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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Derby County

Blackburn v Derby
It was a fourth successive home clean sheet for Rovers

Derby missed the chance to move third in the Championship after a goalless draw away at Blackburn in a match with few clear chances.

Tom Ince tried a long-range shot for Derby in the first half that was well saved to his right by Jason Steele.

After the break County's Scott Carson kept out a Tom Lawrence shot, while some neat interplay from Rovers ended with Corry Evans scuffing over the bar.

Derby are seventh and Rovers are 17th despite a fifth unbeaten home game.

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Paul Clement: Derby County head coach on Blackburn draw

The Rams extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches, but having scored nine in their last three games, they offered relatively little going forward at Ewood Park.

A largely tame opening period erupted with a flurry of bookings on the stroke of half-time, sparked by Bradley Johnson's caution for clashing with Rovers' Hope Akpan, who went down clutching his face in an off-the-ball incident.

The visitors had failed to find the net in only two of their 11 previous Championship games and introduced former Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent with 20 minutes remaining.

But it was another substitute, Blackburn's John O'Sullivan, who almost had a bigger impact as his shot looped off Richard Keogh and then safely into Carson's hands with the goalkeeper already committed.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "That's four clean sheets on the trot at home which is a fabulous performance from our boys on that front.

"A little bit more luck, we could have been talking about an outstanding win.

"From an organisational point of view, discipline, character, spirit, against a very expensive and experienced Derby side who, rightly, are promotion favourites and will be right up there - we were excellent."

Derby head coach Paul Clement: "On reflection, I think it's a good point. I don't think either team really deserved to win the game.

"It was a game of few clear-cut opportunities for us and them. The clean sheet is pleasing, the unbeaten run is pleasing.

"Of course we want to play better and create more chances. We weren't able to do that and who knows, at the end of the season, coming away here and getting a point could be extremely valuable."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forSpurrat 90+4'minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 29EvansBooked at 88mins
  • 21AkpanBooked at 62minsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 84'minutes
  • 19TaylorBooked at 45minsSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 76'minutes
  • 16LawrenceBooked at 34mins
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 17Williamson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 20Petshi
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 33Raya

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6KeoghBooked at 45mins
  • 14Shackell
  • 37WarnockSubstituted forForsythat 79'minutes
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forHansonat 71'minutes
  • 34Thorne
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 41mins
  • 23Ince
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 71'minutes
  • 11Russell

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 3Forsyth
  • 10Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
12,968

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Derby County 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr replaces Ben Marshall.

Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Hope Akpan because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Forsyth replaces Stephen Warnock.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John O'Sullivan replaces Chris Taylor.

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Darren Bent (Derby County).

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Chris Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Hanson replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Offside, Derby County. Johnny Russell tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton128401810828
2Birmingham127321911824
3Reading126421881022
4Hull12642178922
5Burnley126421712522
6Middlesbrough12633178921
7Derby12561169721
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed124531615117
10QPR124441922-316
11Ipswich124441520-516
12Wolves124351717015
13Fulham123541817114
14Huddersfield123541214-214
15Brentford124261620-414
16Nottm Forest123451013-313
17Blackburn122641213-112
18Leeds122641116-512
19Preston122551013-311
20MK Dons123271216-411
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton122461118-710
23Rotherham122371422-89
24Bolton12156919-108
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