Blackburn 3-0 Fulham: Rovers end two-month winless streak
Last Updated: 16/02/16 10:25pm
Danny Graham marked his home debut with a late goal to cap off Blackburn's comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fulham, which ended a two-month winless run in the Sky Bet Championship.
Once man-of-the-match Ben Marshall had converted his fourth spot-kick of the season in the 15th minute on Tuesday night, there was little doubt the nine-match run without a win would end as Fulham wilted.
The home faithful were able to relax when Shane Duffy headed his first Ewood Park goal just after the hour and another header, this time from Graham, rounded off a fine evening for the hosts.
Fulham, on the other hand, now have only one win in their last 10 away games and have not won in nine at Ewood.
Rovers captain Grant Hanley returned from injury, as did Graham in two of four changes from the defeat to Hull. Fulham were without Scott Parker and Lasse Vigen Christensen from the weekend thumping of QPR, so Sakari Mattila and Luke Garbutt deputised.
Paul Lambert used his programme notes to urge his Rovers team to wake up quickly but they were sleeping early on when Michael Madl had two chances to score, one of which was a volley cleared off the line and the other saw the Austrian lash wide soon after.
Fulham's problems are at the back and the weakness was highlighted 15 minutes in when Garbutt needlessly scythed down Marshall in the area and the midfielder dusted himself off before stroking his penalty into the left corner for his fifth goal of the season.
From that point, the hosts dominated the first half, with Graham producing a smart turn and shot and Chris Brown heading a Marshall cross straight to Andy Lonergan.
The second half started as the first ended, with Fulham sloppy in possession and Rovers dangerous. Marshall again wreaked havoc with a teasing in-swinging cross that was perfect for Graham, but the forward could not make a telling touch under pressure.
The visitors really struggled to fashion anything in a disappointing follow-up to Saturday's heartening win, though Alexander Kacaniklic rifled a 35-yard effort that only just swerved wide.
But Blackburn took a huge step towards ending their winless run in the 63rd minute when Elliott Bennett's superb free-kick was met 12 yards out by Duffy, whose header was too powerful despite Lonergan's best efforts.
Graham should have marked his home debut with a goal when Jamie O'Hara's kamikaze square pass was cut out on the edge of the area, but the shot was directed wide six minutes from time.
At the other end, Moussa Dembele showed a glimpse of his ability by engineering space in the area to fire a fine low strike that Jason Steele tipped away.
But Rovers rounded off a fine night three minutes from time when Bennett crossed for Graham to get off the mark in Rovers colours with a well-directed low header.