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Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Derby County

Craig Conway
Blackburn's Craig Conway has scored three league goals this season

Blackburn Rovers boosted their Championship survival chances with a gutsy 1-0 victory over Derby County who are now winless in six league games.

Craig Conway scored the only goal of the night when he smashed home a 58th-minute penalty after Sam Gallagher was brought down by Alex Pearce.

Striker Marvin Emnes should have put Rovers ahead before the break but blasted over with the goal gaping.

Bradley Johnson almost equalised late on but his header hit the bar.

Victory for Tony Mowbray in his first home game since taking over from Owen Coyle sees Blackburn move level on points with Bristol City in 21st, who lost at Aston Villa on Tuesday.

However, they remain in the relegation zone with an inferior goal difference.

The win was no more than Rovers deserved against an out-of-sorts Rams whose play-off hopes appear to be over.

Steve McClaren's side failed to win in February, losing four of their six matches this month, and are 10 points behind Sheffield Wednesday in sixth.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray:

"They showed some qualities that we're going to need over the course of the remaining games - resilience, togetherness, putting bodies on line, working hard.

"You have to win football matches all different ways. I'm delighted for the players, supporters and the club but this is just one step, there's 13 to go.

"When you're down the bottom, you win a game and if you lose you're back where you were, you have to try and pick up points every game if you can."

Derby manager Steve McClaren:

"We'd started looking at teams getting in the play-offs and what they do is they make sure that they don't get beat to a top-six team and they make sure they beat the bottom six and that's what we've failed to do.

"We've lost games that you look on paper we shouldn't have lost. We're losing by the odd goal, it's always frustrating but doubly when we're not scoring."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1SteeleBooked at 90mins
  • 24NyambeBooked at 11mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forBennettat 69'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 6Lowe
  • 23GuthrieBooked at 24minsSubstituted forTomlinsonat 87'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 17EmnesSubstituted forMahoneyat 70'minutes
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 12Graham
  • 18Lucas João
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 25LoweBooked at 37minsSubstituted forAnyaat 86'minutes
  • 19HughesSubstituted forCamaraat 64'minutes
  • 17de SartBooked at 90mins
  • 15Johnson
  • 10Ince
  • 28Nugent
  • 7RussellSubstituted forVydraat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 8Anya
  • 18Butterfield
  • 20Camara
  • 23Vydra
  • 29Olsson
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
10,536

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Derby County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Derby County 0.

  3. Booking

    Julien de Sart (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Julien de Sart (Derby County).

  5. Post update

    Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Booking

    Jason Steele (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Bradley Johnson (Derby County) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Julien de Sart with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Willem Tomlinson replaces Danny Guthrie.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. Ikechi Anya replaces Max Lowe.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Nugent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Abdoul Camara with a cross.

  12. Booking

    Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Julien de Sart (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  16. Post update

    Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Abdoul Camara.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle34234766283873
2Brighton34218558283071
3Huddersfield3320584436865
4Leeds341941146341261
5Reading34186104745260
6Sheff Wed34177104233958
7Fulham331411856391753
8Norwich341571259481152
9Preston341410104641552
10Barnsley34148125248450
11Derby34139123631548
12Cardiff34137144749-246
13Brentford33127145048243
14Birmingham341110133649-1343
15Aston Villa341012123338-542
16Ipswich341012123542-742
17QPR34117163748-1140
18Nottm Forest34107174658-1237
19Burton3499163447-1336
20Wolves3298153944-535
21Bristol City3496194452-833
22Blackburn3389163850-1233
23Wigan34710173040-1031
24Rotherham3445253277-4517
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