Blackburn Rovers vs Bristol City: Match Report

Rovers draw 0-0 with Bristol City in what was the furthest thing from a classic.

Very few to no real chances were created in this encounter, both teams seemed to have lost their spark and just seem to be counting down the games until the season comes to a close.

Tony Mowbray made six changes from the team that lost 0-1 to Brentford last Friday. Ryan Nyambe, Tom Trybull, John Buckley, Bradley Dack, Sam Gallagher and Tyrhys Dolan all drop out and are replaced by Joe Rankin-Costello, Bradley Johnson, Lewis Holtby, Joe Rothwell, Harvey Elliott and Adam Armstrong.

Mowbray confirmed yesterday that key man Bradley Dack suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the loss to Brentford and is set for a long spell on the sidelines.

The home side controlled the early proceedings of this game, the first chance coming from a fantastic ball from Barry Douglas, Armstrong mistimes his contact with the ball and it goes wide of the post.

Rovers get a free kick right on the edge of the 18-yard box after a foul on Armstrong, Douglas stepped up to take but his shot was extremely disappointing and straight at the wall.

As we entered the final five minutes of an uneventful first half, the away side won the ball high up the pitch, the ball fell to Nahki Wells and his shot from distance went wide.

Rovers came forward with pace through Rothwell, he skipped past a couple men before laying it off to Armstrong he passed to Rankin-Costello who came forward from right back but his shot was saved by Max O’Leary in goal.

Half Time: Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bristol City

Thomas Kaminski tries to do too much with the ball and is nearly punished but the Belgian managed to clear it just in time.

Wells breaks down the left hand side and fizzes a ball into the Rovers box former Rovers loanee Kasey Palmer strikes the ball first time but his shot was straight at Kaminski.

Palmer again looking like the spark that Bristol need, he cuts in from the left hand side and fires a shot goal wards which Kaminski comfortably dives to his left to save.

Some nice play from Rovers saw Armstrong in on goal he cut back laid the ball of to Lewis Holtby on the edge of the box but his shot was well blocked by the Bristol defender.

Holtby with one of the best chances of the game, a brilliant ball in by substitute Buckley, Holtby brought it down turned but his shot could only find the side netting.

Just five minutes from time and Bristol City might have thought they had won it, the ball fell to Famara Diedhiou who unleashed a shot from 25-yards out but his powerful effort was brilliantly tipped onto the post by Kaminski.

Substitute Sam Gallagher got down the right hand side his cross was cleared out but only as far as Holtby who’s shot was rather tame and straight at O’Leary.

A very dull game comes to end and both teams walk away with a point.

Blackburn Rovers are back in action this Saturday as they travel to Carrow Road to face table toppers Norwich City.

Full Time: Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bristol City

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