Robert Pires' first goal for Aston Villa helped them continue their recent dominance over Blackburn in cup competitions with a 3-1 FA Cup fourth round triumph at Villa Park.
The former Arsenal star restored Villa's lead after Ciaran Clark's opener had been cancelled out by Rovers substitute Nikola Kalinic.
Nathan Delfouneso further increased Villa's lead, and even the red card after 62 minutes for defender Nathan Baker for a challenge on Junior Hoilett failed to halt their progress.
Rovers suffered a setback after only 10 minutes when Roque Santa Cruz limped out of the action and was replaced by Kalinic.
Then a minute later Villa went ahead through Clark's fourth goal of the campaign. Barry Bannan's corner was met perfectly by the central defender, whose header powered past Paul Robinson.
Rovers drew level through Kalinic. Delfouneso lost possession to Morten Gamst Pedersen who picked out the run of Michel Salgado, and the Spanish full-back's low cross was turned home by the Croatian.
Villa were dominating possession and Bannan was only just off-target with a 30-yard drive, and after 35 minutes Pires restored Villa's lead with his first goal for the club. Grant Hanley and Martin Olsson only half-cleared the ball and the former Arsenal player struck the ball perfectly on the half-volley from 15 yards out into the roof of the net.
Blackburn's reponse was immediate and Brad Friedel produced a fine save to finger-tip away a header from Christopher Samba.
But Villa made it 3-1 three minutes before half-time when Delfouneso headed home a cross from teenager Baker.
Villa were reduced to 10 men after 62 minutes when Baker was given a straight red card by referee Lee Probert for a challenge on Hoilett.