Patrick Bamford grabbed his second goal in three substitute appearances for Derby County to earn a point at fellow promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers.

Both sides had chances in an even first half. Jeff Hendrick fired an effort over for the Rams, while a header from Rovers' Rudy Gestede went over the top.

The hosts led within a minute of the restart, though, with Gestede stooping to head home a Jordan Rhodes cross.

But Bamford levelled with a classy curled strike seven minutes from time.

The Football League's player of the month for December followed his fine curling winner against Brighton last Saturday with an even better finish.

Rams leading the way

Derby remain the highest scorers in the Championship this season with 51 goals and also have the best away record, winning eight and drawing three of their 13 games.

This time, Chelsea's on-loan England Under-21 forward got possession 25 yards from goal and bent a superb low shot past goalkeeper Paul Robinson and into the bottom corner.

It earned the Rams a deserved draw from an entertaining game at Ewood Park.

Derby had dominated the early possession but Rovers went closest to opening the scoring when Gestede's header was well saved by keeper Lee Grant.

The visitors responded and a mazy Simon Dawkins run ended with the midfielder teeing up a good chance that Hendrick wasted.

Gestede then missed a decent headed opportunity but made amends when he claimed his third goal in four games with a low close-range header.

The Rams looked like forcing an equaliser, but Craig Forsyth blazed a shot over after great work by Craig Bryson and Will Hughes was desperately unlucky with a clever lobbed effort that beat Robinson and went over after hitting the bar.

Dawkins then went close before Bamford showed his quality.

Todd Kane had a late penalty claim and also had the chance to snatch the points for Blackburn but flashed a shot wide, while Bamford also shot over for the visitors.

The Rams are in fourth place in the Championship table, just four points off the automatic promotion places, while Rovers are ninth, three points off the play-off spots.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"We did have a penalty in the second half again. It's the second week running I'm talking about penalties that should or shouldn't be given against us, and at the moment we aren't getting them. Perhaps it's because we're too young and nice on the pitch.

"The rules of the game do not state that when you have a penalty you have to go down for it. Unfortunately the referee doesn't see it like that. If it's outside the box, guess what, it's a free-kick.

"If it's inside the box, he doesn't give it because he's not gone down and it's getting a bit tiring to be honest.

"Once they scored to go 1-1, the momentum was with them. Full credit to our boys because they stuck at it and didn't give in.

"It could have been easy for us to have gone and lost that but they didn't, they stuck at it. That is the positive. It's a decent point."

Derby County head coach Steve McClaren:

"Patrick Bamford's come in and his temperament is fantastic. It's as if he's been here for years. I think he's shown in the two games the qualities he's got. He's a natural goalscorer and the goal, there was no backlift. It was just hit early with pace, power. We've got a real asset on our hands.

"He's got a long way to go and a lot to learn but he's a sensible and very intelligent boy and he's making the right steps. He wants to play every game but he's being patient and showing everybody what he can do when he comes on. We've got three games this week and he'll definitely start one.

"We're disappointed not to have won the game. It was scrappy in the first half, nothing in the game, with half-chances at both ends. After conceding the goal, the response of the team was great. We got the ball down and played.

"We were positive with our substitutions and it's great when you've got people who can come off the bench and make an impact and with 20 minutes to go I thought we were in control of the game.

"It was only a matter of time and would have been an injustice if we hadn't have scored at least one, which we did."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 27 Henley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 05 Hanley
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 45 Cairney
  • 19 Taylor
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Gestede (Kane - 83' )
  • 12 Marshall Booked (Williamson - 24' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 08 Dunn
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 14 Olsson
  • 17 Williamson
  • 24 Morris
  • 31 Mahoney

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace (Sammon - 72' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson Booked
  • 08 Hendrick (Hughes - 35' )
  • 09 Martin
  • 10 Ward Booked (Bamford - 64' )
  • 32 Dawkins

Substitutes

  • 11 Russell
  • 18 Sammon
  • 19 Hughes
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 35 Bamford
  • 38 Keane
Ref: Tony Harrington
Att: 13,796

Match Stats

Shots

16 17

On target

5 3

Corners

2 6

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Derby County 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Derby County 1.

90:00 +3:18

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Williamson.

90:00 +2:40

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Hughes with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +2:15

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

90:00 +2:03

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:49

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

88:24

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

87:35 Booking

Booking Craig Bryson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:28

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

87:28

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:21

Attempt missed. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

83:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Derby County 1. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Sammon.

82:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Todd Kane replaces Rudy Gestede.

81:28

Hand ball by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

80:07

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:07

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

78:34

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

78:06

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

76:02

Attempt blocked. Conor Sammon (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

73:19

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

71:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces John Eustace.

71:05

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:05

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

70:29

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

70:29

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:56

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

68:15

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

68:15

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:50

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

66:06

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:09

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

65:09

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:31

Will Hughes (Derby County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.

63:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Patrick Bamford replaces Jamie Ward.

61:47

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

61:25

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:25

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

59:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

58:12

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

57:50

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

57:50

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:05

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:05

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

56:26

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

56:26

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:59

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

53:06

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon with a cross.

52:39

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:09

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Hughes.

46:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Derby County 0. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +4:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Derby County 0.

45:00 +2:52 Booking

Booking Jamie Ward (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +2:41

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

45:00 +2:41

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:53

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

45:00 +0:53

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:11

Lee Grant (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:11

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

44:05

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

44:05

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:40

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

42:33

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

41:14

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

40:44

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

40:42

Attempt blocked. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:54

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

38:38

Attempt saved. John Eustace (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:17

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Chris Taylor.

37:39

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

35:02

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:02

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

34:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Jeff Hendrick because of an injury.

30:54

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

30:01

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

28:58

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

27:25

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

26:08

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

23:58

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

23:58

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Ben Marshall because of an injury.

22:13

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

21:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:07

Delay in match Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

20:06 Booking

Booking Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

20:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:20

Delay in match Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

18:56

Delay in match Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) because of an injury.

18:46

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:46

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

16:31

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:31

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

15:56

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:56

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

13:09

Foul by Simon Dawkins (Derby County).

13:09

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:44

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

10:55

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

10:55

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:17

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

9:50

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Grant.

9:49

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

9:11

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

9:11

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:27

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:27

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

0:32

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

0:32

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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