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Ipswich Town 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Ipswich v Blackburn

Ipswich rose to eighth in the table as they brushed aside Blackburn to claim their first home win since September.

Luke Hyam put the hosts ahead with a low drive past Jake Kean before Carlos Edwards went close to a second.

Jordan Rhodes exploited poor defending to pull Rovers level against his old club, but Ipswich regained the lead with Edwards poking home from close in.

Rhodes threatened again, but Frank Nouble sealed the win by rounding Kean and rolling the ball into an empty net.

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Ipswich defeat unacceptable - Bowyer

Blackburn had lost only once in their last five games, but were fortunate to be in contention for as long as they were.

Rhodes, who was sold by Town to Huddersfield for just £350,000 four years ago, was the visitors' main threat and chased down Scott's Dann's long punt upfield to cancel out Hyam's opener as the Ipswich defence stood still.

After Edwards had scored following good work from Stephen Hunt, Rhodes almost grabbed a second equaliser, but was was unable to direct Tommy Spurr's teasing cross beyond Dean Gerken.

Blackburn's defeat was confirmed when Kean was slow off his line to gather Tyrone Mings's clearance and Nouble made him pay with a cool finish.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We have been trying to get goals from midfield and we got them today.

"Frank Nouble was better in the second half, but that is what he should be doing.

"He is a handful and a frightening prospect when he is bearing down on you."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "We didn't defend their first goal well enough although I thought we were the better side before half-time and deserved our equaliser.

"But we gave them their second goal and their third and you can't do that. It is not as if we were cut open and they scored breathtaking goals.

"It is frustrating as we have kept five clean sheets at home. We have to find the mentality to do that away from home - and stop being so nice."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 90'minutes
  • 6BerraBooked at 66mins
  • 5Smith
  • 7Edwards
  • 19Hyam
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forMurphyat 81'minutes
  • 35NoubleBooked at 89mins
  • 12HuntSubstituted forMingsat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 9Murphy
  • 11Anderson
  • 15Mings
  • 16Tunnicliffe
  • 17Graham
  • 18Tabb

Blackburn

  • 34Kean
  • 2KaneBooked at 74mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 16Dann
  • 5HanleySubstituted forKilgallonat 59'minutes
  • 17Williamson
  • 45Cairney
  • 11Rhodes
  • 10CampbellBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGestedeat 76'minutes
  • 7KingSubstituted forMarshallat 66'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 23Rochina
  • 25Judge
  • 27Henley
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
14,953

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

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

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Todd Kane.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Cole Skuse.

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Dann with a headed pass.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy replaces David McGoldrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Stephen Hunt.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede replaces DJ Campbell.

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Frank Nouble.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

Booking

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Joshua King.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Joshua King is caught offside.

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

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

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

goal

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