Loan Watch: Gallagher helps Blackburn to crucial point

By SFC Media Tue 18 Apr Loan Watch
Photo by Reuters | Sam Gallagher celebrates

Sam Gallagher hit his 12th goal of the season to earn Blackburn Rovers a vital point against Bristol City as they look to pull away from relegation trouble.

Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for the visitors with an exquisite finish on 14 minutes.

But Rovers rallied, and Gallagher rose above Mark Little to power a header beyond Frank Fielding to make it 1-1 with 19 minutes left.

That followed on from another crucial result, with Gallagher played 72 minutes of the 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest before being replaced by Lucas João.

Tommie Hoban’s late header proved the difference on that occasion. Rovers are now two points from safety with three games to play.

Elsewhere, Jason McCarthy helped loan Walsall to pick up four points over the Easter weekend in League One.

On Good Friday, McCarthy played the duration of the 1-1 away draw with Shrewsbury Town.

Kieron Morris nodded the Saddlers ahead on 35 minutes, but in the second-half Stefan Payne earned the hosts a share of the spoils when he headed Shaun Whalley’s cross.

A home clash with Swindon Town followed and Joe Edwards’ late winner earned Jon Whitney’s men a hard-fought 1-0 win, with McCarthy playing the full game.

There was further success in Spain as Paulo Gazzaniga kept a clean sheet in Rayo Vallecano’s 1-0 win over UCAM Murcia.

Javi Guerra’s solitary strike was enough for the visitors, who now sit 15th in Segunda División.

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