LiveMATCHDAY LIVE: Blackburn Rovers v Bournemouth

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4:55pm

First home win of the season for Gary Bowyer's side but they almost threw it away with Alex Baptiste making an unbelievable block to deny a certain equaliser seconds before the full-time whistle blew.

4:54pm

FULL-TIME Rovers 3 Bournemouth 2.

4:48pm

Rovers in danger of throwing this away as Steve Cook heads home from a corner.

Rudy Gestede then has effort ruled out for offside.

4:47pm

GOAL 3-2 Bournemouth. Steve Cook. 90 mins.

4:43pm

Excellent set-up play by Craig Conway but Josh King cannot put a finishing touch to it as he skies over the bar from 12 yards. 86 mins. 3-1.

4:41pm

Looked like Adam Smith dived but Alex Baptiste adjudged to have fouled him in the box and the Cherries have a glimmer of hope after sub Brett Pitman converted the resulting penalty. 

4:39pm

GOAL 3-1 Bournemouth. Brett Pitman (pen). 81 mins.

4:34pm

SUB for Rovers as David Dunn replaces Jordan Rhodes. 77 mins.

4:32pm

SUB and it's a final one for Bournemouth as Brett Pitman replaces Junior Stanislas. 74 mins. 3-0.

4:26pm

Alex Baptiste should make it 4-0 but his header from a Tom Cairney corner goes over. Real chance. 69 mins. 3-0.

4:26pm

Better from Rovers. After a slow start to the second half they are pushing forward once again. 69 mins. 3-0.

4:25pm

Markus Olsson, who continues to impress, blazes wide from the angle of the box after a surging run. 3-0. 67 mins.

4:23pm

SUB for Bournemouth as Tokelo Rantie replaces Yann Kermorgant. 66 mins 3-0.

4:18pm

SUB for Rovers as Josh King replaces Ben Marshall. 60 mins. 3-0.

4:14pm

Paul Robinson makes another save, this time denying Callum Wilson after he played a sharp one-two with strike-partner Yann Kermogrant. 56 mins. 3-0.

4:13pm

Bournemouth have started this half well and Paul Robinson has hard to turn a low 20-yard effort from Junior Stanislas around the post. 55 mins. 3-0.

4:09pm

Attendance is 13,900.

4:09pm

For the second game running Paul Robinson makes a truly stunning save, pushing Yann Kermorgant's 18-yard curler on to the bar and over after Tom Cairney had failed to clear after Junior Stanislas' 20-yard free kick hit the wall. 50 mins. 3-0.

4:04pm

SUB Ryan Fraser for Matt Ritchie as Bournemouth make a half-time change.

3:48pm

HALF-TIME Rovers 3 Bournemouth 0.

3:41pm

BOOKED Steve Cook, who is having a mare, cynically fouls Rudy Gestede after losing the ball to the big striker - just like he did for Jordan Rhodes' goal.

3:40pm

Ben Marshall stings the hands of Lee Camp from 20 yards, the Cherries keeper beating the ball away. 39 mins. 3-0.

3:29pm

Then it's the turn of Jordan Rhodes to go close to his second as he collects a pull back from the marauding Markus Olsson and slams a left-footed shot against the post from an angle. Rovers look like they could score at will. 29 mins. 3-0.

3:28pm

And nearly a fourth for Rovers and a second for Gestede as he glances a header inches past the post from a Craig Conway crosses. Lee Camp, having committed himself, was beaten. 28 mins. 3-0.

3:26pm

Make that three goals in 11 minutes as Craig Conway's 25-yard shot deflects off Rudy Gestede and deceives Lee Camp. It came about after Bournemouth could only half clear another Tom Cairney corner. That's Gestede third of the season. Rovers rampant.

3:24pm

GOAL 3-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 24 mins.

3:23pm

As simple as they come but take nothing away from Grant Hanley as he steers a powerful header into the top corner from a Tom Cairney corner. It's the Rovers' captain's first goal of the season, like Rhodes.

3:22pm

GOAL 2-0 Rovers. Grant Hanley. 21 mins.

3:20pm

The ball breaks to Junior Stanislas after Grant Hanley tackled Callum Wilson - and the winger well-struck shot goes straight down the throat of Paul Robinson. 20 mins. 1-0.

3:17pm

It just had to be him didn't it? Jordan Rhodes chases down a lost cause, outmuscles Lee Cook before slipping a low left-footed shot through the legs of Lee Camp and into the back of the net.

That's his 54th goal for Rovers in, this, his 100th appearance for the club. His first of the season, too.

3:16pm

GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Jordan Rhodes. 13 mins.

3:13pm

Opening for Bournemouth as Matt Ritchie crosses from the right into the middle of the box toward Yann Kermorgant but Rovers skipper Grant Hanley makes a fine challenge to avert the danger. 12 mins. 0-0.

3:10pm

Rovers threaten for the first time as Craig Conway advances before slipping the ball wide to the overlapping Markus Olsson, whose cross could only be parried by Lee Camp. But the Cherries clear. 9 mins. 0-0.

3:07pm

The Cherries, who won their first two games of the season and were unlucky to lose their third, are keeping the ball impressively. 7 mins. 0-0.

3:04pm

Bournemouth show first as former Burnley winger Junior Stanislas cuts inside on to his right foot and forces a save out of Paul Robinson from 25 yards. Rovers goalkeeper gathered it at the second attempt. 3 mins. 0-0.

3:01pm

We're under way. Jordan Rhodes, as expected, getting a great reception.

2:59pm

The teams are out to 'The Final Countdown'. 

2:51pm

And the teams in full are...

Rovers: Robinson, Lowe, Baptiste, Hanley, Olsson, Conway, Evans, Cairney, Marshall, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Henley, King, Dunn, Varney, Williamson, Taylor.

Bournemouth: Camp, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, O’Kane, Stanislas, Kermorgant, Wilson. Subs: Flahavan, Cargill, Harte, Gosling, Fraser, Pitman, Rantie.

2:50pm

Jordan Rhodes has been selected to start for Rovers – after owners Venky’s rejected a big-money offer from Hull City for their prized asset.

It will be Rhodes’ 100th appearance for the club.

Hull, whose current club record signing is £8m midfielder Jake Livermore, were willing to pay in excess of £10m for the prolific striker.

But Venky’s have made it clear that they have no intention of selling Rhodes who has scored 53 goals in his first 99 games for the club.

Rovers have made one change to the side which started Tuesday’s 3-1 controversial and agonising defeat at Norwich City as Ben Marshall replaces Lee Williamson.

That means Tom Cairney will start in the centre of midfield alongside Corry Evans who has passed a late fitness test after coming off late on against Norwich.

Bournemouth, the last team to leave Ewood Park with three points back on March 12, are unchanged from the side which started their undeserved 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

The Cherries are managed by former Burnley boss Eddie Howe.

 

 

2:50pm

Good afternoon and welcome to Ewood Park. Team news to follow.

Comments (20)

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3:19pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

That's why he has to stay!
That's why he has to stay! A Darener
  • Score: 11

4:04pm Sat 23 Aug 14

blackburnblue1 says...

well done keep it up
well done keep it up blackburnblue1
  • Score: 4

4:39pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Jordan subbed! Has his taxi arrived early?
Jordan subbed! Has his taxi arrived early? A Darener
  • Score: 1

4:52pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Can we please change the rules and finish Rovers games after 45 minutes?
Can we please change the rules and finish Rovers games after 45 minutes? A Darener
  • Score: 10

5:15pm Sat 23 Aug 14

modan says...

Up and up we go Rover's up, go down Burnley bottom of the table no experience in top league like Rovers 18 years in PL.
Up and up we go Rover's up, go down Burnley bottom of the table no experience in top league like Rovers 18 years in PL. modan
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Rovers.1875 says...

So.... rovers playing well, Rhodes bid snubbed with a statement message from the owners, dingles 2 losses in 2 and rock bottom of the PL... Hmm, where's super claret or turdmoor Tom, or whatever personality his illness has picked today?? Still though, I'll not be going to taunt the idiots on the dingle pages, mainly because it will ruin it for the true claret fans....
So.... rovers playing well, Rhodes bid snubbed with a statement message from the owners, dingles 2 losses in 2 and rock bottom of the PL... Hmm, where's super claret or turdmoor Tom, or whatever personality his illness has picked today?? Still though, I'll not be going to taunt the idiots on the dingle pages, mainly because it will ruin it for the true claret fans.... Rovers.1875
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Rovers.1875 says...

modan wrote:
Up and up we go Rover's up, go down Burnley bottom of the table no experience in top league like Rovers 18 years in PL.
Did rovers exist before the almighty Venkys bought us??
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: Up and up we go Rover's up, go down Burnley bottom of the table no experience in top league like Rovers 18 years in PL.[/p][/quote]Did rovers exist before the almighty Venkys bought us?? Rovers.1875
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

I think these pages are going to be Dingle free for a while. They will be busy crying into their Ing shirts.
I think these pages are going to be Dingle free for a while. They will be busy crying into their Ing shirts. A Darener
  • Score: 7

5:18pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

I think these pages are going to be Dingle free for a while. They will be busy crying into their Ing shirts.
I think these pages are going to be Dingle free for a while. They will be busy crying into their Ing shirts. A Darener
  • Score: 8

5:19pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Ralph Jones says...

almost blew it again, need to shore up that defense or we are in for a long season
almost blew it again, need to shore up that defense or we are in for a long season Ralph Jones
  • Score: 4

5:26pm Sat 23 Aug 14

modan says...

A Darener wrote:
I think these pages are going to be Dingle free for a while. They will be busy crying into their Ing shirts.
Going down bottom of the table no experience in PL, dingles are just one season wonder ,Blackburn are established PL side 18 years of experience and won the PL Title .
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: I think these pages are going to be Dingle free for a while. They will be busy crying into their Ing shirts.[/p][/quote]Going down bottom of the table no experience in PL, dingles are just one season wonder ,Blackburn are established PL side 18 years of experience and won the PL Title . modan
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Modan...... This is a Rovers page, I think we are aware we won the PL.
Modan...... This is a Rovers page, I think we are aware we won the PL. A Darener
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Pembina says...

Guess TurdMoorTOM will be popping open the champagne bottle now - he's such a dedicated Rovers fan
Guess TurdMoorTOM will be popping open the champagne bottle now - he's such a dedicated Rovers fan Pembina
  • Score: 3

5:43pm Sat 23 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

Well that was interesting, Bournemouths midfield didn't give us a kick for ten minutes, fortunately their forwards have no finishing ability and soon Jordan did what Jordan does and exploited a hesitant defence and dodgy keeper. After that Rovers quickly stepped up a gear, made excellent use of two wide men and went in 3-0 up and looking confident attacking a very shaky defence.

Second half Bournemouth got organised, rallied again and with nothing to lose really gave it a go. Rovers seemed set to try to see the game out rather than battle for more goals but faltered courtesy of another dodgy penalty decision. Fortunately Bournemouths front men couldn't get them over the line and what should have been about 4-0 ended up a fair 3-2.

Could have given the MOM to most of the team today, and couldn't fault Bowyers starting eleven, a good solid job certainly first half, and while we probably didn't press them back enough in the second I think the substitutions were probably right too, we took the three points and that is what mattered.

Onwards and Upwards.
Well that was interesting, Bournemouths midfield didn't give us a kick for ten minutes, fortunately their forwards have no finishing ability and soon Jordan did what Jordan does and exploited a hesitant defence and dodgy keeper. After that Rovers quickly stepped up a gear, made excellent use of two wide men and went in 3-0 up and looking confident attacking a very shaky defence. Second half Bournemouth got organised, rallied again and with nothing to lose really gave it a go. Rovers seemed set to try to see the game out rather than battle for more goals but faltered courtesy of another dodgy penalty decision. Fortunately Bournemouths front men couldn't get them over the line and what should have been about 4-0 ended up a fair 3-2. Could have given the MOM to most of the team today, and couldn't fault Bowyers starting eleven, a good solid job certainly first half, and while we probably didn't press them back enough in the second I think the substitutions were probably right too, we took the three points and that is what mattered. Onwards and Upwards. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Final word says...

I missed the first half, I said to a few people 'I bet it ends 3-3' and it nearly did. Its like we have no idea how to play when we are in control of the scoreline. There is a reason why we give so many late goals away etc and bowyer needs to sort it. We look so nervous at times. I think we need a real leader, Conway played the ball back to Hanley late on and all he could do was balloon the ball in the air and invite pressure, when a simple ball back would have done. This is from the captain who should be leading by example.
I missed the first half, I said to a few people 'I bet it ends 3-3' and it nearly did. Its like we have no idea how to play when we are in control of the scoreline. There is a reason why we give so many late goals away etc and bowyer needs to sort it. We look so nervous at times. I think we need a real leader, Conway played the ball back to Hanley late on and all he could do was balloon the ball in the air and invite pressure, when a simple ball back would have done. This is from the captain who should be leading by example. Final word
  • Score: 1

6:03pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Philadelphiarover says...

greenscreener wrote:
Well that was interesting, Bournemouths midfield didn't give us a kick for ten minutes, fortunately their forwards have no finishing ability and soon Jordan did what Jordan does and exploited a hesitant defence and dodgy keeper. After that Rovers quickly stepped up a gear, made excellent use of two wide men and went in 3-0 up and looking confident attacking a very shaky defence.

Second half Bournemouth got organised, rallied again and with nothing to lose really gave it a go. Rovers seemed set to try to see the game out rather than battle for more goals but faltered courtesy of another dodgy penalty decision. Fortunately Bournemouths front men couldn't get them over the line and what should have been about 4-0 ended up a fair 3-2.

Could have given the MOM to most of the team today, and couldn't fault Bowyers starting eleven, a good solid job certainly first half, and while we probably didn't press them back enough in the second I think the substitutions were probably right too, we took the three points and that is what mattered.

Onwards and Upwards.
At last, someone posts a decent report of the game, instead of all the usual slagging Burnley and Rovers crap that gets on here.

Us Rovers fans that live abroad, or cannot get to the game desperately hang on to any snippets from the people that have been.

Thanks greenscreener for your views today!
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Well that was interesting, Bournemouths midfield didn't give us a kick for ten minutes, fortunately their forwards have no finishing ability and soon Jordan did what Jordan does and exploited a hesitant defence and dodgy keeper. After that Rovers quickly stepped up a gear, made excellent use of two wide men and went in 3-0 up and looking confident attacking a very shaky defence. Second half Bournemouth got organised, rallied again and with nothing to lose really gave it a go. Rovers seemed set to try to see the game out rather than battle for more goals but faltered courtesy of another dodgy penalty decision. Fortunately Bournemouths front men couldn't get them over the line and what should have been about 4-0 ended up a fair 3-2. Could have given the MOM to most of the team today, and couldn't fault Bowyers starting eleven, a good solid job certainly first half, and while we probably didn't press them back enough in the second I think the substitutions were probably right too, we took the three points and that is what mattered. Onwards and Upwards.[/p][/quote]At last, someone posts a decent report of the game, instead of all the usual slagging Burnley and Rovers crap that gets on here. Us Rovers fans that live abroad, or cannot get to the game desperately hang on to any snippets from the people that have been. Thanks greenscreener for your views today! Philadelphiarover
  • Score: 7

6:13pm Sat 23 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

Philadelphiarover wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
Well that was interesting, Bournemouths midfield didn't give us a kick for ten minutes, fortunately their forwards have no finishing ability and soon Jordan did what Jordan does and exploited a hesitant defence and dodgy keeper. After that Rovers quickly stepped up a gear, made excellent use of two wide men and went in 3-0 up and looking confident attacking a very shaky defence.

Second half Bournemouth got organised, rallied again and with nothing to lose really gave it a go. Rovers seemed set to try to see the game out rather than battle for more goals but faltered courtesy of another dodgy penalty decision. Fortunately Bournemouths front men couldn't get them over the line and what should have been about 4-0 ended up a fair 3-2.

Could have given the MOM to most of the team today, and couldn't fault Bowyers starting eleven, a good solid job certainly first half, and while we probably didn't press them back enough in the second I think the substitutions were probably right too, we took the three points and that is what mattered.

Onwards and Upwards.
At last, someone posts a decent report of the game, instead of all the usual slagging Burnley and Rovers crap that gets on here.

Us Rovers fans that live abroad, or cannot get to the game desperately hang on to any snippets from the people that have been.

Thanks greenscreener for your views today!
Cheers, we normally get some good opinions on the Match Report articles, if you have any specific questions we can usually get some debate going.
[quote][p][bold]Philadelphiarover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Well that was interesting, Bournemouths midfield didn't give us a kick for ten minutes, fortunately their forwards have no finishing ability and soon Jordan did what Jordan does and exploited a hesitant defence and dodgy keeper. After that Rovers quickly stepped up a gear, made excellent use of two wide men and went in 3-0 up and looking confident attacking a very shaky defence. Second half Bournemouth got organised, rallied again and with nothing to lose really gave it a go. Rovers seemed set to try to see the game out rather than battle for more goals but faltered courtesy of another dodgy penalty decision. Fortunately Bournemouths front men couldn't get them over the line and what should have been about 4-0 ended up a fair 3-2. Could have given the MOM to most of the team today, and couldn't fault Bowyers starting eleven, a good solid job certainly first half, and while we probably didn't press them back enough in the second I think the substitutions were probably right too, we took the three points and that is what mattered. Onwards and Upwards.[/p][/quote]At last, someone posts a decent report of the game, instead of all the usual slagging Burnley and Rovers crap that gets on here. Us Rovers fans that live abroad, or cannot get to the game desperately hang on to any snippets from the people that have been. Thanks greenscreener for your views today![/p][/quote]Cheers, we normally get some good opinions on the Match Report articles, if you have any specific questions we can usually get some debate going. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

6:17pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

We need to watch the habit of conceding penalties. It is hard enough defending a lead without gifting the opposition goals.
We need to watch the habit of conceding penalties. It is hard enough defending a lead without gifting the opposition goals. A Darener
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Sat 23 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

A Darener wrote:
We need to watch the habit of conceding penalties. It is hard enough defending a lead without gifting the opposition goals.
Go to the Games, see for yourself, very poor decision today which I'm sure the TV will show was a dive.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: We need to watch the habit of conceding penalties. It is hard enough defending a lead without gifting the opposition goals.[/p][/quote]Go to the Games, see for yourself, very poor decision today which I'm sure the TV will show was a dive. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Sat 23 Aug 14

A Darener says...

That is the problem nowadays, referees seem to be very quick to award penalties. It is as if they have been told to by the authorities. There was a period not long ago where suspected diving led to cards. Now it seems to be the opposite penalties are given willy nilly. The one against the Rovers at Norwich was never a penalty in a million years. Where was the lad supposed to put his arm?
That is the problem nowadays, referees seem to be very quick to award penalties. It is as if they have been told to by the authorities. There was a period not long ago where suspected diving led to cards. Now it seems to be the opposite penalties are given willy nilly. The one against the Rovers at Norwich was never a penalty in a million years. Where was the lad supposed to put his arm? A Darener
  • Score: 0
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