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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Ben Marshall.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Rudy Gestede.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

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

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