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Ipswich Town 2-2 Blackburn Rovers: Paul Hurst's side salvage a point in his first Town match

Danny Graham
Danny Graham scored 17 goals in 48 games for Blackburn last season

Tayo Edun scored a late equaliser to rescue Ipswich a point against newly-promoted Blackburn in Paul Hurst's first game in charge.

Rovers fell behind early on when Gwion Edwards headed in Freddie Sears' cross.

But Danny Graham poked in the equaliser after Ipswich failed to clear a free-kick, before Bradley Dack slotted home from Derrick Williams' pass.

Ipswich struggled to create chances as they pressed for an equaliser, before Edun's cross drifted over the Rovers defence and beyond keeper David Raya.

The hosts' cause was not helped by the absence of last season's top scorer, Martyn Waghorn, who was left out of the squad with his future at the club uncertain.

Ellis Harrison was handed a starting role up front after signing from Bristol Rovers for £750,000 in July, but it was Fulham loanee Edun who made a debut impact with a hugely fortunate first goal for the club.

At the other end, Graham and Dack continued the lethal form which helped Blackburn return to the Championship, the pair having combined for 32 league goals last season.

Tony Mowbray kept faith with the same side which earned promotion - substitute Kasey Palmer was the only Rovers debutant - but they were denied a first opening-day win since being relegated from the Premier League in 2012.

Ipswich manager Paul Hurst told BBC Suffolk: "The goals we conceded were very soft. [I'm] pleased in the end because of the score line and scoring at the end.

"I'm delighted for the fans, I'm pleased that we got something from the game.

"A bit of a mixed day, but overall, delighted to have managed the team and there were some characteristics shown that I want our team to be about."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We had a fantastic chance to make it 3-1 and finish the game.

"I didn't feel as if we were going to concede, but we'll pick ourselves up, we'll work hard again in training and we'll go again next week."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forWoolfendenat 37'minutes
  • 2Donacien
  • 4ChambersBooked at 72mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Chalobah
  • 21DownesSubstituted forEdunat 60'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 10HarrisonBooked at 35mins
  • 20SearsSubstituted forMorrisat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 19Roberts
  • 23Dozzell
  • 25Edun
  • 30Kenlock
  • 32Woolfenden
  • 35Morris

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 88mins
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 6SmallwoodBooked at 90mins
  • 29Evans
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forPalmerat 62'minutes
  • 23DackSubstituted forConwayat 83'minutes
  • 31BennettBooked at 53mins
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forNuttallat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 24Nuttall
  • 27Travis
  • 32Conway
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
18,940

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 2. Tayo Edun (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gwion Edwards following a set piece situation.

Booking

Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Woolfenden tries a through ball, but Gwion Edwards is caught offside.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Ellis Harrison (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Attempt blocked. Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Janoi Donacien.

Luke Woolfenden (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Bradley Dack.

Attempt missed. Luke Woolfenden (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ellis Harrison following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt saved. Ben Morris (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gwion Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Morris with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ben Morris replaces Freddie Sears.

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

Attempt blocked. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Nuttall replaces Danny Graham.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. David Raya Martin tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Kasey Palmer replaces Dominic Samuel.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

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

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Janoi Donacien with a cross.

goal

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