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Result: Blackburn Rovers succumb to Wolverhampton Wanderers defeat

Blackburn Rovers succumb to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of playoff rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in their Championship clash at Ewood Park.

Wolverhampton Wanderers climbed to within a point of the Championship's top six with a 1-0 away victory at Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.

The hosts began brightly and had a chance on goal within the first five minutes as Ben Marshall tried his luck from 25 yards, but the ball flew wide.

Moments later, Lee Williamson gave the ball away to Nouha Dicko, who marauded into the Rovers box, but Jason Steele was able to save at the near post.

Blackburn continued to threaten, with Chris Taylor and Jordan Rhodes registering decent chances, but they were nearly undone through poor defending again when Dicko seized on Tom Cairney's poor pass before forcing a save.

The game opened up towards the break as Rhodes was forced to make a goalline clearance from Danny Batth's header, but that was as close as either side came to breaking the first-half deadlock.

Just three minutes after the restart, however, Wolves struck as Dave Edwards seized on a touch from Dicko to cut inside the Rovers defence and send a clinical low shot into the bottom corner.

In the 52nd minute, the visitors were let out of jail when Richard Stearman tried to head a cross behind for a corner, but ended up heading onto his own post before the ball was cleared.

Rovers continued to have a decent spell, with Rudy Gestede lashing a half-volley wide just after the hour.

However, midway through the second half, the pendulum swung the way of the away side again as Batth sent a header over the bar in the 68th minute, while Edwards fired wide and Dicko struck the bar.

Five minutes before the end, Carl Ikeme pulled off a smart save after Rhodes had attempted to slot the ball through his legs.

Kenny Jackett's charges were able to see the game out and secure all three points, which sees them climb to eighth place, two places above Blackburn in the table.

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Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Burnley at Ewood Park on March 9, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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