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Rotherham United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Stephen Kelly owngoal
Stephen Kelly's own goal robbed Rotherham of three points after four straight defeats.

Blackburn Rovers rescued a point thanks to Stephen Kelly's late own goal which denied Championship bottom side Rotherham a first win in five games.

Jon Taylor had crashed home Joe Newell's pass early in the second half to give the Millers hope of victory.

Rovers, for whom Jason Lowe hit the crossbar, found Richard O'Donnell a defiant barrier in the Rotherham goal.

But Kelly turned Connor Mahoney's corner into his own net to give Rovers a first away point since December.

Rovers arrived in South Yorkshire to face a Rotherham side 15 points adrift at the foot of the table, but Owen Coyle's team had their own concerns about the drop, lying just two places above them in the table.

Both had opportunities to score in the first half, with O'Donnell making some smart saves, while Tom Adeyemi got his feet tangled when trying to put a chance away for the Millers in the first half.

Taylor's goal put the home side in front, but also served to fire up Rovers, for whom Charlie Mulgrew's header was denied from a corner and Sam Gallagher fired over when well placed.

Danny Ward blasted a shot wide as Rotherham wasted a chance to double the lead and Rovers sent on Mahoney, who made a crucial impact with an inswinging corner which led to the equaliser.

Interim Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"Unfortunately at the moment we can't keep a clean sheet so we need to score at least two to win.

"I just knew that we needed to score a second goal because there was a good chance we would concede.

"We didn't get the second goal when we were playing pretty good. Overall, I am frustrated.

"I am pleased that we have picked up a point but hugely disappointed that we have thrown away two."

Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle:

"Every point in the league is vital, particularly away from home. The frustrating thing is that it was an opportunity to move out of the relegation zone.

"Over the course of the season we will be safe and fine. There is no question about that in my mind but days like today would help to make it sooner rather than later.

"I think we were certainly worth all three points. I felt we should have gone in at half-time a couple of goals in front.

"We made positive changes with our substitutions, got a grip of the game and should have equalised long before we did. We still then had chances to win the game thereafter."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 2KellyBooked at 44mins
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 30Purrington
  • 33Smallwood
  • 11Taylor
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forVaulksat 77'minutes
  • 22Newell
  • 7FordeSubstituted forYatesat 45'minutes
  • 9D Ward

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 4Vaulks
  • 20Blackstock
  • 27Bray
  • 29Ekstrand
  • 39Yates
  • 45Bilboe

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24NyambeSubstituted forAkpanat 65'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forMahoneyat 69'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 6Lowe
  • 31Bennett
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forEmnesat 69'minutes
  • 19Gallagher
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 17Emnes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 21Akpan
  • 23Guthrie
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
9,438

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerry Yates (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Booking

Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers).

Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Goal!

Own Goal by Stephen Kelly, Rotherham United. Rotherham United 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerry Yates.

Hand ball by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Rotherham United. Ben Purrington tries a through ball, but Jerry Yates is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks replaces Tom Adeyemi.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Offside, Rotherham United. Ben Purrington tries a through ball, but Jerry Yates is caught offside.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes replaces Craig Conway.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Connor Mahoney replaces Liam Feeney.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Purrington.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan replaces Ryan Nyambe.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

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