LiveMATCHDAY LIVE: Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City

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Summary

  • First game of new football league season
  • Rhodes and Gestede start for Rovers
  • Adam Le Fondre, Kenwyn Jones and Nicky Marnard up front for Cardiff

9:38pm

9:37pm

Good point for both sides although Rovers will be disappointed they couldn't make the second half pressure pay. Got a feeling this will be a good season for Bowyer and his boys...

9:36pm

Rovers 1-1 Cardiff

9:34pm

Conway named Man of the Match at Ewood.

9:33pm

3 minutes of added time...

9:32pm

Conway blasts it over. Lots of power - always rising...

9:32pm

Approaching injury time...

9:32pm

Another dangerous free kick for Rovers. Last came to nothing...

9:30pm

Dangerous free kick for Rovers...

9:29pm

Adam Le Fondre replaced by Eikrem

9:28pm

Hanley's header saved comfortably..

9:28pm

Debut yellow for Burgstaller...

9:27pm

Maynard takes a comedy tumble. Just over 5 minutes left plus injury time...

9:22pm

Cardiff captain Hudson booked for nasty tackle on Gestede...

9:18pm

9:18pm

9:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stefjam says

ball to hand is not a foul... keeping the ball is good for a draw, but where is the skill creating chances?

9:17pm

First Cardiff chance for a while sent horribly wide by Burgstaller. 15 minutes left plus stoppage time...

9:13pm

Cleared. Naive foul by Evans. Cardiff free kick..

9:12pm

Corner to Rovers...

9:12pm

My predictive text not liking that name...

9:12pm

Burgstaller replaces Jones for Cardiff.

9:09pm

Cardiff struggling to keep the ball when they have it. Rovers battling well...

9:08pm

Rovers have had 70% of the ball in this second half. Can they make it pay?

9:06pm

Rovers keep the ball alive well after the corner but cannot manufacture a chance. Pressure building on Cardiff...

9:04pm

Corner to Rovers..

9:04pm

Little scrappy as we reach the hour mark. 1-1.

9:01pm

8:58pm

Daehli replaced by Adeyemi

8:57pm

53 minutes gone. Still 1-1.

8:52pm

Gestede goes close with a header. Knocking on the Cardiff door here Rovers...

8:51pm

Rovers have made a lively start to the second half. Still 1-1.

8:50pm

8:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

A Darener says

Free kick should have been a penalty. Or have they changed the rules about being in the box?

8:50pm

Confirmation that Kilgallon was suffering with a back injury...

8:48pm

Williamson replaces Kilgallon for second half...

8:39pm

8:38pm

8:35pm

8:35pm

8:33pm

Half time and the scores are level. Kenwyn Jones put Cardiff ahead but a brilliant equaliser from Tom Cairney leaves this game in the balance. Off for a pie...

8:31pm

Yellow for Brayford

8:29pm

8:28pm

Last year's player of the season Cairney scores Rovers' first goal of the new season - and what a goal!

8:26pm

What a finish. WHAT A FINISH! Tom Cairney picks up the ball after Jordan Rhodes excellently dispossesses a Cardiff defender and fires homes from outside the box. Rovers back level after 40 minutes... 1-1.

8:25pm

GOAL FOR ROVERS

8:21pm

Gestede's failed bicycle kick sets up Conway who fires over the bar. Good chance. 0-1.

8:19pm

Cleared..

8:18pm

Corner to Rovers..

8:15pm

Lowe booked for a late challenge on Gunnarsson...

8:12pm

Jones fires straight at Robinson. Decent chance. Weak shot in the end... 0-1.

8:10pm

58% possession for Rovers but they need to convert that into chances...

8:09pm

Rovers lacking quality in the final third at the moment. 24 minutes gone. 0-1.

8:05pm

Hanley's flick saved by Marshall from Conway free kick. 0-1.

8:03pm

Jones fires a header past a helpless Paul Robinson. Simple as you like.

8:02pm

GOAL FOR CARDIFF

8:01pm

Rhodes fires over on the turn. Half chance for Rovers' main man...

8:00pm

Connolly heads over. Rovers under a little bit of pressure. 15 minutes gone. 0-0.

7:59pm

Another Cardiff corner..

7:58pm

CLOSE! Robinson tips Jones' header over the bar brilliantly...

7:58pm

Corner to Cardiff.

7:56pm

Whittingham down after Baptiste challenge. Looked a little naughty. No card. He's fine. 0-0.

7:55pm

Almost ten minutes gone. Remains 0-0.

7:53pm

Decent bit of possession for Cardiff now...

7:52pm

Hudson fires miles over from range. Robinson will be happy to see those all evening...

7:51pm

Good first five minutes for Rovers. Crowd in good voice too...

7:47pm

Cairney smashes the ball into the wall. 0-0.

7:46pm

Free-kick on edge of Cardiff box for handball. Looks like it's inside the area though...

7:45pm

Rovers get the game underway...

7:43pm

Good turn-out at Ewood Park tonight. Players are ready. Off we go...

7:40pm

Just five minutes to go. Very excited...

7:33pm

7:29pm

7:29pm

What are your predictions for this evening? I'm going for a tight Rovers win. 2-1. Rhodes the key man...

7:26pm

Can Rovers make a winning start to the season against a strong Cardiff side? Is the Premier League on the horizon once more? Sit tight - kick-off in just over 20 minutes....

7:24pm

7:23pm

7:23pm

7:19pm

BLACKBURN Rovers have been hit by the loss of defender Tommy Spurr to injury for tonight’s big Championship opener at home to Cardiff City (7.45pm).

Spurr, who would have been a certain starter, has picked up a groin injury in training and will sit out the visit of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s title favourites to Ewood Park.

Marcus Olsson will play left back.

The better news for Rovers boss Bowyer is that Rudy Gestede has been declared fit to start up front alongside Jordan Rhodes after overcoming illness.

7:18pm

Rovers: Robinson, Baptiste, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, Cairney, Lowe, Evans, Conway, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Kean, King, Dunn, Marshall, Varney, Williamson, Taylor.

Cardiff: Marshall, Brayford, Connolly, Hudson, Fabio, Le Fondre, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Daehli, Maynard, Jones. Subs: Moore, John, Bo-Kyung, Eikrem, Adeyemi, Theophile-Catherine, Burgstaller.

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8:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stefjam says...

where the fek was our super centre half when they scored !?!?!?! No sorry I'm thinking of the wrong era!!!
where the fek was our super centre half when they scored !?!?!?! No sorry I'm thinking of the wrong era!!! stefjam
  • Score: -4

8:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Free kick should have been a penalty. Or have they changed the rules about being in the box?
Free kick should have been a penalty. Or have they changed the rules about being in the box? A Darener
  • Score: 3

9:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stefjam says...

ball to hand is not a foul... keeping the ball is good for a draw, but where is the skill creating chances?
ball to hand is not a foul... keeping the ball is good for a draw, but where is the skill creating chances? stefjam
  • Score: -1

9:50pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ppromney says...

Saw “look up Blackburn” earlier on this site, it seems he was on a roof in Burnley?
Good start against a fancied Cardiff side, turn possession into goals and we won’t be that far away in the end. For now at least we can say we are top of the League!
Saw “look up Blackburn” earlier on this site, it seems he was on a roof in Burnley? Good start against a fancied Cardiff side, turn possession into goals and we won’t be that far away in the end. For now at least we can say we are top of the League! ppromney
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

FCBurnley says...

TOP OF THE LEAGUE

YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOOO PROUD
TOP OF THE LEAGUE YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOOO PROUD FCBurnley
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ppromney says...

FCBurnley wrote:
TOP OF THE LEAGUE

YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOOO PROUD
The table does not lie my friend, we are top
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: TOP OF THE LEAGUE YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOOO PROUD[/p][/quote]The table does not lie my friend, we are top ppromney
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Fri 8 Aug 14

ppromney says...

ppromney wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
TOP OF THE LEAGUE

YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOOO PROUD
The table does not lie my friend, we are top
......and stop shouting, or was it you on that roof and still think you are negotiating?
[quote][p][bold]ppromney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: TOP OF THE LEAGUE YOU MUST BE SOOOOOOOO PROUD[/p][/quote]The table does not lie my friend, we are top[/p][/quote]......and stop shouting, or was it you on that roof and still think you are negotiating? ppromney
  • Score: 0

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