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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Derby County

Blackburn v Derby
It was a fourth successive home clean sheet for Rovers

Derby missed the chance to move third in the Championship after a goalless draw away at Blackburn in a match with few clear chances.

Tom Ince tried a long-range shot for Derby in the first half that was well saved to his right by Jason Steele.

After the break County's Scott Carson kept out a Tom Lawrence shot, while some neat interplay from Rovers ended with Corry Evans scuffing over the bar.

Derby are seventh and Rovers are 17th despite a fifth unbeaten home game.

The Rams extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches, but having scored nine in their last three games, they offered relatively little going forward at Ewood Park.

A largely tame opening period erupted with a flurry of bookings on the stroke of half-time, sparked by Bradley Johnson's caution for clashing with Rovers' Hope Akpan, who went down clutching his face in an off-the-ball incident.

The visitors had failed to find the net in only two of their 11 previous Championship games and introduced former Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent with 20 minutes remaining.

But it was another substitute, Blackburn's John O'Sullivan, who almost had a bigger impact as his shot looped off Richard Keogh and then safely into Carson's hands with the goalkeeper already committed.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "That's four clean sheets on the trot at home which is a fabulous performance from our boys on that front.

"A little bit more luck, we could have been talking about an outstanding win.

"From an organisational point of view, discipline, character, spirit, against a very expensive and experienced Derby side who, rightly, are promotion favourites and will be right up there - we were excellent."

Derby head coach Paul Clement: "On reflection, I think it's a good point. I don't think either team really deserved to win the game.

"It was a game of few clear-cut opportunities for us and them. The clean sheet is pleasing, the unbeaten run is pleasing.

"Of course we want to play better and create more chances. We weren't able to do that and who knows, at the end of the season, coming away here and getting a point could be extremely valuable."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Steele
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forSpurrat 90+4'minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14Olsson
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 29EvansBooked at 88mins
  • 21AkpanBooked at 62minsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 84'minutes
  • 19TaylorBooked at 45minsSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 76'minutes
  • 16LawrenceBooked at 34mins
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 17Williamson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 20Petshi
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 33Raya

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6KeoghBooked at 45mins
  • 14Shackell
  • 37WarnockSubstituted forForsythat 79'minutes
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forHansonat 71'minutes
  • 34Thorne
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 41mins
  • 23Ince
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 71'minutes
  • 11Russell

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 3Forsyth
  • 10Bent
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
12,968

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Derby County 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr replaces Ben Marshall.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Derby County. Craig Forsyth tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  7. Booking

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

  11. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Hope Akpan because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. John O'Sullivan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Craig Forsyth replaces Stephen Warnock.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John O'Sullivan replaces Chris Taylor.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton128401810828
2Birmingham127321911824
3Reading126421881022
4Hull12642178922
5Burnley126421712522
6Middlesbrough12633178921
7Derby12561169721
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed124531615117
10QPR124441922-316
11Ipswich124441520-516
12Wolves124351717015
13Fulham123541817114
14Huddersfield123541214-214
15Brentford124261620-414
16Nottm Forest123451013-313
17Blackburn122641213-112
18Leeds122641116-512
19Preston122551013-311
20MK Dons123271216-411
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton122461118-710
23Rotherham122371422-89
24Bolton12156919-108
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