Jordan Rhodes made it three goals in two games as Rovers came from behind to beat Barnsley at Ewood Park.

Barnsley took a deserved lead after half an hour through Jacob Mellis and looked good value for their lead, however against the run of play Rovers equalised through record signing Jordan Rhodes.

After the interval both teams threatened but it was Rovers who stole a late winner as substitute Nuno Gomes fired home his fourth goal in as many games to maintain Blackburn’s 100% record at Ewood Park.

In the opening minutes Barnsley should have taken the lead. Grant Hanley, starting in place of the injured Gael Givet, squandered possession on the edge of his own area allowing Mellis to go through one-on-one with Robinson. Thankfully for Hanley the former England number one spared his blushes pulling off a fantastic save low to his right.

The Tykes meant business as they bossed the midfield area in the opening stages of the match as Dickson Etuhu and Danny Murphy regularly gave possession away cheaply. Tomasz Cywka looked to punish the home side but his long distance effort was comfortably saved by Robinson.

Rovers responded as Grant Hanley headed over Pedersen’s corner before Jordan Rhodes evaded the Barnsley defence but failed to find the target with a low left footed strike.

Both sides threatened from range as Rochina fired straight into the hands of Ben Alnwick in the Barnsley goal and at the other end Tykes striker Craig Davies forced Robinson into an acrobatic save with a well struck effort from outside the area.

Barnsley’s dominance paid off after 32 minutes as Mellis fired them into a deserved lead. Rovers backed off allowing Dagnall to find Mellis from the right and the striker lashed the ball into the top corner giving the Tykes a much deserved lead.

The away side should have doubled their lead moments later as Dawson fired wide and against the run of player Blackburn’s class eventually surfaced as Rhodes levelled the scores. Bradley Orr’s free-kick found Pedersen at the back post and his header found Rhodes who calmly controlled the ball on his chest before hooking the ball into the top corner.

After the interval Rovers started brightly, knocking the ball around sharply which resulted in Rochina firing just over from 20 yards out. But Rovers soon fell back into the first half routines squandering possession, sloppy passing and a lack of movement.

Goal scoring opportunities were few and far between in the second half and substitute Marlon Harewood, who had Barnsley’s best chance, will want to forget about his glaring miss. Again Rovers were caught in possession and the striker was gifted the ball allowing him a sight at goal. But the former West Ham and Aston Villa striker lacked the composure which he used to obtain as he lashed the ball wide when it looked easier to hit the target!

The home side then found some rhythm stringing together several neat passes which ended in Jordan Rhodes forcing Alnwick into a strong low save.

Steve Kean replaced Rochina and Formica with Gomes and Fabio Nunes and the pair made an instant impact.

Fabio Nunes danced his was down the left before whipping in a delightful cross which was met by countryman Nuno Gomes who calmly tapped home from six yards out to steal all three points for Steve Kean’s men.

It was another lacklustre performance by Rovers but yet again they came out on top, if Steve Kean can get the squad playing well then there is no doubt this crop of players can run riot in this league.


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