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Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Watford

Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra scored his third goal of the season for Watford

Blackburn came from two goals behind to earn a point against Watford.

The visitors opened the scoring when Matej Vydra sprung the offside trap to slot home and doubled their lead through Daniel Toszer's free-kick.

Striker Rudy Gestede halved the deficit with a powerful header past Heurelho Gomes from Marcus Olsson's cross.

The equaliser came when substitute Ryan Tunnicliffe, on loan from Fulham, got on the end of Ben Marshall's perfect delivery to head in from close range.

Watford should have been ahead even earlier, but Odion Ighalo sent his shot wide after being set up by Ikechi Anya.

The on-loan striker did test goalkeeper Jason Steele later in the half but, after beating two defenders, his shot was diverted behind.

Blackburn responded well and midfielder Tom Cairney fired a 25-yard drive at goal that Gomes got down well to save.

Vydra's put Watford in front, turning Rovers defender Shane Duffy and finishing emphatically from the edge of the box.

Despite the hosts' endeavour, they fell further behind before half-time, Toszer curling a brilliant free-kick past Steele from 20 yards.

Within a minute of the restart, Gestede thundered in a header as Blackburn grew into the game and the striker almost scored again from Duffy's knock-down but Gomes saved well.

Former Manchester United youngster Tunnicliffe netted his first goal for the club to equalise and the hosts nearly won it, but Cairney's 25-yard free-kick came back off the crossbar before Gestede was once again denied by Gomes.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "We find ourselves 2-0 down but we've spoken about the reaction before.

"The players never know when they're beaten. They never give in and they've got belief in each other because of the fact there's so many goals in this team."

Watford co-assistant coach Billy McKinlay: "I think it is important we don't just get bogged down in the fact we were two up and ended up 2-2.

"Before the game, would you have taken a point here? I don't think it's a bad result. I think they'll be in the shake-up."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 14Olsson
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 15BaptisteSubstituted forConwayat 45'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 12Marshall
  • 10CairneyBooked at 73mins
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 62'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 32Conway

Watford

  • 1GomesBooked at 57mins
  • 15Cathcart
  • 4AngellaBooked at 90mins
  • 14Paredes
  • 18Pudil
  • 3Munari
  • 8Tozser
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forEkstrandat 88'minutes
  • 16MurraySubstituted forForestieriat 79'minutes
  • 20VydraBooked at 61mins
  • 24IghaloSubstituted forDyerat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ekstrand
  • 10McGugan
  • 11Forestieri
  • 19Fabbrini
  • 23Dyer
  • 30Bond
  • 31Hoban
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
14,084

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home30
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Watford 2.

  3. Booking

    Gabriele Angella (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Fernando Forestieri (Watford) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Juan Carlos Paredes (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Joel Ekstrand replaces Ikechi Anya.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Heurelho Gomes (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gianni Munari (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Tözsér with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Corry Evans.