Blackburn 2-1 West Brom: Hosts rating twice in two minutes within the first half with Dilan Markanday and Harry Leonard strike to safe hard-fought victory regardless of Matt Phillips effort

Blackburn’s perceived lack of firepower sparked pessimistic prospects for the brand new season amongst Ewood Park devoted. Fortunately, the youngsters are doing nicely.

Dilan Markanday, 21, and Harry Leonard, 19, led Jon Dahl Tomasson’s crew to an uplifting opening win after summer time gross sales, accelerated by tight budgets, eased the gloom.

Rovers narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs in May after a season of enchancment, however discovering the online remained an issue and shut vary occasions hardly helped.

But a one-two halfway by the primary half nonetheless grounded West Bromwich Albion, who had been unable to construct on the momentum of Matt Phillips’ response early within the second half.

It was all an excessive amount of for his or her coach Carlos Corberan, who was despatched to the stands after a heated argument with the officers an excessive amount of.

Winger Dilan Markanday put Blackburn forward towards West Brom within the twentieth minute

Harry Leonard doubled their lead within the twenty second minute with a shot into the underside nook

So the result as an alternative deepened the sense of unease at The Hawthorns, with their much less noticed proprietor Guochuan Lai apparently no nearer to promoting the membership to permit for brand new funding.

The Baggies had their moments, however one wonders in the event that they’re realistically going to make the playoffs this time after Corberan turned them round so encouragingly final semester.

Rovers scored simply 52 objectives to complete with a unfavorable purpose distinction in final season’s Championship and 18 of these objectives had been due to departing Ben Brereton Diaz and Bradley Dack.

With Sam Gallagher additionally sidelined and Niall Ennis, a Plymouth summer time contract, not totally up to the mark, Tomasson wasn’t precisely blessed with attacking choices for this season opener.

So he put religion within the youth, handing over Leonard and Markanday begins with assist from Sammie Szmodics and Tyrhys Dolan.

Corberan benched Jeremy Sarmiento, their thrilling Brighton signing, till the final 20 minutes, but it surely was his Albion who began with the larger intention.


Blackburn Rovers (4-2-3-1): Pears; Rankin-Costello (Brittain 78), Carter, Hyam, Pickering; Travis (c), Tronstad (A. Wharton 59); Markanday (Hedges 59), Szmodics, Dolan; Leonard

Substitutes not used: Hilton (GK); Batty, S. Wharton, Garrett, Buckley, Ennis

Manager: Jon Dahl Tomasson

Scorers: Markanday 20; Leonard 22

Booked: Travis, Szmodics, Carter, Hedges

West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Palmer; Furlong, Ajayi, Kipre (Bartley 72), Townsend; Yokuslu (Mowatt 71), Chalobah (Swift 66); Phillips (Sarmiento 71), Molumby (Gardner-Hickman 85), Wallace (c); Thomas Asante

Replacements not used: Griffiths (GK); Pieters, Fellows, Malcolm

Manager: Carlos Corberan

Goal scorer: Philips 50

Booked: Yokuslu, Kipre, Wallace

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Attendance: 16,741 (2,925 away)

Cedric Kipre headed over from Conor Townsend’s deep nook for Phillips, didn’t see too many passing alternatives after an assault on the left, minimize in and curled a shot that Aynsley Pears knocked out.

But Baggie’s early optimism dissipated with a double whammy in simply over a minute – and so they had each objectives to themselves.

Townsend was dumped off the ball by Markanday within the run-up to his opener, with Leonard firing the ball by and captain Lewis Travis Markanday slipping by to slip residence.

It was a primary league purpose for Markanday, a product of Tottenham’s academy who scored twice within the Carabao Cup for Rovers final season.

West Brom had been in hassle once more moments later when Kipre’s horrible move from protection was intercepted by the energetic Szmodics.

He fed Leonard into the penalty space and though the end on the put up regarded trickier, he scored previous Alex Palmer with confidence.

As the August rain swarmed Lancashire, West Brom desperately scrambled for a route again to the sport, with Nathaniel Chalobah drilling broad of the mark.

But Rovers might need made three earlier than the break as Dolan Palmer examined from simply outdoors the world.

After the break, the guests regarded far more ahead to the battle. Jayson Molumby noticed a goalbound shot blocked by Joe Rankin-Costello, probably by his arm, after Brandon in the reduction of Thomas-Asante.

Corberan was cautioned by referee Dean Whitestone shortly afterwards, presumably for a disagreement after his facet weren’t penalized for handball.

But they quickly minimize the shortfall in half. It was Markanday’s flip to take possession of the ball in his personal half and the busy Phillips exchanged passes with Jed Wallace and picked up the nook.

Rankin-Costello denied Molumby once more, this time with a superbly tackled deal with into the penalty space.

West Brom winger Matt Phillips pulled a purpose again at Ewood Park simply after the break

Albion’s storm had calmed down a bit by the point Leonard handed up a good chance to wrap issues up for Blackburn, firing his shot centimeters broad of the far put up as he was despatched clear on 68 minutes.

As it didn’t go of their favour, Corberan was despatched to the dressing rooms for one more frank trade of views with the referees.

Rovers ought to have resolved it late, with clamors for handball after Hayden Carter’s shot bounced broad off what seemed to be Darnell Furlong’s elbow.

And regardless of a blistering 9 minutes of stoppage time, the results of the brand new EFL time addition guideline, that they had accomplished sufficient.