Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban scored his 15th goal of the season as the Cherries made it three wins from three games with victory at Blackburn.

It is a third straight defeat for Rovers, who are now 10th, nine points away from the Championship play-offs.

Grabban, 26, scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half with a low drive from 25 yards.

Bournemouth's Steve Cook headed against the post in the first half from an Ian Harte corner.

Bournemouth were well on top in the opening period, with Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson tested by efforts from Grabban, Matt Ritchie and Simon Francis.

The home supporters at Ewood Park, already frustrated by their first loss in 35 years against rivals Burnley on Sunday, were vocal in their disappointment at Blackburn's limp second-half showing.

Jordan Rhodes saw a header loop over Bournemouth goalkeeper Lee Camp's goal, but otherwise there was precious little attacking threat from Gary Bowyer's side.

Bournemouth's win lifts Eddie Howe's side up to 12th in the Championship, a point behind Blackburn.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We've got 12 games left to play and until it's mathematically impossible, you keep striving to get as high as you can and hopefully into the play-offs.

"It's important now that we regroup, we stay calm and we stick together. We've worked hard to get stability into this club.

"These last three games - we've got to make sure we stop that, obviously - but there's no need to panic or anything daft like that."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I think we've played better than that - at times in the first half we gave the ball away under little pressure.

"I felt we were close to totally dominating the game in the first half without ever having the cutting edge that we needed and turning our dominance into goals.

"But we're still building, there's still more to come from this team and I think that's our next challenge."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Kane
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 05 Hanley (Williamson - 75' )
  • 16 Keane
  • 32 Conway
  • 29 Evans
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Gestede (Dunn - 62' )
  • 15 Varney (Feeney - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Dunn
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 17 Williamson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 22 Feeney
  • 23 Dabo
  • 27 Henley

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie Booked (Coulibaly - 82' )
  • 04 Surman
  • 09 Grabban
  • 08 Arter (MacDonald - 86' )
  • 20 Fraser (Pugh - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 07 Pugh
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Coulibaly
  • 28 Rantie
Ref: David Webb
Att: 13,081

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

4 6

Corners

12 6

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +5:18 Full time

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

90:00 +3:05

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

90:00 +3:05

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:25

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

89:03

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

87:35

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

87:00

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

87:00

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Harry Arter because of an injury.

85:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:55

Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

81:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Matt Ritchie.

80:49

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ian Harte.

80:44

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

80:29

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

80:27

Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

80:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

79:28

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

78:49

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

74:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Grant Hanley.

72:30

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

71:39

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Simon Francis.

68:44

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

68:42

Attempt saved. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Francis.

68:00

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

66:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Arter.

65:53

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:53

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

64:27

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

61:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Rudy Gestede.

61:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Luke Varney.

57:31

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

57:13

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

56:01

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

54:47

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Arter.

53:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

53:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:40

Delay in match Simon Francis (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

50:15

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Grant Hanley tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

48:47

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

48:00

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:00

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +0:47 Booking

Booking Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:41

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

45:00 +0:41

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:00

Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross.

43:25

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

43:23

Attempt saved. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ian Harte.

42:43

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

42:36

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a corner.

42:04

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Michael Keane.

41:53

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:40

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

31:40

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:10

Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:10

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

27:06

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:06

Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

25:13

Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

24:31

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

24:31

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

23:33

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22:29

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

22:29

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:53

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:53

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

20:06

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

18:39

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Simon Francis.

17:55

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

17:21

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

16:06

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

16:06

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

11:39

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

11:12

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

11:04

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

8:46

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

8:26

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

7:49

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

7:49

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:54

Hand ball by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

4:16

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

4:14

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Arter.

3:15

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

3:06

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

1:43

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Keane with a headed pass.

1:35

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

0:56

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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