Ben Brereton Diaz scored a brace to help Blackburn move into third as they produced one of the high-scoring Football Results of the midweek action in the Championship. It took just six minutes for Blackburn to open the scoring as John Buckley scored before Reda Khedira scored the second on the night. Brereton Diaz scored his first from the penalty spot in the 60th minute before making no mistake in the 79th minute in scoring his second.
Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “I think defensively we looked pretty strong. I think we’ve got a real determination about trying to keep clean sheets. I need to mention Lenihan who has got the added responsibility of captain, leadership and he’s showing that. He’s standing like a man mountain. Do we look like we can score goals when we win the ball back and break away? Yes. Any team that carries the threat that we carry and looks as solid as we look at the moment is going to win games. The combination of the defensive stability and the goal threat is pretty potent.”
Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “We helped them along the way. The goals we conceded are not good enough. We were second best. For me, the only positive today is JJ (Jordan James). He can walk out of that dressing room with his head held high. They are a good side though, Blackburn. They’ve got quality all over the park. Even the people they’re bringing on were really good. We were out of our depth today.”
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