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FULL TIME

90'+3'

No chances to note so far

The Cherries are trying to create but it's not happening for the home side in the final third.

90'

Six minutes added on

Buckley gets a yellow for a foul on Lowe.

87'

Marcondes forces a save

The Dane strikes from the free-kick and forces a good save from Pears, pushing it away to the right.

Christie then fires at goal, his shot deflects off Solanke but it falls straight at Pears.

85'

van Hecke booked

The Blackburn defender is late on Lewis Cook and receives a yellow card.

He needs treatment for cramp afterwards.

84'

Travers saves again

Brereton Diaz finds himself on goal again, drilling a low, hard effort but Travers makes a good save again.

79'

Cherries struggling to make an impact

The home side have dominated the ball in the last 10 minutes or so, but have hardly created a chance.

Blackburn have such a compact defensive line and the Cherries can't break it down.

76'

Rogers makes a bright start

The young attacker has made a bright start, finding Solanke at the edge of the box - his effort is blocked.

Rogers then wins a corner, but Marcondes' delivery was poor and Blackburn clear.

72'

Our final change...

70'

Twenty minutes to go

Ryan Nyambe requires treatment and is substituted by Blackburn Rovers, Bradley Johnson coming on.

The Cherries have 20 minutes to try and get something from this game but they're being frustrated as it stands. 

68'

A second change for the Cherries

65'

GOAL - Blackburn.

The away side double their lead.

Joe Rothwell sends in a corner and Jan Paul van Hecke powers a header home. 

64'

TRAVERS! GREAT SAVE!

The Cherries are so keen to attack that they've left themselves open to the counter attack.

Brereton Diaz looks to benefit and races away from the defence.

The striker tries to aim it into the far bottom corner but Travers makes a superb save with his feet.

62'

Marcondes booked!

This is ridiculous now!

Marcondes flicks in a clever free-kick, Solanke getting a touch to it before Christie just misses it to turn it home.

At the other end, Brereton Diaz gets the ball but Marcondes makes a superbly timed challenge - or so he thought.

Simon Hooper blows for a foul even though the Dane got the ball and issues a yellow card.

60'

HOW?!

A good opportunity for the Cherries!

Blackburn have a corner, which Travers makes a decent save from.

He immediately fires the ball down the pitch, Lowe holding it up and finding Marcondes making a run into the box.

He drives into the box and cuts it back towards the penalty spot, and Lowe is there to fire at goal but a superb sliding block stops it going in!

56'

Blackburn change

Sam Gallagher comes on for Reda Khadra in Blackburn's first change.

He's been brought on to hold up the ball for the away side, the Cherries dominating the early stages of this second half.

His first flick-on eventually leads to a corner and Lenihan heads over at the back post. Decent chance.

54'

Anthony sends in a good cross

The Cherries win a free-kick within the Blackburn half and Christie finds Anthony on the right.

He darts around the ball, eventually working space for a cross and sends in a good delivery to the middle.

It falls just between Cahill and Solanke and the Cherries clear.

50'

Christie and Solanke picking up good areas

Marcondes makes a great challenge in the middle of the park and the Cherries, playing with a high tempo in this second half, have a chance.

Christie finds Solanke running into the box, but he's shepherded away from goal.

The striker could have found Christie at the edge of the box but goes himself, possibly making the wrong call there.

47'

The kick-off routine again!

The Cherries try another routine from the kick-off and Anthony almost finds himself in on goal.

It's been a bright start to the second half, the substitute Marcondes involved quickly.

Solanke gets the first shot of the half off but he's falling as he strikes it and it's well wide. 

46'

Second half is underway!

HT

Our best chance so far!

HT

The first half

The frustration for the Cherries comes with the opening goal as there's a belief that Brereton Diaz was in an offside position as the initial header was won - replays are inconclusive to be honest.

Nonetheless, the Cherries haven't been clinical enough in the attacking third - there's been some good moments as Christie and Solanke found themselves in good positions in-front of goal but couldn't take those chances.

On the majority, Scott Parker's side have struggled to break down a very compact back-line. They'll need to break the lines more regularly in the second half, find more pockets of space and utilise off-the-ball runners more.

What can we do in this second period?

HT

HALF TIME

The Cherries are behind at the break.

A frustrating opening period and Scott Parker is clearly furious about the offside call leading to Blackburn's opener.

Chances have come for the home side, Christie and Solanke both having good openings well saved by Pears.

How will the Cherries respond in the second half?

45+4'

CLOSE AGAIN!

Christie this time!

The Cherries win a free-kick around 25 yards from goal, Christie stepping up to take it.

He aims his effort towards the top corner and it's directed really well, but lacks power and Pears gets across to catch.

45'+3'

CHANCE!

That should be 1-1!

Christie finds Solanke behind the back-line and he opens his body to try and curl it around Pears towards the far corner, the goalkeeper making the save.

45'+1'

Cook volleys over

The underlap has been a key component of Scott Parker's team this season and Brady gets into a good position following a one-two with Anthony.

His cross is deflected behind for a corner, the resulting delivery lands at Lewis Cook at the edge of the box but his first-time volley is high and wide.

45'

Two minutes added on

43'

Stacey does well

Brereton Diaz finds space on the left side of the area, and could fire a shot off.

But Stacey gets across to make the tackle and push him away from goal.

41'

Yellow card for Brereton Diaz

Solanke wins a free-kick in the middle of the park and the Cherries take it quickly, noting that the Cherries had a large number of players in attacking positions.

Brereton Diaz fouls Stacey as he drives forward, earning a yellow card.

40'

The crowd not happy

The home support aren't loving the amount of time that Blackburn are taking on set-pieces, especially goal kicks, and have resorted to counting up the seconds.

They may have a point as it takes Pears over 15 seconds to take the goal-kick.

38'

Lewis Cook booked

The midfielder picks up the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Lenihan.

The Cherries are having issues breaking down the compact Blackburn defensive line, the midfielder leaving a loose foot out as a defender intercepts a pass. 

35'

Good defending by Cook!

The Cherries are pushing at one end but suddenly Blackburn are on the counter attack, Khadra going through one-on-one with Steve Cook.

The defender stays on his feet, holding up the attacker, before making a block from the eventual shot, Pearson coming across to tidy up the loose ball.

Excellent defensive work there.

29'

CLOSE!

That's a big chance for Ryan Christie!

Anthony pokes the ball through to the middle, Christie showing great patience to sit down a couple of Blackburn players and open up a shooting position.

He then attempts to fire it past Pears, but the goalkeeper makes a good save.

25'

A big response needed!

21'

GOAL - Blackburn Rovers

The away side lead. It's an own goal by Pearson.

A cross towards the middle was headed at goal, but for a brilliant save by Travers.

Brereton Diaz was alive to the rebound and fired it against the crossbar from two yards out, but unfortunately the ball bounces off Pearson and into the net.

The Cherries players are furious as they suspect an offside in the build-up. Replays aren't clear either way.

19'

Christie looking sharp!

The Scotland international has made an excellent start here.

He's playing in the more central role normally occupied by Billing and is finding some great areas.

Christie is trying to pick some good passes too, almost playing Brady and Lowe in behind in the last couple of minutes.

They've not quite worked out just yet but they're causing real problems for Blackburn as the runners in behind keep coming.

17'

Tight in the early stages!

14'

A good counter attack there

The Cherries counter attack from a Blackburn corner, led by excellent work by Christie.

He spins his marker at the edge of our own box and drives forward.

He finds Anthony on the right, nutmegging a defender before sending a cross into the middle.

Lowe is in the area and tries to attack the near post but the defender does well to head it behind. 

10'

CLOSE!

It's been a bright few minutes for the Cherries, who are moving the ball nicely, particularly on the right flank.

Stacey sends in a good cross towards the middle, which Brady picks up at the back post.

He sends it in again, the defensive header finds Lewis Cook at the edge of the box - his volley is heading into the bottom corner but is blocked by Wharton.

Later, Brereton Diaz has his first shot after Pearson is tackled, aiming to curl a first-time effort towards the far post but sending it over the bar.

6'

A quiet start

There's not much to report in the early stages.

Blackburn have a couple sights of goal which don't come to anything.

Brereton Diaz finds space at the edge of the box, but Lewis Cook gets back before he can fire at goal.

Meanwhile, Reda Khadra appears to momentarily be through on goal but Steve Cook recovers to push him away.

Moments later, Jamal Lowe fires a decent cross towards the near post but a defender meets it before Dominic Solanke can get there.

2'

Lewis Cook wins a free-kick

Ben Pearson has started in the holding midfield role, meaning Lewis Cook is playing in a more advanced 'eight' position.

He gets on the ball in the early stages as he drives forward, Lewis Travis tugging him to the floor. The set-piece comes to little.

Robbie Brady has started at left-back as well, and gets a few early touches on the ball.

1'

We're underway!

After Vitality Stadium once again plays 'Red Army' just before kick-off, Blackburn get us underway.

14:56

Here they come!

It's a very overcast Vitality Stadium as Steve Cook leads the Cherries out!

It's a great ovation from the home support.

14:50

Ten minutes to go

The countdown is on here at Vitality Stadium!

Both teams have returned to the dressing room and Scott Parker will be giving his final words ahead of kick-off. 

14:44

What to expect from Blackburn Rovers?

We spoke with Rich Sharpe from the Lancashire Telegraph to find out more about what to expect from Rovers.

Here's what he had to say:

"The supporters have really got behind what is a young team, built heavily around homegrown talent. They’re a likeable group and have rightly received lots of praise.

"They’ve been able to lean on their home form and pick up points consistently on the road which has helped their rise up the table."

14:36

Last time out

Steve Cook continues in the starting line-up this afternoon after a heroic performance against Fulham last Friday.

He made an incredible double-block, including using his face, to prevent Aleksandr Mitrovic and Fabio Carvalho in a 1-1 draw.

Lloyd Kelly is back on the bench for the first time since the win over Swansea City so Scott Parker does have options in the back-line. 

14:08

A full debut for Robbie Brady

It's been a stop-start to life at Vitality Stadium for Robbie Brady since he signed for the club on October 18th.

It's taken him time to get up to fitness and he finally made his debut against Fulham, his first game since appearing for Republic of Ireland in an international friendly with Qatar on March 30th.

The injury to Adam Smith means that Brady gets a first start for the club today - lets hope he has a great game!

14:00

Here's how we line-up...

Scott Parker has made three changes for this afternoon's starting line-up...

Robbie Brady makes his full debut for the club as Ben Pearson and Jamal Lowe come into the line-up.

They replace Adam Smith, Emiliano Marcondes and Philip Billing in the line-up.

Good news on the bench too as Lloyd Kelly returns to the squad for the first time since the win over Swansea City in November. 

13:41

TEAM NEWS

Scott Parker will be hoping to welcome back a number of players when he confirms team news at 2pm.

One player he definitely won't have available is Adam Smith, who confirmed he'd picked up a knee injury after the game against Fulham.

He wrote: "Absolutely gutted to have a recurrence of my knee injury. I worked tirelessly to get back fit to try and help the team and I enjoyed playing last Friday but unfortunately the injury has recurred. I have had many setbacks in my career and I have always come back stronger than before. I will dig deep again to get back fit and do all that I can to be back out on the pitch. Thanks for all your messages. Smudge"

He'll also be without Jefferson Lerma, who was given a further two match suspension for improper conduct following his red card in the draw with Coventry City.

13:25

Previous meeting

The last time Blackburn Rovers made the visit to Vitality Stadium was the opening game of last season.

Jack Stacey netted his first Cherries goal with a long-distance strike, before Bradley Johnson equalised just before half-time.

Jefferson Lerma regained the lead in the second half before Adam Armstrong equalised once again.

Finally, with just six minutes to go, Arnaut Danjuma curled home to give the Cherries the three points.

A rollercoaster of a game!

13:00

WELCOME TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE

We're back at Vitality Stadium this afternoon for a big Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers.

The visitors are one of the in-form teams in the division while Scott Parker's side are slowly welcoming players back to fitness.

We'll be bringing you full updates from this afternoon's match!

Other games that day

  • Birmingham City2
    Cardiff City2
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  • Hull City2
    Bristol City2
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  • Stoke City0
    Middlesbrough0
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  • West Bromwich Albion1
    Reading0
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  • Luton Town1
    Fulham1
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  • Preston North End2
    Barnsley1
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  • Peterborough United2
    Millwall1
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  • Derby County1
    Blackpool0
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  • Swansea City1
    Nottingham Forest4
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  • Huddersfield Town1
    Coventry City1
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 22 +33 45
3 West Bromwich Albion 22 +13 40
4 Blackburn Rovers 22 +10 39
5 Queens Park Rangers 21 +6 35
6 Stoke City 22 +5 35
7 Coventry City 22 +3 34
8 Nottingham Forest 22 +6 31
9 Middlesbrough 22 +1 30
10 Huddersfield Town 22 0 30
11 Millwall 22 0 30
12 Luton Town 22 +4 29
13 Sheffield United 21 0 29
14 Preston North End 22 -4 28
15 Birmingham City 22 -4 27
16 Swansea City 22 -5 27
17 Blackpool 22 -6 27
18 Bristol City 22 -8 27
19 Hull City 22 -7 23
20 Cardiff City 22 -14 22
21 Reading 22 -7 21
22 Peterborough United 22 -22 19
23 Barnsley 22 -19 13
24 Derby County 22 -3 4

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