Friday 24 November 2017

Blackburn hold on


Phil Medlicott

Blackburn survived a second-half fightback from fellow strugglers QPR to secure three precious points at Ewood Park.

Steve Kean's side raced into a 3-0 half-time lead and despite being pegged back by two Jamie Mackie goals in the second half, Blackburn held on for the victory, bouncing back from last week's humiliating 7-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Striker Ayegbeni Yakubu, back from suspension, opened the scoring in the 15th minute.

The Nigerian collected the ball from a flick-on, turned on the edge of the area and smashed home past Paddy Kenny.

Steven Nzonzi extended the home side's lead in the 23rd minute by converting Junior Hoilett's pass.

Blackburn then made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage-time, Scott Dann heading the ball across the area for Hoilett to send it in off Nedum Onuoha.

Substitute Mackie netted in 71st minute, when he finished off Taye Taiwo's cross with a close-range finish.

Paul Robinson turned an effort from Adel Taarabt around the post in the closing stages before Mackie struck at the death to make it 3-2, but it was too late for the QPR.

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