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Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Oldham Athletic: Rovers score twice in stoppage time to break Oldham hearts

Stewart Downing
New Blackburn signing Stewart Downing had not scored a goal since 2 October 2018

A weakened Blackburn Rovers side scored twice in stoppage time to come from 2-1 down to beat League Two Oldham Athletic 3-2 and make the Carabao Cup second round.

Rovers, who made 11 changes from the side that lost at Fulham, looked as though they would lose a third game from three since the start of the season after Oldham's Curacao winger Gevaro Nepomuceno shot in low from 20 yards.

Bradley Dack levelled early in the second half, but Mohammed Maouche's brilliantly curled effort from the edge of the box seemed to have ensured an upset for the Latics.

But Rovers levelled in the 92nd minute as former England winger Stewart Downing got his first for the club since his summer move from Middlesbrough before Dack laid on a tap-in for Joe Rothwell in the 95th minute.

The Championship side created plenty of chances during the second half and could have levelled at 1-1 earlier as Ben Brereton hit the post after good work from Dack.

Then, at 2-1 down, Oldham keeper Gary Woods saved well from Dack when 12 yards out late on before the goalscorer dragged an excellent chance wide a minute later.

However, Downing struck to spare Rovers' blushes before Rothwell sent Tony Mowbray's side through to face Premier League newcomers Sheffield United in the second round.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 13Leutwiler
  • 2Nyambe
  • 36PlattSubstituted forChapmanat 60'minutes
  • 35Grayson
  • 5CunninghamBooked at 89mins
  • 19Downing
  • 29EvansSubstituted forDackat 63'minutes
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forRothwellat 53'minutes
  • 39Buckley
  • 20Brereton
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 3Williams
  • 8Rothwell
  • 9Gallagher
  • 11Chapman
  • 23Dack
  • 37Rankin-Costello

Oldham

  • 1Woods
  • 2Mills
  • 4Sefil
  • 3Iacovitti
  • 5Smith-BrownBooked at 70mins
  • 18FageSubstituted forHamerat 87'minutes
  • 24Sylla
  • 17Missilou
  • 10MaoucheBooked at 41mins
  • 11NepomucenoSubstituted forBrangerat 66'minutes
  • 19Segbe AzankpoSubstituted forWilsonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Stott
  • 7Branger
  • 9Vera
  • 16Wilson
  • 33Eagles
  • 34Hamer
  • 39Zabret
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
5,215

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Oldham Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Oldham Athletic 2.

Attempt missed. Zak Mills (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Johan Branger.

Attempt blocked. Christopher Missilou (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sonhy Sefil with a headed pass.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham tries a through ball, but Harry Chapman is caught offside.

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).

Mohamad Sylla (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Johan Branger (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sonhy Sefil with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Oldham Athletic 2. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Joe Grayson.

Attempt blocked. Scott Wilson (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohammed Maouche.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Oldham Athletic 2. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Grayson (Blackburn Rovers).

Scott Wilson (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Thomas Hamer replaces Dylan Fage.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Graham with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Chapman.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 2. Mohammed Maouche (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Scott Wilson replaces Desire Segbe Azankpo.

Attempt blocked. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Mohammed Maouche.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

Desire Segbe Azankpo (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell tries a through ball, but Bradley Dack is caught offside.

Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Mills (Oldham Athletic).

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Mohammed Maouche (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohammed Maouche (Oldham Athletic).

Goal!

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

Booking

Ashley Smith-Brown (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Smith-Brown (Oldham Athletic).

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by John Buckley.

Attempt blocked. Johan Branger (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christopher Missilou.

Attempt saved. Johan Branger (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christopher Missilou with a through ball.

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