Blackburn Rovers came from behind to beat Derby County, as Wayne Rooney’s Rams missed the chance to move further away from the Championship relegation zone.
Tom Lawrence nodded Derby in front midway through the first half but Sam Gallagher levelled three minutes before the break from a Barry Douglas corner.
Derby captain David Marshall made three good saves to deny Adam Armstrong in the first 15 minutes of the second half but could not keep out Harvey Elliott’s fierce strike in the 66th minute.
The visitors pushed for an equaliser, with Nathan Byrne hitting the woodwork on the rebound after Thomas Kaminski had saved a free-kick from Lawrence, and the Rovers keeper also pushed away a header from Colin Kazim-Richards.
Derby remain four points clear of the bottom three, but Rooney’s side have played three more games than 22nd-placed Rotherham United.
After securing a first win in eight outings, Rovers move up to 14th ahead of the rest of the weekend’s action.
More to follow.
- 10HoltbyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRothwellat 57′minutes
- 16ElliottBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBennettat 83′minutes
- 7ArmstrongSubstituted forEvansat 87′minutes
- 9GallagherSubstituted forBreretonat 83′minutes
- 16ClarkeBooked at 45mins
- 3ForsythSubstituted forBuchananat 70′minutes
- 10LawrenceSubstituted forEboseleat 85′minutes
- 7JozwiakSubstituted forWatsonat 70′minutes
- 17SibleySubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 57′minutes
Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Derby County 1.
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Derby County 1.
Attempt saved. Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie with a cross.
Offside, Derby County. Graeme Shinnie tries a through ball, but Festy Ebosele is caught offside.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Taylor Harwood-Bellis.
Attempt blocked. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Adam Armstrong.
Attempt saved. Colin Kazim-Richards (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie with a cross.
Substitution, Derby County. Festy Ebosele replaces Tom Lawrence.
Louie Watson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces Harvey Elliott.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Sam Gallagher.
Hand ball by Patrick Roberts (Derby County).
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Adam Armstrong.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Rothwell.
Nathan Byrne (Derby County) hits the right post with a with an attempt from very close range following a set piece situation.
Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Graeme Shinnie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Blackburn Rovers).