Blackburn Rovers 1-1 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies drop points in promotion race

West Bromwich Albion dropped two points in their quest for an automatic Championship promotion place as they were held to a draw by former boss Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers.

The Baggies’ failure to make it four straight wins means they stay second, still behind leaders Leeds United on goal difference.

But third-placed Brentford’s earlier win at Derby narrows that gap to only three points.

Joe Rothwell’s second-half equaliser earned play-off hopefuls Rovers a deserved share of the spoils after Filip Krovinovic had put Albion ahead.

But Rovers wasted two great chances to win it – and are now four points off a play-off place.

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Albion waste chance to stretch clear

Albion went ahead on 41 minutes when top scorer Charlie Austin picked out Krovinovic with a far-post cross and the Croatian midfielder found the bottom-left corner from 12 yards.

It was a third goal for Albion from Krovinovic since his arrival last summer – and all of them have come on the road.

Having scored four minutes before the interval, he should then have done so again four minutes after the restart, but when Mateus Pereira shot from range and Christian Walton could only parry, Krovinovic hit the right post with the rebound.

It took a quadruple substitution by Mowbray to turn the game Rovers’ way as two of the replacements combined to level within two minutes of coming on.

Former Birmingham City loan forward Sam Gallagher galloped down the right, and outmuscled Kyle Bartley before pulling it back and the untracked Rothwell drilled home from 12 yards.

Albion’s own newly-arrived subs nearly put their team back in front when, from the artful Pereira’s lovely chipped ball over the top, Hal Robson-Kanu squared left to Grady Diangana, but he missed his kick.

And it was Rovers who came closest to snatching all three points.

West Brom needed a point-blank save by advancing keeper Sam Johnstone to deny the fifth of Mowbray’s subs, Jacob Davenport.

Then, in a crazy scramble crying out for a show of composure, Albion were finally rescued when Bartley cleared off the line from another of the Blackburn ‘game changers’, Lewis Holtby.

What’s the next twist in the drama?

Albion’s next concern is how Leeds United – in mourning following the death of club legend Jack Charlton – fare in the Sunday lunchtime clash at Swansea.

Leeds could go three points clear if they win – but defeat could drop them back to second, on goal difference.

On Tuesday, Albion host fourth-placed Fulham, who have won their last four games and would climb within two points of the Baggies if they win.

Blackburn are also in action that night at another of the play-off contenders, Millwall.

But, if Albion were to lose to Fulham on Tuesday, that would allow Brentford the chance to go second if they could win at home to Preston the following night.

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Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Attempt missed. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers).

Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt blocked. Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Jacob Davenport (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum Robinson replaces Filip Krovinovic.

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic tries a through ball, but Grady Diangana is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jacob Davenport replaces Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Joe Rankin-Costello.

Attempt blocked. Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grady Diangana with a cross.

Booking

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Rekeem Harper replaces Jake Livermore.

Attempt saved. Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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