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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."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 16Keane
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 45Cairney
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forEtuhuat 85'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forDunnat 73'minutes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forVarneyat 77'minutes
  • 32Conway

Substitutes

  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 20Etuhu
  • 22Feeney

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 2SimpsonBooked at 27mins
  • 39Assou-EkottoSubstituted forYun Suk-youngat 77'minutes
  • 20Henry
  • 5Dunne
  • 21Young
  • 35Benayoun
  • 10CarrollSubstituted forMaigaat 68'minutes
  • 12KeaneSubstituted forAustinat 69'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 23Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 9Austin
  • 13Yun Suk-young
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy
  • 36O'Neil
  • 38Donaldson
  • 40Maiga
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
12,915

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.
Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Lowe tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.
Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).
Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt missed. Luke Young (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Michael Keane.
Attempt blocked. Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yossi Benayoun.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dickson Etuhu replaces Lee Williamson.
Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).
Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Modibo Maiga tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Yun Suk-Young.
Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yun Suk-Young replaces Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Rudy Gestede.
Attempt blocked. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Jordan Rhodes.
Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Karl Henry.
Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a through ball.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Austin replaces William Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Modibo Maiga replaces Tom Carroll.
William Keane (Queens Park Rangers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.
Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Tom Carroll tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Richard Dunne.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Simpson.
Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).
Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).
Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.
Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by William Keane (Queens Park Rangers).
Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.
Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).
Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jason Lowe.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.
Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
Foul by Luke Young (Queens Park Rangers).
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Craig Conway.
Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.
Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.
Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley41231443283
3Derby41219112572
4QPR412010111270
5Wigan411910121467
6Reading411712121363
7Brighton41161312961
8Ipswich41161312761
9Bournemouth41171014161
10Nottm Forest41141710759
11Blackburn41151412359
12Watford401414121656
13Middlesbrough41131612955
14Bolton41121514-351
15Sheff Wed41121316049
16Leeds4113820-1147
17Huddersfield41121019-746
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster41111020-2543
20Blackpool41101219-2442
21Charlton39101118-2041
22Millwall4191220-3039
23Barnsley4081220-2836
24Yeovil4181122-2535
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