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Leeds United 0-3 Blackburn Rovers

Jordan Rhodes
Rhodes scored his 17th goal of the season

Blackburn scored three second-half goals as they eased to a comfortable victory at 10-man Leeds.

A bad week for the hosts, who suspended assistant coach Steve Thompson on Thursday, was made even worse when captain Rudy Austin was sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Ben Marshall.

Tom Cairney's close-range volley put Rovers ahead, before Jordan Rhodes headed in to double the lead.

Jay Spearing slid in a third as Leeds fell to their first loss in six games.

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn, who said he was considering his position after Thompson's suspension, appeared to have the backing of the home fans who chanted his name before kick-off.

The Elland Road side released a statement to say they would be making no further comment on the Thompson incident, who alongside Redfearn had seen the club lose just three league games in 2015 and rise from 21st in Championship to a mid-table position.

Leeds dominated the early stages but it was the visitors who almost went ahead against the run of play when Rhodes' shot took a deflection off Sol Bamba and looped onto the crossbar.

Former Huddersfield striker Rhodes went close again as he flashed a volley over the bar, before Austin headed over Charlie Taylor's cross from six yards at the other end.

The prolific Jordan Rhodes
Rhodes has scored 152 goals in 285 league games, including 69 in 128 matches for Blackburn and 73 in 124 for Huddersfield.

Both sides continued to create chances before Blackburn's debutant teenage goalkeeper, David Raya, pulled off a fine save to keep out Sam Byram's strike which took a touch off Rovers defender Matthew Kilgallon.

Six minutes before the break, Leeds were reduced to 10 men as Jamaican Austin was shown a straight red card by referee Gary Sutton after he appeared to throw an arm at Marshall while waiting for a corner to be taken.

After Rudy Gestede and Rhodes had both gone close, Blackburn finally made their man advantage count when Cairney, who was released by Leeds as a youngster, volleyed home from close range after Gestede's cross was partially cleared.

Moments later Marshall almost doubled the lead but his fierce left-footed strike from the edge of the box rattled the bar.

But Rhodes soon made it 2-0 with his 17th goal of the season as he nodded in Chris Brown's cross.

Rovers continued to dominate and Bolton loanee Spearing scored his first goal for the club when he slotted in Marshall's right wing cross at the far post.

Rhodes almost added a fourth in injury-time but his curling strike came back off the inside of the post.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer:

"I thought we were excellent - very organised.

"We handled the occasion well after what had gone on at Leeds during the days building up to the game.

"We knew the crowd would get behind them and they gave Neil Redfearn tremendous support, but we were ruthless, which was pleasing."

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn:

"The fans were brilliant today, as they have been all season. They appreciate what we have achieved.

"The red card changed the game. I didn't see it at the time but I have watched it back several times. We should appeal because it was a poor decision.

"Rudi Austin pushed the lad in the chest with his forearm and the referee deemed it a red card. It was a big call on a linesman's say-so and it was wrong."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15WoottonSubstituted forAntenucciat 66'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 5Bellusci
  • 3Bamba
  • 12BerardiSubstituted forCooperat 66'minutes
  • 4AustinBooked at 39mins
  • 7MurphyBooked at 84mins
  • 2Byram
  • 27Mowatt
  • 21TaylorBooked at 88mins
  • 19MorisonSubstituted forSharpat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Sharp
  • 13Taylor
  • 24Dawson
  • 29Doukara
  • 32Cooper
  • 34Antenucci
  • 40Phillips

Blackburn

  • 33Raya
  • 2HenleyBooked at 55minsSubstituted forTaylorat 59'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 15Baptiste
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Cairney
  • 25Spearing
  • 17Williamson
  • 12Marshall
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forBrownat 64'minutesSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 9Brown
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Lenihan
  • 29Evans
  • 30Steele
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
25,293

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Paul Taylor.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

Booking

Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Billy Sharp replaces Steve Morison.

Booking

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John O'Sullivan replaces Chris Brown because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 3. Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Paul Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Sol Bamba (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Markus Olsson with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Brown with a cross.

Booking

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Mirco Antenucci replaces Scott Wootton.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Liam Cooper replaces Gaetano Berardi.

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Chris Brown following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Rudy Gestede because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Taylor replaces Adam Henley.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt.

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Morison (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Sam Byram (Leeds United) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Giuseppe Bellusci following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough40229960303075
2Bournemouth402111883414274
3Norwich402110977433473
4Watford402271180483273
5Brentford402161368531569
6Derby4019111071452668
7Ipswich4019111060441668
8Wolves4019111058461268
9Nottm Forest401512136356757
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed401315123741-454
13Cardiff401313144951-252
14Leeds401410164350-752
15Birmingham391214134556-1150
16Bolton401210184758-1146
17Brighton401015154347-445
18Huddersfield401112174968-1945
19Reading39129184362-1945
20Fulham40127215172-2143
21Rotherham40913184162-2140
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan40811213553-1835
24Blackpool40412243179-4824
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