Ben Brereton scored a brace in the first half as Blackburn Rovers recorded one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Championship. The Chilean increased his tally to 12 for the season as the visitors completely dominated the first half. He opened the scoring with just eight minutes on the clock before doubling the lead 12 minutes later. Derby fought back in the second half and was rewarded in the penultimate minute of regulation time when Curtis Davies headed home. They hit the post late on but could not get anything from the game.
Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “First half we were not good enough. We were not aggressive, didn’t play with energy, no composure on the ball, the back four was too deep and we made it quite comfortable for Blackburn. We conceded two sloppy goals and that’s not good enough, I can’t accept that performance first half.”
Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “We should have scored two or three more goals but we didn’t and ended up hanging on at the death. We’ve dropped two two-goal leads so far this season, Luton and Coventry where we’ve been 2-0 up and only taken a point and it could have happened today.” he added. “We were a bit frustrated in the dressing room at the end, it wasn’t a big celebration really, it was more of a ‘come on, we have to get better, we have to pick a pass when teams are gambling and throwing bodies forward and run away and score again to finish the game.’
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