Blackburn Rovers managed to cut the gap from the play-off chasing pack and the Championship’s top two with a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Rovers, who remained in fourth as West Brom also earned three points against Reading, won their fourth successive match in the second-tier to go just four points behind the Cherries.
A Ben Pearson own goal after 21 minutes gave the visitors the lead at The Vitality Stadium on Saturday, before Jan Paul van Hecke doubled Rovers’ advantage 20 minutes into the second half.
Returning back to Championship action, Sam Gallagher came on in the 55th minute for the visitors.
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The towering forward suffered a calf injury in late October, missing six league games as a result.
Sharing a post on Instagram following Saturday’s 2-0 victory and his return to action, Gallagher said: “Buzzing to be back out there with the boys. What a great result and amazing support 🙌🏼🔵⚪️ Proud to be a part of this team @rovers.”
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Blackburn have proven to possess a strong forward line this season, with every player who has been trusted in the starting XI, in attacking positions, having all contributed thus far.
Having Gallagher back in the side adds an extra element of competition and Tony Mowbray will be hopeful that it will only drive performance levels as the season progresses.
Gallagher’s direct running and physicality adds another dimension to Blackburn’s attack play and should stand them in good stead in what remains of the campaign.
Gallagher has also displayed his goalscoring tendencies ever since he first put on a Rovers shirt, with that potentially being key if Ben Brereton Diaz departs in January.