A late Sam Vokes header denied Blackburn Rovers all three points in a fiercely contested East Lancashire derby at Turf Moor on Sunday.
Jordan Rhodes opened the scoring with a well timed diving header before the Burnley substitute nodded home a late equaliser just as it looked like Blackburn would hold on for all three points.
Dean Marney returned from suspension and replaced Marvin Bartley in the heart of midfield while the away side made three changes following their lacklustre performance against Bolton during the week. Morten Gamst Pedersen, Colin Kazim-Richards and Jason Lowe replaced Marcus Olsson, Dickson Etuhu and Ruben Rochina.
Burnley dominated the first half but failed to find a way past an inspired Paul Robinson as Rovers were pinned back in their own half for the majority of the opening 45 minutes.
The first opening fell Burnley’s way with less than ten minutes on the clock. Marney’s miss-hit shot fell to Paterson, but the Northern Ireland striker failed to find the unmarked Chris McCann and the chance went begging.
Scott Dann then denied the country’s leading goal scorer Charlie Austin what looked a certain goal with a well timed challenge before Ross Wallace forced Robinson into a low save following a short corner.
It was Wallace again who tested Robinson moments later. The winger stung the palms of the former England international with a hammered effort from range. Charlie Austin then forced Robinson into another fine save, Ross Wallace turned provider and found the striker at the back post only for Austin’s header to be superbly saved by the Rovers number one.
There was no respite for Rovers as Burnley continued to dominate and on the stroke of half time Paterson forced the Rovers goalkeeper into the save of the game. Neatly turning on the edge of the area the striker found enough space to bend the ball towards the bottom corner only for Robinson to deny him, palming the ball away at full stretch.
Miraculously both teams went into the interval level with the Burnley faithful wondering what their team had to do to beat Paul Robinson.
After the interval Blackburn played with more purpose and composure. Josh King replaced fellow countryman Gamst Pedersen and it seemed to be an inspired substitution by Berg. On loan from Manchester United the striker, playing on the wing, terrorised the Burnley defence with his pace and trickery before teeing up Kazim-Richards on the edge of the area, but the Turkish international failed to hit the target with a right footed effort.
Rovers had their tales up and when Formica was allowed too much time and room on the right wing the Argentine found Rhodes with a pinpoint ball which resulted in the Scottish striker finding the back of the net with an exquisite diving header.
Charlie Austin came close to levelling the scores moments later but the in form striker failed to hit the target from 10 yards out.
Blackburn’s fans were in fine voice and they were nearly celebrating again as Josh King tricked his way past Trippier but failed to beat Grant with a tame effort.
Berg’s men looked set to be playing out the win but when substitute Simone Vukcevic gave away a needless free-kick, with a minute of normal time left to play, Burnley were handed a lifeline. Junior Stanislas provided a dangerous ball from the right and substitute Sam Vokes climbed highest to head home an equaliser.
And it was the Welshman who nearly won it at the end with another header but this time he failed to hit the target as Blackburn held on for a share of the spoils.
It is now just one win in eight games for Henning Berg and with Cardiff up next it really is a must win game.
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