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Posted Sat 01 Oct 16 at 16:50 PM

Report: Blues 1 Blackburn Rovers 0

An excellent display from Blues saw them claim a deserved win against Blackburn Rovers heading into the international break.

Midfielder Stephen Gleeson scored the only goal of the game in the 64th minute, but the margin of the victory could easily have been greater in a game in which Blues played some quality attacking football.

Gary Rowett made two changes to his starting XI, with Gleeson coming in for Maikel Kieftenbeld and David Davis replacing Greg Stewart.

Blues made a really positive start, with them taking the game to the visitors.

And they were just inches away from opening their account when David Cotterill sent a terrific cross in from the right, which just evaded the boot of Jacques Maghoma who was sliding in at the far post.

But it was certainly not all one-way traffic in the opening stages with Blackburn looking threatening on the counter-attack.

And it was on one of these occasions that David Davis put in an absolutely brilliant sliding tackle right on the edge of his own box to cut the ball out.

With a quarter of an hour played Blues won a dangerous free-kick on the right flank which Cotterill whipped into the area. Jonathan Grounds got to the ball first, but under pressure headed over. 

Less than a minute later Gleeson should have done better when he was off target with a shot from the centre of the box.

At the other end, Ben Marshall whipped in an inviting cross from the right, which Marvin Emnes headed just over.

Some neat inter-play involving Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams culminated in Adams drilling a low right-footed attempt just inches wide of the base of Jason Steele’s post.

With half-time approaching Blues were unlucky not to break the deadlock when Cotterill’s great cross from the by-line reached Grounds at the far post, but his powerful goalbound header struck the back of his own team-mate Maghoma just yards out.

But it should have been Blackburn that went into the break with the advantage after Hoban was allowed a free header deep inside the Blues area, but headed over with just Adam Legzdins to beat.

Half-time: Blues 0 Blackburn 0

Blues started well after the restart and had a golden opportunity on 50 minutes 

Maghoma ran on some 40 yards with the ball, before sliding it across to Gleeson who was rushing in, but the Irish midfielder curled the ball just over from 12 yards.

Almost immediately Legzdins was forced to produce an outstanding diving save to tip Emnes' fierce drive around his post.

The Blues stopper then made a comfortable low stop from the same opponent minutes later.

A brilliant piece of passing play down the right led to Blues’ opener just after the hour-mark.

A sublime through ball from Jonathan Spector found its way beyond Blackburn left-back Derrick Williams.

Cotterill ran onto it before cutting it back to Gleeson who made no mistake as he drilled it into the back of the net.

Having taken the lead Blues were not content to just sit back and twice went close to adding a second.

Cotterill volleyed a shot against the post and then from the follow-up Jutkiewicz’s attempt was well-saved by Steele.

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