Striker Ashley Barnes scored his first league goals of the season with a brace as Brighton clinched their first home win since mid-September with victory over Blackburn.

Barnes scored his and Brighton's first from the penalty spot after Craig Conway was fouled.

Jake Forster-Caskey added a second with a header before Barnes made the win safe with a close-range finish late on.

The win moved Brighton up to 10th, while Blackburn are 13th.

Brighton, winless in their previous three games at the Amex, had a scare early on when Irish midfielder Alan Judge drove wide from the edge of the area following a good ball in from skipper Scott Dann.

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Blackburn midfielder Tom Cairney later had a shot charged down before Rovers defender Jason Lowe saw a deflected shot go just wide.

The Seagulls struggled to make much of an impact until on-loan Cardiff winger Craig Conway forced former Derby keeper Jake Kean to parry his fierce shot breaking in from the right in the 20th minute.

Rovers defenders Cairney and Todd Kane both needed treatment following a collision inside their own penalty box when Stephen Ward attempted to get around the back of the visitors rearguard.

Striker Barnes wasted a glorious opportunity to put the Seagulls ahead on 33 minutes when he blazed wastefully over after breaking clean through following a mistake by Lowe.

But Barnes kept his cool only two minutes later to put his side ahead with his first league goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Barnes gave keeper Kean no chance with a sweetly struck spot kick after substitute Etuhu brought down Conway.

Spanish midfielder David Lopez put a free kick from just outside the area over for Brighton but it was Rovers who finished the half on top with both Jordan Rhodes and Dann going close.

Rhodes should have hit the target when heading wide at the far post from a Joshua King cross, and then Seagulls keeper Tomasz Kuszczak expertly tipped over Dann's goal-bound header after Cairney's free kick.

Kuszczak did well again moments after the break by pushing a low drive from King round the post.

But Brighton were not having it all their own way and both King and Cairney had shots saved by the alert Kuszczak.

Young midfielder Forster-Caskey eased the Seagulls nerves, however, by doubling their advantage on 56 minutes by heading in a Conway cross.

Blackburn continued to seek a way back into the game and substitute David Dunn shot narrowly wide before a firm header from Tommy Spurr came back off the crossbar.

Barnes struck again to settle the outcome from close range 12 minutes from time from close range after Kean could only parry a goal-bound effort from Andrew Crofts.

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia said:

"Ashley Barnes wanted to take responsibility by taking the penalty which put us ahead, and that shows he has a strong personality.

"Sometimes fans's opinions can be divided, but with strikers supporters can think only in terms of goals.

"I let the players decide on who takes a penalty and Ashley wanted to score for his confidence. He is a player who helps others to score with his movement."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said:

"We are very disappointed to leave without anything, but we found their keeper inspired. He was the man of the match.

"Unfortunately, we gave three goals away and must cut out individual errors. They are very costly at this level.

"Had Jordan [Rhodes] scored just before half time it might have been a different game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 38 Ince
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 08 Crofts
  • 18 F-Caskey Booked (El-Abd - 89' )
  • 09 Barnes (Lita - 78' )
  • 21 D. López Booked (Bridcutt - 63' )
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 06 El-Abd
  • 10 Agustien
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 27 March
  • 44 Lita

Blackburn Rovers

  • 34 Kean
  • 02 Kane
  • 03 Spurr (Morris - 86' )
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann Booked
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 25 Judge (Dunn - 63' )
  • 17 Williamson (Etuhu - 31' Booked )
  • 07 King
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 45 Cairney

Substitutes

  • 05 Hanley
  • 08 Dunn
  • 12 Marshall
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 19 Taylor
  • 20 Etuhu
  • 24 Morris
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 27,912

Match Stats

Shots

15 18

On target

6 8

Corners

6 9

Fouls

9 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Blackburn Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:04

Attempt missed. Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +2:45

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

90:00 +1:01

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Dann.

90:00 +1:00

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

88:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam El-Abd replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

86:44

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:11

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Dann.

85:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Josh Morris replaces Thomas Spurr.

84:45

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway following a set piece situation.

83:53

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:53

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

81:44

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:44

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

79:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

78:58

Attempt saved. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

78:15

Hand ball by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leroy Lita replaces Ashley Barnes.

76:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Blackburn Rovers 0. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

76:56

Attempt saved. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Upson.

76:24

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jake Kean.

76:20

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

75:48

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:48

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

75:28

Attempt blocked. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

75:11

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Scott Dann.

74:42

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

72:07 Booking

Booking Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:50

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71:50

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:12

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

70:33

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

70:33

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

69:56

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:56

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

69:29

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

69:28

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Dickson Etuhu.

68:39

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box following a corner.

68:11

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

68:09

Attempt blocked. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

66:12

Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

64:52

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bruno.

63:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt replaces David López.

62:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Alan Judge.

61:34

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

60:28

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

60:28

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

59:15

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

59:15

Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:05

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

57:08

Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

56:39

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

55:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

53:06

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

52:39

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

51:41

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:00

David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:00

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

49:19

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

49:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:31 Booking

Booking Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:30

Delay in match Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

47:24

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:24

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

46:36

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 +3:33 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:41

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

45:00 +2:37

Attempt saved. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

45:00 +1:46

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

45:00 +1:46

Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:50

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon with a cross.

43:52

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

42:28

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

41:41 Booking

Booking Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:29

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:29

Foul by Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers).

38:37

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:37

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

38:14

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:14

Foul by Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers).

34:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

33:51

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Conway draws a foul in the penalty area.

33:51

Penalty conceded by Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

32:13

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

30:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dickson Etuhu replaces Lee Williamson because of an injury.

26:24

Hand ball by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

25:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:17

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

20:35

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

20:35

Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:01

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno.

18:18

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

18:17

Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

15:57 Booking

Booking David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:39

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

15:39

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

15:05

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

14:24

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bruno.

14:07

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

11:07

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joshua King with a headed pass.

9:36

Hand ball by Alan Judge (Blackburn Rovers).

6:20

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:20

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

5:33

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

5:33

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

5:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

4:55

Delay in match Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

4:12

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:12

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

0:34

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

0:34

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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