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Derrick Williams and Bradley Dack scored the goals as Blackburn secured victory over Millwall at Ewood Park.

Williams drove the ball home from 20 yards after there had been little to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges.

The Lions struggled to carve out chances and most of their first-half efforts were from outside the box.

Adam Armstrong almost made it two after the break, only to be denied by Bartosz Bialkowski’s reaction save, but the Millwall keeper could do nothing as Dack slid home Darragh Lenihan’s square ball to seal the points.

Both managers made two changes for their first game after the international break, with Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley in for Rovers, and Jayson Molumby and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson making their first Championship starts for Millwall.

Bodvarsson provided the pass for an early shot by Jed Wallace, but it was off target and the visitors fell behind when Williams found the bottom corner after receiving the ball from Greg Cunningham.

Lions boss Neil Harris sent on Matt Smith in the second half to provide a more physical presence up front and Ryan Leonard was only just too high from Bodvarsson’s lay-off.

Millwall’s hopes were ended when Dack found the net for the third time this season and, although Ben Thompson tested home keeper Christian Walton after beating two tackles, they could not find a consolation goal and are now without a win in four league games.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray:

“We talked this week about how we are going to score against Millwall, how difficult it is, we talked about getting behind them and cut-backs so the second goal is really pleasing.

“Typical Dack. A lot of bodies throwing themselves at it as the ball whizzed past, yet he was so pure with his side-foot into the net.

“But Derrick Williams, I’m delighted he’s scored outside the box, somebody else taking on the responsibility to shoot.”

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

“I was very disappointed to be behind at half-time. I thought it was unjust and we didn’t deserve to be behind.

“The goal is a great strike by a centre-half from 25 yards, but we should do better in the lead-up to it.

“We gave a really poor second goal away. Players have to do what instructions are given to them, not what they want to do.”

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