Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

Blackburn's Tommy Spurr

Blackburn Rovers put another dent in QPR's automatic promotion hopes with a second successive Championship win to boost their own play-off hopes.

Rudy Gestede gave the hosts the early advantage with a 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Tommy Spurr doubled the lead with a low strike from inside the penalty area soon after the break.

Harry Redknapp

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Post-match: QPR manager Redknapp

Rangers are now 13 points behind second-placed Burnley while Rovers are now just four points off the top six.

With just five games of the season remaining, Harry Redknapp's team may now have to settle for the play-offs following successive losses and there is a possibility they could meet Gary Bowyer's men there too after Rovers extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

Manchester United loanee Will Keane, whose brother Michael was in the Blackburn line-up, twice went close early on for the visitors but soon afterwards Gestede gave Rovers a lead they did not look like losing.

The former Cardiff forward collected Tom Cairney's pass and took one touch before drilling a 25-yard shot beyond Rob Green for his seventh goal for the club.

Former England goalkeeper Green's mistake three minutes into the second period proved costly for the visitors.

Gary Bowyer

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Post-match: Blackburn manager Bowyer

Full-back Spurr edged into the area and fired a hopeful shot towards Green's near post and he allowed the ball to creep between his body and the woodwork.

Keane struck a post late on for QPR, who introduced top scorer Austin as a second-half substitute following a lengthy absence through injury, but even his presence made no difference to the scoreline.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We've had some impressive halves and spells in games but for a complete 90 minutes we were excellent and the players deserve all the credit.

"Everybody from start to finish, they were right at it and they were truly a credit to their football club tonight against a tough team.

"The craziness of the Championship has got five games left so I'm sure it'll spin out loads of different permutations throughout them."

QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond:

"I think we probably thought that [automatic promotion] was going to be nigh on impossible for us before this evening.

"Obviously we just want to go into the latter part of the season in as good form as we can and try to get a bit of momentum.

"Everyone knows how important it is in the most important part of the season, and hopefully that will culminate in a play-off spot."

As It Stood

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