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11 July 2020 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Preview: Rovers v West Bromwich Albion

Victory against the Baggies will see Rovers go to within two points of the top six depending on results elsewhere

11 July 2020

Boosted by a midweek win at Cardiff City, Rovers will be hunting down back-to-back Championship victories when West Bromwich Albion visit Ewood Park this afternoon.

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Match pass: Rovers v West Bromwich Albion

11 July 2020

A win will push Rovers to within two points of the play-offs, depending on results elswhere, but Slaven Bilic's side will certainly provide a stern test for Tony Mowbray's men at Ewood Park.

The Baggies have taken 42 points from away games this season, the highest amount in the division, and the task may be made more difficult due to injuries for Rovers ahead of the encounter against the high flyers.

Both Derrick Williams and Amari'i Bell are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign, Corry Evans remains sidelined with a broken toe, whilst Bradley Dack remains a few months away from his long-awaited return.

Ben Brereton sits out for the final game of his three-match ban following his sending off at Barnsley, but the rest of the squad are all expected to be available for selection.

Adam Armstrong will be looking for a third goal in his last three games following his outstanding finishes against Leeds United and Cardiff.

For the visitors, who come into the game on the back of three successive wins, Grady Diangana remains a doubt after suffering a tight muscle tightness that saw him forced off against Derby County on Wednesday evening.

Should the West Ham United loanee miss out, ex-Preston North End forward Callum Robinson is likely to be his replacement on the flank.

And speaking ahead of the game, Baggies boss Bilic certainly won't be underestimating the hosts later this afternoon.

“They gave Leeds a big game which may have finished 1-3 but it was not a 1-3 game," he told the official West Bromwich Albion website.

“They played top football at Cardiff and I want to send the players the message that we are playing a World Cup final on Saturday.

“There’s no room at any stage of the season for complacency but especially now.

“There is pressure, there was pressure on Wednesday but we turned it into a positive for us.

“We have to be prepared for anything that can happen because anything can happen.”

Kick-off is at 3pm and fans are reminded that they can track all the action via iFollow Rovers and our social media accounts.

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Report: Rovers 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Joe Rothwell's first goal of the season earns a point against the high flyers at Ewood Park

11 July 2020

Joe Rothwell scored his first goal of the season as Rovers moved to within four points of the play-offs following a resolute display and valuable draw against promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion.

Rothwell smashed home from close range just moments after entering the action against the Baggies, who came into the game in second place in the table.

Filip Krovinovic had slammed Slaven Bilic's men into a deserved lead just before the break, but Rovers showed their character after the interval and certainly wrestled control of the game in the final 20 minutes.

The point keeps Rovers in the hunt for the top six, but it could and should have been more had substitute Jacob Davenport beaten Sam Johnstone late on when one-on-one.

Rovers, who were unchanged from the win at Cardiff City on Tuesday night, started well back on home turf, but it was the visitors who had the first shot in anger, with Kamil Grosicki cutting in from the left and testing Christian Walton with a powerful attempt after just 14 minutes.

A moment later and Walton had to be alert again; this time to hold onto Filip Krovinovic's stinging drive from long range.

The Baggies were beginning to grow into the game, with ex-Burnley man Charlie Austin sending a shot over the upright from close range after being picked out by Matheus Pereira.

Next up it was Pereira who went close to breaking the deadlock, but ex-Baggies loanee Tosin Adarabioyo was in the right place at the right time to get in a crucial block.

Austin was looking menacing, and Rovers were left thankful to the brave reactions of Walton to deny the striker when one-on-one with only 10 minutes of the half remaining.

You sensed a breakthrough was coming for Bilic's side, and it arrived with four minutes to go until the break.

Pereira's run from midfield dragged Adarabioyo with him, and after the Brazilian playmaker fed Austin, his inventive cross was perfect for Krovinovic to volley home with his left foot.

Rovers went in search of a response, and the equaliser almost arrived on the stroke of the half time whistle.

Stewart Downing's free kick was nodded back across goal by Darragh Lenihan, and whilst Danny Graham's header looked good, Sam Johnstone's save was better; beating away the experienced frontman's goalbound effort.

There was still time for the Baggies to go straight up the other end and work another chance, but Walton was again able to block Jake Livermore's strike which looked destined to end up in the back of the net.

The chances continued to arrive for the visitors in the second half, with Walton shovelling away Pereira's sweeping attempt before Krovinovic smashed the rebound off the post and away from danger.

The boss made a quadruple substitution just after the hour mark, and within three minutes the equaliser arrived, with three of the alterations all playing a part in the move.

Elliott Bennett's pass down the right flank fed Sam Gallagher, whose cut back was perfect for Rothwell to slam home his first goal of the season.

Rovers were let off a few minutes later, with substitute Grady Diangana missing the ball completely after Hal Robson-Kanu found him in the box, before Walton again managed to beat away Conor Townsend's stinging effort from outside the box.

The visitors were getting desperate in their attempts to garner all three points, and substitute Davenport saw a great opportunity come and go with under 15 minutes remaining.

Rovers counter attacked at pace, and when Gallagher found the midfielder, one-on-one with Johnstone, the visiting goalkeeper won out.

Growing in confidence, the hosts went forward again soon after, with Lewis Holtby's inventive flick being hacked off the line by covering centre back Semi Ajayi, with Johnstone stranded.

A point apiece was probably the fairest outcome in what was a terrific end-to-end encounter, but Rovers will hope Davenport's miss won't come back to haunt them by the end of the season.

Rovers: Walton, Nyambe (Bennett, 61), Lenihan (c), Adarabioyo, Rankin-Costello, Travis, Johnson (Gallagher, 61), Downing (Davenport, 75), Armstrong (Holtby, 61), Samuel (Rothwell, 61), Graham.

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Mulgrew, Buckley, Carter.

Goal: Rothwell, 64

Booked: Travis, 72, Lenihan, 90.

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, Bartley, Ajayi, Krovinovic (Robinson, 80), Livermore (c) (Harper, 69), Pereira, Grosicki (Diangana, 59), Townsend, Austin (Robson-Kanu, 59), Sawyers, O'Shea.

Unused substitutes: Bond, Furlong, Phillips, Brunt, Hegazi, Robinson.

Goal: Krovinovic, 41

Booked: Livermore, 31, Ajayi, 90.

Referee: Jarred Gillett.

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