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 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.
Ooooh ahhhh @SamGallagher40 this boy is destined for the prem— RoversTweet (@RoversTweet) October 18, 2016
It's sometimes easy to forget how lucky we all are to be living through the Messi/Ronaldo/Sam Gallagher era— David Judge (@DavidJudge87) October 18, 2016
@SamGallagher40 thank god we have you. well played tonight again lad. amazing performances, rovers fans are grateful :-)— brenn (@BEANIFUL) October 18, 2016
@SamGallagher40 top performance tonight showed a desire to wear the shirt for the fans— Anthony Tomlinson (@AnthonyT1989) October 18, 2016
General 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.
This atmosphere compared to 7/8 years ago— RoversTweet (@RoversTweet) October 18, 2016
Spot the crowd tonight at Ewood.— Howard Ellison (@clarethighfield) October 18, 2016
Everytime a players name got said by the announcer there was always a cheer, now you can only hear their parents and a few applauds— RoversTweet (@RoversTweet) October 18, 2016
Blackburn 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.