Grant Hanley claimed a late equaliser for Blackburn Rovers to deny Cardiff.

Cardiff cleared their lines but allowed Rovers to play the ball back into the area and Hanley side-footed home.

Rovers might even have snatched the win but Shane Duffy saw two efforts cleared off the line in a frantic finale.

Joe Mason’s early goal had seemed set to give Cardiff victory, as he capitalised on a poor clearance by goalkeeper David Raya that was intercepted by Lee Peltier.

Rovers had good chances to level before half-time, but David Marshall – restored to the Cardiff goal after suspension – made smart saves from Bangaly-Fode Koita and former Bluebird Craig Conway.

Koita did have the ball in the net, glancing home Tommy Spurr’s free-kick, but he was ruled offside.

Cardiff were not content to just sit on their lead at Ewood Park and Joe Ralls’s skidding low drive had to be shovelled away by Raya, with Hanley completing the clearance.

Rovers continued brightly after the break and Nathan Delfouneso’s deflected strike clipped the crossbar after he was played in by Duffy.

Hanley somehow missed with a free header at the back post and then saw his blocked shot fall kindly into Marshall’s hands.

But the defender made amends with his side’s equaliser to rescue a point for Rovers – although the result leaves both sides still seeking their first league win of the new Championship season.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade told BBC Radio Wales:

“It is three points lost when you get so close and I was gutted for the players tonight.

“They did have a weapon with that long throw and they’ve got some height, a threat from a set play, so at some stage the ball might just drop for them and unfortunately it did in the last few minutes.

“I thought we’d just about seen them off; they came at us strong in the second period… it looked like we’d weathered that and might even get one on the counter-attack to wrap the game up.”

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 33 Raya
  • 02 Henley (Guthrie – 63′ )
  • 22 Duffy Booked
  • 05 Hanley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 32 Conway
  • 21 Akpan Booked
  • 06 Lowe
  • 10 Marshall
  • 07 Delfouneso
  • 08 Koita (Barrow – 45′ )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 14 Olsson
  • 17 Williamson
  • 18 O’Sullivan
  • 23 Guthrie
  • 30 Steele
  • 31 Barrow

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 Peltier Booked
  • 04 Morrison Booked
  • 16 Connolly Booked
  • 28 Malone
  • 13 Pilkington
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 15 Dikgacoi (Gunnarsson – 74′ )
  • 08 Ralls
  • 19 Revell (Jones – 65′ )
  • 10 Mason (Noone – 86′ )

Substitutes

  • 03 Fabio
  • 09 Jones
  • 11 Noone
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 18 Doyle
  • 21 Moore
  • 38 Ameobi
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 12,025


Match Stats

Possession

58




42

Shots

18




7

On target

7




2

Corners

4




4

Fouls

9




11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Cardiff City 1.

90:00 +5:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Cardiff City 1.

90:00 +2:53

Attempt saved. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

90:00 +2:32

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

90:00 +1:59

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

90:00 +1:08 Booking

Booking Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:51

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +0:51

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +0:11

Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Cardiff City 1. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

87:00

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Scott Malone.

85:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Joe Mason.

84:18

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

83:42

Offside, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

82:54

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:54

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

82:13

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

82:13

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:34

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan tries a through ball, but Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside.

78:38 Booking

Booking Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:21

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

78:21

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:13

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:13

Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).

75:41

Hand ball by Joe Mason (Cardiff City).

75:19

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:19

Foul by Joe Mason (Cardiff City).

74:10

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

73:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Kagisho Dikgacoi.

72:32

Attempt blocked. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

71:21

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.

70:14

Attempt blocked. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a headed pass.

66:47

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

66:47

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Alex Revell.

62:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Guthrie replaces Adam Henley.

61:31

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross following a set piece situation.

60:33 Booking

Booking Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:03

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:03

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

59:16

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Grant Hanley is caught offside.

58:33

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:33

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

57:10

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

56:59

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Whittingham.

56:41

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

55:28

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Adam Henley.

52:41 Booking

Booking Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:23

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:23

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

50:21

Offside, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Cardiff City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Modou Barrow replaces Bangaly-Fodé Koita.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Cardiff City 1.

45:00 +0:35

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

45:00 +0:29

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bangaly-Fodé Koita with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:19

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

44:49

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a headed pass.

42:43

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr tries a through ball, but Bangaly-Fodé Koita is caught offside.

41:53 Booking

Booking Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:36

Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:36

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

40:31

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bangaly-Fodé Koita with a headed pass following a corner.

39:58

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

38:55

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

38:55

Joe Mason (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:21

Delay in match Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

34:48

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:48

Offside, Cardiff City. Matthew Connolly tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.

34:48

Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

34:06

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Bangaly-Fodé Koita is caught offside.

32:43

Attempt missed. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

32:08

Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

31:23

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

30:42

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

30:41

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

29:41

Scott Malone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:41

Foul by Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers).

28:44

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:44

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

25:48

Attempt saved. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:45

Attempt blocked. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

25:14

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Malone.

21:39

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

15:57

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

15:12

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Bangaly-Fodé Koita is caught offside.

13:04

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:04

Foul by Joe Mason (Cardiff City).

9:22

Attempt saved. Bangaly-Fodé Koita (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

8:58

Hand ball by Joe Mason (Cardiff City).

6:39

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

5:56

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:56

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

4:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Cardiff City 1. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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