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Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Reading

Blackburn Rovers v Reading
Glenn Murray (l) equalised for Reading but his side could not take anything from their game at Blackburn

Rudy Gestede scored in each half as Blackburn Rovers beat Reading to register a third successive victory.

The win puts Gary Bowyer's side just four points behind current Championship leaders Watford.

Gestede's header from Ben Marshall's cross gave Blackburn the lead but Glenn Murray's tap-in levelled for Reading.

A superb Marshall free-kick restored Rovers' advantage and Gestede knocked in a rebound after Jordan Rhodes had nodded against the post for 3-1.

Marshall leads the way for Rovers
Blackburn winger Ben Marshall has scored five goals this season, including three in his last four appearances for Rovers.

Blackburn have hit form in recent weeks and are now unbeaten in five games, helped by a series of impressive performances from winger Marshall, who was involved in all three goals for the hosts.

Murray hit the crossbar early on for Reading, who remain in mid-table, and after ex-Cardiff forward Gestede powered a header past Adam Federici, Crystal Palace loanee Murray fired an angled shot wide.

A tame effort from Rhodes should have made it 2-0, and that miss proved temporarily costly as Murray converted Jordan Obita's low centre to equalise.

Marshall found the bottom corner from 30 yards to put Blackburn back in front, and the game was over as a contest when his cross resulted in the home side's third.

Reading have lost five of their last six away matches in all competitions and won one of their last eight league fixtures.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on winger Ben Marshall: "You look at the goals and Marshy's contributed to all three. We're delighted with his contribution, but I keep saying it - there's more to come from him. I thought his work-rate was terrific.

"We get stronger in the second half. The fitness levels, energy and belief they've got is fantastic and it was evident again today."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins on Blackburn's second goal - from a free-kick he felt should not have been awarded: "I've watched it back on video four or five times and for me it's not a free-kick, and it's a big turning point. From there, the confidence in Blackburn grew.

"We've got to keep going and keep the belief about ourselves - the grit, passion and perseverance to keep doing what we believe is the right thing."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Cairney
  • 29EvansBooked at 71mins
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 45'minutes
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forConwayat 86'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forVarneyat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 32Conway

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Pearce
  • 35CooperBooked at 79mins
  • 11ObitaBooked at 52mins
  • 22Blackman
  • 16AkpanBooked at 65minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes
  • 6Norwood
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forMackieat 61'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forCoxat 61'minutes
  • 20Murray

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 4Ferdinand
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10Cox
  • 19Mackie
  • 23Williams
  • 31Andersen
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
14,237

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamReading
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1.

Booking

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay in match Jake Cooper (Reading) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Glenn Murray.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Ben Marshall.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Rudy Gestede.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jake Cooper (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Daniel Williams replaces Hope Akpan.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Booking

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Booking

Hope Akpan (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

Simon Cox (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Hal Robson-Kanu because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Jake Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

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5Derby1575325141126
6Norwich1575324131126
7Blackburn157442421325
8Ipswich156632216624
9Charlton155821716123
10Nottm Forest155732319422
11Cardiff156452118322
12Brentford156451820-222
13Sheff Wed154831212020
14Huddersfield155552225-320
15Reading155371926-718
16Millwall154561519-417
17Rotherham154561521-617
18Wigan153751718-116
19Leeds154471521-616
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21Brighton152761519-413
22Birmingham152671228-1612
23Bolton1532101426-1211
24Blackpool151311824-166
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