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Played
August 4, 2013 4:00 PM BST
iPro Stadium — Derby
Referee:‬ S. Attwell‎
Attendance:‬ 21188‎
 
42′ (PG) Johnny Russell
Leon Best 88′
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Derby 1-1 Blackburn: Best strikes late to deny Rams

The Ireland international salvaged a share of the spoils for Gary Bowyer's team in their season opener following Johnny Russell's opener before half time

Derby County v Blackburn - Johnny Russell
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Substitute Leon Best grabbed a late equaliser to earn Blackburn a point against Derby at Pride Park on Sunday.

Best hooked a loose ball home from inside the penalty area after the hosts failed to clear a Chris Taylor cross from the right in the final minute of normal time.

Derby's new signing Johnny Russell thought he had given his new side the victory with a goal just before the break after Alex Marrow had handled in his own penalty area.

But both teams had to be content with a point in the end, as they got their respective Championship campaigns under way in entertaining fashion.

Russell's fellow new Pride Park arrival Lee Grant was named in the starting line-up and the experienced goalkeeper was crucial in keeping his side in the game in the opening 20 minutes.

He saved well at the feet of dangerman Jordan Rhodes in the opening minutes and patrolled his area well.

The visitors had looked the stronger but the forced substitution of Ruben Rochina knocked them back, and soon after Derby opened the scoring as Russell sent Jake Kean the wrong way with his emphatic spot kick..

Best, who had replaced Rochina, had a fantastic chance to equalise early in the second half but he was unable to convert a low cross from Alan Judge from two yards.

The striker saw another good opportunity wasted as Gary Bowyer's side pushed for an equaliser, but their pressure paid off as he converted his third chance with an instinctive finish.


Derby County

1
Lee Grant
Goalkeeper
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17
Jake Buxton
Defender
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-
Kieran Freeman
Defender
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2
Richard Keogh
Defender
 - 
7
Craig Bryson
Midfielder
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-
Craig Forsyth
Midfielder
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Jeff Hendrick
Midfielder
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Will Hughes
Midfielder
80′
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16
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-
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-
Jamie Ward
Striker
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Blackburn Rovers

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34
Jake Kean
Goalkeeper
 - 
31
 - 
6
Scott Dann
Defender
 - 
54
Todd Kane
Defender
59′
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Tommy Spurr
Defender
 - 
25
Alan Judge
Midfielder
 - 
37
Alex Marrow
Midfielder
77′
 - 
35
Jason Lowe
Midfielder
 - 
15
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Substitutes

23
Adam Legzdins
Goalkeeper
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67
Adam Smith
Defender
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11
Ben Davies
Midfielder
 - 
17
Michael Jacobs
Midfielder
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7
Paul Coutts
Midfielder
62′ 87′
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John Eustace
Midfielder
80′
 - 
18
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Substitutes

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Simon Eastwood
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Gaël Givet
Defender
 - 
18
Chris Taylor
Midfielder
63′
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8
David Dunn
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
45
Tom Cairney
Midfielder
77′
 - 
20
Leon Best
Striker
39′ 48′ 88′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ross McCormack Ross McCormack
Striker
Leeds
27 2
Jordan Rhodes Jordan Rhodes
Striker
Blackburn
24 3
Troy Deeney Troy Deeney
Striker
Watford
21 5
Lewis Grabban Lewis Grabban
Striker
Bournemouth
20 6
Sam Vokes Sam Vokes
Striker
Burnley
20 4