Oct 1, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Ewood Park
BlackburnBlackburn Rovers
Rhodes (65')
Best (24'), Evans (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)

McGugan (27'), Faraoni (96')

Result: Jordan Rhodes gives Blackburn Rovers 1-0 victory over Watford

Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes in action against Crewe Alexandra in a pre-season friendly on July 16, 2013
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Blackburn Rovers beat Watford 1-0 in the Championship thanks to a goal from Jordan Rhodes.

A second-half goal from Jordan Rhodes was enough to give Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 win over Watford at Ewood Park in the Championship tonight.

Rovers were quickest out of the traps and it took two separate pieces of good work from Marco Faraoni, who twice headed away to keep Blackburn from getting in behind the Watford defence.

Striker Rhodes almost put Blackburn ahead minutes later when he made the most of a poor first touch to get a shot away on goal, but it crept just wide of the post.

Watford nearly went ahead with their first real attack of the game as Troy Deeney and Javier Acuna teamed up well to play in Lewis McGugan who blazed wide, but the sides went into the break level.

After the interval Watford moved the ball effectively and nearly went ahead, but McGugan's shot was deflected, making it easier for Blackburn keeper Jake Kean to hold.

However, it was the home side who were to take the lead as Rhodes was left unmarked to power in a header as the ball was flicked on from a throw.

The visitors nearly hit back several minutes later when Ikechi Anya hit a sweet strike which flew just inches wide.

Watford continued to push in order to prevent their second loss of the Championship season, but were unable to overcome a resolute Blackburn defence as the game ended 1-0 to the hosts.

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer on the touchline during a game with Nottingham Forest on August 10, 2013
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