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Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Fulham

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes has now netted 10 times this season, after scoring 25 goals during the last campaign

Blackburn Rovers boosted their Championship play-off hopes with an entertaining win over Fulham.

Ben Marshall scored with Rovers' first meaningful attack at Ewood Park as poor defending allowed him to power into the area and finish low.

The visitors had chances with Jazz Richards, Cauley Woodrow and Lasse Vigen Christensen all going close.

Jordan Rhodes headed home to double the lead before Ross McCormack's second-half strike gave the Cottagers hope.

And while both teams pushed for a late goal, none came, meaning ninth-placed Blackburn keep their faint play-off hopes alive by moving to within eight points of the top six.

Rhodes ends drought
Jordan Rhodes ended his six-game streak without a goal - the last time he scored was also the last time Blackburn won in the Championship, on 20 December against Charlton

Fulham, who drop down to 15th, created the first chance of the afternoon as on-loan Swansea defender Richards' well-struck shot was saved well by Jason Steele.

Winger Marshall then opened the scoring when he pounced on some slack defending, driving a shot under goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli for his seventh goal of the season.

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Symons on Blackburn v Fulham

Striker Woodrow had an excellent chance to equalise for the Cottagers, but his early shot was well wide, before Rovers winger Craig Conway struck the post with a curling effort from the edge of the area.

Rhodes went close with a couple of headers in the second half, before his flick from Marcus Olsson's delivery took him to 10 goals this term.

Woodrow hit the crossbar with a powerful drive as Kit Symons' side pushed forward, and while McCormack pulled one back from close range when he took down Christensen's cross and rifled into the bottom corner, they failed to find a leveller.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer on Jordan Rhodes:

"Jordan does what Jordan does very well and we're delighted he put his head onto a wonderful cross from Markus Olsson.

"He's a top striker who scores goals and we're delighted he's got that one now because we expect him to go on a run because that's what happens with him. He gets goals for fun."

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"We needed to take our chances. We created quite a few and had some good openings but you need to take them when they come along and that's the way it can be sometimes.

"I have high ambitions and high hopes for this group of players and I believe in them massively. Today was a tough one to take but it won't dampen what we do and won't dampen my enthusiasm or my belief in this group of players."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forTaylorat 84'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 25SpearingSubstituted forCairneyat 84'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 11Rhodes
  • 9Brown

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 10Cairney
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Baptiste
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Duffy

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 29Richards
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forFofanaat 83'minutes
  • 21Christensen
  • 16WoodrowSubstituted forDembeleat 75'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forKacaniklicat 62'minutes
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 12Fofana
  • 14Roberts
  • 25Dembele
  • 33Burn
  • 37Grimmer
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
13,603

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 1.

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Ben Marshall.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney replaces Jay Spearing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Corry Evans.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

Attempt saved. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Offside, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 1. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross.

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Brown.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Hugo Rodallega.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Fulham 0. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.

Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Fulham 0.

Attempt missed. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis with a cross.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

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