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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Bournemouth

Lewis Grabban

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."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 2Kane
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 5HanleySubstituted forWilliamsonat 75'minutes
  • 16Keane
  • 32Conway
  • 29Evans
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forDunnat 62'minutes
  • 15VarneySubstituted forFeeneyat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
  • 23Dabo
  • 27Henley

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3Cook
  • 30RitchieBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCoulibalyat 82'minutes
  • 4Surman
  • 9Grabban
  • 8ArterSubstituted forMacDonaldat 86'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 15Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 21Coulibaly
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
13,081

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 1.

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

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

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

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.

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

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

Substitution

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Matt Ritchie.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ian Harte.

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Grant Hanley.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

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.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

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.

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

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. David Dunn replaces Rudy Gestede.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Luke Varney.

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.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

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.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

goal

As It Stood

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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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