Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers: Match Report

A Sam Gallagher header earned Rovers a much deserved point at Carrow road as Norwich’s nine game win streak ends with this 1-1 draw. 

Norwich looked set to win 10 games in a row after a nice move saw Kenny McLean finish well, but a brilliant free kick from Harvey Elliot saw Gallagher score his sixth of the season and Elliott grab his tenth assist to make it 1-1.

Tony Mowbray made three changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Bristol City on Wednesday night. Bradley Johnson, Harvey Elliott and Adam Armstrong dropped out and were replaced by Corry Evans, John Buckley and Tyrhys Dolan.

This marked Buckley’s 50th senior career start and Lewis Holtby’s 50th Rovers league appearance.

A very busy first five minutes to this game started off with two early shots from Buckley who was playing a false-9 role. His two shots came from distance but were rather tame straight at Tim Krul in goal.

Then Norwich came forward and the ball came to Todd Cantwell who’s strike was deflected and hit the outside of the post and went out for a corner.

Rovers really took the game to Norwich in this first half, and were denied an opener after a great last ditch tackle from former Rovers centre back Grant Hanley after a really inviting Joe Rankin-Costello cross would have left a tap in for Dolan.

Evans had a chance on the edge of the box as the ball came out to him his first time strike was dipping but it was a comfortable save for Krul.

Rovers had to beware of the Norwich threat as a poor Buckley pass set Kieran Dowell away he teed up Emi Buendia who’s deflected shot was superbly saved by Thomas Kaminski.

The away side continued to impress as Rothwell looked to get on the ball at every opportunity and drive forward, while Rankin-Costello was pouring forward from right back at every given opportunity. However, the final pass was continuing to evade them like it has for many games of late.

Half Time: Norwich City 0-0 Blackburn Rovers 

Rovers were once again straight out the blocks as soon as the Referee blew his whistle to kick off the second half. Darragh Lenihan’s long ball down the flank found Rankin-Costello who delivered another brilliant ball but it was well cut out by Max Aarons to clear before Dolan could get a touch.

However, a warning sign came for Rovers a one long ball over the top cut open the defence and Teemu Pukki was in on goal but his shot was superbly saved by Kaminski which then trickled wide of the post.

Just 10 minutes into the second half the Canaries really showed their quality as they took the lead. Some beautiful one touch football saw Buendia lay it off to Dowell who played a lovely give and go between himself and McLean, which then set McLean in on goal and he finished well into the bottom left hand corner for his third of the season to make it 1-0.

Norwich managed to get a foothold on this game after taking the lead, Buendia headed over an Aarons cross while Lenihan stood his ground superbly to deny a Cantwell shot.

Things had started to go a little flat however, Rovers managed to take the lead with two substitutes combining. Elliott whipped in a free kick to the back post and Gallagher was there to nod home to make it 1-1.

The final 10 minutes became extremely open and end to end, Pukki was denied once again when clean through as Lenihan once again threw his body in front of his shot to deflect it behind for a corner.

Kaminski once again came up with a massive save to keep the score level in added time as Buendia was played through by Marco Stiepermann but Kaminski’s out stretched foot denied the Norwich winger from winning the game.

The Referee blew for full time ending what was a really entertaining game of football, both team deserved the point but both teams will feel they could have won it as well.

Rovers now head into the international break sat 15th in the table with 46 points and return on Friday April 2nd to face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Full Time: Norwich 1-1 Blackburn Rovers




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