Gary Bowyer's Blackburn Rovers stay just two points adrift of the play-off places after Rudy Gestede's header saw off struggling Doncaster Rovers.

Rovers' January signing from Cardiff City headed home just before the break for his second goal for the club.

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson kept out Alex Peterson's header late on with a point-blank save.

It was Blackburn's second league win in a row and extended their run to just one loss in eight matches.

The loss keeps Doncaster in the bottom three and they have picked up just two points from 27 on their travels.

Blackburn dominated early on and saw Tom Cairney shoot off target when in a good position twice.

Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull then kept out a swerving Ben Marshall shot before Gestede headed home Jordan Rhodes's cross.

Rhodes could have put the game out of sight on the hour-mark but his fierce effort was repelled by Turnbull.

Robinson was making his first league start for 13 months and had to be alert a minute later to tip a dangerous James Coppinger cross behind.

The keeper secured a win with two magnificent injury-time saves, palming behind an Petersen header, and then producing a superb low save from a Richie Wellens volley.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer:

"It was a massive win, a very important win after the Manchester City [FA Cup] game because expectations go through the roof.

"So full credit to the players because they were very professional and stayed focus on the job in hand against a very difficult Doncaster team.

"Overall it was a huge win for us."

Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov:

Post-match: Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov

"The difference is we've made one mistake and been punished, and Paul Robinson.

"Robinson showed why he's an England international with the two saves at the end.

"The first one was special. I've just seen it again and it was top class."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 27 Henley Booked
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe Booked
  • 16 Dann
  • 05 Hanley
  • 12 Marshall
  • 45 Cairney (Taylor - 78' )
  • 39 Gestede (Dunn - 72' )
  • 11 Rhodes (Campbell - 84' )
  • 17 Williamson

Substitutes

  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 08 Dunn
  • 10 Campbell
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 19 Taylor
  • 23 Rochina
  • 24 Morris

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 12 McCullough (Cotterill - 79' )
  • 31 Stevens
  • 19 Wellens Booked
  • 14 Khumalo Booked
  • 20 Méité Booked
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 21 De Val
  • 09 Brown
  • 25 Forrester (Duffy - 68' )
  • 03 Husband Booked (Peterson - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Furman
  • 07 Duffy
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 13 Maxted
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 23 Bennett
  • 30 Peterson
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 13,954

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

3 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:29

Attempt saved. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc.

90:00 +4:11

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

90:00 +4:03

Attempt saved. Alex Peterson (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.

90:00 +3:42

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Scott Dann.

90:00 +3:27

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:27

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +2:19

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill.

90:00 +0:23

Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:23

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

89:43

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

88:11

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by James Coppinger.

87:05

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Enda Stevens with a cross.

86:15

Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:15

Foul by DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers).

85:34

Hand ball by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

83:56

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

83:56

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

83:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Jordan Rhodes.

82:35

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Chris Taylor is caught offside.

79:11

Attempt blocked. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

78:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Luke McCullough.

78:01

Ross Turnbull (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:01

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Tom Cairney.

76:22

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

76:22

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

75:33

Attempt missed. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

74:14

Attempt missed. Marc (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

73:12

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:12

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

72:28

Attempt blocked. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

71:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Rudy Gestede because of an injury.

70:39

Delay in match Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

67:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy replaces Harry Forrester.

67:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alex Peterson replaces James Husband.

66:34

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:34

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

66:10

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

66:04

Attempt blocked. Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

65:06 Booking

Booking Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:03

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

65:03

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

62:47

Ross Turnbull (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:47

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

60:35

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

59:51 Booking

Booking Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:27

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:27

Foul by Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers).

59:01

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

57:53

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

56:49

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

52:57

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

52:57

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:01

Attempt blocked. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

50:17

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

50:17

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:05

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

49:05

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:03

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

48:03

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

46:57

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

46:57

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

45:59

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +3:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:59

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

45:00 +1:54

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

45:00 +1:09 Booking

Booking Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:47

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

44:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a cross.

42:49

Attempt saved. James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

41:02

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

41:02

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:31

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Ross Turnbull tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

38:00

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

38:00

Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:31

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

37:28

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

35:57 Booking

Booking James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

32:31

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

32:31

Marc (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:56

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

30:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:13

Delay in match Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

29:23

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

27:20

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

24:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:14

Delay in match James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

22:09

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

22:09

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

18:26

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

18:26

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

16:44

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a set piece situation.

16:03

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

16:03

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

12:49

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

11:46

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

11:46

Marc (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:39

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

7:48

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

6:25 Booking

Booking Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

3:43 Booking

Booking Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

3:34

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

3:34

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

2:43

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

1:01

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:01

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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