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Ewood Park (ATT 12,915) 8th April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Blackburn 2

R Gestede (9)
T Spurr (49)

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QPR 0

Sky Bet Championship: Blackburn ease to 2-0 win over QPR

Last Updated: 08/04/14 9:54pm

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Tommy Spur: Grabbed Rovers' second

Tommy Spur: Grabbed Rovers' second

Goals from Rudy Gestede and Tommy Spurr helped Blackburn to victory over QPR at Ewood Park Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday.

Harry Redknapp's team may now have to settle for the play-offs following successive losses and there is a possibility they could meet Gary Bowyer's men there after they extended their unbeaten run to seven games, with sixth-placed Reading now just four points ahead.

Rudy Gestede fired home a brilliant first eight minutes in before Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green, whose England career is best remembered for his calamitous error in the 2010 World Cup against the USA, allowed Tommy Spurr's shot to creep past him early in the second period.

The team-sheet saw both managers name a Keane twin in their starting line-ups, Blackburn's Michael coming up against Rangers' Will for the first time in their careers.

And it was the latter, marginally the younger of the two Manchester United loanees, who looked like making an early impact when he twice ran behind the hosts' defence.

On the first occasion Rovers captain Grant Hanley atoned for an error to rob him in the area while, moments later, referee James Adcock adjudged the QPR forward had lifted his leg too high in scooping over goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

That decision looked harsh and it proved pivotal when Gestede broke the deadlock. The former Cardiff forward collected Tom Cairney's pass and took one touch before drilling a 25-yard bullet beyond Green in the Rangers net.

It was Gestede's seventh goal since moving to Ewood Park and he was proving a real handful, flicking a header on which Jordan Rhodes could only prod into Green's gloves.

While the Keane twins were currently flying the flag for Manchester United it was Ravel Morrison, another to ply his trade at Old Trafford, who nearly produced an emphatic leveller.

The visitors worked a short corner into the England Under-21 international and, on the full, he smashed a volley from the edge of the area into Robinson's fists.

Redknapp's side looked vulnerable in the air, though, and both Hanley and Gestede would head wide before the half was out.

At that point it looked like Benoit Assou-Ekotto's comedic foul throw, where he changed his mind at the last minute, would go down as the evening's biggest gaffe.

Yet Green's howler three minutes into the second period proved far more costly. Full-back Spurr edged into the area and fired a hopeful shot at Green's near post and the former England international somehow allowed the ball to creep between his body and the woodwork.

Gary Bowyer's men were flying, Rhodes almost moving into a shooting chance before Craig Conway's curling effort brought a routine stop out of Green, as the home crowd cheered each pass. However, Will Keane almost silenced them as his placed effort came back off a post.

Redknapp threw on strikers Modibo Maiga and Charlie Austin, whose Burnley ties have not been forgotten at Turf Moor, but Blackburn looked dangerous on the break as Jason Lowe's deflected effort went wide before substitute Luke Varney steered another attempt inches beyond the far post.

There was to be no way back for the visitors and Rovers' victory was likely to be greeted with delirium from both their own fans and their biggest rivals.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37