Former Leeds academy midfielder Tom Cairney inspired Blackburn to victory against his old club at Elland Road.

Cairney, 22, on loan from Hull, laid on first-half goals for Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede.

Rhodes scored in the 13th minute with a right-foot shot from the right side of the box into the bottom-left corner.

Luckless Leeds

Leeds have now not won any of the last five meetings between the teams

Gestede headed into the same spot from close range in the 36th minute, before Matt Smith fired home for Leeds after 52 minutes following a defensive error.

Leeds had the first chance after just 11 seconds when captain Rodolph Austin's 25-yard shot was deflected behind.

Blackburn took the lead after Cairney beat the Leeds offside trap and played the ball in behind their three centre-halves.

Rhodes was in the clear and fired confidently past Paddy Kenny.

Rovers had further chances from Lee Williamson and DJ Campbell before doubling their lead.

Cairney, who is now heading back to Hull, crossed following a corner and Gestede planted his header past Kenny.

Blackburn had a penalty claim turned down when Gestede went down under a challenge from Luke Murphy.

Leeds dragged themselves back into the game seven minutes after half-time following an error from left-back Tommy Spurr.

He went to sleep following a poor back-pass from Ross McCormack. Sam Byram dashed in to set up Smith to tap into an empty net.

Leeds had a penalty shout when McCormack was brought down by Williamson. Then, at the other end, Campbell went over after a challenge from Marius Zaliukas.

Smith had two efforts cleared off the line and Alex Mowatt hit the bar for Leeds and, with under 10 minutes left, Rhodes headed against the bar for Rovers.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"We have to improve the squad; I have to, we have to try and bring in two, three, four players who can come in and play. That is really important.

"We need players who know the level and have played in this league before. We know that and we have to try and find them.

"We are looking a bit leg weary but we are squeezing all we can out of the players and they are doing all they can. I have already spoken to someone and it would be good if we could do something."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"[Hull manager] Steve Bruce must be sick of my number coming up on his phone. Tom is a Hull player and we must be respectful of that but Steve has been great to allow Tom to come here with us.

"He [Jordan Rhodes] increases his value with every goal but the owners don't want to sell him, it's as simple as that. You can never say never at any price, look at Ronaldo or Gareth Bale with a monster, monster bid. But we are in no rush.

"I would expect a lot of interest but I would expect interest in a lot of players. Jordan has a good relationship with everyone at the club and wants to get to the Premier League with Blackburn."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Leeds United

  • 01 Kenny
  • 25 Byram
  • 16 Pugh
  • 05 Pearce
  • 24 Zaliukas Booked
  • 04 Lees (Poleon - 77' )
  • 06 Murphy (Ariyibi - 45' )
  • 08 Austin Booked
  • 44 McCormack Booked
  • 20 Smith
  • 36 Mowatt (Brown - 88' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 02 Peltier
  • 11 Varney
  • 17 Brown
  • 22 Wootton
  • 26 Poleon
  • 27 Ariyibi
  • 33 Cairns

Blackburn Rovers

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 12 Marshall
  • 03 Spurr
  • 17 Williamson
  • 16 Dann Booked
  • 05 Hanley
  • 19 Taylor
  • 45 Cairney
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Gestede
  • 10 Campbell (King - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 07 King
  • 15 Songo'o
  • 23 Rochina
  • 25 Judge
  • 31 Mahoney
  • 34 Kean
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 30,145

Match Stats

Shots

16 13

On target

4 6

Corners

4 4

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90:00 +1:12 Booking

Booking Michael Brown (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:03

Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

90:00 +1:03

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

88:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Alex Mowatt because of an injury.

86:34

Delay in match Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) because of an injury.

85:52

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

84:19

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

83:32

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor tries a through ball, but Thomas Spurr is caught offside.

81:36

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

81:36

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

81:08

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

78:31

Offside, Leeds United. Sam Byram tries a through ball, but Dominic Poleon is caught offside.

76:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Dominic Poleon replaces Tom Lees.

75:06

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

75:00

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

74:22

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

73:34

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:34

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

71:33

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

71:25

Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

71:22

Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gboly Ariyibi.

70:44

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:44

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

69:22

Offside, Leeds United. Jason Pearce tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

67:25

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:25

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

67:10

Attempt missed. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

66:33 Booking

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

66:25

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

66:25

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:51

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

65:01 Booking

Booking Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:57

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

64:57

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

64:38

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:38

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

64:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces DJ Campbell.

63:30

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Byram.

60:23 Booking

Booking Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

60:22 Booking

Booking Ross McCormack (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

59:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

58:14

Delay in match Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

57:30

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a set piece situation.

56:52

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

56:52

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

54:47

Offside, Leeds United. Danny Pugh tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

54:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:49

Delay in match Matt Smith (Leeds United) because of an injury.

53:19

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

52:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Byram.

48:28

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

48:28

DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:36

Gboly Ariyibi (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:36

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

46:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:15

Delay in match Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

45:57

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

45:20

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Gboly Ariyibi replaces Luke Murphy.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 2.

43:14

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:14

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

39:44

Attempt saved. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Pearce with a cross.

37:56

Attempt saved. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Williamson.

35:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

35:12

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

35:09

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

34:39

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lees.

33:22

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

32:28

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

32:28

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

30:52

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:05

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

16:22

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

16:15

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:43

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

15:43

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

15:14

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

12:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

11:08

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

11:08

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

10:25

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

9:53

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Pugh.

5:58

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr tries a through ball, but Chris Taylor is caught offside.

1:37

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

0:14

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Scott Dann.

0:12

Attempt blocked. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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