After a dreary 60 minutes and a two-goal deficit, miraculoussubstitutions sparked a brilliant comeback for Blues, enabling Monk’s men toclaim a point at Ewood Park in the abysmal weather conditions. A Craig Gardnerpenalty and a Che Adams goal ensured that Blues didn’t leave Lancashireempty-handed, here are my player ratings for today’s game.
GK: Lee Camp
Another mixed game for Camp, who was arguably at fault for the second goal and followed with a fantastic save to deny a Blackburn third. Was unable to do much more for the first, therefore was a fairly average performance from the Northern-Irishman. 6.5/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
A poor start to the game, the Frenchman gradually worked his way into the second half as Blues sparked a fantastic comeback, worked well to hold off Blackburn attacks which could’ve led to many more goals conceded. 6/10.
CB: Marc Roberts
Brought in by Monk following Morrison’s injury lay-off, and was unfortunately substituted after nine minutes. It’s a massive shame for Roberts, who hasn’t endured the best time at Blues following his arrival from Barnsley last season, and when given a chance in the team, he gets injured early on. N/A.
CB: Harlee Dean
Made captain following Morrison’s injury, but didn’t follow up with a captain’s performance. It was difficult for him without his partner-in-crime Morrison next to him. He was brought down by Smallwood after a darting run in the late stages of the game. 5.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
Despite a few attacking runs, the Dane was unable to create very much from the poor crosses, on the other hand it was a decent defensive performance from Pedersen who, despite the defence conceding twice, improved in the second half of the game. 6.5/10.
RM: Conor Mahoney
How Mahoney was taken off instead of Maghoma stuns me, it was another bright performance for Mahoney on his return to Ewood Park, where he came through as a youngster before his move to Bournemouth. Despite not creating much, it was a decent all-round performance from the youngster who always puts in a good shift. 7/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
Improved a lot when playing alongside his older brother in the second half, it was another good shift from Gary who, once again, worked tirelessly for the entirety of the match, he has slotted into our midfield extremely well this season, and continues to improve. 7/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
An extremely poor performance from the Dutchman today, who was taken off on the hour mark at 2-0 down. Was unable to win much in the middle of the park and couldn’t provide anything going forward when it was needed the most, a disappointing performance from a usually great player. 5/10.
LM: Jacques Maghoma
Despite a run of decent form for Maghoma, including a goal againstPreston, it was another poor performance from Maghoma, who has been a shadow ofhis former self which dazzled us last season. Created very little and was thereforevery quiet throughout the game. Should’ve been taken off instead of Mahoney. 4/10.
ST: Che Adams
This is a changed man we are witnessing. A bulky striker who seemed to have lost his pace at the start of the season has just scored his tenth goal of the season, his seventh in the ten previous games. Adams’ performances are showing what he’s capable of, and this man is fantastic. 8/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Despite the goals drying up, it was another decent performance from Juke who managed to grab an assist for the equaliser. He consistently puts in 110% and it can be argued that today, like most games, he deserved a goal. 7/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Wes Harding
Harding’s best performance all season, as he replicated form we saw in the previous campaign. Brought on for Roberts after nine minutes and the youngster slotted in very well, despite conceding two goals, it was an all-round solid performance from Harding, especially in the second half. 7.5/10.
The Spaniard finally returned after his injury sustained against Hull, and really changed the game alongside Craig Gardner, who collectively sparked the come-back. We’ve missed Jota very much in the last few games, and it’s good to have him back. 7/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Craig Gardner
Changed the game in midfield after he was brought on in place of Kieftenbeld. Scored the penalty to reduce the deficit to one, and assisted the assister for an Adams equaliser, it was a fantastic performance for Craig who was given 30 minutes to get something from this game, and he did. 8.5/10 MOTM
By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.