Blackburn have been left pissed off after being held to a 0-0 draw by Hull at Ewood Park, however the level did see Jon Dahl Tomasson’s aspect transfer as much as sixth and again into the play-off spots.
Blackburn have been seeking to strike a decisive blow within the race for the highest six after wins for 5 rivals earlier within the day however couldn’t discover a well beyond the Tigers.
They began nicely sufficient and their stress ought to have led to a half-time lead however Tyrhys Dolan slotted large a gilt-edged likelihood. Roared on by 1,400 away followers, Hull shaded the second half and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh additionally missed the goal when nicely positioned because the guests appeared to money in on their ragged hosts.
A grandstand end evaded Blackburn, whose finest likelihood got here in stoppage time when Sorba Thomas struck the aspect netting however they’re now winless in 4 and though they’re a degree clear in sixth, it felt like a missed alternative and now units up a doubtlessly season-defining sport on Wednesday with seventh-placed Coventry.
Hull can be massively inspired by this efficiency following current efforts in opposition to different play-off chasing groups as they made it 5 with out defeat.
How Hull frstrated play-off chasing Blackburn…
Sam Gallagher was recalled to make his a hundred and fiftieth begin for Rovers whereas teenager Harry Leonard made his Hull debut.
Blackburn began confidently and after Ozan Tufan dragged a shot large, they carved Hull open however Joe Rankin-Costello blasted over from the sting of the world after beating the guests’ press.
Hull nearly profited from a unfastened Dominic Hyam move halfway via the half however Aynsley Pears shovelled Regan Slater’s 20-yard effort behind.
Dolan ought to have put Rovers forward within the thirty third minute when Ben Brereton Diaz’s move discovered him 12 yards out however he in some way shot large with simply Karl Darlow to beat.
Tyler Morton noticed a strong strike deflected over simply earlier than the break however afterwards, Hull have been a lot improved and nearly scored instantly after the kick-off however Slater dragged a shot large.
They need to have gone forward seven minutes later when Jean Seri’s incisive ball discovered Sayyadmanesh, who outmuscled Harry Pickering six yards out however despatched his shot agonisingly large of the far publish.
Sammie Szmodics hammered large as Blackburn appeared to up the tempo however on the different finish, Hull went shut once more as Adama Traore despatched a curling effort simply large of the left publish.
Regardless of a ragged second half, Blackburn stretched Hull and solely a beautiful sort out from Callum Elder prevented Brereton Diaz from getting a shot away.
The Tigers nearly profited from a late counter-attack as Rovers pushed for a winner however Slater lashed harmlessly over when nicely positioned.
A late Adam Wharton cross evaded all people and in stoppage time, Thomas lashed into the aspect netting from a decent angle.
‘Reaching the play-offs can be robust for Blackburn’
Former Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews on Sky Sports activities:
« It is simply a type of video games.
« If Dolan takes that chance within the first half Hull have to come back out extra and commit extra our bodies ahead, after which, with the kind of gamers Blackburn have, a counter-attacking menace themselves, it is a totally different sort of sport.
« I do not purchase into the similarities with final yr (when Blackburn fell simply wanting a play-off place). I’m within the camp that Jon Dahl Tomasson has performed a very good job.
« In fact, they need to preserve pushing ahead and they’re again within the play-offs with a sport in hand, however it will be troublesome for Blackburn due to who they need to play within the subsequent few weeks. »
What the managers mentioned…
Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson: « It was not the end result we wished. By no means. I feel when you have a look at the sport, I feel we did sufficient to win it.
« We have been dropping high quality in ending, taking too many touches as a substitute of taking pictures on purpose, and decision-making within the final third. On the different hand, a degree at this stage will be extraordinarily essential in the long term. We should not neglect that.
« I do not assume our efficiency was on the identical degree like in opposition to Huddersfield. However I feel we did sufficient to win it, however in fact we have been missing high quality in ending and decision-making. That is the distinction. That is why it is a draw and never a win right this moment. I do not assume that they had a whole lot of alternatives, the opponent.
« So disenchanted with the draw however at this stage, every level will be essential. 5 video games to go, nonetheless within the play-offs. I feel when you requested that at first of the season, all people would have taken that. Everyone, after two good runs within the cups as nicely. »
Hull head coach Liam Rosenior: « Bravery to dam photographs, bravery to defend, bravery to play out from the again when they’re urgent us.
« A few of our soccer from Karl (Darlow) minimize proper via them. They’re urgent Karl, he is staying calm, taking part in via the press.
« That is what I would like and the extra we do, the higher we’ll get at it. So, the phrase for tonight was simply bravery.
« I believed we have been wonderful in opposition to an excellent crew. I’ve mentioned earlier than, I need to play our approach. I believed it was two actually good footballing groups going at it.
« It wasn’t a 0-0 sport. I believed both aspect might have gained the sport however I actually loved watching that.
« Jon’s performed an amazing job with a very younger crew, taking part in in a sure approach and we’re getting there.
« We have been fearless right this moment. Younger Harry Vaughan epitomised that together with his efficiency and there was a whole lot of actually constructive issues to come back out of tonight. »
Either side are again in motion on Wednesday evening. Blackburn host Coventry in a 7.45pm kick-off reside on the Sky Sports activities Soccer Crimson Button & Sky Sports activities app. Hull head to Middlesbrough in an 8pm kick-off reside on Sky Sports activities Soccer.