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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Northampton Town

Danny Graham rescued a point for promotion-chasing Blackburn against Northampton Town at Ewood Park.

John-Joe O'Toole's glancing header looked to have ended Blackburn's 16-match unbeaten League One run, but Graham nodded in an equaliser in the 74th minute.

However, Rovers could not force a winner and slipped out of the top two following Shrewsbury's win at Portsmouth.

Despite dominating the opening exchanges, Blackburn were caught with a Northampton counter-attack when Joe Bunney crossed for O'Toole to deftly nod in his fourth goal in four games.

Craig Conway came closest to a first-half equaliser after reacting quickest to a corner, but his shot whistled just wide.

Northampton perhaps should have had a second after the break, only for Regan Poole to volley over.

And they paid the price when Dominic Samuel floated a cross in for Graham to head his 10th goal of the season into the bottom corner.

Bradley Dack was denied a winner late on when Richard O'Donnell superbly parried his strike, as the Cobblers moved three points clear of the relegation places.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 25Downing
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forBellat 15'minutes
  • 3Williams
  • 31Bennett
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forArmstrongat 57'minutes
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forPayneat 57'minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 10Graham
  • 9Samuel

Substitutes

  • 13Leutwiler
  • 16Caddis
  • 17Bell
  • 18Armstrong
  • 19Payne
  • 35Travis
  • 38Nuttall

Northampton

  • 13O'Donnell
  • 24Facey
  • 6Taylor
  • 26Poole
  • 37Turnbull
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forPowellat 66'minutes
  • 22CrooksSubstituted forFoleyat 72'minutes
  • 29Grimes
  • 39BunneySubstituted forAriyibiat 83'minutes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 19Long

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 2Moloney
  • 8Foley
  • 10Revell
  • 11Powell
  • 28Pereira
  • 45Ariyibi
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
12,555

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Northampton Town 1.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Joe Bunney.

Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Regan Poole.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Regan Poole (Northampton Town) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Northampton Town 1. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dominic Samuel with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Foley replaces Matt Crooks.

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Bunney.

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Daniel Powell replaces Sam Hoskins.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Regan Poole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers).

Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jack Payne replaces Craig Conway.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Richard Smallwood.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Richard O'Donnell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Attempt saved. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan27186353134060
2Shrewsbury28177437201758
3Blackburn28168451262556
4Scunthorpe30149742301251
5Bradford30153124445-148
6Rotherham291451048361247
7Charlton2813783733446
8Peterborough2812794637943
9Portsmouth29133133433142
10Gillingham29101093432240
11Bristol Rovers29123144245-339
12Oxford Utd29108114443138
13Plymouth30108123339-638
14Doncaster30910113435-137
15Fleetwood29106134045-536
16Wimbledon2897122831-334
17Southend2997133549-1434
18Walsall2789103438-433
19Blackpool2989123440-633
20Northampton3096152850-2233
21MK Dons2879122940-1130
22Oldham3078154155-1429
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2855182143-2220
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