Jordan Rhodes scored his ninth goal in seven games to fire Blackburn to victory and end Watford's three-match league winning streak.

Rhodes, 23, headed home the second-half winner having spurned two earlier good opportunities.

In a match of few chances, Javier Acuna went closest for Watford with a header blocked by Todd Kane.

Watford passed up a chance to go second as they drop out of the top six, with Blackburn up to eighth.

Rovers, who have now lost just one of their last seven matches - winning four - rarely looked threatened by their visitors and could have won more convincingly.

Looking for a fourth successive win for the first time since January 2011, Watford struggled to break down Blackburn's solid rear guard as Gianfranco Zola's men were surprisingly subdued.

The first chance fell to Rhodes but, from Corry Evans' clever through ball, the former Huddersfield man could only drag his shot wide.

At the other end Lewis McGugan, making his 150th career league start, volleyed a 25-yard shot wide before Todd Kane blocked Acuna's goal-bound header for the visitors.

It was the hosts who looked the more dangerous and almost took the lead just before the break when Evans' volley was inches wide.

Rhodes spurned another chance on the hour mark from close range before the lightning-quick Josh King had a low shot easily saved by visiting goalkeeper Manuel Almunia after racing down the right.

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute as Tommy Spurr's long throw was flicked on by Scott Dann and Rhodes headed home the winner.

The striker was only denied a second by Almunia's fingertips in the dying seconds.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer: "Outstanding effort. We backed up the performance on Saturday with an excellent win against a top, top team.

"Jordan Rhodes is appreciative of his team mates. I don't get bored about talking about Jordan. He deserves the plaudits because of his finishing.

"But the other lads are doing tremendous work as well.

"Watford were top scorers before the game and we kept a clean sheet and that says a lot about our young team."

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola: "Disappointed with the result and performance. I knew it would not be a great game of football because that was the sixth game the two teams have played in 17 days.

"I didn't expect us to concede that goal. We were not brilliant going forward, the quality of passing and penetration was not great.

"A lot is a consequence of too many games being played. Strange because then, after this weekend, in 23 days we play one game. The system is strange and the quality of football can't be great."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 34 Kean
  • 02 Kane
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann (Kilgallon - 90' )
  • 05 Hanley
  • 45 Cairney
  • 29 Evans Booked
  • 09 Best Booked (Marshall - 61' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 07 King (Olsson - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 12 Marshall
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 14 Olsson
  • 17 Williamson
  • 21 Marrow
  • 25 Judge

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 19 Faraoni Booked
  • 21 Anya
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 04 Angella
  • 05 Belkalem
  • 07 Battocchio (Forestieri - 72' )
  • 23 Iriney (McEachran - 61' )
  • 09 Deeney
  • 15 Acuña (Fabbrini - 45' )
  • 10 McGugan Booked

Substitutes

  • 08 McEachran
  • 11 Forestieri
  • 12 Doyley
  • 16 Murray
  • 18 Pudil
  • 20 Fabbrini
  • 30 Bond
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 12,981

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

4 2

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Watford 0.

90:00 +10:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Watford 0.

90:00 +5:22 Booking

Booking Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:15

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

90:00 +5:15

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:24

Foul by Essaïd Belkalem (Watford).

90:00 +4:24

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:22

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Watford).

90:00 +3:22

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:33

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

90:00 +2:16

Attempt saved. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini with a cross.

90:00 +1:44

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:44

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +0:20

Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Matthew Kilgallon replaces Scott Dann because of an injury.

89:18

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:18

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

87:23

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

85:55

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:02

Foul by Essaïd Belkalem (Watford).

85:02

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:04

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

83:11 Booking

Booking Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:02

Fernando Forestieri (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:02

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

82:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson replaces Joshua King.

81:45

Essaïd Belkalem (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:45

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

80:42

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni.

78:30

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

75:34

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Todd Kane.

74:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

74:16

Delay in match Diego Fabbrini (Watford) because of an injury.

73:52

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

71:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Fernando Forestieri replaces Cristian Battocchio.

70:55

Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70:24

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Scott Dann.

68:31

Joshua McEachran (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:31

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

67:36

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

66:20

Foul by Marco Davide Faraoni (Watford).

66:20

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Watford 0. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a headed pass.

62:52

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

62:18

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

60:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Joshua McEachran replaces Iriney.

60:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Leon Best.

60:13

Foul by Essaïd Belkalem (Watford).

60:13

Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:47

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:37

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Joshua King.

57:37

Attempt saved. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

55:30

Attempt missed. Ikechi Anya (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a cross.

54:30

Manuel Almunia (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:30

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

52:05

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:05

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

51:29

Lewis McGugan (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:29

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

50:01

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:59

Diego Fabbrini (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:59

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

47:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:59

Delay in match Lewis McGugan (Watford) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Watford 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Watford. Diego Fabbrini replaces Javier Acuña.

45:00 +3:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Watford 0.

45:00 +3:18

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +2:42

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gabriele Angella.

45:00 +1:55

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Todd Kane.

44:16

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

44:16

Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:41

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

41:48

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:15

Foul by Javier Acuña (Watford).

41:15

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:56

Attempt missed. Gabriele Angella (Watford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney with a headed pass.

36:00

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

30:08

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Corry Evans.

26:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

26:34 Booking

Booking Lewis McGugan (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:41

Delay in match Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

25:40

Delay in match Lewis McGugan (Watford) because of an injury.

25:28

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Watford).

25:28

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:25

Attempt missed. Cristian Battocchio (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.

24:11

Attempt blocked. Javier Acuña (Watford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Davide Faraoni with a cross.

23:22 Booking

Booking Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

23:18

Hand ball by Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers).

18:20

Foul by Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers).

18:20

Essaïd Belkalem (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:57

Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

14:42

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Corry Evans.

12:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

11:07

Delay in match Javier Acuña (Watford) because of an injury.

8:26

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Best.

7:06

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Todd Kane.

6:06

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

5:36

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marco Davide Faraoni.

5:00

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:29

Offside, Watford. Troy Deeney tries a through ball, but Cristian Battocchio is caught offside.

1:11

Javier Acuña (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:11

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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