David Dunn’s 95th-minute equaliser preserved Blackburn Rovers’ 34-year unbeaten record over Burnley as this afternoon’s East Lancashire derby at Ewood Park ended all square on this day in 2013.

Jason Shackell’s goal had looked set to give the Clarets their first win over Rovers since 1979, despite the visitors having to end the game with 10 men after Ben Mee was sent off.

But Dunn popped up to level the match in the fifth of six minutes added on at the end of the game.

Shackell had put Burnley ahead in the 32nd minute when he headed Ross Wallace’s free kick against the foot of the post before following up to score.

Wallace then curled a 25-yard free kick against the outside of the post as the Clarets had the better of the first half against a poor Rovers side.

Rovers improved after the interval, with Jordan Rhodes firing over after turning Shackell before Mee was sent off in the 65th minute.

It was the left back’s second yellow card in the space of seven minutes – both for late tackles.

Rovers pushed desperately for an equaliser in the closing stages and it looked like it would not come until the ball found its way to Dunn, who lashed past Grant from 10 yards at the far post.

And manager Michael Appleton believes that could be a catalyst for Rovers’ run-in.

He said: "I thought for the effort alone in the second half and the boys keeping their discipline where Burnley lost theirs, we stayed patient.

"The crowd at times were willing us to put the ball in the box but when you have centre halves as big as theirs it is not that easy.

"We stayed patient, luckily we kept Dunny on the pitch, and hopefully that can be a catalyst for the next two or three games.

"If we concentrate on what we are doing as team, there are a lot of things that have gone against us, and we have to focus on ourselves.

"There was a bit of panic but the players kept going and hopefully that will be a catalyst for the next nine games.

"I hope that feels like the biggest defeat Burnley have ever had because we have to be selfish in the way we think. The lads have gone into the dressing room as high as kites, it was fitting it was a local lad who did it for us."