Report: Blues 2 Blackburn Rovers 2

Che Adams fires home his 20th goal of the season for Blues.
Che Adams fires home his 20th goal of the season for Blues.

Blues hotshot Adams demonstrated why he has been getting such rave reviews this season with a brilliantly taken late leveller.


Che Adams became the first player since Steve Claridge in the 1994/95 campaign to reach the 20-goal mark for Blues as he struck a brace in his side's 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers to take his tally to 21.

The prolific striker fired his side ahead with a neat finish after just 16 minutes.

But Blues were almost made to pay for not pressing home their advantage, when Charlie Mulgrew levelled directly from a corner just into the second-half and then Danny Graham fired the visitors into the lead late on.

But Blues hotshot Adams demonstrated why he has been getting such rave reviews this season with a brilliantly taken late leveller. 

Blues were on the front foot from the off at a St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium bathed in bright sunlight.

The hosts came close to taking the lead inside the first 10 minutes after Jota swung in a delicious free-kick which Harlee Dean glanced towards the bottom corner of the goal, only for the Blackburn ‘keeper David Raya to tip the ball behind at full stretch.

Blues were continuing to pass the ball around with pace and purpose and Maxime Colin was oh so close with a piledriver of an effort from 25 yards which squirmed under Raya, but he managed to scoop it away before it crossed the line.

Adams twice went close in a matter of minutes, with both attempts deflected behind.

But Blues’ leading scorer was not to be denied for much longer as fired home with a well-taken shot after 16.

Gary Gardner dispossessed Amari’i Bell just inside his own half before sliding a low pinpoint pass into Adams.

Adams ran on with the ball before sending a low shot across Raya and into the far corner of the net.

But having caused so many problems in the early stages and taken the lead, Blues seemed to take their foot off the gas and Blackburn started to push them back and pose more of an attacking threat.

And the hosts were almost caught out after some sloppy defending allowed Bradly Dack’s through ball to find Graham deep inside the Blues box.

Thankfully Lee Camp pulled off a smart save to prevent the Blackburn frontman’s flicked effort passing him.

But Blues were certainly doing themselves no favours as they continued to give the ball away and concede free-kicks in dangerous positions, and they were fortunate to reach the break without conceding.

Half-time: Blues 1 Blackburn 0

It was Blackburn that continued to be in then ascendancy immediately after half-time and sure enough they levelled the scores in a disappointing fashion with 52 on the clock as Mulgrew's corner from the right evaded everybody and crept in at the near post.

Less than five minutes after conceding Garry Monk made his first substitution of the game when he replaced Jacques Maghoma with Swedish midfielder Kerim Mrabti.

Michael Morrison was then forced to put in a key block to deny Dack, with the Blackburn man poised to shoot on goal from a brilliant position just inside the area.

Blues slowly began to find a way out of their slumber and backed by a noisy home crowd started to up the ante, with Lukas Jutkiewicz not too far off with grasscutter of an effort before substitute Mrabti forced a terrific save from Raya with a shot from less than 10 yards.

Adams was then unfortunate to see his attempt blocked by Jack Rodwell.

But with 83 on the clock disaster looked to have struck for Blues as they found themselves behind when Graham's shot took two deflections before beating Camp.

However, that was certainly not the end of it as Adams sent St. Andrew's into raptures just two minutes later with his 21st goal of the campaign which was brilliantly executed from an acute angle after being supplied by Colin.

Then with three minutes remaining Blues came close to completing a superb fight-back as Gary Gardner's brilliantly struck free-kick was superbly tipped over the bar by Raya.

Blues (4-4-2): Lee Camp, Kristian Pedersen, Maxime Colin, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Che Adams, Lukas Jutkiewicz (Isaac Vassell, 76), Harlee Dean, Jacques Maghoma (Kerim Mrabti, 56), Gary Gardner, Jota (Connor Mahoney, 65), Michael Morrison.

Subs (not used): Connal Trueman, Craig Gardner, David Davis, Wes Harding.

Bookings: None.

Goals: Adams (16, 85).

Blackburn Rovers (4-5-1): David Raya, Ryan Nyambe, Harrison Reed (Adam Armstrong, 66), Jack Rodwell, Ritchie Smallwood, Danny Graham, Charlie Mulgrew, Amari’i Bell, Bradley Dack, Lewis Travis, Elliott Bennett.

Subs (not used): Jayson Leutwiler, Joe Rothwell, Ben Brereton, Joe Nuttall, Corry Evans, Craig Conway.

Bookings: Mulgrew (46)

Goals: Mulgrew (52), Graham (83).

Referee: Peter Bankes.

Attendance: 21,869 (1,232 Blackburn fans).