Blackburn Rovers 2 - 0 Bristol City

Match info: Championship at Ewood Park

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Haywood Att: 13,539

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes 28,65

2
vs
0

Bristol C


FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 18:50 GMT

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton described Jordan Rhodes as 'clinical' after he notched up his 100th career league goal, scoring twice to defeat Bristol City 2-0.

Michael Appleton: Impressed with 'clinical' Rhodes
Michael Appleton: Impressed with 'clinical' Rhodes

Rhodes got his 17th and 18th league goals for Rovers with an expert strike in each half.

First, he reacted quickest to latch on to a loose ball after a Morten Gamst Pedersen cross was not cleared and he moved left into space before firing into the opposite corner, the sixth consecutive game he has scored in.

In the second half, he raced onto a long Danny Murphy pass, showing great strength before slotting into the left corner from inside the area and Appleton was full of praise for Rhodes after winning his first league game as Rovers boss.

"That's what he does. The first one sums him up in terms of how clinical he was. First touch with his right foot and to be as clinical as he was with his so-called weaker foot," Appleton said.

"With the second one, we've spoken about it a lot in the week. On the regain when we won the ball back we knew had to stretch Bristol as much as we possibly could and it worked.

"Jordan showed great persistence and strength and when he got an opportunity to get a strike at goal, I didn't think there'd be any other conclusion."

Appleton was also pleased with the defensive display as they kept their second consecutive clean sheet.

He said: "I don't want to keep harping on about it but I say to the players every week how important it is to keep clean sheets because if you do, you certainly can't lose a game of football and when you've got people like Kazim-Richards and Rhodes, you've got a good opportunity to try and get goals, so we're delighted at the minute."

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll was disappointed with the way his side conceded their goals, but felt that they were the better team for long spells.

"In this division set-plays play a massive part to concede from a second phase from a corner is disappointing but apart from that at half-time, we felt okay," he said.

"I thought we could score a goal and were terrific at the start of the second half, but Danny Murphy hauls a ball back and we're two down. It's the first time (since I've been here) we've had this sort of problem to solve but felt we went about it the wrong way.

"Lots of endeavour but we lost our shape and structure and you can't do that in this division, but for an hour I thought we were terrific."

Rovers have now beaten City three times this season, and completed their first ever league double over the Robins, who have lost their last four away games in all competitions.

Both sides went close with early free-kicks. Kelly's powerful effort brushed the top of the netting, before Pedersen's curling 20-yard effort clipped the top of the crossbar.

The Robins wasted a superb chance 10 minutes later though. Paul Anderson exchanged passes with Steven Davies and raced into the box but fired over with only the keeper to beat.

But it was Rovers who took the lead when the prolific Rhodes reacted quickest to pounce on a loose ball before making space and firing a left-foot shot into the right corner from 12 yards.

O'Driscoll's side almost equalised in first-half injury time after neat passing between Stephen Pearson and Sam Baldock set up Davies but his fierce drive cannoned off a post before going wide.

City started the second half brightly and Marvin Elliott wasted a good opportunity when his bullet header was directed straight at Jake Kean, and Rhodes made them pay after 65 minutes when he latched onto Murphy's pass, and held off strong pressure before steadying himself to coolly slot into the left corner.


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