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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Bristol City

Tammy Abraham
Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, brilliantly put Bristol City ahead before half-time

Blackburn Rovers came from behind to earn a crucial draw against fellow Championship strugglers Bristol City.

Sam Gallagher's powerful header back across goal ensured Rovers, who remain in the relegation zone, are still two points from safety with three to play.

Tammy Abraham's 22nd goal of the season, an exquisite finish past David Raya, had earlier put City in front.

Abraham, Matty Taylor and Josh Brownhill all wasted chances to make it 2-0 before Rovers rescued a point.

On-loan Chelsea striker Abraham, 19, was arguably most guilty, shooting straight at the goalkeeper when through on goal as the Robins created a host of great opportunities prior to Gallagher's equaliser.

Bristol City remain four points above the relegation zone, with fixtures against Barnsley, Brighton and Birmingham remaining.

They could have all but sealed their Championship survival during a dominant first 70 minutes at Ewood Park, but were unable to hold on for a third successive win.

Blackburn face Wolves, Aston Villa and Brentford in their final three matches of the season.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"The frustration was the goal we let in really. We ultimately tried to play offside and it was a really sloppy decision from us.

"And yet the story of the game was the changes we made, the way the team clawed their way back into the game and then, for us, ultimately a penalty decision that wasn't given, that having watched it back looks a clear penalty kick.

"In an ideal world it would have been a day where we didn't play particularly well, but came away with three points. Ultimately we've come away with one. On a day that (Nottingham) Forest lost and Birmingham lost, it's a point we have to put in the bag."

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson:

"I thought it was outstanding, our performance today. My only criticism really is we should have put it to bed. We have to make sure we're more clinical with our chances because we created numerous ones.

"I thought the goal was outstanding, I think it was 31 passes that led to the goal, so my analyst tells me. It shows that we have a bright young side that has to do a job this year and then we can kick on."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 33Raya
  • 24NyambeSubstituted forConwayat 45'minutes
  • 15WardSubstituted forEmnesat 67'minutes
  • 4Hoban
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 54mins
  • 28Mahoney
  • 6Lowe
  • 21Akpan
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forLucas Joãoat 45'minutes
  • 31BennettBooked at 22mins
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 17Emnes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 23Guthrie
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 30Brown
  • 32Conway
  • 37Fisher

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 2LittleSubstituted forCotterillat 77'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 4Flint
  • 42WrightBooked at 49mins
  • 3BryanBooked at 81mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 7Smith
  • 21Pack
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 74'minutes
  • 9Abraham
  • 12TaylorSubstituted forWilbrahamat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Tomlin
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 23Magnusson
  • 31Hegeler
  • 32Cotterill
  • 33Giefer
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
13,935

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Bristol City 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Mahoney.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Booking

David Cotterill (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Matty Taylor.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

Booking

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Tommie Hoban (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Josh Brownhill.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. David Cotterill replaces Mark Little.

Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Jamie Paterson.

Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Bristol City 1. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Elliott Bennett.

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tammy Abraham.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes replaces Elliott Ward.

Offside, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Aden Flint is caught offside.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marlon Pack.

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

Offside, Bristol City. Aden Flint tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Booking

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton43288773363792
2Newcastle432671076393785
3Reading43247126159279
4Huddersfield42246125449578
5Sheff Wed432291256421475
6Fulham4320131078542473
7Leeds432271456411573
8Norwich431891676661063
9Derby431712144946363
10Preston431613146257561
11Brentford431791770601060
12Aston Villa431513154546-158
13Cardiff431610175759-258
14Barnsley431512166160157
15Ipswich431316144853-555
16Wolves42159185254-254
17QPR43148214959-1050
18Bristol City43139215663-748
19Burton431212194457-1348
20Birmingham431114184263-2147
21Nottm Forest43129225668-1245
22Blackburn431014194964-1544
23Wigan431010233955-1640
24Rotherham4346333796-5918
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