Spurr strike sees off Leeds

Tommy Spurr gave his side a deserved win at Ewood Park after scoring the only goal in the War of the Roses derby today. The Leeds born defender struck home a fine volley past Paddy Kenny just before half-time, and it proved to be enough for the Lancashire side who are now four points off the play-offs. Blackburn had the better of the first half with veteran David Dunn leading the attack forcing Kenny into a fine save early on. Jake Kean in the Blackburn goal had a quiet afternoon but pulled off an excellent save from Danny Pugh who was through on goal after some neat build-up play. Chris Taylor also went close for Rovers before Spurr gave Blackburn the lead. Leeds, backed by almost 7000 fans, found it hard to break down a solid Blackburn back-line and the home side went close again when a fine Josh King volley forced Kenny into another excellent save. Leeds attempted a late siege but it wasn’t to be as their three match winning run came to an end.

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Blackburn Rovers

Kean Excellent save first half. Under-fire keeper has kept five clean sheets in last six home games. 7
Kane Solid at the back, went close with an effort. 7
Dann Defended well, not troubled. 7
Hanley Went close with a header, defended well. 7
Spurr Grabbed a goal, excellent going forward and defensively. 9
Taylor Staked claim for first team spot, could have scored two. 8
Lowe Effective in the anchor role. 7
Cairney Quiet game, neat on the ball and retained possession. 7
King Forced an excellent save, pace and crosses caused problems. 7
Dunn Main attacking threat, unlucky not to score. 8
Rhodes No real chances but ran the channels well. Improvement on last few weeks. 7

Substitutions

Marshall Still needs to improve 6
Campbell Not enough time to make impact 6

Leeds United

Kenny Produced a number of good saves. 7
Lees Quiet game 6
Pearce Solid game, kept Rhodes quiet. 6
Zaliukas Same as Pearce 6
Peltier Stuggled with Kings pace 6
Murphy Didn’t trouble the Blackburn backline apart from one cross. 5
Austin Chance towards the end, struggled. 6
Mowatt Booked. Quiet game. 5
Pugh Had Leeds best chance, should have scored. 6
McCormack Picked up knock early on, quiet and struggled with Blackburn’s defence. 6
Varney Same as McCormack, Booked. 6

Substitutions

Smith Made no impact. 6
Byram Made no impact. 6
Poleon Not enough time to make an impact. 6

 

Man of the Match

Spurr Scored the winner. Defended well and was excellent going forward 9

 

Highlights


About Author

Sal is currently studying an MA in Sports Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University after graduating two years ago with a degree in Sports Science. He'd like to say writing about Blackburn Rovers would be just as good as playing for them but it probably isn't. It does, however, give him a chance to tell you his version of events down at Ewood and the Football League in general.