A late own-goal from Jason Lowe saw Blackburn held to a draw in their first game back in the Championship.

Steve Kean's side took the lead in the first half with a headed goal from debutant Colin Kazim-Richards.

Ipswich pressed more as the half wore on, but Kazim-Richards came close to doubling the lead after the break.

However, Jason Scotland crossed towards Michael Chopra and Rovers keeper Paul Robinson was powerless to stop Lowe's touch levelling the score.

A win for Rovers would have provided Kean with the perfect response to comments from Rovers' global advisor Shebby Singh, who recently stated that three straight defeats at the start of the season would see Kean lose his job.

Morten Gamst Pedersen, a target of criticism from Singh, who likened the Norwegian to a "pensioner", played a big part in the opening goal.

The 30-year-old's corner to the far post was nodded back by Scott Dann for Kazim-Richards to score Rovers' first goal in the second tier following 11 seasons in the Premier League.

Former England international Robinson was the busier of the two keepers in the first half, but early in the second former Sheffield United, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray striker Kazim-Richards saw a shot fly over the bar.

Robinson denied Josh Carson with a flying save on 55 minutes, and Ipswich manager Paul Jewell made changes as the hosts sought an equaliser.

And it was one of those replacements, Scotland, who made the decisive contribution when he elected to cross rather than shoot following loose defending from Rovers and Lowe turned the ball into his own net.

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell:

"The least we deserved was a draw - not because we were brilliant on the ball but because of our endeavour.

"There weren't too many negatives and at the end of the game we finished the stronger.

"We said at half-time that we won't be lacking for fitness because we've got a young, athletic team. I didn't think we'd wilt but it really was hot out there."

Blackburn manager Steve Kean:

"We feel we've got a really good, competitive squad and that we're good enough to bounce back at the first attempt.

"This is the first point on the board at a difficult venue, so I've got to be pleased.

"Ipswich are well organised and not too many teams will come here and get three points, so I must give them credit because I thought they were excellent."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Ipswich

  • 01 Loach
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 07 Edwards
  • 20 Smith
  • 09 E'-Thomas (Scotland - 66' )
  • 11 Martin
  • 15 Luongo Booked (Drury - 70' )
  • 19 Hyam
  • 22 Carson
  • 10 Chopra

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 05 Delaney
  • 29 Ainsley
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Drury
  • 14 Scotland
  • 28 Murray

Blackburn

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Orr
  • 05 Givet
  • 16 Dann
  • 06 Lowe
  • 10 Formica (Ms Olsson - 71' )
  • 12 Pedersen
  • 13 Murphy Booked (Jorge - 83' )
  • 18 Etuhu Booked
  • 21 Nuno Gomes (Dunn - 71' )
  • 39 Kazim-Richards

Substitutes

  • 34 Kean
  • 31 G Hanley
  • 32 Ribeiro
  • 08 Dunn
  • 14 Ms Olsson
  • 17 Jorge
  • 25 Goodwillie
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 19,117

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

7 2

Corners

5 2

Fouls

8 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:38

Unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Jason Lowe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Drury.

90:00 +2:22

Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Edwards. Aaron Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:48

Shot from just outside the box by Luke Hyam goes over the target.

90:00 +0:54

Lee Martin takes a shot. Bradley Orr concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Scotland. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Martin, clearance by Scott Dann. Gael Givet gets a block in.

90:00 +0:13

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.

89:33

Josh Carson delivers the ball, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

87:30

Dickson Etuhu challenges Lee Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

84:52

Colin Kazim-Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chambers. Free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

84:41

Lee Martin produces a cross, Bradley Orr manages to make a clearance.

83:56

Bradley Orr concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Martin. Free kick taken by Lee Martin.

83:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Scotland by Dickson Etuhu. Luke Hyam restarts play with the free kick.

82:08 Substitution

Substitution Danny Murphy goes off and Paulo Jorge comes on.

82:08

Assist on the goal came from Jason Scotland.

82:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Lowe - Ipswich 1 - 1 Blackburn An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Jason Lowe. Ipswich 1-1 Blackburn.

80:56

Aaron Cresswell crosses the ball, clearance made by Scott Dann.

80:46

A cross is delivered by Michael Chopra.

79:40

Handball decision goes against Luke Chambers. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

78:58

Bradley Orr concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Martin. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Martin.

77:21

Aaron Cresswell challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

76:45

The ball is swung over by Carlos Edwards, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

75:03

Colin Kazim-Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Loach. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

72:56

Foul by Scott Dann on Jason Scotland, free kick awarded. Lee Martin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

71:55

Josh Carson crosses the ball.

70:33 Substitution

Substitution David Dunn on for Miguel Nuno Gomes.

70:33 Substitution

Substitution Markus Olsson is brought on as a substitute for Mauro Formica.

69:04

Lee Martin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

69:04 Substitution

Substitution Andy Drury comes on in place of Massimo Luongo.

69:04

Lee Martin fouled by Mauro Formica, the ref awards a free kick.

65:35

Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

65:35 Substitution

Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas leaves the field to be replaced by Jason Scotland.

65:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Hyam on Danny Murphy.

64:52

Corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

64:32

The ball is crossed by Josh Carson, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

63:52

Luke Hyam delivers the ball, clearance made by Gael Givet.

62:57

Lee Martin takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

62:06

Danny Murphy takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

58:47

The ball is delivered by Lee Martin, Paul Robinson makes a save.

57:04

Shot from just outside the box by Colin Kazim-Richards goes over the bar.

55:44

Miguel Nuno Gomes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tommy Smith.

55:05

The ball is swung over by Massimo Luongo.

54:39

Josh Carson takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a brilliant save.

51:25

Shot on goal by Colin Kazim-Richards from just inside the area goes over the target.

49:00

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

46:14

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Aaron Cresswell.

46:14 Booking

Booking Booking for Dickson Etuhu.

46:06

Dickson Etuhu challenges Josh Carson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:50 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:33

Colin Kazim-Richards is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

44:33

Lee Martin takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson. The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell, Header on goal by Lee Martin from just inside the area goes over the target.

41:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Kazim-Richards on Luke Chambers. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

41:18

Unfair challenge on Jason Lowe by Carlos Edwards results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

39:39

Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Carson. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Aaron Cresswell, Paul Robinson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

38:10

Unfair challenge on Lee Martin by Bradley Orr results in a free kick. Lee Martin takes the direct free kick.

35:41

Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

35:16 Booking

Booking Danny Murphy goes into the referee's book.

35:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Martin by Danny Murphy. Tommy Smith takes the free kick.

34:02

Colin Kazim-Richards produces a cross, clearance by Aaron Cresswell.

31:13

Carlos Edwards sends in a cross, Bradley Orr makes a clearance. Corner taken by Lee Martin from the left by-line, clearance made by Scott Dann.

29:46

Lee Martin takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

26:15

Header from outside the box by Colin Kazim-Richards misses to the left of the target.

25:17

Luke Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Colin Kazim-Richards. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

23:54

Miguel Nuno Gomes crosses the ball.

23:04

The referee blows for offside against Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

20:40

Scott Dann provided the assist for the goal.

20:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Colin Kazim-Richards - Ipswich 0 - 1 Blackburn Colin Kazim-Richards finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Ipswich 0-1 Blackburn.

20:02

Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen,

19:47

Centre by Mauro Formica.

19:14

Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

19:14 Booking

Booking Massimo Luongo is given a yellow card.

19:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Massimo Luongo on Colin Kazim-Richards.

18:49

Centre by Carlos Edwards, clearance by Bradley Orr.

15:23

Foul by Massimo Luongo on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

14:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Chopra. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Dann.

13:29

Colin Kazim-Richards sends in a cross.

12:53

Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Massimo Luongo. Free kick taken by Massimo Luongo.

12:11

Josh Carson produces a cross, clearance made by Bradley Orr.

11:51

A cross is delivered by Mauro Formica, clearance made by Luke Chambers.

11:02

A cross is delivered by Lee Martin.

10:16

Colin Kazim-Richards takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

9:51

Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Michael Chopra results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dickson Etuhu.

7:40

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas produces a cross, Bradley Orr makes a clearance. Corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from the right by-line, Dickson Etuhu makes a clearance.

5:35

Shot from just outside the box by Miguel Nuno Gomes misses to the left of the goal.

3:15

Effort by Josh Carson from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

1:13

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Martin. Aaron Cresswell takes the free kick.

0:02

Foul by Aaron Cresswell on Mauro Formica, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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