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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Ipswich Town

Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor's last game for Blackburn was on 21 March against Brighton

Jordan Rhodes continued his fine form in front of goal as he scored twice to give Blackburn Rovers victory over Ipswich Town.

Rhodes gave the hosts the lead from the spot early on after Hope Akpan was fouled in the box by Larsen Toure.

Four minutes later, Rhodes doubled their lead when he rose to nod home Craig Conway's cross past Dean Gerken.

Blackburn keeper Jason Steele did well to keep out Daryl Murphy's powerful low drive as the hosts held on for the win.

Rovers enjoyed a fine start to the match as Rhodes scored from the spot after just 12 minutes when Toure upended Akpan.

Their lead was doubled as Rhodes latched on to Conway's cross to head home and bring his tally to seven goals this season.

Murphy gave the visitors their best chance of finding their way back into the game when he struck a low shot goalwards but Steele produced a fine save.

Rhodes came close to claiming his hat-trick when he curled an effort from 20 yards out which had Gerken beaten and cannoned against the post.

Ipswich were denied a consolation late on as Steele saved Jonathan Parr's effort to keep a clean sheet.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"I think it's probably the most complete performance since I've been in charge.

"We came out of the traps ever so well, scored two goals very quickly and continued to play some excellent stuff.

"We got to half-time and knew with the firepower Ipswich have got, that we were going to be under the cosh in the second half and that proved to be the case.

"We still created some great chances but the resilience we showed, to come out of that game with a clean sheet - Ipswich are going to be right up there this season - it's very, very difficult to pick out any one individual."

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"It's become a bit of a bad habit of ours, giving teams goal starts and two-goal starts and it's got to stop.

"I can't just give you one answer why we are defending the way we are and I've been at pains to put that right this week - but we just didn't start well.

"I have to say they started well. They played like us when we were in our pomp last season, playing 4-4-2, people blocking things and stopping us playing. They did it better than we did.

"He (Rhodes) was outstanding, his all-round performance. He messed us around, bumped us, nudged us, blocked things. His goals won the game but his all-round performance was outstanding."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Steele
  • 2HenleyBooked at 55mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 22Duffy
  • 14Olsson
  • 10Marshall
  • 29EvansBooked at 53mins
  • 21Akpan
  • 32Conway
  • 16LawrenceSubstituted forWilliamsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 20Petshi
  • 26Lenihan
  • 33Raya

Ipswich

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6BerraBooked at 64mins
  • 2Parr
  • 7Maitland-NilesBooked at 57minsSubstituted forPitmanat 59'minutes
  • 22Douglas
  • 8Skuse
  • 39ToureBooked at 20minsSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 53'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 9MurphySubstituted forOarat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10McGoldrick
  • 11Pitman
  • 15Oar
  • 17Bru
  • 21Malarczyk
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 33Bialkowski
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
12,672

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Ipswich Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Tommy Oar tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Tom Lawrence.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tommy Oar replaces Daryl Murphy.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).

  18. Post update

    Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.