The FA Cup - First Round
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Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Barnet

Blackburn roared back with three second-half goals to beat Barnet and avoid a shock FA Cup first-round exit.

The League Two visitors threatened an upset through Simeon Akinola's opener, but Rovers showed their class after the break with goals from Joe Nuttall, Danny Graham and Marcus Antonsson.

Blackburn had not lost at this stage since 1971 and started well, with Graham denied an opener by a superb save by Barnet goalkeeper Craig Ross.

But the Bees went ahead when Jack Taylor powered through and unselfishly squared for Akinola to tap in.

The hosts were stunned, but dominated the second half.

Ross again denied Graham, this time from point-blank range, before Nuttall equalised by rifling home Bradley Dack's pass - his second goal of the week.

Dack supplied the second by feeding Graham who hammered home his third of the season from a tight angle.

And Antonsson made the result safe with a precise 20-yard drive that found the bottom corner.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Leutwiler
  • 16Caddis
  • 25Downing
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 4Harper
  • 29EvansBooked at 60mins
  • 5HartSubstituted forNuttallat 45'minutes
  • 22GladwinSubstituted forAntonssonat 70'minutes
  • 10Graham
  • 23DackSubstituted forBennettat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 11Whittingham
  • 15Ward
  • 20Antonsson
  • 31Bennett
  • 38Nuttall

Barnet

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21Ross
  • 7Watson
  • 4Clough
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 13Tutonda
  • 12Taylor
  • 18FonguckSubstituted forAghadiunoat 82'minutes
  • 20Vilhete
  • 14AkinolaSubstituted forBoverat 71'minutes
  • 23Nicholls
  • 25Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 6Nelson
  • 15Bover
  • 16Taylor
  • 24Blackman
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 37Aghadiuno
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
3,710

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnet 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnet 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ruben Bover (Barnet) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ruben Bover (Barnet).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Benjamin Aghadiuno (Barnet) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Tutonda (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Danny Graham.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Antonsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  11. Post update

    Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Benjamin Aghadiuno replaces Wesley Fonguck.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnet 1. Marcus Antonsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Paul Caddis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alex Nicholls (Barnet).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Bradley Dack.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Watson (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Ruben Bover replaces Simeon Akinola.

Meanwhile, Blackburn's scheduled League One home game with Walsall next Saturday (11 November) has been postponed because of international call-ups. No new date has yet been confirmed.

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