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MATCHDAY LIVE: Blackburn Rovers v Leicester City
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- WELCOME to Ewood Park for this afternoon's Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and table-topping Leicester City. Don't miss a kick of the action with our matchday live blog.
FULL-TIME Rovers 1 Leicester 1.
SUB for Rovers. Josh King on. Lee Williamson off. 90 mins. 1-1.
Seven minutes of injury-time. This old ground is rocking.
Rudy Gestede side-footed effort from 25 yards palmed away by Foxes keeper. 88 mins. 1-1.
SUB for Rovers. Todd Kane on for Adam Henley, who is going off on a stretcher. 87 mins. 1-1.
SUB for Rovers. Chris Taylor on, Liam Feeney off. 77 mins. 1-1.
Another major let off for Rovers. Lee Williamson gives the ball away in midfield, the Foxes break, and Danny Drinkwater side-foots over from a Jamie Vardy cross when he really should have scored. 77 mins. 1-1.
SUB for Leicester. Andy King, Matt James off. 76 mins. 1-1.
How did that stay out? Paul Robinson saves from David Nugent from close range and somehow Tommy Spurr heads Riyad Mahrez's follow-up effort off the line. 74 mins. 1-1.
Long throw into the Rovers box not cleared and Matty James blazes over. Decent chance. 68 mins. 1-1.
Matt Kilgallon should score. Craig Conway corner flicked on by Rudy Gestede to the back post where the centre-back can only head into the side-netting. 65 mins. 1-1.
SUB another for the Foxes. Liam Moore on for Ritchie de Laet, who was having all sorts of trouble containing Craig Conway. 63 mins. 1-1.
SUB for Leicester, who are rocking big time. Dean Hammond on for Anthony Knockaert. 62 mins. 1-1.
Liam Feeney cross finds its way to the back post where the unmarked Craig Conway sees his side-footed shot saved. 61 mins. 1-1.
Wonderful, wonderful wing play by Craig Conway but his cross is turned over from almost underneath the bar by Michael Keane. 60 mns. 1-1.
Rovers fans really turning up the noise. It's been a fantastic second half so far. 59 mins. 1-1.
Incredible let off for Rovers as Jamie Vardy chases down a long ball over the top skips past the advancing Paul Robinson but, with the goal at his mercy, hits the post, with the rebound just evading David Nugent. Great second half. 55 mins. 1-1.
Attendance by the way is 16,528.
Really strong start to the second half by Rovers.
Craig Conway corner is met by Rudy Gestede, whose header, which was on target, blocked by his strike-partner Jordan Rhodes, before Leicester clear. 1-1. 48 mins.
Second half is under way.
That was Matt Kilgallon's first goal for the club. Rovers ending the half strongly. 45 mins. 1-1.
Leicester give a needless corner away and Craig Conway whips in an inviting delivery which Matt Kilgallon meets and flashes a header into the net despite the best efforts of Anthony Knockaerty on the line.
GOAL 1-1 Rovers. Matt Kilgallon.
Rovers being given a torrid time down their right. Jeff Schlupp just fired over a cross that no-one could get on the end of. 42 mins. 0-0.
Could and should be 2-0 to Leicester. Matty James pass over the top catches out Adam Henley and finds Rihad Mahrez whose perfect side-footed cross is turned over by Jamie Vardy under pressure by Matt Kilgallon. 31 mins. 0-1.
Short corner to Craig Conway, whose cross to the back post finds Tommy Spurr, whose header is caught by Kasper Schmeichel. From the breakaway, Corry Evans makes a vital tackle to stop Jamie Vardy from runnibg through on goal. 29 mins. 0-1.
Rovers equalise almost instantly, Kasper Schmeichel pulling off a brilliant save from Jordan Rhodes. 23 mins. 0-1.
Adam Henley gives the ball away on the edge of the area and David Nugent sees his shot saved by Paul Robinson. But the ball is never cleared and Ritchie de Laet crosses for Jamie Vardy to turn in from inside the six-yard box.
GOAL 1-0 Leicester. Jamie Vardy. 20 mins.
Great block Michael Keane. David Nugent - not for the first time - finds space between between midfield and the Rovers defence and threads a good pass through to his strike-partner Jamie Vardy, whose shot was charged down by the on-loan Manchester United defender, who also had a loan spell with Leicester last season. 13 mins. 0-0.
Good, even game so far. It remains goalless though. 11 mins. 0-0.
We are under way.
We are under way.
The teams are out. Top-scorer Jordan Rhodes once again captaining Rovers.
The teams in full are...
Rovers: Robinson, Henley, Keane, Kilgallon, Spurr, Feeney, Williamson, Evans, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Kane, King, Dunn, Olsson, Varney, Taylor.
Leicester: Schmeichel, de Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James, Mahrez, Vardy, Nugent. Subs: Logan, Hammond, King, Moore, Taylor-Fletcher, Phillips, Wood.
Rovers have made two changes.
Right-back Adam Henley takes the place of Jason Lowe, who injured his ankle in last Saturday’s 4-2 win at Huddersfield Town, while on-loan winger Liam Feeney will make his full debut for Rovers after being preferred to David Dunn.
Josh King, after missing the last six matches with a hamstring injury, is fit enough to be named on the bench.
But captain Grant Hanley, who missed out against Huddersfield after hurting his hamstring in the 1-0 home loss to Bournemouth three days earlier, has again not been risked.
Leicester, seven points clear at the top and unbeaten in 16 matches, are unchanged.
Good afternoon and welcome to Ewood Park where Rovers will attempt to end leaders Leicester's 16-match unbeaten run.
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