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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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1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6