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Final Score: Blackburn Rovers 1 Albion 1

22 January 2013

Match updates from Ewood Park, as Albion rescue a late point...

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Final Score: Blackburn Rovers 1 Albion 1

MATCH UPDATES

FT:
Incredible finish as Albion salvage a point right at the death to retain their unbeaten start to 2013. The game seemed lost after a rather meek performance from the Seagulls but David Lopez's third consecutive penalty rescues Gus Poyet's side.

90+7: GOAL! The midfielder dusts himself off and calmly places Kean the wrong way to save Albion from the jaws of defeat. Late, late drama here at Ewood Park.

90+6: PENALTY! Unbelievable! Albion have a spot-kick in the dying seconds. David Lopez is clumsily brought down David Goodwillie and Robert Madley gives a second penalty of the game.

90+2: Agonisignly close for Brighton. Buckley's cross from the right is punched out by Kean but only as far as David Lopez. The Spaniard's first time looping header over Kean seems to hang for an eternity in the air before dropping onto the roof of the net.

85: Magnificent save to keep Albion in the game. Rhodes tries to loop a header over Kuszczak but the Polish international back tracks and claws the goal bound ball away. From the resulting corner Rhodes again comes close as his flicked volley with his back to goal goes just over.

78: Stinging arrowed effort from a tight angle by Kazim-Richards is palmed behind by Kuszczak.

76: Albion call Jake Kean into action as Mackail-Smith lays the ball off to fellow substitute Hoskins, but Kean is equal to his low left-footed effort.

70: Good opening for Rovers but Rhodes' attempt is weak and easily held by Kuszczak.

68: Some sections of the home fans thought it was 2-0. Former Albion forward Kazim-Richards' strike from distance ripples the side netting.
 
66:
Great touch to take the ball down by Martin Olsson but his ambitious half-volley from outside the box sails harmlessly over the bar. Moments later Will Hoskins comes on in place of Barnes, who has once again worked tirelessly for the side.

55: Poyet adds some further attacking prowess into the side, as top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Buckley replace Orlandi and Vicente.

46: Second half underway.

HT: Appleton's Blackburn have the lead after a hotly contested penalty decision. Fairly even first half but Gus Poyet's men trail at the the break.

45: GOAL! Right on the stroke of half-time and the clinical Jordan Rhodes sends Kuszczak the wrong way to put Rovers 1-0 up.

44: PENALTY! The hosts have a spot-kick as Adam El-Abd tangles with Pedersen in the box and the linesman signals for a penalty.

40:
David Lopez's shot turned cross has just too much pace on it for the diving Ashley Barnes to connect with.

34: Good stop again from Kuszczak as Gamst Pedersen tries to break the deadlock with a dipping half-volley from 25 yards, but the Albion keeper beats the strike away.

24: He had a similar effort on Saturday with the same result. Liam Bridcutt tries to pick his spot in the top corner from 25 yards but his curled effort drops just wide.

20: Albion threaten with Wayne Bridge's cross flicked on by Orlandi at the near post but Barnes is unable to direct his header on target.

15: He had his critics after his error at Birmingham City but Tomasz Kuszczak has made a brilliant stop to keep the scores level. Colin Kazim-Richards slips Jason Lowe through but Albion's Polish keeper pushes the midfielder's attempted poke into the bottom corner around the post.

13: Scott Dann rises in the box to meet Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick but Inigo Calderon manages to just beat the Rovers defender to the ball and head behind for a corner.

11: Short corner by Andrea Orlandi to Vicente, and the former Valencia player's pacey delivery is narrowly missed by Ashley Barnes in front of the Blackburn goal.

0: Underway at a sub temperature Ewood Park, as Albion look to extend their unbeaten run to five games. Meanwhile new Blackburn Rovers boss Michael Appleton is searching for his first win at the helm of the Lancashire club.

TEAM NEWS

Gus Poyet makes two changes to the side that drew 2-2 at Birmingham City on Saturday, as Vicente makes his first league start this season…

The Spanish midfielder made his long-awaited comeback during the second half in Birmingham and replaces Craig Mackail-Smith the starting line-up tonight.

Elsewhere, Gary Dicker starts in place of Dean Hammond in the heart of the Albion midfield.

Meanwhile, Brighton-born defender Adam El-Abd makes his 250th league start tonight.

Blackburn boss Michael Appleton makes two changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Markus Olsson has recovered from a hamstring injury and he starts in place of Simon Vukcevic, while Morten Gamst Pedersen is preferred to Ruben Rochina, who has been named on the bench.

Former Albion striker Colin Kazim-Richards also starts.

TEAMS

Blackburn Rovers: (4-4-2) Kean; Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson; Kane, Murphy, Markus Olsson (Goodwillie 86), Pedersen; Kazim-Richards, Rhodes. Subs not used: Usai (GK), Givet, Nunes, Dunn, Gomes, Rochina.

Albion: (4-3-3) Kuszczak; Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt, Dicker, Orlandi, (Mackail-Smith 55); David, Barnes (Hoskins 67), Vicente (Buckley 55). Subs not used: Ankergren (GK), Painter, Hammond, LuaLua.

Referee: Robert Madley

Yellow Cards: Pedersen, Olsson (Blackburn Rovers); Barnes, Buckley (Albion)

Attendance: 12,230 (487 Albion)

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