Championship
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers2CharltonCharlton Athletic0
Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes has now scored nine goals in the Championship this season.

Jordan Rhodes netted a first-half brace to give Blackburn their first win in four and extend Charlton's winless run.

Rhodes put the home side ahead with a right-footed shot after the ball broke to Ben Marshall, who provided the pass.

The Scotland striker then doubled Rovers' lead with a simple tap-in after he outmuscled Tal Ben Haim.

Andre Bikey had Charlton's best chance in the second half, but he sent his header over the bar and they are now without a win in five league games.

The Addicks, who have only won two of their 12 away games in all competitions this season, slipped to 12th in the table, while Blackburn remained in eighth.

The home side got off the mark in the sixth minute when Jordan Cousins was robbed by Shane Duffy and the ball fell to Marshall, who teed up Rhodes for a cool finish.

Rudy Gestede's header created another opening for Rhodes, who got to the ball ahead of goalkeeper Nick Pope and poked in for the second.

Unmarked Igor Vetokele could have pulled one back for the visitors before the interval, but the ball glanced off his head and went wide of the post.

Boss Bob Peeters brought on Joe Pigott for Callum Harriott at the break and Charlton increased the pressure on the home team, but they rarely threatened to discomfort the Blackburn defence.

The two teams will meet again on 3 January at The Valley in the third round of the FA Cup.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said:

"I'm delighted with the team. We had some negativity in the press this week with the Financial Fair Play and the fact we have lost two games on the trot.

"You'd have thought we hadn't won for about 10 seasons the way some people were talking about us, but it made us stick together and come out fighting.

"Our intensity in our game with and without the ball was magnificent. We never let Charlton settle and we were able to control the game."

Charlton Athletic manager Bob Peeters said:

"I'm not happy at all and we started very badly. We know what they're all about, physical with a lot of presence in the box, but, if you give away the game in the first 15 minutes, you can't do anything about it.

"We never felt like we were going to score. Our strength is normally our defence and defensive discipline, and that's what we lacked, especially in the first 20 minutes.

"If you come up against experienced teams with a lot of presence and aggression, you struggle like we did."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14Olsson
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 29Evans
  • 6LoweSubstituted forWilliamsonat 49'minutes
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forDunnat 76'minutes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forKingat 76'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7King
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 17Williamson
  • 32Conway

Charlton

  • 30Pope
  • 3Gomez
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 6Bikey Amougou
  • 21FoxSubstituted forWilsonat 30'minutes
  • 17BuyensBooked at 69mins
  • 20Solly
  • 24CousinsSubstituted forBulotat 73'minutes
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forPigottat 45'minutes
  • 14Vetokele

Substitutes

  • 2Wilson
  • 8Bulot
  • 15Onyewu
  • 23Pigott
  • 29Tucudean
  • 43Ahearne-Grant
  • 44Etheridge
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
13,231

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Tal Ben Haim tries a through ball, but André Bikey is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King tries a through ball, but David Dunn is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joseph Gomez.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Dunn.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Pigott (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yoni Buyens.

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tal Ben Haim (Charlton Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Frédéric Bulot (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by David Dunn.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Nick Pope.