By Jack Daniels
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Blackburn’s slim chance of getting into the play-offs will go to the final day of the season after Gary Bowyer’s men beat Charlton 3-1 at The Valley on Saturday.
Goals from Rudy Gestede, Michael Keane and Tom Cairney secured a victory which means Rovers will need to win at Wigan in their last game, as well as make up a six-goal turnaround on the sixth-placed Latics. Even then they would also need Brighton to slip up.
Early in the game two chances fell to winger Callum Harriott, Keane was on hand to block the first effort and then just a few second later and Matthew Kilgannon got in the way of the follow-up.
Charlton’s defenders were called upon and Dorian Dervite managed to prevent Craig Conway from setting up Jordan Rhodes in front of goal. Rhodes was then hurt in a collision with goalkeeper Ben Hamer. Hamer was in the wrong but the ref awarded a goal kick to Charlton instead of the correct decision which would have been a penalty to Rovers.
But the lead came in the 26th minute when Gestede headed past Hamer at the far post for 1-0.
At the other end, Ajdarevic tried his luck with an overhead effort that went wide and after Harriott had been caught in possession, King should have scored instead of firing wide.
Marvin Sordell should have levelled the score when he won a spot kick which he took himself on 40 minutes but Paul Robinson made a great stop with a dive to his right.
Six minutes into the second half and Rovers were 2-0 up when Keane rose to meet Conway's free-kick into the six-yard box.
Charlton then pulled a goal back through Sordell who curled a shot past Robinson from the edge of the box.
But on 63 minutes Rovers claimed the points when Rhodes saw a shot blocked by Dervite and then Cainey slotted home the rebound.
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