Date: 23rd July 2014 at 10:47pm
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Accrington Stanley kept their unbeaten run going in pre season with a two all draw with Blackburn Rovers tonight.

Blackburn started brightly as you would expect from them at their level in the Championship and Accrington had to defend stoutly at the beginning of the first half with Rovers having a number of chances that they failed to convert.

Slowly as the half wore on, we got more into it, and Accrington took the lead in the game as Kal Naismith broke down the right and put the ball in for Piero Mingoia to slam into the net from inside the 18 year box.

Blackburn didn’t respond straight away to this and Stanley could’ve doubled our lead on 26 minutes as James Gray put the ball into the net only to be ruled out for offside.

We were in our pomp at this point and had other chances ourselves, but Blackburn weren’t going to lie down for long and equalised themselves through David Dunn just before the half time break.

With the momentum shifting, Rovers came out brightly in the second half again but we dealt better with it this time, and a good counter attack saw Gray slip in behind the back four and he finished to put us one goal to the good again.

Gary Bowyer’s side came back though again and only five minutes later as we had issues defensively and and when Andrew Dawber went to ground after colliding with Jordan Rhodes, it left Tom Cairney free to slot it in.

The unfortunate collision meant that Dawber had to come off the pitch on a stretcher and he was replaced, but Gray did have another opportunity on 70 minutes to have given us the lead again, but he his the woodwork instead.

Substitutions after this point effectively killed the game, but Blackburn did have one late chance themselves but neither team could add to their tallies.

Accrington:

Dawber (Turner), Hunt, Aldred (Atkinson), Winnard, Liddle (Beverley), Naismith (Martin), Joyce, Windass (Goulding), Mingoia, Hatfield (Clunan), Gray (Ormerod).