LiveBlackburn Rovers 1-1 Cardiff City as it happened

Summary

  1. FT: Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff
  2. First game of the new Football League season
  3. Kenwyne Jones heads Cardiff opener
  4. Tom Cairney hits cracking leveller
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By Gary Rose

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So that was just a little taster of the Football League season ahead and we will be back to tuck into the main course on Saturday, with a whopping 34 games for us to digest.

Read the full report from tonight's game here and join us again tomorrow, with League One Sheffield United and Bristol City getting the day's action under way at 12:15 BST.

Cheerio.

Manager reaction

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

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Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "I thought we were the more dominant side. I'm disappointed with the manner of the goal we conceded, and we could have had a penalty in the first half.

"I though we recovered well, scored a fantastic goal. It was a great strike from a fantastic footballer in Tom Cairney, he can reach double figures this season.

"I thought the lads really looked like they enjoyed themselves. Again the supporters were magnificent, they cheered the lads on."

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Blackburn dark horses for promotion? They look a very tidy unit with some handy players and while they were lacking a bit of punch in attack tonight, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes are surely good for at least 30 goals between them?

Forster close to Southampton move

Some news to bring you from outside the Football League, and that is England goalkeeper Fraser Forster is on the verge of joining Southampton after the Premier League side agreed a fee, understood to be around £10m, with Celtic.

Forster travelled south on Friday after the clubs came to an agreement and the move will now go ahead subject to a successful medical over the weekend, with personal terms also agreed.

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

So Blackburn are top of the league, for 20 hours or so anyway as the rest of the Championship gets in on the act tomorrow. Ten games, with a full fixture programme in League One and League Two and we will have live text on all the action.

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "Smiles all round as both teams leave the field reasonably content with their night's work. Cardiff were the better team in the first half, Blackburn the better in the second half and all in all a point was fair enough."

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sporting a beaming smile as he waves to the travelling Cardiff fans, and who can blame him?

Avoiding defeat in the opening game was no doubt hugely important for the Norwegian, with owner Vincent Tan not a man to hang around if things are not going to plan on the pitch.

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Former Wigan winger Kevin Kilbane on BBC Radio 5 live

"I think Blackburn were the better side. Once Cardiff got the goal they sat back a little too much and allowed Blackburn to dictate play but they did not really have any penetration. For all the possession they had, they did not really create much.

"It is difficult to call how the season could go for these sides after the first game. Cardiff will be happy with the draw and there were positive signs for Blackburn. They have enough quality in this squad to cause a few sides trouble this season."

FULL-TIME

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

The corner comes to nothing and the referee has seen enough. Blackburn and Cardiff share the points and it is probably as fair result.

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

A late corner for Cardiff, though. Some late Friday night drama..?

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Three minutes of added time, but both managers seem pretty satisfied to take a point.

CLOSE!

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

We have not had much to shout about at all in this half, but Blackburn go close to snatching all three points as a free kick 20 yards from goal is rolled into the path of Craig Conway, but his rising effort is over the bar.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Adam Le Fondre has been anonymous throughout this game and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen enough, taking off the striker for midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Two minutes left.

YELLOW CARD

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Cardiff's Guido Burgstaller earns himself a booking as he traps Craig Conway between his legs. Grant Hanley then has half a chance when he heads goalwards following the free-kick, but it is easy pickings for David Marshall.

TEN MINUTES TO GO

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Into the final 10 minutes at Ewood Park and it is difficult to see either side grabbing a second. Definitely some early season rustiness on show now.

YELLOW CARD

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Mark Hudson is the second Cardiff player to go in the book following a rash challenge on Rudy Gestede. Craig Conway sends the resulting free-kick into the area but over the heads of his team-mates and the ball bounces behind for a goal kick.

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

BBC Sport's Andy Cryer at Ewood Park: "The Rovers players are delighted to see the back of Kenwyne Jones. His withdrawal means Cardiff have lost their aerial threat and you could hear the cheer among the home fans as he wandered off. Not much going on at the moment as the fans entertain themselves with gestures - not friendly ones - and chants at each other."

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Grant Hanley heads a Cardiff free-kick behind to give the visitors a corner, which comes to nothing. After the first half promised so much, the second half has so far failed to deliver. Lack of an attacking threat from both sides at the moment.

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

First sight of what the new man Guido can do, but it is not particularly great. Nicky Maynard cushions a header into the path of the midfielder, who lashes a shot wide from outside the box to the sound of ironic wolf whistles from the home fans.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackburn 1-1 Cardiff

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does indeed make a change as Kenwyne Jones comes off, with Austria midfielder Guido Burgstaller coming on for his competitive debut after signing for Cardiff in May.

That surely means Adam Le Fondre moves up alongside Nicky Maynard as a front two and we might finally see more from the former Reading striker.