bar.

Gary Rowett opted to change his mode of attack just before the hour mark, introducing Matt Smith off the bench and the big striker almost made an immediate impact but could not direct Scott Malone’s cross on target.

Malone then had an opportunity to test Thomas Kaminski himself but his free-kick was straight at the Belgian and moments later Blackburn spurned a chance of their own as Gallagher’s effort was easily saved by Białkowski.

As 70 minutes approached John Buckley outpaced the Millwall defence to reach the byline and cut it back for Dack, who was charging in and looked hampered by a challenge from Ryan Woods as he shaped to shoot.

A corner was signalled by referee Matthew Donohue but Dack and his teammates were convinced it should have been a penalty.

Both managers then made triple substitutions and it was Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliott who made the biggest difference for Blackburn.

The 17-year-old burst into the box and fed fellow teenager Dolan, whose shot deflected off Jake Cooper, onto the chest of Gallagher and into the back of the net – although the Rovers striker knew very little about it.

The hosts almost got themselves back into the game late on when George Evans struck the upright and Kaminski smartly righted himself to keep out Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s follow up.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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