April 5, 2024

Utilita Performance of the Week: Blackburn Rovers

(Nominations include Premier League, EFL Championship, EFL League One, EFL League Two, WSL, and Women’s Championship fixtures)

The League Managers Association’s panel, comprising LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Chris Hughton, Rachel Yankey, Les Ferdinand, Clare Tomlinson, Dave Bassett, and Barry Fry has determined that the Utilita Performance of the Week Award should go to Blackburn Rovers for their performance against Sunderland AFC on Monday 1st April.

Blackburn Rovers manager, John Eustace, will receive the Utilita Performance of the Week trophy.

Match Report

Rovers produced one of their best performances of the season to record an emphatic 5-1 win at Sunderland to earn three crucial points at the Stadium Of Light.

John Eustace’s visitors were excellent throughout and took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the break thanks to Sam Szmodics’ ruthless double for his 28th and 29th goals of a remarkable individual campaign.

Rovers refused to take their foot off the gas and clearer daylight was added to the scoreline just two minutes into the second period through Ryan Hedges’ second goal of the season.

Only seven minutes later and the impressive Tyrhys Dolan got his goal to make it 4-0 and pretty much kill off the contest before the hour mark.

Although substitute Chris Rigg gave Sunderland a late lifeline, one of Rovers’ own second half alterations in Andrew Moran kept the four-goal advantage when he tapped home the fifth of what really was a magnificent afternoon for the team.

Read more here: https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2024/april/01/report--sunderland-v-rovers/

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