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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Cardiff City: Woodwork hit three times in goalless draw

Leandro Bacuna of Cardiff and Bradley Dack of Blackburn Rovers
Curacao international Leandro Bacuna joined Cardiff City from Reading in January 2019

Cardiff City picked up their first away point of the season as they were held to a goalless draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Joe Ralls and Leandro Bacuna both saw strikes hit the upright in the 90 minutes at Ewood Park, but the Bluebirds could not find a way past Christian Walton.

The hosts also hit the woodwork late on when Derrick Williams' first-time effort beat everyone except the crossbar.

It was a first draw of the season for both sides, as each finished Saturday in mid-table.

Blackburn almost got off to the perfect start when Amari'i Bell, starting in place of Greg Cunningham who was ineligible to face his parent club, played in striker Danny Graham.

Unfortunately for the former Swansea City striker his effort narrowly missed the target with Alex Smithies beaten.

Graham had an even better chance to open the scoring just before half-time and would have done if not for a last-ditch block from Cardiff captain Sean Morrison.

Former Rovers winger Junior Hoilett brought life to the Cardiff attack in the second half and almost made an immediate impact when put through by Robert Glatzel but Christian Walton saved well.

The visitors looked the most likely of the two to break the deadlock and had 13 attempts to Blackburn's nine, but both sides lacked that clinical edge needed to take all three points.

The result was a third successive clean sheet for Blackburn, who beat Hull City and Middlesbrough 1-0 in their previous two matches.

But for Cardiff it was a first clean sheet of the season, in a vastly improved defensive performance compared with last week's 3-0 defeat by Reading.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray:

"We're disappointed we didn't get three points. I think we had enough half opportunities to get it.

"Obviously Derrick's chance at the death off the post was a frustration for us. We have to accept it. Cardiff were in the Premier League last year and have a lot of big players.

"We accept that we didn't manage to score today, but the positive is a clean sheet and it's another point, and we keep moving on. If we'd said at the start of the week that we were going to get seven points this week, we'd have probably taken it."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:

​"We've had three games in six days so we had one or two tired legs. A few things have gone against us injury-wise but you have to give the lads credit, when we can play, we do.

"Today it was unusual for us to face so many long balls! I'd get slaughtered! But I thought we coped admirably.

"We've got four tough points from two games so I'm delighted. You look at Leeds and Fulham and you look at a few lads who might pull away and we just have to hang on to their coat-tails."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 31BennettBooked at 33mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Williams
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 4Johnson
  • 9Gallagher
  • 23DackSubstituted forRothwellat 71'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forNyambeat 81'minutes
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forArmstrongat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 6Smallwood
  • 7Armstrong
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 37Rankin-Costello
  • 39Buckley

Cardiff

  • 12Smithies
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Flint
  • 3BennettBooked at 86mins
  • 7Bacuna
  • 8Ralls
  • 20Whyte
  • 17TomlinBooked at 55minsSubstituted forHoilettat 57'minutes
  • 11Murphy
  • 9GlatzelSubstituted forBogleat 61'minutesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 6Vaulks
  • 10Vassell
  • 13Paterson
  • 16Nelson
  • 25Day
  • 27Bogle
  • 33Hoilett
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
13,291

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Cardiff City 0.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bradley Johnson following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ryan Nyambe replaces Stewart Downing.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Gallagher with a headed pass.

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Omar Bogle (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Danny Graham.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Bradley Dack.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier with a cross.

Foul by Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis tries a through ball, but Bradley Dack is caught offside.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Omar Bogle replaces Robert Glatzel.

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Attempt saved. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. David Junior Hoilett replaces Lee Tomlin.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds5410102813
2Charlton532095411
3Swansea431084410
4Bristol City531196310
5Fulham53029459
6Preston530210649
7Sheff Wed53027439
8West Brom52307529
9Nottm Forest52218538
10Millwall522146-28
11Reading52128627
12Birmingham42114407
13QPR521278-17
14Blackburn521234-17
15Cardiff521268-27
16Derby51316606
17Middlesbrough512256-15
18Luton511389-14
19Brentford511324-24
20Hull511358-34
21Barnsley511349-54
22Wigan5104411-73
23Huddersfield501449-51
24Stoke5014513-81
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