Blackburn Vs Hull – Free match report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Hull City at Ewood Park; Reverse up to sixth place but unable to find a way past the visitors
Blackburn Vs Hull
Blackburn looked to make a decisive dent in the race for the top six after wins over five opponents earlier in the day, but could not find a way back.
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They started well enough and their pressure should have led at half-time but Tyrese Dolan wasted a great chance. 1,400 away fans, Hull dominated the second half and Elhiar Seidmansch also missed the target in a good position as the visitors looked to make their ragged hosts pay.
A podium finish eluded Blackburn, whose best chance came in stoppage time when Sorba Thomas hit the side netting, but they are now without a win in four and although they are a point adrift in sixth place, it felt like a missed opportunity and it could now be season over. -Wednesday’s decisive game with seventh-placed Coventry.
Hull will be hugely encouraged by this performance after recent efforts against other play-off chasing sides when they made it five unbeaten.
Sam Gallagher was called up to make his 150th start for Rovers while youngster Harry Leonard made his Hull debut.
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Blackburn started confidently and after Ozan Tofan dragged in a cross, they opened up for Hull but Joe Rankin-Costello fired across the edge of the box after beating the visitors’ press.
Hull almost capitalized on a loose pass from Dominic High on the stroke of half-time, but Ainslie Peres headed home Regan Slater’s 20-yard effort.
Dolan should have put Rovers ahead in the 33rd minute when Ben Burton Diaz’s cross found him 12 yards out, but somehow it went wide with only Carl Darlow.
Tyler Morton saw a powerful shot deflected just before the break, but after that, Hull improved greatly and almost scored straight after the kick but Slater dragged a cross wide.
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They should have taken the lead seven minutes later when Jean Seri’s through ball found Sidemensch, who beat Harry Pickering six yards out but curled his shot wide of the far post.
Sammie Szmodics fired wide as Blackburn looked to step up the tempo, but at the other end, Hull went close again when Adama Traore fired the ball wide of the left post.
Despite a scrappy second half, Blackburn stretched Hull and only a superb tackle from Callum Elder prevented Burton Diaz from getting a cross.
The Tigers almost capitalized on a late counter-attack as Rovers pushed for the win but Slater struck clean when he placed well.
Blackburn Vs Hull
Adam Wharton’s late cross eluded everyone and in stoppage time, Thomas fired into the side netting from a tight angle.
Tyrese Dolan and Dominic Higham reflect on a ‘frustrating night’ for Blackburn who were held by Hull City.
“If Dolan takes that opportunity in the first half, Hull need to get out more and get more bodies forward and then, with the type of players Blackburn have, a counter-attacking threat themselves, it’s a different type of game.
“I don’t buy the analogy to last year [when Blackburn fell just short of a play-off place]. I’m in the camp that John Dall Thomson did a good job.
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“Of course they want to keep pushing forward and they come back to the play-offs with a game in hand, but it will be difficult for Blackburn because of who they have to play in the coming weeks.”
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Blackburn boss John Dal Thomason: “It wasn’t the result we wanted. Not even. I think if you look at the game, I think we did enough to win it.
“We lost quality at the end, we took too many touches instead of scoring, and we made decisions in the last third. On the other hand, a point at this stage can be extremely important in the long run. We mustn’t forget that.
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“I don’t think our performance was at the same level as against Huddersfield. But I think we did enough to win it, but obviously we lacked quality in finishing and decision-making. That’s the difference. So it’s a draw. And not a win today, I don’t think they had many chances , the rival.
“So disappointed with the draw but at this stage, every point can be important. Five games to go, still in the playoffs. I think if I had asked for it at the beginning of the season, everyone would have received it. Everyone, even after two good runs in the cups.”
Hull City manager Liam Rosenior felt the draw was a “fair result” as his side held off Blackburn at Ewood Park.
Hull’s head coach, Liam Rosenier: “Courage to block shots, courage to defend, courage to play at the back when they press us.
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“Some of our football from Karl (Darlow) cut them off. He presses Karl, he stays calm, plays through the press.
“This is what I want and the more we do, the better we will be. Therefore, the word for tonight was nothing but bravery.
“I thought we were excellent against a very good team. I said before, I have to play our way. I thought they were two really good football teams.
“It wasn’t a 0-0 game. I thought either side could have won the game but I really enjoyed watching it.
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“John has done a great job with a really young team, he’s played a certain way and we’re getting there.
“We were fearless today. Young Harry Leonard showed that with his performance and there were a lot of really positive things to come out of the night.”
Both sides return to action on Wednesday evening. Blackburn host Coventry in a live kick-off at 7.45pm on the Sky Sports Football Red Button app and Sky Sports. Hull travel to Middlesbrough in a live kick-off at 8pm on Sky Sports Football.
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