Leon Best's 89th-minute volley earned Blackburn a deserved opening-day point at Derby.

Rams debutant Johnny Russell had fired them into the lead from the penalty spot late in the first half after a handball by Blackburn new boy Alex Marrow.

Best hit the post for the visitors after the break and Jordan Rhodes had a penalty appeal turned down.

At the other end Richard Keogh had an effort ruled out for offside.

Derby have never lost an opening-day fixture under manager Nigel Clough, the Championship's longest-serving manager having been at the helm since January 2009.

They were under pressure early on though with Blackburn dominant and Spaniard Ruben Rochina a constant threat just behind lone striker Jordan Rhodes.

Rhodes had a header blocked on the line by Craig Forsythe, debutant Alan Judge curled a shot inches wide of the post and Rochina dragged a strike wide.

Rovers count on experience

Of this season's 24 Championship clubs, Blackburn have the most Premier League experience having spent 18 seasons there.

But minutes after Rochina had been stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder, Russell fired the hosts into the lead from the penalty spot after Marrow had inexplicably handled a hopeful ball into the area.

Russell signed for the Rams this summer for £750,000 from Dundee United and has been scoring freely in pre-season.

It was the hosts who looked the more composed in the opening stages of the second half, with Keogh having a goal ruled out for offside just past the hour after a Jake Kean error.

Substitute Best should have levelled when he slid in at the far post to shoot against the post from close range, before Rhodes went down under the challenge of Jake Buxton only to have his penalty appeal waved away.

But Best struck his first Blackburn goal in the dying minutes when he brilliantly volleyed home from inside the area before Rhodes had another penalty shout turned down in injury time.

Derby manager Nigel Clough:

"We did not intend to sit back, it is just that Blackburn played very well on the day. We had enough chances in the second half to get the second goal but overall a draw was probably fair.

"Johnny Russell was lively, he had a chance in the second half as well. We are pleased with him. It was nice for us to score a penalty because I think we have missed our last six."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We should have got three points, we were that good. The injury to Ruben Rochina rocked us a bit after a good start but overall you look at what we have done, I don't think we did get our just rewards.

"You saw the character, spirit and desire of these players that has been questioned before. They were a credit to the club."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Derby

  • 01 Grant
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 06 Keogh
  • 17 Freeman
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 10 Ward
  • 19 Hughes (Eustace - 81' )
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 84' )
  • 11 Russell (Coutts - 62' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 26 Legzdins
  • 02 Smith
  • 07 Coutts
  • 12 Jacobs
  • 14 Eustace
  • 16 Davies
  • 18 Sammon

Blackburn

  • 34 Kean
  • 02 Kane Booked
  • 03 Spurr
  • 05 G Hanley
  • 16 Dann
  • 06 Lowe
  • 07 King (Taylor - 64' )
  • 21 Marrow (Cairney - 77' )
  • 25 Judge
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 23 Rochina (Best - 39' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 31 Givet
  • 08 Dunn
  • 14 Olsson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 45 Cairney
  • 09 Best
Ref: Attwell
Att: 21,188

Match Stats

Shots

15 20

On target

5 4

Corners

7 7

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:19 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:53

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:40

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:28

Jake Kean makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:36

Clearance by Grant Hanley.

90:00 +2:04

Leon Best takes a shot and cleared the bar.

90:00 +1:11

Clearance made by Grant Hanley.

90:00 +1:07

Corner taken by Paul Coutts from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:54

Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:51

Free kick crossed by Jamie Ward.

90:00 +0:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Taylor on Jeff Hendrick.

88:49

Assist by Chris Taylor.

88:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Best - Derby 1 - 1 Blackburn Leon Best scores with their right foot. Derby 1-1 Blackburn.

88:46

Chris Taylor delivers the ball.

88:39

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

88:32

Jake Kean takes the free kick.

87:27

The referee cautions Paul Coutts for unsporting behaviour.

87:27 Booking

Booking

87:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Coutts on Tom Cairney.

85:39

Clearance made by Jake Buxton.

85:10

Jordan Rhodes manages to make a clearance.

85:05

The ball is sent over by Paul Coutts.

85:00

Paul Coutts decides to take a short corner.

83:59

Tommy Spurr makes a clearance.

83:50

Lee Grant takes the free kick.

83:35 Substitution

Substitution Conor Sammon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Martin.

82:42

Grant Hanley concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Keogh.

82:40

Clearance made by Richard Keogh.

82:22

Craig Forsyth manages to make a clearance.

82:18

The ball is delivered by Tommy Spurr.

82:15

Clearance by Richard Keogh.

81:47

Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

81:06

Craig Forsyth restarts play with the free kick.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Will Hughes leaves the field to be replaced by John Eustace.

79:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Lowe on Chris Martin.

78:08

Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution Tom Cairney comes on in place of Alex Marrow.

76:26

The ball is swung over by Alan Judge.

76:03

Clearance made by Scott Dann.

75:39

Jason Lowe has an effort at goal. Lee Grant safely holds on.

74:40

Craig Forsyth makes a clearance.

74:37

Free kick crossed by Alan Judge.

74:02

Handball by Paul Coutts.

74:00

Paul Coutts makes a clearance.

73:59

A cross is delivered by Tommy Spurr.

73:26

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

72:22

Clearance by Chris Taylor.

70:54

Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

70:51

Centre by Craig Forsyth.

70:28

Jake Buxton makes a clearance.

70:09

Todd Kane makes a clearance.

70:07

The ball is delivered by Jamie Ward.

70:01

Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

69:43

Chance falls to Grant Hanley who heads at goal. Lee Grant safely holds on.

69:11

Clearance by Richard Keogh.

68:40

Leon Best has an effort at goal. Lee Grant catches the ball.

67:47

Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.

67:35

Foul by Craig Forsyth on Chris Taylor, free kick awarded.

67:27

Chris Martin manages to make a clearance.

67:17

Free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

66:50

Jason Lowe challenges Will Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

66:40

Free kick taken by Jake Kean.

66:23

Paul Coutts concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Taylor.

66:19

Corner taken by Jamie Ward.

65:26

Chris Martin takes a shot. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

65:24

Paul Coutts sends in a cross.

65:15

Will Hughes takes a shot. Todd Kane gets a block in.

65:13

Clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.

65:11

Clearance made by Todd Kane.

65:06

Jamie Ward restarts play with the free kick.

64:29

Craig Bryson fouled by Scott Dann, the ref awards a free kick.

63:52

Clearance by Richard Keogh.

63:50

The ball is sent over by Todd Kane.

63:33 Substitution

Substitution Chris Taylor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joshua King.

62:49

Chris Martin has an effort at goal. Jake Kean safely holds on.

61:55 Substitution

Substitution Paul Coutts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johnny Russell.

61:04

Chris Martin takes a shot.

60:59

Corner taken by Jamie Ward.

60:27

Shot by Richard Keogh. Jake Kean parries the ball away.

60:12

Jordan Rhodes manages to make a clearance.

60:08

Free kick crossed by Jamie Ward.

59:36

Todd Kane goes into the book.

59:36 Booking

Booking

59:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Hughes by Todd Kane.

59:24

Will Hughes makes a clearance.

59:19

Clearance by Lee Grant.

59:05

Will Hughes makes a clearance.

59:04

Leon Best takes a shot and hits the post.

59:01

A cross is delivered by Tommy Spurr.

58:43

Free kick taken by Scott Dann.

58:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bryson on Alan Judge.

57:37

Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

55:58

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

55:56

A cross is delivered by Alan Judge.

55:10

Clearance made by Kieron Freeman.

55:09

The ball is delivered by Tommy Spurr.

54:57

Clearance made by Jason Lowe.

54:40

Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

54:35

Free kick taken by Kieron Freeman.

54:21

Tommy Spurr challenges Jeff Hendrick unfairly and gives away a free kick.

53:01

Kieron Freeman manages to make a clearance.

53:00

A cross is delivered by Tommy Spurr.

52:37

Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

51:48

Header at goal by Johnny Russell. Jake Kean makes a block.

51:46

The ball is delivered by Will Hughes.

50:39

Jeff Hendrick manages to make a clearance.

50:36

Leon Best produces a cross.

50:23

Jamie Ward manages to make a clearance.

50:12

Richard Keogh takes the free kick.

50:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick by Leon Best.

49:59

Free kick taken by Jake Kean.

49:35

Johnny Russell concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Hanley.

48:43

Shot by Johnny Russell went wide right of the post.

47:21

Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

47:10

Lee Grant takes the free kick.

46:45

Kieron Freeman fouled by Leon Best, the ref awards a free kick.

46:15

Jamie Ward manages to make a clearance.

46:12

Corner taken by Alan Judge from the left by-line.

45:47

Leon Best takes a shot and strikes the post.

45:46

Joshua King takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

45:41

Clearance by Jake Buxton.

45:26

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

45:24

The ball is delivered by Tommy Spurr.

45:19

Clearance made by Kieron Freeman.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +6:34 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +6:20

Free kick taken by Jake Kean.

45:00 +5:58

Unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Jake Buxton results in a free kick.

45:00 +5:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jamie Ward.

45:00 +5:27

Chris Martin takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jake Kean parries the ball away.

45:00 +5:04

Jake Buxton manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +5:01

Tommy Spurr manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +4:59

Clearance by Joshua King.

45:00 +4:24

Clearance made by Joshua King.

45:00 +4:21

Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +4:16

Free kick taken by Craig Forsyth.

45:00 +3:43 Booking

Booking

45:00 +3:43

Leon Best shown a yellow card.

45:00 +3:40

Unfair challenge on Craig Forsyth by Leon Best results in a free kick.

45:00 +3:10

The ball is crossed by Johnny Russell.

45:00 +3:07

Jeff Hendrick takes the free kick.

45:00 +2:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick by Alex Marrow.

45:00 +0:50

Jamie Ward takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

45:00 +0:41

Grant Hanley makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:39

Scott Dann makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:04

Alan Judge manages to make a clearance.

44:39

Clearance made by Jake Buxton.

42:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Johnny Russell - Derby 1 - 0 Blackburn Johnny Russell scores a penalty. Derby 1-0 Blackburn.

41:50

Handball decision goes against Alex Marrow.

41:45

Jamie Ward crosses the ball in from the free kick.

41:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Judge on Jeff Hendrick.

40:48

Shot by Jason Lowe missed to the right of the net.

40:36

Clearance by Will Hughes.

39:53

Jeff Hendrick makes a clearance.

39:52

The ball is swung over by Alan Judge.

39:30

Craig Forsyth makes a clearance.

38:59

Clearance by Johnny Russell.

38:57

Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

38:53

Clearance made by Richard Keogh.

38:39 Substitution

Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Leon Best coming on for Ruben Rochina.

34:03

Will Hughes makes a clearance.

33:56

Alex Marrow makes a clearance.

33:28

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ruben Rochina. Johnny Russell gets a block in.

32:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieron Freeman on Alan Judge.

32:25

Clearance made by Jeff Hendrick.

32:23

The ball is crossed by Tommy Spurr.

32:21

Clearance by Craig Forsyth.

31:46

Clearance by Jake Buxton.

31:35

Jake Kean takes the free kick.

31:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Chris Martin.

31:00

The ball is delivered by Craig Forsyth.

30:43

Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

30:42

The ball is crossed by Jamie Ward.

29:32

Header at goal by Johnny Russell misses left of the target.

29:31

Will Hughes produces a cross.

29:04

Jake Buxton makes a clearance.

28:57

Clearance made by Tommy Spurr.

28:38

Free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

28:21

Grant Hanley challenges Chris Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:40

Clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.

26:37

Jamie Ward restarts play with the free kick.

25:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ward by Todd Kane.

23:19

Header at goal by Joshua King misses left of the target.

23:15

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alan Judge.

22:49

Clearance by Jake Buxton.

22:47

Chance falls to Jordan Rhodes who heads at goal. Blocked by Craig Forsyth.

22:45

Corner taken by Ruben Rochina from the right by-line.

22:18

Jamie Ward manages to make a clearance.

22:16

Corner taken by Ruben Rochina from the right by-line.

21:49

Craig Forsyth manages to make a clearance.

21:16

Kieron Freeman takes a shot. Jake Kean safely holds on.

20:48

Clearance made by Jake Kean.

20:01

Jamie Ward takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

19:53

Chris Martin has an effort at goal. Grant Hanley gets a block in.

19:30

Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

19:14

Johnny Russell produces a cross.

18:46

Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.

18:40

Clearance by Jamie Ward.

18:32

Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.

18:05

Unfair challenge on Grant Hanley by Will Hughes results in a free kick.

17:08

Corner taken by Alan Judge.

16:44

Clearance by Richard Keogh.

16:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ruben Rochina.

16:18

Shot by Ruben Rochina. Richard Keogh gets a block in.

16:12

Ruben Rochina decides to take a short corner.

15:44

Jake Buxton restarts play with the free kick.

15:12

Joshua King challenges Jeff Hendrick unfairly and gives away a free kick.

15:08

Ruben Rochina takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Richard Keogh.

13:19

Alan Judge has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

12:25

Todd Kane takes the free kick.

12:20

Will Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Judge.

12:13

Joshua King makes a clearance.

12:10

Clearance made by Ruben Rochina.

12:05

Corner taken by Jamie Ward.

11:41

Jamie Ward has an effort at goal. Blocked by Tommy Spurr.

10:28

Alex Marrow manages to make a clearance.

10:26

Jeff Hendrick sends in a cross.

10:21

Corner taken by Jamie Ward.

9:57

Clearance by Tommy Spurr.

9:56

The ball is sent over by Jeff Hendrick.

9:26

Clearance by Grant Hanley.

8:23

Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.

8:05

Will Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Marrow.

7:24

Clearance by Kieron Freeman.

7:23

The ball is sent over by Alan Judge.

5:59

Shot by Ruben Rochina cleared the target.

5:58

Clearance by Will Hughes.

4:57

Shot by Richard Keogh. Blocked by Grant Hanley.

3:10

Shot by Ruben Rochina went wide right of the target.

3:08

Header at goal by Jordan Rhodes misses left of the target.

3:06

Tommy Spurr delivers the ball.

1:47

Alan Judge takes a shot and cleared the net.

1:45

Clearance made by Jake Buxton.

1:45

Alan Judge takes a shot. Jeff Hendrick gets a block in.

1:23

Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

1:10

Clearance made by Richard Keogh.

0:24

Clearance by Ruben Rochina.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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