Blackburn Rovers 1 - 0 Cardiff City. Match Report

Last updated : 22 October 2023 By BBC Sport

Blackburn Rovers earned back-to-back Championship wins for the first time this season as they beat Cardiff City.


Cardiff centre-back Dimitrios Goutas had a first-half headed goal controversially disallowed for offside.

After the break, Joe Rankin-Costello put Blackburn in front with a neat low finish from Tyrhys Dolan's pass.

Cardiff had chances to equalise as Callum Robinson fired wide and fellow substitute Ollie Tanner had a fierce shot saved by Leopold Wahlstedt.

But Rankin-Costello's goal was enough to lift Blackburn up to 15th in the Championship table, a point behind Cardiff who slip to 11th.

Rovers have struggled to hit the heights of last season, when they finished seventh in the Championship.

There were positive signs before this month's international break when Jon Dahl Tomasson's men ended a four-match losing run with a 4-0 drubbing of Queens Park Rangers, though they were still only 17th in the table at that point.

Cardiff, meanwhile, had made a promising start to life under Erol Bulut and, after only narrowly avoiding relegation in the previous two campaigns, the Bluebirds came into this game eighth in the table and only one point adrift of the play-off places.

They spent most of the first half on the back foot as Blackburn dominated possession and territory, but without creating many scoring opportunities.

Rovers' best chance fell to Rankin-Costello, who shot wide from Callum Brittain's low cross from the right.

Cardiff thought they had taken the lead against the run of play when Greece centre-back Goutas headed in, but the goal was disallowed as his team-mate Karlan Grant was adjudged to have been in the line of vision of Blackburn goalkeeper Wahlstedt from an offside position.

Cardiff's players vented their fury about the decision to referee Bobby Madley, but he ignored their protests.

Blackburn scored early in the second half as Dolan's through ball freed Rankin-Costello, who fired past Jak Alnwick despite a touch from the Cardiff keeper.

Rankin-Costello then had a glorious chance to double his and Blackburn's tally but he hesitated when clean through on goal and was denied by a superb sliding tackle by Perry Ng.

Cardiff brought on Robinson, Tanner and Rubin Colwill in an attempt to reinvigorate their attack, and Robinson looked lively as he turned and shot narrowly wide.

Tanner then had a powerful effort palmed away by Wahlstedt, but Cardiff's late forays forward were too little too late as Blackburn recorded successive league wins for the first time since March. 

Blackburn Rovers: Wahlstedt, Hill, Carter, Hyam, Pickering, Tronstad, Brittain, Rankin-Costello (Travis 78'), Szmodics, Sigurdsson (Ennis 65'), Dolan. Subs: Hilton, Gamble, Markanday, Wharton, Garrett, Atcheson, Telalovic

Cardiff City: Alnwick, Ng, Goutas, McGuinness, Collins, Siopis, Bowler (Tanner 61'), Wintle (Robinson 66'), Ralls (Colwill 78'), Grant, Ugbo (Méïté 61'). Subs: Rúnarsson, Romeo, Adams, Panzo, Rinomhota