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Derby draw was fair says Rovers legend
FORMER Blackburn Rovers striker John Byrom felt a draw was a fair result after David Dunn rescued a point for Michael Appleton’s side in a pulsating East Lancashire derby.
The Clarets took a first half lead through Jason Shackell but then had Ben Mee sent off in the second period and eventually succumbed to a last minute equaliser from Dunn.
And Byrom, who played nearly 150 games for Rovers during two spells with the club, felt Rovers’ second half performance merited a point.
He said: “I thought Burnley were in control for large periods of the game, particularly in the first half but after the break I thought Rovers were much better and in the end I think 1-1 was a fair result.
“It was a good game and played in a good spirit. It was a scrappy game and I think a draw was about right in the end.”
Former England striker Byrom admitted he was especially pleased to see Dunn score the goal for Rovers.
“I am so pleased that David Dunn managed to score the equaliser because you could see how much it meant to him. He is the only local lad in the team and it was great to see him get the goal.
“He gave 110 per cent and was rewarded with the goal at the end. I think both sides will probably be happy to get a point out of it.
“Rovers certainly will be after being behind and Burnley would probably have taken a draw before the game”
Byrom felt the red card handed out to Mee for his second booking in just eight minutes was a tad harsh, and admitted it had played a part in allowing the home side back into the match.
He added: “Honestly I didn’t think it was a red card but the game has changed a lot since I used to play and these days I guess the referee has to give it as a second yellow card.
“I didn’t think Blackburn were going to find a way back into it until then but the sending off changed the game and the back-pedalling and extra defending Burnley had to do eventually helped Rovers get the goal.
“They had all of the ball towards the end of the game and you just felt they might be able to find a way through.
“It keeps up the unbeaten record against Burnley as well which will please the Rovers fans.”