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Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Norwich City

Markus Olsson and Nathan Redmond
Norwich City are unbeaten in six matches in the Championship

Norwich City won their fifth Championship match in a row to stay in the play-off places as they came from behind to end Blackburn Rovers' four-match unbeaten run.

Alex Baptiste's first-half header gave the hosts the lead against the run of play.

Substitute Cameron Jerome powerfully levelled for the Canaries at the back post.

Bradley Johnson's stunning 20-yard strike won the game late on.

Jerome forced a stunning save from Jason Steele in the final minute and Blackburn's Rudy Gestede saw an injury-time header parried by John Ruddy.

It was Norwich's second ever triumph at Ewood Park as they remain four points behind second-placed Middlesbrough.

Gary Bowyer's Blackburn are 15 points adrift of the top six as their play-off hopes look to be fading fast.

Norwich dominated early on but were behind when Baptiste powerfully headed home Tom Cairney's free-kick from the left.

Lewis Grabban and Martin Olsson were guilty of bad misses for the visitors before Jerome converted Wes Hoolahan's cross at the back post for his 16th league goal of the season.

The Canaries continued to have the better chances and earned the points when Johnson's strike flew into the top corner, their seventh win out of nine under new manager Alex Neil.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer: "Sometimes you have to put your hands up and say what a wonderful strike it was.

"Hugely disappointing for us of course because we put a huge amount of effort into the game. At 2-1 down we were still fighting at the end but it didn't quite drop for us at the death."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil on Bradley Johnson's winner: "Bradley's capable of that. He's got a fantastic left foot. He's a real danger outside of the box and to be honest it was a goal worthy of winning any game and I was delighted he made contact with it.

"I think it will (the win) confirm in the players' heads that what we're doing are the right things. It will give them a huge shot in the arm in terms of confidence to know that regardless of a setback in the game, they're capable of bouncing back and getting a win."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Cairney
  • 25SpearingBooked at 69minsSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forKingat 45'minutesSubstituted forMarshallat 52'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 7King
  • 9Brown
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 22Duffy

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 41DorransSubstituted forTetteyat 66'minutes
  • 4Johnson
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forJeromeat 54'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forAndreuat 82'minutes
  • 7Grabban

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 10Jerome
  • 12Andreu
  • 18Garrido
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 27Tettey
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
13,530

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home10
Away22
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Norwich City 2. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Tony Andreu replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Jay Spearing.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Whittaker with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby33198666333365
2Middlesbrough33189650222863
3Ipswich33179754342060
4Bournemouth32178766353159
5Norwich33178864372759
6Watford331851066402659
7Brentford331841153431058
8Wolves3315994640654
9Nottm Forest321111105147444
10Blackburn331111114344-144
11Sheff Wed331013102832-443
12Huddersfield33119134453-942
13Cardiff331011123944-541
14Leeds33118143442-841
15Reading33117153649-1340
16Charlton33815103443-939
17Birmingham33912123850-1239
18Brighton33813123842-437
19Bolton33107164153-1237
20Fulham33106174458-1436
21Rotherham33713133249-1734
22Millwall33710162951-2231
23Wigan33510182846-1825
24Blackpool33410192865-3722
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