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Ewood Park (ATT 20,267) 30th November 2013 - Kick off 15:00

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Sky Bet Championship: Tommy Spurr goal helps Blackburn beat Leeds 1-0 at Ewood Park

Last Updated: 30/11/13 5:45pm

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Tommy Spuur: Celebrates his winning goal

Tommy Spuur: Celebrates his winning goal

Tommy Spurr scored just before the interval as Blackburn claimed a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Leeds in their Championship clash at Ewood Park on Saturday.

The defender was on hand on the stroke of half-time to convert David Dunn's corner.

Both sides made one change each from last week's endeavours. Chris Taylor replaced Lee Williamson and Luke Varney played instead of the injured Dexter Blackstock.

Rovers created the first chance when a long throw-in was cleared as far as Dunn 20 yards out and he showed great technique to control and volley, forcing Paddy Kenny into a smart low save.

Taylor was lively in the early stages and produced a neat flick to send Todd Kane bombing down the right after 16 minutes, but the defender's shot was repelled by Kenny.

Another long throw from Spurr half an hour in caused havoc in the Leeds area. The ball once again found Dunn outside the box but this time he could only drill wide.

For all of Blackburn's efforts, it was Leeds who carved out the best chance of the half when Varney headed on to Ross McCormack, whose delightful flick found the onrushing Danny Pugh with just the goalkeeper to beat but Jake Kean produced a wonderful save to divert the ball behind.

Taylor continued to impress and forced a fine save from Kenny after 42 minutes when he collected Josh King's cross 20 yards out and swivelled before firing a left-foot shot that the Leeds goalkeeper did well to get down to.

Blackburn's pressure finally told in first-half injury time when Spurr got on the end of Dunn's corner to prod home.

Josh King produced a ferocious volley after 63 minutes that Kenny palmed behind.

And from the resulting corner, the ball eventually found King, who crossed for Grant Hanley, but the big defender's header sailed over.

Leeds showed signs of life with 16 minutes to go when Rudolph Austin fashioned space for a shot in the area but lashed into the side netting.

They threatened again with four minutes remaining when McCormack cut in from the left and fired a shot wide, though the Leeds players were incensed that a corner was not given.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36