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- First game of new football league season
- Rhodes and Gestede start for Rovers
- Adam Le Fondre, Kenwyn Jones and Nicky Marnard up front for Cardiff
I wonder why nobody in the lower half of the prem has tried to sign Jordan Rhodes?? Knows where the goal is and constantly fights for team— @Daveygravy84 08 August 2014
Good point for both sides although Rovers will be disappointed they couldn't make the second half pressure pay. Got a feeling this will be a good season for Bowyer and his boys...
Rovers 1-1 Cardiff
Conway named Man of the Match at Ewood.
3 minutes of added time...
Conway blasts it over. Lots of power - always rising...
Approaching injury time...
Another dangerous free kick for Rovers. Last came to nothing...
Dangerous free kick for Rovers...
Adam Le Fondre replaced by Eikrem
Hanley's header saved comfortably..
Debut yellow for Burgstaller...
Maynard takes a comedy tumble. Just over 5 minutes left plus injury time...
Cardiff captain Hudson booked for nasty tackle on Gestede...
Cardiff are leaving big gaps at the back. Only a matter of time before Blackburn take advantage. My money is on Jordan Rhodes— @TittleTan_z 08 August 2014
9:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14
ball to hand is not a foul... keeping the ball is good for a draw, but where is the skill creating chances?
First Cardiff chance for a while sent horribly wide by Burgstaller. 15 minutes left plus stoppage time...
Cleared. Naive foul by Evans. Cardiff free kick..
Corner to Rovers...
My predictive text not liking that name...
Burgstaller replaces Jones for Cardiff.
Cardiff struggling to keep the ball when they have it. Rovers battling well...
Rovers have had 70% of the ball in this second half. Can they make it pay?
Rovers keep the ball alive well after the corner but cannot manufacture a chance. Pressure building on Cardiff...
Corner to Rovers..
Little scrappy as we reach the hour mark. 1-1.
Rudy Gestede & Jordan Rhodes are the best strike partnership in the Championship IMO. #brfc #rovers #FL72 #goals— @chrisvertigan 08 August 2014
Daehli replaced by Adeyemi
53 minutes gone. Still 1-1.
Gestede goes close with a header. Knocking on the Cardiff door here Rovers...
Rovers have made a lively start to the second half. Still 1-1.
8:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14
A Darener says
Free kick should have been a penalty. Or have they changed the rules about being in the box?
Confirmation that Kilgallon was suffering with a back injury...
Williamson replaces Kilgallon for second half...
RT @Supremefootball: Tom Cairney take a bow - https://t.co/fYAbzGmdu9— @Piilkz 08 August 2014
RT @MellorFootball: What a strike from Tom Cairney...1-1. https://t.co/sWRh9dJx34— @lnholden 08 August 2014
Love Tom Cairney!! #greatplayer #topfinish GET IN! @TweetRovers— @JaseG10 08 August 2014
Yes back to excitement!!!' LOVE Cairney— @chris2o1o 08 August 2014
Half time and the scores are level. Kenwyn Jones put Cardiff ahead but a brilliant equaliser from Tom Cairney leaves this game in the balance. Off for a pie...
Yellow for Brayford
That was a delightful goal by Cairney— @Mr_MitchB 08 August 2014
Last year's player of the season Cairney scores Rovers' first goal of the new season - and what a goal!
What a finish. WHAT A FINISH! Tom Cairney picks up the ball after Jordan Rhodes excellently dispossesses a Cardiff defender and fires homes from outside the box. Rovers back level after 40 minutes... 1-1.
GOAL FOR ROVERS
Gestede's failed bicycle kick sets up Conway who fires over the bar. Good chance. 0-1.
Corner to Rovers..
Lowe booked for a late challenge on Gunnarsson...
Jones fires straight at Robinson. Decent chance. Weak shot in the end... 0-1.
58% possession for Rovers but they need to convert that into chances...
Rovers lacking quality in the final third at the moment. 24 minutes gone. 0-1.
Hanley's flick saved by Marshall from Conway free kick. 0-1.
Jones fires a header past a helpless Paul Robinson. Simple as you like.
GOAL FOR CARDIFF
Rhodes fires over on the turn. Half chance for Rovers' main man...
Connolly heads over. Rovers under a little bit of pressure. 15 minutes gone. 0-0.
Another Cardiff corner..
CLOSE! Robinson tips Jones' header over the bar brilliantly...
Corner to Cardiff.
Whittingham down after Baptiste challenge. Looked a little naughty. No card. He's fine. 0-0.
Almost ten minutes gone. Remains 0-0.
Decent bit of possession for Cardiff now...
Hudson fires miles over from range. Robinson will be happy to see those all evening...
Good first five minutes for Rovers. Crowd in good voice too...
Cairney smashes the ball into the wall. 0-0.
Free-kick on edge of Cardiff box for handball. Looks like it's inside the area though...
Rovers get the game underway...
Good turn-out at Ewood Park tonight. Players are ready. Off we go...
Just five minutes to go. Very excited...
Come on Rovers hope to get the season of to a flyer #brfc #rovers #promotionpush— @darrencoleman31 08 August 2014
COME ON ROVERS!! Good to be back down at ewood!!— @LukeK22 08 August 2014
What are your predictions for this evening? I'm going for a tight Rovers win. 2-1. Rhodes the key man...
Can Rovers make a winning start to the season against a strong Cardiff side? Is the Premier League on the horizon once more? Sit tight - kick-off in just over 20 minutes....
Come on the Rovers #rtid @OneRovers— @dee90brfc 08 August 2014
Busiest I've seen Ewood in a while, finally back on the terraces, come on Rovers ⚽️💙— @BradddDavies 08 August 2014
RT @rubenrochina23: And all the best to @OneRovers, you will always be in my Heart. Come on Rovers!!!! #ArteEtLabore 🌹 2/2— @XoliverdugdaleX 08 August 2014
BLACKBURN Rovers have been hit by the loss of defender Tommy Spurr to injury for tonight’s big Championship opener at home to Cardiff City (7.45pm).
Spurr, who would have been a certain starter, has picked up a groin injury in training and will sit out the visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s title favourites to Ewood Park.
Marcus Olsson will play left back.
The better news for Rovers boss Bowyer is that Rudy Gestede has been declared fit to start up front alongside Jordan Rhodes after overcoming illness.
Rovers: Robinson, Baptiste, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, Cairney, Lowe, Evans, Conway, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Kean, King, Dunn, Marshall, Varney, Williamson, Taylor.
Cardiff: Marshall, Brayford, Connolly, Hudson, Fabio, Le Fondre, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Daehli, Maynard, Jones. Subs: Moore, John, Bo-Kyung, Eikrem, Adeyemi, Theophile-Catherine, Burgstaller.