Championship
BurtonBurton Albion1BlackburnBlackburn Rovers1
Marvin Sordell
Marvin Sordell's second-half curler denied Tony Mowbray's side an away win

Tony Mowbray's first game in charge of Blackburn Rovers ended in a draw as Marvin Sordell's strike earned fellow strugglers Burton Albion a point.

A Matty Palmer own goal from a Rovers corner gave the visitors the lead in a first half which they dominated.

But Sordell curled in a superb equaliser to draw the Brewers level.

The result was enough to lift Albion above Wolves - who lost to Birmingham - into 19th place, while Blackburn remain 23rd, but have two games in hand.

Burton are now unbeaten in three matches thanks to two wins and two draws from their past five Championship games.

Their hopes of avoiding defeat were hit as Palmer's unfortunate own goal from Danny Graham's set-piece saw Mowbray's side take the lead after an impressive opening period.

But the hosts responded and Sordell's first Burton goal - a stunning 20-yard strike - changed the momentum.

And although Rovers remained good value for at least a point, Burton were only denied a dramatic win in injury-time when Lasse Vigen Christensen's shot hit both posts and was gathered by grateful visiting keeper Jason Steele.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough: "After the first half it is definitely a point gained.

"I thought Blackburn were magnificent in the first half and we couldn't get near them in any shape or form.

"We were hoping to get in 1-0 and, even after they scored, not concede a second. They were that good. We looked tired. It's been a hard week for us but we came out and changed it around a bit in the second half and deserved the equaliser.

"We were then an inch off winning it late on which we didn't deserve to do - but it would have been nice."

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray: "My dressing room is sitting there disappointed that they haven't taken three points.

"We probably deserved more than a one-goal lead at half-time with the efforts that we had and the territorial advantage in the first half.

"I think you have to give credit to Nigel Clough for changing his [team's] shape, changing the direction of the football match.

"We got a grip of it in the last 20 minutes and I thought if anyone was going to win it then it was going to be us. Then they nearly scored right at the death, hitting both posts. It would have been an injustice if we hadn't taken something from this game."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 15Naylor
  • 4Mousinho
  • 6TurnerBooked at 56mins
  • 2Flanagan
  • 24Christensen
  • 16PalmerSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 83'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 30Murphy
  • 28KightlySubstituted forDyerat 73'minutes
  • 12WoodrowSubstituted forVarneyat 61'minutes
  • 9Sordell

Substitutes

  • 5McFadzean
  • 7Williamson
  • 11Dyer
  • 13Bywater
  • 18Miller
  • 19Varney
  • 25Barker

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forMahoneyat 71'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 23Guthrie
  • 32Conway
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 65'minutes
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forGallagherat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Stokes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 19Gallagher
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
5,496

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

  5. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  8. Booking

    Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Marvin Sordell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Kyle McFadzean replaces Matthew Palmer.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Derrick Williams with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

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