Jan Paul Van Hecke scored his maiden goal for Blackburn as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Fellow promotion rivals Bournemouth fell behind to a Ben Pearson own goal as they are without a win in their last five games. They flattered to deceive in the second half and fell further behind when Van Hecke scored in the 65th minute. The win cut the deficit between Bournemouth and Blackburn to just four points as they battle with West Brom for an automatic promotion place this season.

Managers Reaction 

Bournemouth’s Scott Parker: “We are in a difficult situation at the moment. We are in the eye of a storm with injuries and decisions. For the first goal, there were two players who were blatantly offside. I spoke to the official at half-time and he said that if he made a mistake, he was sorry. I could sense in his body language he was not sure. It was not even tight. You need to do your job at that moment.”

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “I think this is a really difficult place to come and the stats show that. Scott’s a top manager, top bloke and they’ve got some really good players in their team. We generally play on the transition rather than trying to dominate the ball these days and it was a really hard-fought victory. I really think that they can give anybody a game. We are capable.”

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