Jordan Rhodes grabbed his 50th league goal for Blackburn Rovers to help them to victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Ipswich Town.

Both sides had chances in the first period but it was the hosts who went ahead when Rhodes scored against his former club with a superb low shot.

Rudy Gestede sealed the win late on with a close-range header.

Rovers are still seven points off the play-off places but are now just two points behind Ipswich.

The Tractor Boys will rue a missed opportunity to stay within one victory of the top six having had several decent first-half opportunities.

They should have been ahead after 26 minutes when Daryl Murphy headed over with the goal gaping following a Jonathan Williams cross, while Williams also forced a fine save from goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

At the other end Tom Cairney went close with a bending effort that Dean Gerken did well to save and the away goalkeeper also had to be at his best to tip away Michael Keane's glancing header.

Ending a bad run

Blackburn's victory was just their second in nine games and followed four successive draws. Their last win at Ewood Park was 2-0 against Blackpool on 1 February

Williams was the most likely source of an Ipswich goal and again went close with a low strike after a superb run and Robinson then pulled off an acrobatic save to tip away Frank Nouble's long-range strike.

But it was Rovers who went ahead just past the hour when Rhodes latched on to Gestede's clever flick and found the bottom corner with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

Gestede should have made it two only to shoot wildly over, but it did not matter as he made amends by heading in Craig Conway's free-kick through a flurry of players.

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer praised the club's record signing Jordan Rhodes:

"I thought it was an outstanding goal. A through-ball from Rudy and he's took it with his left foot and it's a fantastic finish.

"I find it difficult to find more words to say about him other than 'phenomenal' and 'outstanding'.

"That's 13 clean sheets for the season and the effort and energy levels of our lads today was superb."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"I think we were equally as good or equally as bad as the opposition up until that goal went in because it wasn't a great game. But it's an £8m striker's goal.

"We've got to come back and do it again. Six games to play, see how many points we can get.

"We're not in the best position to get in the play-offs. Reading are in that and it's theirs to lose now."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 16 Keane
  • 03 Spurr
  • 17 Williamson Booked (Etuhu - 92' )
  • 05 Hanley
  • 04 Kilgallon Booked
  • 45 Cairney
  • 29 Evans (Varney - 78' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 39 Gestede (Dunn - 83' )
  • 32 Conway

Substitutes

  • 07 King
  • 08 Dunn
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Varney
  • 19 Taylor
  • 20 Etuhu
  • 22 Feeney

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers Booked
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 14 Wordsworth Booked (Ebanks-Blake - 73' )
  • 19 Hyam (Green - 90' )
  • 09 Murphy
  • 35 Nouble
  • 25 Williams (Hunt - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 12 Hunt
  • 15 Mings
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Tabb
  • 24 Richardson
  • 27 Ebanks-Blake
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 13,281

Match Stats

Shots

19 11

On target

5 4

Corners

5 3

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +7:32 Full time

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

90:00 +5:01

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +4:08

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a headed pass.

90:00 +3:22

Attempt blocked. David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:17

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Varney.

90:00 +1:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Dickson Etuhu replaces Lee Williamson.

90:00 +0:37

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

90:00 +0:37

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

90:00 +0:02

Hand ball by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

89:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Green replaces Luke Hyam.

86:32

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

86:32

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt replaces Jonathan Williams.

85:06

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

85:06

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:57 Substitution

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

80:26

Attempt blocked. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

79:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Ipswich Town 0. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

78:47

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:47

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

77:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Corry Evans because of an injury.

76:36

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

76:36

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:41

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

75:37

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

72:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Anthony Wordsworth.

72:11

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

72:11

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:08

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

67:47

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

67:47

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

66:18

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:18

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

65:44

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

65:41

Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

65:07

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

63:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Ipswich Town 0. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

63:32

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:50

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

62:11 Booking

Booking Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:58

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

61:58

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:28

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

59:51

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

59:23

Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

57:55

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

57:55

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

55:39 Booking

Booking Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55:32

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

55:32

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

54:48

Attempt missed. Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Wordsworth following a fast break.

53:27

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Anthony Wordsworth.

53:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

50:36 Booking

Booking Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:24

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

50:24

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

49:20

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

49:20

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

46:22

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

45:07

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Michael Keane tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

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

45:00

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

44:11

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

43:19

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

40:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:18

Delay in match Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

39:17

Delay in match Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

39:09

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

39:09

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

38:27

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

38:16

Attempt saved. Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:14

Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

37:08

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

36:40 Booking

Booking Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:33

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:33

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town).

35:22

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

35:22

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

34:45

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

33:50

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:50

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

31:08

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Corry Evans.

30:43

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

30:43

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town).

30:18

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

29:03

Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

27:13

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Williams with a cross.

25:41

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

25:41

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:55

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

19:34

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

17:52

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but Frank Nouble is caught offside.

16:22

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Keane.

14:48

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

14:48

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:24

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

14:24

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:23

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:23

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

10:37

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

10:37

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

9:59

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

9:59

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

8:40

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:40

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

7:52

Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:26

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Lee Williamson.

6:20

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

4:31

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

4:18

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town).

4:18

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

2:57

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

2:57

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

1:16

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

1:16

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:16

Attempt saved. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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