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Ewood Park (ATT 20,717) 3rd March 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Aston Villa A Villa

Blackburn 1

D Dunn (85)

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A Villa 1

C N'Zogbia (24)

Dunn heads Rovers a point

Former England international spares his home side's blushes

Last Updated: 05/03/12 9:06am

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David Dunn celebrates his late leveller

David Dunn celebrates his late leveller

David Dunn rose from the bench to inspire relegation-threatened Blackburn as his headed equaliser gave them a deserved point against Aston Villa.

Man of the match: Paul Robinson. On this type of form he is again one of the best keepers in the country Save of the match: Paul Robinson. His double save from Stephen Ireland and Alan Hutton was sublime. The latter was offside but the Rovers keeper was not to know Goal of the match: David Dunn. It capped a fine performance as he headed in the vital goal to level the scores Tackle of the match: Grant Hanley. He stopped Stephen Ireland with a firm challenge on the edge of his area before he strode out of defence with the ball to set up an attack

Villa dominated the opening half of the game and were rightly in front by the interval courtesy of a well-taken goal by Charles N'Zogbia.

However, credit to Steve Kean, he brought on Dunn and Martin Olsson at the start of the second half and it was the former who headed in Bradley Orr's teasing cross to seal the draw.

Villa dominated the early quarter of an hour, pinning the hosts back in their own half and almost grabbing a fourth-minute lead through Marc Albrighton.

N'Zogbia picked up the ball deep into the Rovers box and laid the ball back to the midfielder, who lashed his shot over the bar from eight yards.

Morten Gamst Pedersen headed away a dangerous corner from Albrighton before Rovers had their first chance when Pedersen's goalbound drive was blocked by the head of Stephen Warnock.

Slammed

Villa grabbed a deserved lead in the 24th minute when Carlos Cuellar threaded the ball to N'Zogbia in the box and he slammed a left-foot shot past Paul Robinson into the roof of the net.

N'Zogbia almost grabbed his second in the 44th minute when he struck a low, close-range shot which was superbly tipped away by Robinson.

And for all Villa's dominance, Kean's men almost grabbed an equaliser with the last kick of the first half when Junior Hoilett met a Pedersen cross but shot over from six yards.

Rovers looked brighter after the restart and came close to an equaliser in the 46th minute when Martin Olsson's low cross from the left just eluded Yakubu in front of goal.

Villa responded with a swift move which ended with Robinson blocking a low shot from Stephen Ireland, then recovering well to smother an attempted follow-up from Alan Hutton.

The home side had another chance in the 55th minute when Steven Nzonzi headed across the box and Scott Dann jumped to direct another header onto the roof of the net.

Enjoying

Rovers were enjoying their best spell of the game and came close again in the 61st minute when substitute Dunn fed Hoilett, whose drive was parried by Shay Given.

Given denied Rovers again in the 70th minute by reacting superbly to block a Pedersen shot after Orr's initial ball into the box had only been half-cleared.

Villa came close to extending their lead in the 79th minute when Robinson got down well to palm away Gabriel Agbonlahor's header from a Warnock cross.

But Rovers grabbed the equaliser their second-half performance deserved in the 84th minute when Orr floated in a ball from the right and substitute Dunn headed past Given at point-blank range.

Villa substitute Barry Bannan immediately responded with a long-range drive which Robinson did well to tip round his left-hand post.

Blackburn RoversTeam StatisticsAston Villa
1Goals1
01st Half Goals1
4Shots on Target5
7Shots off Target4
4Blocked Shots7
4Corners8
10Fouls5
1Offsides2
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
71.1Passing Success68.7
18Tackles25
72.2Tackles Success92
54.3Possession45.7
48.4Territorial Advantage51.6
432Total Passes367
26Total Crosses19
214Lost Balls196
56Recoveries54
41.21st Half Poss.58.8
67.32nd Half Poss.32.7

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