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Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer

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:

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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."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 27HenleyBooked at 60mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 6LoweBooked at 7mins
  • 16Dann
  • 5Hanley
  • 12Marshall
  • 45CairneySubstituted forTaylorat 78'minutes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forDunnat 72'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forCampbellat 84'minutes
  • 17Williamson

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Dunn
  • 10Campbell
  • 13Eastwood
  • 19Taylor
  • 23Rochina
  • 24Morris

Doncaster

  • 1Turnbull
  • 12McCulloughSubstituted forCotterillat 79'minutes
  • 31Stevens
  • 19WellensBooked at 4mins
  • 14KhumaloBooked at 66mins
  • 20MéitéBooked at 45mins
  • 26Coppinger
  • 21De Val
  • 9Brown
  • 25ForresterSubstituted forDuffyat 68'minutes
  • 3HusbandBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPetersonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Furman
  • 7Duffy
  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 23Bennett
  • 30Peterson
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
13,954

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

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.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

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.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Scott Dann.

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

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by James Coppinger.

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

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

Foul by DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers).

Hand ball by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Jordan Rhodes.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Luke McCullough.

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

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Tom Cairney.

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy replaces Harry Forrester.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alex Peterson replaces James Husband.

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

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2517351954
2Burnley2514831950
3QPR2514741449
4Derby2513571544
5Nottm Forest25101141041
6Brighton251096839
7Reading251087338
8Blackburn251078337
9Ipswich25997736
10Wigan241068536
11Leeds2510510135
12Huddersfield25979534
13Middlesbrough25898733
14Blackpool25889-632
15Watford24798530
16Bournemouth258611-1330
17Birmingham257810029
18Bolton256109-528
19Sheff Wed245109-125
20Charlton245910-824
21Millwall255713-2422
22Doncaster255614-2421
23Yeovil244515-1917
24Barnsley243813-2117
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