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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane free-kick snatches draw for visitors

Conor Hourihane scores for Aston Villa
Blackburn goalkeeper David Raya was unable to keep out Conor Hourihane's well-placed free-kick

Conor Hourihane's sublime stoppage-time free-kick earned Aston Villa a deserved draw against Blackburn.

Bradley Dack's well-executed flick from Danny Graham's miscued shot looked to have set Blackburn on the way to victory, before substitute Hourihane curled in left-footed from 25 yards.

Despite saving themselves to grab a late point, Villa have now gone five Championship matches without a win.

Both sides have taken 10 points from their first seven Championship games, with Blackburn - promoted from League One last season - now certain to go a full calendar year without losing a league match at home.

It had earlier appeared that Rovers and Villa would both be left aggrieved with officials' decisions during a goalless first half.

Dack had a header ruled out for offside when he appeared to be level with Villa's last defender Alan Hutton, while the visitors broke forward almost immediately and saw claims for a penalty rejected.

Scotland midfielder John McGinn was tripped by Richie Smallwood in the box, but referee Steve Martin thought otherwise and waved away Villa's fierce protests.

England international Tammy Abraham played the full 90 minutes on his debut for the visitors following his loan deadline day move from Chelsea.

He forced Rovers goalkeeper David Raya to keep out a first-half header, nodded off target at the near post after half-time and then shot wide from 18 yards after a neat interchange with substitute Jonathan Kodjia.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 53mins
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forReedat 67'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 29EvansBooked at 47minsSubstituted forBreretonat 58'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 23Dack
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 4Reed
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 32Conway
  • 45Palmer

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3Taylor
  • 27El MohamadySubstituted forBolasieat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15JedinakSubstituted forHourihaneat 77'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 18mins
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forKodjiaat 69'minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 18Abraham

Substitutes

  • 6Whelan
  • 11Bolasie
  • 14Hourihane
  • 16Bree
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 23Campos Moreira
  • 26Kodjia
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
15,982

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Aston Villa 1.

Booking

Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa).

David Raya Martin (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Aston Villa 1. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ørjan Nyland.

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Axel Tuanzebe.

Offside, Aston Villa. Neil Taylor tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Yannick Bolasie replaces Ahmed El Mohamady.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Conor Hourihane replaces Mile Jedinak.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Aston Villa 0. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Derrick Williams.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Dack with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Derrick Williams replaces Adam Armstrong.

Attempt saved. Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Nyambe with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Harrison Reed replaces Richard Smallwood.

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Attempt missed. Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

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4Middlesbrough742193614
5Sheff Utd7403129312
6Swansea733175212
7Derby7403109112
8West Brom73221610611
9Sheff Wed73221111011
10Bolton7322910-111
11Wigan73131110110
12Aston Villa72411212010
13Blackburn724189-110
14Rotherham7304611-59
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16Norwich72231012-28
17Hull7214811-37
18QPR7214514-97
19Millwall713379-26
20Stoke7133913-46
21Birmingham705257-25
22Reading7124811-35
23Preston7124712-55
24Ipswich7034511-63
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