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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Rotherham United: Hosts get late point despite Marek Rodak heroics

Blackburn Rovers' Kasey Palmer is tackled by Rotherham United's Joe Mattock
Rotherham were in defiant mood at Ewood Park

Dominant Blackburn came from behind to take a point after Bradley Dack finally found a way past inspired Rotherham keeper Marek Rodak.

Rodak made a string of vital saves to deny Rovers, including two in two minutes as Danny Graham and Elliott Bennett both went close for Tony Mowbray's side.

And Paul Warne's visitors almost grabbed their first away win of the Championship season when Michael Smith headed them in front with 15 minutes left.

But in-form Dack, who has now been directly involved in 15 goals in his 15 appearances for Rovers this season, turned home Ben Brereton's cross at the near post with a smart finish to level.

Rovers have now lost just once in nine league games on home turf this season, but remain eighth after a stalemate that saw so many chances go begging, while the Millers drop a place to 19th.

Despite missing out on the win, Warne can reflect on an inspirational display from Slovakia Under-21 international Rodak, who excellently denied Dack before the Rovers man's eventual leveller and also thwarted Adam Armstrong late in the contest.

Meanwhile, Mowbray can point to his changes, along with the fine form of Dack, for his side's point.

He brought Brereton off the bench to create the breakthrough and the hosts finished the stronger of the two sides.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"Frustration is probably the best word. First half we struggled a bit with their directness and long throw ins and didn't deal with the first ball very well. The second half was as good in possession creating chances as we've been and just a real frustration we only managed to create one goal. But it's done now. There was a lot of good play.

"They went and scored from their only shot on target."

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne:

"I think it's a point gained. We started well but it's a difficult place to come and their home record is pretty phenomenal. They've beaten Leeds and QPR here.

"It was disappointing because I think their goal was offside but I'm not being a baby about it because their play probably deserved a goal."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Raya
  • 31Bennett
  • 26Lenihan
  • 5Rodwell
  • 17Bell
  • 4ReedSubstituted forNyambeat 45'minutes
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forBreretonat 77'minutes
  • 45Palmer
  • 23Dack
  • 7Armstrong
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forRothwellat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 19Brereton
  • 25Downing
  • 27Travis
  • 32Conway

Rotherham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 2VynerSubstituted forWilesat 70'minutes
  • 15Robertson
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 5Ajayi
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forVassellat 90+1'minutes
  • 13Towell
  • 17Manning
  • 22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 61'minutes
  • 24SmithBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 19Vassell
  • 25Wiles
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
12,847

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home25
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Clark Robertson.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kasey Palmer.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Smith.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Ben Wiles (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Rothwell with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Kyle Vassell replaces Ryan Williams.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amari'i Bell.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Kasey Palmer (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ben Wiles (Rotherham United).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United 1. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Brereton.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds1786329171230
4Sheff Utd179352719830
5West Brom1784537251228
6Derby178452520528
7Nottm Forest176922316727
8Swansea177551913626
9Blackburn176832021-126
10QPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan176291926-720
17Sheff Wed175572130-920
18Preston174672630-418
19Rotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull174491624-816
23Bolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich171881428-1411
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