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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Stoke City: Hosts seal a point against 10-man Potters

John Buckley's (centre) equaliser for Blackburn Rovers was the 21-year-old's first goal of the season
John Buckley's (centre) equaliser for Blackburn Rovers was the 21-year-old's first goal of the season

Blackburn Rovers came from behind to salvage a point against 10-man Stoke City, who missed the chance to edge closer to the Championship play-off places.

The visitors led at the break, courtesy of Nick Powell's header from Jordan Thompson's cross into the box.

Rovers equalised in the second half when John Buckley tapped in following good work from Harvey Elliott to keep the ball alive.

James Chester was sent off for Stoke soon after for bringing down Adam Armstrong, who was through on goal, but Rovers could not conjure up a winner.

The result means Stoke remain eighth, four points off sixth place, while Blackburn stay 11th, three points behind the Potters.

In the second half, Blackburn's pursuit of Stoke's lead suffered a blow when they lost striker Sam Gallagher to injury on the hour mark.

Rovers went into the match with an unenviable record against Stoke, having failed to score in eight of their 12 previous league meetings.

It took until the final 20 minutes of the game for them to force their first chance as Armstrong was denied by Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik but Buckley's leveller came just moments later.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We played against a good team. We are disappointed with the nature of the goal we lost. We didn't look we could score for 70 minutes, I think we needed more energy in the team.

"The team was off its intensity levels that we normally play at today. We huffed and puffed and we got a goal.

"We didn't really look like we were going to get the winner. I could have made five changes at half time and I was seriously thinking about it but in hindsight it was easier to do them in stages."

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I've not seen the incident (red card) back, I think the two players kind of arrived at the same time. I thought it was a little bit harsh to be honest but the referee has given it and obviously we had to see the game out with 10 men which we did.

"I thought up until then we had played really, really well, first half especially. We should have been more than the one goal ahead at half time.

"The pitch was really difficult for the players as well but I thought some of our play was excellent. It affected both teams, Blackburn are a passing team. At this stage of the season you have to expect pitches maybe aren't going to be as pristine as our own one."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 30Branthwaite
  • 15Douglas
  • 4JohnsonSubstituted forDavenportat 45'minutes
  • 27TravisBooked at 36minsSubstituted forHoltbyat 64'minutes
  • 23DackSubstituted forBuckleyat 72'minutes
  • 16Elliott
  • 7Armstrong
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forGallagherat 45'minutesSubstituted forBreretonat 61'minutes


  • 6Downing
  • 9Gallagher
  • 10Holtby
  • 13Pears
  • 18Davenport
  • 19Trybull
  • 20Brereton
  • 21Buckley
  • 39Dolan


Formation 3-5-2

  • 32Bursik
  • 37Collins
  • 36Souttar
  • 12ChesterBooked at 79mins
  • 49MatondoSubstituted forBatthat 83'minutes
  • 4AllenSubstituted forCousinsat 83'minutes
  • 13Obi
  • 34ThompsonBooked at 48mins
  • 46Norrington-DaviesBooked at 71mins
  • 18Brown
  • 25PowellSubstituted forClarkeat 61'minutes


  • 6Batth
  • 7Ince
  • 9Vokes
  • 14Smith
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 22Clucas
  • 24Cousins
  • 40Nna Noukeu
  • 47Clarke
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Davenport.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

  6. Post update

    Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Rhys Norrington-Davies (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Jack Clarke (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Jordan Thompson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by John Buckley (Blackburn Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Josef Bursik (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Harry Souttar.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Danny Batth replaces Rabbi Matondo.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Jordan Cousins replaces Joe Allen.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Buckley.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Darragh Lenihan is caught offside.

  20. Dismissal

    James Chester (Stoke City) is shown the red card.

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