Blackburn Rovers fought back from a goal down to secure a much-needed point against Norwich City.

The battle to avoid the Championship bottom three increased on Saturday with results elsewhere going against Rovers. That made their second-half fightback against the Canaries all the more valuable.

Norwich dominated the opening 45 minutes and took the lead through Marcelino Nunez's fantastic free-kick. Rovers were unhappy with referee Oliver Langford for the decision but couldn't argue at being a goal down at half time.

That was despite having sights of goal themselves. Sam Gallagher was denied three times by Angus Gunn, with the best two efforts coming from deliveries into the box.

Dead ball situations looked the most likely to yield an equaliser for Rovers and that was indeed the case. Dom Hyam headed in his first of the season, meeting Harry Pickering's lovely corner to equalise.

After a poor first half where they were second best, it turned to be the tail to two halves for Rovers. They were far improved after they levelled and can feel like they dug in to earn a point.

Rovers' afternoon didn't get off to a good start when Ryan Hedges, one of three changes from Eustace, was forced off after only 15 minutes. He was replaced by the returning Harry Pickering, which was a welcome sight, at least.

Norwich came to Ewood Park intent to control possession, with Rovers trying to set pressing traps, win the ball high and capitalise. 

They had the game's first real opportunity when Gallagher rose highest to meet a corner but he was denied superbly by Gunn. That would not be the first time the two players duelled in this contest.

Although Rovers had fashioned the better opportunity, the play-off chasing Canaries were the side in the ascendency. They made that count mid-way through the half with the opening goal.

John Buckley was judged to have brought down Kenny McClean on the edge of the box and Nunez stepped up to curl a brilliant strike into the top corner. There was nothing Pears could've done about it and Rovers players felt aggrieved at the awarding of the foul.

That opener fueled Norwich and rocked Rovers. Pears was forced off his line to deny Josh Sargent moments later, which could've made it two.

Once again, Rovers surrendered possession but it just encouraged Norwich to settle in and play their game. They dominated the ball, with McClean particularly influential. Off the ball, the Canaries made it very difficult for Rovers to create any pattern of play.

Despite that, Gallagher would twice be thwarted by Gunn before the half-time whistle. The striker got behind the defence but was denied from a tight angle before again heading at goal, after an excellent Buckley ball, but Gunn tipped his effort wide of the post.

Half-time brought little immediate change, with Rovers playing too direct and Norwich picking them off. Christian Fassnacht broke the offside trap but was well-tackled by Pears on the edge of the box.

If Rovers were to score then set-pieces had looked their best route to goal. It proved to be the case as Pickering's corner was headed in by Hyan, rising highest to power in the leveller.

That gave Rovers some impetus that they were desperately crying out for. Suddenly, the press was more intense and Norwich weren't able to control the match as they had for the first 55 minutes.

That didn't lead to a multitude of chances, if anything Rovers had more in the first, but the team were far more competitive. Instead of completely sitting off, they hunted in packs and engaged higher up the field to disrupt Norwich's rhythm. 

Norwich piled the pressure in the final 10 minutes but Rovers dug in and held out for a point. It proved to be a valuable one too with Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall all collecting points at the bottom.