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Ewood Park 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Eltrigham

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

Blackburn 3

R Rochina (48)
J Rhodes (75)
C Kazim-Richards (78)

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Blackburn secured back-to-back wins for the first time since October by beating Nottingham Forest 3-0

Last Updated: 01/01/13 6:00pm

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Jordan Rhodes: On target again

Jordan Rhodes: On target again

Managerless Blackburn secured back-to-back wins for the first time since October by overwhelming Nottingham Forest 3-0 with a sparkling second-half performance at Ewood Park.

Both sides struggled for clear-cut opportunities in the first period but Ruben Rochina put the home side ahead in the 48th minute.

Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean saved brilliantly from Billy Sharp to crucially preserve his side's advantage before Jordan Rhodes and Colin Kazim-Richards applied gloss to the scoreline.

Eric Black was in temporary charge following Steve Kean's departure the last time Rovers' took six points from six and current caretaker Gary Bowyer maintained his 100 per cent record following Saturday's 3-1 win at Barnsley in the wake of Henning Berg's sacking.

Alex McLeish was swiftly installed as Sean O'Driscoll's successor at Forest last week but has only managed one point from his first two games in charge.

The hosts started in lively fashion but required an excellent goal-saving tackle from Grant Hanley in the 10th minute with Forest striker Simon Cox poised to finish from close range.

Rovers sprung up the other end and Reds goalkeeper Lee Camp needed two attempts to grasp Rochina' shot following slick interplay from Martin Olsson and Josh King.

In the 17th minute, Henri Lansbury was inches away from giving Forest the lead as he crashed a 25-yard volley past the post.

Camp handed Blackburn a golden opportunity midway through the half, handling Danny Collins' backpass inside the area. From the resulting indirect free-kick Kazim-Richards drilled Danny Murphy's lay off into a well-stocked wall.

King had a speculative effort pushed around the post by Camp after the half-hour but, as half-time approached, an increasingly scrappy contest developed and it was a moment of fortune rather than quality that handed Rovers the lead three minutes into the second period.

Rochina took on the attack following an enterprising run by King and when the resulting shot was blocked by Daniel Ayala the ball rebounded back against his shin and flew past Camp.

Rhodes flashed a shot wide moments later before Camp's opposite number Kean produced a superb fingertip save to keep out Sharp's close-range header.

Morten Gamst Pedersen, on for Rochina, was found by Kazim-Richards on the overlap and played in Rhodes, who finished in composed fashion despite being driven away from goal.

A fine individual display from Kazim-Richards was capped in the 78th minute when he exchanged passes with full-back Adam Henley before lashing home emphatically.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8