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Bristol Rovers 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Chris Lines volleyed an injury-time equaliser as Bristol Rovers dented Blackburn's automatic-promotion hopes with a 1-1 League One draw at the Memorial Stadium.

The result left Rovers second in the table, five points above Shrewsbury, who have a game in hand.

The visitors took a 65th-minute lead when skipper Charlie Mulgrew netted from the spot, sending Sam Slocombe the wrong way with low shot after Tom Broadbent had brought down Richard Smallwood.

Derrick Williams should have made the game safe shortly afterwards, heading badly wide at the far post when it seemed easier to score.

That kept Bristol Rovers in it and deep into stoppage time the ball dropped invitingly to midfielder Lines inside the box for him to beat David Raya with a sweet right-footed volley.

There was little between the teams in a first half of few chances. Slocombe had to palm away an inswinging corner from Mulgrew in the sixth minute.

Bradley Dack volleyed over for the visitors and was denied by a saving tackle by Tom Lockyer, while at the other end Kyle Bennett fired over the bar and Ellis Harrison forced a low save from Raya.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Slocombe
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forGaffneyat 61'minutes
  • 25Craig
  • 16BroadbentBooked at 61mins
  • 3Brown
  • 4Lockyer
  • 26Bennett
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 63mins
  • 14Lines
  • 19MooreSubstituted forBaghdadiat 77'minutes
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forTelfordat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Nichols
  • 18Telford
  • 20Bola
  • 21Smith
  • 30Gaffney
  • 32Russe
  • 46Baghdadi

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 31Bennett
  • 26LenihanBooked at 83mins
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forSamuelat 59'minutes
  • 29EvansSubstituted forDowningat 45'minutes
  • 6Smallwood
  • 18Armstrong
  • 23DackSubstituted forPayneat 59'minutes
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 9Samuel
  • 11Whittingham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 19Payne
  • 20Antonsson
  • 25Downing
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
10,029

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Downing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mohammad Baghdadi (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dominic Telford replaces Ellis Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mohammad Baghdadi replaces Byron Moore.

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Richard Smallwood draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces James Clarke.

Jack Payne (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jack Payne replaces Bradley Dack.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan41269681275487
2Blackburn422512576373987
3Shrewsbury412410755332282
4Rotherham422171468511770
5Scunthorpe4216161059491064
6Plymouth411810135348564
7Portsmouth42196175451363
8Charlton421711145450462
9Peterborough4216131364521261
10Blackpool431414155653356
11Bristol Rovers42168185862-456
12Fleetwood43159195762-554
13Bradford40166184961-1254
14Doncaster401314134946353
15Southend421411174962-1353
16Gillingham421216144448-452
17Oxford Utd421311185762-550
18Wimbledon421310194253-1149
19Walsall421212185162-1148
20Oldham411113175468-1446
21Rochdale411015164553-845
22Northampton431110223974-3543
23MK Dons421012204261-1942
24Bury4279263465-3130
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