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Result: Late Grant Hanley goal denies Cardiff City first win

Grant Hanley nets on 89 minutes to earn a 1-1 draw for Blackburn Rovers against Cardiff City.

Grant Hanley struck an 89th-minute equaliser as Blackburn Rovers denied Cardiff City their first win of the Championship season in a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park this evening.

Only five minutes elapsed before the visitors moved ahead, as Joe Mason latched on to Lee Peltier's through-ball before slotting past David Raya.

Nevertheless, Blackburn initially responded well to the setback and came close to equalising on the nine-minute mark.

Goalkeeper David Marshall was handed a first start of the season after serving out a three-match ban, but there was no sign of rust as he kept out Nathan Delfouneso with a smart save.

Their momentum petered out and City almost doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when Anthony Pilkington's drive deflected narrowly wide of Raya's post.

Minutes later, Kagisho Dikgacoi drove inches wide from range after Raya spilled Joe Ralls's effort following a corner as the Bluebirds looked in full control.

It was Rovers who finished the half on top, as Shane Duffy spurned a good chance to grab a timely equaliser but he smashed over the bar from close range as the visitors survived.

Gary Bowyer's side retained that momentum throughout the break as the hosts laid siege to Cardiff's goal in the first 15 minutes of the second period.

First, Delfouneso's deflected half volley came back off the crossbar, before Hanley inexplicably missed the target with a header from two yards out.

However, the Rovers captain had the last laugh as he found himself unmarked at the near post, before side-footing home following a scramble to salvage a point for his side.

Having come into the clash in 14th, the Welsh side move one place up the table, while Blackburn, who were 17th, now sit 16th.

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Joe Mason of Cardiff City during the pre season friendly match between Cardiff City and Watford at Cardiff City Stadium on July 28, 2015
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