Jordan Rhodes scored his 13th goal of the season to earn Blackburn Rovers a second away win of the season at struggling Yeovil Town.

The striker's second-half goal ended Yeovil's four-match unbeaten run to leave the Glovers second from bottom in the Championship.

Tom Cairney and David Dunn went close in a dominant Blackburn first half.

After the break, Ishmael Miller hit the bar and Joe Ralls struck the post for Yeovil.

The win moves Blackburn to within four points of the play-off zone after recording back-to-back victories for the first time since October.

Blackburn striker DJ Campbell, who was one of six people questioned as part of a spot-fixing investigation and has been placed on bail until April 2014, was left out of Rovers' match-day squad - despite the 32-year-old returning to training this week.

Yeovil, who went into the game after successive draws, welcomed back goalkeeper Marek Stech following a four-month lay-off after he broke two bones in his hand against Birmingham City in August.

And Stech was busy early on as Blackburn piled on the pressure, with Cairney, Dunn and Rhodes all going close.

Yeovil were much improved in the second half, with Miller's powerful shot hitting the crossbar.

But, Rovers made Yeovil pay for some slack defending shortly before the hour mark when Dunn fed Rhodes, who clinically finished into the top corner.

Undeterred by the setback, Yeovil continued to threaten and came inches away from an equaliser minutes later when Ralls saw his curling effort crash off the post.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

"It's a disappointing result but we mustn't be devastated about it.

"We didn't get our passing game going in the first half and kept giving the ball away. If you do that against a top team in this division then you'll be in trouble.

"In the second half we kept the ball better, created a number of chances and hit the bar and the post. We were in the ascendancy, but then their goal came on the break against the run of play."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"Jordan is a top lad, his manners are unbelievable, he's polite and popular at the training ground.

"His work rate is phenomenal, he never moans or gets carried away and all he's bothered about is his next goal - it's a fantastic attitude to have.

"You saw today there's more than one player who will attract Premier League interest. I've got no problem with that as all of our players should want to play at the highest level. It's not just Jordan, we have a number of very good players."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Stech
  • 02 Ayling Booked
  • 03 McAllister Booked
  • 31 Lundstram Booked (Upson - 74' )
  • 05 Webster (Dawson - 35' )
  • 15 Duffy
  • 04 Edwards
  • 19 Ralls
  • 27 Miller
  • 23 Grant
  • 21 Davis (Hayter - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Dawson
  • 08 Upson
  • 09 Hayter
  • 10 Foley
  • 12 Stewart
  • 13 Moore
  • 29 Morgan

Blackburn Rovers

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 27 Henley
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann
  • 05 Hanley
  • 19 Taylor (Williamson - 74' )
  • 45 Cairney
  • 11 Rhodes (Gestede - 93' )
  • 08 Dunn (Rochina - 67' )
  • 12 Marshall

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 17 Williamson
  • 23 Rochina
  • 25 Judge
  • 34 Kean
  • 39 Gestede
Ref: Iain Williamson
Att: 7,179

Match Stats

Shots

11 25

On target

4 10

Corners

5 12

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:37

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

90:00 +4:08

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

90:00 +3:47

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

90:00 +3:23

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rubén Rochina.

90:00 +2:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rudy Gestede replaces Jordan Rhodes.

90:00 +2:11

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:11

Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

90:00 +1:38

Attempt missed. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

89:58

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

89:27

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Stech.

89:18

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

89:13

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rubén Rochina.

88:00

Attempt missed. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

86:59

Attempt missed. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

86:23

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

86:23

Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:11

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Edwards with a headed pass.

84:09

Attempt missed. Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Edward Upson with a cross following a corner.

83:33

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Scott Dann.

81:10

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

81:10

James Hayter (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:05

Delay in match Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

75:40

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

75:06

Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:06

Foul by Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town).

73:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Chris Taylor.

73:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Edward Upson replaces John Lundstram.

73:07

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

73:07

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:00 Booking

Booking Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:36

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

72:07

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Stech.

72:04

Attempt saved. Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

71:17 Booking

Booking John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:05

Rubén Rochina (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:05

Foul by John Lundstram (Yeovil Town).

68:17

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Hayter.

67:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Liam Davis.

66:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Rubén Rochina replaces David Dunn.

65:18

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

65:18

Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:06

Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

64:06

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:30

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:30

Foul by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town).

62:26

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Liam Davis with a headed pass.

62:18

Attempt blocked. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Lundstram.

61:08

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

61:08

John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:29

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

60:29

John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:14

Attempt saved. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

59:24

Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:24

Foul by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town).

58:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David Dunn.

57:28

Attempt blocked. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

56:44

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

56:44

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

56:21

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Joel Grant.

55:38

Attempt saved. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Davis.

55:17

Attempt saved. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

52:19

Offside, Yeovil Town. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

51:39

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

51:37

Attempt saved. John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a cross.

50:52

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Scott Dann.

49:31

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

49:04

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

49:02

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

48:10

Offside, Yeovil Town. Jamie McAllister tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

45:48

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

45:00

Second Half begins Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:39 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:41

Offside, Yeovil Town. Joel Grant tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.

45:00 +0:46

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

44:41

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Stech.

44:33

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Dunn.

44:02

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:02

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

40:38

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

40:38

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:03

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie McAllister with a cross.

38:41

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

37:53

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

37:53

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

36:35

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

36:35

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kevin Dawson replaces Byron Webster because of an injury.

34:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:27

Delay in match Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

33:03

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

31:59

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Taylor following a fast break.

28:41

Attempt blocked. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

27:40

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

27:40

Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:02 Booking

Booking Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:38

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:38

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

23:58

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

23:58

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:52

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

18:32

Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

17:37

David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:37

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

17:26

Offside, Yeovil Town. Shane Duffy tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

16:34

Attempt missed. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Lowe with a cross.

13:40

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:40

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

10:17

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marek Stech.

10:13

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by David Dunn.

9:42

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

9:04

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

9:02

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

8:23

Attempt saved. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Henley with a cross.

7:31

Attempt blocked. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

6:49

Offside, Yeovil Town. John Lundstram tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

4:21

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:21

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

1:36

Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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