Championship
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers0YeovilYeovil Town0
By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers missed a good chance to pile the pressure on their fellow play-off hopefuls with a dismal draw at home to relegation-threatened Yeovil.

Jason Lowe struck a low shot against the post for the hosts before Jordan Rhodes headed wide from close range.

Yeovil rarely threatened, but Liam Davis did shoot wide from 20 yards after the break.

The Glovers remain bottom of the table with three games left, while Blackburn are four points adrift of the top six.

Rovers, now unbeaten in nine matches, knew going into the match how important a victory would be.

And with fellow play-off hopefuls Reading,Brighton and Bournemouth failing to win, the hosts would have gone just two points outside the play-off zone had they done so.

But despite enjoying most of the possession, a lack of creativity saw them struggle to break down their dogged visitors, who had won just once in their previous nine matches.

While Blackburn's attention is focused upwards, Yeovil - who were promoted last season - look doomed, sitting five points adrift of safety.

Lowe had the first chance of the game for the hosts, seeing a low strike cannon off the post.

Top scorer Rhodes then headed wide from close range as Blackburn had the better chances of a lacklustre opening 20 minutes.

Joe Ralls had the visitors' first opportunity, shooting wide from an angle, but they offered little else in a half devoid of any real quality.

With other results going their way, the hosts were expected to come out brightly after the break but, again, there was little tempo as Yeovil held them at bay.

And the home fans grew increasingly frustrated as the visitors finished the stronger, with Davis and Joel Grant both shooting wide.

Rhodes had a chance to win it late on, but headed straight at Marek Stech.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "Frustrating is the word I would use.

"Yeovil are fighting for their lives and, you never know, this might be a good point.

"You can only concentrate on the next game. Three more games of sheer excitement and twists for the fans.

"It is going to be entertaining. Our aim is to play Wigan on the last day with something to play for."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson: "Both teams needed the win and both teams tried to win it.

"I was really pleased with my team. I thought we played good football and are still hanging on in there.

"Against a team trying to get into the play-offs for the Premier League... for little old Yeovil, we gave as good as we got and made it competitive. We gave ourselves a chance to snatch it.

"You don't know if it is a good point yet. Coming into the game we probably thought we would need three wins."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 16Keane
  • 3SpurrSubstituted forEvansat 32'minutes
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forDunnat 66'minutes
  • 5HanleyBooked at 53mins
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 45Cairney
  • 6Lowe
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeBooked at 30mins
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forKingat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Varney
  • 22Feeney
  • 29Evans

Yeovil

  • 1Stech
  • 2Ayling
  • 3McAllister
  • 8Palazuelos
  • 5Webster
  • 15DuffyBooked at 44mins
  • 4Edwards
  • 19Ralls
  • 9HayterSubstituted forHoskinsat 83'minutes
  • 11LawrenceBooked at 90mins
  • 21DavisSubstituted forGrantat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dawson
  • 10Foley
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18Lanzoni
  • 23Grant
  • 24Dunn
  • 26Ofori-Twumasi
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
14,353

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Yeovil Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Yeovil Town 0.

  3. Booking

    Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Dunn with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joshua King.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Hoskins replaces James Hayter.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ruben Palazuelos.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Dunn.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. Joel Grant replaces Liam Davis.

  19. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).