Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes grabbed his 50th league goal for Blackburn Rovers to help them to victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Ipswich Town.

Both sides had chances in the first period but it was the hosts who went ahead when Rhodes scored against his former club with a superb low shot.

Rudy Gestede sealed the win late on with a close-range header.

Rovers are still seven points off the play-off places but are now just two points behind Ipswich.

The Tractor Boys will rue a missed opportunity to stay within one victory of the top six having had several decent first-half opportunities.

They should have been ahead after 26 minutes when Daryl Murphy headed over with the goal gaping following a Jonathan Williams cross, while Williams also forced a fine save from goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

At the other end Tom Cairney went close with a bending effort that Dean Gerken did well to save and the away goalkeeper also had to be at his best to tip away Michael Keane's glancing header.

Williams was the most likely source of an Ipswich goal and again went close with a low strike after a superb run and Robinson then pulled off an acrobatic save to tip away Frank Nouble's long-range strike.

But it was Rovers who went ahead just past the hour when Rhodes latched on to Gestede's clever flick and found the bottom corner with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

Gestede should have made it two only to shoot wildly over, but it did not matter as he made amends by heading in Craig Conway's free-kick through a flurry of players.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer praised the club's record signing Jordan Rhodes:

"I thought it was an outstanding goal. A through-ball from Rudy and he's took it with his left foot and it's a fantastic finish.

"I find it difficult to find more words to say about him other than 'phenomenal' and 'outstanding'.

"That's 13 clean sheets for the season and the effort and energy levels of our lads today was superb."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"I think we were equally as good or equally as bad as the opposition up until that goal went in because it wasn't a great game. But it's an £8m striker's goal.

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Post-match: Ipswich manager McCarthy

"We've got to come back and do it again. Six games to play, see how many points we can get.

"We're not in the best position to get in the play-offs. Reading are in that and it's theirs to lose now."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4027853889
2Burnley40221443180
3QPR402010101470
4Derby40209112369
5Wigan401910111567
6Reading401712111563
7Nottm Forest40141610758
8Brighton40151312658
9Ipswich40151312558
10Bournemouth40161014-158
11Blackburn40141412156
12Watford391314121353
13Middlesbrough40121612752
14Sheff Wed40121216048
15Bolton40111514-448
16Leeds4013819-847
17Huddersfield40121018-546
18Birmingham40111019-843
19Doncaster40111019-2443
20Blackpool40101218-2242
21Charlton3891118-2138
22Barnsley3981219-2736
23Millwall4081220-3136
24Yeovil4081121-2435
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