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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Blackburn Rovers: Baggies held by Tony Mowbray's men

Harrison Reed's only previous goal for Blackburn was the winner at Stoke in September
On-loan Harrison Reed's only previous goal for Blackburn was the winner at Stoke in September

Harrison Reed hit a superb second-half equaliser as Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers drew with his old club to make it a winless week for West Bromwich Albion.

After a dour first half at The Hawthorns, Albion went in front on 40 minutes when Craig Dawson headed home at the far post from Matt Phillips' left-wing corner.

It was the 33rd goal for the Championship's top scorers in 15 games this season - and the 39th of Dawson's career- but only his first of the season.

Reed then curled home a 25-yarder into the top-left corner to level on 71 minutes.

Blackburn, who had lost captain Charlie Mulgrew early on, finished with 10 men, losing injured goalkeeper David Raya late on after diving at the feet of Albion striker Jay Rodriguez.

Having used all three subs, midfielder Richie Smallwood went in goal but Rovers survived the final 17 minutes - including nine minutes of injury time.

After getting soundly thumped 4-1 at home by Derby County in midweek, on the back of last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic, the Baggies at least avoided another damaging defeat.

But, although they had Jake Livermore back from his one-game ban, they were without four injured players, joint-top scorer Dwight Gayle (calf) and Kieran Gibbs (hip) who both came off at half-time in midweek, while Ahmed Hegazi (hamstring) and Gareth Barry (calf) remain sidelined.

Up against a side well marshalled by Mowbray, on his first return to The Hawthorns, a much-changed home side - with Bakary Sako making his debut - failed to threaten sufficiently until that frantic late finish when they piled forward against Rovers' 10 men.

And they had earlier needed two late first-half saves from keeper Sam Johnstone to deny Joe Rothwell before the break, prior to Reed's leveller.

Although still comfortably the Championship's top scorers, Albion have dropped to fifth, four points off top spot, while, although avoiding a third straight defeat, Mowbray's Rovers are down in 12th.

Craig Dawson's far post header from Matt Phillips' corner was his first goal in nine months
Craig Dawson's far-post header from Matt Phillips' corner was his first goal in nine months

West Brom head coach Darren Moore told BBC WM 95.6:

"We just couldn't get the goal, albeit by plucky and determined play, as well as sheer numbers in front of the goal, we couldn't get the touch to get it over the line.

"We should have won on the chances we had. But look at Blackburn and the wonderful goal they scored, and it just wasn't to be. They had bodies in the way and got the blocks in.

"It's been a difficult week, and it stops the rot. That's the way I'm looking at it. It's something to build on. We created chances and, if we hadn't created chances, that would worry me."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"For the team to dig in as they did was not a surprise to me, it was almost a heroic effort for them considering the amount of defensive injuries we had.

"A lot conspired against us. But we took a point from a place that is very difficult to visit. They have a lot of quality players. The class they possess is scary.

"But, for long spells of the second half we were the better team, in the ascendancy. It looked like the goal was coming and eventually it did."

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Johnstone
  • 24Tosin
  • 25Dawson
  • 5BartleyBooked at 17minsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 87'minutes
  • 10Phillips
  • 8Livermore
  • 7Morrison
  • 14Townsend
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forBruntat 76'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 6SakoSubstituted forHoolahanat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 17Burke
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 28Field

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1RayaSubstituted forat 82'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 5RodwellSubstituted forTravisat 58'minutes
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forBellat 16'minutes
  • 3Williams
  • 6Smallwood
  • 4Reed
  • 45PalmerBooked at 22minsSubstituted forArmstrongat 67'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 8Rothwell
  • 23Dack

Substitutes

  • 7Armstrong
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 19Brereton
  • 27Travis
  • 29Evans
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
23,820

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor Townsend with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by James Morrison.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Harrison Reed.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Kyle Bartley.

  16. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    David Raya Martin went off injured after Blackburn Rovers had used all subs.

  19. Post update

    Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match David Raya Martin (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd159242718929
2Leeds1576226121427
3Middlesbrough15762178927
4Norwich158342017327
5West Brom1574433231025
6Derby157442216625
7Nottm Forest155822216623
8Swansea156541711623
9Birmingham155821914523
10QPR157261519-423
11Bristol City156451815322
12Blackburn155731820-222
13Stoke155551920-120
14Wigan156271822-420
15Sheff Wed155462126-519
16Brentford154652320318
17Aston Villa154652223-118
18Millwall154471923-416
19Bolton154471120-916
20Preston153572429-514
21Rotherham153571121-1014
22Reading153391925-612
23Hull153391221-912
24Ipswich151681125-149
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