Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Bournemouth

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3424553377
2Burnley35191332770
3Derby3518891762
4QPR3417981260
5Nottm Forest35141471456
6Reading351510101555
7Wigan33167101255
8Brighton3414119953
9Ipswich35131210651
10Blackburn34121012-346
11Watford34111211845
12Bournemouth3412913-745
13Middlesbrough35101411644
14Huddersfield3512815-144
15Leeds3412814-244
16Bolton3591313-440
17Sheff Wed3491213-239
18Blackpool3591115-1938
19Birmingham3591016-537
20Doncaster359917-2236
21Millwall3571018-3031
22Yeovil347819-1929
23Barnsley3461117-2829
24Charlton3161015-1728
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