Adam Armstrong curled a long-range effort past Liam Kelly to give Blackburn the lead at Ewood Park

First-half goals from Adam Armstrong and Darragh Lenihan helped Blackburn Rovers overcome Queens Park Rangers and maintain their push for a play-off place.

Rovers striker Armstrong curled in from 25 yards after being given time and space to pick his spot past Liam Kelly.

Jordan Hugill pegged the hosts back eight minutes later, before Rovers skipper Lenihan powered home a header on the half-hour mark.

Lenihan’s second in as many matches proved to be the match winner as QPR failed to find a second-half equaliser.

Armstrong opened the scoring after latching onto a long diagonal ball, before steadying himself and curling home under little pressure.

Kelly was then forced into action to deny Lewis Holtby, with the rebound coming to Lewis Travis, who saw his follow-up cleared off the line.

Hugill’s 11th goal of the season saw Rangers get back on level terms, when the midfielder lifted the ball over Christian Walton with a delightful dinked finish.

Jordan Hugill lifted the ball over Rovers goalkeeper Christian Walton to equalise for QPR

Rovers skipper Lenihan scored in the 5-0 rout of Sheffield Wednesday in Rovers’ last outing and he found the net again after heading home a deep corner delivered by Joe Rothwell.

The hosts looked to make the game safe early in the second-half, with defender Tosin Adarabioyo twice going close.

Rangers were enjoying good spells of possession but were finding chances hard to come by as the second period wore on.

Substitute Olamide Shodipo’s header was as close as they came to an equaliser, but Walton was equal to it.

The win moves Rovers up to 10th, with Rangers remaining 14th.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

“We played against a good side and a well-coached team who build from the back. We decided to go for them, to be on the front foot and we did enough in the first-half to be more than one goal in front.

“I don’t remember too many times when they threatened our goal. We got the job done, got the points in the bag and move on

“Adam (Armstrong) does it all the time in training. The balance of the team is looking alright. We looked solid and resilient and with their passing game, they found it hard to get through our lines.”

QPR boss Mark Warburton said:

“I think we did enough if I’m fair but I can’t say that because you have to put the ball in the back of the net, we all know it.

“You talk about stats and data and everything else. Irrelevant. Put the ball in the back of the net.

“We did enough to do that I think in terms of good areas we got into, dominated possession, looked dangerous on both flanks but just lacked, a bit of guile, that little cleverness on the last pass, the last cross, the last touch, to get the rewards.”

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