Blackburn’s run of poor form continued this weekend as Derby left it late to take a share of the points.
Jordan Rhodes opened the scoring with a neat strike but the Lancashire side failed to put the game to rest as Theo Robinson dealt a late blow to Eric Black, it is now five games without a win for the interim manager whose chances of landing the job on a permanent basis look to be dwindling.
Captain Danny Murphy found himself sitting on the bench for the first time this season, with local lad David Dunn taking his place in the heart of the midfield.
The game started slowly with both teams squandering possession easily but it was Derby who came closest to opening the deadlock with 19 minutes on the clock. James O’Connor’s cross found Robinson at the back post but the Rams striker failed to find the connection needed to test his namesake in the Rovers goal.
Blackburn’s passing was poor and erratic, with set-pieces proving their biggest threat. Midway through the first half Scott Dann’s header forced Adam Legzdins into a smart save following Pedersen’s free-kick.
At the other end Robinson came close again but his header failed to hit the target and Jake Buxton saw his header diverted wide by the resilient Scott Dann.
Eventually Blackburn found their rhythm and Pedersen came close with yet another set-piece forcing Legzdins into a fingertip save to deny Rovers the lead.
And with 34 minutes on the clock Rovers took the lead. Colin Kazim-Richards found Pedersen and the Norwegian’s cushioned header bounced perfectly for Rhodes to fire home from 20 yards on the half volley.
After the interval Rovers continued to press, Martin Olsson broke forward pulling the ball back to Rhodes whose finish lacked any meaningful conviction.
In typical fashion Rovers sat back and the Rams could sense an equaliser. Jeff Hendrick’s cross found Bryson unmarked in the Rovers area but the midfielder failed to hit the target from 10 yards out.
The warning signs were there for Blackburn but Black failed to respond as Derby continued to dominate. Substitute Nathan Tyson forced Robinson into a smart save just moments after being introduced to the game.
But Derby struggled to find a way past a stout Rovers defence and the visiting side came close to doubling their lead through Formica, the substitute broke with pace but failed to apply the finish needed.
With a minute on the clock the Rams snatched a deserved equaliser. Robinson failed to collect Bryson’s low strike and Theo Robinson was on hand to bundle the ball home.
All in all a fair result for both teams but Blackburn fans will be left angered having surrendered yet another lead away from home. It is now three weeks since Steve Kean resigned from his post but it seems Blackburn and Venkys are no closer to appointing his replacement.