Blackburn Rovers 3 - 0 Nottingham Forest

Match info: Championship at Ewood Park

Date: 01/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: G Eltrigham

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Ruben Rochina 48
Jordan Rhodes 75
Colin Kazim-Richards 78


N Forest

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: January 1 2013, 19:16 GMT

Blackburn's caretaker manager Gary Bowyer ruled himself out of taking charge of the side permanently despite guiding Rovers to a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Ruben Rochina opened the scoring for Rovers
Ruben Rochina opened the scoring for Rovers

All three goals came in the second half. Ruben Rochina's fortunate strike was followed up by a neat finish from Jordan Rhodes, his 13th goal for the club, and an emphatic strike from Colin Kazim-Richards.

But Bowyer is not interested in taking over on a full-time basis, despite winning for the second successive game.

"I'm just giving the club a bit more time and then we'll see what that brings and what happens to myself and Terry (McPhillips)", Bowyer said.

"We've been here a long time, myself and Terry, and we care about the club so we're just helping out as much as we can.

"We're just carrying on and we'll keep carrying on until we're told otherwise and that's all we know."

He was full of praise for the players after an eventful week that has seen Rovers sack Henning Berg following one win in his 10 games in charge.

Bowyer added: "It's been a tough couple of days but I thought the players were magnificent. The first half was a typical game after two games over the Christmas period. Both teams looked like they needed the half to get themselves going.

"We got a bit of a lucky goal but it seemed to give us more energy and I can't praise the players enough. They have been remarkable with their efforts and deserved the win."

Forest boss Alex McLeish admitted he was looking at signing some players during the transfer window to strengthen his side's push for the top six.

"We've had a lot of names thrown at us which suggests that they're available, which we are looking through", said McLeish.

"I don't think there's a pot of gold available but we'll present the case to the owners and that's the way we'll work, to see what can be done.

"You couldn't have seen that result coming at half-time. They get a bit of a fluke goal and after that, there was a good reaction from our team.

"We had some pressure on them, culminating in a great pass, move and cross from (Dan) Harding to (Billy) Sharp and you've got to say the Blackburn goalkeeper played a big part in getting three points.

"They scored a minute after Dexter (Blackstock) came on, which really put us on the back foot and when you go three down, it looks as though you're playing against world beaters, and they can enjoy themselves."

Having failed to win in their previous four outings at Ewood Park, Rovers could not get going in an uneventful first half against a side that had won only once in the last five away games.

The game sprang to life three minutes into the second half when Blackburn took the lead in bizarre fashion.

Rochina surged forward and was met 20 yards out by Daniel Ayala but in clearing, he only succeeded in hitting the ball at the Spaniard and it ricocheted into the bottom corner.

The goal stung Forest into action they were denied an equaliser by a brilliant Jake Kean save.

Harding's cross found Sharp unmarked six yards out and his header was kept out at point blank range by the Blackburn stopper.

Forest continued to press for an equaliser but Rovers made the game safe with two goals within minutes of each other.

Morten Gamst Pedersen sent in a low cross from the right and the prolific Rhodes nipped in ahead of Lee Camp and Ayala to slot home from a narrow angle after 75 minutes.

Then Kazim-Richards got in on the act three minutes later, running on to an Adam Henley cross 20 yards out and blasting in an emphatic low finish.