John Buckley savoured a moment to remember as he bagged an injury-time winner – even though his goal wasn’t quite as he planned.

Buckley’s deflected shot found the corner in the 91st minute, moments after coming on to the pitch with Rovers 1-0 down.

Tosin Adarabioyo had moments before equalised before the 20-year-old midfielder came up with his first goal in senior football to snatch a last-gasp victory for his side against Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park.

His win sparked jubilant celebrations in front of the Blackburn End as Rovers came from behind to win a league game for the first time since April 2018 and ended a six-week wait for a victory.

“It was the best deflection I’ve seen,” Buckley beamed.

“I was aiming for the other corner, but the defender stuck his leg out and luckily it went in the other corner.

“Last few minutes, 1-1, the winner, it was a great feeling and couldn’t have gone any better.

“I don’t really remember anything about (the celebration), just Danny Graham pulling me down.”

Buckley was sent on as Rovers’ third and final change moments before Adarabioyo equalised.

Rovers had looked to be going a seventh game without a win, but Buckley says the battling qualities shown in the closing stages can be a catalyst to their season.

“It was a great feeling and hopefully it’s the first of many. But the three points was the main thing,” the 20-year-old reflected.

“I think the performances have been there, it’s just been the results and we’re in a results industry.

“If we can turn performances in to results then we’ll be fine.”

Captain Elliott Bennett led a huddle in the pitch after a first win since September 21 which came courtesy of Buckley’s late winner.

He added: “It showed the togetherness we’ve got. In the huddle at the end we said that we’ve got to keep fighting and have shown we can turn any result around.”

Buckley had played for the Under-23s earlier in the week, scoring in a Lancashire Senior Cup win over Everton in front of the watching Tony Mowbray at Brockhall. Buckley also turned out for Billy Barr’s side in the Premier League Cup at Crystal Palace last month having struggled for extended minutes at first-team level of late.

But as he explained: “It’s about ticking over, staying fit.

“It was good to get 90 minutes in to my legs and I have to make sure that I’m doing my extra work.

“The manager is always watching so it’s always a chance to impress, not just about getting the minutes.

“I thought I did well, got a goal, and could take that forward.”

  • Dan Butterworth was on target again - but Rovers Under-23s slipped to a 2-1 defeat at league leaders Chelsea.

Butterworth had levelled things up with 14 minutes remaining with a fine volley, his third goal in two games since returning from injury.

But Chelsea substitute Armando Broja restored the hosts’ lead just two minutes later to send his side top of the table.

Chelsea had led after 20 minutes through Jon Russell but Rovers had their chances to equalise before Butterworth did, with Hayden Carter going close.

Rovers lost Jack Vale to illness in the warm-up, but an inexperienced side put up a brave display. A fifth defeat leaves them eighth in Premier League 2.