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Armstrong hits hat-trick in Blackburn win

Published on: 08 May 2021

Blackburn trailed but Adam Armstrong's penalty made it 1-1

Adam Armstrong finished a prolific season with a hat-trick as Blackburn beat Birmingham in an entertaining final-day encounter.

Kristian Pedersen put Blues ahead but goals from Armstrong and Ben Brereton had Blackburn in front at half-time.

Lukas Jutkiewicz nodded in an equaliser after the break only for Armstrong to restore the lead.

Harvey Elliott's superb finish and Armstrong's third, his 28th league goal of the season, added a late gloss to the scoreline.

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Blackburn's win completed their first league double over Birmingham since 2000-01, as they finished 15th in the final Championship table.

Armstrong's hat-trick was his third of the season and his final goal saw him beat Jordan Rhodes' tally of 27 back in 2012-13.

Birmingham ended the campaign in 18th place, the fifth successive season they have finished in the bottom third of the table.

They recovered strongly, winning five of their 10 games under manager Lee Bowyer, who missed this match for personal reasons.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsBlackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Kaminski2Nyambe26Lenihan22Harwood-Bellis17Bell27Travis18Davenport20Brereton21Buckley9Gallagher7Armstrong

    1Kaminski2Nyambe26Lenihan22Harwood-BellisSubstituted forAyalaat 58'minutes17Bell27Travis18DavenportSubstituted forDowningat 58'minutes20BreretonSubstituted forDolanat 67'minutes21BuckleySubstituted forEvansat 74'minutes9GallagherSubstituted forElliottat 58'minutes7Armstrong

Substitutes

    4Johnson5Ayala6Downing13Pears15Douglas16Elliott29Evans31Bennett39Dolan

Birmingham

Formation 4-5-1

27Trueman25Dacres-Cogley50Gordon3Pedersen42Seddon14Leko20Gardner24Harper47Stirk41Miller16Cosgrove

    27Trueman25Dacres-Cogley50Gordon3PedersenBooked at 67mins42Seddon14LekoBooked at 26minsSubstituted forHalilovicat 45'minutes20Gardner24HarperSubstituted forMcGreeat 76'minutes47StirkBooked at 40minsSubstituted forSan Joséat 82'minutes41MillerSubstituted forSimmondsat 79'minutes16CosgroveSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 45'minutes

Substitutes

    2Colin10Jutkiewicz11Bela12Dean18McGree19San José35Halilovic38Jeacock54Simmonds

Referee:Keith StroudMatch StatsHome TeamBlackburnAway TeamBirminghamPossessionHome58%Away42%ShotsHome18Away5Shots on TargetHome8Away3CornersHome5Away1FoulsHome8Away17Live TextPost update

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 5, Birmingham City 2.

90'+2'Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 5, Birmingham City 2.

90'Post update

Tyrhys Dolan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Foul by Steve Seddon (Birmingham City).

89'Post update

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kristian Pedersen.

89'Post update

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

88'Post update

Tyrhys Dolan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88'Post update

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

85'goalGoal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 5, Birmingham City 2. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Corry Evans.

84'Post update

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84'Post update

Foul by Josh Dacres-Cogley (Birmingham City).

83'goalGoal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 4, Birmingham City 2. Harvey Elliott (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Corry Evans.

82'Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Mikel San José replaces Ryan Stirk.

81'Post update

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81'Post update

Foul by Keyendrah Simmonds (Birmingham City).

80'Post update

Offside, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner tries a through ball, but Kristian Pedersen is caught offside.

80'Post update

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

80'Post update

Josh Dacres-Cogley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79'Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Keyendrah Simmonds replaces Amari Miller.

79'Post update

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans tries a through ball, but Adam Armstrong is caught offside.

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Source: bbc.com

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