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Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Reading

Charlie Mulgrew
Charlie Mulgrew scored twice from the spot

Two second-half penalties helped Blackburn Rovers come from 2-0 down to draw at home to Reading.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored twice in the opening 25 minutes as the Royals took charge at Ewood Park.

But two rash challenges from Reading skipper Paul McShane led to penalties scored by Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew as the hosts secured a point.

The result continues Rovers' unbeaten start to the season and gave Reading their first point.

Reading manager Paul Clement made three changes to his side as they faced the prospect of opening their season with four losses, which would have been their worst start since 1959.

But Bodvarsson, the only man to score for the Royals this season, opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a hooked finish, before doubling the lead with a tap-in 13 minutes later.

Rovers halved the deficit on 52 minutes as Mulgrew scored from the spot after McShane fouled Elliott Bennett, and they were level when Mulgrew converted a second penalty after being fouled by McShane with 14 minutes remaining.

The hosts pushed for a winner in the closing stages, with Joe Nuttall going closest, but Reading hung on for a point.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"We got in at half time and regrouped, tinkered with our shape and the spirit of the team was there to see.

"It felt like everything was going against us when we went 2-0 down, but we never gave in and inspired the crowd.

"I'm happy enough with the draw. If you had asked me before the game I would have been disappointed, but to come back like that is a fantastic result."

Reading manager Paul Clement:

"Two good goals gave us a brilliant platform to get three points, but to come away from home with a point against a good side, full of confidence, is positive for us.

"But we have to know how to deal with a change of shape and style, we got too deep and had to defend a lot.

"The first penalty is a clear penalty, the second is not clear. At the time I didn't understand why it was given, and for me there is no contact."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forSamuelat 45'minutesSubstituted forNuttallat 72'minutes
  • 29EvansBooked at 86mins
  • 31Bennett
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forConwayat 45'minutes
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 9Samuel
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 24Nuttall
  • 25Downing
  • 27Travis
  • 30Hart
  • 32Conway

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 3Yiadom
  • 5McShane
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forSimsat 63'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 38Kelly
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forBarrowat 77'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forMcNultyat 84'minutes
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 4O'Shea
  • 8Meyler
  • 10Swift
  • 17Barrow
  • 19Sims
  • 28Walker
  • 29McNulty
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
11,818

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamReading
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 2.

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Reading).

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Nuttall.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Reading).

Booking

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

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Marc McNulty replaces Sam Baldock.

Attempt missed. Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Modou Barrow replaces Yakou Meite.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 2. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Charlie Mulgrew draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Paul McShane (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Nuttall replaces Dominic Samuel because of an injury.

Delay in match Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Sims (Reading).

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Graham with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Sone Aluko.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Dominic Samuel tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

goal

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8Wigan421110737
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16Hull411257-24
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19Rotherham4103410-63
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21Ipswich402236-32
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23Reading401336-31
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