Derby 1 Blackburn 1

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All over - Rovers rescue a point with a brilliant goal from Leon Best. A draw was a fair result overall, although Jordan Rhodes is protesting his denied penalty calls.

90+4
Rhodes hits the deck in the box again, but a Derby pincer movement is a fair one.

90+3
Rovers going for it in injury time, they won't want this one to end with the way they are playing. Keogh leaves it for his keeper with Best on his shoulder.

90+2
Best's tail is up and he tries to win it from an angle, but he is a long way off target. A low ball could have got a touch from one of several red shirts in the box.

89
Best has been a threat since replacing the luckless Rochina. Well deserved, and there are five minutes to be added on.

88
Taylor whipped it in from the right, Best volleyed with his right from eight yards out across and beyond Grant. Brilliant strike.

88
Leon Best equalises!

87
Coutts booked for a foul, then it spills over as a few frank exchanges of views take place between the two sides.

86
Judge loops the ball towards Rhodes, but it's too high and goes for a goal kick. Not many chances for the highly-rated Rovers striker today.

85
Coutts takes it and thinks he has another, but it's given as a goal kick.

84
Coutts wins a corner as Derby look to run a bit of time down.

83
Replays suggest Rhodes had a good penalty claim there.

83
Connor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

81
Rhodes hits the deck under pressure from Jake Buxton in the area, but there's no penalty given.

80
John Eustace replaces Hughes for Derby as the Rams look to shore things op for the last 10 minutes.

79
Hanley fouls Martin, who's had a physical challenge on his own since Russell went off, and who looks tired by his efforts.

78
Ward breaks upfield, but he blocked by four red shirts in the D of the Rovers area.

77
Tom Cairney replaces Marrow for Rovers.

76
Best makes space for Judge, but his final effort is wild and wide - with Rhodes furious in the centre at not seeing the ball once again.

75
Lowe breaks into the Derby box and shoots low, forcing Grant down to his left to make a decent save.

74
Derby clear, and Nigel Clough is off his feet for what he thinks is a foul on Bryson at the break. Nothing given.

73
Kane preads the play across from right to left, with Coutts handling a Spurr cross to conceded a free kick near the corner flag.

72
Rhodes has not featured as much as Rovers would want, with Derby now swarming all over the visitors when they do get the ball.

71
Forsyth's cross towards Martin is headed away by Hanley inside the Rovers area.

69
Hanley's back-header at a free kick goes straight at Grant - another that could have gone anywhere but Derby get away with it.

68
Leon Best spins away from Keogh but his shot from the edge of the box is weak, and straight at Grant.

67
Lowe reads Dann's long pass well and clears from his own bye-line.

66
A bit of the inevitable argy-bargy at a Derby corner forces referee Attwell to blow his whistle.

65
Coutts replaced Russell for Derby a few minutes ago.

65
The upper hand is with Derby at the moment, with Hughes seeing a shot charged down by Kane

63
King is off for Rovers, Chris Taylor is on.

62
Chris Martin drives a long range effort at Kean as the game starts to stretch out a bit.

60
Keogh then gets the ball in the net...but it is disallowed for a foul on Kean - but iof the Derby man had left it alone, the ball may have gone in and stood.

59
Fancy footwork from Will Hughes on the right, then he feeds Keogh whose shot draws a save out of Jake Kean.

59
Todd Kane booked for a foul.

58
Rovers hit the post! Best, sliding in at the far post, strikes the upright when it looked easier to score.

57
Forsyth feeds Ward, but the chance for Derby is wasted.

56
Judge, working hard, gets another cross in that is cleared away, but Rovers have looked better in the last few minutes.

55
Half hearted claims for a penalty for handball from Best, thinking the ball struck a Derby hand, are ignored.

53
Seconds later Kean is alert to snuff out a chance for Hughes, trying to nip in behind the defence.

52
Spurr get up on the left flank to apply some pressure, then Grant makes a confident claim at a cross.

51
Ward shakes off Kane by the touch line, crosses to Russell and his downwards header bounces back up at Kean.

49
Row Z would have been the best option for Kane there; either way, Rovers are still just one goal down, and Judge whips in a cross from the right that Russell gets back to cut out.

48
Kane is lucky, losing the ball on the edge of his box to Russell, but the striker rolls the ball just wide.

47
Freeman goes down under challenge by the corner flag, but Rovers get the free kick even though Hanley looked to have put the Derby man on the floor with the arm.

46
Rovers start off with some nice possession, then the ball goes off Best's shoulder from a deflected shot for a corner - that could have gone anywhere.

And we're under way again, no more changes as yet.

Luke Buxton's been back in touch via Twitter to say: "Fully expected the man Russell to score, albeit from the penalty spot, but a goal non the less. Interesting 2nd half ahead." Let's hear from some Rovers fans out there too!

The Rochina injury turned out to be a turning point in the first half, Rovers changed shape when he went off and Derby looked much more comfortable as a result. It's a funny old game.

Derby have not lost their first league fixture of the season since 2008, but Rovers have won the last five meetings between the two clubs.

What are your thoughts on the match so far? Get in touch at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com, ot via Twitter @Tim Oscroft.

That is half time - Derby soaked up some considerable Rovers pressure and made the most of an error from Marrow to capitalise from the spot.

45+5
Chris Martin forces Kean into action with a fine, finger tipped save with a drive from outside the area. That was going in.

45+4
Derby have momentum now - just as we approach the break!

45+3
Leon Best is booked for flailing an arm onto Keogh.

45+2
Marrow hacks down Hendrick, but the free kick veers away from Forsyth at the far post.

45
Rochina has a dislocated shoulder, while Ward rolls a poor shot wide of Kean's left post.

44
Rovers are back on the front foot after that shock to the system, and there will be six minutes added on.

43
Superb spot kick from the debutante, left foot curling the ball into the bottom corner. Against the run of play a bit, but few doubts on the penalty award.

42
Johnny Russell scores!

42
Marrow penalised for hand ball!

41
Penalty to Derby!!

40
Jason Lowe collects and shoots from 25 yards out, but his shot skews wide of the left upright.

39
Jamie Ward is back up after a quick pause for a knock while falling.

38
Expect a fair bit of added time after that delay, but Rovers press on.

37
Best is on as Rochina is taken off on a stretcher.

36
It looked harmless enough, but Rochina fell awkwardly and has a history of shoulder problems - unlucky, and he has been Rovers best player so far.

35
Leon Best is coming on for the impressive Rochina, who looks to be in some trouble with this injury.

34
Rochina is down and clutching his shoulder by the near touchline after going down in a mild challenge.

33
Rochina drills it straight into the wall, wasted chance for Rovers.

32
Freeman concedes a free kick just outside the Derby box.

30
Kean lobs another long-range shell forward but the long ball tactic is easily dealt with, then Ward breaks and sees his low cross cut out by the Rovers defence.

29
Judge tries to find Rghodes with a first-time pass from the left, but Derby deny the Rovers danger man the chance. Russell then heads wide at the other end..

27
That livened things up a bit for the fans, but there's not been a lot of goal-mouth action of late.

26
Todd Kane fouls Ward with a reckless challenge from behind, but gets away with a talking-to from referee Attwell.

25
Derby fans are waiting for their first real chance to shout about so far.

24
Liam Talbot Tweets us to say that Will Hughes is a "great player makes things tick, only fault is he can go missing when times get tough" - what do you think?

23
Derby breathe again as they clear another corner, but Rhodes had climbed above the defence and spurned a decent chance to score.

22
More pressure on Derby at a couple of corners, with Rhodes' header hitting Forsyth a yard out of goal.

20
Kean races out to put his foot through the ball for a throw, then Freeman shoots straight at the Rovers keeper from long distance.

19
Cute pass from Hughes finds Ward, but forced wide by Kean he rolls the ball behind.

18
Russell whips in a cross from the left flank, but it's too near Kean and the Rovers keeper catches with ease.

17
Ward bursts forward but is stopped by a well-timed tackle from Dann.

17
A third Rovers corner in quick time comes to nothing as the whistle blows for a foul by a red shirt.

16
Rochina haries the defence at a corner, forcing another with a blocked shot.

15
The referee plays advantage as Judge is hacked down by Forsyth, but Rovers make nothing of the opportunity near the box.

13
Judge goes close, curling the ball just around the post with his right foot from the left of the area after nice set-up play from Rochina.

12
Another Ward corner for Derby, but again Rovers push the hosts out with ease.

11
Will Hughes took his A Levels this summer - I feel old. The 18-year-old is the heartbeat of this Derby side, what do Derby fans think of him? Let me know tim.oscroft@bskyb,.com or @TimOscroft.

10
Kean pats down a Ward corner but Rovers hack it clear as Derby fail to make the most of the game's first corner.

8
Rhodes will be key for Rovers this term and they are understandably pushing a lot of play to him.

7
Jordan Rhodes tries to get to a through-ball, but Lee Grant is brave and dives at the striker's feet to snuff out the chance.

6
Rochina tries a shot on the spin from just outside the box, it flies over the corner of post and crossbar.

5
Kean slides forward to colelct a deflected shot on the skiddy surface - its been raining at Pride Park.

4
The seemingly in-demand Will Hughes already pulling the strings in Derby's midfield. You can't miss him with that shock of white-blonde hair.

3
Rhodes somehow gets a knock down to Rochina, who stabs his shot wide from near the oenalty spot in the Derby area.

2
Judge tries a shot from around 20 yards, but he gets underneath it and Grant watches it loop into the seats behind him.

1
Spurr's long throws up the left flank give Rovers some early momentum.

And we're off!

Derby in their white home kit, Rovers in their rather natty red away strip.

The teams are out, being led out by Roy McFarland and Brian Douglas, great names from Rovers and County respectively.

Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, in the Sky TV studio at Pride Park, says the mood around his club is vastly improved on last season. It will have to be for an improvement on last season.

Luke Buxton says: "Watch out for Derby's new striker Russell, he's been on fine form in pre-season (sent from the comfort of my living room)"

An east Midlands rival reckons a draw is on the cards: "I'm a Leicester City fan, I hope Blackburn will draw vs Derby, hope for a 2-2 draw but I think 1-1." says FootballMemes.

Ollie Clark Puyol, possibly not his real name, tunes in from LA, man: "Trying to watch Rovers all the way in Los Angeles! Going for a 3-1 Rovers win with 2 goals for Rhodes!" Get in touch like Ollie did on Twitter @TimOscroft.

Derby boss Nigel Clough is the longest serving manager in the Championship, having been appointed in January 2009. His Rovers counterpart Gary Bowyer was only installed permanently in May after a caretaker spell in succession to Michael Appleton.

Derby keeper Lee Grant starts for the Rams after six years away from Pride Park, having rejoined on a free transfer this summer.

As for Blackburn, Rovers fans must be hoping for stability after the traumas of last season, but what can they hope for in 2013-14? Let me know @TimOscroft on Twitter or tim.oscroft@bskyb.com on email. Don't forget to say where in the world you are - tuning in from the beach? Trekking in the Himalayas? Curtains drawn in the living rom? I want to know!

So, what's on the agenda this term? Can Derby make a realistic push for promotion after a mid-table finish last season?

What do you make of those line-ups? Get in touch with me on Twitter @TimOscroft, or drop me a line via email on tim.oscroft@bskyb.com. Let me know where in the world you are, what your hopes for this season are and I'll publish some of the best comments on here this afternoon.

Derby County: Grant, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyt, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes, Ward, Martin, Russell. Subs: Legzdins (GK), Sammon, Coutts, Smith, Eustace, Davies, Jacobs

Blackburn Rovers: Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Judge, Lowe, Marrow, King, Rochina, Rhodes. Subs: Dunn, Best, Eastwood, Olsson, Taylor, Givet, Cairney.

The teams for this final match in the opening round of the Sky Bet Championship are in, and here they are:

Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary on Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers. The teams for this final match in the opening round of the Sky Bet Championship are in, and here they are:

Championship Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Blackburn v Yeovil  
Bournemth v Sheff Wed  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddersfld v Brighton  
Wigan v Reading  
17:15
Blackpool v Burnley  
19:30
Doncaster v Derby  
Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:15
Leicester v QPR  
15:00
Barnsley v Leeds  
Middlesbro' v Millwall  
N Forest v Birmingham  
Watford v Ipswich  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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