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Yeovil Town 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes scored his 13th goal of the season to earn Blackburn Rovers a second away win of the season at struggling Yeovil Town.

The striker's second-half goal ended Yeovil's four-match unbeaten run to leave the Glovers second from bottom in the Championship.

Tom Cairney and David Dunn went close in a dominant Blackburn first half.

After the break, Ishmael Miller hit the bar and Joe Ralls struck the post for Yeovil.

The win moves Blackburn to within four points of the play-off zone after recording back-to-back victories for the first time since October.

Blackburn striker DJ Campbell, who was one of six people questioned as part of a spot-fixing investigation and has been placed on bail until April 2014, was left out of Rovers' match-day squad - despite the 32-year-old returning to training this week.

Yeovil, who went into the game after successive draws, welcomed back goalkeeper Marek Stech following a four-month lay-off after he broke two bones in his hand against Birmingham City in August.

And Stech was busy early on as Blackburn piled on the pressure, with Cairney, Dunn and Rhodes all going close.

Yeovil were much improved in the second half, with Miller's powerful shot hitting the crossbar.

But, Rovers made Yeovil pay for some slack defending shortly before the hour mark when Dunn fed Rhodes, who clinically finished into the top corner.

Undeterred by the setback, Yeovil continued to threaten and came inches away from an equaliser minutes later when Ralls saw his curling effort crash off the post.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

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Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

"It's a disappointing result but we mustn't be devastated about it.

"We didn't get our passing game going in the first half and kept giving the ball away. If you do that against a top team in this division then you'll be in trouble.

"In the second half we kept the ball better, created a number of chances and hit the bar and the post. We were in the ascendancy, but then their goal came on the break against the run of play."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"Jordan is a top lad, his manners are unbelievable, he's polite and popular at the training ground.

"His work rate is phenomenal, he never moans or gets carried away and all he's bothered about is his next goal - it's a fantastic attitude to have.

"You saw today there's more than one player who will attract Premier League interest. I've got no problem with that as all of our players should want to play at the highest level. It's not just Jordan, we have a number of very good players."

Line-ups

Yeovil

  • 1Stech
  • 2AylingBooked at 76mins
  • 5WebsterSubstituted forDawsonat 35'minutes
  • 15Duffy
  • 3McAllisterBooked at 28mins
  • 4Edwards
  • 31LundstramBooked at 72minsSubstituted forUpsonat 74'minutes
  • 19Ralls
  • 21DavisSubstituted forHayterat 68'minutes
  • 23Grant
  • 27Miller

Substitutes

  • 7Dawson
  • 8Upson
  • 9Hayter
  • 10Foley
  • 12Stewart
  • 13Moore
  • 29Morgan

Blackburn

  • 13Eastwood
  • 27Henley
  • 16Dann
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forWilliamsonat 74'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 45Cairney
  • 12Marshall
  • 8DunnSubstituted forRochina Naixesat 67'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forGestedeat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 17Williamson
  • 23Rochina Naixes
  • 25Judge
  • 34Kean
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
7,179

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovilAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away25
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rubén Rochina.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede replaces Jordan Rhodes.

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

Foul by Ed Upson (Yeovil Town).

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

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Stech.

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

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

Attempt missed. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Ed Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Edwards with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ed Upson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Scott Dann.

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

James Hayter (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Booking

Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Chris Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Ed Upson replaces John Lundstram.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Stech.

Attempt saved. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Booking

John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Lundstram (Yeovil Town).

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Hayter.

goal

As It Stood

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2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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