Blackburn Rovers 1 Aston Villa 1: Hourihane late show salvages point for under-fire Bruce

Aston Villa narrowly avoided defeat at Blackburn Rovers as an unconvincing performance kept Steve Bruce's position under the microscope.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce.   -  Getty Images

Conor Hourihane came to Aston Villa's rescue with a sublime last-gasp free-kick to secure a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The substitute curled home three minutes into stoppage time to snatch a result that keeps Villa two points outside the top six.

Though the vital equaliser meant the visitor avoided back-to-back defeats, it will do little to ease the pressure on Steve Bruce amid what is now a five-match winless run in the Championship.

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Blackburn had appeared set to pile on further misery when Bradley Dack broke the deadlock in the 76th minute, tucking in the loose ball following a goalmouth scramble.

Instead, Tony Mowbray's men were forced to be content with a fourth draw in seven matches and they sit level on points with Villa.