Last Updated: 04/08/13 6:03pm
All over - Rovers rescue a point with a brilliant goal from Leon Best. A draw was a fair result overall, although Jordan Rhodes is protesting his denied penalty calls.
Rovers going for it in injury time, they won't want this one to end with the way they are playing. Keogh leaves it for his keeper with Best on his shoulder.
Best's tail is up and he tries to win it from an angle, but he is a long way off target. A low ball could have got a touch from one of several red shirts in the box.
Best has been a threat since replacing the luckless Rochina. Well deserved, and there are five minutes to be added on.
Taylor whipped it in from the right, Best volleyed with his right from eight yards out across and beyond Grant. Brilliant strike.
Coutts booked for a foul, then it spills over as a few frank exchanges of views take place between the two sides.
Judge loops the ball towards Rhodes, but it's too high and goes for a goal kick. Not many chances for the highly-rated Rovers striker today.
Hanley fouls Martin, who's had a physical challenge on his own since Russell went off, and who looks tired by his efforts.
Best makes space for Judge, but his final effort is wild and wide - with Rhodes furious in the centre at not seeing the ball once again.
Lowe breaks into the Derby box and shoots low, forcing Grant down to his left to make a decent save.
Derby clear, and Nigel Clough is off his feet for what he thinks is a foul on Bryson at the break. Nothing given.
Kane preads the play across from right to left, with Coutts handling a Spurr cross to conceded a free kick near the corner flag.
Rhodes has not featured as much as Rovers would want, with Derby now swarming all over the visitors when they do get the ball.
Hanley's back-header at a free kick goes straight at Grant - another that could have gone anywhere but Derby get away with it.
Leon Best spins away from Keogh but his shot from the edge of the box is weak, and straight at Grant.
Keogh then gets the ball in the net...but it is disallowed for a foul on Kean - but iof the Derby man had left it alone, the ball may have gone in and stood.
Fancy footwork from Will Hughes on the right, then he feeds Keogh whose shot draws a save out of Jake Kean.
Rovers hit the post! Best, sliding in at the far post, strikes the upright when it looked easier to score.
Judge, working hard, gets another cross in that is cleared away, but Rovers have looked better in the last few minutes.
Half hearted claims for a penalty for handball from Best, thinking the ball struck a Derby hand, are ignored.
Spurr get up on the left flank to apply some pressure, then Grant makes a confident claim at a cross.
Ward shakes off Kane by the touch line, crosses to Russell and his downwards header bounces back up at Kean.
Row Z would have been the best option for Kane there; either way, Rovers are still just one goal down, and Judge whips in a cross from the right that Russell gets back to cut out.
Kane is lucky, losing the ball on the edge of his box to Russell, but the striker rolls the ball just wide.
Freeman goes down under challenge by the corner flag, but Rovers get the free kick even though Hanley looked to have put the Derby man on the floor with the arm.
Rovers start off with some nice possession, then the ball goes off Best's shoulder from a deflected shot for a corner - that could have gone anywhere.
Luke Buxton's been back in touch via Twitter to say: "Fully expected the man Russell to score, albeit from the penalty spot, but a goal non the less. Interesting 2nd half ahead." Let's hear from some Rovers fans out there too!
The Rochina injury turned out to be a turning point in the first half, Rovers changed shape when he went off and Derby looked much more comfortable as a result. It's a funny old game.
Derby have not lost their first league fixture of the season since 2008, but Rovers have won the last five meetings between the two clubs.
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That is half time - Derby soaked up some considerable Rovers pressure and made the most of an error from Marrow to capitalise from the spot.
Chris Martin forces Kean into action with a fine, finger tipped save with a drive from outside the area. That was going in.
Rovers are back on the front foot after that shock to the system, and there will be six minutes added on.
Superb spot kick from the debutante, left foot curling the ball into the bottom corner. Against the run of play a bit, but few doubts on the penalty award.
It looked harmless enough, but Rochina fell awkwardly and has a history of shoulder problems - unlucky, and he has been Rovers best player so far.
Leon Best is coming on for the impressive Rochina, who looks to be in some trouble with this injury.
Rochina is down and clutching his shoulder by the near touchline after going down in a mild challenge.
Kean lobs another long-range shell forward but the long ball tactic is easily dealt with, then Ward breaks and sees his low cross cut out by the Rovers defence.
Judge tries to find Rghodes with a first-time pass from the left, but Derby deny the Rovers danger man the chance. Russell then heads wide at the other end..
Todd Kane fouls Ward with a reckless challenge from behind, but gets away with a talking-to from referee Attwell.
Liam Talbot Tweets us to say that Will Hughes is a "great player makes things tick, only fault is he can go missing when times get tough" - what do you think?
Derby breathe again as they clear another corner, but Rhodes had climbed above the defence and spurned a decent chance to score.
More pressure on Derby at a couple of corners, with Rhodes' header hitting Forsyth a yard out of goal.
Kean races out to put his foot through the ball for a throw, then Freeman shoots straight at the Rovers keeper from long distance.
Russell whips in a cross from the left flank, but it's too near Kean and the Rovers keeper catches with ease.
A third Rovers corner in quick time comes to nothing as the whistle blows for a foul by a red shirt.
The referee plays advantage as Judge is hacked down by Forsyth, but Rovers make nothing of the opportunity near the box.
Judge goes close, curling the ball just around the post with his right foot from the left of the area after nice set-up play from Rochina.
Will Hughes took his A Levels this summer - I feel old. The 18-year-old is the heartbeat of this Derby side, what do Derby fans think of him? Let me know tim.oscroft@bskyb,.com or @TimOscroft.
Kean pats down a Ward corner but Rovers hack it clear as Derby fail to make the most of the game's first corner.
Jordan Rhodes tries to get to a through-ball, but Lee Grant is brave and dives at the striker's feet to snuff out the chance.
Rochina tries a shot on the spin from just outside the box, it flies over the corner of post and crossbar.
Kean slides forward to colelct a deflected shot on the skiddy surface - its been raining at Pride Park.
The seemingly in-demand Will Hughes already pulling the strings in Derby's midfield. You can't miss him with that shock of white-blonde hair.
Rhodes somehow gets a knock down to Rochina, who stabs his shot wide from near the oenalty spot in the Derby area.
Judge tries a shot from around 20 yards, but he gets underneath it and Grant watches it loop into the seats behind him.
The teams are out, being led out by Roy McFarland and Brian Douglas, great names from Rovers and County respectively.
Rovers keeper Paul Robinson, in the Sky TV studio at Pride Park, says the mood around his club is vastly improved on last season. It will have to be for an improvement on last season.
Luke Buxton says: "Watch out for Derby's new striker Russell, he's been on fine form in pre-season (sent from the comfort of my living room)"
An east Midlands rival reckons a draw is on the cards: "I'm a Leicester City fan, I hope Blackburn will draw vs Derby, hope for a 2-2 draw but I think 1-1." says FootballMemes.
Ollie Clark Puyol, possibly not his real name, tunes in from LA, man: "Trying to watch Rovers all the way in Los Angeles! Going for a 3-1 Rovers win with 2 goals for Rhodes!" Get in touch like Ollie did on Twitter @TimOscroft.
Derby boss Nigel Clough is the longest serving manager in the Championship, having been appointed in January 2009. His Rovers counterpart Gary Bowyer was only installed permanently in May after a caretaker spell in succession to Michael Appleton.
Derby keeper Lee Grant starts for the Rams after six years away from Pride Park, having rejoined on a free transfer this summer.
As for Blackburn, Rovers fans must be hoping for stability after the traumas of last season, but what can they hope for in 2013-14? Let me know @TimOscroft on Twitter or email@example.com on email. Don't forget to say where in the world you are - tuning in from the beach? Trekking in the Himalayas? Curtains drawn in the living rom? I want to know!
So, what's on the agenda this term? Can Derby make a realistic push for promotion after a mid-table finish last season?
What do you make of those line-ups? Get in touch with me on Twitter @TimOscroft, or drop me a line via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know where in the world you are, what your hopes for this season are and I'll publish some of the best comments on here this afternoon.
Derby County: Grant, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyt, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes, Ward, Martin, Russell. Subs: Legzdins (GK), Sammon, Coutts, Smith, Eustace, Davies, Jacobs
Blackburn Rovers: Kean, Kane, Dann, Hanley, Spurr, Judge, Lowe, Marrow, King, Rochina, Rhodes. Subs: Dunn, Best, Eastwood, Olsson, Taylor, Givet, Cairney.
The teams for this final match in the opening round of the Sky Bet Championship are in, and here they are: