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Blackburn came from behind to clinch a vital point as Villa’s winless run continues.

The home side were made to pay for a poor first half display as Villa took the lead through a Charles N’Zogbia strike but substitute David Dunn rescued a point for Blackburn late in the second half.

The game started slowly as both teams lacked confidence but it was Villa who created any meaningful chances. Agbonlahor’s shot forced Robinson in to an early save and then Petrov fired over from 12 yards out.

Villa’s dominance paid off as Cuellar coasted past the Rovers defence unchallenged and played the ball in to N’Zogbia who turned sharply before smashing the ball past Paul Robinson.

Many expected Rovers to respond, but instead Villa continued to dominate. Charles N’Zogbia was denied a second as his close range effort was superbly saved by Robinson.

Junior Hoilett should have equalised with the last kick of the half but his volley flew over the bar.

A double change at half time revived Rovers as David Dunn and Marcus Olsson replaced Mauro Formica and Radosav Petrovic.

Marcus Olsson combined with twin brother Martin as he supplied a crisp ball in to the box, evading the sliding Yakubu.

As the home side dominated possession and threw bodies forward Villa attempted to catch Rovers on the counter attack. Stephen Ireland was allowed to shoot from the edge of the area which again required a clever save from Robinson.

Blackburn started to turn the screw. First Scott Dann headed over from three yards out and then Pedersen hit a fierce volley straight at the relieved Shay Given.

Villa finally cracked. Bradley Orr’s cross was met by the head of David Dunn to give Rovers a well deserved equaliser.

With just seconds to go Villa again tested Robinson, this time Barry Bannan saw his low strike tipped around the post by the Rovers captain.

In the end a vital point for both teams but Blackburn will be relieved not to have lost this one. March could turn out to be a huge month for the Lancashire side as they look to avoid relegation. As for Villa they will be wondering how they did not seal the three points before the break, their dominance and creativity deserved a greater reward. The point could be crucial for Rovers in the coming weeks!

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