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25 November 2017 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Saturday's matchday itinerary

Here's what's on offer at Ewood Park ahead of the game against Bristol Rovers

24 November 2017

Those coming to Ewood Park for Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers will once again find a variety of events taking place to add to the overall sense of occasion.

Ahead of the 3pm kick-off, there will be live music in the FanZone, a visit from Pudsey Bear, visible support for Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, with further pitchside events planned around the match itself.

In summary, here's what you can expect this weekend… 

10am  Roverstore opens. Take advantage of the great Black Friday deals.

11am  Blues Bar opens. The bar will be open from 11am, with food available from midday. Please be aware that matchday memberships are required for ease of access.

12.30pm  The Foster’s FanZone opens. Barnsley v Leeds will be live on the screen in time for the opening of the stage, bar and burger van outside the Blackburn End.

1pm  Strikers’ Lounge opens. Please note our new opening time for the recently redecorated and modernised family friendly room, which is based in the Blackburn End and free to enter! If your child requires use of the Sensory Room for future games, please email sensoryroom@rovers.co.uk to reserve their place.

1pm  Rover the Dog arrives! Rover sets off from the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre and makes his way round to the FanZone area, before normally heading into the stadium around 45 minutes before kick-off to meet and greet our fans.

1.15pm  The penalty shoot-out challenge begins. The forecast isn’t looking great, but if it’s dry, we’ll be open for business outside the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Family Stand so that you can test your shooting skills and win prizes!

1.30pm  Turnstiles open. All concourse facilities are available from this time, including the GAME Room, which is new and improved with an increased number of consoles now available since our last home league game, meaning that more children can enjoy the facility. McDonald’s are also offering free face painting and fruit bags in Rover’s Kennel.

2pm  Olivia Jade Archbold on stage. At the age of just 14, Olivia Jade wowed crowds with her superb audition for Britain’s Got Talent, with Simon Cowell praising her for ‘making the song her own’ and Amanda Holden describing her as ‘utterly spellbinding’. Seven years on from making the semi-finals of the ITV contest, she continues to amaze audiences with her vocal talents, drawing on experience in diverse entertainment formats including theatre, musicals, ballet and radio to add to her TV exposure. Currently working on her debut album, we can’t wait for her FanZone performance!

2.20pm  Pudsey Bear on stage. Rover the Dog will be joined by Children In Need mascot Pudsey Bear in the FanZone!

2.25pm  Read out the team sheets! The first child aged 16 or under to put themselves forward (provided you’ve not done it before!) will find themselves reading out the very first team news to supporters in the FanZone – what an honour!

2.50pm  Guard of honour. The flags will be waving to greet the arrival of the teams, thanks to youngsters from Mill Hill Juniors FC and St Peter’s Primary School, Blackburn.  

3pm  Kick-off! Make plenty of noise for the boys as we try to keep our winning run going.

3.50pm  Half-time penalties. The lucky children from St Peter’s and Mill Hill will return to show us how to take a perfect penalty. Please give them a warm welcome. Members of the 100 Club will also make a pitchside presentation to the Academy.

Don't forget that tickets for this weekend's game remain on sale, with special discounted rates (and no matchday increase) for 1875 Club members, starting from as little as £18.

Order now via www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers, by phone on 01254 372000 or by visiting the Roverstore in person.

Matchday arrangements for the Sensory Room

Blackburn Rovers is an inclusive club whereby facilities are accessible to all. The Sensory Room - located in Strikers Family Lounge - is open to everyone, but is primarily there for families with a child with disabilities so that the whole family can come together to Ewood Park on matchday.

Families wishing to use the room will need to book it in advance by emailing SensoryRoom@rovers.co.uk.

Priority will be given to families with a child/children with disabilities.

Please be reminded that all children using Strikers must be supervised by the adult accompanying them.

Thank you to all supporters who provided feedback that has allowed us to create this new policy.

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Report: Rovers 2 Bristol Rovers 1

Comeback victory makes it three wins from three for Rovers as double substitution makes the difference at Ewood Park

25 November 2017

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Second half strikes from Charlie Mulgrew and substitute Dominic Samuel ensured Rovers made it three wins in a week after coming back from a goal down to earn a hard fought 2-1 win at Ewood Park.

All the action came in the second 45 minutes and after Ellis Harrison handed the visitors the lead on the hour mark it could have been the case of Rovers slipping up at home.

But the team showed great character and the double change of Danny Graham and Samuel entering the action proved critical.

Samuel won a penalty within seconds of coming on, which was smashed home expertly from Mulgrew before Samuel himself grabbed his first goal in two months to earn the vital points for Rovers.

Boss Tony Mowbray made one change from the team that won at Oxford United on Tuesday evening.

Winger Elliott Bennett - who had played plenty of minutes for Rovers this term - was rested but available from the bench if needed, with Peter Whittingham coming into the XI in the only change.

It was a decent start from Rovers, but it was the visitors who had the first notable chance of the game, with Mulgrew - playing for the 50th time for the hosts - getting a crucial block on Billy Bodin's left-footed effort just eight minutes into the game.

A moment later shouts for a penalty were waved away by referee Ross Joyce after it looked like Derrick Williams was taken down in the box after the left back latched onto a neat Richie Smallwood pass.

Midway through the half neither 'keeper had really been tested but Joe Nuttall saw his long range drive fly just over Adam Smith's upright.

The visitors looked like they had taken the lead just before the half hour mark when Ollie Clarke smashed past David Raya after his initial effort cannoned back into his path after hitting Ryan Nyambe, but the flag was up for offside.

The disallowed goal seemed to give the visitors confidence that they could get at Rovers and Mowbray's men were fortunate that Billy Bodin's header ten minutes before the break cracked the crossbar and was cleared as Raya's goal began to live a charmed life.

And Raya was left thanking his upright again as Mulgrew blocked Harrison's strike, the ball looped up and clipped the bar once more as Rovers were increasingly coming under the cosh with the half drawing to a close.

Rovers saw another spot kick shout turned down when Smallwood saw his strike in the box blocked - possibly by a hand - but referee Joyce again didn't give it.

Rovers came flying out of the traps after the break and after Smallwood found Macus Antonsson, the Swede's cross was perfect for Bradley Dack at the back post but the in form ex-Gillingham man could only hit narrowly past the post from close range just a minute into the half.

Ten minutes into the half and Smallwood was next to try his luck but his effort from the edge of the box flew over.

And just a few minutes later the visitors took the lead when Harrison shimmied inside before curling past Raya and into the bottom corner.

But Rovers responded brilliantly and won a penalty through substitute Samuel, who was hauled down in the box and up stepped Mulgrew - who celebrated his milestone match by rifling home the penalty and equalise with his sixth of the season.

The home side's tails were up and another substitute in Graham somehow skewed a header wide after latching onto a wicked Mulgrew delivery.

And the turnaround was complete just a couple of minutes later when Samuel got on the end of Williams' cross to nod past Smith and into the net.

The substitutions looked to change the game in the hosts' favour and after Nayambe beat his man down the right side, Samuel's strike was blocked and fell to Corry Evans, who could only float an attempt over the bar.

Dack was next to attempt to get his name on the scoresheet but his bouncing shot was comfortable for Smith with 17 minutes remaining.

Rovers weren't home and dry though and Darrell Clarke threw on strikers Rory Gaffney and Tom Nichols with time running out to ask more questions of the home defence.

Raya was called into action with seven minutes remaining to beat away a powerful Liam Sercombe strike from the edge of the box.

But Rovers saw out some visiting pressure to turn a good week into a great one with their third win on the trot to rise up to fifth ahead of Tuesday's trip to Blackpool in League One.

ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Downing, Mulgrew (c), Williams, Smallwood, Whittingham (Samuel 60), Evans, Dack (Bennett 78), Antonsson, Nuttall (Graham 59).
Subs not used: Leutwiler, Ward, Caddis, Harper.

Goals: Mulgrew (61 pen), Samuel (67)
Booked: Nyambe 

BRISTOL ROVERS: Smith, Leadbitter, Brown, Lockyer (c), Sweeney (Broadbent 35), Sercombe, Clarke, Harrison, Bodin (Nichols 76), Partington (Gaffney 76), Sinclair.
Subs not used: Slocombe, Lines, Telford, Broom.

Goal: Harrison (58)
Booked: Harrison, Leadbitter

Attendance: 11,660 (1,317 away)

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