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Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Reading

Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert had been sacked at Aston Villa prior to managing Blackburn

Blackburn comfortably beat Reading in Paul Lambert's last game in charge of Rovers.

The home side raced into a two-goal lead as Elliot Bennett volleyed home before Danny Graham coolly finished from close range.

Yann Kermorgant pulled one back for the visitors midway through the first half with a superbly taken free-kick.

With time running out Simeon Jackson tapped-in from close range to seal the win for Blackburn.

Having sat comfortably in mid-table for most of the season, both sides had nothing but pride to play for going into the final game of the season.

Despite this, outgoing Blackburn manager Paul Lambert's side started wonderfully as Bennett and Graham gave the Ewood Park faithful two goals to celebrate.

Both teams pressed for goals in a high octane encounter but it was Reading who broke through as Kermorgant blasted home a free-kick from 25-yards out to reduce the deficit.

As the visitors continued to press for a leveller the home side's Jordi Gomez fed Jackson a simple tap-in to kill off the game at the death.

The result meant Blackburn finished in 15th place in the Championship whilst opponents Reading end the season two places behind in 17th position.

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert: "All credit to the players. To be fair we should have been five or six up in that first half.

"I can't ask any more from them. They gave us everything they had and it's a lot of the same guys that went week in, week out for us. We finished the season strongly which was important.

"I've got nothing but good things to say about the club and the players. There are some good players and I think they need help to sustain a challenge in this division."

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It sums up where we've been in the last couple of years. We've got a lot of work to do, we know that.

"We have got to get the blend right, the chemistry right. We haven't got that right at the moment and that's not just been today. It's been a couple of years at least."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 10MarshallSubstituted forEvansat 58'minutes
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 26Lenihan
  • 6Lowe
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 31BennettSubstituted forJacksonat 69'minutes
  • 12Graham
  • 16GrimesSubstituted forConwayat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 15Ward
  • 17Williamson
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 12McCleary
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 2Gunter
  • 49BarrettSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 45'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 6Norwood
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forEvansat 87'minutes
  • 29KermorgantSubstituted forDickieat 45'minutes
  • 10Rakels

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 4Evans
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 28Kuhl
  • 37Stacey
  • 43Watson
  • 46Dickie
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
13,140

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamReading
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1.

Offside, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Corry Evans.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Stephen Quinn.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Reading 1. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Hanley with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Matt Grimes.

Attempt saved. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Simeon Jackson replaces Elliott Bennett.

Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Robert Dickie.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Ben Marshall.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Deniss Rakels.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley462615572353793
2Middlesbrough462611963313289
3Brighton462417572423089
4Hull4624111169353483
5Derby4621151066432378
6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
7Ipswich461815135351269
8Cardiff461717125651568
9Brentford46198197267565
10Birmingham461615155349463
11Preston461517144545062
12QPR461418145454060
13Leeds461417155058-859
14Wolves461416165358-558
15Blackburn461316174646055
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
17Reading461313205259-752
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
19Huddersfield461312215970-1151
20Fulham461215196679-1351
21Rotherham461310235371-1849
22Charlton46913244080-4040
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
24Bolton46515264181-4030
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