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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.

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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

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Watford 2.

Booking

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Joel Ekstrand replaces Ikechi Anya.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Gabriele Angella (Watford).

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

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.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Corry Evans.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Gianni Munari (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Juan Carlos Paredes.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Sean Murray.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Watford 2. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Markus Olsson following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a headed pass.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

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

Booking

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Lloyd Dyer (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Lloyd Dyer replaces Odion Ighalo.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich96212081220
2Nottm Forest95401771019
3Watford95221710717
4Ipswich9522137617
5Wolves852183517
6Derby94411710716
7Middlesbrough9513137616
8Charlton9360129315
9Sheff Wed943296315
10Blackburn94231616014
11Brentford94231113-214
12Reading84131111013
13Leeds94141012-213
14Bournemouth93331411312
15Cardiff93331212012
16Millwall9324910-111
17Brighton9234810-29
18Wigan92251012-28
19Rotherham9225612-68
20Huddersfield9225919-108
21Birmingham9144816-87
22Bolton9126715-85
23Fulham9117820-124
24Blackpool9027413-92
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