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Ewood Park (ATT 12,981) 1st October 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Scott Duncan

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Championship: Jordan Rhodes nets as Blackburn beat Watford 1-0

Last Updated: 02/10/13 11:14am

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Jordan Rhodes: Hit the winner for Rovers

Jordan Rhodes: Hit the winner for Rovers

Jordan Rhodes hit the only goal as Blackburn beat Watford 1-0 in their Championship clash at Ewood Park on Tuesday night.

Rhodes bagged his ninth goal of the season as Blackburn won to make it two consecutive Sky Bet Championship wins while also ending Watford's three-match winning streak.

The Scotland international pounced midway through the second half with a powerful header from a long throw that earned Rovers their fourth win in their last seven league outings, a run in which they have tasted defeat just once.

Gary Bowyer was sufficiently pleased with the comprehensive win at Bournemouth that he kept the same side, while Gianfranco Zola changed half of his team, despite the victory against Wigan.

By the start both sides made, the confidence coursing through the collective veins was clear, and Rhodes provided a collector's item after 15 minutes when he dragged wide from 12 yards after a neat Tom Cairney pass.

Moments later Watford showed their own intent when Javier Acuna set up the onrushing Lewis McGugan who lashed wide ferociously.

The slow reactions of Blackburn's defence almost brought an opener after 24 minutes when Davide Faraoni crossed to the completely unmarked Acuna but his header bounced off Todd Kane.

Corry Evans almost netted with only four minutes of the half remaining but his improvised volley sailed inches wide.

Watford went into the game as the league's most prolific goalscoring side with 20 and set about trying to add to that early in the second.

Troy Deeney did well to control and cross on the right byline and he found Ikechi Anya but the Scotland international thundered his volley into the ground and over.

It took 57 minutes before the first shot on target arrived but McGugan's speculative effort on his 150th career league start was easily gathered by Jake Kean.

Blackburn registered their first effort on target a minute later through Rhodes who saw his snapshot plucked out of the air by Manuel Almunia.

Almunia was again called into action moments later when Josh King slalomed his way down the left wing and into the area before undoing his good work by curling tamely at the Spaniard.

Blackburn's pressure eventually paid off and through the most simple of moves. Tommy Spurr's long throw was flicked on by Scott Dann and Rhodes was on hand to power the header past Almunia.

Watford refused to lie down, with Anya firing a long-range effort with 20 minutes left that flew wide and had Kean scrambling across his goal.

The Hornets were looking to maintain their four game unbeaten run and Fernando Forestieri combined well with Faraoni after 80 minutes but drifted too far right before firing wide.

A nerve-shredding finish was almost eased by Rhodes in injury time but Almunia saved when one-on-one, but Rovers held on, repeating the exact same outcome as last season's corresponding fixture.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
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