Tommy Spurr scored his first home goal for Blackburn as they beat Leeds to secure a first victory in three games.

David Dunn had gone close for the hosts before the midfielder's corner was prodded home by defender Spurr on the stroke of half-time.

Before Spurr's strike, Leeds had also had a chance to go ahead when Danny Pugh was left one-on-one with Jake Kean but the home keeper saved wonderfully.

Defeat for Brian McDermott's side ended a run of three consecutive wins.

Rovers end long Leeds run

It is over a decade since Blackburn last beat Leeds at home in the league. Garry Flitcroft scored in the 1-0 Premier League victory in September 2002

It means Leeds remain seventh, while victory for Rovers - their first over any side in the top nine - moves them to within four points off the play-offs.

Gary Bowyer's side created the best openings early on as Dunn and Todd Kane drew saves from Leeds goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

For all of Blackburn's efforts, though, it was Leeds who carved out the best chance of the half when Luke Varney headed on to Ross McCormack, whose delightful flick found the onrushing Pugh, with just the goalkeeper to beat - but Kean diverted the ball behind.

Chris Taylor, who replaced Lee Williamson, impressed throughout and forced a fine save from Kenny just before the interval. The former Oldham man collected Josh King's cross 20 yards out and swivelled before firing a left-foot shot that the Leeds goalkeeper did well to get down to.

Blackburn's pressure finally told in first-half injury time when Spurr got on the end of Dunn's corner to poke in.

The visitors showed signs of life with 16 minutes to go when Rudolph Austin found space for a shot in the area but lashed into the side netting.

McCormack also went close when he cut in from the left late on, but his shot went wide.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on Tommy Spurr: "He's been a fantastic signing for a free transfer. You know exactly what you're going to get and fans love him because of that.

"His performances have been very, very consistent for us and we're delighted for him. We've encouraged him to score more goals and he always gives us a good celebration when he does!

"We showed some unbelievable character. We matched what Leeds threw at us but still had bravery to play our game and that was important and we played some good stuff today."

Leeds boss Brian McDermott: "I didn't think we deserved to lose. I think if we'd have scored in the first half we would have won the game.

"They took the ascendancy in the last 15 minutes of the first half, scored the goal from a set-play which is obviously disappointing, then it became a real battle and our players tried to get something from the game. It wasn't pretty and we couldn't quite do it which was disappointing.

"The first goal today proved to be the most important."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 34 Kean
  • 02 Kane
  • 03 Spurr
  • 45 Cairney
  • 16 Dann
  • 05 Hanley
  • 19 Taylor
  • 06 Lowe
  • 11 Rhodes (Campbell - 84' )
  • 08 Dunn (Marshall - 62' )
  • 07 King

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 10 Campbell
  • 12 Marshall
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 21 Marrow
  • 23 Rochina
  • 27 Henley

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier (Byram - 59' )
  • 16 Pugh
  • 05 Pearce
  • 24 Zaliukas Booked
  • 04 Lees
  • 06 Murphy (Poleon - 81' )
  • 36 Mowatt Booked
  • 11 Varney Booked (Smith - 59' )
  • 44 McCormack
  • 08 Austin

Substitutes

  • 15 Warnock
  • 17 Brown
  • 18 Tonge
  • 20 Smith
  • 25 Byram
  • 26 Poleon
  • 33 Cairns
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 20,267

Match Stats

Shots

13 6

On target

5 2

Corners

8 5

Fouls

5 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 0.

90:00 +4:00

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but DJ Campbell is caught offside.

90:00 +3:00

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Joshua King.

90:00 +2:47

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

90:00 +2:43

Attempt blocked. Patrick Kenny (Leeds United) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

90:00 +1:50

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Scott Dann.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt blocked. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

89:49 Booking

Booking Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:43

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:43

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

87:06

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:06

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

86:08

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dominic Poleon.

83:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Jordan Rhodes.

80:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Luke Murphy.

79:54

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

79:54

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

78:48

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:48

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

76:23

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

75:31 Booking

Booking Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:25

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

75:25

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

73:25

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross.

71:43

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

71:43

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:42

Offside, Leeds United. Tom Lees tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

68:31

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jake Kean.

66:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:58

Delay in match Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

63:57

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

63:18

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

63:16

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

62:39

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Alex Mowatt.

61:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces David Dunn.

59:21

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

59:21

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

58:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Luke Varney.

58:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Sam Byram replaces Lee Peltier.

56:44

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

55:17

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

55:17

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

53:57

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

53:57

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

53:13

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

53:13

Luke Varney (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:10

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

50:53

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

50:53

Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:22

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

45:48

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +2:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 0.

45:00 +1:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Leeds United 0. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Dunn with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:04

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Pugh.

44:39

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

44:39

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:06

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lees.

42:37

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

41:59

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

41:57

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

41:04

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

41:04

Luke Varney (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:22 Booking

Booking Luke Varney (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

40:16

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

40:16

Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

38:59

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

36:18

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:18

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

32:45

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jake Kean.

32:37

Attempt saved. Danny Pugh (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

31:29

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:29

Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

30:19

Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

28:49

Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

28:49

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:13

Attempt missed. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

25:58

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

25:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:10

Delay in match Ross McCormack (Leeds United) because of an injury.

23:22

Offside, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt tries a through ball, but Danny Pugh is caught offside.

21:30

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

21:30

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:43

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

15:53

Attempt saved. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

15:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:17

Delay in match David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

12:45

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Varney with a headed pass.

10:25

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

10:25

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

8:57

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Todd Kane.

4:25

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Kenny.

4:22

Attempt saved. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

0:11

Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

0:11

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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