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Blackburn share spoils at Molineux

Gary Bowyer signed off from his stint as Blackburn caretaker boss with a point while Wolves' new era under Dean Saunders started with a share of the spoils after an entertaining 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Michael Appleton's switch from Blackpool to Lancashire rivals Rovers on a two-and-a-half-year deal was finally confirmed just two hours prior to kick-off, meaning he was not in attendance in the Black Country and instead watched the televised fixture.

Bowyer, with three wins from his three previous games at the helm, remarkably looked set to hand over the reins boasting a 100pc record after Jordan Rhodes' contentious first-half penalty handed the visitors the lead.



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But Roger Johnson, with only his second goal for Wanderers, nodded home in the 74th minute to level matters and ensure both sides rightfully finished with a point apiece, ensuring Saunders' reign started in solid fashion.

Blackburn supporters have hardly reacted with enthusiasm to Appleton's selection but they will now hope Bowyer gets a place among his backroom staff after his impressive spell in charge.

Wolves fans will be happy after watching a much more energised performance than under predecessor Stale Solbakken.

Wanderers started on the front foot in the opening quarter, applying plenty of pressure and looking lively. Yet it was the visitors who took the lead midway through the half.

Wolves made a mess of things defensively and gave away a cheap free-kick 20 yards out in a wide position, which was played short to Ruben Rochina.

He danced into the area before receiving minimal contact from Bakary Sako and the Spaniard made the most of it, with referee Dean Whitestone initially failing to award the penalty before his assistant flagged, leaving Rhodes to do the rest from the spot.

But Saunders introduced Jamie O'Hara in the 73rd minute and he swung the ball in for Johnson to nod home.