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

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FA Cup: Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Barnet highlights

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnet 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Barnet 1.

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

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

Foul by Ruben Bover (Barnet).

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

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

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Danny Graham.

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

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

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

Foul by Jack Taylor (Barnet).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Benjamin Aghadiuno replaces Wesley Fonguck.

Goal!

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

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

Foul by Alex Nicholls (Barnet).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Bradley Dack.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Ruben Bover replaces Simeon Akinola.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Barnet 1. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marcus Antonsson replaces Ben Gladwin.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Clough (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Rekeem Harper (Blackburn Rovers).

Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by David Tutonda.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ricardo Santos.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Barnet 1. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Ben Gladwin (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Santos (Barnet).

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Charlie Clough (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Booking

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Taylor (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

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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