LiveMatchday live: Blackburn Rovers v Derby County

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  • WELCOME to Ewood Park for today's Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Derby County. Follow all the action here with our matchday live blog.

4:53pm

FULL-TIME Rovers 1 Derby 1.

4:48pm

Derby pushing hard for a winner and Patrick Bamford goes close to getting one as he skips past Tommy Spurr and shoots just over. 89 mins. 1-1.

4:43pm

Straight down the other end and sub Todd Kane stays on his feet when he could have gone down and sends right-footed shot just wide.

4:43pm

Straight down the other end and sub Todd Kane stays on his feet when he could have gone down and sends right-footed shot just wide.

4:43pm

It's been coming but it's taken a brilliant goal to break Rovers down as sub Patrick Bamford curls home a superb shot.

4:42pm

GOAL 1-1 Derby. 84 mins. Patrick Bamford.

4:41pm

SUB for Rovers. Todd Kane on, goalscorer Rudy Gestede off. 83 mins. 1-0.

4:37pm

Rovers having to play increasingly on the break. And from one counter-attack Rudy Gestede plays in Jordan Rhodes down the line. His cross is a good one but Tom Cairney fails to make contact with the volley.

But it's Derby who are on top and Simon Dawkins has just fired into the side-netting. 79 mins. 1-0.

4:31pm

SUB for Derby. They're going for it all right. Connor Sammon on, John Eustace off. Rovers under the cosh. 73 mins. 1-0.

4:24pm

Inventive effort from Will Hughes. Finding space in the box, the talented young midfielder attempts to scoop a left-footed shot over Paul Robinson, who can only watch on as it hits the bar on its way over. 65 mins. 1-0.

4:22pm

SUB for Derby. Jamie Ward off, Patrick Bamford on. 64 mins. 1-0.

4:21pm

Great chance for Derby as Craig Forsyth bursts into the box, takes a touch but, from an angle, shoots over with just Paul Robinson to beat. 63 mins. 1-0.

4:15pm

Derby go close to equalising. Simon Dawkins skips past Adam Henley and sends over inviting cross across the six-yard box which sub Will Hughes just fails to get a touch to. Let-off for Rovers. 57 mins. 1-0.

4:08pm

Superb play by Jordan Rhodes as he skips past Rams captain Richard Keogh and pulls the ball back perfectly with his left foot for the onrushing Rudy Gestede to send a diving header into the back of the empty net from close range.

4:06pm

GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 47 mins.

4:04pm

Second half is under way. No changes for either side.

4:01pm

Attendance is 13,796. That includes 1,120 Derby fans.

3:48pm

HALF-TIME Rovers 0 Derby 0.

3:48pm

BOOKED Now Chris Taylor down injured for Rovers following a late challenge from Jamie Ward, who gets a deserved caution.

3:44pm

Four minutes of added time. 0-0.

3:41pm

Ball breaks somewhat luckily for Derby-born Lee Williamson and his 20-yard shot is deflected wide by Richard Keogh's brave block for a corner, from which Grant Hanley heads a half-chance wide. 42 mins. 0-0.

3:39pm

Paul Robinson will be relieved. His sliced kick, out of his hands, put Derby back on the attack. But when the ball was worked to Chris Martin 20 yards from goal, he side-footed his effort well over. 40 mins. 0-0.

3:34pm

SUB Well that was some rest. Teenage starlet Will Hughes on, Jeff Kendrick off. 35 mins. 0-0

3:31pm

Good spell for the Rams, Chris Martin firing wide and Jeff Hendrick over. 33 mins. 0-0.

3:28pm

Tom Cairney - who was playing on the right even before Lee Williamson's introduction for the stricken Ben Marshall - cuts inside and curls over a cross which Jason Lowe flicks on, his headed effort going two yards wide. Former Burnley keeper Lee Grant had it covered.

Grant then gathers at the second attempt after the lively Gestede tries his luck from 25 yards. 30 mins. 0-0.

3:23pm

SUB for Rovers. Lee Williamson on, Ben Marshall off. Winger is still receiving treatment at the side of the pitch. Stretcher is ready to take him down the tunnel. Does not look good.

3:22pm

Good build-up play by Derby ends with Jamie Ward sending 20-yard left-footed shot wide. Paul Robinson had it covered. 23 mins. 0-0.

3:20pm

BOOKED Ben Marshall, who is still down getting treatment.

3:19pm

Ben Marshall is down with what looks a painful injury, sustained after a late tackle on Jeff Kendrick, which will bring him a booking. 21 mins. 0-0.

3:11pm

Jordan Rhodes is pulled down on the edge of the box but Ben Marshall's resulting 20-yard free kick is disappointingly over. Rovers have come right back into this. 13 mins. 0-0.

3:10pm

Rovers go close. Ben Marshall free kick stood up deep to the back post where Rudy Gestede rises - quite magnificently - and powers in a header which Lee Grant pushes over the bar.

From the resulting corner, Gestede has another header that was goal-bound before it hit a Derby defender. 11 mins. 0-0.

3:05pm

Seven minutes gone, not a chance of note, but Derby have made the better start. 0-0.

3:00pm

We are under way.

2:56pm

The teams in full are...

Rovers: Robinson, Henley, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Taylor, Lowe, Cairney, Marshall, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Eastwood, Kane, Dunn, Olsson, Williamson, Morris, Mahoney.

Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Buxton, Keogh, Forsyth, Eustace, Bryson, Hendrick, Dawkins, Ward, Martin. Subs: Legzdins, Russell, Sammon, Hughes, Whitbread, Bamford, Keane.

2:56pm

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson and top-scorer Jordan Rhodes return to the  Rovers line-up for this afternoon’s Championship clash at home to Derby.

Former England number one Robinson missed last Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest with a hamstring injury.

But Robinson has been deemed fit enough to take over from Simon Eastwood between the posts.

A niggling footy injury meant Rhodes started the Forest match from the bench.

But after a full week’s training the 16-goal striker takes his place in Gary Bowyer’s starting XI at the expense of Lee Williamson.

Rovers captain Scott Dann – who this morning was linked with a move to Norwich City – misses out with an Achilles injury.

His place is taken by Matt Kilgallon.

Fourth-placed Derby, who are 10 points above eighth-placed Rovers, make one change to the side which started their 1-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion last Saturday.

Jeff Kendrick is in for highly rated 18-year-old midfielder Will Hughes, who has been rested to the bench.
 

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4:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14

A Darener says...

Come on you blues!
Get into em!
Keep em out!
Don't go on the defensive.
Come on you blues! Get into em! Keep em out! Don't go on the defensive. A Darener
  • Score: 0

4:46pm Sat 25 Jan 14

A Darener says...

That's what happens when you go defensive!
Take of a forward, replace with a defender, concede a goal!
That's what happens when you go defensive! Take of a forward, replace with a defender, concede a goal! A Darener
  • Score: 5

4:54pm Sat 25 Jan 14

A Darener says...

Two points thrown away....can't keep doing that!
Two points thrown away....can't keep doing that! A Darener
  • Score: 6

5:27pm Sat 25 Jan 14

bburnrover says...

Whn Williamson came on I knew we wouldn't win
Whn Williamson came on I knew we wouldn't win bburnrover
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Sat 25 Jan 14

eddyo says...

Second best today, particularly in the second half.
*
I am better than Williamson and Lowe - dross, the both of them. They run around chasing the game, cannot put a foot-in and are clueless on the ball. Taylor is marginally better for his ability to run into people and thus break-up play.
*
We gave Derby miles too much space. If we lose against Burnley, the fans will turn against nice guy Bowyer because he is gutless, naive and indecisive.
Second best today, particularly in the second half. * I am better than Williamson and Lowe - dross, the both of them. They run around chasing the game, cannot put a foot-in and are clueless on the ball. Taylor is marginally better for his ability to run into people and thus break-up play. * We gave Derby miles too much space. If we lose against Burnley, the fans will turn against nice guy Bowyer because he is gutless, naive and indecisive. eddyo
  • Score: 7

5:28pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Give_Kean_A_Chance says...

bburnrover wrote:
Whn Williamson came on I knew we wouldn't win
I knew u wudnt win when u kicked off
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Whn Williamson came on I knew we wouldn't win[/p][/quote]I knew u wudnt win when u kicked off Give_Kean_A_Chance
  • Score: 1

5:39pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Ralph Jones says...

The best form of defense is attack. new ideas needed, he is playing the wrong game right now,he has not the quality players to be able to play his system. no promotion this year!!!!
The best form of defense is attack. new ideas needed, he is playing the wrong game right now,he has not the quality players to be able to play his system. no promotion this year!!!! Ralph Jones
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

Why isn't Dunn brought on or playing instead of Williamson or Lowe I mean he just seems to lost in the wilderness picking up a wage for doing what exactly hanging round the treatment table and playing a bit here and there
Why isn't Dunn brought on or playing instead of Williamson or Lowe I mean he just seems to lost in the wilderness picking up a wage for doing what exactly hanging round the treatment table and playing a bit here and there juanbbien
  • Score: 1

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