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Ewood Park (ATT 14,342) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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Championship: Blackburn win third straight with 1-0 home victory over Ipswich

Last Updated: 11/02/13 11:23am

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Jordan Rhodes: In rich goalscoring form

Jordan Rhodes: In rich goalscoring form

Jordan Rhodes scored his seventh goal in six games as Blackburn made it three wins on the spin with a 1-0 victory over Ipswich.

Rhodes got the crucial touch over the line as Luke Chambers tried to clear Grant Hanley's effort and although the ball rebounded in off keeper Stephen Henderson, the goal was later awarded to the striker, who has now scored in seven consecutive league games for Blackburn.

Rovers manager Michael Appleton included DJ Campbell on the bench for his improving side. On-loan Campbell was looking to face a side for whom he scored 10 goals in 17 games earlier this season, but he had to wait until the second half to join the action.

Midfielder Lee Williamson, who also joined Appleton's revolution this week, was left out of Saturday's Championship clash at Ewood Park.

For Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy, goalkeeper Scott Loach was absent with a sprained thumb, Henderson deputising in his absence. Also missing was midfielder Lee Martin with a hamstring injury.

The two sides cancelled themselves out in the opening stages although Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean did comfortably save a speculative Guirane N'Daw effort from 30 yards after 20 minutes.

Aaron Mclean should have done better with a close-range header following an Aaron Cresswell corner, but the striker failed to trouble Kean, while at the other end, Danny Murphy's shot was similarly wide of the mark.

There had been no shortage of effort but the lack of cutting edge had been more than evident in a lacklustre first 45 minutes as neither side had showed the quality required for a concerted push for the play-offs.

The game was crying out for a moment of inspiration but the battle of attrition resumed at the start of the second half.

A free-kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen floated into Henderson's hands as neither side could find the killer touch in front of goal.

And Rovers were ahead within four minutes of the striker's arrival. It was a messy goal in a messy game, but it did mean the Tractor Boys were compelled to go on the attack.

But it was Blackburn who came closest to adding to the scoreline with Rhodes spurning a great chance with his head from only six yards out with 18 minutes left.

Colin Kazim-Richards then went close as Appleton's side turned the screw in the closing stages, Rhodes again missing the target from six yards in the final minute.

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