Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Ewood Park
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
1-1
DerbyDerby County
Gestede (47')
Marshall (21')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Bamford (84')
Ward (45'), Bryson (88')

Half-Time Report: Blackburn Rovers holding Derby County at Ewood Park

Half-Time Report: Blackburn holding Derby at Ewood
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Blackburn Rovers keep the Championship's highest scorers Derby County quiet for the opening 45 minutes at Ewood Park to enter the break goalless with the Rams.

Blackburn Rovers kept the Championship's most prolific team quiet for the opening 45 minutes at Ewood Park to enter the break goalless with Derby County.

Steve McClaren's promotion-chasing Rams have scored 50 times in 26 games this season but were restricted to just one shot on target in the first half in Lancashire.

Rovers striker Rudy Gestede had the first sight of goal on 10 minutes as his looping header was tipped over the crossbar, and Lee Grant also kept out the forward's deflected strike on the half-hour.

The hosts continued to apply pressure on Derby in the pouring rain but an injury to each side disrupted the opening period, as Blackburn's Ben Marshall was forced off and replaced by Lee Williamson.

Highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes was not named in the County side for the first time when he has been available this season, but was soon called upon off the bench as Jeff Hendrick limped off.

Hendrick was one of the Derby players that had earlier fired wide from distance, with Chris Martin also shooting past the post, while at the other end Tom Cairney came close with a dipping effort.

Will Hughes of Derby County in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Derby County and West Bromwich Albion at Pride Park Stadium on July 27, 2013
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