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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Brentford

Brentford head coach Lee Carsley
Lee Carsley has accepted the job at Brentford until the end of the season

Lee Carsley's Brentford bounced back from their midweek home defeat by Hull City to get a point against his former club Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The Bees, who had enjoyed four straight wins in October, looked on course for another when they led on 24 minutes.

John Swift's pass dissected the Rovers defence and Bees danger man Lasse Vibe then shrugged off Shane Duffy before his shot looped in off Jason Steele.

But Tom Lawrence levelled 13 minutes later with a freakish cross-cum-shot.

Lawrence's right-foot cross after cutting back in from the left touchline looked harmless enough, but it evaded everybody to somehow find Button's bottom left corner for only his second goal of the season.

A frenetic end to the first half followed as Bees keeper David Button brilliantly tipped Lawrence's drive onto a post, before Alan McCormack forced a fine full-stretch save at the other end from Steele with a powerful effort from 12 yards.

Duffy then should have given Rovers the lead in the 53rd minute but he headed wide with the goal at his mercy, before reprieving himself with a superb goal-saving block to deny the impressive Vibe.

Vibe was denied again when he received the ball in the area after an excellent pass by Nico Yennaris but Steele saved with his legs.

Ben Marshall might have won it for Blackburn but his thunderous late 25-yard shot was somehow tipped away from the top corner by Button.

But both sides had to settle for a point, as Rovers maintained their record of just one home win since August to remain 16th, five places behind Brentford, who took their recent run to just one defeat in six games.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"On performance level, it's probably not the standards we've met all season really, but we showed a different side to us. We had to dig in.

"But, on performance, we've played a lot better this season. The important thing was that, even though we haven't played at the levels we've set, we didn't get beat.

"We dug in and - but for that last save from David Button - we could have been talking about a fabulous end to the week."

Brentford head coach Lee Carsley:

"The first half was pretty even. We had a really good 25-30 minutes, then they scored their goal, which was a little bit lucky and pushed on a bit.

"Half-time came at a good time for us. We regrouped and tried to re-focus the players on what was working in the first half. We had some really good opportunities in the second half.

"Having said that, Butts has made a really good save, probably the save of the game. In that respect it's always a tough place to come. They've got some good players, some really dangerous players."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull1610422681834
2Brighton169702112934
3Burnley169522314932
4Middlesbrough1693424121230
5Derby1686222111130
6Birmingham168442417728
7Cardiff166731712525
8Reading166642317624
9Sheff Wed166642019124
10Ipswich166642323024
11Brentford166372123-221
12Fulham165562928120
13QPR165562224-220
14Wolves165472021-119
15Leeds164751619-319
16Blackburn163851515017
17Preston163851113-217
18Nottm Forest164571216-417
19Huddersfield163671623-715
20Bristol City163671726-915
21MK Dons1642101423-914
22Charlton163491426-1213
23Bolton161871022-1211
24Rotherham1623111733-169
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