Blackburn fans hail Sam Gallagher on Twitter after youngster's brace secures victory

Sam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers celebrates at the end of the game

The Southampton loanee helped Rovers on their way to a vital win over Nottingham Forest.

Sam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers celebrates at the end of the gameSam Gallagher of Blackburn Rovers 

Blackburn climbed out of the Championship relegation zone last night after a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at Ewood Park, with a first half brace from young striker Sam Gallagher enough to secure all three points for the hosts.

After a goalless draw at Ipswich on Saturday, Rovers flew out of the blocks against Forest and were ahead after just 11 minutes when Gallagher raced clear and slotted past visiting goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic.

Blackburn Rovers Sam Gallagher celebrates scoring their second goal with Danny GrahamBlackburn Rovers Sam Gallagher with Danny Graham

It was two just before half time when an excellent team move ended with a simple tap in for the Southampton loanee, and the two goal cushion remained intact until the closing stages.

A late Damien Perquis strike increased the nerves around Ewood Park, but Forest's cause was not helped by an injury time sending off for Hildeberto Pereira and Rovers were able to hold on for their third win of the season.

On Twitter, Rovers fans were quick to praise their 21-year-old striker, whose match-winning brace took his season's tally to five league goals.

General view of Ewood ParkGeneral view of Ewood Park

While matters on the pitch were satisfactory last night as Rovers claimed a much-needed win, off the field there are still concerns at the low crowds and lack of atmosphere at Ewood Park. The official attendance last night was 10,462, with some fans taking to Twitter to bemoan the state of affairs in the stands.

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen CoyleBlackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle

If results continue to improve, crowds are likely to pick up with floating fans more likely to return to support a winning side. With the deeply unpopular Venky's still running the club, however, it could still be some time before Ewood Park is rocking again.

Next up for Blackburn is a tricky trip to Bristol City on Saturday. Four points from their last two games means Rovers will travel south with confidence, and with an in-form striker to call on they may fancy their chances of picking up a result at Ashton Gate.

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