Steve Kean confident Jordan Rhodes will keep improving

 

Steve Kean is confident Jordan Rhodes will keep improving with age after the hotshot striker inspired Blackburn to the top of the npower Championship table.

Rovers' record signing from Huddersfield bagged a brace and turned provider for another as Kean's side saw off Bristol City 5-3.

"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."

Albert Adomah gave City a flying start after 48 seconds but Rhodes linked up with Nuno Gomes to open his account before the half-hour and returned the favour 10 minutes after half-time.

Stephen Pearson equalised for the hosts and Sam Baldock did likewise in response to a magnificent solo effort from fellow substitute Ruben Rochina before Rovers centre-back Scott Dann lashed home in stoppage time and Rhodes made hay on the counter attack as City pushed for another leveller.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill has tipped Blackpool for the Championship title despite watching the Tykes hold Ian Holloway's men to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining game at Oakwell.

After Craig Davies gave Barnsley a 14th-minute lead with a firm, low drive from 20 yards, Thomas Ince equalised on the half-hour mark, finishing well following a fine through-ball from Angel Martinez.

"I think Blackpool are an excellent side. For me, they're the best side in the division and I think they'll win the title this season," said Hill.

"For us to be able to compete with the honesty and ability we've shown is really pleasing."

Cardiff overcame Leeds 2-1 at home thanks to a Craig Bellamy free-kick and a Peter Whittingham penalty following Tom Lees' foul on Nicky Maynard, Rodolph Austin then pulling one back for the away side.

"We had 19 chances at goal and Paddy Kenny made three or four magnificent saves. On another day we could have scored four or five," said Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay.

Goals from Matt Mills and Kevin Davies gave Bolton just their second win of the season after they claimed a 2-1 victory over Watford, who narrowed the deficit through Lloyd Doyley.

Middlesbrough are up to seventh following their 2-0 triumph over Ipswich at the Riverside Stadium courtesy of a first-half goal from Luke Williams and a late one from Mustapha Carayol.

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson was left seething after his side' 5-2 defeat at Burnley.

"Pure and simple, we're conceding too many goals," said the Scot. "I either persevere or replace them (the defence)."

Elsewhere, Danny Ward's strike after 47 seconds gave Huddersfield a 1-0 win over Derby, Hull ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Millwall, and Nottingham Forest extended their unbeaten start in the league to five games after a 2-2 draw at home against Birmingham.

PA

Property
pets
Arts and Entertainment
tvGame of Thrones season 5 ep 4, review - WARNING: contains major spoiliers!
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup
rugby leagueKeighley Cougars half-back was taken off after just four minutes
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
News
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are breaking up after nearly three years together
peopleFormer couple announce separation in posts on their websites
Sport
football
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’
tvThe Enfield Haunting, TV review
News
news
News
The Mattehorn stands reflected in Leisee lake near Sunnegga station on June 30, 2013 near Zermatt, Switzerland
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living