Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1 Barnsley

Match info: Championship at Ewood Park

Date: 18/09/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: S Mathieson Att: 12,772

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Jordan Rhodes 45
Nuno Gomes 85



Jacob Mellis 32

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: September 19 2012, 8:05 BST

Keith Hill labelled it a 'modern footballing tragedy' as Blackburn came from behind to beat Barnsley 2-1.

Jordan Rhodes nets for Blackburn
Jordan Rhodes nets for Blackburn

Jacob Mellis' near-post effort gave Barnsley a deserved lead before Rovers grabbed an equaliser right on half-time through Jordan Rhodes' shot on the turn and substitute Nuno Gomes tapped in to maintain Blackburn's 100% home record.

Hill saw his side dominate the hosts for long periods and found defeat hard to take.

He said: "It's a modern-day footballing tragedy. We've taken on the Kings of Saville Row if you like and we've taken the game to them, and to a certain degree, we have played the better football.

"But it's not about playing the better football, it's about getting results, and maybe I won't be in the business too long if I can't play football like that. I won't change my philosophy."

Hill was also frustrated at the difference in budgets of the two sides, and the parachute payments given to relegated sides.

He said: "The game was won by £8million (the fee paid for Rhodes), which is a lot more than my budget.

"It is an unfair advantage that Blackburn get parachute money, or solidarity money. You get rewarded for getting relegated. How can you be rewarded for being relegated? Does it happen to any other country in the world? It absolutely amazes me."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean agreed that his side were fortunate to come in level in the first half and lavished praise on former Huddersfield striker Rhodes, who scored on his home debut for the league leaders to take his tally to three goals in as many games.

Kean said: "I must be very honest. I thought we were dreadful in the first half.

"We were well under the standards we set. We didn't pass the ball well enough in any areas of the pitch.

"But I must say credit to Barnsley. They came with a plan to close us down in the full-back areas and make it difficult for Dickson Etuhu and Danny Murphy to play.

"But I never felt we moved into positions enough or trusted each other with the ball enough to get it out from the back and I thought we were dreadful.

"At times like that you're looking for special players to produce something to get you back in the game and that's what Jordan did because Barnsley were far better than us in the first half.

"I've been impressed with his hold up play and his retention of information. In times when we're under the cosh and struggling in the game, if he can get one or two chances, he's going to scare the living daylights out of any defenders because his ratio of chances to goals is going to be so high."

After dominating the opening exchanges, Keith Hill's side took the lead after half an hour after good work by Chris Dagnall put in Mellis on the right and he lashed his shot inside Paul Robinson's near post.

Rhodes marked his home debut with a goal against the run of play on the stroke of half-time after controlling Morten Gamst Pedersen's header across the box on his chest and swivelling to fire home.

As the game entered its final stages, Blackburn struck the winner thanks to two substitutes, Fabio Nunes delivered a wonderful low curling cross from the right to give Nuno Gomes the simple task of tapping in from just six yards.