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Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Derby County: Rams remain in relegation trouble


Harvey Elliott scores for Blackburn Rovers
Harvey Elliott (left) has scored six goals for Blackburn since joining on loan from Liverpool in October

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.

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Nyambe
  • 22Harwood-Bellis
  • 30Branthwaite
  • 15Douglas
  • 27Travis
  • 4Johnson
  • 10HoltbyBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRothwellat 57′minutes
  • 16ElliottBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBennettat 83′minutes
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forEvansat 87′minutes
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forBreretonat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Downing
  • 8Rothwell
  • 13Pears
  • 17Bell
  • 20Brereton
  • 21Buckley
  • 29Evans
  • 31Bennett
  • 39Dolan

Derby

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 12Byrne
  • 2Wisdom
  • 16ClarkeBooked at 45mins
  • 3ForsythSubstituted forBuchananat 70′minutes
  • 8Bird
  • 4Shinnie
  • 23Roberts
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forEboseleat 85′minutes
  • 7JozwiakSubstituted forWatsonat 70′minutes
  • 17SibleySubstituted forKazim-Richardsat 57′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Kazim-Richards
  • 21Roos
  • 26Buchanan
  • 28Dixon
  • 29Ebosele
  • 37MacDonald
  • 38Knight
  • 40Watson
  • 46Brown

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