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Ipswich Town 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Ipswich v Blackburn

Ipswich rose to eighth in the table as they brushed aside Blackburn to claim their first home win since September.

Luke Hyam put the hosts ahead with a low drive past Jake Kean before Carlos Edwards went close to a second.

Jordan Rhodes exploited poor defending to pull Rovers level against his old club, but Ipswich regained the lead with Edwards poking home from close in.

Rhodes threatened again, but Frank Nouble sealed the win by rounding Kean and rolling the ball into an empty net.

Blackburn had lost only once in their last five games, but were fortunate to be in contention for as long as they were.

Rhodes, who was sold by Town to Huddersfield for just £350,000 four years ago, was the visitors' main threat and chased down Scott's Dann's long punt upfield to cancel out Hyam's opener as the Ipswich defence stood still.

After Edwards had scored following good work from Stephen Hunt, Rhodes almost grabbed a second equaliser, but was was unable to direct Tommy Spurr's teasing cross beyond Dean Gerken.

Blackburn's defeat was confirmed when Kean was slow off his line to gather Tyrone Mings's clearance and Nouble made him pay with a cool finish.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We have been trying to get goals from midfield and we got them today.

"Frank Nouble was better in the second half, but that is what he should be doing.

"He is a handful and a frightening prospect when he is bearing down on you."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "We didn't defend their first goal well enough although I thought we were the better side before half-time and deserved our equaliser.

"But we gave them their second goal and their third and you can't do that. It is not as if we were cut open and they scored breathtaking goals.

"It is frustrating as we have kept five clean sheets at home. We have to find the mentality to do that away from home - and stop being so nice."

Line-ups

Ipswich

Formation 4-4-2

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 90'minutes
  • 6BerraBooked at 66mins
  • 5Smith
  • 7Edwards
  • 19Hyam
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forMurphyat 81'minutes
  • 35NoubleBooked at 89mins
  • 12HuntSubstituted forMingsat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 9Murphy
  • 11Anderson
  • 15Mings
  • 16Tunnicliffe
  • 17Graham
  • 18Tabb

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 34Kean
  • 2KaneBooked at 74mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 16Dann
  • 5HanleySubstituted forKilgallonat 59'minutes
  • 17Williamson
  • 45Cairney
  • 11Rhodes
  • 10CampbellBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGestedeat 76'minutes
  • 7KingSubstituted forMarshallat 66'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 23Rochina
  • 25Judge
  • 27Henley
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
14,953

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Cole Skuse.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Dann with a headed pass.

  13. Booking

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Booking

    Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy replaces David McGoldrick.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Stephen Hunt.