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Norwich City 1-1 Blackburn Rovers: Leaders move another step closer to promotion despite being held at home

Kenny McLean scores
Norwich had been hoping to record a 10th straight league win to equal a club record that has stood since 1985-86

Championship leaders Norwich moved another step closer to promotion despite being held by a determined Blackburn side.

The hosts had looked on course to equal a 35-year-old record of 10 consecutive league wins when Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean drove a low effort into the bottom-left corner.

However, the visitors levelled 13 minutes from time when Sam Gallagher headed in Harvey Elliott's back-post free-kick.

Norwich stay eight points clear at the top of the table, while Blackburn remain 15th.

Daniel Farke's side came into the contest seeking to emulate the record set by Ken Brown's side in 1985-86, also in the second tier.

A lively start saw Todd Cantwell's deflected effort clip the outside of the post and Rovers goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski brilliantly turn an Emi Buendia effort on to the bar.

But Rovers, whose season has petered out after a promising first half to the campaign gave as good as they got with John Buckley twice testing Tim Krul.

And while Teemu Pukki, Marco Stiepermann and Buendia had opportunities to win it for Norwich, Tony Mowbray's side matched them for long periods and were worthy of their point.

Aside from the result, Norwich will also be concerned that Greek left-back Dimitrios Giannoulis was withdrawn with a head injury in the first half and that fellow defender Ben Gibson left the field on a stretcher late on after appearing to injure his ankle.

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke:

"In the last weeks we were used to winning football games so when you concede a relatively late equaliser the first feeling is disappointment, especially as we had great chances after to win the game.

"We are not dancing on the table after this draw, but we can live with this. We have to wait for the assessments - I think he [Ben Gibson] rolled his ankle. We hope it is not too bad, but it didn't look great. With Dimitrios [Giannoulis] it was concussion."

On the international break: "I'm scared because you never know what the outcome will be in the end when they come back because they have to travel around.

"It seems crazy, living in the pandemic it is not possible to see your family, sometimes your children or your parents or grandparents, and we send our national team players away.

"If it is competitive games I can accept it. For friendlies it is difficult to accept. I think it is a questionable decision."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"We came away with a point. If anything we are disappointed it was not more. On the balance of play we more than deserved a point.

"I think what jumps out is their quality in the final third against ours. They have international footballers and players who have played in the Premier League.

"We have youngsters learning the game, but that's where we are as a club trying to grow. If we had their strikeforce we might have scored a few more goals."

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5Hanley
  • 34GibsonSubstituted forZimmermannat 83'minutes
  • 30GiannoulisSubstituted forSørensenat 30'minutes
  • 20Skipp
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 10DowellSubstituted forStiepermannat 67'minutes
  • 14Cantwell
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 6Zimmermann
  • 8Vrancic
  • 9Hugill
  • 11Placheta
  • 12Nyland
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 19Sørensen
  • 25Hernández
  • 27Tettey

Blackburn

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kaminski
  • 24Rankin-CostelloSubstituted forBennettat 70'minutes
  • 26Lenihan
  • 22Harwood-Bellis
  • 15Douglas
  • 10HoltbySubstituted forJohnsonat 86'minutes
  • 29EvansSubstituted forDowningat 70'minutes
  • 8Rothwell
  • 20BreretonSubstituted forGallagherat 64'minutes
  • 21BuckleySubstituted forElliottat 64'minutes
  • 39Dolan

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 4Johnson
  • 6Downing
  • 9Gallagher
  • 13Pears
  • 16Elliott
  • 17Bell
  • 30Branthwaite
  • 31Bennett
Referee:
Keith Stroud

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Sørensen (Norwich City).

  4. Post update

    Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Skipp.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Todd Cantwell with a through ball.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Johnson replaces Lewis Holtby.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Christoph Zimmermann replaces Ben Gibson because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Teemu Pukki (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Gibson (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Barry Douglas.

  18. Post update

    Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Norwich City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harvey Elliott with a cross following a set piece situation.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38258556272983
2Watford38229755262975
3Swansea37209845291669
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley38197124942764
6Reading381881252411162
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Cardiff3816101255371858
9Middlesbrough38168144639756
10Millwall381216103836252
11Stoke381313124242052
12QPR371311133943-450
13Luton37148153141-1050
14Bristol City38154193950-1149
15Blackburn381210165042846
16Preston38135203949-1044
17Nottm Forest381012163038-842
18Huddersfield37119174152-1142
19Derby381010182742-1540
20Coventry37912163248-1639
21Birmingham38911182850-2238
22Rotherham34105193847-935
23Sheff Wed37108192847-1932
24Wycombe3869232561-3627
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