Round-up: Rhodes to the rescue for under-fire Kean
Monday 17 September 2012
Steve Kean, the Blackburn Rovers manager, believes new striker Jordan Rhodes has more to offer than just goals, as the £8m signing struck twice to help his side to a thrilling 5-3 victory at Bristol City in the Championship.
"The great thing when you buy a quality striker is that when he gets a chance you expect him to score," said Kean. "But there is much more to Jordan's game than finding the back of the net and he is open to plenty of improvement at such a young age."
Rhodes cancelled out Albert Adomah's first-minute opener before Nuno Gomes put Rovers ahead after half time. Stephen Pearson equalised for the Robins, and after Ruben Rochina put the visitors back in front, Sam Baldock made it 3-3 with seven minutes to go.
Scott Dann smashed home Blackburn's fourth in stoppage time, with Rhodes picking up his second three minutes later to leave Blackburn unbeaten so far this season and perched at the summit of the Championship.
Darren Ferguson was left furious with his defence as Burnley put five past his Peterborough United side at Turf Moor in a 5-2 victory. "Pure and simple, we're conceding too many goals," said Ferguson. "I can replace them from within. Unfortunately they're not listening to me. We've looked at the loan market. I'll talk to the chairman and I've got other bodies in the building that can start."
Elsewhere, Owen Coyle claimed his side should have dismantled Watford by a bigger margin at the Reebok Stadium, as Bolton Wanderers claimed three points for the first time in three matches with a narrow 2-1 win. "That was never a game of two halves. It should have been 3-, 4-0" said Coyle.
Lee Clark, the Birmingham City manager was proud of his side's performance despite shipping two late goals after leading 2-0 at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest. "They haven't lost but we've probably given them their hardest game of the season," said Clark, who has picked up just one league win in his tenure at the club.
Malkay Mackay was delighted with Cardiff City's second-half performance, as a superb Craig Bellamy free-kick contributed to a 2-1 win over Leeds United that lifted them into fifth spot. "After half-time we looked a different team. It's early days in the division, but I'm delighted with the win," he said.
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